April Munday

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Anatomy of a Castle

I’ve been thinking about, and visiting, castles recently. There’s nothing like going to a medieval building to give you ideas to put into a novel. …

Castles

August Pottage

The Vegetarian Society tells me that August is the month for :<p>I’ve crossed out the many things that have come to England since the fourteenth century …

Caterpillars

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – Reliquary Casket of St Thomas Becket

Reliquary Casket of St Thomas Becket, British Museum<p>This is the final object of those I photographed in the British Museum and it’s my favourite. …

British Museum

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – The Chaucer Astrolabe

The Chaucer Astrolabe, British Museum<p>The astrolabe was a multi-purpose scientific instrument in the Middle Ages. When the illegitimate child of …

British Museum

A splendid 14th century wedding

by Anna Belfrage<p>History is littered with people whose lives are forgotten. Most of the people who have lived and died in the past have done so in …

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – Bacinet and Mail

Bacinet and Mail, British Museum<p>Although separated by several decades in manufacture, this bacinet and piece of mail are displayed together. Given …

British Museum

July Pottage

In June I started a project of making a seasonal pottage each month, using things that would be available to a medieval household at the lower end of …

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – The King’s and Queen’s Pavements

The King’s Pavement, British Museum<p>The King’s and Queen’s Pavements were laid in Clarendon Palace, near Salisbury, in Wiltshire. The palace was …

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – Doorknocker in the Shape of a Lion’s Head

Doorknocker in the shape of a lion’s head, British Museum<p>This object has a cumbersome name, but it’s impressive enough to deserve it. It’s about 14 …

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – The Dunstable Swan Jewel

The Dunstable Swan Jewel, British Museum<p>Some time ago I wrote a post about goldsmiths and used this item as an illustration of their work. What I …

June Pottage

Having tried last year to make pottage that would resemble what ordinary people in the fourteenth century ate, I thought that this year I’d have a go …

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – Relief Tile from St Albans Abbey

Relief Tile from St Albans, British Museum<p>Yes, it’s another tile. This is an unusual tile in many ways. The most common type of tile in the …

Royal Castles and Coastal Defence in the Hundred Years’ War

(Dover Castle, Kent)<p><i>In this blog post I discuss the research that I have carried out into the role of royal castles in coastal defence in southern</i> …

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – A Knight on Horseback Aquamanile

Knight on Horseback Aquamanile, British Museum<p>I’ve mentioned table etiquette in a couple of posts, here and here, and I thought it was time to talk …

A Writer's Perspective

Knight on Horseback Aquamanile, British Museum<p>I’ve mentioned table etiquette in a couple of posts, here and here, and I thought it was time to talk …

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – Knives and Sheath

Knives and sheath, British Museum<p>I was very happy to see these knives in the British Museum, because I quite often write about knives and daggers in …

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – Seal-Die of Boxgrove Priory

Seal of Boxgrove Priory, British Museum<p>This is the second in the occasional series about medieval objects in the British Museum.<p>There were a few …

King Richard’s Palace – Portchester Castle

Richard II’s Palace, Portchester Castle<p>Portchester Castle stands on the edge of the water of Portsmouth Harbour across from Portsmouth. For those of …

The British Museum in Thirteen Objects – The Tring Tiles

The Tring Tiles<p>Following a visit to the British Museum just over a week ago, I’m writing an occasional series of posts about some of the objects I …

You Can’t Wear That!

You probably regard what you wear as being entirely up to you. Despite this we all conform to dress codes at various times: school uniform, no jeans …

Clothing

Fortune’s Wheel

<i>If she were constant and behaved reasonably, so that she was just and true to everyone, she would not be Fortune</i>. Machaut<p>In last week’s about …

Medieval Gambling

Last week we looked at the games that medieval people played, and where there are games there’s usually gambling. Most of the games played were games …

The Games Medieval People Played

Last week we were looking at medieval holidays. It was all very well having time off work, but what did people do with it? Fairly obviously, eating …

Medieval Holidays

Neither holidays nor weekends as we know them existed in the fourteenth century, although the biography of Edward II that I’m reading at the moment …

Popular Medieval Saints

I’ve just finished reading Christine de Pizan’s <i>The Book of the City of Ladies</i>. Written in the first few years of the fifteenth century, its purpose …

Margaret – a beloved wife or a victim?

Being a medieval woman came with risks – well, nothing strange there: life itself is a risk. Specifically, medieval heiresses ran the risk of being …

Siblings

Medieval Mystery Plays

Melford Hys Companie<p>After last week’s post about medieval dancing, there were some comments about miracle/mystery plays, so I thought we’d have a …

Medieval Dance

As I was getting ready for my tap class this week (yes, I know), I was thinking about dancing in the Middle Ages.<p>Most villages didn’t have a space …