Tag: Medieval History
Stories From St Conall Cael’s Handbell
How many stories can one object hold? Verity Limond reveals what a medieval Irish handbell can tell us about everything from monastic life to international trade connections.
More Than a Mistress: The Story of Jane Shore
Jane Shore was the mistress to Edward IV and many other significant figures during the Wars of the Roses. Marnie Camping-Harris takes a look at her remarkable life.
Arthur of Brittany: The Original Disappearing Prince
Despite a claim to the throne and popular support from France, Arthur of Brittany would vanish from the annals of history in 1203 following his imprisonment by King John. Marnie-Camping Harris discusses his unsuccessful struggle for the crown and mysterious disappearance.
The Past Unveiled: A New Perspective on Ancient Phenomena and Myths through Poor Sight
Legends surrounding creatures lurking in the depths of the Earth’s waters have captivated human interest for centuries. However, there may be a more physiological answer to their supposed sightings, as Dalma Roman investigates.
Valentine’s Day Revisited
Who was Saint Valentine? When did Valentine’s Day begin to be associated with love? Why has the holiday become so commercialized? Mahdeen Shafee investigates these questions and more in an exploration of the history of Valentine’s Day, from its beginnings in Ancient Rome to the present day.
Woman’s Work: The Elusive Embroiderers of the Bayeux Tapestry
Despite remaining one of the most celebrated works of medieval art, there is little discussion of the women behind the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry. Naomi Wallace discusses the theories surrounding its origins and the needleworkers responsible for this famous masterpiece.
Empress Matilda: What Happened to England’s First Female Heir?
In 1135, with the death of Henry I, England was plunged into civil war over a succession crisis, at the heart of which lie the question: should a woman be able to sit on the throne? Megan Crutchley explores the life and legacy of Empress Matilda, the woman who almost became the first ruling Queen…
Decline, Fall and Reuse: Greek Nationalist Uses of Byzantine Archaeology since 1830
Following the collapse of the Byzantine Empire to the Ottomans in 1453, it found new provenance in shaping Greek identity during its struggle for independence. Verity Limond explores the place of Byzantine archaeology alongside glorification of the classical past.