Medieval Monday: The Thrill of The Hunt

Originally posted on Allison D. Reid:
“The time of the hunter is without idleness and without evil thoughts…hunters live in this world more joyfully than any other men. For when the hunter rises in the morning he sees a sweet and fair morn and clear weather and bright and he heareth the song of the…

The Funeral of Queen Jane Seymour

Originally posted on The Freelance History Writer:
On October 12, 1537, King Henry VIII’s beloved wife Jane Seymour finally gave birth at Hampton Court Palace to his only surviving legitimate son, the future King Edward VI. Henry was ecstatic. The labor had been long and hard but Jane seemed to slowly recover and even wrote…

Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex

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Alfred the Great. Image in the public domain “Therefore a man never attains virtue and excellence through his power; rather he attains power and authority through his virtue… Study wisdom, therefore, and when you have learned it, do not neglect it, for I say to you without hesitation…

Medieval Monday: Bathing

Originally posted on Allison D. Reid:
It is pretty commonly known that medieval times would have been full of unpleasant smells, including but not limited to body odor. There are some historical accounts of people bathing only once or twice a year, yet others that say it was a weekly, or at least regular, practice.…

Medieval Monday: Let the Games Begin!!

Originally posted on Allison D. Reid:
“Look in the streets and behold the little boys, How in fruit-season for joy the sing and hop.” – Alexander Barclay (medieval poet) I mentioned in a previous post that summer was not only a time for hard work, but also games and other enjoyable activities. Some of these…

The Skinny on Bad Parchment

Originally posted on medievalbooks:
My favourite activity is to touch, smell, and listen to the crackling sound of cows and sheep that have been dead for a thousand years. That’s right, I am talking about medieval parchment, the standard material for books made between the fifth and thirteenth centuries. Animal skin replaced papyrus (standard up to the fifth…

Medieval Monday: Turning Flax into Linen

Originally posted on Allison D. Reid:
Flax was an important plant in the medieval world. It had an incredible number of uses, some of which have already been touched on in previous posts. One of its primary uses was the production of linen cloth. Cotton didn’t grow well in northern areas of Europe, but flax…

Medieval Monday: Plants and Herbs (part 2)

Originally posted on Allison D. Reid:
In the medieval world, just about anything you could forage, or anything you could grow, had a use…or many uses.  All kinds of plants, even things we would consider to be weeds, might be used for medicine, cooking, as strewing herbs to combat vermin and bad smells, or they…

Medieval Monday: Plants and Herbs (part 1)

Originally posted on Allison D. Reid:
In the medieval world, just about anything you could forage, or anything you could grow, had a use…or many uses.  All kinds of plants, even things we would consider to be weeds, might be used for medicine, cooking, as strewing herbs to combat vermin and bad smells, or they…