Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex

Originally posted on The Freelance History Writer:
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…

Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 1)

Originally posted on Allison D. Reid:
We’re pretty used to our modern kitchen conveniences, including our stoves and ovens. But somehow people from the Anglo-Saxon and medieval period managed to make a wide array of dishes and baked goods without them. How did they do it? Managing your fuel supply was a key element.  Cutting…

The Months that Pass

Autumn now feels like it is creeping up on us so quickly and summer is almost over! *sob* So it got me thinking about harvest time and the activities we do today throughout the month. But what about the medieval period?   In the medieval world, spring/summer was full of hope, hard work, feasts, and…

Medieval Monday: Illuminated Manuscripts

Originally posted on Allison D. Reid:
Many people assume that the Middle Ages were governed by ignorance and superstition.  Though there was certainly much that was not yet understood in the realm of science and medicine, people in the Middle Ages were not completely uneducated. The ancient Greek writers were greatly respected, and their works…

The Execution Of Anne Boleyn 1536

This account of Anne Boleyn’s fall from royal favor was written by the Spanish ambassador Eustace Chapuys, in a letter to Emperor Charles V. Chapuys despised Anne; she returned the feeling. He was the chief adviser and confidante of Henry VIII’s first wife, Katharine of Aragon. He did not recognize the king’s marriage to Anne…