A 12th century overview of the island of Britain

Chapter 2 of Geoffrey of Monmouth's (1100-1155) "History of the Kings of Britain" : "Britain, the best of islands, is situated in the Western Ocean, between France and Ireland, being eight hundred miles long, and two hundred broad. It produces every thing that is useful to man, with a plenty that never fails. It aboundsContinue reading “A 12th century overview of the island of Britain”

Anglo-Saxon manuscript treasure online

One of the most important collections of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts – for centuries kept at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge – has been entirely digitised, and is now available on the internet. The college’s Parker Library holds more than 550 documents – including the 6th Century St Augustine Gospels, and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the earliest historyContinue reading “Anglo-Saxon manuscript treasure online”

Uncovering the Truth About Viking Men

ScienceDaily (Apr. 27, 2010) — Vikings are associated with weapons and warfare, machismo and mayhem. But many of them had the same concerns about choosing their children’s names as we do, says a researcher from the University of Leicester who delivered his paper at a Viking conference on April 24. The sixth Midlands Viking SymposiumContinue reading “Uncovering the Truth About Viking Men”

Prices in Medieval England

I’ve just come across a great article showing generic prices from the mid-15th century. The article can be found here. The list is rich but of course not exhaustive and the prices should be regarded with caution. It is nonetheless a useful tool particularly for understanding differences in prices across objects, services, wages. Below I’veContinue reading “Prices in Medieval England”

The Pipe Rolls of Medieval England

I”ve just discovered quite a lot on the condition of the Exchequer Pipe Rolls as sources for historians nowadays. Here are some useful links for researchers: The Pipe Rolls Society, in charge of editing the manuscripts, has published more than 90 volumes of edited material that is available for sale throught their website. This isContinue reading “The Pipe Rolls of Medieval England”

What a lovely happenstance, the Canterbury Tales and me

My trip to Canterbury Cathedral next week on the 17th of April coincides just perfectly with the famous late-14th century pilgrimage at the heart of Chaucer’s Tales. When April with his showers sweet with fruit The drought of March has pierced unto the root And bathed each vein with liquor that has power To generateContinue reading “What a lovely happenstance, the Canterbury Tales and me”

Pastor calls Christian atheists to shed hypocrisy

Pastor Craig Groeschel is a recovering Christian atheist. He may have called himself a Christian all his life, but he didn’t always live as if God existed. It’s a struggle he’s had both as a layman and as a pastor, of one of the fastest growing and largest churches in the country. And it’s aContinue reading “Pastor calls Christian atheists to shed hypocrisy”

Summers Were Wetter in the Middle Ages Than They Are Today

ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2010) — The severe epidemic of plague known as the “Black Death” caused the death of a third of the European population in the 14th century. It is probable that the climatic conditions of the time were a contributory factor towards the disaster. “The late Middle Ages were unique from the pointContinue reading “Summers Were Wetter in the Middle Ages Than They Are Today”

C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters: how it all began

The first of the Screwtape letters was published in The Guardian on 2 May 1941. Thirty more letters followed, one each week. Lewis was paid 2 per letter – but he would not accept the money. Instead, he sent the editor of The Guardian a list of widows and orphans to whom the 62 wasContinue reading “C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters: how it all began”