Historians Reassess Battle of Agincourt

Here is nn interesting article I found in the New York Times written by James Glanz and published on the 24th of October 2009. MAISONCELLE, France — The heavy clay-laced mud behind the cattle pen on Antoine Renault’s farm looks as treacherous as it must have been nearly 600 years ago, when King Henry V rodeContinue reading “Historians Reassess Battle of Agincourt”

The first Christmas card dates back to 1843

When London’s John Calcott Horsley invented the first Christmas card in 1843 as a favor to Henry Cole, neither man had any idea of the impact it would have in Britain and later in America. Even the early Christmas card manufacturers believed Christmas cards to be a vogue which would soon pass. They operated onContinue reading “The first Christmas card dates back to 1843”

The King and his castle: how Henry II rebuilt his reputation

taken from the BBC History magazine Henry II spent vast sums making Dover Castle the mightiest fortress in the land. Yet, as John Gillinghamargues, he did so not to protect his realm but to save face following the murder of Thomas Becket On the evening of the fifth day of Christmas 1170, as the monks ofContinue reading “The King and his castle: how Henry II rebuilt his reputation”

Partial cartulary online

I’ve just uploaded half of the manuscript I wrote about a couple of days ago (Luxembourg cartulary from the 14th century). It’s not final though as it needs some editing but the essential is there and the text is highly readable. I will try to complete the manuscript by the end of next week. InContinue reading “Partial cartulary online”

Punishment for coin forgery in 15th century France

The counterfeiter is shown being boiled in this 15th c. manuscript from Toulouse. During the 14th and the 15th centuries, French kings effortlessly tried to reduce coin counterfeiting or “faux-monnayage” as the kingdom was expanding and the royal authority was being reinforced in the provinces.

Luxembourg chartulary to be digitised

I plan to digitise at my own expense and effort one of Luxembourg’s National Archive’s 13th century chartulary. The work will most probably begin this Thursday. Please come back to the WR to learn more about this ongoing project. I will post more about the nature of this chartulary later this week as I haveContinue reading “Luxembourg chartulary to be digitised”

Great collection of English charters

Great tidings for you all rejoicing historians! I’ve just discovered this: Durham University’s medieval documents compilation website. Now this is great! A place to have access to both the charter and the transcribed text. It goes without saying that this webpage promises to be of great help to the beginner paleographer and manuscript studies student. ThereContinue reading “Great collection of English charters”

Champagne and Clairvaux abbey seals online. Charters too.

Sigillography enthusiasts will find this online resource both fun and useful. The French archives of the Aube department propose an online flash-based tool for showcasing the most famous medieval seals of the historical region of Champagne currently preserved in the departmental archives. Under the name “Sceaux et usages de sceaux” (Seals and the usage ofContinue reading “Champagne and Clairvaux abbey seals online. Charters too.”