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”

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”

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”

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”