Category Archives: Medieval History

19th December 1154: Henry II and the Hand of St James

by Dr Ruth Salter 836 years ago, on a day much like this (possibly), Henry II was crowned at Westminster Abbey.  His predecessor (and uncle), Stephen, had died just under two months earlier, much of his reign having been taken … Continue reading

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International Womens’ Day: An Interview with Rebecca Rist

This month is Womens’ History Month and today, 8th March, is International Womens’ Day. So we’ve taken the opportunity to talk to Dr Rebecca Rist, one of the few young female academics working on the medieval papacy, and find out … Continue reading

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The Long Read. Impressions of a Modern Pilgrim: Walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

by Dr Rebecca Rist Whan that Averylle with his shoures soote The droughte of March hath perced to the roote, … Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrymages When in April the sweet showers fall, And pierce the drought of … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: Twelfth Cake

by Prof Anne Lawrence Twelfth Night: or King and Queen’ by the early-modern poet, Robert Herrick begins: Now, now the mirth comes With the cake full of plums, Where bean’s the king of the sport here; Beside we must know, … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: Giving at Christmas Time

by Harriet Mahood The traditions of giving to the less fortunate is alive and well today and many of us will receive leaflets about Christmas charity campaigns through our doors this festive, and witness charity fundraising events whilst out and … Continue reading

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