Tag Archives: Middle Ages

The Long Read: Saint Guinefort the Holy Greyhound

by Dr Rebecca Rist In April 1988 the New York Times published a review of Suzanne Schiffman and Paméla Berger’s film Sorceress (French version Le Moine et la Sorcière), which debuted at the 68th Street Playhouse. It described it as … Continue reading

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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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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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Toads mean Trouble: Amphibious Assassins in Gerald of Wales’ The Journey through Wales

by Dr Ruth Salter If you were asked to think of an unassuming British animal, I would hazard a guess that the first creature to come to mind would be something – small, brown, possibly squeaky – like a mouse … Continue reading

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Romance the Medieval Way: St Valentine’s Day Special

by Dr Ruth Salter St Valentine and the (possible) origins of Valentine’s Day Two St Valentines are listed in the Roman Martyrology for February 14th: one was a martyred Roman priest who had supposedly been killed on the Flaminian Way … Continue reading

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