Archive for April, 2008
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be briefly covering the histories of medieval weaponry; from their humble origins as tools to their implementations as weapons of war, I’m going to address one weapon type in each article.
This week, I’m going to cover the history of what is perhaps the most common and recognizable of all […]
I recently finished reading The Secret Bride by Diane Haeger - a novel written about the terribly romantic relationship between Charles Brandon and Princess Mary, Henry VIII’s favorite sister and figured I’d write my first book review. I do still have intentions to finish the Worst Jobs in Tudor History, but the illness of my […]
We all know that infamous scene on the first season of the Tudors where Henry is whacking off in front of several servants - one unfortunate man, in particular, is set in front of him holding a silver bowl and a towel where Henry proceeds to alleviate himself of his overabundant “seminal” humors (those of […]
Perhaps one of the more famous aspects of life in Medieval Europe was war. The Middle Ages was unable to pass even a decade without one bloody conflict or another raging throughout Europe. In fact, war permeated every aspect of medieval society so deeply that it affected everything from poetry and writing to the advance […]
I recently read the article listed for Channel 4’s Worst Jobs in History and have my own input to add to this. We’ll start with the Medieval one first. Listed out, they are as follows: Fuller, arming squire, leech collector, barber-surgeon, stone worker, lime burner, treadmill worker, lance maker, chain-mail maker, royal falconer, purple maker, […]