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What is a pilgrimage? Middle Ages

By |2018-09-17T11:28:41+00:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

The first view of the pilgrimage: Chartres on the horizon Who went on pilgrimages? In the Middle Ages, many people - both men and women - went on short or long pilgrimages. A pilgrimage is a trip you take to a famous religious place. Christians, Jews, and Muslims went on pilgrimages. Most people walked, and others rode horses or went [...]

Wife of Bath’s Tale – Chaucer

By |2017-08-04T08:20:59+00:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Woman beating a man Chaucer's Wife of Bath's tale is different from the other stories in the Canterbury Tales. It's the only one told by a woman. She's a woman from the town of Bath, in England, so it's the Wife of Bath's story. (Bath got that name because there were old Roman baths there). [...]

Miller’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2017-08-04T07:41:32+00:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

A medieval carpenter works in his shop. Once there was a carpenter, who lived with his wife Alison and a student, Nicholas, who rented a room in their house. Nicholas fell in love with Alison, and she fell in love with him. But how could they spend the night together, without Alison's husband [...]

Lawyer’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2018-04-24T09:08:58+00:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

The Lawyer's Tale: This is probably a picture of either the real Constantina or her mother Helena (Santa Costanza church, Rome) The Lawyer's Tale In the time of the Roman Empire, says the lawyer on Chaucer's pilgrimage, there was a Christian princess Custance, the daughter of the Emperor, who was very beautiful and good. Custance [...]

The Knight’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2018-04-24T09:13:53+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Chaucer's Knight's Tale: Medieval knights in the Metropolitan Museum of Art A story about Theseus Chaucer set his Knight's Tale in ancient Greece, and it's about Theseus, the king of Athens in Greek mythology. (So we can see that these medieval people knew all about Greek mythology!). In the story, Theseus is just coming back to Athens after [...]

Medieval literature – Europe

By |2018-04-24T09:23:15+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Medieval Book (Cluny Museum, Paris) In the Early Middle Ages, as the Roman Empire was collapsing, the new power of Christianity inspired Augustine, in North Africa, and Pope Gregory the Great in Italy. They both wrote new books in Latin about Christian philosophy. In Constantinople, Procopius wrote in Greek about Justinian's conquests. And about the same time, Cassiodorus in Italy [...]

The Clerk’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2017-08-03T22:00:27+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Clerks in the Manessa Codex (1300 AD) Chaucer's Clerk's Tale is actually taken from one of Boccaccio's stories, and because of that the story's action happens in Italy. It shows the young monk's ideas about how women ought to behave. It's about Griselda, a poor woman who marries a rich man. Her husband, Walter, wants to make sure Griselda [...]

Chaucer – Canterbury Tales – Middle Ages

By |2017-08-03T21:53:12+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Chaucer's tomb in Westminster Abbey Geoffrey Chaucer was born about 1343 AD, probably in London, England, during the Hundred Years' War. His father seems to have been pretty well off; he sold wine to bars and taverns. Chaucer's mother was also well off; she inherited twenty-four shops in London from her uncle. The plague struck England when Chaucer was about five [...]

King John and the Magna Carta

By |2018-04-24T09:04:03+00:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Prince John on a coin When Richard the Lionhearted died in 1199 AD (when he was 42), his younger brother John became king. The lords (the rich men) of England hated John. They hated him partly because John had taxed everyone so much to pay for the Third Crusade. And they also hated him because John seems [...]