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Jews in Medieval Europe – History

By |2018-04-18T23:33:48+00:00August 24th, 2017|History, Medieval, Religion|

Jewish money-lenders in medieval France The Middle Ages in Europe were a difficult time for the Jews. Many Jews lived in Western Europe between about 1000 and 1500 AD, but all the rulers were Christians, and almost all the people who had any power were Christians. These Christians thought Jews were different and strange. They suspected Jews of [...]

Knights of the Round Table – Medieval England

By |2017-08-04T07:57:30+00:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Lancelot to the rescue! Notice the importance of his strong steel sword In the early Middle Ages, poets and story-tellers were telling a lot of different stories about knights and ladies and their adventures. But how did all these stories fit together? People wanted all of these stories to be tied together somehow. So the poets [...]

Lancelot and Guinevere – Medieval Romance

By |2017-08-04T00:01:09+00:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Guinevere sends her ring to Lancelot Guinevere first appears in written stories about 1325 AD in the Welsh story Culhwch ac Olwen, as Arthur's queen. In later medieval stories, she's the daughter of King Leodegrance, and she marries Arthur when they are both still very young. Arthur needs sons to inherit his throne, but Guinevere does [...]

King Arthur stories – Knights of the Round Table

By |2017-08-03T21:05:22+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

King Arthur hunting, 1300s AD (British Library, London) Stories about King Arthur may be based on a real man who ruled southern England about 450 AD, just after the Romans left, but nobody knows anything much about this man, or even if he really existed. The stories seem to be a mashup of memories of this man and [...]

Medieval German art

By |2018-04-10T22:56:55+00:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

Evangelists on an ivory plaque, Cologne(?), ca. 1000 AD (Now in Metropolitan Museum, New York) At first, German art after the fall of Rome was a lot like Visigothic or Merovingian art. People call German art made after the 900s AD "Ottonian" after the German emperors who were ruling at that time. Because these Otto emperors thought of themselves as being Holy Roman [...]