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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 [...]

Who was Ingundis? Visigothic Spain

By |2017-08-02T13:41:42+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Gold coin of King Leovigild By the late 500s AD, the Visigoths were the only people in Europe who hadn't converted from Arianism to Catholicism. They were beginning to feel a little old-fashioned. Then a strong, successful king of Spain, Leovigild, married his oldest son, Hermengild, to a Frankish princess, Ingundis. Ingundis was only ten or eleven years old [...]

Heraclius – Byzantine Empire

By |2018-04-24T08:13:16+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Justin II (on a gold coin) After Justinian died in 565 AD, Justin II became the next Roman Emperor. But Justin and his successors could not hold the great empire Justinian had reassembled. It was too expensive to pay for all those soldiers and ships. In 568 AD, the Lombards invaded Italy and took half of it away from Rome. Justin, [...]