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Early France: the Franks and the Merovingians

By |2018-05-14T23:41:44-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Early France: A Merovingian fibula (a pin to hold a cloak on) from the 500s-600s AD Early France:  the Franks invade Gaul Who were the Franks? The Franks had been living for some time in northern Germany when the weakness of the Roman Empire tempted them to move south in the 400s AD. Compared to the Visigoths and [...]

Medieval European clothing

By |2019-04-12T05:20:30-07:00August 1st, 2017|Clothing, Medieval|

Medieval peasant clothing, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1400s AD, now in Chantilly) What did medieval people wear? In Medieval Europe, as in the Roman period, most people wore loose linen or wool tunics like big baggy t-shirts. History of linen Roman clothing All our medieval Europe articles How long were their tunics? Men mostly [...]

Carcassonne – medieval castles

By |2019-02-28T11:02:05-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Carcassonne (1060s to 1240s AD) Where is Carcassonne? Carcassonne, on top of a hill where you can see for miles, has always been important for any army that wanted to control southern France. It controls a crossroads where a big road from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea crosses the main road from France [...]