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5 09, 2017

Heloise and Abelard – Middle Ages in Europe

By |2019-08-09T12:02:30-07:00September 5th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Heloise and Abelard Who was Heloise? The story of Heloise (HELL-oh-ees) and her husband Peter Abelard is one of the saddest stories of Western history. Heloise was born about 1100 AD. (This was just a few years after the Norman Conquest). When Heloise was a young woman, about twenty years old, she lived with [...]

23 08, 2017

What is tonsure? Medieval Christianity

By |2019-09-16T20:23:24-07:00August 23rd, 2017|History|4 Comments

Young tonsured monks at school Tonsure means to cut off someone's hair. Monks and nuns in the Middle Ages generally showed that they were monks by cutting their hair short (when most people wore theirs long).  Christian monks got a special short haircut by shaving a bald spot in the middle of the back of [...]

21 08, 2017

St. Benedict – Christianity – History of Religion

By |2019-02-13T08:19:08-07:00August 21st, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Egyptian caves where early monks and nuns lived Who was Benedict? In the 500s AD, Benedict was the founder of a new Christian movement toward monasticism: living as monks or nuns. What are Christian monks? History of Christianity All our medieval Europe articles A Buddhist idea: the monastery Already in the 300s, especially in Egypt, men and women [...]

4 08, 2017

Medieval School – Europe

By |2018-04-11T09:19:36-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, People|0 Comments

Clerks in the Manessa Codex (1300 AD) In medieval Europe, even fewer kids went to school than in the Roman Empire. People were poorer, and kids had to work in the fields weeding and harvesting and taking care of pigs and chickens. Most people never learned to read or write. Richer people often home-schooled their children, especially girls and children [...]

2 08, 2017

Leo to Empress Irene – Byzantine History

By |2017-08-02T09:17:48-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Leo the Isaurian (ca. 720 AD, Louvre museum, Paris) When Justinian's assassin Philippicus turned out to be a worthless party animal, other Roman officials killed him. In 713 AD the people of Constantinople chose a court official named Anastasius II to be the next emperor. Anastasius (ann-ah-STAYS-yus) was a practical guy, with good ideas - but [...]

30 07, 2017

What is a cloister? Medieval architecture

By |2019-09-18T07:45:09-07:00July 30th, 2017|Medieval|2 Comments

Cloister at Moissac (ca. 1100 AD, southern France) Where do cloisters come from? Cloisters were a medieval kind of building that developed out of Greek and then Roman peristyles. What is a peristyle? More medieval architecture All our medieval Europe articles What is a cloister? A cloister is a courtyard garden inside a building. [...]