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What is a pilgrimage? Middle Ages

By |2018-09-17T11:28:41-07:00August 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 [...]

Chaucer – Canterbury Tales – Middle Ages

By |2019-08-16T17:36:52-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Chaucer's tomb in Westminster Abbey Who was Chaucer? 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. What's the Hundred Years' War? Medieval literature All our Medieval Europe articles Chaucer's mother was also well [...]

King Henry II of England – Medieval history

By |2019-08-17T23:05:42-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Henry II of England: Matilda's son Queen Matilda of England When William the Conqueror died in 1087 AD, he left the throne of England to his sons William II and then Henry, and in 1035 Henry left it to his daughter Matilda, the widow of Henry V of Germany. William the Conqueror 1066 Henry V of Germany [...]