The Revenant: Sin and society A Revenant was once a man, a sinful man who rose from the grave to terrorize the town.But what do these creatures say about medieval society?

The life of an Executioner.

It’s wildly accepted that crime and punishment in history has been brutal. A person could find themselves facing terrible punishments for what we now consider petty crimes. But behind the horror of execution where those tasked with delivering it. The life of an executioner was nothing glamorous or forbiddingly dark. Forget the black hooded man … Continue reading The life of an Executioner.

Scrofula: The King’s Evil.

In times before modern science and medicine the world was a terrifying place. The looming fear of one’s mortality in the face of illness or simple wounds was ever present. The worst part was probably the inability to explain the cause or reason for these sudden illnesses. Many misunderstood illnesses came in waves over the … Continue reading Scrofula: The King’s Evil.

The Longbow men: England’s Pride?

History has always fueled the base for national pride. If you’re American, you probably think of the revolution. The French might think of Napoleon Bonaparte or the great feats of architectural design. The English have their own self glamorized moments from history, the Victorian age is one such example. But England also tends to pick … Continue reading The Longbow men: England’s Pride?

The Folville Gang: England’s medieval mafia

NEW MORE DETAILED AUDIO ESSAY: In 1310 Sir John Folville dies, a respected part of the gentry and a commissioner knight of the shire. As per custom his wealth and land are given to the eldest of his sons, John. Leaving the remaining six to find their own paths. This was nothing unusual. The younger … Continue reading The Folville Gang: England’s medieval mafia

The Rise and fall of religious relics

By the 12th century Christianity was actively practiced in much of Europe. Additionally, there is a clearer understanding on the doctrine of the faith.  This is significant as for a long time the faith was practiced with many shades of gray. This can be drawn up to multiple factors, such as cultural clashes and simple … Continue reading The Rise and fall of religious relics

How The Black Death ‘Infected’ class.

It’s difficult to imagine the horrors that would have been felt across the world as the infamous ‘Black Death’ ravaged the population. The sheer fear that must have been felt as they desperately tried to find a cause and reason behind the illness that was claiming so many, some even believing that this mass loss … Continue reading How The Black Death ‘Infected’ class.

Johannes Junius: The mayor burned for Witchcraft.

In July 1628, broken and tired fifty-five-year-old man finally confesses to a crime he was accused of months before. He has finally given in to the mental and physical torcher of his captors, recognising there is no way to prove innocence or escape. This man is no outcast or misfit that the community is wary … Continue reading Johannes Junius: The mayor burned for Witchcraft.