The Last Lancastrian: A Story of Margaret Beaufort by Samantha Wilcoxson

It seems like a small eternity ago, but in reality it's only been a little over a week.  Maybe?  Time is a bit squirrelly for me sometimes.  I think it's some-timer's disease.  Anyway, whenever it was, I had a surprise email from my good friend, author Samantha Wilcoxson.  She's got a novella in the queue, and would I … Continue reading The Last Lancastrian: A Story of Margaret Beaufort by Samantha Wilcoxson

The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

Picking up where the previous volume left off, Durant dedicates this volume to the Medieval world as focused through the lens of the Christian, Islamic, and Judaic worlds from 325-1300, or as he puts it, from Constantine to Dante. As with the previous volumes, this one is broken into five parts.  Part 1 deals with … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

The Portable Medieval Reader edited by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin

Think about the types of people who lived and chronicled throughout the whole of the Middle Ages.  Royalty, knights, clergy, artisans, merchants, scholars of all stripes.  Consider some of the names of the era: Peter Abelard, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer, William of Tyre, Roger Bacon, Anna Comnena, Pope Pius II, Thomas Becket, … Continue reading The Portable Medieval Reader edited by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin

Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

I'm on record as saying that if I were to be a knight in service, to bend the knee to anyone in history, it would be to Eleanor of Aquitaine, "by the wrath of God, Quene of England."  As a Medieval queen, and especially as one of significant personal power, she's known to have done … Continue reading Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

Henry V

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. … Continue reading Henry V

Courts of Love, Castles of Hate: Troubadours & Trobairitz in Southern France 1071-1321 by Aubrey Burl

The time period in question -- 1071-1321, as the book's title states -- was a time of great upheaval.  Kings and nobles vied for power and status.  England and France were at war more often than not.  The Crusades were a part of the culture, which included the Albigensian Crusade wherein the Catholic Church sent … Continue reading Courts of Love, Castles of Hate: Troubadours & Trobairitz in Southern France 1071-1321 by Aubrey Burl