For the 50th anniversary of Tolkien’s death, I want to celebrate some of his major contributions to the study of medieval literature.
Snails were recognised in medieval times for their unusual strength, given that they were able to carry their home on their back.
Much of what we know about the life of the sixth century monk, St David, comes from medieval texts written several centuries later.
The Newport medieval ship is the most complete section of a 15th-century European vessel discovered to date.
DNA analysis reveals a large migration of people into Scandinavia during Viking times.
Many people gathered and slept in a shared warm space in medieval times.
The press, films and series and even everyday language still reflect a derogatory conception of the Middle Ages. Was the period really that bad?
When Stephanie Trigg was a young reader, The Gentle Falcon, set in 1396, introduced her to the beauty and danger of the medieval world.
This illustrated health manual dating back to the 13th century provides a glimpse of daily life in aristocratic households during the Middle Ages.
Feudalism has been replaced by capitalism, and the new villeiny — or neo-villeiny — has emerged to reflect a relationship between a worker and an organization.
Zadie Smith’s first play delivers on what women want.
Ever since players tweaked the game to reflect the medieval social order, poets and writers have used chess as an allegory for love, duty, conflict and accomplishment.
The idea of organized satanic witchcraft was invented in 15th-century Europe by church and state authorities, who at first had a hard time convincing regular folks it was real.
Poets and the wealthy were angered by those who saw their opportunity to rise above their station after the plague.
During the Black Death of the 1300s, medieval writers struggled to make sense of the disease just as we are now during the COVID-19 pandemic
The young assassin and wannabe knight stand in the background but if their medieval influences are anything to go by, they could end up leading the final battle.
Medieval churches have often suffered fires. A look at those in Britain shows that Notre Dame can be rebuilt.
From speaking out over domestic abuse in medieval times to telling the realities of war, these female poets present a very different version of Welsh life.
From Scarecrow to Scabby William, what can medieval names tell historians today?
Male monks were not the sole producers of books throughout the Middle Ages.