Medieval History


General Medieval History Topics and People. For more see the pages on French and Anglo-Saxon History

Venerable Bede

Who Was the First to Discover America? 

Rollo, Viking Count of Normandy

Cnut ~ England’s Danish King

Aethelred the Unready

King Edmund Ironside

Missing Monarchs – Lost Burial Places of Medieval English Kings 

Edward the Confessor, King of England

The Childhood of William the Conqueror

The Meaning of “Mora”, the Flagship Matilda of Flanders Gave William the Conqueror

King Stephen Fights Bravely at the First Battle of Lincoln, 1141

Enter the Plantagenets ~ The Treaty of Wallingford, 1153

Letter from Empress Matilda to Thomas Becket, 1165

The Odyssey of Richard the Lionheart

The Story of the Coronation Chair of England

Ten Medieval Royal English Weddings

The Scandal and Downfall of Piers Gaveston at the Court of King Edward II

Margaret of Brabant, Countess of Flanders

“Reliconomics”, the economics of the trade in medieval relics

Was Medieval Spinning Women’s Work?

Discovering King Arthur: Arthurian Wall Paintings Preserved in Poland

The Two Towers:  Longthorpe and Seidlecin

Queen Hedwig’s Love Castket:  Arthurian Art in Poland 

‘Wilikin of the Weald’:  A Forgotten Hero of England

Tower House Castles of Medieval Europe

The Kings of England Who Never Were

The Wedding of King Henry IV and Joan of Navarre

The Battle of Brouwershaven – 1426

Edward of Lancaster, Prince of Wales, son of King Henry VI

Archbishop George Neville Serves a Magnificent Medieval Feast

Education of a Royal Prince:  Edward, Prince of Wales, son of King Edward IV

The Battle of Winchelsea

The Death of William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk ~ Murder at Sea

Ferdinand the Saint Prince of Portugal

Juan, Prince of Asturias and son of Ferdinand and Isabella

The Spanish Inquisition: Reason for the Inquisition

It’s the plague sir……the plague ~ Sickness in the Middle Ages

Great Moravia: The Forgotten Kingdom ~ A guest post by Carolyn Emrick

Old Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Lost Princes Who Never Became King

Medieval Women

A Study in Queenship ~ How Queens Exercised Power

Hilda of Whitby: A Ray of Light in the Dark Ages 

Irene of Athens – The First Sole Byzantine Empress

Herleva of Falaise, Mother of William the Conqueror

A Look at Some Anglo-Saxon Queens

Hildegard of Bingen, 11th C. German abbess, writer and composer

Why Empress Matilda was Called Lady of the English and Not Queen

A Frisky, Gay Elena:  Matilda, Duchess of Saxony and Bavaria

St. Hedwig of Silesia: The Duchess Who Walked Barefoot

The Beloved Wife: Gentle and Beautiful Anna of Schweidnitz

Margaret, Maid of Norway

The Queen and the Mistress: Two Sides of a Medieval Woman? 

Margaret of England, Duchess of Brabant

Eleanor of Woodstock, Duchess of Guelders

Philippa of Lancaster, Queen of Portugal

Mary de Bohun, Countess of Northampton and Derby, mother of King Henry V of England 

Marjorie Bruce, Princess of Scotland

A Medieval Princess is Jilted at the Altar

All These Ladies Named Ingeborg ~ A Guest Post by Anna Belfrage

Margery Kempe~Author of a Medieval Autobiography

Julian of Norwich ~ Mystic, Theologian and Anchoress<

Joan of Arc

A Woman’s Justice During the Reign of Charles the Bold

Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester

Cecily Neville, Duchess of York

Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Duchess of Bedford and Countess Rivers 

Katherine Woodville, Duchess of Buckingham and Bedford

English Ambassadors Meet Isabella of Spain, 1489

Germaine de Foix, Queen of Aragon, Naples, Sardinia, Navarre and Sicily and Vicereine of Valencia

Medieval Places

The History of Tutbury Castle

The History of the Castle at Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, England

St Mary the Virgin and All Saints Church in Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, England

The Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse

The History of Craigmillar Castle

The Woes of Warwick Castle

History of Eltham Palace

11 thoughts on “Medieval History

  1. I really enjoy your site with so many interesting characters, I can learn about them without having to read a long book when I don’t have time. Unfortunately,I don’t see anything about Elizabeth your long list of queens, etc. Have I missed something?

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    • Hi Cecile! Thank you for your kind words. You have not missed anything. Since I started the blog I have been working my way through the Queens of England from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. I’m not even half way there but E. Woodville is on the list. I love the medieval queens so will get to her soon, Anne Neville is next. 🙂


  2. Some very interesting articles, I’m looking forward to reading them!
    Have you written anything about Joan of Kent, or could perhaps recommend any good non fiction about her? Many thanks, Danielle


    • Thank you Danielle C. I have not written about Joan of Kent but she is a worthy subject. There is no biography of her that I can find. There are some sources listed on her Wikipedia page that would give you a place to start looking. I’ve also had some success with Google Books. Good luck and thanks for reading.


    • I’ve just discovered your site. It’s terrific. I was looking for something about Wessex but got sidetracked by your medieval page. I write fiction, well researched I hope, set in the reign of much maligned Richard II and the aftermath of the Great Revolt of 1381. Somebody mentioned Joan of Kent. Yes, she needs bringing back into the light. She was in the tradition of peace-weavers.


      • Thanks for your kind words Cassandra and I’m glad you enjoyed the site. My Anglo-Saxon page has a lot of Wessex history on it. 😉 You are exactly right, Joan of Kent needs more attention. She is definitely on my list to look into. Best of luck with your book writing.


      • Richard II was only 10 when he inherited the crown. He tended to rely on a handful of courtiers and thus may not have been as astute at building relationships with the right people.

        The result was the Lords Appellant taking over governing for two years, after which Richard regained control governing well for several years. Perhaps his revenge on the Lords Appellants, followed by two years of “tyranny” enabled John of Gaunt’s son Henry of Bolingbroke to gather support in his invasion that toppled Richard from the throne.

        He is also credited by Shakespeare, rightly or more likely wrongly, with facilitating the war of the roses, but still may have contributed to his deposition through his other actions.

        Not the only impact Shakespeare has had on perceptions of English history.


  3. Hi, Susan. I’ve just discovered your blog and am loving it. I’m doing a series on my blog called 1014, in which I’m trying to paint the picture of life in that featured year, 1000 years ago. Any key events will be noted on their anniversary as well as a general overview of the times. I’ve got Aethelred covered, as he’ll play a key role in the story. I’d like to reblog that piece. I was wondering if you had anything else that may fit the bill and if you wouldn’t mind me reblogging it?

    Thanks for all your hard work,


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