In 1173 the Angevin empire looked set to fall, facing rebellion on all sides. Against incredible odds Henry II won a decisive victory, silencing kings, lords – and his own children.
How ‘lore’, a largely neglected medieval word, has found a new lease of life in fandom.
What was there to fear from a medieval inquisition? For the inquisitors, quite a lot.
A new account of some of the most exciting, terrible and important years in English history.
What does it mean to be happy? For poets, medieval and modern, joy comes in many forms.
Child-murderer, arch villain, failed monarch, ‘northern’. Have efforts to redeem Richard III succeeded or is he still one of history’s worst kings?
Westminster Abbey was the focus of the world during the recent coronation. How and why was it built?
The ceremony for coronations may have changed, but its echoes stretch back a millennium.
Nicknames can easily raise an eyebrow, but they have value to the historian beyond humour.
From alliances, to open warfare; from tense meetings on bridges, to collective mourning at family funerals: French and English royalty were united by marriage and divided by war.