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This blog is all about medieval history, a place where I’ll be sharing articles about fascinating stories from the Middle Ages.  Ask two historians to define the Middle Ages and you’d probably get two different answers.  So, for the sake of drawing some lines in the sand, I’ll be focusing on the period from 476 (the fall of the Roman Empire) up until 1487 (the end of the Wars of the Roses).

Read all about the key people, places and events that have shaped our past here.

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You’ll find articles on pretty much anything from the medieval period on this site.  I’m always open to new ideas, so if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.  I doubt if I’ll be able to accommodate every suggestion, but I’ll certainly take them into account.

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About me

I have an avid interest in history and would call myself a ‘keen amateur historian’. I studied history academically with the Open University and for most of my life I have studied history mainly for fun.  If you contribute to the History forum called ‘Historum’ you may have come across me posting as SilasMarner.


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Henry V tomb

The Legacy of Henry V and the Infant King

In late August 1422 Henry V lay on his deathbed at the Château de Vincennes in France.  He was dying at the height of his powers at the age of just 35. 

He would leave behind him a Lancastrian empire that encompassed not only England, Wales, and Ireland but also large tracts of France.   

However, Henry’s son and heir was an infant, not yet one year old…

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Agincourt reenactment Tewksbury Medieval Festival 2009

The Battle of Agincourt

On a damp autumn day in 1415, a tired, dysentery ridden, English army defeated a larger, fresh, French army near a small village called Agincourt.

Henry V’s famous victory was later immortalised by Shakespeare.  Today, when we think of Agincourt, we probably think of English longbowmen unleashing a hail of arrows on doomed, charging, French knights.

But was it really that simple?…

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King Arthur returns the sword to the lake

The Legend of King Arthur

There can be few stories in British folklore more potent and enduring than the Legend of King Arthur. 

But who was King Arthur?  Are his stories based on a real man? 

And, an even more intriguing question, if he is no more than a myth, how did he become such a powerful cultural icon?

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Follow our journey through the Middle Ages

I publish two articles a month. Check back and never miss a post from this blog.

Future articles to look out for:

  • An ongoing series of articles covering the history of the Plantagenets during the late Middle Ages, from the death of Edward III through to the dawn of the Tudor Age.  You can read the first article in this series here
    • We also feature articles covering folklore, myths, and legends from the medieval period.  Past articles include a series on Robin Hood and features on King Arthur and the origins of Halloween.