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All about medieval history

This blog is all about medieval history, a place where I’ll be sharing articles about fascinating stories from the Middle Ages.  About the key people, places and events that have shaped our past.

But what is ‘our period’ I hear you ask.  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 war of the roses).

This year (2024), I will be focusing on writing more articles about medieval myths, legends, and folklore.  These will be along the lines of the material I cover in my forthcoming book ‘Myths and Legends of the Medieval World’ (due out towards the end of 2024).  It should hopefully give you a good flavour of what to expect should you be tempted to buy a copy.

In addition, I’ll continue writing on a range of general medieval topics such as the Wars of the Roses, the Teutonic Knights and medieval entertainment.”

I really hope you enjoy the stories on this site.  My aim is to entertain, to share, to inform and, I hope, inspire others to share my passion for medieval history.

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About the author

Paul Watts

It might be stating the obvious, but I have a particular interest in Medieval History and folklore.

I have an avid interest in general 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 mainly for fun.  If you contribute to the History forum called ‘Historum’ you may have come across me posting as SilasMarner.

I live down in the west country in England with my wife Alice and two cats.

I am writing this blog because I believe history is important.  History lies at the heart of everything we are.  Our culture and our heritage are the product of history.  It shapes our identity and connects us with our past and the world in which we live.  

But history also grants us access to a vast catalogue of human stories – some of the most poignant and meaningful stories ever told.  History is the story of what it means to be human.