Month: February 2023

The people of Tournai bury victims of the Black Death

Black Death: A devastating pandemic that swept through Europe in the 14th century, killing an estimated 25 million people.

The Venerable Bede translating the Gospel of John on his deathbed

Bede, also known as The Venerable Bede, was an English monk, author, and scholar. His most famous work was the Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

Siege of Constantinople - Image from an illuminated manuscript, the Madrid Skylitzes, showing Greek fire in use against the fleet of the rebel

Siege of Constantinople in 717–718 was a combined land and sea offensive by the Umayyad Caliphate against the capital city of the Byzantine Empire.

King Don Rodrigo haranguing his troops at the battle of Guadalete

The Umayyad Caliphate expanded into Hispania from 711 to 718. The conquest resulted in the defeat of the Visigothic Kingdom and the establishment of Al-Andalus.

Hans Holbein’s Dance of Death (1523–5)

The Dancing Plague: a strange and deadly epidemic that struck Strasbourg in 1518, where people danced uncontrollably for months, with a mysterious cause.

Charles Martel at Battle of Tours, Great Chronicles of France

The 8th century: a time of transformative change that shaped the world, from the rise of Islam to the Viking Age.

Medieval Christianity: A New History by Kevin Madigan

Medieval Christianity: An expansive guide to the medieval world, with new attention to women, ordinary parishioners, attitudes toward Jews and Muslims, and more

Image 4 of Codex Amiatinus.

Codex Amiatinus, the earliest complete one-volume Latin Bible to survive, was produced in 700 at the Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey in Northeast England.

Lyminge monastery in kent

Lyminge, a monastery in Kent, was found to be more resilient to Viking attacks than previously believed, according to research by the University of Reading.

Excerpt from folio 47v of Harley MS 2278. The scene depicts Hinguar and Hubba setting out to avenge their father, Lothbrok

Ivar's Invasion: The mysterious Viking leader known as Ivar the Boneless left a lasting impact in England and Ireland. Uncover his legends and facts.

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