Month: December 2023

19th-century religious card depicting Benedict IX

The Tale of Benedict IX: A pope thrice, his reign marked by bribery, scandal, and the unique sale of the papacy, reshaping medieval Rome.

Pope John XII's Cornonation of Otto I

Pope John XII, young ruler of the Papal States, clashed with Lombards and allied with King Otto I, amidst a reign marked by controversy and political intrigue.

The Great Famine 1315-1317

The Great Famine (1315-1317) ravaged Europe, ending a period of prosperity and leading to widespread hardship.

The Cadaver Synod: Pope Formosus and Stephen VI 1870

Pope Formosus' Trial, also known as the Cadaver Synod, was a macabre ecclesiastical trial in medieval Rome, sparking public outrage.

The Great Famine by William Chester Jordan

The Great Famine by William Chester Jordan explores the 14th-century crisis, unveiling a poignant narrative of scarcity, resilience, and societal transformation


The Papacy: The journey spans from Peter to present—enduring persecution, power shifts, and historic schisms. Explore the evolution of the Catholic Church in the Medieval Era.

Taking of Jerusalem by the Crusaders (1847) by Émile Signol

Siege of Jerusalem in 1099, witnessed a month-long siege, leading to a Christian kingdom's establishment and significant religious transformations.

cambrige burials

Cambridge Burials reveal diverse medieval lives: scholars, orphans, and the "shame-faced poor" in a hospital's historical embrace.

An illustration of Kerbogha besieging Antioch, from a 14th-century manuscript in the care of the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Antioch's Fate in the First Crusade: A pivotal siege of Antioch in 1097-98 leading to the establishment of the Principality of Antioch by Bohemond of Taranto.

The leaders of the Crusade on Greek ships crossing the Bosporus, a romantic painting from the 19th century

The First Crusade was the first of a series of religious wars initiated, supported and directed by the Latin Church in the medieval period.

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