Month: February 2024

The wall and floor ruins under Piazza San Marco

Venice's Lost Church: Archaeologists uncover remains of Venice's lost Church of San Geminiano beneath St. Mark's Square, revealing early medieval secrets.

Siege of Damascus, miniature by Jean Colombe from Sébastien Mamerot's book "Passages d'outremer" (1474)

Decision Making in the Medieval Military: Crusader states showcased inclusive debates, consent-driven policy, and decentralized authority.

The Ugly Duchess aka "A Grotesque old Woman", 1513 64.2 × 45.5 cm. National Gallery, London

The Wedding of Gawain: In a mystical quest, Arthur meets Dame Ragnelle, whose ghastly look hides a profound wisdom, challenging perceptions of beauty and valor.

Malmesbury Abbey, 600 years ago

John of Tintern: Explore the dark tales of Malmesbury's abbey, where the rogue monk John of Tintern's crimes outshine the serene history of this Cotswolds town.

Depiction of Matilda in the 12th-century Gospels of Henry the Lion

The Lady of the English: Matilda's quest for the English throne during the Anarchy reveals a tale of ambition, struggle, and resilience.

The White Ship

The White Ship Tragedy: The 1120 White Ship disaster claimed the English heir, sparking a succession crisis and the Anarchy.

Battle of Cresson

Vocabulary and the Definition of a Medieval Strategy: Strategy often misunderstood, means designing and implementing warfare structures to pursue societal goals

Never Greater Slaughter Brunanburh and the Birth of England by Michael Livingston

Never Greater Slaughter: AD 937, Brunanburh: A battle shaping England, uniting rivals against Anglo-Saxons. Its legacy, obscured by time, is rediscovered.

14th-century miniature of the Second Crusade battle from the Estoire d'Eracles

Crusader Strategy: Limited by resources, the Crusader states relied on opportunism due to manpower and financial constraints.

Crusader Strategy

Business Strategy and Medieval History: Exploring medieval strategy via crusader states reveals their unexpected strategic prowess, challenging our modern biases.

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