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The Anglo-Saxons: Fighters, Farmers and Settlers

The Anglo-Saxons were not called Anglo-Saxons when they first arrived in Britain by force in 449 AD. These skilled warriors were farmers from foreign lands, much like the Vikings were 340 years later. Some were already living in Britain, during...

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Viking Ships

Viking ships strike a powerful image of the battle-hardened, invading Norsemen of Scandinavia. With their low sides, tall bow and stern, their silhouette on the water was something to be feared. Design of the Viking...

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Uhtred of Bebbanburg – A Fictional Character?

Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a son of the Saxon Ealdorman Uhtred, Lord of Bebbanburg, and was born in Northumbria. He lived during the era of Alfred the Great in the late 9th century, when Britain...

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What is Feudalism in the Middle Ages

Feudalism in the middle ages was a strict hierarchical system, based on land being exchanged for military service, and allegiance to the king under oath.  Medieval Feudalism began first in France around the 9th century....

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The History of Halloween and Samhain

The History of Halloween goes back as far as the 8th century for Christians. Pope Gregory III chose the 1st November as a day to honour all the saints (hallows) and martyrs, who did not have a...

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Medieval Life and Times – Daily Life

Medieval Life and Times – What was Medieval daily life like? It is well documented that Medieval life and times for most people of that era was hard. Back-breaking work during the days, cold and uncomfortable...

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Haunting Church Wall Graffiti

A church in Kingston, Cambridgeshire has revealed a haunting glimpse into the horrors of the plague during medieval times. We can only imagine what Medieval daily life was like! Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey...

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The King

The King, the ruler of the land, the one who must be obeyed for fear of losing your head! The medieval king can be separated into 3 types, the good, the bad and the ugly (certainly in...

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The Outlaw

The Outlaw, in the lawless world of the middle ages, was the only hope of justice for the poor medieval peasants. Some one who could steal from the rich and give to the poor. There is one...

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The Philosopher

The Philosopher was the closest term the middle ages had to a scientist, but of course they were not real scientists, as they had no real scientific methods. The medieval world was masked in...

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The Knight

The Knight, an honourable chivalric warrior, who would give his life for his King, country, honour and some ladies! He would rescue damsels in distress, fight bravely on the battlefield, and keep crime to...

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The Minstrel

The Minstrel, a happy-go-lucky entertainer who would visit the royal courts of kings and nobles, and perform musical entertainment for all to enjoy. The Minstrel must have had a marvellous role to play. Or...

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The Damsel

The damsel, a stereotypical princess-like lady stuck in a lonely tower, awaiting rescue from a brave knight in shining armour. But did the Damsel ever really exist? Well some damsels certainly got trapped in...

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The Monk

The monk seemingly led a quiet, peaceful life living in near poverty and self denial. Always working on scriptures and literatures, whilst dedicating his life to God. But, why did everyone seem to hate...

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The Peasant

Being the peasant in the Middle Ages must qualify as the worst job in history, but of course we’re only guessing because the peasants didn’t leave behind many records of their existence, however, some records...