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Fun with Medieval History

Couples Going Hawking

Whether hawking and swimming (as in the above illumination), playing board games like Chess or Hnefatafl, or enjoying many other diversions, medieval people knew how to have fun.

Have some fun yourself with Medieval History!
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Saladin

Salah Ad-din Yusuf Ibn Ayyub, or Saladin, was the most famous Muslim hero and a consummate military tactician. His capture of Jerusalem from the Crusaders prompted Christian forces to initiate The Third Crusade.

Pope Leo III

They wanted to blind him and cut out his tongue, and so they attacked him in the streets of Rome. But Pope Leo III had Charlemagne on his side.

King Henry VII of England

Henry Tudor became King Henry VII of England after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was frugal, cautious and, when it came to threats to the throne, ruthless.

The Truth of Arthur

Was he a real historical figure or just a myth? Can we ever know? An introduction to the historicity of King Arthur.

Hildegard of Bingen

Known as Sibyl of the Rhine for her musical compositions and poetry, Hildegard of Bingen was a visionary mystic and abbess of the Benedictine cloister of Disibodenberg

Chlotar I

The youngest son of Clovis and Clotilda, Chlotar ruled part of Frankish Gaul after the death of his father and acquired more after the deaths of his brothers.

Saint Bridget of Sweden

Bridget is a patron saint of Sweden and Europe, and founded the order of the Brigittines.

The Carmina Burana

The rousing music heard in John Boorman's Excalibur and many other shows and commercials was inspired by a collection of plays and songs found in a medieval German manuscript.

Erik the Red

His exile from Iceland was only the beginning of his greatest adventure.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and later England, was arguably the most powerful woman of High Medieval Europe.

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