Medieval Monday: Fire! Fire! — Allison D. Reid

Fire was crucial to survival in the Middle Ages. With electricity and gas-powered devices still far into the future, open flame was the most common source of heat for cooking, industry, and protection against the cold. Fires were a bit more difficult to set in an era before matches, particularly if everything was wet. Fire-steels, […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Fire! Fire! — Allison D. Reid”

Medieval Carpenters — A Writer’s Perspective

Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn Exterior We’re back with medieval crafts and trades this week, looking at carpenters. There have always been carpenters. Two thousand years ago, Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, was a carpenter and there were carpenters two thousand years before him. Their craft remained unchanged for centuries. We know that carpentry […]Continue reading “Medieval Carpenters — A Writer’s Perspective”

Tales from the Green Valley

Earlier this month I reblogged Christian Fantasy author Alison D. Reid‘s “Medieval Monday – The Labors of September” which, like many of her “Labors of the Months” posts, featured a timely episode of an excellent documentary series called Tales from the Green Valley, which I might never have known about if not for her blog.Continue reading “Tales from the Green Valley”

Medieval Bills of Exchange — A Writer’s Perspective

Last week there was a question in the comments from Ellen Hawley who wanted to know how the innkeepers who stored and organised the transport of goods on behalf of merchants were paid by those merchants. I touched on this subject a bit when we were looking at how ransoms for prisoners of war were […]Continue reading “Medieval Bills of Exchange — A Writer’s Perspective”

Medieval Monday: Navigating a Medieval Woodland — Allison D. Reid

Modern woodland is very different from medieval woodland. Jason and Warlord explore the differences and why the wildwood was significant for travel and warfare. Use the Medieval Monday Index to discover other topics relating to daily life in the Middle Ages. Medieval Monday: Navigating a Medieval Woodland — Allison D. Reid

English history: the yeoman — Notes from the U.K.

In the stratified world of medieval England, the yeoman was wedged into a slot between the gentry and the peasants. Then history came along and blurred the categories, leaving confusion in its wake. History will do that if you let it.  Irrelevant photo: foxglove leaves after a frost The hazy definition of a yeoman  One […]Continue reading “English history: the yeoman — Notes from the U.K.”

Medieval Monday: The Labors of September — Allison D. Reid

“Now in autumn, in which the fruits of the earth are assembled, is the time of reaping and of the vintage, and it signifies the time of the General Judgment, when every single person will receive the reward for his works.” – Hrabanus Maurus (9th Century Theologian) Summer is nearing its end—can you feel it? […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: The Labors of September — Allison D. Reid”

Medieval Monday: The Labors of August — Allison D. Reid

The most crucial labor in August was harvesting and threshing the rye and winter wheat, which would have to sustain the community through many months to come. August 1st began the feast of Lammas, when the first grain of the new harvest was consecrated and made into bread for the Eucharist. There would be more […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: The Labors of August — Allison D. Reid”

Oxford University Is Older Than The Aztec Empire — Reality Decoded

Aztec Empire 1428-1521 Oxford University 1096-current The Aztec people flourished in central Mexico from 1300 to 1521. The Aztec empire was a confederation of three city-states established in 1427 — Tenochtitlán, Texcoco, and Tlacopan. The Aztec civilization began with the founding of Tenochtitlán in 1325. The Aztec built some pyramids but most were built by […]Continue reading “Oxford University Is Older Than The Aztec Empire — Reality Decoded”

Medieval Monday: The Labors of June — Allison D. Reid

In the Middle Ages, the arrival of June meant not only a change in the weather, but a shift in daily labors, and in what was on the menu to eat. While most crops were harvested much later in the summer, hay was the first to be cut in June, though it was typically poor […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: The Labors of June — Allison D. Reid”