Category Archives: High Middle Ages (1000-1300)

Medieval Cross Influenced Ancient Benin Culture

In the eleventh century Christians grew worried when the Turks conquered Palestine and captured Jerusalem in 1076 A.D, and stopped Christian pilgrims from traveling to the Holy Land. The Emperor of Constantinople asked the pope for help against the Turks. Pope Urban II called a great council in 1095 A.D at Clermont in France; He…

1066 and all those baby names

Norman names such as William, Henry and Alice have been popular for 1,000 years. Why did the English copy their invaders? The date 1066. William the Conqueror. King Harold with the arrow in his eye. Soldiers in those nose-protector helmets. But many people will struggle to come up with more than these sketchy facts about…

Experts gather to debate rare ancient manuscript

A priceless manuscript believed to have influenced the authors of the celebrated Magna Carta is to be shown to the public. The historic Textus Roffensis, written by a monk of St Andrew’s Priory in Rochester in the 12th century, will be exhibited in Rochester Cathedral Crypt from July 26-28 for the first time in six…