Category Archives: Medieval Society

Medieval royal witches: from Elizabeth Woodville to Queen Joan of Navarre

royal medieval witch

On 23 January 1484, the English parliament issued Titulus Regius, explaining why the newly crowned Richard III was the legitimate heir to the throne instead of the children of his brother, King Edward IV, and Elizabeth Woodville. Among the reasons listed was the fact that Edward and Elizabeth’s marriage only came about “by Sorcerie and…

Medieval Lingerie for your Valentine

Flowers die and candy goes straight to the hips. This year get your Valentine something that will last, like a 600 year old pair of underwear! Archaeologists discovered this medieval lingerie back in 2012 in an Austrian Castle. The shoulder straps and cups of the bra are painstakingly decorated with lace and embroidery. It seems…

The Art of Courtly Love

Courtly Love | Medieval Archives

Andreas Capellanus wrote De Amore, “About Love” in the 1180’s. Andreas Capellanus is a psuedonym, the author’s real identity isn’t known. De Amore is thought to categorize the socail and sexual life in the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor brought the ideals of courtly love to the court of France and then to England…

Jaufre Rudel and Amor de Lonh

Jaufre Rudel | Medieval Archives

Jaufre Rudel was a 12th century troubadour and crusader. His reason for joining the Second Crusade was based on love, not war. After hearing stories of the legendary beauty of the Countess Hodierna of Tripoli, Jaufre joined the Crusade to see her. He wrote songs professing his love to Hodierna, although he never met her…

Medieval Cone Shaped Princess Hats Were Inspired by Mongol Warrior Women

Mongol Warrior Women Hats

What we think of as the headgear of white Europeans actually began as the headdress of Mongolian queens Nothing says “princess” like a pointy, cone-shaped hat. From kids’ costumes to medieval paintings, the cone hat—more formally known as a hennin (or henin)—is a sure sign of royalty. But here’s something you might not know about…

Morality and sexuality in Maltese society in the late Middle Ages

Malta | Medieval Archives

When one analyses today’s permissive society with regard to standards of morality, one might conclude that present-day Malta has plummeted to unprecedented decadence. Scholarly research on Maltese social history during the late Middle Ages has shed a new light on this time of darkness, often depicted as a time of Christian fundamentalism rigidly devoid of…