December 10, 2019, 02:23:25 AM

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Offline Skip

Medieval History
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:46:50 PM »
I have begun publishing a series of online articles on medieval history. While it may not quite be wie ist eigentlich gewesen, it is certainly not fantasy. These articles are the result of my five decades of historical research, writing, and teaching. They will cover a wide range of topics, from Carolingians to plague, daily life to papal history, the Crusades to the Reformation.

The first article is on the Black Death - http://europeanmiddleages.info/plague/. I thought I'd pick something fun to start.  :P

I'll be publishing every other Wednesday and have somewhere above sixty in the queue, though so far I'm scheduled only through the middle of next February. The schedule is here
http://europeanmiddleages.info/toc.shtml


Offline Troy A Hill

Re: Medieval History
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2018, 02:39:31 AM »
Thanks Skip.

I'm writing fiction set in Dark Ages Britain (650s Cymru especially). So any dark ages topics coming up beyond what's on your TOC? Penda and Oswiu perhaps?

The Merovingians piece is of interest to me as well. One of my MCs fled from Francia to Britain.

Thanks again!

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Re: Medieval History
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2018, 04:38:57 PM »
Nothing on early MA Britain, I'm afraid. It's never been of interest. The Merovingians is going to take some work, as it's mainly notes right now. But I have Gregory of Tours for anecdotes, and how could I not write about rulers called The Long-Haired Kings?
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Re: Medieval History
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2018, 10:59:34 PM »
An article on the medieval papacy is now up on my European Middle Ages website.This is part one of three, covering the early Middle Ages.
http://europeanmiddleages.info/papacy/
The index to all the articles is here:
http://europeanmiddleages.info/toc.shtml
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Re: Medieval History
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2018, 04:37:55 AM »
The Third Crusade is now live

http://europeanmiddleages.info/crusades/3rd/

This the best-known crusade besides the First. It's got Richard of England, the famous sultan Saladin, assassins and kidnapping and daring rescues. I have yet to read a good novelization of the events, but of course Runciman's recounting is pretty dramatic.


I'm just going to keep on the the crusading stuff for a while. There are the main crusades but I also have essays that trace each Crusader Kingdom individually, plus essays on things like the Albigensian Crusade, and even the fourteenth and fifteenth century crusades. At some point I'll add the Virtual Pilgrimage (whose title feels awfully dated now). So it's going to be some time before I get back to the more general European history stuff.


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Re: Medieval History
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2018, 05:24:02 PM »
Another installment in my continuing series of historical essays. This one is on the Fourth Crusade, one of the strangest, most complex (you'll note I did not say Byzantine), and most widely condemned of all the crusades.

http://europeanmiddleages.info/crusades/4th/


And here is a link to the table of contents for all the other articles

http://europeanmiddleages.info/toc.shtml


Let me know what you think, and feel free to ask questions!       

Offline Skip

Re: Medieval History
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2019, 05:31:33 PM »
After a long delay called Finishing the Novel, I'm back to publishing my history essays. This one is on the Sixth Crusade, which was one of the strangest of them all.

http://europeanmiddleages.info/crusades/6th/

My intent is to publish a new essay every three weeks or so. Not all are on the Crusades, but the next several will be.

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Re: Medieval History
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2019, 05:48:12 PM »
Now that the crusades are over, I bet you thought the essays were done. Not at all! I've just put up an essay on the County of Edessa, a brief history of the first of the Crusader States--and the first to fall.

http://europeanmiddleages.info/crusades/Edessa/

For all my history essays, consult the Table of Contents.
http://europeanmiddleages.info/toc.shtml
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