The Plague Maiden

Many medieval people believed in the existence of supernatural beings. One story of how the plague spread told of a beautiful witch called the Plague or Pest Maiden. The maiden […]

A Knight and his Armour

The invention of the stirrup enabled horse-soldiers or knights to wear heavy armour and, at the same time, to control their horses in battle. By the 11th century, knights were […]

The Knighting Ceremony

This is a topic that I’ve skimmed over before but will go into more detail now. Although knighting had been a simple affair during the early Middle Ages, the ceremony […]

The Rise of the Knight

The European Middle Ages between 800 and 1450 AD were dominated by the knight. In war, he was a skilled fighter and an armoured horse-soldier. In peacetime, he was a […]