Medieval History

Chaos in Westminster as William of Normandy crowned king of England

On the 25th December 1066, William of Normandy was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.

History Through Art – The Bayeux Tapesty

Holy Roman Emperor Louis the Pious

The Power of the Medieval Church (video)

11-12-century-trade-routes

Detailed and zoomable map of medieval trade routes

This detailed map by Reddit user martinjanmansson shows medieval trade routes in the 11th and 12th centuries and includes land connections as well as those by sea and canal.

Use the embedded version below to zoom and scroll around the map.

Pope Urban II and the launch of the First Crusade

On the 27th November 1095, Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade with an impassioned speech at the Council of Clermont.

Empress Matilda

Matilda, the ‘Lady of England and Normandy’: an overview

Matilda, the daughter of King Henry I of England, was declared the ‘Lady of England and Normandy’ on 7 April 1141 in advance of a coronation that never took place.

The murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral

On the 29th December 1170, Thomas Becket – the Archbishop of Canterbury – was murdered in front of the altar of Canterbury Cathedral.

Saladin and the capture of Jerusalem in 1187

On 2nd October 1187, the Siege of Jerusalem came to an end when Saladin captured the city from the crusaders who had ruled the city since 1099.

York Pogrom 1190

The York Pogrom of 1190: a brief overview

Primarily serving as moneylenders due to strict Catholic laws about usury, anti-Jewish sentiment had begun to grow by the time of Richard I’s coronation on 3 September 1189.

Overview of the accession and coronation of King John

On the 27th May 1199 King John was crowned at Westminster Abbey.