What did people use for medicine in medieval times? When human understanding of disease was shaped by the movements of the planets in the night sky and everyday infections often proved fatal, how did anyone survive the era at all? Dr Elma Brenner, Wellcome Collection’s medieval specialist, explores the reality of medicine in the Middle Ages. historyextra.com
This ancient Bedfordshire church was abandoned when the village’s population slowly began migrating to new towns.
This now derelict church was originally constructed during the 12th century. The church was expanded over the centuries, however, was never fully completed. atlasobscura.com
If contemporary chronicles are to be believed, England’s medieval clergy may have spent as much time drinking, gambling and fornicating with prostitutes as attending to their flocks’ spiritual needs. Emma J Wells reveals why some men of the cloth simply couldn’t resist the pleasures of the flesh… historyextra.com
The three siblings Edward IV, George, Duke of Clarence and the future Richard III were meant to be on the same side in the Wars of the Roses. Yet the relationship between these heavyweights of the House of York was defined by jealousy, backstabbing and murder. Thomas Penn describes the great family rivalry that dogged the English throne in the later 15th century… historyextra.com
Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, was one of the most significant figures of the 15th century. A man with close royal links, he was a giant of English politics who helped plunge his country into the bloody Wars of the Roses.
He was an able administrator and a charismatic commander with several powerful friends; yet his power, lineage, ambition and fame also ensured he gained some mighty enemies, holding deep-felt enmity that, ultimately, proved resolvable only by the sword. historyhit.com