I wrote this fictional journal piece for Caid Pentathlon 2007. It is a series of letters, accounts, and journal entries that follow an Elizabethan gentlewoman’s life for about 3 years. Its “plot” centers around both her daily life and the religious struggles of the day. You can read it here.
With thanks to photographer Allan Barton of Medieval Ecclesiastical Art, here is a lovely 11th century sculpture of Madonna and Child.
Orderic Vitalis wrote a series of accounts of William I and the Conquest. He was firmly pro-Norman, but even he was appalled at the level of human suffering as as result of William’s Harrowing of the North in 1069-70. He wrote, In consequence so serious a scarcity was felt in England and so terrible a… Continue Reading Orderic Vitalis on the Harrowing of the North
(My thanks to Conquest where I discovered the Charter.) Henry, king of the English, to Bishop Samson and Urso de Abetot and all his barons and faithful, both French and English, of Worcestershire, [copies were sent to all the shires] greeting. Know that by the mercy of God and the common counsel of the barons… Continue Reading The Charter of Liberties of Henry I, 1100 AD