Book review – medieval history

A 19th-century version of the Black Prince, by Benjamin Burnell

The Black Prince: stained by evil or the flower of chivalry?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

We cannot know for sure how Edward the Black Prince earned his sobriquet. For some it was the volatile mixture…

Frederick Barbarossa: the Teutonic King Arthur

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Hitler, ever seeking to emulate strong German hero types (especially if their Christian name was Frederick), unsurprisingly named his great…

The coronation of Henry IV by the Master of the Harley Froissart

Henry IV: unsightly usurper and megalomaniac

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Poor old Henry IV: labelled (probably unfairly) as a leper, but accurately as a usurper, he has been one of…

A French illuminated manuscript shows supplies being loaded onto boats before departing for the Crusades

What it took to wage holy war, Medieval style

5 September 2015 9:00 am

For most of history, religion and war have been the most powerful social instincts of mankind and its chief collective…

King John at Runnymede: at odds with his barons, he came to rely on mercenaries whom he couldn’t afford

King John was not a good man: two distinguished historians echo A.A. Milne

11 April 2015 9:00 am

This being the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, it is not surprising that there should be two…