13th-Century Food Fights Helped Fuel The Magna Carta - Imagine it's England, 1209, and you're a wealthy baron. You arrive home from London one day to discover that King John's minions have once again raided your stores of grain. It's the king's right, of course — he has a large household and armies to feed — and there's a promise of compensation. John Minions, King John, Fight Helpful, Large Households, Helpful Fuel, Magna Carta, Blog, 13Th Century Food, Food Fight
When William the Conqueror seized control of England in 1066, he ordered the construction of several forts on the Thames to defend London against attack. The most famous was the Tower of London, pictured here in the 1400s.
This doublet is one of only two known surviving examples of its type from the 1620s. The other is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). The doublet is made of quality silk and is designed with pinking and decorative slits. This design was the height of fashion for a short period in 1620s. Pinking (the intentional slashing of fabric) was a technique used to reveal colorful linings or underlying shirts & chemises.
Archaeologists uncover 'lost garden' in quest for Richard III. Archaeologists searching for Richard III's grave in London are discovering all kinds of interesting things. In a former life, I must have been an archaeologist.
William the Conqueror, King of England (1028-1087)-The descendant of Viking raiders, he had been Duke of Normandy since 1035 under the style William II. After a long struggle to establish his power, by 1060 his hold on Normandy was secure, and he launched the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The rest of his life was marked by struggles to consolidate his hold over England and his continental lands and by difficulties with his eldest son.
Penshurst Place, Kent - the huge medieval Baron's Hall. This is where Anne of Cleves lived after annulment from her marriage to King Henry VIII. The original medieval house is one of the most complete examples of 14th-century domestic architecture in England surviving in its original location.