Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction (A Review)

Another day, another Very Short Introduction (hereafter VSI). This time I have turned my eye toward the Medieval Britain VSI, as written by John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths.                 Much like the numerous other VSIs I have read and reviewed, Medieval Britain performs its primary function—the dissemination of basic facts and knowledge about Britain in the Middle Ages—admirably: the…Read more »

Europe on the Brink of the Black Death (Quick Notes:1)

Today begins a new series– Quick Notes! Like their older and more detailed brethren, Historical Notes, this label provides some quick reference points for select content from a The Great Courses lecture series. Today, I will start going through Dorsey Armstrong’s course The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague. At the end of each…Read more »

Chaucerian Investigations: The Canterbury Tales (Day 2)

Today, we will be examining lines 6-10 of the General Prologue. This exercise will exclude reproductions of the phonetic inscriptions since I feel such a copying involves too much of a time investment to include with every post; readers may expect this exclusion to become the norm unless otherwise noted for a post. The remainder…Read more »