What can the patterns of pilgrimage to Rome tell us about the social and political dynamics of early modern Europe?

Throughout the centuries it is nearly undisputable that Christianity has played a major role in shaping the history of Europe. Whether it was personal pursuit of religious enlightenment, proving your devotion to Christianity, infighting debate or more cynically as a method of control it has been a driving force of so many events. Pilgrimage is … Continue reading What can the patterns of pilgrimage to Rome tell us about the social and political dynamics of early modern Europe?

Scrofula: The King’s Evil.

In times before modern science and medicine the world was a terrifying place. The looming fear of one’s mortality in the face of illness or simple wounds was ever present. The worst part was probably the inability to explain the cause or reason for these sudden illnesses. Many misunderstood illnesses came in waves over the … Continue reading Scrofula: The King’s Evil.

The Rise and fall of religious relics

By the 12th century Christianity was actively practiced in much of Europe. Additionally, there is a clearer understanding on the doctrine of the faith.  This is significant as for a long time the faith was practiced with many shades of gray. This can be drawn up to multiple factors, such as cultural clashes and simple … Continue reading The Rise and fall of religious relics

Viking blades: Symbols of bravery, brutality, bounty and branding.

Warriors from the north where infamous to their Contemporaries, known for their brutal raids and ruthless mentality surrounding battle and their philosophies that contrasted the changing European world. Even today the very mention of ‘Vikings’ conjures up the image of a grizzled warrior donned in leather and fur, clutching an axe or sword. But what … Continue reading Viking blades: Symbols of bravery, brutality, bounty and branding.

How The Black Death ‘Infected’ class.

It’s difficult to imagine the horrors that would have been felt across the world as the infamous ‘Black Death’ ravaged the population. The sheer fear that must have been felt as they desperately tried to find a cause and reason behind the illness that was claiming so many, some even believing that this mass loss … Continue reading How The Black Death ‘Infected’ class.

Johannes Junius: The mayor burned for Witchcraft.

In July 1628, broken and tired fifty-five-year-old man finally confesses to a crime he was accused of months before. He has finally given in to the mental and physical torcher of his captors, recognising there is no way to prove innocence or escape. This man is no outcast or misfit that the community is wary … Continue reading Johannes Junius: The mayor burned for Witchcraft.