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?

The Folville Gang: England’s medieval mafia

NEW MORE DETAILED AUDIO ESSAY: In 1310 Sir John Folville dies, a respected part of the gentry and a commissioner knight of the shire. As per custom his wealth and land are given to the eldest of his sons, John. Leaving the remaining six to find their own paths. This was nothing unusual. The younger … Continue reading The Folville Gang: England’s medieval mafia