Black Death (1343-1353)

L0072270 Boccaccio's 'The plague of Florence in 1348' Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images The plague of Florence in 1348, as described in Boccaccio's Decameron ('Il decameron'). Etching by L. Sabatelli after himself. Engraving By: Giovanni Boccaccioafter: Pier Roberto Capponi and Luigi SabatelliPublished: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Now that we have a better understanding of the 14th century and the major players (countries) involved, we should slow down and take a minute to discuss the events, concepts, people, and art from the century before we dive into the drama of the 15th century. If there is anything or anyone specific you would… Continue reading Black Death (1343-1353)

14th Century Holy Roman Empire

The Holy Roman Empire had been revived in 800 A.D. by Pope Leo III when he gave the title to the Frankish King, Charlemagne, on December 25. Unlike most monarchs, the emperor controlled a vast amount of land (Pretty much all central Europe) that consisted of hundreds of duchies, kingdoms, and free cities. Emperors would… Continue reading 14th Century Holy Roman Empire

14th Century Sweden, Denmark, & Norway Part 2 (Kalmar Union)

Sweden during the 14th century had many conflicts happening, some we have discussed with our post detailing Denmark and Norway (which we will learn more about as they overlap). We enter the century here at the end of the Viking Age and during the reign of King Birger. Birgier came to the throne at the… Continue reading 14th Century Sweden, Denmark, & Norway Part 2 (Kalmar Union)

14th Century Denmark, Sweden, & Norway

Today we will be leaving the British Isles and diving into the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. We greet them as they conflict , their heritage, and Germans. By the end of the century these countries will be under one monarch in what is known as the Kalmar Union.  Denmark was… Continue reading 14th Century Denmark, Sweden, & Norway

14th Century Ireland & Wales

There are two more countries from the British Isles we cannot forget to talk about: Ireland and Wales. Ireland at this point is fighting tooth and nail to maintain its independence and has been since the Anglo-Norman invasion led by Henry II of England in 1171. The attempts to hold Ireland failed. In 1210 King… Continue reading 14th Century Ireland & Wales

Scotland’s Coronation Traditions

Until King Edward I stole many of the traditions, Scotland had its own unique ceremony for coronating its monarchs. Today we will look at what it was, what happened to it, and where you can find it today! To begin with we have the Honours of Scotland: The honours are Britian’s oldest remaining regalia and… Continue reading Scotland’s Coronation Traditions

14th Century Scotland

Scotland in the 14th century is a country still finding its bearing and fighting for its independence from England. The population at the beginning ranged around 1 million, and they fought the harsh reality of their environment. They preserved and fought hard to carve out a future defined only by them. Edward I of England… Continue reading 14th Century Scotland

Pilgrimage Badge: Shrine of St. Tomas Becket

The photo above is one example of a pilgrim’s badge from the Shrine of Saint Thomas Becket created around 1400. Badges were souvenirs pilgrims could purchase to remember their journey. There are many types of pilgrims in many religions, but the Shrine of St. Thomas was one of Christendom’s most popular and sought after. Badges… Continue reading Pilgrimage Badge: Shrine of St. Tomas Becket