15th Century France

When we left France last century, they had been through an eventful 14th century with no signs of slowing down. We began the century in the middle of the hundred years war with King Charles VI, who was known first as the Beloved and later as the Mad. He was twelve when he took the… Continue reading 15th Century France

15th Century Portugal

Today we will round out the Iberian Penisula with Portugal, and they spent the century exploring and colonizing. At the beginning of the century, John I of Portugal is ruling. He had won his throne at the end of the last century, and when the rival bloodline died without an heir (John I of Castile),… Continue reading 15th Century Portugal

15th Century Spain

Aragon begins the century with the last of the members of the House of Barcelona in power, Martin the Humane (depending on whom you ask, there was little war during his reign, but he also launched crusades into Northern Africa). He succeeded his brother John I in 1396, but was stuck in Sicily as its… Continue reading 15th Century Spain

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 England Part 2

The second half of the century is dominated by Edward III and his infamous children. Edward was married to Philippa of Hainault and together they had five sons to live to adulthood (three that died in infancy), and four daughters to do the same (one died in infancy).  His daughters were: Isabella of England, Countess… Continue reading 14th Century England Part 2