Book cover of Dragon Lords: The History and Legends of Viking England by Eleanor Parker
Europe

Dragon Lords: The History and Legends of Viking England

Why did the Vikings sail to England? Were they indiscriminate raiders, motivated solely by bloodlust and plunder? One narrative, the stereotypical one, might have it so. But locked away in the buried history of the British Isles are other, far richer and more nuanced, stories; and these hidden tales paint a picture very different from the ferocious pillagers of popular repute. […Learn More]

Book cover of Jerusalem Falls: Seven Centuries of War and Peace by John Hosler
Asia

Jerusalem Falls: Seven Centuries of War and Peace

The first full account of the medieval struggle for Jerusalem, from the seventh to the thirteenth century

The history of Jerusalem is one of conflict, faith, and empire. Few cities have been attacked as often and as savagely. This was no less true in the Middle Ages. From the Persian sack in 614 through the bloody First Crusade and beyond, Jerusalem changed hands countless times. […Learn More]

Book cover of Empires of the Normans: Conquerors of Europe by Levi Roach
Europe

Empires of the Normans: Conquerors of Europe 

14th October 1066.

As Harold II, the last crowned Anglo-Saxon king of England, lay dying in Sussex, the Duke of Normandy was celebrating an unlikely victory. William “The Bastard” had emerged from interloper to successor of the Norman throne. He had survived the carnage of the Battle of Hastings and, two months later on Christmas day, he would be crowned king of England. No longer would Anglo-Saxons or Vikings rule England; this was now the age of the Normans. […Learn More]

Book cover of Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium by Levi Roach
Europe

Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium

An in-depth exploration of documentary forgery at the turn of the first millennium

Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium takes a fresh look at documentary forgery and historical memory in the Middle Ages. In the tenth and eleventh centuries, religious houses across Europe began falsifying texts to improve local documentary records on an unprecedented scale. […Learn More]

Book cover of Æthelred: The Unready by Levi Roach
Biography & Autobiography

Æthelred: The Unready

An imaginative reassessment of Æthelred “the Unready,” one of medieval England’s most maligned kings and a major Anglo-Saxon figure

The Anglo-Saxon king Æthelred “the Unready” (978–1016) has long been considered to be inscrutable, irrational, and poorly advised. […Learn More]

Book cover of Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England by Eleanor Parker
Europe

Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England 

The Battle of Hastings and its aftermath nearly wiped out the leading families of Anglo-Saxon England – so what happened to the children this conflict left behind?

Conquered offers a fresh take on the Norman Conquest by exploring the lives of those children, who found themselves uprooted by the dramatic events of 1066. Among them were the children of Harold Godwineson and his brothers, survivors of a family shattered by violence who were led by their courageous grandmother Gytha to start again elsewhere. […Learn More]