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animal finds in the east and west

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Archaeozoology reveals both sacred and secular human-animal relationships, adding scientific evidence to written and pictorial sources. Most finds represent opportunistic exploitation of...

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aristocracy

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

A vague term, derived from the Greek aristokratia, meaning the rule of the best. It is broader than peerage or even nobility. In common parlance it was usually taken to mean the upper...

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arms and armour

Overview page. Subjects: History by Period.

Personal weapons and protective clothing used in combat or for ceremonial purposes, regarded as objects of beauty as well as of practical use. In Europe armourers have invariably been...

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Arthurian Literature

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A large body of writings in various languages in the 12th and 13th centuries and thereafter, recounting legends of King Arthur, his sword Excalibur, his queen Guinevere, and his various...

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assembly

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

The people of Israel were summoned as a whole community to listen to Moses and Aaron (Exod. 12: 3) and to Solomon (1 Kgs. 8: 14). In the taunt song over Babylon, the king of Babylon is...

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Barbastro Crusade

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(1064)

Robert Crispin of Normandy, William duke of Aquitaine, and Count Ermengol III of Urgell led a combined Christian army of Burgundian, Norman, Aquitanian, Italian, Catalan,...

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baronet

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

Are hereditary knights. The order was instituted by James I in 1611 as a means of raising money for the army in Ulster. Baronets remained commoners and were therefore eligible for...

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Bec

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

(abbey) Founded in central Normandy in 1034 by the knight Herluin, Bec, despite its initial obscurity, soon gained a reputation for piety and learning, producing two notable ecclesiastics:...

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Berthold von Holle

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(fl. 1251–70) MHG poet;

composed three courtly verse romances, Demantin, Crane, and (the fragmentary) Darifant, in which the protagonists have to display ideal knightly behaviour...

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canso

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Troubadour name for a strophic song taking courtly love as its theme.

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