Medieval Era

Sanctuary

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/sanctuary The concept of ''Sanctuary'', was an ancient practice which involved seeking refuge from prosecution inside a Church or designated religious location. In the 4th thru 17t …

Holmgang

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/holmgang The Holmgang was a Norse ritual akin to ''Trial By Combat'' or a Duel. Ancient Norse Texts tell of the practice being performed as a means of ''settling'' various dispute …

Taransnice

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/taransnice The ''Taransnice'' was a (then) new form of Cannon, by which elevation was made possible and somewhat practical. A seen in The Hussite Wars of the mid-15th Century AD &nd …

Caput Iupinum

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/caput-iupinum A Legal declaration from The Middle Ages of England, the term ''Caput Iupinum'' was a Latin phrase translated to mean ''Wolf's Head''. Or more appropriately – ''Cap …

Leidang

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/leidang A Leidang was a Norse conscription method used to bring together Ships for either the purpose of mass fishing expeditions or for Coastal Defense. First mentioned around t …

Volga Trade Route

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/volga-trade-route   Seen today as a ''Super Highway'', the so called ''Volga Trade Route'' was a primary commerce trade between The Rus Empire and The Sasanian Empire (Middle East) st …

The Book of Kells

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/the-book-of-kells Perhaps one of the finest surviving examples of Illuminated Manuscripts, The Book of Kells is dated to 800 AD. It's name comes from The Abbey of Kells, North of The City …

The Desert Fathers

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/the-desert-fathers The Medieval descriptive term known as ''The Desert Fathers'' is related to those known Hermits who took to The Deserts of Egypt and Syria – to live a more secluded …

Peerage Robes

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/peerage-robes As we have discussed, Robes were a form of clothing highly prized in English Middle Ages. Made of fine cloths (in Summer) and warming animal hides or furs for Winter, the …

Feet of Fine

https://www.strongholdnation.co.uk/history/medieval-era/feet-of-fine The 12th Century AD Medieval Legal Term known as ''Feet of Fine'' (or Foot), was not a means of measurement, but a method of copying various legal decisions made by a Jud …