Toads mean Trouble: Amphibious Assassins in Gerald of Wales’ The Journey through Wales

If you were asked to think of an unassuming British animal, I would hazard a guess that the first creature to come to mind would be something – small, brown, possibly squeaky – like a mouse or hedgehog.  So unassuming is the toad that I bet you’d not have even given it a second thought [...]

CALL FOR PAPERS. The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages, II.

CALL FOR PAPERS.  The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages, II.

This year marks the fourth anniversary of my first conference 'The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages' at the Graudate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS).  Organising a two-day, international conference was both challenging and a great expereince, and I had always hoped to make the conference the first of a series. Four years [...]

A History of Royal Food and Feasting

While I will am a medievalist at heart, I find the history of food fascinating.  So, from time to time, there might be the occassional 'foodie' blog post uploaded too. I have always been curious about all aspects of history, especially when they relate to lived experiences.  However, since March 2016, I have been involved [...]