Medieval Al-Andalus

The Andalusian region certainly has a different flavor, sound, and look than the rest of Spain. Today this region is called Andalusia but that comes from the Arabic term Al-Andalus for the Muslim-controlled regions of the Iberian Peninsula. This multi-cultural past remains very visible in the major cities of Cordoba, Granada and Seville (the three [...]

Student Series! Protofeminists of the Middle Ages

Feminism is the belief in the equality of all genders, regardless of age, race, religion, or sexuality. Feminism celebrates the opportunity for women to make choices that will benefit their future. Though feminism may not have existed as it does today, brave women of medieval Europe challenged what it meant to be a women in [...]

Student Series! Levels of Feudalism

Feudalism was a social system that was used during the European Middle Ages. In this social system kings and popes fought for power, lords were provided land in exchange for military service, and peasants sought to survive. “The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.” --Elizabeth Cady Stanton Life of [...]

Student Series! Medieval Fashion

Fashion in the Middle Ages was just like everything else in that time period, dictated by the feudal system. The feudal system was basically a status ranking for that time, the clothing you wore helped to provide information about the status of the person who was wearing them. Their were strict laws about who could [...]

Student Series! Journey of the Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is a well-known illustrated manuscript and one of the most famous medieval Christian pieces of art. It contains the Four Gospels of the New Testament in Latin and has been claimed to be “the work of an angel” (Gardner’s Art Through the Ages). Also known as Leabhar Chemannais, the Book of [...]