Hannah Skoda on crime violence in the Middle Ages

In this virtual lecture first delivered in May 2020, Hannah Skoda talks about how violent life really was in the medieval era


The Middle Ages are often stereotyped as brutal and gruesomely violent. Certainly, levels of violence – ranging from domestic to military – were terrifyingly high. This talk reveals the complexity and sophistication of medieval responses to violence, from admiration to horror and fear.


Hannah Skoda is Fellow and Tutor in Medieval History at St John’s College, Oxford.