The best bits of Medieval Week

People in the Middle Ages enjoyed kebabs and pasties, were deeply afraid of bad weather, and some were even agnostic. These are some of the revelations that emerged during History Extra’s recent Medieval Week


Running from Monday 17 November, our Medieval Week celebrated the weird and wonderful aspects of the Middle Ages – from lingerie to the hazards of travelling from A to B. 


Professor John H Arnold revealed 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the period, while Dr Katharine Olson charted 10 of the biggest risks people faced.

Meanwhile, freelance writer George Dobbs revealed five foods you probably didn’t realise were being eaten in the Middle Ages.

Elsewhere, Bruce Holsinger walked the mean streets of 14th-century London – a rich stew of criminality: thievery, prostitution and murder.

There was also a chance to put your knowledge to the test with a medieval quiz from Dr Catherine Rider.

To read more about the medieval period, click here.


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