“Katherine Swynford”

Katherine  Swynford The Iconic 14th Century Love Affair of Katherine, Lady Swynford and John, Duke of Lancaster Although there are well documented portraits of John, Duke of Lancaster, known to…

Medieval Contraception

Medieval contraception – a hit and miss affair. How effective were medieval methods of contraception, when practised by women, to limit the number of unwanted pregnancies?  How widely were such…

A Fifteenth Century Valentine

John Paston and Margery Brews: was this the first-ever Valentine? Here is a short – but heart-felt – Valentine from the Fifteenth Century   In the fifteenth century, England was…