Wondering what life was like in the Middle Ages? Check out these pages:
- The Seriousness of Arranged Marriages: No Jane Austen Novel. Explains arranged marriages, such as the one between Tyrion and Sansa, as the basis for power, wealth, and war.
- Trial by Ordeal, Combat, and the Hound’s Fight. Explains trials by ordeal and trials by combat, which were dying out by the late middle ages.
- Second Sons. Discusses the effects of disinheriting second sons on society – how some disenfranchised men with no place or position would become mercenaries or worse.
- Mikken’s Mark: The Brand of the Middle Ages? Touches on artisans and blacksmiths as central to the medieval way of life.