The Border Reivers lived fought and raided within a few miles of either side of the border between Scotland and England in the Middle Ages. These fighting gangs were revered and spent most of their time thieving and raiding farms and villages along the border. One of the most famous men of the Scottish gangs was a man named Johnny Armstrong. So, who was this man and what was his story?
There are many famous Scottish kings who reigned during the Middle Ages but what of people from other walks of life? Here we take a look at some of the Scots who made their mark in Medieval times.
Robert the Bruce who lived from 1274 to 1329 was perhaps one of the foremost influential figures of the Scottish Middle Ages as he was the person who secured Scottish Independence from England around 1318 and is still a symbolic figure of the identity of Scotland today. Let’s take a look at the man and the myth.
Many movies have been made that involve castle sieges. We tend to have a romanticized view of what actually happened in these battles as heroes and heroines in full make up destroy the enemy to save the day. Nothing could be further from the truth than this. Castle sieges were very long drawn out affairs that could last for months or even years as a siege was not a short simple procedure but a tactical strategic operation that took planning and determination. Many castle sieges happened during The Middle Ages when castles were built with such impenetrable fortification that getting over the moat and into the structure was nigh on impossible.
Beginning the of the Medieval Period (Years 450 to 800)
The Medieval period is often seen by people as an era of backwardness, as well as sometimes being ignored or skipped-over because people can think that the events of this period were just minor stepping-stones from the classical era to modern times.
Probably our most gruesome and squeamish topic of the Middle Ages we will talk about, Medieval Torture methods remind most people of the most brutal are hard to imagine ways of dieing. What a rather grim subject matter, but at least acknowledging these methods will make us appreciate and see how far we have come in the West compared to just a few hundred years ago where life was so much grimmer.Continue reading “Rather Gruesome Medieval Torture Methods We Can’t Even Discuss Properly”