In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- In early medieval times, the court, or household, was the centre of government.
- However, the relative value of silver today is in fact far lower than in early medieval times.
- One story told in medieval times was that an arrow fired from a long bow could penetrate four inches into oak.
- The medieval pottery and iron tools speak more of hard work and modest prosperity than of exotic trade links.
- The inferno could be seen for 40 miles, and the medieval city centre was destroyed.
- Later, largely as a reaction to the cruel excesses of mediaeval witchhunts, when victims were burnt at the stake, the Vatican introduced a formalised exorcism ritual in 1614.
- It was a long, narrow strip of land and on the rocky coast at its southern end was a medieval castle.
- Roads in medieval Britain often followed the line of Roman roads for substantial distances.
- Indeed, Ireland has the largest corpus of early medieval water mill sites in the world.
- We are only now beginning to see how much survived of Roman and Celtic culture in the early medieval period.
- The authority of the early medieval Church in England was no different to that of any other landowner.
- Most other cruel medieval practices have been stopped for a long time, and this was long overdue.
- There are still unanswered questions about the formation of early medieval villages.
- The wall and the Roman streets influenced the layout of medieval Colchester.
- Many of the churches and cathedrals that survive from medieval times have also had additions to them.
- The top of the hill was occupied in medieval times, presumably because of its defensive potential.
- In the medieval period, the road was realigned slightly to become modern Fenchurch Street.
- A person in East Anglia will be within striking distance of a medieval church.
- The settlement has Iron Age antecedents and was used as a cemetery in early medieval times.
- Despite all this, until recently little was known about medieval ships and shipbuilding.
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