Medieval Europe in Pics

THEME: A page related to medieval history and culture. Mainly illuminations, mosaics, frescoes and other works of art from era 500-1500. Occasionally also paintings portraying important figures / events of Medieval Europe. In addition I collect links to translated medieval manuscripts.

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Ancient Greece - Architecture
Ancient Rome - Architecture
Roman And Greek Art
Art G4llery
History In Pics
Zillion Wonders of the World

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Pièce de l’empereur Basile II, fondateur de la Garde varangienne - Part of the emperor Basil II, founder of the Varangian Guard


Pièce de l’empereur Basile II, fondateur de la Garde varangienne - Part of the emperor Basil II, founder of the Varangian Guard

(via byzantio)


Silver Penny of Olof Tribute-King of Sweden, 990s CE, minted in Sweden in imitation of the coinage of Ethelred II of England

Ancient Scandinavia, though aware of coinage from areas as far distant as Sassanian Persia, was slow to adopt the use of coinage itself, preferring to use un-struck silver bullion or coins of other countries as it’s currency. Viking raids on England in the 980s encouraged the silver-rich English to bribe King Olof to stop the attacks, which flooded modern Sweden with large numbers of coins. This encouraged the Scandinavian kings to begin to strike their own coins, modeled on those of the English. The coins coincided with the gradual solidification of separate kingdoms in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, so we see the names of the local rulers on the coins

The portrait may appear crude but is actually a fair rendering in comparison with other contemporary coinages, it is, however, an imitation of Ethelred’s portrait, rather than a representation of Olof. The lettering at this time was done through the use of triangular punches, which explains its strange, blocky character. The reverse shows the cross, indicating the spread of Christianity which was slowly coming to Scandinavia at this time.


The Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux, Queen of France


New(ish) blog post about mosaics from the Church of St. Dimitrios, Thessaloniki, Greece, including these lovely fragments now in the city’s Byzantine Museum:

Statue of king Gakik I Bakratuni found from Ani

Gakik ruled between 989 and 1020 and his era is regarded as a golden age of Armenian kingdom

Source: By Nicholas Marr (Ani, knizhnaya istoriia goroda i raskopki na meste gorodishcha) ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Kingdom of Armenia (11th century)


By Sémhur ·✉·✍· [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


The Ancient Ghost City of Ani

Link ; Link ; Link 

During 10th and 11th centuries Ani was a capital of medieval Armenian kingdom (Eastern Turkey and present Armenia). According to Wiki, at its height the city had a population between 100 000 and 200 000 people. A rather high figure though, but who kows….


Medieval double capital 

Languedoc, France (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)