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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King David playing the harp; from the Alphonso Psalter. Unknown Miniaturist, English (active in 1280s)

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A floor tombstone of Campo Santo, Pisa. Nicolao de Corbolanis (?)  1380-1429.

Pisa, April 2010

Apse mosaics of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Rome July 2007


Elizabeth of Poland

Queen Consort of Hungary and Regent of Poland.

Born 1305 – Died 1380

Claim to Fame: a fiery woman whose power came to a catastrophic end.

Elizabeth, a Polish royal, was married in her teens to Charles I of Hungary, and bore him five sons (pictured above) and possibly two daughters.

While at court in Hungary, Elizabeth introduced perfume to Europe.

After her husbands death, Elizabeth used her influence to arrange two prestigious marriages for her son Louis, and her family connections made Louis monarch over both Poland and Hungary, though she held much of the power.

In 1344 Elizabeth bribed Pope Clement VI to have her son Andrew crowned King of Naples along with his wife Joanna I of Naples. This decision was so unpopular that Andrew was soon assassinated.

Louis was absent from Poland from 1370-1375, leaving Elizabeth as regent. Her domineering nature clashed with disaffected Polish subjects at court, resulting in the murder 160 of her Hungarian bodyguards and Elizabeth fleeing for her life in 1375. Louis undermined his mother by siding with the rebels to strengthen his own power.

Following her harrowing regency, Elizabeth spent her final years in a monastery.

Chronica Picta


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Disc Brooch

7th Century AD


(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

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Saints Sergius and Bacchus. 7th Century icon


Saints Sergius and Bacchus. 7th Century icon

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butt trumpeting horse
(above: ‘Gloria Patri’ - ‘Glory be to the Father’)

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century.

British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 153v

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Chalice of Doña Urraca, Leon, Spain, known from 11th century

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Redating the East-West Schism: An Examination of the Impact of the Sack of Constantinople in 1204

Michael J. Petrin

Herodotus: Stanford University Department of History, Volume XVII (2007)


In 1054 A.D., three papal legates, led by Cardinal Humbert of Silva Candida, were sent to the city of Constantinople on a conciliatory mission by Pope Leo IX. The pope sent these legates to meet with the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Cerularius, in the hope of resolving certain points of disagreement between Greek and Latin Christians. However, the visit went poorly and, as a result, the papal legates entered Hagia Sophia one fateful day while the priests were preparing to celebrate Mass and placed a Bull of Excommunication against Cerularius upon the main altar. This offense sparked rioting in the streets of Constantinople and caused the patriarch and his synod to respond with a formal anathema against both the document itself and all those responsible for its production. It is on account of these events that the consummation of the East-West Schism between Greek and Latin Christianity (also known as the Great Schism) has traditionally been dated to the year 1054…


Arthur drawing the sword from the stone, illumination c.1310