Browsing Category : Medieval

Dancing on the Rhône: Avignon Bridge


St Benezet Bridge, Pont Saint-Bénézet (Pont d’Avignon), Avignon, France Sometimes I’m a little baffled by life.  When I suggested to Mama-Chickpea that we go to Avignon in the summer, she randomly started singing at me.  Apparently, this song was “Sur le pont d’Avignon“, a tuneless ditty she’s been forced to learn some fifty years ago at school, and had inexplicably refused…

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Stockholm’s Medieval Past Unearthed


Museum of Medieval Stockholm, Stockholms medeltidsmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden Ah, the Middle Ages!  They are so creepy, so fascinating, so… Swedish.  Yes, I know that doesn’t make sense, but in my little brain the medieval world is summed up in ‘The Seventh Seal’ – a Swedish film.  Not that you get to play chess with Death at this museum, but you do…

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Avoiding the Jester in Bremgarten


In Bremgarten, Switzerland It’s not often that history geeks like me get to indulge their geekiness, and it’s really not often that we get to experience the past in a way that feels almost authentic.  Every year in the northern Swiss town of Bremgarten, people who are trained in the crafting skills of the Middle Ages come together to demonstrate…

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