1. B

    Medieval hammered silver coins

    I collect them. They are awfully thin. I guess that was the idea so they wouldn't have much silver content. They are fragile now. It seems like they could break easily. It would be easy to take off pieces of them. Was they what the crime of coining was? Did coining only work on hammered coins...
  2. Visigoth Panzer

    Medieval Middle-Eastern Two-Handed Melee Weapons

    What kinds of two-handed melee weapons were used in the middle-east (the general area including and around Egypt-Turkey-Persia) during the later middle ages (1300-1600)? I see occasional references to halberds, axes, spears and lances but were there any other or unique types?
  3. chansey

    Can medieval noble women knights defeat male mobs?

    If a woman trained in combat and put on the best plate armor of the 15th century, can she beat a male mob wearing a leather armor? As far as I know, a good plate armor is very expensive, and few people can afford it except the nobility. If she can ride a horse, can she beat more male mobs...
  4. Rex Hiemis

    Illiteracy of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa

    In his book "Frederick Barbarossa: The Prince and the Myth" John Freed claims that Frederick Barbarossa was illiterate. Is it true? I don’t understand this how could an emperor of Holy Roman Empire be illiterate? I know that illiteracy was high among commoners but how was it among nobles? If an...
  5. M

    Were the Medieval Polish Composed of Barbarian Tribes Like in Germany?

    Because of the close proximity and lack of any real kings, it makes me wonder, "Were the Poles barbarians during the Middle Ages?" What was their history like during this time?
  6. T

    warfare history questio, 1939 nazi Germany and medieval world

    I have historical question: imagine that 1939 nazi Germany territory exists earlier, with population, cities, industry, supplies, equipment, ground naval and air forces, and whole world outside of Germany is from previous period of history. Would nazi Germany be able to conquer United Kingdom...
  7. M

    Why Does Poland Have No Medieval History?

    Like ever looked up books on medieval Poland? They're some of the most non-existent books ever. You can find plenty of information on Hitler's invasion of Poland, but that's about it, which I find very disappointing. :deadhorse: What is the history of medieval Poland, and how does one go about...
  8. W

    America discovered earlier

    What would have happened if the Americas had been discovered earlier, e.g. in the 13th century. By 'discovered' I mean publicly discovered with everyone to actually know about it. Maybe the caravel gets invented in the year 1200 and so it goes. By the time of European arrival in America their...
  9. Visigoth Panzer

    Types of Medieval Military Crossbow Bolts

    For medieval military crossbow bolts, what kinds were there? I've heard of bodkin and broadheads, as well as a type I recently found called square-faced bolt heads. These are described as having square-faced heads with four small points, one at each corner of the head, so that they might not...
  10. Visigoth Panzer

    How Powerful of a Medieval Crossbow is Needed to Penetrate Mail?

    How powerful of a medieval European crossbow (poundage wise) do you need to penetrate riveted mail at close range (using bodkin points)? I've seen numerous articles and videos that don't give clear answers on this (some use butted mail, normal bolts, modern crossbows and other variables). This...
  11. JeanDukeofAlecon

    Interesting Examples of Medieval Statuary

    The art of statue carving is generally associated with antiquity and the renaissance, and perhaps justly so in large part, but this association can lead to a passing over of the rich traditions of statuary which existed in many different times and places in the medieval world. The goal of this...
  12. N

    Wiping arsch in medieval times.

    From wiki, which lists arsch-wiping things in pre-toilet paper ages: "Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while less wealthy people used their hand when defecating into rivers, or cleaned themselves with various materials such as rags, wood shavings, leaves...
  13. J

    Economic history of medieval Netherlands/Flanders/Brabant

    Can anyone suggest a good economic history of the rise of the Netherlands/Flanders/Brabant, especially for the period 1000-1500? Thanks.
  14. AssyrianMelodies

    Greatest Medieval Rulers

    I'd like to start this thread by clarifying what I see to greatness. In my eyes, it is something that is not defined by feats of martial glory or conquests, but rather the good actions a ruler chooses to undertake and what they successfully give back. In my eyes at least you cannot be great...
  15. P

    English claims to France: medieval “blowback”?

    Could the 100yrs war be considered ‘blowback’ from the Norman invasion of Britain? With the benefit of hindsight....the 100yrs war seems to me to be one of the most pointless series of battles in history. Would anyone disagree?
  16. Visigoth Panzer

    Mounted Crossbow Use in Medieval Europe

    Were crossbows used while on horseback in any significance in medieval Europe? Could they be reloaded while mounted?
  17. L

    Medieval Heritage EU

    This is a website created by a Polish guy about Medieval architecture in Europe. It is available in English. So far he added Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Poland and Wales (but Wales is not yet available in...
  18. Visigoth Panzer

    Weapons and Armor of Medieval Street Gangs

    What type of weapons, armor and shields (if any) would street gangs in medieval Europe (primarily central/western Europe 1000-1500 A.D.) use and/or carry? Would wearing armor or shields draw too much attention? As for weapons what could they carry/conceal without arousing suspicion?
  19. Quill And Ink History

    Recommended Scholars and litterature on medieval slavery in Europe.

    Hi! I'm running a youtube history channel I'm planning to do a video on slavery in Europe during the middle ages(CA 476 - 1453) and I wonder if any of you guys have some literature on the subject that you would recommend.
  20. G

    Big vs small army battles throughout history

    Had an argument about the significance of an army's size in a medieval context. My opinion was that while Hollywood has led us to believe that the smaller force can always beat the bigger one it rarely happens so in actuality. My friend didn't agree so we created a simple scenario as an example...