In 1650, the General Court of Massachusetts chartered Harvard College because "many well devoted persons have been, and daily are moved, and stirred up, to give and bestow, sundry gifts, legacies, lands, and revenues...that may conduce to the education of the English and Indian youth of this country, in knowledge and godliness..." [Emphasis added] By 1656, Harvard… Continue reading Algonquians at Harvard?
Previously in this series, I wrote brief biographic sketches of two men: Anselm of Canterbury and Peter Abelard. Today, I want to contrast their views of the world and theology, particularly the topic of the atonement. Basically, the atonement is a theological shorthand for "how did Jesus' death save people?" It is a complex issue that has… Continue reading Anselm & Abelard pt 3 – History Fact Friday
Last week, we began this series with a biographical sketch of Anselm of Canterbury. Today, we continue the series with a sketch of the life of Peter of Abelard. Peter of Abelard, the Peasant Philosopher Unlike Anselm, Peter Abelard was not born into a noble family. His family were Bretons, living in the town of… Continue reading Anselm & Abelard pt 2 – History Fact Fridays
Introduction I decided to take a little break from writing about medieval politics to focus on a couple characters who deserve our attention. One crafted a theological argument that continues to reverberate in our theological treatises today. The other was possibly the best theological and philosophical mind that Europe ever produced. The first is so… Continue reading Anselm & Abelard pt 1 – History Fact Friday
It might surprise you to discover that "Robin Hood" is not a name at all. In the 13th-16th centuries, it was relatively common for the authorities to refer to any itinerant criminal as a Robinhood or Robehood. The name might be tied to either the word rob (as in stealing) or robe (as in a… Continue reading Robin Hood and the English Longbow – History Fact Friday
The Hundred Years' War was actually a series of conflicts between the Plantagenet kings of England and the Valois kings of France. On the surface, the war was over the succession to the throne of France. In 1314, Philip IV of France died. He was the last of the Capetian kings and left three potential… Continue reading Quick Thoughts on The Hundred Years’ War – History Fact Friday
In coming weeks, we will start talking about the Hundred Years' War, possibly the most important war of the Middle Ages especially for the nations of England and France. But before we do, I want to offer a couple vignettes of two women you've probably never heard of. The Empress Matilda The first is the… Continue reading Powerful Women, Matilda and Eleanor – History Fact Fridays