Tag: Middle Ages

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Might Have Been Inspired From An Irish Legend

The highly popular Gothic horror character created by Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel entitled ‘Dracula’ might have actually been inspired from an Irish folk legend instead of the historical prince of Wallachia Vlad III Dracul (Vlad III the Dragon) who reigned during the late Middle Ages. While the most popular theory regarding Dracula’s origin…


The Medieval Asian Origins Of The Modern Hamburgers

Perhaps not that many people are aware of the fact that the hamburgers are not quintessentially American in origin. As a matter of fact, this tremendously popular fast food treat has a long standing, tumultuous history, having crossed three continents through culinary trade. As such, the oldest origins of the burgers can be traced back…


Hurdy-Gurdy, The Medieval Instrument You Might Have Never Heard About

The hurdy-gurdy is a medieval stringed instrument that produces sounds by manually rotating a hand crank that is connected to the wheel which stimulates the strings. Although quite obscure and unpopular nowadays, during the Middle Ages this instrument was an almost indispensable part of the medieval folk music in present-day France and much of the…


A Brief Overview On The Music Of The Middle Ages And Its Instruments

Medieval music is characterised by the historical period encompassed between the years 400 to 1400. Its two main branches are represented by liturgical (i.e. religious) and secular (non-religious) music. On the other hand, with respect to the usages of instruments it’s important to mention that there can be identified three main musical categories as follows:…


The History Of The Medieval Saxon Fortified Churches In Transylvania

Since the High Middle Ages, a German-speaking population known as the Transylvania Saxons has been living in southern and north-eastern Transylvania, Romania. One of their greatest historical achievements is represented by the architecture and usages of a series of fortified churches, which can be still found in many places in the proximity of the Carpathians….