What was National Service? In a sense, that’s easy; the answer is in the question. It means what it says – ‘Serving your nation’, serving your country. Is that it? If so, what was all the fuss about? Surely we all serve our nation, simply by being alive and going out to work and earning our living and contributing, each in his humble way, to the Gross National Product. So the history of national service has been going on since the feudal system and the Battle of Agincourt.Read more…
The Catholic Church: science and religion in the Middle Ages
The science and religion debate simply didn’t exist in the Middle Ages. God runs the world – no question. That’s what nearly everybody in the Middle Ages would have said if you had been able to ask them. Why? Because the Church said so. Its influence was world-wide, all-embracing, all-pervasive, all-powerful, and universal. The Holy Catholic Church. (That’s what ‘Catholic’ ‘means – ‘universal’) It dominated the world – well, the world known to medieval man. That was all he had to go on.Continue reading Science and Religion: Who runs the world – God or the scientists?
When noblemen built castles in the Middle Ages, it was usually to keep people out. They were designed as places of refuge, protection, and defence. In some cases of defiance; a bad baron in a strong castle could snap his fingers at a weak king.
Look at the outside of these buildings even today – battlements, slit windows, huge gates, drawbridges, rings of towers, walls fifteen feet thick. Castle architects put home comforts very far down the list of priorities.