Medieval Mysteries - A Guide to history, Lore, Places, and Symbolism - Karen Ralls, PhD


This full-colour, copiously illustrated guide to the twelve of the world's favourite medieval mysteries will transport the reader on a unique journey into the High Middle Ages. From Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to Umberto Eco's Name of The Rose and more, the Medieval period continues to intrigue, inspire, and fascinate many today.

For the general reader and the specialist alike, noted medieval expert, former Rosslyn Chapel museum exhibition curator, and best-selling author Dr Karen Ralls guides the reader through the key historical facts, legends, affiliated places, lore, and major symbolism of each of these twelve medieval enigmas. In addition, in this anthology she provides a lively introductory portal of these topics that include some of the lesser-known, sidelined, or unacknowledged facts of each of these enduring topics.

The story of each subject comes alive as never before, providing a solid introduction for all readers. The book includes suggested resources for researchers, travellers, teachers, a full bibliography and recommended readings, listing of key major sites, and an easily accessible reference index.