Knights in the middle ages

Few characters are more emblematic and evocative of the medieval world than the ‘knight in shining armour’. In Amanda Vickery on … men on BBC Radio 4 on Monday morning, the historian began her new series looking at the history of masculinity with a look at knights in the middle ages.

In conversation with medieval historians and drawing on a variety of (mainly vernacular) sources, both literary and documentary, Prof. Vickery examines aspects of the developing status of the knight from warrior into romantic ideal. Among others, she talks to the historian Helen Castor about the letters of the Paston family, a Norfolk family from the 15th century (several of whose other letters were written in Latin and form part of the corpus drawn on by the DMLBS), and the evidence these letters provide.