About Me:

Hi, my name is Marissa. Although American by birth, I have travelled widely around Europe. Recently, I spent four years in at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, where I graduated with a degree in mediaeval history in 2012.

The Blog:

In these pages, I hope to share my knowledge of all things mediaeval, from museums to mausoleums and everything in between. My agenda is to convince you that the Middle Ages is one of the most varied and intriguing periods of history, and to share with you the places where you can still experience this world for yourself.

If you’re just starting out on this site, or are new to the Middle Ages in general, you might like to read this post on defining the mediaeval period or this one on three major developments of the period. More of a visual learner? See my Prezi timeline of the same topics!

About You:

When I began this blog, I had no idea that it would reach such an awesome, diverse audience. If you’re reading this, you are contributing to over 40,000 page views since Mediaeval Musings began in 2012, and come from one of over 140 countries around the world! It’s thanks to you that I have the motivation to continue writing, so please, feel free to participate, leave a question, tell me something new–enjoy!

24 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog, and I really like what you’re doing with your blog. One of my interests is history, and a good friend of mine studied mediaeval history at the University of York. She now teaches at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.

      • She teaches mediaeval history, and other history courses. She was lucky to get a post near home, she’s from Fredericton. It’s a tough field to get into in Canada. So many universities seem to be abandoning the arts in favour of research in money making fields.

      • How cool! Sadly, the arts here in UK universities aren’t doing much better. A lot of the investment in St Andrews, in particular, is going to science labs and facilities. Fortunately, the mediaeval heritage is obvious enough in Scotland (you can’t go 5 miles without stumbling on a castle, it seems) that academics do alright. Fingers crossed the universities will outlast the downturn!

    • Hi Peter,

      That’s a good suggestion, since I don’t know anything about the Templars except what appears in Dan Brown novels, and I doubt they’re a very reliable source. I’ll try to find some material on them, and hopefully make a post out of it!


      • Piers Paul Read’s ‘The Templars’ is pretty solid, although it spends a lot of space telling the general story of the crusaders in the Levant. Tyerman’s ‘God’s War’ also has quite a bit on them.

      • Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve been meaning to take a look at Tyerman’s book for quite a while now, so this may be the perfect opportunity to do so.

  2. There is so much of the Middle Ages for us on show on Europe that I sometimes feel we are blessed to witness all this history set in stone. With a good imagination, time travel is possible to all of us.

  3. As you know, I am a big fan of your blog and your crusade to share the Medieval history with the world. Just a quick question – do you have a search box that I’m not finding? It’s probably in some obvious place that I’m overlooking, but had wanted to see if you’d written about the cathedral at Beauvais, which is why I ask.
    Hope all’s well on your end,

    • Hi Daisy,
      So glad you asked. I can tell you two things: first, unfortunately I haven’t written about the cathedral at Beauvais. If it’s Romanesque (or has Romanesque origins,) you could try the Via Lucis Blog. Second, I used to have a search box, but it seems to have gone missing when I switched themes. I shall try to restore it ASAP, and thanks for your kind words! 🙂


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  5. Hi Marissa,
    It’s both Romanesque and Gothic, a mix up of them all. Will take a look on Via Lucis to see if they’ve got some gorgeous photos of it. Am about to drop a line on your About page.

  6. What a lovely idea for a blog. I studied Classics at University and always appreciate anyone who attempts to inform and show people the true side of a period in history. It still astounds me despite all the resources at our finger tips many are still so misinformed.

    Merry Christmas,

    • Thanks Sarah! For me, the internet is a great resource, but you have to know what you’re looking for to find it. I hope this blog can help point the way for more people to indulge their historical curiosity, since there’s just so much to discover.

      Thanks for reading!
      Happy Holidays,

  7. What a lovely blog! As a former history major thinking of pursuing a doctorate in late modern European history, I’m so keen to read your posts and learn more about the Middle Ages. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with the rest of the blogging community! 🙂

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