About Exploring the Middle Ages
The majority of the information contained in these pages is the result of research undertaken prior to and continued during the writing of a novel set in 13th century Scotland. The novel has long since been shelved; the site lives on and continues to grow.
From July 1998 until 2001 Mostly Medieval was hosted by a number of free servers. In June 2001 the site was transferred to the webmaster's personal domain, www.skell.org. In December 2007, skell.org was set aside for future projects and www.mostly-medieval.com became the site's new, and logical, home.
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References and Resources: Books, publications and other resources used in the creation of this site.
Website Awards: Website awards Mostly Medieval has been honored to receive since its inception in 1998. The webmaster of Mostly Medieval thanks the owners and judging staff of these award programs for their time and dedication.
Design Screenshots Images showing how this site has developed and changed over the years.
Sister Sites: In the Middle Ages, it was common for large abbeys to send out a group of monks to establish a "sister abbey" or "sister house." Examples of this are Melrose Abbey, in Scotland, which was a sister house of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire, England and Jarrow Abbey in Tynemouth, England which was a sister house of Wearmouth Abbey, in Durham. When particular sections of Mostly Medieval began to expand beyond the bounds of the original intent of the site, new sites were created and developed – "sister sites" – which remain intertwined with their origin at Mostly Medieval.
Also on Mostly Medieval:
DownloadsBackgrounds, letters, avatars and more for websites, blogs, and newsletters. Desktop wallpapers for personal use.
In the Downloads section.
Travels in the UKTravelogue of a journey through northern England and Southern Scotland. Visits to castles, cathedrals, ruins and more.
In the Travels in the UK section.
The Merkat CrossBooks for all ages, movies, costumes for Halloween and Ren Faire, music and more – all related to the Middle Ages.
In the The Merkat Cross section.