The Priest Who Peeked
Without a doubt the most famous Fabliau of all time is Chaucer's Miller's Tale.  There were however others written in the Middle Ages which were every bit as entertaining.  Here's a 13th century Fabliau by Gučrin.  Short - snappy - and with an ending that always cracks me up! Read Article
Making of a Knight
The ambition of every aristocratic male in the Middle Ages was to be knighted. Once given this social prestige all that remained was to be awarded a fief, which if good fortune prevailed was going to be passed along from father to the eldest son. For the other sons, a more difficult task awaited as they would need to go out and win the fief by demonstrating their worth in battle, or equally as likely, through marriage. This is a description written by the chronicler Jean of Tours of the ceremony initiating fifteen-year-old Geoffrey of Anjou into knighthood by his father in-law Henry I in 1128. Read Article
Jacquerie Revolt
In his book The Black Death, Robert Gottfried chronicles the effect the plague had on Medieval Europe. Among other things, he relates how outbreaks of the plague fed into social rebellions that contributed to the instability of the day. This is an excerpt written by Froissart, a Medieval writer who has obvious sympathies for the Aristocracy. He’s describing the Jacquerie revolt (1358), which took its name from the leather jerkins peasants worn in battle as opposed to the expensive armor associated with the Nobility. It puts the Flower of Chivalry into new light. Read Article