Welcome to Aedificium, a website that explores various aspects of life
as it was in medieval England, circa 1190 A.D. If you are a roleplayer
intrigued by the notion of using a realistic medieval English setting for
your games, a student researching the European Middle Ages, or a casual
history buff, the material you will find here might be of interest.
Look here for a mercifully short discussion of the purpose of Aedificium
and the motivations behind its creation. Also included is a list of those
who helped make this website possible, whether they knew it or not.
Why are some Aedificium hyperlinks boldfaced and others not? Should this
site be used as an academic resource? For answers to these and other questions
that might keep you up at night, look here; it provides information concerning
A series of articles exploring monasteries in twelfth century England may
be found here. Subjects considered include the physical layout, organization,
and governance of religious houses; the daily lives of their inhabitants;
relationships with patrons and others in the secular world; and the management
of communal property.
This page features speculative maps depicting English settlements and structures
as they might have appeared circa 1190 A.D. Each map is accompanied by
a short description of the subject, and wherever possible is based partly upon
historical or archaeological data.
Confused by terminology? This page provides definitions for many of the
words and phrases used in Aedificium's articles that may be unfamiliar
to readers. The glossary will grow as additional articles, requiring additional
definitions, are added.