A friar is and was a member of one of the Catholic Church's dedicated religious brotherhoods that shun material wealth and live among the common people rather than in monasteries. Friars belong to the mendicant orders th... More »

Friar's balsam is used primarily as a topical antiseptic and as an expectorant for stimulating coughs. Friar's balsam may be applied topically to the skin to alleviate rashes, skin sores and itching and promote healing o... More »

Chaucer depicted his Friar as a fun-loving playboy, which is an ironic divergence from the common image of monks as pious and self-disciplined. Rather than living his life among the poor, as was his oath, the Friar "knew... More »

During the medieval period, monks performed many different jobs in and out of monasteries. Monasteries were often centers for learning and served as primitive hospitals, and in some cases held courts to judge crimes for ... More »

In Medieval times, a baron was a member of the English nobility. The kings of the era leased land to barons, and in exchange, the barons had to serve on the king's council and provide food and beds to the king and his me... More »

In medieval times, the role of the king was to own land, lead his country and people in times of war and set laws. A king was, essentially, the supreme ruler of his land. More »

Medieval means anything relating to the Middle Ages which describes Europe between 500 to around 1500 C.E. People also sometimes use the word medieval to talk about something that is very old. In particular, the word is ... More »