Medieval Minstrels and Their Music: A Brief Overview

Medieval carving of bagpipe player

What was a minstrel? What role did they have in medieval society? What type of music did they play? Here is a brief overview. The minstrel carvings in Beverley Minster are central to the plot in The Stonemason’s Secret. I’ve written about them before, but in this post I want to explore who the minstrels … Read more

Medieval Minstrel Carvings in Beverley Minster

Three carvings of medieval minstrels in Beverley Minster playing nakers, harp, and guitar.

The Stonemason’s Secret, my forthcoming novel, follows the adventures of art historian Sarah Walker. While doing research for her dissertation, she discovers mysterious symbols carved on several of the minstrel figures in Beverley Minster. She has to find the clues, figure out how to read them, and recover the powerful Cup of Jamshid before the … Read more