Medieval gold brooch dug up in Oxfordshire is declared treasure

medieval-broochA Medieval gold brooch dug up in a farmer’s field but “good enough to wear today” was one of a host of precious finds from Oxfordshire declared treasure today.

The rectangular brooch, dating from AD 1230 to 1350, will now be valued by a panel at the British Museum along with other treasures from around the UK.

Oxfordshire County Council’s museum service will then apply for grants so it can buy back local discoveries and put them on public display.

The gold brooch was dug up by Chinnor metal detectorist Kevin Ford in a field not far from his home in the village on Wednesday, August 26.

Finds Liaison Officer for Oxfordshire Anni Byard said today it stood out because it was in “very fine condition”.

She added: “This brooch is unusual because of its quality and completeness: you could almost wear it now, and considering it’s about 800 years old, that is very nice”.

‘Lost’ Medieval Music Performed for First Time in 1,000 Years

lost-medieval-musicThe language of music is universal, but can be lost over time.

After a 20-year reconstruction effort, a researcher and a performer of medieval music have brought “lost” songs from the Middle Ages back to life.

The “Songs of Consolation” were recently performed at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Reconstructed from “neumes” (medieval symbols used to represent musical notation), the tunes accompanied poems from Roman philosopher Boethius’ magnum opus, “The Consolation of Philosophy.”

Enjoy the music below…

Game of Thrones Character Infographic

Game of Thrones Season 6 is only a few days away! If you need a refresher on your favorite characters (or at least the ones that are still alive) you’ve come to the right place. The good folks over at The Luminary created a comprehensive infographic for the Game of Thrones.

Tune into HBO for the Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere at 9:00pm ET, 24 April.

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Game of Thrones infographic

Shakespeare and his World – FREE Online Course

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The University of Warwick is offering an online course on the life of Shakespeare. Sign up for the FREE Shakespeare course on FutureLearn About the course William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all time. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of his death, with his words have inspired and moved people from…

Archaeologists hoping to uncover more remains of medieval priory in Northumberland

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Space Archeologists Find Evidence Of New Viking Site In North America

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Isabella of France, The Rebel Queen by Kathryn Warner

Isabella of France The Rebel Queen

Back in 2014 Kathryn Warner gave us an excellent biography of King Edward II. Edward reigned fro twenty years and was overthrown by his wife, Queen Isabella. Warner follows up her biography of Edward II with a biography of his rebellious Queen, Isabella of France. Below is a synopsis of the biography. Isabella of France,…

Medieval-Era Ship Raised from Dutch Riverbed

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A wooden ship likely to have been deliberately sunk in a Dutch river to alter its flow more than 600 years ago has been successfully raised by a team of archaeologists. The Ijssel River, a tributary of the legendary Rhine, harbored the flat-bottomed, wooden ship for centuries until it was discovered in 2012 during efforts…

Relic of Beheaded Medieval Swedish King Might Be Authentic

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Saint Patrick: History and Legends

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Virtual Reality App: London in the Middle Ages

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A new virtual reality app is available and ready to transport you back to the Middle Ages. Check out the video below and visit the Timelooper website to download the app. Timelooper is available for iOS and Andriod.

Stake to the heart: Count Dracula’s medieval castle is NOT for sale

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‘Joan of Arc’ ring sells for £240,000 after English v French bidding battle

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A medieval ring long associated with Joan of Arc sold for £240,000 – almost 30 times its estimate – at Timeline Auctions in Bloomsbury on February 25. It was bought by two French solicitors thought to be acting on behalf of the French government. In the transcript of Joan’s Trial of Condemnation in 1431 several…

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a historically accurate Skyrim

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

When you hear the words “Medieval” and “RPG” in the same sentence you probably think of hacking away at mystical dragons and monsters with your sword or axe. In Kingdom Come: Deliverance, there are no fire-breathing lizards, or evil dark knights. The game pushes aside the fantasy for a story based in the true history…