FREE Course: Agincourt 1415: Myth and Reality

agincourtThis year marks the 600th anniversary of one of the biggest battles in Medieval history, the Battle of Agincourt. We discussed the battle in lesson 44 of the podcast. Agincourt was a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War for Henry V and England. It’s an epic battle where legends are born and chivalry died!

FutureLearn, the massive online learning platform, which partners with over 25 UK Universities is offering a course on Agincourt through the University of Southhampton. It’s free to sign up with FutureLearn and the Agincourt course is free as well! The course starts on 19 Oct 2015.

About the course

The Battle of Agincourt, in 1415, is one of the most famous battles in the history of warfare, and one of the most important and memorable English victories. It still captures the imagination today, but why are stories still told about Agincourt? And do these stories represent what really happened on the battlefield?

This free online course will explore the myths and realities about the battle, marking its 600th anniversary on 25 October 2015. The two weeks will be led by the foremost academic expert on the battle, Professor Anne Curry.

Interior Design in the Middle Ages

Middle Ages - Fine ArtWhen I think of the Middle Ages I think of castles and battles and kings. Rarely do I think of interior design elements. But I imagine it was as important back then as it is today. Imagine the brave knight coming home from the Crusades and his wife asking if he likes the new curtains. Or that they need to re-arrange the great hall to make it flow better!

I wonder if the Lady of the castle was on the look out for the next great painting to hang on the wall? From wall tapestries to stained glass windows the medieval nobles decorated their homes to make them more, well, homey. When I envision a medieval castle I see large wooden tables for dining, plush rugs to cover the cold stone floors and immense fireplaces with hunting trophies hanging over the mantle and weapons, lots and lots of weapons!

Now we can learn a little more about the art of Medieval Interior Design over at The Sofa Workshop. They trace the history of interior design, starting in the Middle Ages through the modern era. It’s an interesting trip through the history of interiors.

Head over to http://www.sofaworkshop.com/blog/interior-design-through-ages/ to check out the Medieval design elements and see which ones are still in our homes today!

Thanks to Laila for the tip!

Mass medieval grave found at Aberdeen school

medieval grave Robert Gordon CollegeA mass grave with more than 20 medieval skeletons has been hailed a “major discovery”.

The remains, thought to date back to the 13th century, were discovered during installation works at a top private school in Scotland.

The bones were buried less than two feet underground in the quad area of the site and are now being examined by experts with a view to being reburied.

Robert Gordon University, in Aberdeen, ordered the boiler work – but the skeletons were discovered in the grounds of the neighbouring private school Robert Gordon College.

The medieval grave contains “about 25 [skeletons] from around the 13th century,” according to the archaeologists.

Contractors installing cables found the first skeleton near Schoolhill main library and called in Aberdeenshire Council archaeologists to carry out further excavations in the area.

It is believed the skeletons are of people laid to rest on the site of the former Blackfriars Abbey during the 13th century.

The abbey was founded between 1230 and 1249, purportedly by Alexander II, but was destroyed by reformers in 1560.

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