Medieval Barbie…finally!

medieval-barbieBarbie is an icon of American toys spanning the last 55 years. She has weathered the years well and even acquired a Dream House, Corvette, Jeep and various other material luxuries. But there always seemed to be something missing from Barbie’s vast collection…swords!

Now thanks to Jim Rodda, Barbie has a sword and a full set of armor! Earlier this year Jim started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of the armor.

I grew with only sisters, if their Barbie dolls were a Medieval Barbie and came with armor and swords they may have survived a lot longer against my horde of army men and Transformers.

The only drawback to the Barbie armor…you need a 3D printer to create it. Visit Jim’s website to download the specs and see a full set of pictures.

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Does Leicester’s Richard III centre live up to the hype?

Richard-III-Leicester-centreA £4m visitor centre built next to the Leicester car park where Richard III’s skeleton was discovered is opening on Saturday. It aims to cash in on the excitement generated by the discovery of the medieval king’s bones but will it live up to the hype?

“I don’t know what the fuss is about,” says a grey-haired woman standing outside the new attraction. “It’s just some old bones”.

That is one problem the new Richard III attraction in Leicester faces. The other is that it has an identity issue – it is not a museum at all but a visitor centre.

Which is just as well, as it has almost nothing in the way of medieval exhibits and the star attraction – those boring bones – cannot be put on display as they are to be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral next year.

Sarah Levitt, head of arts and museums in Leicester, insists the lack of old stuff is an advantage.

“There is such a lot to say about the story of Richard anyway,” she says.

“We don’t have the skeleton but we do have this brilliant 3D printout of the bones and that is a really good way of people engaging with human remains, without the issues around actually having human remains on display.

“And we have this amazing video about the battle, you really feel like you are with Richard in the charge, it sends a shiver up the spine.”

The city council bought the 150-year-old former Alderman Newton School in December 2012.

While a small temporary exhibition was set up in the nearby Guildhall, feverish design and building work went on among the Gothic arches and beams.

Iain Gordon, director of King Richard III Visitor Centre Trust, said: “Its a huge responsibility to tell this story.

Game of Thrones theme song played by the Queen’s guards

There are numerous versions of the Game of Thrones theme circulating the internet. But none with such a royal connection. Here is a video of the Queen’s Guards playing the Game of Thrones theme.

£78,000 For Anglo Saxon Coin, Could it Solve an Anglo-Saxon Murder?

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A rare silver coin has sold for £78,000 at auction, and experts claim its discovery could provide a clue to the gruesome murder of an Anglo-Saxon king 1,200 years ago. The coin was struck in the reign of East Anglian ruler Aethelbert II and describes him as king – the only time this title has…

Anglo Saxon Map of London

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Look around any map of London and you’ll find the echoes of long-forgotten individuals. Cena, Padda, Fulla… ancient farmers who had no idea their names would live on down the centuries as Kennington, Paddington and Fulham. Could the dairyman whose cheese farm (Ces wican) once graced the banks of the Thames have conceived that his…

Medieval Torre Abbey is named as Heritage Project of the Year winner

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The historical Grade II-listed Torre Abbey has won this year’s Michelmores/Western Morning News Property Award 2014 in the Heritage Project of the Year category. The project was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Torbay Council with Kier Western & Wales in charge of the multi-million pound works. Built in 1196 Torre…

Alcazar of Seville royal castle to become ‘Game of Thrones’ set

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If, like us, you’ve been wondering about the Red Viper’s vaguely Spanish pedigree, you may finally be getting an answer. A medieval castle in southern Spain will serve as the newest backdrop in the next season of “Game of Thrones.” The staff of the Alcazar of Seville confirmed that the castle has been chosen as…

Was Edward the Black Prince really a nasty piece of work?

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A newly discovered letter that has lain unread for over 600 years is forcing a rethink of a 14th Century prince with a controversial reputation, writes Luke Foddy. He was the superstar of his age, winning his spurs in battle aged just 16. But the reputation of Edward of Woodstock – or the Black Prince,…

Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood

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Ironclad II: Battle for Blood is the sequel to 2011′s Ironclad. Starring Tom Austen(The Borgias), Michelle Fairley(Game of Thrones), Roxanne McKee(The Legend of Hercules), Danny Webb(Henry V) and Andy Beckwith(Game of Thrones). According to IMDb.com Ironclad: Battle for Blood hit UK theaters in March, there isn’t a US release date. For the US Ironclad: Battle…

Game of Thrones Brady Bunch mashup

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There have been a lot of Game of Thrones mashups over the past few weeks. A lot of them include staples of the 80s, like the Magnum P.I. mashup (my favorite) or the Super Mario Bros. mashup. Now, thanks to The Wil Wheaton Project, we have a mashup from another staple of childhood, The Brady…

Three year dig uncovers medieval hospital

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The final days of a three-year community dig have uncovered firm evidence of a medieval hospital buried beneath a Tyneside park. The volunteer-staffed archaeology project is part of a restoration project for Northumberland Park on the North Shields-Tynemouth border. When the park was being laid out in the 1880s, there were reports of workmen finding…

Medieval treasures unearthed in south Derbyshire field

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A medieval gold ring, along with a silver pendant, found in a South Derbyshire field could go on show to the public. The finds by metal detectorist Philip Jackson could be staying in the county after the Derby Museum and Art Gallery expressed an interest in them. A treasure inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire…

Rome’s Colosseum a Condominium in Medieval Times

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Forget gory shows and gladiatorial combat. In the late Middle Ages, Rome’s Colosseum was a huge condominium, says the latest archaeological investigation into Rome’s most iconic monument. Archaeologists from Roma Tre University and students from the American University of Rome unearthed evidence showing that ordinary Romans lived within the Colosseum from the ninth century until…

Bob White: The castles of Robin Hood

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Following the news that £24m is to be spent revamping Nottingham Castle, Bob White, chairman of the World Wide Robin Hood Society, looks at some other castles associated with the outlaw Over the centuries various historical events in Nottingham’s past have resulted in the site where the legendary castle once stood being presently occupied by…

Iconic Welsh castles captured from the air with bird’s eye camera

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See historic sites and monuments like never before thanks to spectacular films created by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. You’ve heard of Game Of Thrones but it’s been more a case of “Game Of Drones” in Wales. Cadw has released a series of videos that have been shot using a remote controlled drone…