County Kilkenny in Ireland is full of a medieval magic

Kilkenny CastleThe mischievous charm of Ireland’s people lures many travellers to Dublin, the city that has a wink in its eye and a thriving pub culture. And Ireland’s mythic countryside – craggy cliffs and rolling emerald fields – has a scenic and sentimental attraction for all those Aussies with Irish roots.

Many visitors do a city stopover with a whistlestop tour of the Ring of Kerry, but Ireland’s counties are brimming with vibrant local culture and historical flavour. One of my favourites is Kilkenny in the south-east, most famous for its devotion to the arts and glorious 12th-century castle (yes, I’m a huge castle geek).

Storytelling is the lifeblood of Celtic culture, so you’ll want to tap into the tales that don’t come any taller. First exhibit: 14th-century local, Alice Kyteler, who went through four husbands, probably poisoned them, and was branded a witch (her house is now the higgledy-piggledy Kytelers Inn pub). “Eyewitnesses swore they saw her flying around the town, sure,” assures our guide Connall with an impish grin.

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Ninety-two human skeletons have been found on the site of a medieval church in Oxford

Oxford_prioressArchaeologists made the discovery near the Kassam Stadium after a valuation was carried out as part of a planning application for a new hotel.

Paul Murray, from John Moore Heritage Services, described the discovery of the burials as “amazing”.

The derelict Priory pub is the only building that remains of a nunnery founded on the site in 1110AD.

Whilst its location was known to experts, the full extent of its contents is only now becoming clear.

A series of “very unusual burials” were found at the site, including a woman found in a face down position, another who was a victim of blunt force trauma to the back of the head, and a stillborn child.

Codex Gigas: The ‘Devil’s Bible’ Is Largest And Most Mysterious Medieval Manuscript Ever Found

Codex-Gigas-DevilThere is a mysterious manuscript called Codex Gigas that is housed in the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm that has been nicknamed “the Devil’s Bible,” due to the legend surrounding the text’s creation. The manuscript is the largest medieval manuscript ever found, and is believed to have been created in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice, Czech Republic, in the early 13th century. The text was hand-written by, depending on who you speak to, a reclusive monk or monk possessed by the devil himself.

National Geographic has created a series of videos in an attempt to uncover the “truth” behind the “Devil’s Bible.” The manuscript is impressive for not only the extremely large size, measuring 9 inches thick, 20 inches wide, and 36 inches tall. The book weighs an astonishing 165 pounds and is so large that it takes two people to hold the book to turn its pages. The manuscript is believed to have required the skins of 160 animals to complete.

What has surprised researchers most about the detailed manuscript is the fact that it appears a single scribe penned the entire book by hand. This would require five years of non-stop writing to complete such a daunting task. The Line-Up notes that the five years of writing would not include the time needed to create the ornate and detailed drawings within the text.

Inside the book is a detailed image of the devil standing between two towers. Legend surrounding the manuscript claims that a monk broke his monastic vows and was sentenced to a horrific death of being walled up alive in a room. However, the monk pleaded with the monastery to allow him one last chance to make amends by promising to write, in just one night, a book that glorified the monastery and contained all human knowledge.

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