Alexander Nevsky (1938) Full Movie

Alexander Nevsky is a 1938 historical drama film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. It depicts the attempted invasion of Novgorod in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights during the Northern Crusades.

Prince Alexander Nevsky (1220–1263) assembled an army to defend Novgorod and defeat the Teutonic Knights stopping their Eastern expansion into Russia

Nevsky was canonized as Saint Alexander Nevsky in 1547, with a feast day on 23 November. In the 1720’s Peter the Great order Nevsky’s relics moved to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery in St. Petersburg where they remain to this day.

In 2008 Nevsky was named the main hero in Russian History and was voted teh greatest Russian of all time in a ‘Name of Russia’ television poll.

Film is in Russian with English Subtitles.

Alexander Nevsky (1938)

MAP#74: Northern Crusades: Teutonic Knights, Alexander Nevsky and the Battle on the Ice

In 1242 the Teutonic Knights were conquering lands to the east into Novgorod. Pope Gregory IX blessed the Knights in their Crusade to rid Novgorod of the orthodox pagans. Alexander Nevsky and his army had other plans. They intended to defend their country from all invaders.

The conflict ended with a fierce battle, called the Battle on the Ice. On a frigid day in April the two armies met on the frozen ice of Lake Peipus. If the Teutonic Knights were victorious they would stamp out the Orthodox religion and spread Catholicism throughout Russia. If Nevsky and his army successfully stopped the Knights Novgorod and Russia would be free of Western influence.

Today on the Medieval Archives Podcast we’ll discuss the Northern Crusades and the Battle on the Ice.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Northern Crusades
  • Livonian Order of the Teutonic Knights
  • Poep Gregory IX
  • Saint Alexander Nevsky
  • And more…

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Sunnes and Roses: A Wars of the Roses inspired album by Ian Churchward

Today we have a guest post from Ian Churchward of the Legendary Ten Seconds. You can find Ian and his work on his website at

A few years ago I watched a very interesting documentary about the discovery of the grave of Richard III in a car park in Leicester. This gave me the idea for a song about Richard III that I recorded and then I started to read as many books as possible about this Plantagenet King. This then helped to give me the inspiration to write and record enough songs for a whole album covering the life and times of Richard III.

It was a fascinating project and I kept on getting so many new ideas for songs about his life that I then ended up recording three albums of songs dedicated to this King. What is it about his short reign that fascinates me and so many other people? Probably the historical mystery of the disappearance of the two sons of Edward IV is high up on the list. I suppose I should try to describe the sound of my albums. I would call it English folk rock with a medieval and psychedelic feel. Several people tell me that my singing reminds them of Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull which I take as a huge compliment.

Having finished three albums about Richard III I still had some other songs that I had written about him and I decided to record another album which would include those songs and to write some other songs about the Wars of the Roses. I decided to call this album Sunnes and Roses and I got the idea from a Ricardian blog on the internet which is titled by the same name. This album was finished and released on my Richard The Third Records label on 31st December 2016. I call it a new concept album about the Wars of the Roses by my band The Legendary Ten Seconds.

It is now available in digital format from itunes, amazon, spotify and cdbaby

The album in CD format can be purchased via the Richard III Society and prospective buyers should contact the society sales provider via the following address quoting item reference M228:

Richard III Sales c/o E-Mediacy
5 The Quadrangle Centre
The Drift
Nacton Road
Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9QR

email for enquiries only not for orders richardiii@e-mediacy,com

For the time being the CDs of this album can only be purchased via the Richard III Society. A percentage of funds from the digital sales of this album will be donated to the scoliosis charity S.A.U.K.

Warwick the Kingmaker. Richard III, Henry VII, Lord Hastings, Edward Earl of March, Lord Fitzwalter, Sir Andrew Trollope, Lord Bonville and Perkin Warbeck are just some of the people that are mentioned in the songs on the album.

All the songs were written by myself except for Herald’s Lament which was written with the help of Sandra Heath Wilson and Middleham Castle on Christmas Eve which was written with the help of Frances Quinn.

The following is a list of the songs on the album:-

  • Sunnes and Roses, an instrumental
  • List of the Dead, a song about several of the battles of the Wars of the Roses
  • Towton, the bloodiest battle on English soil told in a song
  • A Warwick, a song about Warwick the Kingmaker
  • Battle in the Mist, about the Battle of Barnet in music and verse
  • Souvente me Souvene, an instrumental, the motto of the Duke of Buckingham
  • Autumn Rain, a tale of Buckingham’s rebellion in the autumn of 1483
  • Good King Richard, a song about the reign of Richard III
  • The King’s Daughter, an instrumental for Judy Thomson who lives in Chicago
  • Heralds Lament, a song about the betrayal of Richard III at Bosworth
  • Richard of York, a song about Perkin Warbeck
  • Middleham Castle on Christmas Eve, past and present merge into one another in this song
  • The Jewel, the story of the Middleham Jewel performed in this tune
  • Tewkesbury Medieval Fair, go back in time, yes you could be there in this song

At one stage I had considered issuing a booklet with my first Ricardian album (Loyaulte me lie) but then decided that the cost of doing this would be too much. While I was recording the Sunnes and Roses album I reconsidered the booklet idea and then decided to write a book about my Richard III music project. Part of the reason for doing this was due to the large number of positive comments that I had received over the last few years from people in many different countries who have enjoyed listening to my songs about Richard III. With the help of the authors Kathy Martin, Joanne Larner, Susan Lamb, Matthew Lewis and Sandra Heath Wilson I was able to finish writing my book and it was self published last year with the title of ‘Songs About Richard III’.

So far I have been able to donate approximately £1000 to S.A.U.K. from the sale of my music about Richard III and I also intend to donate money to this charity from the sale of my book. I know that this isn’t a huge sum of money but I feel quite pleased about it since I have funded and promoted the project myself from my own limited resources. There are several talented musicians and singers that have helped me to record my songs and they are all mentioned in my book. A very special note of praise should go to my very good friend and member of The Legendary Ten Seconds band, Lord Zarquon (that’s his stage name), who has spent many hours every week since we recorded our first song about Richard III, helping me to finish the albums.

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Canterbury Tale Millers_Tale

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