MAP#59: Author Ian Macgill, 1066 and The Rhyme of King Harold

Harold_Godwinson_1066Journalist and author Ian Macgill found his writing passion traveling through the jungles of South America. As a young man Ian was awarded the Winston Churchill fellowship and traveled through South America studying ancient sites. His adventures in South America would make a great book as well! After his travels he returned to Britain and began his career as a journalist.

Ian now owns and operates the Grapevine Magazine in Sheffeld, England. Most recently Ian authored the book The Rhyme of King Harold, the story of King Harold written entirely in verse. Join us today on the Medieval Archives podcast as we talk with Ian Macgill on his adventures in South America, his book The Rhyme of King Harold and the tumultuous year 1066! Did Harold usurp the English throne? Could the Norman invasion been avoided if Harold wasn’t the King? Find out all that and more in our fascinating interview with Ian Macgill!

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In this episode we discuss:

  • England before King Harold
  • King Harold’s rise to power
  • Cause of the Danish Invasion
  • Cause of the Norman Invasion
  • And more…


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The Rhyme of King Harold

The Rhyme of King Harold – Queen Emma

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Coventry Cathedral medieval crypts to open to public

Coventry-Cathedral-medieval-cryptsThree medieval crypts at Coventry Cathedral are to be restored and opened to the public.

One of the crypts, currently filled with rubble from the Blitz, is thought to contain at least three tombs and human remains dating back to Tudor times.

The other two are waterlogged and will be dried out.

The restoration money came from the government’s World War One Cathedral Repair Fund.

The cathedral received £216,000 as part of the £20m fund announced in the budget to maintain cathedrals in recognition of the role they played in the war.

Photo: BBC News

Gould Library hosts exhibit exploring medieval manuscripts

manuscriptA new exhibit in the Carleton College Laurence McKinley Gould Library explores medieval manuscripts and how medieval peoples produced and derived meaning from word and image. The “Process of Illumination: Word, Image and the Scribal Imagination in the Middle Ages” investigates the relationship between word and image in the Middle Ages by critically examining a variety of medieval manuscripts in facsimile.

The exhibit opens Wednesday, Nov. 5 and will be on display through Jan. 5, 2015. An opening reception with light refreshments will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 5. This event is free and open to the public.

Created by Carleton students currently enrolled in a history class led by professor William North, “”Process of Illumination” is designed to understand what it meant to be “literate” in medieval times, and the ways in which the meanings derived from words and imaged in the Middle Ages helps to ultimately shape society.

The Undead Knights Templar

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On Friday the 13th, 1307 thousands of Knights Templar were arrested on charges of heresy, devil worship and renouncing the cross. After years of imprisonment and torture, King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement began executing the Knights. By 1314 King Philip dissolved the order and the remaining members of the Knights Templar began…

MAP#58: Gilles de Rais – Gallant Knight, Occultist and Serial Killer

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The Vikings Podcast #212: Vikings Season 2 Blu-ray Giveaway!

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‘Vampire Skeleton’ Found At Medieval Grave Site In Bulgaria

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A “vampire grave” containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”. Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of…

MAP#57: Dan Jones Interview: Wars of the Roses and The Plantagenets

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Award-winning journalist, best selling author and Historian Dan Jones joins the Medieval Archives Podcast to talk all things Plantagenets! His first book on the subject The Plantagents: The Kings Who made England covers the first two centuries of Plantagenet Kings from Henry II to Richard II. In his latest book Wars of the Roses(Hollow Crown,…

Skeleton of Medieval ‘Witch Girl’ Found Buried Face Down in Italy

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Archaeologists believe they have found the human remains of a 13-year-old girl positioned face down in her grave, suggesting a link with witchcraft. The skeleton is called “the witch girl” by Italian media and was discovered in San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera. The skeleton showed signs of porotic hyperostosis on the skull…

Drone Flyover of Bodiam Castle

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Bodiam Castle, situated in East Sussex, England, is the iconic medieval castle. Built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of King Edward III. Sir Edward secured the permission to build the castle from reigning King Richard II. Ricard believed the castle’s location would help defend England during the Hundred Years’ War. Bodiam…

Archaeologists find “totally fascinating” medieval friary and human skeletal remains

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Human remains, a section of a wall and a “large assemblage” of medieval material have been found at the headquarters of a 13th century Dominican friary destroyed in Stirling during the Reformation in 1559. Archaeologists say it is unclear if the skeletal parts of the individual, discovered opposite Stirling Railway Station, date from the foundation…

MAP#56: Jan Hus and the Hussite Wars

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Medieval mysteries of Abberley to be revealed thanks to lottery grant

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A medieval village in Worcestershire will be revealed in all its glory after a heritage group received a lottery grant to delve deeper into its many mysteries. Abberley Hills Preservation Society has been awarded £50,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a year-long project in the picturesque village which is north west of…

The Vikings Podcast #211: VIKINGS updates and Sven Forkbeard

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BBC goes for Game of Thrones audience with new Saxon vs Viking drama

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Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling Saxon Stories are to be adapted for television as the BBC makes a play for the Game of Thrones audience. The BBC Two drama, The Last Kingdom, is billed as “a show full of heroic deeds and epic battles” that embraces “politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for…