Robin Hood (2018) Trailer released

robin-hood-2018Robin Hood is making his way back to the big screen. It’s been eight years since the last re-telling of the Robin Hood tale and this time around we have a younger Robin Hood. Taron Egerton (Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle) plays Robin a ‘War hardened crusader’ and Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained) plays Little John, a Moorish commander and leader of an outlaw group, The Merry Men.

The 1991 “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” starring Kevin Costner earned $390 million while 2010’s “robin Hood” starring Russell Crow earned $321 million. Robin Hood 2018 is a fresh take on the tale. Will it hold up to the past movies? You can find out this fall.

Robin Hood opens on 21 November 2018. Until then you can enjoy the trailer below, visit the official website at and follow on Twitter: @Robinhoodmovie

Robin Hood:
Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.

Uncovering the mysteries of England’s Bayeux Tapestry and its connections to Charlemagne

bayeux_tapestryA team of academics, led by the University of Bristol, are hoping to raise awareness of a unique, but little-known, medieval fresco which depicts fighting knights on the wall of a village church in Shropshire.

The painting, on the north side of the nave of All Saints Church in Claverley, described as England’s Bayeux Tapestry, is thought to date back to the 13th century and is the only one of its kind to be found in an English church.

In 2012, historians studying the painting spotted several clues that led them to believe that the artwork depicted a scene from the oldest surviving major work of French literature, The Song of Roland (written between around 1100), which recounts the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.

Roland was the nephew of the famous Charlemagne, King of the Franks, who ruled from 768-814 AD.

On Saturday 21 July, a celebration of the painting will take place at All Saints Church from 7pm where academics will discuss the fresco and its possible meanings and interpretations, in relation to the Charlemagne legend.

Dr Marianne Ailes, Senior Lecturer in French from the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol, is one of the academics speaking at the event.

She heads-up an international project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which is investigating the legend of Charlemagne in various linguistic cultures of medieval Europe.

The project will culminate in a series of books that will cover the history and mythology around Charlemagne in more detail than ever before.

Dr Ailes said: “The medieval wall paintings at Claverley, with the frieze of battling knights, are unique and spectacular, with no religious imagery. The likely allusion to the Song of Roland, and ultimately Charlemagne, add an even more exciting element to this fascinating story.”

One of the more recent theories about the painting is that it acted an early form of medieval propaganda – to try an encourage people to support and donate towards the Crusades.

Dr Ailes added: “Although historically Charlemagne had initially gone into Spain to support a Muslim leader, by the late 11th and early 12 centuries this has been transformed, probably by oral tradition, into a narrative of Christian versus Muslim.

“The first crusade had been called in November 1095. The French epic genre, which included The Song of Roland is the masterpiece, often promotes the crusading ethos.”

Dr Ailes will be joined at the talk by Matthew Strickland from the University of Glasgow, Phillipa Hardman from the University of Reading, military historian Matthew Bennett and artist Christopher Barrett. Tickets are free and available on the door. For more information contact

DNA from skeleton puts enteric fever in medieval Europe

bones-enteric-feverResearchers have detected Salmonella Paratyphi C, which causes enteric fever, in a 800-year-old human skeleton from Trondheim, Norway. This suggests the potentially lethal disease, more common in hot countries, was present in medieval Europe.

Now scientists are speculating that the evolution of enteric fever could be linked to the domestication of pigs across northern Europe.

“This is the first time that any Salmonella have been found in old human remains in Europe…”

Mark Achtman, professor at Warwick University’s Medical School, and his team analyzed bacterial DNA found in the teeth and bones of the skeleton of a young woman who is believed to have migrated to Trondheim from the northernmost areas of Scandinavia or Northwest Russia by her early teens only to die there around the age of 19 to 24.

They reconstructed a genome of Salmonella Paratyphi C, which causes enteric fever in areas of poor sanitation and lack of clean drinking water. Their discovery indicates that the young Norwegian died of this disease and suggests that these bacteria have long caused enteric fever across northern Europe.

“Paratyphi C is very rare today in Europe and North America except for occasional travelers from South and East Asia or Africa, where the disease is more common,” says Achtman.

Photo: University of Warwick

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