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

Gilles_de_Rais Medieval Archive HalloweenGilles de Rais, an esteemed knight and the Marshall of France, who fought alongside Joan of Arc. Then he turned to the occult and tried to deal with the devil. Gilles isn’t remembered as a hero of France, instead he is remembered as a gruesome child murderer.

On today’s episode we are going to look at Gilles de Rais, a knight who fought alongside Joan of Arc and was her trusted adviser. He was granted the title of Marshal of France by King Charles VII for his loyalty and military victories. But as the Hundred Years War started to end he turned to black magic.

Gilles de Rais would stop at nothing to keep his wealth and gain more. He tried Alchemy to turn matter into gold, which lead to sorcery and summoning demons. Through it all he was a vile child killer, who killed so many children by his own admission he cannot count them all.

In his testimony de Rais confessed to beating, hanging and beheading children, and that was just the start! His crimes are so vile they will make your stomach turn.

Join us today on the Halloween episode of the Medieval Archives Podcast as we look at the valiant knight turned gruesome monster, Gilles de Rais.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Gilles de Rais childhood
  • Gilles de Rais rise to greatness
  • Gilles de Rais, the occultist and summoner of demons
  • Gilles de Rais as a serial killer
  • And more…

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

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I wanted to get out a quick update to let you know about the VIKINGS Season 2 Blu-ray giveaway! It’s easy to enter and you could take home a great prize!

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‘Vampire Skeleton’ Found At Medieval Grave Site In Bulgaria

medieval-vampire-skeltonA “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 Perperikon, an ancient Thracian city located in southern Bulgaria, close to the border with Greece.

“We have no doubts that once again we’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out,” said Professor Ovcharov. He explained that the metal was driven through the corpse to stop a “bad” person from rising from the dead and terrorising the living.

The city, inhabited since 5,000 BC but only discovered 20 years ago, is believed to be the site of the Temple of Dionysius – the Greek God of wine and fertility. And among the finds at the site, which includes a hilltop citadel, a fortress and a sanctuary, are a series of “vampire graves”.

On Thursday Professor Ovcharov announced that he had found a remarkably-preserved Medieval skeleton at the site in what he termed “a vampire grave”.

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The Vikings Podcast #211: VIKINGS updates and Sven Forkbeard

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It’s been a long summer without Vikings to keep us company. But I think we all made it through. One piece of good news is Vikings Season 2 is out on DVD on 07 October! You can pre-order it on Amazon for $28. Get your copy now! On this episode of The Vikings Podcast we’ll…

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


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…

MAP#55: Bernard Cornwell Interview – The Empty Throne


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Knight vs Samurai Video

Japan Armored Battle League

A few months ago I post an article on the Japan Armored Battle League Knight vs Samurai event. There is finally some video footage of the event. Place your bets on the winner and then watch the video to find out.

1000 years of European borders change in this timelapse map


This is a great timelapse video showing how European borders have changed over the last 1000 years. Watching the borders ebb and flow during the medieval years is fascinating! The more modern era of the 18th and 19th century are amazing as you watch the growth of Russia and Germany. Enjoy the video