Castle Ghosts of England

Are castles really haunted? If you’ve ever walked through them on a dark, cold night you may have heard strange sounds or eerie whispers. Is it your imagination or something supernatural?

In Castle Ghosts of England Sir Robert Hardy investigates the stories of castles around England. He visits Muncaster Castle, Sudeley Castle, The Tower of London and others to discover if they are truly haunted.

Castle Ghosts of England
Throughout history, Britain’s castles have witnessed murders, executions, and countless acts of cruelty that spawned a parade of spirits. This program presents spine tingling stories in a riveting tour of England’s ghostly heritage.

Dim the lights and find out what goes bump in the night in English castles. If your lucky you won’t have visions of Anne Boleyn’s headless body walking through your nightmares!

Season of the Witch

The nights are longer and there is a chill in the air. The Season of the Witch is upon us. Beware of the things that go bump in the night!

‘And out of the darkness the zombie did call
True pain and suffering he brought to them all
Away ran the children to hide in their beds
For fear that the devil would chop off their heads’

~R.Zombie

Grab your pumpkin spice latte and enjoy the spooky side of medieval history throughout the month of October

Game of Thrones gets Bayeux Tapestry treatment

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered depiction of the events leading up to the Norman Invasion of England and culminating with the Battle of Hastings.

The Bayeux Tapestry was created in the 11th century, a few months after the Battle of Hastings. It measures 70 meters (230 feet) in length and 50 centimeters (20 inches) tall and is a masterpiece of the early medieval period.

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Using the Bayeux Tapestry as inspiration, Tourism Ireland commissioned a tapestry to depict every episode of Game of Thrones!

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Each season is illustrated on an 11 meter panel. The eight panels are combined to create one long tapestry. The finished tapestry measures over 77 meters (253 feet) and 71 centimeters (28 inches) tall!

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You can see the entire Game of Thrones Tapestry on Ireland.com

1,400-year-old Pictish cemetery uncovered in Scotland

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Archaeologists have uncovered what is believed to be a 1,400-year-old Pictish cemetery in the Highlands. Excavation at the sight has confirm a number of barrows, or burial mounds and enclosures at the site near Muir of Ord in the Black Isle. If confirmed to date from the Pictish era, the barrows may be in the…

Medieval Norfolk church gutted by fire

A 12th Century church has been gutted by a fire. The blaze was reported at 06:07 BST and when firefighters arrived at the scene in Wimbotsham, Norfolk, they discovered the roof was alight. Nine crews tackled the fire at St Mary the Virgin Church, which dates from 1175, and it was extinguished by 10:00. “Unfortunately…

Anglo-Saxon treasures found on Bicester building site scrap heap

The ‘unusual’ discovery of a brooch over 1,300 years old and found on a building site in Bicester has been declared as treasure. The Anglo-Saxon brooch, and five other historic finds thought to be from a female grave from the 7th century, was uncovered at the undisclosed site on top of a pile of soil….

Medieval windows removed from York Minster for restoration

Two 600-year-old windows have been removed from York Minster as part of a major restoration project. The windows are part of a sequence of eight and the 11-year project in the cathedral’s South Quire aisle will see all of them removed and restored. They will also be given protective glazing to prevent future damage in…

Anna, Duchess of Cleves by Heather Darise

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Heather Darise explores the life of Anna, Duchess of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII in her new book titled Anna, Duchess of Cleves The King’s ‘Beloved Sister.’ The book takes a fresh look at Anna from the perspective of her upbringing in the Holy Roman Empire. Heather uses primary documents, including official marrage…

Notre Dame Fire: Pictures

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Notre Dame on Fire Fire engulfs Notre Dame Spire Collapses Full Notre Dame Fire coverage (NBC News, 5 hours)

Live Coverage: Notre Dame Fire

The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was engulfed in flames on Monday, police said, causing untold damage to the iconic building just days before Easter Sunday. Cause of the fire is still undetermined.

Pope Formosus; Died 04 April 896

Formosus was born in 816 but little is known of his upbringing. He became the Cardinal Bishop of Porto, Italy in 864. Formosus was excommunicated in July 872 on the charges of deserting his diocese without papal permission, aspiring to the position of Archbishop of Bulgaria and despoiling the cloisters of Rome. His excommunication was…

Bristol academic discovers 819-Year-Old Royal Charter Issued by King John

A rare, original royal charter from the first year of King John’s reign has been discovered in Durham by a medieval historian from the University of Bristol. The document, which was not previously known to have survived, carries the seal of King John and is dated 26 March 1200, issued in York, exactly 819 years…

Saint Nicholas of Flüe; Died 21 March 1487

Nicholas was born in 1417 in Unterwalden, Switzerland. Nicholas joined the army at age 21 and took part in many battles, including the Battle of Ragaz in 1446. Nicholas was a distinguished soldier and retired at age 37. It’s reported that he fought with a sword in one hand and a rosary in the other….

Killing the legend of buried Viking swords

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Swords found in early medieval graves don’t necessarily mark the final resting place of a warrior, new research suggests. The international research, combining literary and archaeological data, borrows from ancient texts to challenges the long-held notion that swords found in excavated ancient gravesites bear the mark of a warrior. Flinders University expert Dr Erin Sebo says…