Monthly Archives: July 2010

Medieval Ipswich church saved to become wellbeing centre

£3.5m plans to save Ipswich’s magnificent medieval church St Mary at the Quay, by transforming it into a mental health wellbeing centre are taking shape thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) development grant of £68,500, it was announced this week. The development funding enables the East Suffolk Mind, the charity committed to improving the…

Book Release: Suburban Knights

Photographer E.F. Kitchen found herself drawn to the medieval re-enactors known as the Society for Creative Anachronism. Her pictures of them fill the book ‘Suburban Knights.’ E.F. Kitchen, a Venice-based fine arts photographer who works with platinum prints, spent years fascinated by the glint of light off of handmade armor. “It was a purely visual…

Poles hope deadly knights will now bring some good

They were bloody medieval warriors who spread Catholicism by the sword and seized Polish lands with great cruelty. But that’s not stopping the Polish city of Kwidzyn from capitalizing on the aura surrounding the Teutonic Knights. The city, where the knights once had a fortress, is consecrating a church crypt and displaying the newly discovered…

Book Release: The Sacred Stone by The Medieval Murderers

The Medieval Murderers are back! once again the collective of historical novelists – Bernard Knight and Karen Maitland among them – have produced a series of five interlinking stories based on one theme. Each story ends with an informative historical note, and some of the characters – Geoffrey Mappestone, William Falconer and Nick Revill –…

Artisans, entertainers embrace medieval lifestyle at Ohio’s Great Lakes Medieval Faire

Don’t be put off by the nearly hourlong drive across I-90 to Geneva, Ohio. After all, the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace near Geneva is not just a trip to another state — it’s a trip through time. Good townspeople from around the Lake Erie come to the area’s biggest 13th-century themed festival for…

‘Robin Hood: Director’s Cut’ September 21 release date

Ridley Scott’s take on the classic medieval hero will charge onto Blu-ray this September! In an early announcement to retailers, Universal has set ‘Robin Hood: Director’s Cut’ for Blu-ray release on September 21. The film stars Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Strong and the release will be the Unrated Director’s Cut featuring fifteen minutes…

Wales spends to save its historic fabric

Archivist note: We first reported this story here. There is now a complete list of buildings receiving grant money for restoration. Wales’s oldest theatre, its largest chapel and an Anglesey church with Tudor connections are among 24 historic buildings sharing funding of £999,124 announced today by Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones. The Welsh Assembly…

Medieval skeleton found in Graz

Ancient bones have been discovered during construction work near Graz Castle. Manfred Lehner of the Archaeological Institute at city’s university said today (Weds) the human remains were found by workers at a building site outside the castle walls yesterday. The scientist explained: “The human skeleton could derive from medieval times – maybe from the 13th…

Abbey Medieval festival scores tourism award

The Abbey Medieval Festival has won the Festivals and Events section at the inaugural Moreton Bay and Islands Tourism Awards. The week-long event held at Caboolture in July last year, which culminated in the two-day Medieval Tournament, impressed a panel of industry experts. Entrants were assessed on a 30-page questionnaire and site visits. The category…

Thomas More College Establishes Medieval Catholic Guilds

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts announced that it has established a series of medieval-style Catholic guilds that will enable its students to gain skills and experience from master craftsmen in areas such as woodworking, sacred art, music, and baking. Thomas More College’s guilds will take its spirit from the associations of men and…

Cash for historic buildings in North Wales

Historic buildings across North Wales are sharing in grants worth over £360,000 to help preserve the region’s heritage Among them are an Anglesey church with Tudor connections, a fine example of high Victorian gothic in Rhyl, and one of the most significant medieval towers in North Wales. The cash is coming from the Welsh Assembly…

Historic Ipswich church ravaged by arson attack

An Investigation is under way after an historic church tower was badly damaged in a suspected arson attack. Fire crews were called to St Mary at the Elms church in Ipswich town centre at 8.30am on Saturday. Flames were seen billowing from the tower, which is thought to date from Tudor times and includes the…

Rampant Griffin in Shishman’s Coat of Arms

The medieval and even earlier archeological strata under the royal hills of Tsarevets and Trapezitsa, in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, continue to surprise researchers with treasures. “For three years of excavation works in the medieval monastery complex of Sts Peter and Paul in Veliko Tarnovo, archeologists have…

Was there a case for the Crusades?

The Crusades were a major development on the medieval European scene, but their effect was, in the end, ephemeral. The forces of Christendom conquered Jerusalem in July 1099, but losses piled up after that. In 1187, Jerusalem fell to the resurgent forces of Islam under Saladin, and, in 1290, Christians had to abandon their last…

The Dig Continues At Alderton Mount

The first week of the archaeological work being carried out at The Mount in Alderton, Northants has revealed a substantial medieval stone wall, a possible indication that the buildings on The Mount were of more importance than previously thought. In addition there have been many finds of roof tiles, Medieval and Saxon pottery, and particularly…