Monthly Archives: August 2010

Russian Knights Vie at Vyborg Castle

Source: NTD Television

Archeologists Open a Crusader-Era Burial Site

Ongoing archeological excavations in the late medieval church yard of Valjala, an old settlement on the island of Saaremaa off the western Estonian mainland, have revealed 15 graves from the mid 13th century. Five people were originally buried in limestone coffins but fragments of wood, some of it resembling birch bark, still await exploration and,…

History comes to life in BBC History Festival

History was not just a thing of the past when the BBC History Festival brought Gloucester’s heritage to life. Thousands of people visited the festival on Saturday, complete with re-enactors, talks and games – and got a glimpse into the rich history of the city. Trish Campbell, BBC learning project manager for the West, said…

Life in Britain medieval style

The clock was turned back up to 1000 years over the weekend as thousands of people got a taste of life in medieval Britain. Visitors to the Pensthorpe nature reserve, near Fakenham, saw archers show off their prowess with bows and arrows and got a chance to try out how villagers fired missiles with trebuchets…

Archaeologists Find Pre-Viking Ship Burial

Another ship burial discovered this year in the village of Salme may turn out to be a pre-viking era battleground burial, an unparalleled find in Europe. So far, 16 skeletons of men killed in battle have been discovered on the site. There is no doubt that a fierce struggle took place some 1,250 years ago…

BBC Two announces new factual shows

Filthy Cities will be presented by Dan Snow and will bring to life the histories of London, New York and Paris. Snow will discover how these places went from being filthy cities to modern metropolises. Using CGI, he will travel back in time to uncover the battle against filth during each city’s defining era –…

Medieval HD for iPad – First Look

If you like castle defense games, then you certainly want to check out Medieval HD, which brings you an addictive gaming experience that takes you back to Medieval times. After all the success (over 1 million downloads) with the iPhone game Medieval, Brisk Mobile is bringing a new experience to the iPad. Medieval HD is…

North Clare dig unravels medieval mystery

One of the mysteries of medieval Ireland is on the verge of being solved thanks to the latest in a series of excavations to take place at Caherconnell Stone Fort in Carron. Early results from a dig which concluded this week-end indicate that important local families continued to live in cashel type dwellings in Clare,…

Great Hospital in Norwich could open to more visitors

The current master of the 13th Century Great Hospital in Norwich is keen to open up more of the site to visitors. Kevin Pellatt wants to promote the hospital’s vast history and allow visitors to see its medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings up-close. “It’s a regret that not more people know of us,” said Mr…

Ancient heroic epics return

Men wearing medieval warrior costumes walk to take part in a sword fight performance during an international festival called “Bylinas of ancient Kiev IX-XI centuries” in the village of Kopachev, some 65 km (40 miles) southeast of Kiev August 28, 2010. Participants staged a performance which reconstructed battles, traditions and handicrafts widespread among Slavic people…

‘Sensational’ Discovery Archeologists Find Gateway to the Viking Empire

For a century, archeologists have been looking for a gate through a wall built by the Vikings in northern Europe. This summer, it was found. Researchers now believe the extensive barrier was built to protect an important trading route. Their attacks out of nowhere in rapid longboats have led many to call Vikings the inventors…

Taaffe Castle update: The time is nigh: I’m out of here

First Article: Crying out for medieval times in Taaffe’s Castle Second Article: Gutted over skinned rabbits and cremated pigeon Third Article: Two rabbits down – next, the pigs and non-laying geese Fourth Article: My lungs are beginning to feel like they are covered in charcoal Rosita Boland says goodbye to Carlingford, her new family and…

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-29

1485 – The Battle of Bosworth Field, Richard III is killed in battle ending the House of Plantagenet http://twitpic.com/2haj2k # R.I.P. 1241 – Pope Gregory IX http://twitpic.com/2hc928 # R.I.P. 1241 – Pope Gregory IX http://twitpic.com/2hd51f # 1328 – Battle of Cassel: French troops stop an uprising of Flemish farmers http://twitpic.com/2hhvyy # 1305 – William Wallace,…

Medieval day search for best re-enactment

Threekingham will be transformed into a medieval village next month when it hosts the Medieval Living History competition. Visitors will be able to walk through 500 years of history when top medieval re-enactment groups battle it out for the title of Best Living History Group 2010/11. The event, on Saturday, September 4, will demonstrate the…

The Wild Hunt movie trailer

I remember back in the 80’s there was a movie with Tom Hanks about a of group college students obsessed with playing Dungeons & Dragons…uh, I mean Mazes and Monsters. Soon the line between reality and fantasy began to blur for Hanks’ character and started living as his character. The Wild Hunt looks like a…