Monthly Archives: October 2010

Medieval Archives Podcast: Episode 10 – The Tower of London

Fortress Friday – Halloween Special During the month of October Fortress Friday will be exploring the paranormal. Throughout Europe there are stories of ghost sightings and strange occurrences. In a 6-part series we will look at some of the most haunted Castles in Europe. The final castle in our series is The Tower of London….

Ghost hunting in Northumberland

North East England’s rich history, ancient buildings and numerous castles all have spooky stories to tell. With Halloween just around the corner there is no better time of year to dabble in a bit of ghost hunting in some of the most beautiful and atmospheric parts of the country. Take a break in North East…

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-10-31

1147 – After a 4 month siege the crusader knights led by Afonso Henriques, reconquered Lisbon # 1260 – The Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France http://twitpic.com/30b97r # Happy Birthday 1378 – David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay, heir to the throne of Scotland # 1360 – The…

Medieval Archives Podcast: Episode 09 – Chillingham Castle

Fortress Friday During the month of October Fortress Friday will be exploring the paranormal. Throughout Europe there are stories of ghost sightings and strange occurrences. In a 6-part series we will look at some of the most haunted Castles in Europe. The fifth castle in our series is Chillingham Castle. Situated on the northern border…

Final viewing for Abergwyngregyn’s Welsh princes site

Abergwyngregyn archaeological dig The open day will take place between 10am-4pm on 30 October Medieval finds thought to be related to the princes of Gwynedd are on show for the last time. Excavations at Abergwyngregyn, near Bangor, unearthed the remains of a medieval hall dating back to the 14th century, the period when Llywelyn the…

History, shopping, bagpipes mingle on Royal Mile

The castle is a man’s place, spare and stern, ringed by cannon and places for men to fight. Only one part is feminine – and it’s survived for 880 years. Tiny St. Margaret’s Chapel, with its simple white nave and curvy chancel, has seen many a Scottish bride marry her warrior – and still holds…

Medieval Child’s Brain Found Preserved

Scientists were able to identify neurons and cerebral cells from the brain preserved from the 13th century. An international team of researchers has identified intact neurons and cerebral cells in a mummified medieval brain, according to a study published in the journal Neuroimage. Found inside the skull of a 13th century A.D. 18-month-old child from…

‘Treasures of Heaven’ exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Art

Art museums are victims of their own success, although it’s hard to feel sorry for them. To curry favor at the box office, they’ve convinced a generation of visitors that blockbuster exhibitions are defined by how many Egyptian mummies or paintings by Claude Monet or Pablo Picasso they can corral in one place. “Treasures of…

Archeologists Find Palace of Balhae Epoch in Primorski Territory

For the first time archeologists have found remains of palace-like constructions of Balhae epoch in the Kraskinsky Site in the south of Primorski Territory. Earlier similar monuments were found only in the central parts of the region. A corner of a building with columns has been unearthed during digging works on the Kraskinsky site in…

Medieval Ani Will Soon Vanish, Warns Global Heritage Fund

The ruined medieval Armenian city of Ani has been included in a list of twelve historic sites around the world that are “on the verge of vanishing” because of mismanagement and neglect, according to a new report issued by the San Francisco-based Global Heritage Fund (GHF). The ruined city, on the border of Turkey and…

Columbus Didn’t Sail Syphilis Back to Europe

Dozens of skeletons unearthed in London may provide the first solid evidence that syphilis did not sail into Europe with Christopher Columbus and his crew, announced researchers working on one of the largest excavations of skeletons ever undertaken in Britain. Dug out at the medieval cemetery of St. Mary Spital in East London, the skeletal…

Restoration of a unique Armenian monastery

It was once a beacon of light for an entire country, home to 500 monks, a seat of learning and spiritual fulfilment. Little remains of the glorious past of the 9th century Tatev Monastery in southern Armenia. But that could soon change thanks to an ambitious restoration project. During the Middle Ages, Tatev was one…

Ghostly photograph taken at execution site

A mysterious ghostly image has been taken at the execution site where hundreds of criminals were tried and put to death. The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham claims to be one of the most haunted locations in Great Britain. Scores of highwayman, murderers and thieves were subjected to public hangings from within its walls. Many…

Pope Benedict XVI On St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Here is a translation of the address Pope Benedict XVI gave 20 October 2010 at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to speak to you about one of the women of the Middle Ages who inspired great admiration: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, also…

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-10-24

1091 – Britain's earliest recorded tornado strikes the heart of London, destroying the London Bridge, St. Mary-le-Bow and 600 houses # Happy Birthday 1253 – Ivo of Kermartin, Patron saint of lawyers # 1346 – Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III, and held in the Tower of…