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The Archivist brings you news and reviews of all things medieval.

Knightfall is coming to HISTORY

The HISTORY Channel picked up Knightfall in January 2016 and ordered 10 episodes straight to series. Knightfall is a scripted series following the raise, fall and persecution of the Knights Templar. Currently the series is listed as ‘Coming Soon’ on HISTORY’s web page. It’s expected to air in Fall 2017. Historian and podcast guest Dan…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 10 ‘Ellcrys’ recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 10: Ellcrys Wil and…

MAP#76 – Music inspired by Richard III and the Wars of the Roses

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We have a special episode today of medieval inspired music! Ian Churchward and his band The Legendary 10 Seconds write music about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses. Today we are showcasing one of their albums Tant le Desiree, the second album in the Richard III saga. You can find all their music…

Season 2 Of “The Shannara Chronicles” Premieres 11 October

Season 2 Of “The Shannara Chronicles” Premieres Wednesday, October 11 at 10pm ET/PT On Spike New York, NY – August 24, 2017– The second season of the hit fantasy series “The Shannara Chronicles” premieres Wednesday, October 11 at 10pm ET/PT on Spike. The new season consists of 10 one-hour episodes. The first season of the…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 9 ‘Safehold’ recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 9: Safehold With time…

King Henry’s Eclipse

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The total solar eclipse on 02 August 1133 was visible throughout Medieval Europe. In England, King Henry departed for Normandy on 01 August 1133. Many believed the eclipse was an omen predicting his death. The omen proved true and King Henry would never return to England alive! Chronicler John of Worcester recorded ‘in 1133 a…

Solar eclipses and the middle ages

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Dr Anne Lawrence from the University of Reading’s Department of History examines what solar eclipses meant to our ancestors. Looking forward to the solar eclipse? I am and I suspect much of the UK is too. Scientists in particular are chomping at the bit to record this once in a generation event, especially here at…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 8 ‘Utopia’ recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 8: Utopia Wil and…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 7 ‘Breakline’ recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 7: Breakline Amberle and…

Medieval Irish castle is glioblastoma patient’s gift to others

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Paul Roberts is a lucky man. The glioblastoma multiforme patient has long outlived the dire prognosis he was handed more than six years ago when he was diagnosed with this incurable form of brain cancer. Grateful for the time he’s had, the native of Ireland has purchased a medieval castle — Corofin Castle in County…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 6 ‘Pykon’ recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 6: Pykon On the…

Skull of 1,000 year old Arctic chieftain’s infant heir found encased in Persian bronze bowl

The skull pieces were discovered by archeologists above the Arctic Circle on the remote permafrost Gydan peninsula close to the Kara Sea in Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region. Scientists last year announced the find of the turquoise-coloured bronze bowl fragment – originally from Persia, some 6,000 kilometres to the south – but now say that this unique…

Dark Ages Fort Built by Mysterious ‘Painted People’ Found in Scotland

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A fort that is more than 1,000 years old, dating back to the time of Alfred the Great, has been unearthed in Scotland, more than 200 years after it was thought to have been completely destroyed. The ancient fort was built by the Picts, a loose confederation of tribes who lived in what is now…

Plague Grave Weighed Down with Stones and Sand Shows Fear of Body Snatchers

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Archaeologists have discovered a centuries-old grave at a medieval burial site in London where plague victims, religious dissenters and poor people were laid to rest from the 1500s, and uncovered early evidence of people trying to stop grave robbing. The New Churchyard, or Bedlam burial ground, is a huge graveyard in the center of London…

Medieval Coptic wall-paintings uncovered at Egyptian monastery

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Restorers working at the Monastery of St. Bishoy in the Wadi El-Natroun area have uncovered a number of medieval-era wall-paintings and architectural elements in the monastery’s old church. “While removing the modern layer of mortar from the walls of the monastery’s old church, several coloured wall-paintings were uncovered,” Mohamed Abdellatif, deputy antiquities minister for archaeological…