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

John Morton Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors by Stuart Bradley

John Morton

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the highest position in the English church, the ‘First Bishop’ of England. Throughout the Middle Ages there are iconic names associated with the position; Augustine, Hurbert Walter, Simon Sudbury, Stephen Langdon, Thomas Becket and John Morton. You don’t recall John Morton? He presided over the church during one of England’s…

Jedi Knight turns Templar Knight, Mark Hamill joins Knightfall

Knightfall

Knightfall premiered on the HISTORY channel in December 2017 and recounts the history and myth of the Knights Templar. Knightfall stars Tom Cullen as the Templar leader, Landry, a veteran of the Crusades, looking for his mentor’s killer and the location of the Holy Grail. If you missed Season 1 you can watch it on…

Knight Fight on HISTORY Channel

Knight Fight premiered on the HISTORY Channel (USA) last week, 23 Jan 2019. It premieres on HISTORY UK on 19 Feb 2019. Host and WWE superstar Jay “Christian” Reso, is joined by judges Andre Sinou, Co-Founder and Creator of the Armored Combat League, and John Clements, Director of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts. I…

Dan Snow (@TheHistoryGuy) Live Tour Dates

Historian, TV Presenter and Founder of HistoryHit TV Dan Snow, AKA The History Guy is on tour in a city (hopefully) near you! The tour runs from 22 January to 29 March. We talked with Dan Snow a while back when he hosted the Battle Castle series. He is a wealth of knowledge from classical…

18 Jan 1486: King Henry VII weds Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, 18 January 1486: Henry Tudor pledged to marry Elizabeth of York, the eldest daughter of King Edward IV on Christmas Day 1483 Before Henry fulfilled his pledge he would fight for the throne of England in the bloody Wars of the Roses. On 22 August 1485 Henry defeated Richard III at the Battle…

Medieval woman’s hidden art career revealed by blue teeth

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About 1,000 years ago, a woman in Germany died and was buried in an unmarked grave in a church cemetery. No record of her life survived, and no historian had reason to wonder who she was. But when modern scientists examined her dug-up remains, they discovered something peculiar – brilliant blue flecks in the tartar…

Medieval Sword from the War of the Two Peters Unearthed In Spanish Castle

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The War of the Two Peters (1356-1375) was fought between Peter of Castile and Peter IV of Aragon. ~The Archivist Archaeologists have made a rare discovery during their second season of work at a Medieval castle in Aín, Castellón, Spain. The have unearthed a 700-year-old sword that is in a remarkable state. The style suggests…

The Kid Who Would Be King – Trailer

The Kid Who Would Be King Synopsis Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of…

Mer de Mort: A Mortimer concept album for the 10th anniversary of the Mortimer History Society

Mer de Mort

The Legendary Ten Seconds released a new album in honor of the the Moritmer History society’s 10th anniversary. We’ve featured songs from the Legendary Ten Seconds on the podcast and try to keep up with all their new albums. Their new album is a tribute to the Mortimer History Society. If you like their music…

Arthur Warrior and King by Don Carleton

Arthur Warrior and King

FASCINATING NEW CONCLUSIONS ABOUT ARTHUR’S LIFE People have been looking for the sites of the long-lost and mysterious battles of King Arthur for a thousand years. This book is the result of extensive consultation with experts across academic disciplines. Much of the history of the time was lost because of some kind of natural catastrophe…

RMMRA 2019 Call for Papers

Portrait of Leonardo

  “Sapere videre, Knowing How to See” The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites proposals for papers and panels at Annual Conference to be held April 11-13 in downtown Denver, Colorado, at the SpringHill Suites Marriott adjacent to the Metropolitan State University of Denver. In addition to welcoming all paper and session proposals related…

Mark Hamill joins Knightfall

Knightfall

History renewed Knightfall for Season 2 and announced that Mark Hamill will be joining the cast! Mark Hamill plays “Talus,” a “battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for ten years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.” Knightfall stars Tom Cullen as the…

The Kid Who Would Be King Trailer

TKWWBK Teaser Poster

Coming in February 2019 a new take on the King Arthur/Sword and the Stone premise. Starring Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Taylor and Sir Patrick Stewart as Merlin! The Kid Who Would Be King synopsis: Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s…

Nespresso gets medieval with your coffee

Natalie Dormer Nespresso

Exceptional coffee is always worth the quest. The noble knight George has saved the kingdom. “The Quest” features George Clooney in his knightly armour in search of the ultimate reward. Sharing the screen with actress Natalie Dormer, he defies space and time to get his hands on his favourite coffee. From a royal court of…

Eighth-century skeleton found at Torcello Island

skeleton in Italy

On the island of Torcello, at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice excavation site, some protagonists of the island’s thousand-year history have begun to emerge. A tomb datable to around 700 A.D. has recently been unearthed by the site’s team of scholars hailing from universities throughout Italy, under the scientific direction of archaeologist Diego Calaon…