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

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

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  “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

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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

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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…

Viking longship discovery thrills archaeologists

Viking Longship Norway

Archaeologists in Norway have used ground-penetrating radar technology to discover an extremely rare Viking longship in what experts are describing as a “sensational” find. A team from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) harnessed high-resolution georadar to locate the ship in Østfold County, southeastern Norway. The 66-foot vessel, which is located in a…

SKARNEN: Kickstart this film!

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A group of filmmakers have embark on a journey into the middle ages. Skarnen tells the story of Prince Edrig and his men on their quest for salvation. The Kickstarter project will help create authentic weapons, costumes and locations. Production begins in October. Being a Kickstart project there are rewards for your contribution. The rewards…

Outlaw King Trailer

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From the director of Hell or High Water, David Mackenzie comes Outlaw King a Netflix original film. Starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots in an epic struggle to win independence from England. Outlaw King is available on Netflix 9 November 2018. Enjoy the trailer below. The untold, true story of…

Robin Hood (2018) Trailer released

Robin Hood is making his way back to the big screen. It’s been eight years since the last re-telling of the Robin Hood tale and this time around we have a younger Robin Hood. Taron Egerton (Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle) plays Robin a ‘War hardened crusader’ and Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained) plays Little John,…

Uncovering the mysteries of England’s Bayeux Tapestry and its connections to Charlemagne

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A team of academics, led by the University of Bristol, are hoping to raise awareness of a unique, but little-known, medieval fresco which depicts fighting knights on the wall of a village church in Shropshire. The painting, on the north side of the nave of All Saints Church in Claverley, described as England’s Bayeux Tapestry,…

DNA from skeleton puts enteric fever in medieval Europe

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Researchers have detected Salmonella Paratyphi C, which causes enteric fever, in a 800-year-old human skeleton from Trondheim, Norway. This suggests the potentially lethal disease, more common in hot countries, was present in medieval Europe. Now scientists are speculating that the evolution of enteric fever could be linked to the domestication of pigs across northern Europe….

MAP#79: Richard the Lionheart and author W.B. Bartlett

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In today’s lesson we are joined by author Wayne Bartlett to discuss Richard the Lionheart! Wayne’s new book Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England is available through Amberley Publishing. It’s an excellent biography and the first biography of Richard the Lionheart in over 40 years! Wayne and I discuss Richard’s upbringing, the Crusades…

Boy unearths treasure of the Danish king Bluetooth in Germany

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A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a “significant” trove in Germany which may have belonged to the Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. René Schön and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on northern Rügen island when they chanced upon what they…

Coventry monastery founded in 1385 to open to the public in 2020

Coventry monastery

The remains of a monastery founded in 1385 by Richard II, and the spectacular wall paintings added in later centuries, will open to the public for the first time almost 80 years after being left to the people of Coventry by a wealthy local businessman. A grant of £4.3m from the heritage lottery fund to…