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

Sunnes and Roses: A Wars of the Roses inspired album by Ian Churchward

Today we have a guest post from Ian Churchward of the Legendary Ten Seconds. You can find Ian and his work on his website at www.legendary10seconds.co.uk A few years ago I watched a very interesting documentary about the discovery of the grave of Richard III in a car park in Leicester. This gave me the…

MAP#73: The Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

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The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories written Geoffrey Chaucer between 1387–1400. The tales are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The Miller’s Tale is…

Archaeologists find 25 skeletons in medieval Cambridge friary

Cambridge-Skeleton

More than 25 skeletons have been unearthed by archaeologists investigating the site of a medieval friary in the centre of Cambridge. Archaeologists say the skeletons are in good condition and they expect to find as many as 40 in the coming weeks. The land was home to a friary between 1290 and 1538, making many…

Saxon workshop evidence found by amateur archaeologists in Somerset

Saxon Forge

Amateur archaeologists have unearthed what is believed to be a Saxon workshop in a dig in Somerset. The foundations were uncovered along with a large Norman building at an undisclosed location on the Mendip Hills. Saxon keys and a 13th Century jug were also among the finds. Project leader Pip Osborne, said: “There’s no written…

Major Viking Age manor discovered at Birka, Sweden

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During spring of 2016 a number of large presumed house terraces were identified by the authors at Korshamn. As a consequence high resolution geophysical surveys using ground-penetrating radar were carried out in September 2016. Korshamn is one of the main harbour bays of the island of Björkö, situated outside the town boundaries of the Viking…

Leprosy in the Middle Ages – A Tale of Tragedy and Prejudice

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Leprosy has always been a subject of interest among scientists, since there is and was a lot of controversy surrounding it. According to traditional theories, during the Middle Ages, when the disease was blooming, people afflicted by it were treated as outcasts – shunned by every layer of society and forced to live in shadows…

Workmen uncover Hartlepool Anglo-Saxon burial site while rebuilding a wall

Anglo-Saxon Hartlepool

An exciting historic find has been made on the Headland after workmen rebuilding a wall came across an Anglo-Saxon burial site. Remains of at least six people and the corner of a building believed to date back almost 1,400 years have been uncovered by archaeologists in an alley behind Gladstone Street. They are believed to…

Coins discovery ‘will re-write’ Anglo-Saxon history

Anglo-Saxon Hoard

The Anglo-Saxon coins are said to point to some sort of an alliance in the 870s between Alfred the Great and a rival. Historians say an entire chapter of the Anglo-Saxon period will have to be re-written after a metal detectorist found a huge hoard of coins in a field. James Mather made the discovery…

15 castles in Kent you can visit for a great family day out

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Canterbury Castle © Tim Stubbings The ruined Norman castle, which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1070, is one of the most ancient in Britain. The castle became a ruin in the 17th century after it was constructed as one of the three royal castles in Kent in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135)….

New Trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword directed by Guy Richie and starring Charlie Hunnam, Annabelle Wallis, Djimon Hounsou and Eric Bana and hits theaters on 24 March 2017. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Synopsis: The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs…

Lost Kingdom of Rheged Discovered in Scotland

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The archaeological site at Trusty’s Hill in Galloway, Scotland, is known to have been a cultural center for the Pict, the confederation of tribal peoples that lived in what is now northern and eastern Scotland during Roman times. After some five years of excavation, however, researchers working there now believe they have uncovered something far…

Medieval Winchester skeleton reveals how leprosy spread

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The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim found in one of Britain’s earliest known hospitals has shed light on the history of the disfiguring disease. The remains of a young man, between the age of 18 and 25, were found in the St Mary Magdalen leprosarium near Winchester, Hampshire. Researchers suggests the man was a…

Grail Quest Race 2017: sign up now for Somerset’s toughest, most medieval challenge

The Grail Quest Doomsday-ditch

As long time readers and listeners know I love Obstacle Course racing and even competed on American Ninja Warrior! If you live in or near Somerset you can compete in a Medieval Obstacle Race called The Grail Quest Race. The Grail Quest is a medieval themed, 10km obstacle course race based in Somerset. Sign up…

The discovery of medieval Trellech and the plucky amateurs of archaeology

Trellech

The tale of how an amateur archaeologist’s hunch led him to uncover a lost medieval town and spend £32,000 of his own money to buy the land, would stand to be the archaeological discovery of any year. On the border between England and Wales, the site of the medieval town of Trellech reveals much about…

Drone flyover of Haunted Nocton Hall

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Nocton Hall is a historic Grade II listed building in the village of Nocton, in Lincolnshire, England. In 2004 there was a major fire which left the building in a derelict state.