Category Archives: Medieval Archives

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…

Arundel Castle Celebrates 950th Anniversary

Arundel Castle in West Sussex will celebrate the 950th anniversary of its initial construction this year. To celebrate, the Castle has arranged a bumper calendar of events including a week-long jousting and medieval tournament. Reopening to visitors on 1 April, the Castle’s calendar boasts two brand new events as well as the return of several…

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Guy Richie got his start with British gangster flicks like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. He moved onto to a re-envisioned Sherlock Holmes and now he is putting his spin on the legend of King Arthur. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword stars Charlie Hunnam, Annabelle Wallis, Djimon Hounsou and Eric Bana…

Delving into the Welsh Dark Ages

Manuscripts chronicling the history of Wales and Britain from Roman rule onwards are a new focus for experts. The Welsh Chronicles are a collection of texts that both attempt to mark historical events – and according to some – act as propaganda. It has been suggested that some of the texts even urge the Welsh…

The Bawdy History of Medieval Playing Cards

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Playing cards arrived in Europe from Asia sometime in the 14th century, and by 1367 they had their first citywide ban in Bern, Switzerland. That their use, and the anxiety about gambling and idleness encouraged by these “picture books of the devil,” had already resulted in anti-gaming ordinances demonstrates how quickly the cards gained popularity…

Medieval coins discovered in Danish site for new Apple data center

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Historic coins believed to have been stashed away during a period of Nordic infighting have been discovered by a group of metal detector enthusiasts at a site earmarked for an Apple data center in Denmark. The period between 1241 to 1375 in northern Europe was scarred by conflict between neighboring kingdoms. At the height of…

13th Century Mongol Shipwreck Discovered off Japanese Coast

It was the largest armada the world had ever seen, and would only be surpassed 700 years later when the Allies invaded Europe during the Normandy landings. The Mongol leader Kublai Khan sent two massive fleets during the 13th Century – of up to 4,000 ships each – to try to invade Japan. Both attempts…

Medieval bones discovery at Nefyn maritime museum

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The team at CR Archaeology discovered the bones in a stone cist grave beneath a wall at Old St Mary’s Church, Nefyn – now a maritime museum – 18 months ago. Tests confirmed she was aged 60 when she died and was buried around 1180. The team are now working to find out more about…

‘Schoolboy error’ on Magna Carta £2 coin

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A historian has questioned the accuracy of a new £2 coin showing the signing of the Magna Carta, saying King John would have not have used a quill. Dr Marc Morris, an expert in the Middle Ages, said experts at the Royal Mint made a “schoolboy error”. The Magna Carta would have been ‘endorsed’ by…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: Podcasts

Charlemagne The Father of Europe

2014 was a fantastic year for the Medieval Archives Podcast! Thanks to all our great fans we were featured in the iTunes store! We talked with more authors in 2014 including best sellers Bernard Cornwell and Dan Jones. The topics covered varied from medieval torture methods to religious reformers. Some of the topics were requested…

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Final Trailer

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In five days The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies hits US theaters! Until then you’ll have to watch the final trailer. If you live in the UK or other parts of the world The Hobbit is already in theaters. Go out and watch it! The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Bilbo…

Former students organise celebration of medieval historian Barbara Yorke’s work at University of Winchester

The work of a medieval historian at the University of Winchester is to be celebrated at a conference organised by her former students. Barbara Yorke, Emeritus professor in early medieval history, will be joined by colleagues and friends at the Lives and Landscapes of Early Medieval Wessex conference this month. Speakers include Oxford professor Martin…

Does Leicester’s Richard III centre live up to the hype?

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A £4m visitor centre built next to the Leicester car park where Richard III’s skeleton was discovered is opening on Saturday. It aims to cash in on the excitement generated by the discovery of the medieval king’s bones but will it live up to the hype? “I don’t know what the fuss is about,” says…

Medieval Candelabra Hints at Forgotten Sea Routes

A 10th-century candelabra found off the coast of the Spanish island of Ibiza may be a clue to long-forgotten shipping routes in that era. But the candelabra’s use and origin remain a stubborn mystery, researchers report in the journal Archivo Español de Arqueología. A new dive to the spot where the object was found in…

Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre set to open

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It has been the scene of the most famous battle in Scottish history for almost 700 years. Now 21st century Hollywood technology has been combined with medieval combat techniques to turn the Battle of Bannockburn into Scotland’s newest visitor attraction. From dramatic cavalry charges to sudden archery attacks, the sights and sounds of the battlefield…