Category Archives: Medieval Europe

Top Templar Sites in Western Europe

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In preparation for the upcoming show Knightfall, HISTORY has released a map of some of the top Templar sites in medieval Europe. La Rochelle One of the key Templar ports on the Atlantic coast, La Rochelle was the site of a persistent Templar legend, in which nearly a dozen ships carrying Templar treasures—and knights—fled from…

Workmen begin ripping up cobbles of perfectly preserved medieval village because of health and safety fears

I reported on the cobblestone streets of Somerset almost a year ago. It looks like the work has finally begun. ~The Archivist Workmen have begun ripping up the cobbled streets of a perfectly preserved medieval village over health and safety fears. The ancient roads and paths were an iconic feature in the historic settlement of…

Bretons fight to save language from extinction

At a busy creperie amid the cobbled medieval streets of Quimper in Brittany, northern France, a lunchtime crowd is enjoying hearty galettes packed with combinations of meats, cheeses and eggs. The crepe has become a staple of French cuisine, but another aspect of Brittany’s culture — the region’s unique language — is in danger of…

Medieval England not so grim

Maybe being a serf or a villein in the Middle Ages was not such a grim existence as it seems. Medieval England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the average per capita income of the world’s poorest nations today,…

Ghostly photograph taken at execution site

A mysterious ghostly image has been taken at the execution site where hundreds of criminals were tried and put to death. The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham claims to be one of the most haunted locations in Great Britain. Scores of highwayman, murderers and thieves were subjected to public hangings from within its walls. Many…

Somerset village cobbles ‘too dangerous’

A Somerset village could lose its medieval cobbled paths because they are feared to be too dangerous. People have been tripping over the cobbles in Dunster’s High Street and suffering injuries, because of their poor state of repair. Nobody is currently responsible for the cobbles. The Dunster Working Group has said it wants to re-lay…

Monument to medieval statesman Lew Sapieha to be unveiled in Lepel

A monument to prominent statesman Lew Sapieha (1557-1633) will be unveiled in Lepel, Vitsyebsk region, on September 11, BelaPAN reports. In 1586, Sapieha founded a city called Bely (White) Lepel two mile away from Stary (Old) Lepel, which was first mentioned in historical records in 1439. The cities later merged and became known as Lepel….

Dracula was not bloodthirsty, just misunderstood

Vlad the Impaler, the medieval Romanian prince who inspired the character of Count Dracula, was not a blood-thirsty tyrant, he was simply a misunderstood victim of bad Western European propaganda, a new exhibition has claimed. The show, which has just opened in Bucharest, attempts to rehabilitate Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad…

Medieval frescoes discovered behind wallpaper

Behind the yellowed wallpaper in one of Rome’s no longer used municipal offices, a discovery was made. What has come to light is probably a Triumphant Christ with his faithful followers Peter and Paul portrayed in a medieval triptych recently discovered in a tower of the Senatorial Palace on the Capitol. The characters in the…

Parishes save 600-year-old document

A medieval document that opens a window to 15th century society will be on display for the first time in 600 years after being saved from disappearing into a private collection. The parchment, from 1438, is the oldest complete land deed in the Cambridgeshire area and details the transfer of land in Whaddon during the…

700th anniversary of Richard de Pottesgrave

Many people turned out for a medieval weekend held to mark the 700th anniversary of Richard de Pottesgrave at St Andrew’s Church in Heckington. Richard de Pottesgrave, originally of Byfleet, was appointed as last rector of Heckington in 1309 by King Edward II. It was in this time that Richard rebuilt the chancel, adding to…

Castle visitors to get chance of look back into medieval era

Visitors to a North Yorkshire castles will get a taste of what life was like during the medieval period when the era is brought to life this weekend. Knaresborough Castle is hosting an array of medieval-themed events ranging from music and dance to cookery demonstrations as well as story-telling and birds of prey displays. The…

Government joins battle for William Wallace “passport”

William Wallace’s passport could return north of the border, after the Scottish Government began research into relic. They have asked a team of medieval history experts to report on the significance of The Safe Conduct, a letter written by the French King to grant Wallace safe access to the Pope. It was seized following his…

Village travels back to medieval times for fete

Villagers will celebrate the 900th anniversary of their church with a medieval fair and market. St Peter’s Church, in Mill Lane, Alvescot, West Oxfordshire, will be saluted at a birthday bash on Saturday. Villagers will wear 15th-century costumes to set the scene of medieval times. From noon to 4pm, the Medieval Free Company, a living…

Medieval monks had ‘dramatic’ impact

Depictions of the antichrist, hell and the “end times” were often the work of Irish monks, a Cork-based research project has found. Medieval monks translated early Christian texts from Greek and Latin and created a rich tapestry of illustrated works, embellished with a dramatic value unique to Ireland. Speaking ahead of a lecture Medieval Visions…