The Vikings Podcast #310: The Dead

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Well it’s here the season finale! Will Ragnar live to fight another season? Will the Vikings conquer Paris or take their payment and head home? Will Gisla marry Odo? And what is the fate of Rollo? Find out on another great episode of Vikings! On this episode of The Vikings Podcast we’ll review and recap…

American Ninja Warrior gets medieval!

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How does American Ninja Warrior relate to the Middle Ages? Well there’s some exciting news coming out of the Archives today! Besides medieval history one of my other passions is martial arts and with that comes a love of fitness. Or at least a need to stay fit to excel in martial arts. Last fall…

Lost Cloister Discovered in Iceland

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Icelandic and British archaeologists employing geosensing techniques have detected the remains of a large building that may be Iceland’s lost Þykkvabær cloister, which housed Augustinian monks from 1168 to 1550. “I think we’ve just hit the jackpot, because I think we’ve discovered the remains of Þykkvabæjarklaustur. It came as a complete surprise, you can say…

Get medieval with mom

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How about something a little different for mom for Mother’s Day? Something even a little medieval? The Steppingstone Museum, located at 461 Quaker Bottom Road, is holding its Medieval Days Encampment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 and 10, with admission $10 for adults, while children 12 and under and members can attend…

Medieval prayer wheel found inside rare Liesborn Gospel

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The Liesborn Gospel, containing just the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, has a cover made of carved oak with copper clasps and is thought to have been ordered by an abbess – or female superior – called Berthildis for highborn ladies who entered her convent in Liesborn in Germany. The book is for…

Happy Birthday to Edward IV, King of England

Edward IV turns 573 today! Edward was the King of England twice during the Wars of the Roses. His first kingship was from 4 March 1461 until 3 October 1470. He was deposed for a few months by Henry VI. He returned to the throne on 11 April 1471 and remained King until his death…

The Vikings Podcast #309: Breaking Point

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The siege was a failure for the Vikings, but they are determined to take Paris. Will the second attack succeed or can Odo save the city again? Ragnar is inured and can’t join the battle. Will he recover and enter Paris? Will Emperor Charles and Count Odo resist the Vikings or pay them to go…

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…

Predator: Dark Ages Trailer

Predator: Dark Ages is a fan made film that pits the Knights Templar against The Predator! Synopsis: Dark ages follows a group of war-torn Templar knights who have returned from the Eastern lands, back to England, only to find that the enemy is now a lot closer and a lot more deadly than before. Throughout…

Battered Remains of Medieval Knight Discovered in Hereford Cathedral

The battered remains of a medieval man uncovered at a famous cathedral hint that he may have been a Norman knight with a proclivity for jousting. The man may have participated in a form of jousting called tourney, in which men rode atop their horses and attacked one another, in large groups, with blunted weapons….

The Vikings Podcast #308: To The Gates!

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Let the siege begin! Ragnar and his army of Vikings assault Paris on two fronts. Will splitting the his army prove effective? Will Floki’s towers help them win the day? Princess Gisla finds divine inspiration with the banner of Saint Denis. Will Denis protect Paris and keep the pagans out? Will the Vikings conquer the…

The Vikings Podcast #307: Paris

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The Vikings have arrived at Paris and Emperor Charles is nervous. Will he flee the city or listen to his daughter and stay? Count Odo is ready to defend Paris and win the hand of Princess Gisla. Ragnar is dealing with the death of Athelstan and puts Floki in charge of the raid on Paris….

Ghostly Faces and Invisible Verse Found in Medieval Marginalia

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Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible to the naked eye have been uncovered in the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written entirely in Welsh. “The Black Book of Carmarthen,” dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin. “It’s easy to think…

Medieval garlic and bile potion kills MRSA superbug

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Could a 1,000-year-old concoction be the answer to stopping superbugs? Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert at the University of Nottingham, found the recipe for a remedy for eye infections in a 10th Century medical volume called Bald’s Leechbook, one of the earliest known medical textbooks. The instructions were clear — clear enough to follow today…

The Vikings Podcast #306: Born Again

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In Wessex, Judith gives birth to a boy but pays for her sins! In Kattegat, Bjorn is the father to a new little girl and Porunn wants him to find happiness with another woman. Floki is in a dark place and ready to rid the vikings of the Christain God and Athelstan finds a renewed…