MAP#67: Warrior Princess: Female warriors of the Middle Ages

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Women in the Middle Ages were docile, meek and subservient. Or at least that’s what we were led to believe. But that isn’t always the case. In previous lessons we looked at Black Agnes, the defender of Dunbar Castle and Melisende, the Queen of Jerusalem. Women like Joan of Arc, Isabella, the She-Wolf of France…

MAP#66: The Battle of Sluys (1340)

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The Battle of Sluys was the first major battle of the Hundred Years’ War. There were a few battles before it but nothing that compared to the size and ramifications of Sluys. The Hundred Years’ War was a series of wars between England’s Plantagenet Dynasty and France’s House of Valois and lasted 116 years! The…

Bold Machines Designs and Releases an Amazing 3D Printed Castle Model

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I remember a few years ago when sites like Thingiverse first started to catch on. If you owned a 3D printer, this was a reason to begin using it a whole lot more. If you didn’t own one, it was a reason to go out and buy your first. No one could have imagined that…

Estonian construction workers dig up medieval ships

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The capital of Estonia is perhaps not the place where one would expect to find the remains of medieval ships, but that is exactly what happened to a group of construction workers in Tallinn this week. While working on the foundations for high-end apartments in a seaside area of the Baltic state’s capital, the men…

Carbon dating reveals ‘fantastic Saxon find’ at Stafford rail development

Viking Butter Churn

Archaeologists have discovered that a wooden butter churn lid unearthed at a major rail development near Stafford is from the Saxon period following scientific tests. Evidence of prehistoric activity had already been uncovered in the same area of the site near Norton Bridge and archaeologists believed the butter churn could be from the same period….

Kickstarter: The Illuminated Edda

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The Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda are the two sources for Norse Mythology. Everything we know about the Norse gods comes from these two sources. Now in an excellent kickstarter project you can own an illuminated copy of them! Creator Andrew Valkauskas has studied Viking history for over 20 years and uses his knowledge…

MAP#65: The Pardoner’s Tale (Canterbury Tales)

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Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales toward the end of the 14th century. The tales are a story telling contest by a group of pilgrims traveling to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. Today we are going to listen to The Pardoner’s Tale, a tale of greed, treachery and betrayal. The Pardoner’s…

County Kilkenny in Ireland is full of a medieval magic

Kilkenny Castle

The mischievous charm of Ireland’s people lures many travellers to Dublin, the city that has a wink in its eye and a thriving pub culture. And Ireland’s mythic countryside – craggy cliffs and rolling emerald fields – has a scenic and sentimental attraction for all those Aussies with Irish roots. Many visitors do a city…

Ninety-two human skeletons have been found on the site of a medieval church in Oxford

Archaeologists made the discovery near the Kassam Stadium after a valuation was carried out as part of a planning application for a new hotel. Paul Murray, from John Moore Heritage Services, described the discovery of the burials as “amazing”. The derelict Priory pub is the only building that remains of a nunnery founded on the…

Codex Gigas: The ‘Devil’s Bible’ Is Largest And Most Mysterious Medieval Manuscript Ever Found

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There is a mysterious manuscript called Codex Gigas that is housed in the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm that has been nicknamed “the Devil’s Bible,” due to the legend surrounding the text’s creation. The manuscript is the largest medieval manuscript ever found, and is believed to have been created in the Benedictine monastery of…

New book sheds light on Hereford’s medieval past

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A LEADING archaeologist, who uncovered the remains of what might be a wounded Knight, will reveal extraordinary details of medieval life in Hereford in a new book. Andy Boucher and Luke Craddock-Bennett are speaking at the Hay Festival to launch their book, ‘Death in the Close’, which digs down through 900 years of local history,…

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!

American Ninja Warrior Medieval

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…