Medieval Manuscripts Are a DNA Smorgasbord

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In 2010, bioarchaeologist Matthew Collins of the University of Copenhagen and his colleagues realized that the parchment used in medieval manuscripts, which is made of scraped and stretched animal skins, was actually a repository of information about the history of domestic animals in Europe. Chris Baraniuk at New Scientist reports that Collins and his team…

Vandals attack Wallingford Castle leaving a repair bill of £500,000

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Vandals have damaged historic medieval ruins in Wallingford, leaving the town council with a repair bill of £500,000. Wallingford Castle was one of the greatest medieval castles in England and the ruins in Castle Gardens are its last surviving visible remains. Now the town council is weighing up the cost of the repairs, alongside other…

Medieval skeleton buried at Halton Castle on display

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One of two skeletons unearthed at Halton Castle is on view for the first time in a new display at Norton Priory Museum. The skeletons were found buried in the lower bailey of the castle during a community dig. More than 300 adults and children helped to uncover fascinating finds in 2015. Archaeologists say the…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 5 ‘Reaper’ recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 5: Reaper Amberle, Wil…

Wooden hut associated with St Columba dates to his lifetime, archaeologists discover

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Archaeologists have uncovered conclusive evidence that a wooden hut traditionally associated with St Columba at his ancient monastery on the island of Iona dates to his lifetime in the late sixth century. Carbon dating has led to the breakthrough, which proves samples of hazel charcoal unearthed in an excavation of a wattle and timber structure…

Medieval Russian Warrior vs Drone

A little Medieval vs Modern fun for your Friday…

Kingdoms and Castles available today

Kingdoms and Castles is a mix between SimCity and a Tower defense game, based in medieval times. Build your city, keep the peasants happy and fight off Viking hoards. You can buy Kingdoms and Castle on Steam now! About This Game Kingdoms and Castles is a game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet…

Star Wars Goes Medieval

Any fan of Star Wars knows it is steeped in medieval tradition. Artist André Araújo (know for Marvel’s Spidey and Inhumans) released a print titled ‘Star Wars Medieval.’ Which is just as it sounds, a medieval take on the most famous Star Wars characters. Star Wars itself is a very classic type of story— about…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 4 recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 4: Changeling While Amberle…

Ireland: The Struggle for Power by Jeffrey James

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Ireland has a rich history and Jeffrey James explores over 600 years of Irish history in his new book Ireland The Struggle for Power. We caught up with Jeffrey for an interview about his writing life and his new book. Grab your copy of Ireland: The Struggle for Power from the Amberley Publishing website: https://www.amberley-books.com/ireland-the-struggle-for-power.html…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 3 recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 3: Fury Wil and…

Want a Game of Thrones Vacation? Visit Northern Ireland!

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From the Tollymore Forest to the Marble Arch Caves, Ireland is the Seven Kingdoms! To explore the world of Westeros you only need to travel as far as Ireland. Ireland boasts more Game of Thrones locations than any other country in the world! While your waiting for the new season of Game of Thrones to…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 2 recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 2: Chosen, Part 2…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 1 recap

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The Shannara Chronicles debut last year on MTV. Due to its overwhelming popularity it’s moved to SPIKE TV. This summer SPIKE is re-airing Season 1, leading up to the Season 2 premiere. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book…

J. Paul Getty Museum opens “Women in the Medieval World”

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Modern portrayals of medieval women tend toward stereotypical images of damsels in distress, mystics in convents, female laborers in the fields, and even women of ill repute. In fact, women’s roles in the Middle Ages were varied and nuanced, and medieval depictions of womanhood were multi-faceted. Illuminating Women in the Medieval World, on view June…