Long-lost Dark Ages abbey may have been found in Scotland

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Excavations led by DigVentures have unearthed traces of a huge circular ditch at a site in Coldingham where the abbey, founded by Aebbe, an Anglo-Saxon princess born in 615AD who became a Christian convert, is believed to have stood. The ditch is believed likely to be the ‘vallum’, a boundary surrounding the abbess’ religious establishment….

800 Medieval manuscripts now available online

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Over the last two years the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France worked together to catalog and digitize 800 medieval manuscripts. The project called, The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200 was created to make the manuscripts freely available online for…

Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer

Winter isn’t coming, it’s already here. While you stay bundled up watch the new trailer for Game of Thrones season 8! Den of Geek did an excellent break down of the entire trailer. If you aren’t caught up through Season 7, it may contain spoilers. Game of Thrones Season 8 premiers on 14 April 2019…

Crusader skull stolen from Dublin church recovered

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Last week we posted about an 800 year old Crusader body that was beheaded and the head stolen from an Irish church. Now we have some good news, the head has been recovered! ~The Archivist The skull of an 800-year-old skeleton known as the Crusader, which was stolen from the crypt of an Irish church,…

Uninhabited Irish Island Complete with Ancient Ruins Is Up for Sale

The West Coast of Ireland has some of the finest scenery in the British Isles and indeed Western Europe. Its many islands such as Achill are renowned for their wild beauty. If you have ever dreamed of owning one, you are in luck! A property website in Ireland has just listed a remote and historic…

The Queen appoints new members to the Order of the Garter

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The Most Noble Order of the Garter was founded by Henry III in 1348. Henry, his son Edward, The Black Prince and 24 other Knights were the founding members. Since inception, the order only allows 24 living members besides the King (or Queen) and the Prince of Wales Normally new Knights are appointed on St…

800-yr-old Crusader Body Beheaded in an Irish Church Vault

Local media in Dublin, Ireland are reporting a shocking story of a church dating back to the early Middle Ages which suffered an attack by vandals. Some mummies in its crypt have been desecrated including the famous 800-year-old cadaver known as the Crusader Mummy, which has been decapitated and the head has been stolen. Understandably,…

Game of Thrones Season 8 Posters

What’s old is new again. Game of Thrones released 20 new character posters for Season 8 that resemble the posters from Season 1. Who will sit victorious on the Iron Throne? Game of Thrones, the series, surpassed the books by George R. R. Martin years ago. Rumor has it the showrunners and GRR Martin discussed…

John Morton Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors by Stuart Bradley

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The Archbishop of Canterbury is the highest position in the English church, the ‘First Bishop’ of England. Throughout the Middle Ages there are iconic names associated with the position; Augustine, Hurbert Walter, Simon Sudbury, Stephen Langdon, Thomas Becket and John Morton. You don’t recall John Morton? He presided over the church during one of England’s…

Jedi Knight turns Templar Knight, Mark Hamill joins Knightfall

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Knightfall premiered on the HISTORY channel in December 2017 and recounts the history and myth of the Knights Templar. Knightfall stars Tom Cullen as the Templar leader, Landry, a veteran of the Crusades, looking for his mentor’s killer and the location of the Holy Grail. If you missed Season 1 you can watch it on…

Knight Fight on HISTORY Channel

Knight Fight premiered on the HISTORY Channel (USA) last week, 23 Jan 2019. It premieres on HISTORY UK on 19 Feb 2019. Host and WWE superstar Jay “Christian” Reso, is joined by judges Andre Sinou, Co-Founder and Creator of the Armored Combat League, and John Clements, Director of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts. I…

Dan Snow (@TheHistoryGuy) Live Tour Dates

Historian, TV Presenter and Founder of HistoryHit TV Dan Snow, AKA The History Guy is on tour in a city (hopefully) near you! The tour runs from 22 January to 29 March. We talked with Dan Snow a while back when he hosted the Battle Castle series. He is a wealth of knowledge from classical…

18 Jan 1486: King Henry VII weds Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, 18 January 1486: Henry Tudor pledged to marry Elizabeth of York, the eldest daughter of King Edward IV on Christmas Day 1483 Before Henry fulfilled his pledge he would fight for the throne of England in the bloody Wars of the Roses. On 22 August 1485 Henry defeated Richard III at the Battle…

Medieval woman’s hidden art career revealed by blue teeth

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About 1,000 years ago, a woman in Germany died and was buried in an unmarked grave in a church cemetery. No record of her life survived, and no historian had reason to wonder who she was. But when modern scientists examined her dug-up remains, they discovered something peculiar – brilliant blue flecks in the tartar…

Medieval Sword from the War of the Two Peters Unearthed In Spanish Castle

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The War of the Two Peters (1356-1375) was fought between Peter of Castile and Peter IV of Aragon. ~The Archivist Archaeologists have made a rare discovery during their second season of work at a Medieval castle in Aín, Castellón, Spain. The have unearthed a 700-year-old sword that is in a remarkable state. The style suggests…