Lost Kingdom of Rheged Discovered in Scotland

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The archaeological site at Trusty’s Hill in Galloway, Scotland, is known to have been a cultural center for the Pict, the confederation of tribal peoples that lived in what is now northern and eastern Scotland during Roman times. After some five years of excavation, however, researchers working there now believe they have uncovered something far…

Medieval Winchester skeleton reveals how leprosy spread

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The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim found in one of Britain’s earliest known hospitals has shed light on the history of the disfiguring disease. The remains of a young man, between the age of 18 and 25, were found in the St Mary Magdalen leprosarium near Winchester, Hampshire. Researchers suggests the man was a…

Grail Quest Race 2017: sign up now for Somerset’s toughest, most medieval challenge

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As long time readers and listeners know I love Obstacle Course racing and even competed on American Ninja Warrior! If you live in or near Somerset you can compete in a Medieval Obstacle Race called The Grail Quest Race. The Grail Quest is a medieval themed, 10km obstacle course race based in Somerset. Sign up…

The discovery of medieval Trellech and the plucky amateurs of archaeology

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The tale of how an amateur archaeologist’s hunch led him to uncover a lost medieval town and spend £32,000 of his own money to buy the land, would stand to be the archaeological discovery of any year. On the border between England and Wales, the site of the medieval town of Trellech reveals much about…

Drone flyover of Haunted Nocton Hall

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Nocton Hall is a historic Grade II listed building in the village of Nocton, in Lincolnshire, England. In 2004 there was a major fire which left the building in a derelict state.

Arundel Castle Celebrates 950th Anniversary

Arundel Castle in West Sussex will celebrate the 950th anniversary of its initial construction this year. To celebrate, the Castle has arranged a bumper calendar of events including a week-long jousting and medieval tournament. Reopening to visitors on 1 April, the Castle’s calendar boasts two brand new events as well as the return of several…

Shadow of the Cross by Dmitry Yakhovsky Giveaway!

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We are part of a book tour for Dmitry Yakhovsky’s new graphic novel Shadow of the Cross. Dmitry wrote a guest post for the site. Below the post you can view the cover artwork and an inside page. Enjoy! Shadow of the Cross Guest Post Thank you for having me on the Medieval Archives blog…

Reconstructed face of Robert the Bruce is unveiled

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Historians have unveiled a digitally-reconstructed image of the face of Robert the Bruce almost 700 years after his death. The image has been produced using casts from what is believed to be the skull of the famous Scottish king. It is the culmination of a two-year research project by researchers at universities in Glasgow and…

MAP#72: Jack Cade’s Rebellion: A Prelude to the Wars of the Roses

Jack Cade’s Rebellion The summer of 1450 was full of unrest in England. A failing war in France, political corruption and out of control crime left the citizens of England on edge. One man, Jack Cade, gathered together a band of followers from all classes of life and marched on London. The group presented King…

MAP Bonus: Top Five Borgia Myths and Book Giveaway

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Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell MadeGlobal’s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and accessible way. Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell outlines the life of one of history’s most controversial figures from his birth through to his murder in 1507 at…

Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell by Samantha Morris

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Today we are part of another book tour and this one includes a giveaway! The book is Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell by Samantha Morris. Samantha was nice enough to provide a video with the Toop 5 Borgia myths! We are also giving away a copy of the book Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell! The…

New database reveals ancestor veterans of the Hundred Years War

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If you’ve ever wondered whether your ancestors served as a medieval soldier in the Hundred Years War, a newly launched website from historians at the universities of Southampton and Reading may have the answer. The names of over 3,500 French soldiers linked to the Battle of Agincourt (1415) have been added to The Soldier in…

A Year in the Life of Medieval England by Toni Mount

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Have you ever wondered what life was like in the Middle Ages? Not just the ‘celebrity’ news of Kings, Knights and Nobles, but the life of the villager or local merchant. Wonder no more! Toni Mount offers a look at the everyday Medieval life in her new book A Year in the Life of Medieval…

10 surprising facts about William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest

1) No one at the time called William ‘the Conqueror’ The earliest recorded use of that nickname occurs in the 1120s, and it didn’t really take off until the 13th century. At the time of his death in 1087, William was called ‘the Great’ by his admirers, and ‘the Bastard’ by his detractors; the latter…

Major £13m project will transform Norwich Castle’s keep

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It is one of the great historic centrepieces of the city, and over the next few years an ambitious project is aiming to transform Norwich Castle keep and give visitors the chance to step back in time to the world of the Norman kings. Called Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England, the £13m four-year project…