MAP#71: The Children’s Crusade 1212

The Children's Crusade

The Children’s Crusade 1212 In the summer of 1212 a French boy and a German boy had separate visions of freeing the Holy Land from the Muslims. Their quests included over 20,000 medieval children and is known as the Children’s Crusade. Stephan of Cloyes, a French shepard boy, claimed Jesus told him to gather a…

World’s 1st Plague Pandemic Bacteria Gets New Genetic Analysis

Justinian Plague

With a single tooth from an ancient human skeleton found in Germany, scientists have now created the most complete genetic picture yet of the bacteria that caused the world’s first plague pandemic. The Justinianic Plague killed 50 million people from the sixth to eighth centuries, and was caused by the same species of bacteria, Yersinia…

Lost Medieval castle discovered at House of Dun

Dun Castle

Archaeological excavations at the House of Dun have uncovered the remains of what is thought to be a 14th century castle. The excavations were carried out as part of the National Trust for Scotland’s Trailblazer residential working holidays, which offer the opportunity for young people aged 16 to 17 to experience archaeological excavations and conservation…

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Guy Richie got his start with British gangster flicks like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. He moved onto to a re-envisioned Sherlock Holmes and now he is putting his spin on the legend of King Arthur. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword stars Charlie Hunnam, Annabelle Wallis, Djimon Hounsou and Eric Bana…

King Arthur’s Home? Archaeologists Investigate Legendary Birthplace

King Arthur Castle dig

Archaeologists are investigating a mysterious coastal settlement that they think may have been home to post-Roman British royalty, at Tintagel in Cornwall, England, the reputed birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. Hundreds of pieces of “high-status” pottery and glass were found at the site, located on England’s southwest coast. The researchers said the headland was…

Vikings Season 4 Returns This Fall!

Vikings-Season-4

Vikings Season 4 will return this fall and it looks to be an exciting conclusion! Stay tuned, The Vikings Podcast will return shortly!

Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was by Sean Cunningham

Virtual book tours are taking over the internet. Earlier this year we took part in the blog tour for Kristie Dean’s book On The Trail of the Yorks. Today we are part of the tour for Sean Cunningham’s new book Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was, a look at the life of Prince…

Medieval Hay Castle restoration receives £4.46 million boost

Hay Castle

The trust aiming to restore Hay Castle has secured £4.46 million pounds worth of funding to get the most out of the medieval site. The regeneration project took a giant step forward thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help restore the Grade 1 listed property. Hay Castle Trust will use the money to…

Search Is On for King Henry I, Who May Be Buried Under a Parking Lot

Henry I Reading Abbey

Looking for a dead medieval king? You might want to check under a parking lot. That theory, at least, is on the minds of archaeologists and historians in Reading, about 40 miles west of London, who this week will begin searching for the high altar of the abbey founded by King Henry I. They believe…

Mapping the Medieval: Ithaca College Professor Building Digital Model of Ireland’s Trim Castle

Trim Castle Map

Imagine touring a medieval castle without ever leaving your room. That may soon be possible thanks to the efforts of Professor Michael “Bodhi” Rogers and a team of students from Ithaca College. Rogers and four students traveled to County Meath, Ireland, in June to use a laser scanner to map Trim Castle. Built during the…

Skeleton provides evidence that confirms historical events mentioned in the Norwegian Viking Sagas

Viking-Sagas

Archaeologists working in Trondheim in Norway have unearthed a human skeleton in the bottom of an abandoned castle well. The skeleton provides evidence that confirms dramatic historical events mentioned in the Viking Sagas. The location and contents of the well are mentioned in Sverre’s Saga, a chronicle of one of the kings of Norway, and…

Life and times of King Richard III by The Legendary Ten Seconds

A Ricardian event on Sunday afternoon 12th June 2016 At the Cock Hotel, 72-74 High Street in Stony Stratford (www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/our-locations/the-cock-hotel-stony-stratford), near Milton Keynes, United Kingdom Telephone 01908 567733, thecock.stonystratford@oldenglishinns.co.uk The event starts at 1pm and will feature songs about the life and times of Richard III and will include book signing by 2 Ricardian authors…

Healthy ‘Vampires’ Emerge From Graves In Medieval Polish Cemetery

medieval-vampire-grave

Archaeologists excavating a Medieval cemetery site in Kałdus, Poland, recently discovered hundreds of graves — among them, they found 14 anti-vampire burials. Some of these people were decapitated, others buried face-down, and still more were weighted down with stones. One of the major theories about ancient “vampire” graves is that people buried in this way…

10 Historic Hungarian Castles

sumeg castle

Kinizsi Castle Kinizsi Castle is a 14th century fortification, located in the village of Nagyvázsony in the Veszprém county. The castle was named after Pál Kinizsi, a Hungarian general in the service of King Matthias Corvinus. He was the Count of Temes from 1484 and Captain-General of the Lower Parts. He is famous for his…

Delving into the Welsh Dark Ages

Manuscripts chronicling the history of Wales and Britain from Roman rule onwards are a new focus for experts. The Welsh Chronicles are a collection of texts that both attempt to mark historical events – and according to some – act as propaganda. It has been suggested that some of the texts even urge the Welsh…