The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug

I am a big fan of The Hobbit, and I don’t mean the movie. I have fond memories of sitting in the hot, humid summer afternoons reading about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins. Imaging in my mind the elves and dwarves and goblins and wargs. I still haven’t seen the first installment of The Hobbit…

Symphony No.1 Eustace the Monk

The latest podcast episode features an interview with Dr. Samuel Stokes and his symphony inspired by Eustace the monk. Dr. Stokes also provided some video of the performance. Here is the LSU Orchestra performing Symphony No.1 Eustace the Monk. Enjoy.

MAP#37 – Dr. Samuel Stokes and Eustace the Monk

Dr. Samuel Stokes and Eustace the Monk

Dr. Samuel Stokes joins the Podcast for an interview about his music and medieval influences. For his doctorate dissertation in Music Theory, he composed a symphony inspired by Eustace the Monk, the 13th century pirate. In episode 3 of the Medieval Archives Podcast I covered Eustace the Monk. In this episode Dr. Stokes and I…

Shannon Estuary’s Scattery Island Celebrates History of Clare Monastic Settlement

Claire Monastary

Two medieval carvings that mysteriously went missing from Scattery Island in the Shannon Estuary more than 150 years ago have been located and are to be returned to the island as part of a Gathering event next month. According to the Scattery Island Heritage & Tourism Group the stone artefacts were removed from the former…

Long-lost medieval stone with mysterious carvings discovered in Wales

Silian Stone | Medieval Archives

In a small Welsh village, Nikki Vousden and Roderick Bale were enjoying an evening stroll in the woods when a rock with strange carvings by the side of a stream caught their attention. Both archeologists, they knew it was no ordinary slab. It took a late night in the library and a call with an…

Leumeah ‘medieval’ castle listed for auction

leumeah castle | Medieval Archives

The article earlier this week about the Leumeah castle stated that Ron Farmer is selling his medieval castle in New South Wales, Australia. Now we have a location and asking price. (Prices below are listed in Australian Dollars) If you are looking to relocate to Australia you might think about buying the Leumeah castle. ~The…

Ancient Toilet Reveals Parasites in Crusaders’ Poop

ancient toilet Saranda Kolones

Intestinal parasites have been found lurking in ancient poop in the toilet of a medieval castle in western Cyprus, scientists report. The findings paint a less than pretty picture of the health and hygiene of crusaders stationed on the Mediterranean island 800 years ago. Poor sanitation likely meant that food and water supplies were contaminated…

Lost medieval city older than Angkor Wat found in Cambodia

Angkor Wat | Medieval Archives

A lost medieval city that thrived on a mist-shrouded Cambodian mountain 1,200 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists using revolutionary airborne laser technology, a report said Saturday. In what it called a world exclusive, the Sydney Morning Herald said the city, Mahendraparvata, included temples hidden by jungle for centuries, many of which have not…

Richard III Internship: Year 12 pupils to work with archaeologists who discovered Richard III

Richard III Skull

Calling all Year 12 students in the Leicester area! This would be an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in History or Archaeology. Get your applications in now. Press Release: Year 12 students around the country have a unique opportunity to work side by side with the University of Leicester archaeologists who discovered King Richard III….

Northampton Castle finds include 10th Century lamps

10th century lamps | Medieval Archives

Objects dating back to the 10th Century have been discovered at the location of Northampton’s new railway station. The latest finds by archaeologists at the site, once home to Northampton Castle, include a medieval silver penny and two Saxon oil lamps. Andy Chapman from Northamptonshire Archaeology said: “The findings helped to paint a picture of…

Englishman transforms his Sydney home into medieval castle

Ron Farmer medieval castle

This Englishman’s home really is his castle. Boasting 10 turrets, a moat, stained glass windows, medieval furnishings and gargoyles, it is fit for King Arthur and his knights and tends to stand out among the brick-and-tile neighbouring bungalows in Dowling St, Leumeah. The suburban Camelot is the work of Ron Farmer, who was determined to…

UFO visits Muiderslot Castle

UFO netherlands castle

What started out as a casual sightseeing trip to a historic castle in the Netherlands took a bizarre turn for one Dutch woman, who claims she may have spotted some kind of UFO. Corrine Federer, 43, a business manager and amateur photographer, was visiting medieval Muiderslot Castle outside Amsterdam last month when she started taking…

Knights battle at Rockingham Castle

Lego Knights | Medieval Archives

Here is a video from some of the jousting at Rockingham Castle on Sunday (June 9) when the Knights of Nottingham and the Oxford Household paid a visit. The knights performed a number of jousting and horsemanship displays while the Oxford Household set up a medieval living history village, to demonstrate many skills and trades…

“The White Queen” hits the airwaves in the UK

The White Queen | Medieval Archives

After the Hundred Years’ War the House of Plantagenet divided and battled for the throne of England. The House of York, symbolized by a white rose and the House of Lancaster, symbolized by a red rose waged a war lasting 30 years. Known throughout history as the Wars of the Roses, it pitted brother against…

Announcing the Award winning documentary ‘Battle Castle’

Battle Castle

Battle Castle created and produced by Parallax Film Productions is hands down the best documentary of this century. Now, I’ve been squealing over this show like a teenage girl at a Justin Bieber concert for well over a year. No I don’t cry and faint when I watch it…well not anymore. But now I am…