Edward the Confessor, King of England

Edward the Confessor

Susan Abernethy joins the Medieval Archives with another great post. Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at thefreelancehistorywriter.com. You can also like Susan on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist Edward the Confessor was the last Anglo-Saxon king who could trace…

Rocky Moutain Medieval Conference

Metro State Denver Medieval Archives

Starting 11 April 2013 medievalists from across the country (and the Atlantic) will invade Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. This year MSU is hosting the 45th Annual Rocky Mountain Medieval & Renaissance Association Conference. The conference will have 24 regular sessions with over 64 presentations on topics from a variety of fields: literature, history,…

Crusaders cheerleaders get medieval

Crusaders Cheerleaders Medieval Archives

The resurgent Crusaders have unveiled their latest weapon for making AMI Stadium a fortress throughout the Super Rugby season – The Maidens cheerleading team. Wielding swords and shields, and kitted-out in skimpy red and black “maiden meets warrior” outfits, the cheerleaders will do a guard of honour when the players run onto the field at…

Buying Manorial Titles Book Review

David Nicoll Medieval Archives

Today we have a review of the book Buying Manorial Titles in England: a simple guide to the pitfalls by David Maximilian Cathmoir Nicoll. The book is described as a short guide to “educated layman to ensure they understand the key issues in current English law regarding their ownership rights”. Being from the States I…

The Vikings Podcast #104: Dispossessed

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Ragnar raids a monastery and brings back countless treasure and slaves. Upset with Ragnar’s disobedience Earl Haraldson claims the treasure for himself. After Ragnar convinces the Earl to sanction another trip west, his band of men and women encounter a Northumbrian sheriff and the encounter escalates! On today’s episode of The Vikings Podcast we will…

Game Of Thrones Season 3: “The Beast”

Game of Thrones Season 3 Poster

Game of Thrones Season 3 is two weeks away! There are some great things in store this season! Season 3 is a little different from the last two. Where the last two season covered full books, this season only covers half of A Storm of Swords! After watching the trailer below it looks like season…

The Vikings Podcast #103: Wrath of the Northmen

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Ragnar successfully recruits a band of adventurous Vikings to sail west. Will they find any land or only a vast empty ocean? What will happen when Earl Haraldson finds out about his treachery? On today’s episode of The Vikings Podcast we will review and recap episode 2: “Wrath of the Norsemen”. Then we’ll look at…

Museum Secrets Season 3 Trailer

Museum Secrets is back with a new season! This season they will visit the State Historical Museum, Moscow; Palacio Real, Madrid; Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC and others. Museum Secrets Season 3 premieres on Thursday, 14 March at 2100PM on HISTORY® Canada. USA viewers can watch Museum Secrets on the Smithsonian Channel. Unfortunately it won’t be…

Papal election Infographic

Wondering how a Pope is elected? What is the papal election, or conclave process? Does black smoke or white smoke mean a pope has been elected? Here is a good infographic explaining conclave process. Infographic created by Antonio Farach

The Vikings Podcast #102: Rites of Passage

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Vikings stormed onto the small screen with intense battles, poltiical intrigue and norse mythology. The premiere episode of Vikings was fantastic. Telling the story of Ragnar Lothbrok and his quest to venture West in search of untold fortune. The cast is excellent and the history is surprisingly accurate. On today’s episode of The Vikings Podcast…

Claude, Duke of Guise in the Battle of Marignano

Claude of Guise

Susan Abernathy joins the Medieval Archives with another great post. Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at thefreelancehistorywriter.com. You can also like Susan on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist In reading about the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots, Mary…

Philippe Charlier, The Forensic Scientist Who Thinks A Medieval Cadaver Smells Good

Richard the Lionheart's Heart

The 13th-century cadaver, says Philippe Charlier, actually smells good. That’s because its veins have been filled with a mixture of mercury and beeswax, preserving the body. “Also it was smoked, like salmon or like pork,” he says. So even after 800 years, it’s in pretty good shape. Charlier is a physician and forensic scientist at…

The Vikings Podcast #101: A Podcast is Coming

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Welcome to the premiere episode of the Vikings Podcast! I’ve put together a brief episode to introduce the actors and the characters they play. There are a few sound clips from the show and the show format is discussed. Vikings premieres on 03 March 2013 on The History Channel USA & Canada. Find the podcast…

The women behind Richard III’s DNA

Blood Sisters UK paperback

A few months ago Sarah Gristwood came on the podcast for an interview and we talked about her book Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses. At the time the remains of King Richard III were being tested to confirm it was actually the King. During the interview Sarah explained how the…

Game of Thrones: Season 3 trailer

Game of Thrones Season 3 Poster

If you are behind on Game of Thrones you have one month to get caught up! Season 3 premiers on 31 March 2013. The promotional poster and official trailer are below. I can’t wait!