700-year-old William Wallace letter returned to Scotland

Wallace Passport

The medieval document will go on public display this summer alongside the famous Lubeck letter. A 700-year-old letter believed to have been carried by William Wallace has been returned to Scotland. The medieval document has been archived in England since it was discovered in the Tower of London in the 1830s. The document is now…

Louvre Pays Junk Dealer $10 Million for Rare Medieval Pieta

Malouel Pieta

The story of how the Louvre purchased a painting by medieval master Jean Malouel for €7.8 million ($10 million) begins, improbably enough, in 1985 in the small town of Vic-le-Comte in south-central France (population: 4,700). The parish priest, trying to raise money to install a heating system in the church, decided to sell various bric-a-brac…

King of the historic castles

Harlech Castle, Wales

Considering its importance, I thought it would be bigger. Not that walls 3.5-metres thick and 12-metres high are insubstantial, but I’d expected a castle that had endured five sieges, taken nearly eight years to build and was the last royalist fortification to fall in the English Civil War to have more bulk. The site is…

Abbey Medieval Festival secures funds

Abbey Medieval Festival

Bigger and even better is in sight for the future of the Abbey Medieval Festival with the event receiving $150,000 in funding. On his first visit to the Abbey Museum last week Queensland Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser, joined by Carryn Sullivan (Lab, Pumicestone), announced the festival would receive $50,000 each year for the next three…

Five Things to do in Dublin Outside the Pub

Dublin

These are five great places to visit in Dublin. I would add a sixth and recommend you also visit Kilmainham Gaol. It is a creepy jail that makes the hair on your neck stand up. Check it out when you’re in Dublin. But when you hear footsteps behind you don’t look back, just keep walking……

Game of Thrones Season 2 On Location

HBO announced earlier this week the premiere date for Game of Thrones Season 2. They also released an ‘on location’ video of King’s Landing. A small village and big castle in Croatia will play the part of King’s Landing. Are you looking forward to Game of Thrones Season 2? Let us know in the comment…

Best Castle Hotels in Germany

Luftbild von Schloss Colmberg in Mittelfranken.

Several medieval castles in Germany have been turned into hotels that offer royal treatment. These castle hotels located atop hills with picturesque surrounding and peaceful atmosphere have become preferred escape for romantic couples. Here are the best castle hotels in Germany. Burg Colmberg – If you really want an royal experience then Burg Colmberg is…

Medieval library with chained books gets annual clean

Hereford Cathedral's chained library

It is like taking a step inside the restricted section of the Hogwarts’ library – rows and rows of chained up books and manuscripts line the tall wooden shelves secured in place on thick metal rods. Hereford Cathedral’s chained library dates back to 1611 and it is not hard to imagine how it looked in…

Merlin Season 3 on DVD

Syfy Merlin

BBC is releasing Merlin Season 3 on DVD today. If you are a fan of Merlin you will want to add it to your library. For those who may not know Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure TV show. The show is based on the King Arthur legends of Merlin the wizard and his relationship with…

Archaeologists dig deep to ex-Hulme a Medieval past

Hulme Archaeologist Faye Simpson

Hulme’s history is often associated with the notorious Crescents or its vital role in the Manchester music scene. But an archaeological dig is trying to unearth the inner-city district’s forgotten Medieval past. Archaeologists will carry out a three-week excavation at Birley Fields in Hulme before a new university campus is built on the land. One…

Game of Thrones Season Two Premieres in April

Winter is Coming… this Spring. HBO has announced that Season 2 of the hit show Game of Thrones will premiere on April 1st. Let’s hope this is not a bad April Fool’s Day joke! If you haven’t seen the first season of Game of Thrones it will soon be available on DVD. Stay tuned to…

Welsh author digs deep to find medieval origins of Thirty Days Hath verse

Hath Verse

It is one of the most popular and oft-repeated rhymes in the English language, serving to remind countless generations how many days there are in each month. Now a Welsh author claims he has unearthed the medieval origins of the verse Thirty Days Hath September. The rhyme has been passed down in oral tradition but…

King Arthur and Medieval Britain now on DVD

Over the years The History Channel has created a few documentaries on King Arthur and Medieval Britain. They have collected five of them and put them in one package. King Arthur and Medieval Britain covers the legend that surrounds Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and Medieval Knights. King Arthur and Medieval Britain…

The Hobbit: On Location Video

Peter Jackson is releasing Production videos of the filming process for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This video documents the logistics of going ‘On Location’ and the building of Hobbiton. I have worked on movie sets before but this one is massive! The filming location is the same as The Lord of the Rings trilogy,…

Northampton’s medieval castle remains to be brought to the surface

Northampton Castle

The underground remains of Northampton Castle could be brought to the surface under new proposals to regenerate a historic area of the town. Dr Marie Dickie, a member of the Friends of Northampton Castle (FONC), believes exposing some of the remains of the medieval site would bring both social and economic benefits to the town….