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….

Oystermouth Castle secrets to be unearthed

Oystermouth Castle

Dark vaulted chambers and spiral staircases that haven’t been explored for hundreds of years will soon be available for history fans to discover at Swansea’s Oystermouth Castle. The next phase of works aimed at conserving the attraction and making it more accessible will start shortly with archaeologists overseeing the excavation of staircases leading to the…

Review: Sims Medieval iPhone App

Sims Medieval iPhone Icon

I will start out by saying this is the first Sims game i have ever played. The Sims never appealed to my gaming taste. Guiding a cyber-human through mundane daily tasks, after I just finished my own real-life mundane daily tasks just didn’t sound like entertainment. Then along came Sims Medieval and it sounded more…

Pixar’s “Brave” Photo Gallery

Pixar's Brave

Pixar released stills from the upcoming film Brave. The more I see coming out for this movie the more I want can’t wait til it opens. Brave: Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new…

The Hobbit: Gandalf Photo

Peter Jackson and company are releasing more photos from the upcoming movie The Hobbit. This one is a ‘young’ Gandalf The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue…

Medieval Winchester Tour: Rama App Review

A few months ago I reviewed the Medieval Exeter tour for the Rama: Travel App. With over 90 tours available there are plenty of tours for the medievalist. Today we will look at the Medieval Winchester Tour by Kaye Jones (Twitter: @KayeJones). Medieval Winchester is available for $1.99 USD, covers 1.5 miles (2.4km) and takes…

MAP#24 – Christy English Interview

It’s 2012! I hope you all had a safe and happy new year. We are kicking off the new year with an interview with Historical Fiction author Christy English. Christy is a writer of historical fiction centering on Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alais of France, and the Plantagenets of the 12th Century. Her latest book is…

The Hobbit Movie Trailer

The trailer is out and we get to see a young Bilbo Baggins embark on his adventure to stop the dragon Smaug. Bilbo, along with his dwarven companions, encounters Trolls, Goblins and giant spiders. While lost in the goblin caves Bilbo finds a mysterious ring and a goblin called Gollum. The trailer has the same…

MAP#23 – Christmas Special

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from the Medieval Archives! It’s the holiday season and the Medieval Archives Podcast is bringing you an episode jam packed with holiday music! The intro is short, but if you want to skip right to the music go to minute 1:30. Thanks for subscribnig to the podcast this year! There…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Where will you be in one year? Waiting in line to see The Hobbit perhaps? It was announced today that the movie will open on 14 Dec 2012. Directed by Peter Jackson, the same director for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit will be a two part movie. Part one titled The Hobbit:…