On The Trail of The Yorks by Kristie Dean

Last year we talked to Kristie Dean about the re-internment of King Ricahrd II and her book on Richard’s life and travels. Kristie returns this year with a new book on the Yorks titled On The Trail of The Yorks. The book explores the other members of the York family including Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville…

Saint Patrick: History and Legends

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Saint Patrick was a 5th century British Christian missionary. He is known as the “Apostle of Ireland” and is one of the patron saints of Ireland. It’s believed during Saint Patricks thirty years of missionary work in Ireland he converted over 135,000 people, established 300 churches, and consecrated 350 bishops. Patrick was captured by Irish…

Virtual Reality App: London in the Middle Ages

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A new virtual reality app is available and ready to transport you back to the Middle Ages. Check out the video below and visit the Timelooper website to download the app. Timelooper is available for iOS and Andriod.

Stake to the heart: Count Dracula’s medieval castle is NOT for sale

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The owners of the Transylvanian castle that was the inspiration for the forbidding home of Count Dracula have hammered a stake into the heart of persistent rumours that the medieval mountain-top fortress is up for sale. Bran Castle in Romania is established as the model on which Bram Stoker based the creepy home of his…

‘Joan of Arc’ ring sells for £240,000 after English v French bidding battle

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A medieval ring long associated with Joan of Arc sold for £240,000 – almost 30 times its estimate – at Timeline Auctions in Bloomsbury on February 25. It was bought by two French solicitors thought to be acting on behalf of the French government. In the transcript of Joan’s Trial of Condemnation in 1431 several…

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a historically accurate Skyrim

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

When you hear the words “Medieval” and “RPG” in the same sentence you probably think of hacking away at mystical dragons and monsters with your sword or axe. In Kingdom Come: Deliverance, there are no fire-breathing lizards, or evil dark knights. The game pushes aside the fantasy for a story based in the true history…

Preserving Butter Medieval Style

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Like most people these days, we have a refrigerator to keep food fresh, and it runs on electricity — and here in Ireland, we get that from burning peat, or “turf.” A short walk from our house in the Bog of Allen, the land has been strip-mined to remove, press and dry the turf, in…

1,000-year-old ‘lost’ medieval village found under M74 motorway

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The lost medieval village of Cadzow may have been finally located after artefacts more than 1,000 years old were unearthed during upgrading work on the M74. The discoveries near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire include coins believed to date from the 10th or 11th century, and fragments of glazed medieval pottery and clay smoking pipes. They…

Restoration of St Buryan medieval cross uncovers 11th century tomb stone cover

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A project to restore a medieval cross in St Buryan has uncovered a “rare find” in the form of what is possibly an 11th century tomb stone cover. St Buryan Church PCC, Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Scott & Co. Chartered Surveyors and local builders Bolithos are undertaking works to restore the imposing stepped medieval cross in…

Bede’s World attraction in Jarrow saved from closure

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A tourist attraction about the Venerable Bede that closed due to a cash crisis has been saved. Bede’s World – dedicated to the saint and influential scholar – shut last month with trustees blaming government cuts. South Tyneside Council, which owns the land and buildings, has found a new operator to oversee the site. The…

The Bawdy History of Medieval Playing Cards

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Playing cards arrived in Europe from Asia sometime in the 14th century, and by 1367 they had their first citywide ban in Bern, Switzerland. That their use, and the anxiety about gambling and idleness encouraged by these “picture books of the devil,” had already resulted in anti-gaming ordinances demonstrates how quickly the cards gained popularity…

‘Chaucer’s Children’: New 3-D Imaging Technique Sheds Light On Diet Of Ancient Children

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A team of scientists at the University of Kent have used 3-D microscopic imaging to create a new method of examining the teeth of ancient children who lived between the 11th and 15th centuries. Current alternative methods pose the risk of damaging the teeth, whereas the new 3-D imaging technique, called dental microwear texture analysis,…

Medieval Catholicism was not as gloomy as the BBC portrays it

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BBC iPlayer is the most wonderful invention. When you flop onto the sofa late at night you can catch up with all the programmes you should have seen earlier. Just recently I have caught up with The Renaissance Unchained, which is presented by the hugely engaging Waldemar Januszczak. The first episode concentrated on the northern…

What Mars Would Look Like Mapped by Medieval Cartographers

What can one expect to find out on the dusty plains of Mars? This new map shows you through the eyes of a medieval cartographer. The map is the work of Eleanor Lutz of Tabletop Whale, who used NASA data to complete the full map. “I picked the style because I thought the project had…

Archaeologists Find Medieval Foot Fungus In Portuguese Cemetery

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In an unassuming cemetery in Estremoz, southern Portugal, archaeologists found over 100 burials dating to the 13th to 15th centuries AD. One middle-aged man, however, had a hole in his head and clear evidence of disease in his left foot. Their diagnosis? A foot fungus that has never been seen in Medieval Europe before. The…