Tag Archive: 13th Century

Medieval cemetery discovered under Cambridge college will help unlock secrets of the Black Death

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More than 1,200 human skeletons discovered beneath a Cambridge college will help shed new light on the city’s medieval past. The medieval cemetery was discovered by archaeologists working at the Old Divinity School at St John’s College, which was built on the site of a 13th century hospital. The remains of men, women and children…

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…

Neurological condition probably caused medieval scribe’s shaky handwriting

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Scribes usually have pretty good handwriting. That’s not the case for one prolific 13th century writer known to scholars only as the Tremulous Hand of Worcester. Now scientists suggest the writer suffered from a neurological condition called essential tremor. Neurologist Jane Alty and historical handwriting researcher Deborah Thorpe, both of the University of York in…

Mass medieval grave found at Aberdeen school

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A mass grave with more than 20 medieval skeletons has been hailed a “major discovery”. The remains, thought to date back to the 13th century, were discovered during installation works at a top private school in Scotland. The bones were buried less than two feet underground in the quad area of the site and are…

13th Century Mongol Shipwreck Discovered off Japanese Coast

It was the largest armada the world had ever seen, and would only be surpassed 700 years later when the Allies invaded Europe during the Normandy landings. The Mongol leader Kublai Khan sent two massive fleets during the 13th Century – of up to 4,000 ships each – to try to invade Japan. Both attempts…

The search begins for archaeological evidence of the Battle of Lewes

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A major archaeological search began on Tuesday to find evidence from the Battle of Lewes. The dig got under way in driving rain at Landport Bottom on the anniversary of the battle 749 years earlier. Tantalisingly, it achieved immediate results. Luke Barber, Research Officer for the Sussex Archaeological Society, said the first day uncovered a…

Medieval remains discovered at Cambridgeshire pub

Extensive work is underway to renovate the historic pub near Duxford during which two burial sites dating back to up to 700 years ago were discovered. This prompted Cambridge University’s archaeological unit to be called to excavate the site, originally founded as a priory in the 13th century. The site is said to have welcomed…

Cosmeston pottery find shows a thriving medieval craft

A 13th Century pottery vessel found in the Vale of Glamorgan could indicate a thriving local craft in medieval times. Several fragments of the aquamanile, decorated with a ram’s head, were discovered at the site of a manor house at Cosmeston, near Penarth. The vessels were used by guests to wash their hands at the…

Experts uncover unique medieval tile in Cistercian basilica

Archaeologists have uncovered rare finds from the High Middle Ages, including a unique tile with a symbol of dragon, during the archeological research accompanying the restoration of the basilica in Velehrad, a popular church pilgrimage complex. Dragon, embodiment of evil, appears only rarely in the Cistercian premises such as the Velehrad basilica, Zdenek Schenk, from…

University of Arizona Lectures to Explore Medieval Texts

The UA’s Special Collections is hosting events to ponder poetry, faith and games in medieval texts housed within the University Libraries’ collection. Special Collections at the University of Arizona is hosting several events to showcase the expansive expertise of UA faculty members in the medieval studies discipline. The annual “Early Books Lecture VIII” will be…

Robin Hood revealed: B.C. author draws link to Scottish rebel William Wallace

A Canadian novelist is causing a stir in Britain after claiming that the mythic figure of Robin Hood — outlaw champion of medieval England’s poor — was actually inspired by the 13th-century Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace, hero of the 1995 Mel Gibson film Braveheart. A Canadian novelist is causing a stir in Britain after…

Northern Cyprus History Holiday

Northern Cyprus boasts a long and interesting history, much of which has made it into the colourful and exciting place that it is today, with its rich tapestry of different cultures and influences. Take an island which may date as far back as 9,000 years; sprinkle in different and often interwoven cultures throughout the centuries…

1001 Inventions Uncovers a Thousand Years of Science and Technology

Groundbreaking Exhibition Explains Why the Dark Ages Weren’t Really Dark After blockbuster runs in London and Istanbul, 1001 Inventions, an exhibition highlighting the scientific legacy of Muslim civilization in our modern age, will make its United States premiere at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on December 4, 2010. The exhibition reveals the forgotten…

Real Warfare 2: Northern Crusaders Announced

1C Company has confirmed Unicorn Games is currently developing Real Warfare 2: Northern Crusaders. The game is set in a variety of time scales ranging from the Middle Ages all the way to current day. However one section of the campaign will focus on the 13th century as players take the role of a Komtur…

Medieval mystic helps to discover God’s presence

Pope Benedict says the penitential path of Blessed Angela of Foligno, Italy, offers modern men and women a lesson on discovering the presence of God in their lives. The little-known woman experienced a conversion in the late 13th century. She used to look down on those who observed strict poverty in religious life, but she…