Tag Archive: 14th Century

Medieval Winchester skeleton reveals how leprosy spread

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The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim found in one of Britain’s earliest known hospitals has shed light on the history of the disfiguring disease. The remains of a young man, between the age of 18 and 25, were found in the St Mary Magdalen leprosarium near Winchester, Hampshire. Researchers suggests the man was a…

Lost Medieval castle discovered at House of Dun

Dun Castle

Archaeological excavations at the House of Dun have uncovered the remains of what is thought to be a 14th century castle. The excavations were carried out as part of the National Trust for Scotland’s Trailblazer residential working holidays, which offer the opportunity for young people aged 16 to 17 to experience archaeological excavations and conservation…

Remains of medieval kitchen that served pilgrims discovered in Suffolk

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The remains of a medieval kitchen where cooks may have prepared meals for hungry pilgrims, has been discovered in Suffolk. The rare 14th Century building was discovered on the site of Guildhall Feoffment School, which itself was built on an 11th century road system in Bury St Edmunds. While the flint and mortar outline of…

The Bawdy History of Medieval Playing Cards

Medieavl Playing cards

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…

CSI Medieval: researchers to uncover forensic secrets of Britain’s historic wax seals

Medieval Wax Seal

Historical research using forensic fingerprinting techniques on the wax seals of thousands of medieval documents will reveal new insights into 12th to 14th century British society, help determine how unique fingerprints truly are, and uncover medieval crime. Modern forensic analysis will be paired with detailed historical research to reveal new insights into medieval British society…

The Bastard Executioner Season 1 Trailer

The Bastard Executioner, a new series from Kurt Sutter the creator of The Shield and Sons of Anarchy, tells the tale of a 14th Century warrior turned executioner. Kurt Sutter and Emmy winner Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, Robin Hood, Cowboys and Aliens) will serve as Executive producers. Season 1 of The Bastard Executioner premieres on…

Medieval Halloween Movies #2: Masque of the Red Death

Masque Of The Red Death

We are down to the last two movies on the list. I think yesterday’s movie received the most fanfare. Which just proves its status as a Cult Classic. But today’s movie stars one of my all time favorite actors, Vincent Price! I love, love love, Vincent Price. As a kid I would stay up for…

Medieval Halloween Movies #3: Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness

We are up to number 3 on the list of Medieval Halloween movies. If you missed the rest you can see which movie ranked #5 and who came in the #4 spot. Today’s movie is a bit of a cult classic. It’s official title is Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness and its more of…

Medieval Halloween Movies #4: Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

Thankfully the fourth movie on our list has nothing to do with the 1982 stinker Halloween III: Season of the Witch! This Season of the Witch stars Nicolas Cage as a 14th century Knight, escorting a witch who may be the cause of the Plague! Of course many call this Season of the Witch a…

Battle Castle: Austin, Texas

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The invaders moved in almost overnight and now they are ready to attack. If you live in the Austin, Texas area you can watch a Battle Castle Mini-Marathon today on PBS station KLRU. Don’t miss it! #BattleCastle marathon on @KLRU Austin, TX featuring Crac des Chevaliers, Dover and Malaga. Sunday May 5th @ 3:55 pm….

Battle Castle: San Francisco Dates

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San Francisco PBS station KQED released their schedule for Battle Castle. And they are running a marathon! If you live in the Bay area plan your Memorial Day Weekend around the Battle Castle lineup! It will air beginning Thursday, 23 May 2013 and the final show will be on Saturday, 25 May 2013. Get your…

Battle Castle: Georgia, USA dates

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Another station has checked in with dates and times for Battle Castle. Georgia Public Broadcasting will air episodes on Friday nights. The bad news is they started last Friday! The good news is you can catch a replay of Episode 1: Crac des Chevaliers this Wednesday. The dates and times are below. GPB – Georgia…

Battle Castle USA Tour Dates

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With one tweet medievalists across the USA celebrated. It premiered on Hstory Channel Canada last winter, followed by BBC TV in the fall and now, finally Battle Castle hits the USA! [blackbirdpie url=https://twitter.com/battlecastle/status/287330515885899776] That’s the great news. The not so good news is it wasn’t bought by a national channel like History or Discovery. It…

‘A Knight’s Tale’ coming to a TV near you

A Knights Tale - Geoffrey Chauce

ABC has bought a project from Battlestar Galactica re-creator Ron Moore which readapts the 2001 film. Named for the story by Geoffrey Chaucer – which was about two cousins fighting for the love of a woman – A Knight’s Tale is a strange amalgam of a historical fantasy and a rock opera. Heath Ledger, in…

London Construction Reveals Medieval Graves

London Medieval Graves

London is built on layers of its own past. Occasionally they poke through to the present, like the old Roman walls and the Temple of Mithras. Now two current construction projects have revealed glimpses of the city’s previous epochs. Work to build a leisure center at Elephant and Castle has uncovered some 500 medieval skeletons,…