Tag Archive: 14th Century

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,…

Battle Castle: Teutonic Knights and the Siege of Marienburg

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On the fifth installment of Battle Castle we travel to Prussia and visit Malbork Castle, home of the Teutonic Knights. Sprawling over 51 acres (21 hectares) Malbork is truly an impressive castle. Host Dan Snow walks us through the castles design and demonstrates how to create mud bricks in Guedelon. Then Dan teams up with…

Pottery sheds light on Dereham’s medieval history

Dereham medieval pottery

The excavation, or trial by trenching, of the former library site in Church Street is being headed by Chris Birks Archaeological Services, based in Frettenham, near Norwich. It was originally ordered by Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council’s Historic Environment Service, based at the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum, near Dereham. An application has been…

Eco-museum sites to mark the Battle of Flodden

Flodden Battlefield, Braxton

The first 12 sites have been designated in a landscape-scale eco-museum to mark next year’s 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden The concept of an eco-museum is to highlight and join up locations with links to a particular theme. The initial dozen sites all have connections with the 1513 battle in Northumberland in which…

Bulgaria’s Vidin Medieval Fortress in Dire Need of Restoration

The medieval fortress in Bulgaria’s Danube city of Vidin, also known as “Baba Vida”, a top tourist spot, is in a dire need of reconstruction, according to its management. The fortress was the capital of the Vidin Principality, and its ruler, Tsar Ivan Sratsimir, in the 14th century, and essentially the last Bulgarian capital to…

Objects reveal history of Glastonbury Abbey

Medieval artefacts will form part of an exhibition detailing the history of Glastonbury Abbey before and after its dissolution in 1539. The items, including a 14th century seal, Iron age pottery and a church banner, have not been exhibited before. It is hoped these artefacts will give an insight into life at the monastery although…

Medieval castle tower to be opened up to the public for the first time

The last-standing remains of a medieval castle in Lincolnshire will be opened up to the public for the first time. The South Kyme Tower once formed one of the four corners of a castle, which was built on a Saxon site. It is believed that the 14th century castle was once visited by Robin Hood…

Tower of London calls in team of scientists to investigate mysterious Medieval wall painting

The Tower of London has allowed scientists to use eye-scanning software and infrared laser technology on a mystery Medieval wall painting which has baffled curators at the royal landmark. A team led by Nottingham Trent University’s Dr Haida Liang used a portable Optical Coherence Tomographer, which allows them to see layers beneath the surface of…

Season of the Witch movie trailer

Theatrical Release Date: January 7, 2011 Runtime: 92 min. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Claire Foy, Robbie Sheehan Director: Dominic Sena Distributor: Lionsgate MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content.) Synopsis: A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery…

Bangor Pontifical doodles show us the middle ages were juvenile, too

On the reams of choral chants in this Welsh medieval treasure I spotted a scribble of a man with a big nose. Satire hasn’t changed – and neither have we. It looks like something Jake and Dinos Chapman might do if they turned their hand to the creative defacement of illuminated manuscripts: the Viz-style gargoyle…

In 40 Days, ‘Wings of Tatev’ Brings 7000 People to Medieval Monastery

More than 7,000 people have visited the Medieval Monastery of Tatev in Southern Armenia since the October inauguration of a 5.7-kilometer-long aerial tramway that transports visitors from the village of Halidzor across the Vorotan gorge to the village of Tatev, within walking distance of the monastery. The cable car line, dubbed “The Wings of Tatev,”…

One of earliest books on King Arthur up for sale

A unique 14th-century book that combines all the tales of King Arthur’s legendary court in one manuscript, illustrated throughout with dazzling hand-painted pictures, is expected to fetch $3.2 million at auction next month. The illuminated work, known as the Rochefoucauld Grail, written on vellum (animal hide) in Flanders or Artois — known as the low…

Battle to save Bagots Castle in Baginton

A race against time is underway to save forgotten Bagots Castle in Baginton. The medieval castle dates back to the 14th century – but hardly anyone knows it’s there. Villagers want to conserve its ruins – but only have a few months to raise the money needed to preserve it for future generations. Parish councillor…

University of Tennessee Marco Institute History Lecture Asks “Who’s That Girl?”

Historian Cynthia Robinson of Cornell University will deliver the annual Riggsby Lecture on Medieval Mediterranean History and Culture at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the Hodges Library auditorium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Robinson’s lecture is titled “Who’s That Girl?: Cross-Cultural Narrative, Mysticism and the Lady on the Alhambra Ceilings,” and is presented…

Final viewing for Abergwyngregyn’s Welsh princes site

Abergwyngregyn archaeological dig The open day will take place between 10am-4pm on 30 October Medieval finds thought to be related to the princes of Gwynedd are on show for the last time. Excavations at Abergwyngregyn, near Bangor, unearthed the remains of a medieval hall dating back to the 14th century, the period when Llywelyn the…