Tag Archive: 15th Century

‘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…

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…

Medieval Wild Man relic discovered by treasure hunters

English metal detectorists have found a Medieval spoon handle depicting a figure of the Wild Man, a hairy, club-wielding legend who existed on the edges of civilization from ancient times. Stories about the Wild Man differ, some say he was a prophet, or that he went mad with grief over the loss of his beloved,…

CD REVIEW: Dowry of a Troll Woman by Perkelt

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I’ve reviewed a few CDs on the website before. There was the Medieval Christmas CD and the Medieval folk rock metal band out of Poland. Today I’m reviewing the CD Dowry of a Troll Woman by the band Perkelt hailing from the Czech Republic and recently relocated to the United Kingdom. They bill themselves as…

Drawings show scale of Newport’s medieval ship

Newport Medieval Ship drawing

For the first time, Newport’s Medieval ship has been recreated as it would have looked when sailing the seas more than 500 years ago. Irish shipwright Pat Tanner examined the ship over a six-month period, making drawings in painstaking detail of what she would once have looked like. During his work on the ship he…

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…

British Museum to acquire £1.3m Lacock cup from church

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A Wiltshire church has been told it can sell an “extremely rare” £1.3m silver medieval chalice to the British Museum. The Lacock Cup, which dates back to the 1400s, was loaned to the museum from St Cyriac’s Church in Lacock in 1962. The church now wants to sell the cup to raise funds for repairs,…

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…

War of the Roses Game Screenshots

War of the Roses

War of the Roses from Paradox Interactive, a game that transports players back in time to the battle-ravaged, dynastic civil war era of 15th century England where ownership of the throne of England was brutally fought over between supporters of two rival branches of the Royal House of Plantagenet – the house of Lancaster (the…

War of the Roses Game Trailer

War of the Roses

War of the Roses from Paradox Interactive, a game that transports players back in time to the battle-ravaged, dynastic civil war era of 15th century England where ownership of the throne of England was brutally fought over between supporters of two rival branches of the Royal House of Plantagenet – the house of Lancaster (the…

Medieval Metal: Pospolite Ruszenie CD review

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I am always on the look out for good medieval music. Last month I reviewed Moat Jumpers Christmas CD, Christmas At The Renaissance Fair. Recently I discovered a band out of Poland named Pospolite Ruszenie. Their latest album, I am stuck in my ways and still call them albums, not very 21st century I know!,…

Paradox Interactive Announces War of the Roses

War of the Roses explores several underused concepts: principally, medieval combat that doesn’t center around elves and magic; and multiplayer action that doesn’t revolve around guns and grenades. Paradox and Fatshark hope to allow a huge number of players in each battle to capture the true feeling of medieval combat, and the game will support…