Tag Archive: Brittany

MAP#68: Combat of the Thirty

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During the first phase of the Hundred Years War a smaller war broke out in France, the Breton War of Succession. Wars of Succession always start the same way, a Nobleman dies without an heir. In this case it was the Duke of Brittany, John the Good, who died childless in 1341. Two men stepped…

MAP#58: Gilles de Rais – Gallant Knight, Occultist and Serial Killer

Gilles de Rais, an esteemed knight and the Marshall of France, who fought alongside Joan of Arc. Then he turned to the occult and tried to deal with the devil. Gilles isn’t remembered as a hero of France, instead he is remembered as a gruesome child murderer. On today’s episode we are going to look…

Aethelstan, Anglo-Saxon King of England

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Susan Abernethy joins Medieval Archives with another fantastic post! Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at thefreelancehistorywriter.com. You can also like The Freelance History Writer on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist Aethelstan was the first King of Wessex to bring…

Badge dug up in field is medieval treasure

A scrap of twisted silver found a few weeks ago by a metal detector in Lancashire will take its place among masterpieces of medieval art at the British Museum, in an exhibition opening this week of the bejewelled shrines made to hold the relics of saints and martyrs. The badge made of silver found by…

Bretons fight to save language from extinction

At a busy creperie amid the cobbled medieval streets of Quimper in Brittany, northern France, a lunchtime crowd is enjoying hearty galettes packed with combinations of meats, cheeses and eggs. The crepe has become a staple of French cuisine, but another aspect of Brittany’s culture — the region’s unique language — is in danger of…

Music, dancing and demos on tap at Chesapeake Celtic Festival

An assortment of activities, including music, dancing, bagpipes, sheep herding, Celtic presentations and storytelling, will be featured during the 21st annual Chesapeake Celtic Festival at Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum in Snow Hill this weekend. “It’s an intimate festival on 12 acres with non-stop entertainment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in many venues,” said…

Jousting, swordplay are on display at Tulare County Fair

Tulare County Fair visitors are discovering that the Medieval Tournament of Champions, a clash of armored knights on horseback, is an interactive affair. While the 12-foot lances are reserved for competitors, audience members are invited before the nightly battles to engage in various archery- and hatchet-throwing activities, with wooden swords and shields as prizes. On…