Tag Archive: Celtic

Lost Kingdom of Rheged Discovered in Scotland

Rheged-hill-excavation

The archaeological site at Trusty’s Hill in Galloway, Scotland, is known to have been a cultural center for the Pict, the confederation of tribal peoples that lived in what is now northern and eastern Scotland during Roman times. After some five years of excavation, however, researchers working there now believe they have uncovered something far…

County Kilkenny in Ireland is full of a medieval magic

Kilkenny Castle

The mischievous charm of Ireland’s people lures many travellers to Dublin, the city that has a wink in its eye and a thriving pub culture. And Ireland’s mythic countryside – craggy cliffs and rolling emerald fields – has a scenic and sentimental attraction for all those Aussies with Irish roots. Many visitors do a city…

Ghostly Faces and Invisible Verse Found in Medieval Marginalia

Black-Book-Imaging-Medieval-Manuscript

Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible to the naked eye have been uncovered in the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written entirely in Welsh. “The Black Book of Carmarthen,” dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin. “It’s easy to think…

Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood

Ironclad 2-Battle for Blood

Ironclad II: Battle for Blood is the sequel to 2011’s Ironclad. Starring Tom Austen(The Borgias), Michelle Fairley(Game of Thrones), Roxanne McKee(The Legend of Hercules), Danny Webb(Henry V) and Andy Beckwith(Game of Thrones). According to IMDb.com Ironclad: Battle for Blood hit UK theaters in March, there isn’t a US release date. For the US Ironclad: Battle…

Mapping Miracles: Cambridge project on Medieval hagiography

St George

Saints and miracles in today’s Church are connected through the canonization process. Usually, for a person to be beatified, and then canonized, a miracle by their intercession must be verified. But this saint-miracle connection is older than the process of canonization, and the stories of saints from the earliest times are often accompanied by tales…

White Hart Forge finds history lovers who love artisan work

Hammering iron on anvils and scorching steel in a hand-built propane forge, Dan Klug and Heidi Shewchuk turn metal into art. “I’m working in a craft that has been going on for a thousand years,” said Klug, 49, as he twisted molten hot metal with tongs. “I’m not kidding when I tell my students, ‘Strike…

DVD Release: The Secret of Kells

The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript containing the four Gospels of the New Testament. It was created by Celtic monks around 800 A.D. The Oscar nominated movie The Secret of the Kells is available today on DVD. Synopsis: Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a…

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…

University of Sydney hosts Celtic studies conference

Topics as unique and diverse as medieval Irish magic and the drinking of blood in the ritual context of mourning will be explored at the Seventh Australian Conference of Celtic Studies at the University of Sydney this week. Sydney is the only university in the southern hemisphere that offers Celtic studies, which examines Celtic languages,…