Tag Archive: Crusades

Crusader skull stolen from Dublin church recovered

Crusader Skull

Last week we posted about an 800 year old Crusader body that was beheaded and the head stolen from an Irish church. Now we have some good news, the head has been recovered! ~The Archivist The skull of an 800-year-old skeleton known as the Crusader, which was stolen from the crypt of an Irish church,…

800-yr-old Crusader Body Beheaded in an Irish Church Vault

Local media in Dublin, Ireland are reporting a shocking story of a church dating back to the early Middle Ages which suffered an attack by vandals. Some mummies in its crypt have been desecrated including the famous 800-year-old cadaver known as the Crusader Mummy, which has been decapitated and the head has been stolen. Understandably,…

Jedi Knight turns Templar Knight, Mark Hamill joins Knightfall

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Knightfall premiered on the HISTORY channel in December 2017 and recounts the history and myth of the Knights Templar. Knightfall stars Tom Cullen as the Templar leader, Landry, a veteran of the Crusades, looking for his mentor’s killer and the location of the Holy Grail. If you missed Season 1 you can watch it on…

Mark Hamill joins Knightfall

Knightfall

History renewed Knightfall for Season 2 and announced that Mark Hamill will be joining the cast! Mark Hamill plays “Talus,” a “battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for ten years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.” Knightfall stars Tom Cullen as the…

MAP#79: Richard the Lionheart and author W.B. Bartlett

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In today’s lesson we are joined by author Wayne Bartlett to discuss Richard the Lionheart! Wayne’s new book Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England is available through Amberley Publishing. It’s an excellent biography and the first biography of Richard the Lionheart in over 40 years! Wayne and I discuss Richard’s upbringing, the Crusades…

A Crusader-Era High Altar Resurfaces in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher

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For decades it was known only as the “graffiti stone.” Leaning against a wall in a shadowy corner of Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher, the big blank rock the size of a dining-room table invited scribbling by passing pilgrims and tourists. But two Israeli researchers who recently examined the other side of the stone say the neglected…

Knightfall is coming to HISTORY

The HISTORY Channel picked up Knightfall in January 2016 and ordered 10 episodes straight to series. Knightfall is a scripted series following the raise, fall and persecution of the Knights Templar. Currently the series is listed as ‘Coming Soon’ on HISTORY’s web page. It’s expected to air in Fall 2017. Historian and podcast guest Dan…

900 year-old jewelry found in Crusader castle

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Lost an earring in the kitchen? Don’t get upset. Wait 900 years or so and somebody’s sure to find it. That’s what’s happening in Israel, where 2,500 schoolkids have been participating, one class at a time, in the excavation of a Crusader fortress on Tittora Hill, 20 miles northwest of Jerusalem in the town of…

Alexander Nevsky (1938) Full Movie

Alexander Nevsky is a 1938 historical drama film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. It depicts the attempted invasion of Novgorod in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights during the Northern Crusades. Prince Alexander Nevsky (1220–1263) assembled an army to defend Novgorod and defeat the Teutonic Knights stopping their Eastern expansion into Russia Nevsky was canonized…

MAP#74: Northern Crusades: Teutonic Knights, Alexander Nevsky and the Battle on the Ice

In 1242 the Teutonic Knights were conquering lands to the east into Novgorod. Pope Gregory IX blessed the Knights in their Crusade to rid Novgorod of the orthodox pagans. Alexander Nevsky and his army had other plans. They intended to defend their country from all invaders. The conflict ended with a fierce battle, called the…

Arundel Castle Celebrates 950th Anniversary

Arundel Castle in West Sussex will celebrate the 950th anniversary of its initial construction this year. To celebrate, the Castle has arranged a bumper calendar of events including a week-long jousting and medieval tournament. Reopening to visitors on 1 April, the Castle’s calendar boasts two brand new events as well as the return of several…

MAP#71: The Children’s Crusade 1212

The Children's Crusade

The Children’s Crusade 1212 In the summer of 1212 a French boy and a German boy had separate visions of freeing the Holy Land from the Muslims. Their quests included over 20,000 medieval children and is known as the Children’s Crusade. Stephan of Cloyes, a French shepard boy, claimed Jesus told him to gather a…

MAP#56: Jan Hus and the Hussite Wars

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Jan Hus was a Czech or more accurately for his time, a Bohemian priest, philosopher and religious reformer who shock up the catholic church in the 15th century. We’ll look at his life, his ideas about religion and the catholic church and the wars fought in his name. I have shelves and shelves of medieval…

MAP#52: Defending the City of God, Sharan Newman Interview

Defender of the City of God

Defender of the City of God is a new book by award winning author Sharan Newman. It examines the First Crusade, the Crusader state of Jerusalem and Queen Melisande. Sharan also writes fiction novels based in the Middle Ages, including a series of Medieval mysteries. In this lesson we talk with Sharan about her background,…

Dan Jones talks ‘The Plantagenets’

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Have you picked up your copy of The Plantagenets? It’s only the international bestseller that reveals Britain’s longest running dynasty. Over a dozen Kings spanning three centuries, take that Tudors! From King Henry II all the way through King Richard III, you will learn about the struggles, politics and wars that shaped the High Middle…