Tag Archive: Crusades

MAP#51: Jacques de Molay and The Knights Templar

Jacques de Molay Knights Templar

Jacques de Molay the 23rd and final Grand Master of The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, better know as The Knights Templar. The Knights Templar formed in 1119 and quickly rose in power and wealth. With help from the church they were able to amass a fortune in money and…

MAP#49: Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem

Melisende Medieval Archives

The Kingdom of Jerusalem was the most powerful Crusader State in the Middle Ages. Melisende, the daughter of King Baldwin II, would rule Jerusalem after the death of her father. A power struggle with her husband, Fulk V, led to a divided Kingdom. Finally in 1143 she became the sole ruler of Jerusalem, but still…

Finland’s 1,000-year old unknown swordsman may have met a violent end

Medieval Swordsman Janakkala Hyvikkälä Hautalöytö

Finland’s National Board of Antiquities has completed preliminary investigations into the remains discovered last November in what is thought to be a medieval grave. Researchers have performed tomographic scans on the so-called ancient swordsman, which involve imaging through sections of the skull. The scans show that the man may have met a violent end, said…

Medieval Halloween Movies #4: Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

Thankfully the fourth movie on our list has nothing to do with the 1982 stinker Halloween III: Season of the Witch! This Season of the Witch stars Nicolas Cage as a 14th century Knight, escorting a witch who may be the cause of the Plague! Of course many call this Season of the Witch a…

MAP#38 – Medieval Archaeology News

Archaeology Medieval Archives

I was first introduced to archaeology as a kid and up on the movie screen was a whip carrying, fedora wearing relic hunter. When Indiana Jones wasn’t fighting Nazis or running for his life he was on a quest to gather ancient artifacts. Today on the Medieval Archives Podcast we are going to examine real…

Ancient Toilet Reveals Parasites in Crusaders’ Poop

ancient toilet Saranda Kolones

Intestinal parasites have been found lurking in ancient poop in the toilet of a medieval castle in western Cyprus, scientists report. The findings paint a less than pretty picture of the health and hygiene of crusaders stationed on the Mediterranean island 800 years ago. Poor sanitation likely meant that food and water supplies were contaminated…

2012 Medieval Year in Review: Books

2012 was a great year for medieval books! No matter where your interest lies in the medieval era there is a good chance a book was published on the subject. The books range in subjects from kings, castles, war, and disease. Here at Medieval Archives we were honored to interview two authors and review several…

Medieval citadel on Sinai island to open to tourists

Saladin Citadel | Medieval Archives

On Saturday, the restored Saladin Citadel on Pharaoh Island off the coast of the Sinai peninsula is to be officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou and top governmental officials, adding a new tourist attraction to costal Red Sea resort Taba. Over the…

A Crusader town emerges under an old Israeli port

Off the track beaten by most Holy Land tourists lies one of the richest archaeological sites in a country full of them: the walled port of Acre, where the busy alleys of an Ottoman-era town cover a uniquely intact Crusader city now being rediscovered. Preparing to open a new subterranean section to the public, workers…

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…

Students embark on history crusade

A group of students from The University of Queensland will travel to southern France next July as part of a course in medieval history. They will study themes of crusade, conquest and colonisation in the High Middle Ages, by examining their impact on European society and culture. Course coordinator Dr Kriston Rennie said the aim…

LionHeart: Kings’ Crusade Demo Now Available

Arriving just shortly after the release of the full game, Paradox Interactive announced that a playable demo of the real-time strategy game is currently available over at FilePlanet. Gamers who pride themselves on their tactical prowess would only do themselves a disservice by not checking out the medieval strategy title, LionHeart: Kings’ Crusade. As stated…

The golden chalice of the great Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis

French 12th Century (cup Alexandrian 2nd/1st Century B.C.) French 12th Century (artist) Chalice of the Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis, 2nd/1st century B.C. (cup); 1137-1140 (mounting) sardonyx cup with heavily gilded silver mounting, adorned with filigrees set with stones, pearls, glass insets, and opaque white glass pearls overall (height): 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.) overall (diam….

Medieval studies journal examines crusading history

A new publication focusing on the crusades has been issued by the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Reading. This special issue of Reading Medieval Studies contains a series of articles by leading and aspiring scholars in the field of crusading history. All the papers are united in exploring, through the language…

Was there a case for the Crusades?

The Crusades were a major development on the medieval European scene, but their effect was, in the end, ephemeral. The forces of Christendom conquered Jerusalem in July 1099, but losses piled up after that. In 1187, Jerusalem fell to the resurgent forces of Islam under Saladin, and, in 1290, Christians had to abandon their last…