Tag Archive: Dark Ages

King Arthur’s Home? Archaeologists Investigate Legendary Birthplace

King Arthur Castle dig

Archaeologists are investigating a mysterious coastal settlement that they think may have been home to post-Roman British royalty, at Tintagel in Cornwall, England, the reputed birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. Hundreds of pieces of “high-status” pottery and glass were found at the site, located on England’s southwest coast. The researchers said the headland was…

Predator: Dark Ages Movie

predator dark ages

A few months ago we posted the trailer for Predator: Dark Ages. The movie project that started out as a kickstarter is complete and ready to watch. A priest summons a group of Knights Templar who are tasked with finding and destroying a deadly enemy. The Knights are forced to accept an unlikely ally by…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: Games & Apps

Medieval Lego Knight

The App store continues to dominate the smartphone market, but Google Play and Windows are making a nice dent. However with 3 different options there still isn’t a great offering for medieval apps. 2014 saw a few games released for smartphones and unfortunately no outstanding educational or reference medieval apps. Below is a break down…

History revealed on Ingleborough

The flanks of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have given up one of their secrets to a team of amateur archaeologists. Members of the Ingleborough Archaeology Group spent weeks investigating a remote site on the side of one of the National Park’s famous Three Peaks to the west of Selside in Upper Ribblesdale….

Everything You Think You Know About the Dark Ages is Wrong

What inspired you to write The Abacus and the Cross? I was introduced to The Scientist Pope through an act of grace. Writing my previous book, The Far Traveler, about an adventurous Viking woman, I found myself making an imaginary pilgrimage to Rome just after the year 1000. Wondering which pope (if any) Gudrid the…

The Art of War: Medieval fighting club forces grow in size

While the dust settles after one of Southwestern College’s most controversial political battles, about 20 students are preparing themselves for a battle of a different kind. SWC’s newest student organization, the Belegarth Medieval Fighting Club, has staked the college as its realm, and student warriors have spent the last month and a half carving, or…

Bryan Singer gives update on his remake of Excalibur

The story of King Arthur can definitely be described as enduring. Rooted in the Dark Ages, it was shifted into the Middle Ages (with all the associated knights in armour, chivalry and damsels) by Sir Thomas Malory’s classic 15th century work Le Morte d’Arthur. With all the myth and mystery surrounding this semi-historical tale, not…

1001 Inventions Uncovers a Thousand Years of Science and Technology

Groundbreaking Exhibition Explains Why the Dark Ages Weren’t Really Dark After blockbuster runs in London and Istanbul, 1001 Inventions, an exhibition highlighting the scientific legacy of Muslim civilization in our modern age, will make its United States premiere at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on December 4, 2010. The exhibition reveals the forgotten…

One of earliest books on King Arthur up for sale

A unique 14th-century book that combines all the tales of King Arthur’s legendary court in one manuscript, illustrated throughout with dazzling hand-painted pictures, is expected to fetch $3.2 million at auction next month. The illuminated work, known as the Rochefoucauld Grail, written on vellum (animal hide) in Flanders or Artois — known as the low…

Purification Through Pain: A Fresh Look at Torture in the Middle Ages

A German researcher has studied medieval criminal law and found that our image of the sadistic treatment of criminals in the Dark Ages is only partly true. Torture and gruesome executions were designed in part to ensure the salvation of the convicted person’s soul. Peter Nirsch would have been seen as a monster at any…

Kent’s regal history revealed in new book

Wealth, power and influence were all words associated with Kent when the county reigned as the world’s first Anglo-Saxon and Christian kingdom. For a brief period more than 1,000 years ago it was recognised as the most important place in England, noted for its power, culture, wealth and international contacts. However, by the ninth century…

Medieval festival in Arcata draws a crowd

With a couple of wooden boxes, a rope and a small crowd of spectators, you might’ve thought you were watching a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The game, Hunker-Hauser, a sort of tug-of-war on small boxes, was just one of many reenactments at the annual Excalibur Medieval Tournament and Market Faire over…

Online tourism map aims to shed light on city’s Dark Age

Visitors to Lincoln can now discover the city’s medieval heritage – from the comfort of their own home. Following the successful launch of Roman and lost church maps, council experts now hope to shed light on the city’s Dark Age – from the cathedral and Castle Square, to the hidden history of individual shops and…

Missouri group gets medieval

In 1966, knights were summoned to defend the honor of their ladies in a tournament meant to revive the Middle Ages. Donning pointy hats and armed with trash can shields, a clan of UC Berkley’s history buffs and science fiction zealots set off for a rendezvous in the park. With the clink of their makeshift…