Tag Archive: Denmark

Medieval-Era Ship Raised from Dutch Riverbed

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A wooden ship likely to have been deliberately sunk in a Dutch river to alter its flow more than 600 years ago has been successfully raised by a team of archaeologists. The Ijssel River, a tributary of the legendary Rhine, harbored the flat-bottomed, wooden ship for centuries until it was discovered in 2012 during efforts…

Medieval coins discovered in Danish site for new Apple data center

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Historic coins believed to have been stashed away during a period of Nordic infighting have been discovered by a group of metal detector enthusiasts at a site earmarked for an Apple data center in Denmark. The period between 1241 to 1375 in northern Europe was scarred by conflict between neighboring kingdoms. At the height of…

The Heavy Plough and the Agricultural Revolution in Medieval Europe

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While I was doing research for the latest episode of The Vikings Podcast I came across this paper on the medieval heavy plough and its impact on medieval society. The writers take on the hypothesis of Lynn White Jr that the heavy plough led to an increase in population and urbanization. The team of researchers…

I’ll Be King For Christmas: Medieval Coronations on Christmas Day

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Crowning ceremonies have existed since Ancient Times and are even described in detail in two books of the Bible, Kings II and Chronicles II. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that the coronations became commonplace as the the Kings were seen as ordained by God. Perhaps one of the most famous Christmas Day Coronations is…

European Jousting Championship 2012 at Spøttrup Castle

Spøttrup Borg is proud to present Championship Tournament Knight on our new jousting space, 23 – 27 July 2012 Denmark’s charming medieval festival – the bishop’s Market from 23 – 28 July 2012 provides the framework for European Championship tournament. Come and support our knight when he goes after the gold medal among 16 European…

Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme, now with pictures

I have had several questions about the names and locations of the castles in the Castles of Europe Windows 7 theme. Below are the 21 castles included in the theme as well as there names and locations. The original post: Castle of Europe Windows 7 Theme post. Download the Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme…

Castles of Europe Windows 7 theme

Update: The updated post for the Castles of Europe Theme can be found here –> Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme, now with pictures. It includes pictures of all 21 castles as well as their names and locations. ~The Archivist This theme contains 21 pictures of castles form across Europe. I have it installed on…

Medieval Archives Podcast: Episode 05 – Dragsholm Castle

Fortress Friday During the month of October Fortress Friday will be exploring the paranormal. Throughout Europe there are stories of ghost sightings and strange occurrences. In a 6-part series we will look at some of the most haunted Castles in Europe. The first castle in our series is Dragsholm Castle. It is arguably one of…

Long-Sought Viking Settlement Found

The Vikings, the famed Scandinavian warriors, started raiding Ireland in 795 and plundered it for decades, before establishing two Irish outposts, according to the Annals of Ulster, a 15th century account of medieval Ireland. One outpost, Dúbh Linn, became Dublin, the other, Linn Duchaill, was lost in time. Perhaps until now. A team of archaeologists…

‘Sensational’ Discovery Archeologists Find Gateway to the Viking Empire

For a century, archeologists have been looking for a gate through a wall built by the Vikings in northern Europe. This summer, it was found. Researchers now believe the extensive barrier was built to protect an important trading route. Their attacks out of nowhere in rapid longboats have led many to call Vikings the inventors…

European Medieval Festival in Horsens, Denmark

Each year during the last weekend of August, the streets of Horsens resound with the bustle of the market, jolly cheers from street performers and the fascinating sounds of the shawm as the city opens its gates to the European Medieval Festival. Knights raise their lances in real jousting tournaments in the arena, vendors offer…