Tag Archive: Edward II

Outlaw King Trailer

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From the director of Hell or High Water, David Mackenzie comes Outlaw King a Netflix original film. Starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots in an epic struggle to win independence from England. Outlaw King is available on Netflix 9 November 2018. Enjoy the trailer below. The untold, true story of…

Edward II the Man: A Doomed Inheritance by Stephen Spinks

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Joining the Medieval Archives today for a question and answer session is historian and author Stephen Spinks. We recently talked with Stephen on the Medieval Archives Podcast. It’s a fantastic talk you don’t want to miss! Stephen’s new book Edward II The Man: A Doomed Inheritance is an in-depth biography of an often overlooked medieval…

MAP#78: Edward II The Man with author Stephen Spinks

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Today’s lesson features a talk with historian and author Stephen Spinks. Stephen’s new book Edward II The Man: A Doomed Inheritance was recently published by Amberley Publishing. Edward II The Man is an in-depth biography of an often overlooked medieval king. Stephen and I talk about his work with the National Trust, his writing and…

Isabella of France, The Rebel Queen by Kathryn Warner

Isabella of France The Rebel Queen

Back in 2014 Kathryn Warner gave us an excellent biography of King Edward II. Edward reigned fro twenty years and was overthrown by his wife, Queen Isabella. Warner follows up her biography of Edward II with a biography of his rebellious Queen, Isabella of France. Below is a synopsis of the biography. Isabella of France,…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: Television

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While the silver screen offered very little for medieval viewing the small screen is taking over! There was the obvious Season 4 of Game of Thrones, but it wasn’t alone. HISTORY, Starz, PBS and even Netflix offered something for TV Viewing. In fact your best bet for medieval fantasy is Television. Game of Thrones continues…

MAP#57: Dan Jones Interview: Wars of the Roses and The Plantagenets

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Award-winning journalist, best selling author and Historian Dan Jones joins the Medieval Archives Podcast to talk all things Plantagenets! His first book on the subject The Plantagents: The Kings Who made England covers the first two centuries of Plantagenet Kings from Henry II to Richard II. In his latest book Wars of the Roses(Hollow Crown,…

The diet of the Scots army that defeated King Edwards II’s troops at the Battle of Bannockburn

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To mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, researchers have found out what lined the bellies of Scots troops as they rallied against the English in 1314. They say an army marches on its stomach. And to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, researchers have found out what lined the…

15th century copy of Battle of Bannockburn poem restored

The Bruce Battle of Bannockburn poem

The Brus, which was written in 1375, tells of Robert the Bruce’s wars for Scottish independence and has been restored at St John’s College at Cambridge University. A copy of a poem revealing the details of the Battle of Bannockburn has been restored for the 700th anniversary of the battle. “The Brus” is believed to…

MAP#54: The Battle of Bannockburn 1314

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In June 1314 Scotland faced off against England in a battle that would be remembered through the ages. Outnumbered more than 2-1 the Scots banded together to fight the mighty English. The Battle of Bannockburn started out with an epic confrontation between King Robert the Bruce and the English knight Henry de Bohun. The outcome…

MAP#53: War of Scottish Independence 1296-1328

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For everyone living today the Kingdom of Scotland has been apart of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. But the two kingdoms weren’t always united. In fact they have only been unified for 300 years. Prior to the 1707 Treaty of Union, Scotland was an independent nation. Travel back even farther, to the late 13th,…

World Without End: Part 1 Review

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Following on the success of Pillars of the Earth, Ridley Scott and Scott Free productions brings us the sequel World Without End. Written by Ken Follett 18 years after Pillars of the Earth and set 200 years after the events of Tom Builder and company. World Without End focuses on the town of Kingsbridge and…

Helen Castor’s ‘She-Wolves’ taste power in medieval England

Helen Castor’s very readable “She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth” is, she writes, “the kind of book I loved to read before history became my profession as well as my pleasure.” It’s full of beautiful, imperiled ladies; fearless knights; and remarkable, often unbelievable turns of fortune. Pause a moment if you feel this…

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

Medieval history is a fashionable but challenging period: the sources are often flimsy and obscure, yet modern readers have a craving for detail that is often absent from the prissy monkish chronicles of the time. The great challenge is to present the period’s subtle complexities without sacrificing historical authenticity. She-Wolves is a history of a…

Brutal punishments remembered as ‘hangman’ returns to Tower

It still carries the name of the man whose body hung from its ramparts as a gruesome reminder to the medieval period’s brutal way of dealing with crime and punishment. And visitors to Clifford’s Tower in York throughout the summer are being given an insight into some of the savage punishments that were handed out….

700th anniversary of Richard de Pottesgrave

Many people turned out for a medieval weekend held to mark the 700th anniversary of Richard de Pottesgrave at St Andrew’s Church in Heckington. Richard de Pottesgrave, originally of Byfleet, was appointed as last rector of Heckington in 1309 by King Edward II. It was in this time that Richard rebuilt the chancel, adding to…