Tag Archive: England

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…

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…

St Albans Abbey ‘one of England’s early Norman cathedrals’

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St Albans Abbey has been confirmed as one of England’s early Norman cathedrals after experts uncovered foundations of the early church. Remains forming part of the early Norman abbey have been identified after foundations of the 11th Century church were revealed during excavation. Site director Ross Lane said: “We knew it was probably there but…

Joan of Arc and ‘The Great Pity of the Land of France’ by Moya Longstaffe

Joan of Arc and The Great Pity of the Land of France

Joan of Arc played a pivotal role in the Hundred Years’ War and the future of France. Moya Longstaffe returns to the original sources, employs her expertise in languages and brings Joan of Arc alive and does not duck the most difficult question: was she deluded, unbalanced, fraudulent ? or indeed a great visionary, to…

Solar eclipses and the middle ages

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Dr Anne Lawrence from the University of Reading’s Department of History examines what solar eclipses meant to our ancestors. Looking forward to the solar eclipse? I am and I suspect much of the UK is too. Scientists in particular are chomping at the bit to record this once in a generation event, especially here at…

Vandals attack Wallingford Castle leaving a repair bill of £500,000

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Vandals have damaged historic medieval ruins in Wallingford, leaving the town council with a repair bill of £500,000. Wallingford Castle was one of the greatest medieval castles in England and the ruins in Castle Gardens are its last surviving visible remains. Now the town council is weighing up the cost of the repairs, alongside other…

The Warrior Queen By Joanna Arman

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Æthelflæd, the Lady of the Mercians is a little known figure in early Medieval history who is starting to get her due. The daughter of Alfred the Great and ruler of Mercia she helped defeat the Danes and bring about a unified England. In a new biography Joanna Arman chronicles the life Æthelflæd from her…

15 castles in Kent you can visit for a great family day out

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Canterbury Castle © Tim Stubbings The ruined Norman castle, which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1070, is one of the most ancient in Britain. The castle became a ruin in the 17th century after it was constructed as one of the three royal castles in Kent in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135)….

Medieval Winchester skeleton reveals how leprosy spread

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The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim found in one of Britain’s earliest known hospitals has shed light on the history of the disfiguring disease. The remains of a young man, between the age of 18 and 25, were found in the St Mary Magdalen leprosarium near Winchester, Hampshire. Researchers suggests the man was a…

The discovery of medieval Trellech and the plucky amateurs of archaeology

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The tale of how an amateur archaeologist’s hunch led him to uncover a lost medieval town and spend £32,000 of his own money to buy the land, would stand to be the archaeological discovery of any year. On the border between England and Wales, the site of the medieval town of Trellech reveals much about…

King Arthur’s Home? Archaeologists Investigate Legendary Birthplace

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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…

Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was by Sean Cunningham

Virtual book tours are taking over the internet. Earlier this year we took part in the blog tour for Kristie Dean’s book On The Trail of the Yorks. Today we are part of the tour for Sean Cunningham’s new book Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was, a look at the life of Prince…

Medieval cemetery discovered under Cambridge college will help unlock secrets of the Black Death

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More than 1,200 human skeletons discovered beneath a Cambridge college will help shed new light on the city’s medieval past. The medieval cemetery was discovered by archaeologists working at the Old Divinity School at St John’s College, which was built on the site of a 13th century hospital. The remains of men, women and children…

Virtual Reality App: London in the Middle Ages

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A new virtual reality app is available and ready to transport you back to the Middle Ages. Check out the video below and visit the Timelooper website to download the app. Timelooper is available for iOS and Andriod.

‘Joan of Arc’ ring sells for £240,000 after English v French bidding battle

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A medieval ring long associated with Joan of Arc sold for £240,000 – almost 30 times its estimate – at Timeline Auctions in Bloomsbury on February 25. It was bought by two French solicitors thought to be acting on behalf of the French government. In the transcript of Joan’s Trial of Condemnation in 1431 several…