Tag Archive: England

‘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…

Five missing medieval kings and queens – and where we might find them

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As a second carpark becomes the suspected burial site of a medieval English monarch, we wonder: who else is still under the tarmac? As 2016 begins, the recent public interest in hunting for royal burials shows no sign of abating. Hardly has the dust begun to settle on Richard III’s expensive new tomb in Leicester…

Backyard Bonanza: Medieval Outhouses and Roman Roads Unearthed

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Backyards haven’t changed much over the past 1,000 years or so, new archaeological findings suggest. Rubbish pits, storage areas, outhouses, wells and short walls to keep the neighbors at bay are a few of the things that archaeologists in England recently unearthed while digging beneath an old bus depot in the city of Leicester. Dating…

MAP#68: Combat of the Thirty

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During the first phase of the Hundred Years War a smaller war broke out in France, the Breton War of Succession. Wars of Succession always start the same way, a Nobleman dies without an heir. In this case it was the Duke of Brittany, John the Good, who died childless in 1341. Two men stepped…

The Holy Ghost: Historian pinpoints final resting place of one of medieval England’s greatest ships

Historians and archaeologists have tentatively identified the location of one of medieval England’s greatest ships. Detailed archival and aerial photographic research carried out by British maritime historian, Ian Friel, has pinpointed a 30 metre stretch of the River Hamble near Southampton as the final resting place of one of Henry V’s largest warships – the…

Neurological condition probably caused medieval scribe’s shaky handwriting

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Scribes usually have pretty good handwriting. That’s not the case for one prolific 13th century writer known to scholars only as the Tremulous Hand of Worcester. Now scientists suggest the writer suffered from a neurological condition called essential tremor. Neurologist Jane Alty and historical handwriting researcher Deborah Thorpe, both of the University of York in…

50 Graves Uncovered at Medieval Pilgrimage Site in England

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The skeletal remains of about 50 medieval individuals have been discovered in shallow graves near the pilgrimage site of a famous seventh-century saint in England. The human remains, which have been exhumed, may help archaeologists learn more about the medieval era, according to Archaeology Warwickshire, an archaeology and excavation firm. The company plans to study…

MAP#66: The Battle of Sluys (1340)

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The Battle of Sluys was the first major battle of the Hundred Years’ War. There were a few battles before it but nothing that compared to the size and ramifications of Sluys. The Hundred Years’ War was a series of wars between England’s Plantagenet Dynasty and France’s House of Valois and lasted 116 years! The…

Lost Cloister Discovered in Iceland

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Icelandic and British archaeologists employing geosensing techniques have detected the remains of a large building that may be Iceland’s lost Þykkvabær cloister, which housed Augustinian monks from 1168 to 1550. “I think we’ve just hit the jackpot, because I think we’ve discovered the remains of Þykkvabæjarklaustur. It came as a complete surprise, you can say…

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,…

£90,000 ‘rescue package’ for Yorkshire’s Crumbling Churches

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Some of Yorkshire’s most architecturally important – yet crumbling – churches have received grants towards urgent structural repairs. Charity the National Churches Trust has announced a £645,000 “rescue package” for 45 of the country’s most historic and community-minded churches, including six in Yorkshire. The six includes Grade I listed churches St Martin at Womersley, near…

Quest for ‘lost’ medieval battlefield launched

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It has been described as one of the most significant turning points in British history, marking not only the moment an English identity was born, but also helping create a Scottish one. But the Battle of Brunanburh, fought between armies from the two nations in 937, remains all but unknown to many, not least because…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of England

Happy Halloween! Yesterday we looked at the Castle Ghosts of Ireland and today, All Saints Day we will continue our trek through British ghost stories. First up on the docket is England. Grab some candy as Robert Hardy guides us through England’s ghost. And if your lucky maybe the Grey Lady will appear at your…

Battle Castle: Austin, Texas

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The invaders moved in almost overnight and now they are ready to attack. If you live in the Austin, Texas area you can watch a Battle Castle Mini-Marathon today on PBS station KLRU. Don’t miss it! #BattleCastle marathon on @KLRU Austin, TX featuring Crac des Chevaliers, Dover and Malaga. Sunday May 5th @ 3:55 pm….

Battle Castle: San Francisco Dates

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San Francisco PBS station KQED released their schedule for Battle Castle. And they are running a marathon! If you live in the Bay area plan your Memorial Day Weekend around the Battle Castle lineup! It will air beginning Thursday, 23 May 2013 and the final show will be on Saturday, 25 May 2013. Get your…