Tag Archive: France

Medieval treasure unearthed at the Abbey of Cluny

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A large medieval treasure has been unearthed during excavations last September at the Abbey of Cluny, a former Benedictine monastery in Cluny, Saône-et-Loire, France. The discovery has already been named the largest cache of silver deniers discovered, numbering 2,200 deniers and oboles, in addition to 21 Islamic gold dinars, a signet ring and several other…

Saxon workshop evidence found by amateur archaeologists in Somerset

Saxon Forge

Amateur archaeologists have unearthed what is believed to be a Saxon workshop in a dig in Somerset. The foundations were uncovered along with a large Norman building at an undisclosed location on the Mendip Hills. Saxon keys and a 13th Century jug were also among the finds. Project leader Pip Osborne, said: “There’s no written…

Shadow of the Cross by Dmitry Yakhovsky Giveaway!

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We are part of a book tour for Dmitry Yakhovsky’s new graphic novel Shadow of the Cross. Dmitry wrote a guest post for the site. Below the post you can view the cover artwork and an inside page. Enjoy! Shadow of the Cross Guest Post Thank you for having me on the Medieval Archives blog…

MAP#71: The Children’s Crusade 1212

The Children's Crusade

The Children’s Crusade 1212 In the summer of 1212 a French boy and a German boy had separate visions of freeing the Holy Land from the Muslims. Their quests included over 20,000 medieval children and is known as the Children’s Crusade. Stephan of Cloyes, a French shepard boy, claimed Jesus told him to gather a…

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…

‘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…

DNA From Medieval Skeletons Reveals Earliest Muslims In France

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Archaeologists have long known about Arab-Muslim expansion throughout the Mediterranean region in the Middle Ages. Reaching the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD, Arab armies and Muslim troops spread into France, Spain, and Portugal. But while written records document this expansion, archaeological and burial evidence of early Muslims past the Pyrenees is basically non-existent. In a…

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…

MAP#66: The Battle of Sluys (1340)

Battle of Sluys

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…

MAP#58: Gilles de Rais – Gallant Knight, Occultist and Serial Killer

Gilles de Rais, an esteemed knight and the Marshall of France, who fought alongside Joan of Arc. Then he turned to the occult and tried to deal with the devil. Gilles isn’t remembered as a hero of France, instead he is remembered as a gruesome child murderer. On today’s episode we are going to look…

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

Dan Jones Wars of the Roses

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,…

Vagarem – Medieval Music from France

Vagarem, Latin for ‘Wandering,’ is a trio of musicians traveling across France sharing their medieval music. Below is a video of their 2013 performances and what you can expect in 2014. If you live in France be sure to check them out! Or Buy their CD and you can enjoy them anywhere. Visit the Vagarem…

MAP #43: The Battle of Tours 732

Battle of Tours 732

October is a battle weary month in the Middle Ages with no fewer than six major battles! This month we are going to discuss a couple of the battles. In this episode we are going to look at the Battle of Tours in 732. The Battle of Tours pitted the Frankish Christian army led by…

MAP#41: King Louis VIII ‘The Lion’

Louis VIII The Lion

French King Louis VIII who as a young Prince invaded England with the support of the English barons with the hope of taking the throne from King John. He would rise to King in France and take part in the Albigensian Crusade to gain back his lands in Southern France. In this episode we’ll look…

Aethelstan, Anglo-Saxon King of England

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Susan Abernethy joins Medieval Archives with another fantastic post! Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at thefreelancehistorywriter.com. You can also like The Freelance History Writer on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist Aethelstan was the first King of Wessex to bring…