Tag Archive: Halloween

Castle Ghosts of England

Castle Ghosts of England

Are castles really haunted? If you’ve ever walked through them on a dark, cold night you may have heard strange sounds or eerie whispers. Is it your imagination or something supernatural? In Castle Ghosts of England Sir Robert Hardy investigates the stories of castles around England. He visits Muncaster Castle, Sudeley Castle, The Tower of…

Season of the Witch

The nights are longer and there is a chill in the air. The Season of the Witch is upon us. Beware of the things that go bump in the night! ‘And out of the darkness the zombie did callTrue pain and suffering he brought to them allAway ran the children to hide in their bedsFor…

MAP#77 – The Masque of the Red Death

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! The Great Plague or Black Death ravaged Europe in the 14th century, killing around 200 million people. No one was immune to the Plague! But as we’ll find out in today’s episode one man thought his wealth could keep him safe. Today on the Halloween inspired episode we are going to listen to…

Ghosts of Edinburgh

Take a quick tour through Edinburgh for more ghost stories.

Ghostly Tales by Simon Entwistle

The Ghouls and Goblins are out once again and it’s time for some Medieval Ghost stories! Join Simon Entwistle as he shares Ghostly Tales from the Pendle Witches, to the Castle Ghosts of Clitheroe.

Ireland’s 9 Most Haunted Sites

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Lady Isobel and the Phantom Children Looking at Ballygally Castle, a cute Scottish baronial pile on the Antrim coast, you’d never think it was one of the most haunted places in Ireland. It all started when a previous owner locked his wife, Lady Isobel, in a tower because she couldn’t produce a male heir. Rather…

MAP#69: The Pit and the Pendulum

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Happy Halloween! The Spanish Inquisition, started in 1478 by Ferdinand and Isabella, was used to rid Spain and the Spanish Territories of heretics. The Spanish Inquisition targeted Catholics who strayed from the Catholic teaches and expanded to Jews, Muslims and non-Catholic Christians. Being convicted by an Inquisition tribunal didn’t also led to death, but it…

The Undead Knights Templar

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On Friday the 13th, 1307 thousands of Knights Templar were arrested on charges of heresy, devil worship and renouncing the cross. After years of imprisonment and torture, King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement began executing the Knights. By 1314 King Philip dissolved the order and the remaining members of the Knights Templar began…

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…

‘Vampire Skeleton’ Found At Medieval Grave Site In Bulgaria

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A “vampire grave” containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”. Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of…

Skeleton of Medieval ‘Witch Girl’ Found Buried Face Down in Italy

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Archaeologists believe they have found the human remains of a 13-year-old girl positioned face down in her grave, suggesting a link with witchcraft. The skeleton is called “the witch girl” by Italian media and was discovered in San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera. The skeleton showed signs of porotic hyperostosis on the skull…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of Wales

Happy Halloween! You’ve made it this far, you’ve heard the ghost stories of England, Scotland and Ireland, you can handle one more set of ghost stories! This is the final installment of the Castle Ghost series. Visit the darker side of Wales as Robert Hardy takes you on a tour of the ghosts that wonder…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of Scotland

All Hallow’s Eve contiues with more ghost stories. By now you have finished watch the Castle Ghosts of England and are ready for more. In this episode Robert Hardy takes us to Scotland to explore the ghosts that haunt the North. It’s OK to leave the lights off, no one is watching you. Not in…

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…

Medieval Halloween Movies #1: Black Death

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It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the Number One Medieval Halloween Movie as chosen by me, the Archivist! It was a tough choice for the number one movie. The movie in the Number Two spot conjures great memories of late night movie watching with my sister in a dark, sometimes spooky basement. Hiding…