Tag Archive: Henry I

King Henry’s Eclipse

King Henry Eclipse

The total solar eclipse on 02 August 1133 was visible throughout Medieval Europe. In England, King Henry departed for Normandy on 01 August 1133. Many believed the eclipse was an omen predicting his death. The omen proved true and King Henry would never return to England alive! Chronicler John of Worcester recorded ‘in 1133 a…

Solar eclipses and the middle ages

solareclipse

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…

Ireland: The Struggle for Power by Jeffrey James

Ireland Struggle for Power

Ireland has a rich history and Jeffrey James explores over 600 years of Irish history in his new book Ireland The Struggle for Power. We caught up with Jeffrey for an interview about his writing life and his new book. Grab your copy of Ireland: The Struggle for Power from the Amberley Publishing website: https://www.amberley-books.com/ireland-the-struggle-for-power.html…

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)….

Major £13m project will transform Norwich Castle’s keep

norwich-castle

It is one of the great historic centrepieces of the city, and over the next few years an ambitious project is aiming to transform Norwich Castle keep and give visitors the chance to step back in time to the world of the Norman kings. Called Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England, the £13m four-year project…

Search Is On for King Henry I, Who May Be Buried Under a Parking Lot

Henry I Reading Abbey

Looking for a dead medieval king? You might want to check under a parking lot. That theory, at least, is on the minds of archaeologists and historians in Reading, about 40 miles west of London, who this week will begin searching for the high altar of the abbey founded by King Henry I. They believe…

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

Henry I

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…

Britain’s best castles

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, UK

7 must-see strongholds in Britain Britain’s rich and varied history has been characterised by conflict for hundreds of years, and reminders of these fierce battles dot the British landscape in the form of towering castles and fortresses. On your visit to Britain be sure to get a taste of its fascinating history by visiting some…

The Medieval Anarchy – eBook review

The Medieval Anarchy

Ah, The Anarchy, a period in England’s history when war raged and chaos reigned. A time so turbulent medieval chroniclers claimed that ‘Christ and his saints slept.’ You’ve had a chance to explore the Anarchy on this site through various podcasts and posts, but today we are going to look at an eBook on The…

MAP#29 – Pillars of the Earth 8: “The Work of Angels”

The mini series comes to an end. Will they finish the cathedral or will Waleran block all attempts? Will Jack find out the truth about his father? Everything gets answered in the final episode! Join us as we finish our trip through The Pillars of the Earth. This week we recap/review episode eight “The Work…

MAP#25 – Pillars of the Earth 7: “New Beginnings”

England is gripped by war, political stirfe and treachery. And in the midst of it all a towering cathedral, a beacon of love and hope is erected. Will Philip raise again after being removed as prior? Will Aliena be able to find Jack in France? And will work continue on the cathedral after the collapse?…

Tourism policy offers rare chance to see inside Swansea Castle

medieval Swansea Castletours

Swansea Council has announced the city centre castle will be open to the public this weekend as part of Swansea’s St David’s week celebrations. Tours will take place every half-hour between 10am and 4pm on the Saturday, 25 February and 11am and 3.30pm on the Sunday, 26 February. It’s only the third time in decades…

MAP#22 – ‘Witchcraft’ Pillars of the Earth Episode 6

Love, marriage and lose during the Anarchy. Waleran continues his quest to become the Archbishop of Canterbury and William Hamliegh tries to become the Earl of Shiring. Aliena faces a tough decision that involves the future of Richard and the promise she made to her father. Jack and Alfred are at odds and Ellen uses…

MAP#18 – Pillars of the Earth 5: “Legacy”

Tragedy strikes during The Anarchy! (Which is probably why it’s called Anarchy) Maud and Stephen are still battling for power. As Prior Philip and Tom Builder try to build the cathedral at Kingsbridge. All the while Waleran and the Hamleigh’s are trying to stop them at every opportunity. Join us as we continuing our trip…

MAP: Ep 16 – Pillars of the Earth 4: “Battlefields”

The Anarchy heats up this week! There are beseiged castles, fierce battles and of course, double dealings! Join us as we continuing our trip through The Pillars of the Earth. This week we recap/review episode four “Battlefields” of the Starz Original series The Pillars of the Earth. Set in the the 12th century The Pillars…