Tag Archive: Henry VI

Mer de Mort: A Mortimer concept album for the 10th anniversary of the Mortimer History Society

Mer de Mort

The Legendary Ten Seconds released a new album in honor of the the Moritmer History society’s 10th anniversary. We’ve featured songs from the Legendary Ten Seconds on the podcast and try to keep up with all their new albums. Their new album is a tribute to the Mortimer History Society. If you like their music…

MAP#72: Jack Cade’s Rebellion: A Prelude to the Wars of the Roses

Jack Cade’s Rebellion The summer of 1450 was full of unrest in England. A failing war in France, political corruption and out of control crime left the citizens of England on edge. One man, Jack Cade, gathered together a band of followers from all classes of life and marched on London. The group presented King…

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…

Henry VI on Tour

HENRY VI Globe Theater

I found out about this event from the good people over at the Globe Theater. You can follow them on Twitter @The_Globe. If you are in the area this summer check out the performance. I wish I could be there! ~The Archvist Henry VI coming to Towton battlefields, Tewkesbury battlefield site and St Albans Cathedral…

Wonder wall: Magical castles and Roman treasures in historic Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle

Thank goodness that our usual half-term holiday house was booked. Had it been free, the joys of Northumberland would have passed us by. Instead Alnwick Castle Cottages stepped into the breach, providing as cosy, clean and warm a berth as could possibly be wished for. And, for a family, a base for any number of…

The women behind Richard III’s DNA

Blood Sisters UK paperback

A few months ago Sarah Gristwood came on the podcast for an interview and we talked about her book Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses. At the time the remains of King Richard III were being tested to confirm it was actually the King. During the interview Sarah explained how the…

More Mad Medieval Monarchs

Charles the Mad | Medieval Archives Podcast

A few podcast episodes ago we featured the crazy Kings and Queens of the medieval era. Kings made of glass, singing and laughing while battles raged in the kingdom. A Queen who embraced her dead husband nightly and was so jealous she forbid other women from being around his corpse! Last week author Andrea Cefalo…

2012 Medieval Year in Review: Podcasts

There were a lot of great podcast episodes during 2012. We finished the Pillars of the Earth podcast series, interviewed authors, documentary hosts and medieval bloggers. Some of this years topics were requested by you, the listener. So please if you have any requests send them over. Some of the popular episodes include: Mad Monarchs…

MAP#33 – Blood Sisters: Author Sarah Gristwood interview

Sarah Gristwood, the acclaimed author, joins us for an interview about her new book Blood Sisters: The Hidden Lives of the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses. Most of the history of the Wars of the Roses is written through the eyes of the kings and men who fought the battles. In Blood Sisters,…

MAP#31 – Mad Monarchs of the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages conjures images of wise, warrior Kings and beautiful Queens. Well this episode we are going to shatter that image! Get ready to dive into the crazy world of insane kings and diabolical madmen. Years of inbreeding the royal blood is bound to have an effect sooner or later. We’ll investigate kings, queens…

Book: Fatal Colours – Towton 1461: England’s Most Brutal Battle

Fatal Colours: Towton 1461: England’s Most Brutal Battle is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson at £20.00 – in anticipation of the 550th calendar anniversary on 29 March 2011 and the 550th traditional Palm Sunday anniversary on 17 April 2011. Participate A gripping account of the Wars of the Roses Battle of Towton – arguably the…

Helen Castor’s ‘She-Wolves’ taste power in medieval England

Helen Castor’s very readable “She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth” is, she writes, “the kind of book I loved to read before history became my profession as well as my pleasure.” It’s full of beautiful, imperiled ladies; fearless knights; and remarkable, often unbelievable turns of fortune. Pause a moment if you feel this…

The Battle of Towton: Nasty, brutish and not that short

The soldier now known as Towton 25 had survived battle before. A healed skull fracture points to previous engagements. He was old enough—somewhere between 36 and 45 when he died—to have gained plenty of experience of fighting. But on March 29th 1461, his luck ran out. Towton 25 suffered eight wounds to his head that…

First bullets ever fired in battle found in Yorkshire

Evidence of the first use of firearms on a British battlefield nearly 550 years ago has been uncovered. Bronze barrel fragments and very early lead shot were unearthed by a metal detectorist at the site of the 1461 battle of Towton in Yorkshire. The clash between Lancastrian king Henry VI and England’s first Yorkist king,…

Rare collection of medieval coins is to be auctioned off

A hoard of medieval coins is due to go under the hammer at Lichfield Auction Centre next month. The “extremely fine collection” of gold and silver coins was discovered on one of Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ valuation days last week. “It is the best collection in terms of hammered quality that I have seen in 10…