Tag Archive: Italy

Italy is giving away over 100 castles for free!

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Italy is giving away more than 100 historic castles, farmhouses and monasteries for free in an effort to breathe new life into its disused public buildings. Under a new scheme unveiled by the country’s government run State Property Agency, 103 ancient buildings will be up for grabs to entrepreneurs who promise to transform the locations…

MAP Bonus: Top Five Borgia Myths and Book Giveaway

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Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell MadeGlobal’s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and accessible way. Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell outlines the life of one of history’s most controversial figures from his birth through to his murder in 1507 at…

Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell by Samantha Morris

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Today we are part of another book tour and this one includes a giveaway! The book is Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell by Samantha Morris. Samantha was nice enough to provide a video with the Toop 5 Borgia myths! We are also giving away a copy of the book Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell! The…

Medieval Catholicism was not as gloomy as the BBC portrays it

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BBC iPlayer is the most wonderful invention. When you flop onto the sofa late at night you can catch up with all the programmes you should have seen earlier. Just recently I have caught up with The Renaissance Unchained, which is presented by the hugely engaging Waldemar Januszczak. The first episode concentrated on the northern…

Medieval ‘witch’ skeleton found under stones designed to ‘stop her spirit rising’

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The grave of a medieval ‘witch’ who appears to have been burnt alive before being hurriedly tossed into a pit has been unearthed in Italy. The teenager’s remains were covered with heavy stone slabs, which archaeologists believe were put in place to prevent her spirit rising. Experts claim the girl, who is said to have…

Medieval Tuscany village on sale for £30m complete with fruit farm and a church

Why buy one holiday home when you can buy 70 – and a church and organic fruit farm? Villages in Europe that were abandoned during the recession as their owners fled the country to find jobs in the city have been put up for sale – but you’ll need deep pockets for the biggest and…

Medieval Earthquake Moved River 12 Miles

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The Po, the longest river in Italy, has shifted northward about 12 miles (20 kilometers) between the towns of Guastella and Ficarolo over the past 2,800 years, researchers reported July 20 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. This shift likely happened in spurts, forced by quakes. The 1570 temblor caused a 4- to…

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…

‘Neanderthal’ fossils are actually medieval human remains

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Neanderthal fossils, found in an Italian cave in the 1980s, are actually remains of medieval humans, a new research has found. The research reanalysed a tooth, which was found in a cave in northeastern Italy along with a finger bone and another tooth. Originally, researchers identified these scraps as belonging to Neanderthals, the early cousins…

Benedictine monks host a conference on the protection of religious monuments

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The Italian Novalesa Abbey celebrated 40 years of its modern history by hosting the European THETRIS Project Conference Press Release: A conference was held on 21 June 2013 in the Benedictine Novalesa Abbey in the Italian region of Piemonte (Piedmont) with the participation of European experts on the protection of sacred monuments involved in the…

Become king of the castle in Europe

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1. England The intimate one Britain’s largest castle is in Windsor, and if you manage to get a room there, do send us a postcard. For those who prefer a shorter walk to the breakfast table and fewer corgis in the way, Hellifield Peel Castle is a fortified home on a more human scale. 2….

For Sale: 30-Bedroom Medieval Castle In Italy For $58 Million

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An historic castle in Italy’s Piemonte Torino, built sometime between the 9th and 14th century, is on sale for $58 million. The castle has 30 bedrooms and 47 full bathrooms, across nearly 40,000 square feet. Inside, there is a Roman Chapel. Outside there are gardens that can accommodate 300 guests and even a helipad. Famous…

Medieval Witches Graveyard Discovered In Italy

Playing dice is the devil’s work, at least if you were a women in the middle ages. Good article leading up to the Halloween season. ~The Archivist Here’s a macabre reminder of what happened to women who got out of line in medieval times. 800-year-old remains were found with seven nails driven through the jaw…

Black Death Pathogen Extinct?

Using a technique for extracting ancient DNA, researchers have found that the form of Yersinia pestis that caused the Black Death in medieval Europe may be extinct, according to a new study publishing today (August 29) in PNAS. The new approach could help researchers understand why that pandemic was so deadly. “It’s a really interesting…

Italian town prepares to joust

It is time for the butcher to polish up his battle-axe and the schoolmistress to stitch fresh silks on her noblewoman’s gown as the hired horseman hones his lance and primes his mount for combat. Jousting season in Sulmona, and the people of this ancient town, nestled in Italy’s central mountains, are making fevered preparations…