Tag Archive: King John

Magna Carta to get modern makeover for 800th birthday

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The Magna Carta, the English medieval document considered a cornerstone of modern democracy, is to get an overhaul and be brought back into the public spotlight in time for its 800th anniversary, academics said on Thursday. A three-year research project will also attempt to discover whether King John, the monarch who signed the document in…

MAP#27 – Battle Castle Interview: Sean F. White

Battle Castle, the outstanding castle documentary series, explores the medieval history of six castles. Today we have an interview with Sean F. White, the Director of Photography for Battle Castle. I talk with Sean about filming the castles and the siege engines in action. We also cover how the re-enactments were filmed. In this episode…

Battle Castle: The White Cliffs of Dover

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This week we travel with host Dan Snow to visit the impressive Dover Castle. Perched high atop the white chalky cliffs, Dover Castle has been a military installation for over 800 years. Dover’s last major military role was during WWII. In this episode of Battle Castle we see the construction set forth by Henry II…

MAP#26 – Battle Castle Interview: Nicole Tomlinson

Battle Castle, the outstanding castle documentary series, explores the medieval history of six castles. Today we have an interview with Nicole Tomlinson, writer for Battle Castle. I talk to Nicole about writing for the series and how she approached the research process. We also cover how the castles were picked, castles that were left out,…

Battle Castle: Chateau Gaillard, the Stronghold of Richard the Lionheart

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Last week we reviewed Crac des Chevaliers, the premiere episode of Battle Castle. Although the series isn’t airing in the U.S. yet the kind folks at Battle Castle sent over an advanced copy of episode 2: Chateau Gaillard. Does it hold up to the quality of the Crac des Chevaliers episode? Let’s find out… The…

Battle Castle: Chateau Gaillard Trailer and Web Comic

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This Thursday Battle Castle Episode 2: Chateau Gaillard premieres. Take a look at the trailer and the incredible web comic they released. Then tune into the History Channel Canada at 2100 ET to watch the episode.

Medieval English Castle Tour – The Tower of London

The Tower of London is, compellingly and unquestionably, one of the most famous attractions in the capital. Its abundant and absorbing past will not fail to enchant you. Take a Tower of London tour with Golden Tours and investigate this noteworthy landmark. Ensure you afford some time in ascertaining what life was like imprisoned in…

MAP: Ep 17 – Magna Carta eBook

Today is the 796th anniversary of the “signing” of the Magna Carta by King John. King John’s reign can be summed up thus: high taxes, unsuccessful wars, and conflicts with the Pope, making him an unpopular King with the Barons. The barons forced King John to agree to a document later known as the ‘Articles…

Ironclad: new trailer

Ironclad is set in 1215 during the First Baron’s War in England. It has some great actors with James Purefoy as Marshall, a Templar Knight, Derek Jacobi as Reginald de Cornhill, Paul Giamatti as King John and the lovely Kate Mara as Lady Isabel. While Purefoy and Jacobi seem to fit the part I am…

DVD Release: Robin Hood

Robin Hood is available today in three different formats: single disc DVD, Two disc DVD and Blu-Ray. Along with the format options you can choose between the PG-13 theatrical version and an Unrated Director’s Cut edition. Synopsis Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Master and Commander) and visionary director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Alien, Blade Runner,…

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood mostly accurate about medieval life

At first glance, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, may seem like a most unrealistic treatment of the outlaw of Sherwood Forest. A $200 million production filled with CGI warriors and ersatz ancient castles made of fiberglass, Scott and Crowe’s “Robin Hood” in some ways resembles Scott and Crowe’s “Gladiator,” but…

Ruined Sherwood palace reopens to public

A Nottinghamshire building which hosted medieval kings is being reopened after a major restoration project. King John’s Palace at Kings Clipstone dates from the 12th Century but was put on an at risk register when its walls became unstable. A £100,000 scheme has since secured the structure, which was used as a hunting lodge for…