Tag Archive: Magna Carta

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Author Interview

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The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Medieval England, 1050-1300, a comprehensive guide to life in Medieval England, is now available in North America! Written by historian Dr. Gillian Polack and archaeologist Dr. Katrin Kania The Middle Ages Unlocked explores all aspects of medieval life law, religion and education as well as the tools and…

King John arrives in the USA!

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King John of England, best known as the wicked King who ruled England in the Robin Hood legends. Was he really as bad as he’s portrayed in the legends? Well, he may have been worse! As the fifth son of King Henry II, John was a long shot to become the King. But the earlier…

MAP#63: Marc Morris, King John and the Road to Magna Carta

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This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The medieval King responsible for the document is King John of England. He didn’t create it, but it was his turbulent reign that caused the Barons to create the document. King John put his seal on it in June 1215 and then refused to abide…

Magna Carta manuscripts brought together for the first time

There are a few milestones this year relating to the Middle Ages, but none hold the weight of the Magna Carta. It was 800 years ago this June the Barons in England forced King John to sign* the Magna Carta. England and the World is gearing up for a summer dedicated to the Magna Carta….

‘Schoolboy error’ on Magna Carta £2 coin

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A historian has questioned the accuracy of a new £2 coin showing the signing of the Magna Carta, saying King John would have not have used a quill. Dr Marc Morris, an expert in the Middle Ages, said experts at the Royal Mint made a “schoolboy error”. The Magna Carta would have been ‘endorsed’ by…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: Podcasts

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2014 was a fantastic year for the Medieval Archives Podcast! Thanks to all our great fans we were featured in the iTunes store! We talked with more authors in 2014 including best sellers Bernard Cornwell and Dan Jones. The topics covered varied from medieval torture methods to religious reformers. Some of the topics were requested…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: News

2014 was again the year of King Richard III. His re-burial date and place was officially announced and the monarch will be laid to rest in 2015. Although not everyone is happy with his final resting place. But really York or Leicester, isn’t it better than under a car park? There was also some interesting…

Henry III’s Confirmation of Magna Carta in March 1265

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The purpose of this Feature of the Month is to bring attention to a little-known text of the confirmation of Magna Carta made by Henry III, in March 1265. The text survives in the form of an inspeximus of the 1225 issue of Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest and includes a witness list…

MAP#41: King Louis VIII ‘The Lion’

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French King Louis VIII who as a young Prince invaded England with the support of the English barons with the hope of taking the throne from King John. He would rise to King in France and take part in the Albigensian Crusade to gain back his lands in Southern France. In this episode we’ll look…

MAP#38 – Medieval Archaeology News

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I was first introduced to archaeology as a kid and up on the movie screen was a whip carrying, fedora wearing relic hunter. When Indiana Jones wasn’t fighting Nazis or running for his life he was on a quest to gather ancient artifacts. Today on the Medieval Archives Podcast we are going to examine real…

2012 Medieval Year in Review: News

There was a lot going on in the news regarding the middle ages this year. Viking massacres, Viking shipwrecks, medieval vampires, and even medieval underwear. But the hottest news of the year came out of a car park in Leicester. Instead of re-hashing all the stories I will list a few and hit the ones…

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…

Medieval Law and the Romans

Today we have a guest post by Jonathan Arnold on Medieval Law. Jonathan is a practicing attorney in California. He teaches law and is a legal historian. I would like to thank Jonathan for his contribution. Enjoy the article… ~The Archivist Some More Medieval Law BY Jonathan Arnold, Esq. arnoldandassocs@gmail.com The very term Medieval connotes…

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…

Medieval castle tower to be opened up to the public for the first time

The last-standing remains of a medieval castle in Lincolnshire will be opened up to the public for the first time. The South Kyme Tower once formed one of the four corners of a castle, which was built on a Saxon site. It is believed that the 14th century castle was once visited by Robin Hood…