Tag Archive: medieval

DNA From Medieval Skeletons Reveals Earliest Muslims In France

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Archaeologists have long known about Arab-Muslim expansion throughout the Mediterranean region in the Middle Ages. Reaching the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD, Arab armies and Muslim troops spread into France, Spain, and Portugal. But while written records document this expansion, archaeological and burial evidence of early Muslims past the Pyrenees is basically non-existent. In a…

Medieval Europe’s publishing industry


The mystery of how the medieval world made some of its finest books has at last been solved — after 700 years. New research is revealing the trade secrets of Europe’s very first largescale commercial publishing industry. Several generations before the widespread introduction of paper into Christian Europe, the continent’s craftsmen discovered a way of…

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…

Interior Design in the Middle Ages

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When I think of the Middle Ages I think of castles and battles and kings. Rarely do I think of interior design elements. But I imagine it was as important back then as it is today. Imagine the brave knight coming home from the Crusades and his wife asking if he likes the new curtains….

American Ninja Warrior gets medieval!

American Ninja Warrior Medieval

How does American Ninja Warrior relate to the Middle Ages? Well there’s some exciting news coming out of the Archives today! Besides medieval history one of my other passions is martial arts and with that comes a love of fitness. Or at least a need to stay fit to excel in martial arts. Last fall…

Get medieval with mom


How about something a little different for mom for Mother’s Day? Something even a little medieval? The Steppingstone Museum, located at 461 Quaker Bottom Road, is holding its Medieval Days Encampment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 and 10, with admission $10 for adults, while children 12 and under and members can attend…

Medieval prayer wheel found inside rare Liesborn Gospel


The Liesborn Gospel, containing just the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, has a cover made of carved oak with copper clasps and is thought to have been ordered by an abbess – or female superior – called Berthildis for highborn ladies who entered her convent in Liesborn in Germany. The book is for…

Medieval bones discovery at Nefyn maritime museum


The team at CR Archaeology discovered the bones in a stone cist grave beneath a wall at Old St Mary’s Church, Nefyn – now a maritime museum – 18 months ago. Tests confirmed she was aged 60 when she died and was buried around 1180. The team are now working to find out more about…

Battered Remains of Medieval Knight Discovered in Hereford Cathedral

The battered remains of a medieval man uncovered at a famous cathedral hint that he may have been a Norman knight with a proclivity for jousting. The man may have participated in a form of jousting called tourney, in which men rode atop their horses and attacked one another, in large groups, with blunted weapons….

Medieval Music: Metallica – One Cover by Stary Olsa

For some reason Metallica songs transfer well to medieval times. We’ve seen Medievallica cover a few of their songs. Now medieval folk band Stary Olsa cover One, the song that helped launch Metallica into the mainstream. Listening to the cover below, it’s hard to imagine the song with heavy guitar riffs and banging drums. It’s…

‘Schoolboy error’ on Magna Carta £2 coin


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…

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Comes To Xbox 360


Besiege castles and raid villages in a first-person slasher with a competitive online combat that captures the experience of truly being on a medieval battlefield. Players fight in fast-paced online battles fighting for glory in an arena with up to 12 players. Wield an arsenal of up to 60 brutal weapons ranging from broad swords…

Coventry Cathedral medieval crypts to open to public


Three medieval crypts at Coventry Cathedral are to be restored and opened to the public. One of the crypts, currently filled with rubble from the Blitz, is thought to contain at least three tombs and human remains dating back to Tudor times. The other two are waterlogged and will be dried out. The restoration money…

1000 years of European borders change in this timelapse map


This is a great timelapse video showing how European borders have changed over the last 1000 years. Watching the borders ebb and flow during the medieval years is fascinating! The more modern era of the 18th and 19th century are amazing as you watch the growth of Russia and Germany. Enjoy the video

Age of Empires Castle Siege for Windows 8

With a release date of September 2014 Microsoft is reviving its famed Age of Empires franchise. The latest installment Age of Empires Castle Siege will be available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. I’m not sure that’s a feature as they highlight below. Not releasing Age of Empires Castle Siege for iOS ignores the…