Tag Archive: Middle Ages

Fable III – Xbox 360 Review

Sometimes it’s nice to keep things simple which is where we are with Fable III. Fable III is quite simply a brilliant third-person action RPG that takes place in the middle ages in the fictional kingdom of Albion. You take control and play as either the daughter or son of the Fable II’s hero as…

Six things you must do in Canterbury: Bagpuss, Chaucer and boats trips on the River Stour

A zippy new train service has put the tranquil cathedral city in Kent within an hour’s reach of London, making it an easy place to visit for many people. Gareth Huw Davies followed at high speed in the footsteps of the Canterbury pilgrims to the perfect Christmas destination. This is his must-do list… 1…ON THE…

Medieval England not so grim

Maybe being a serf or a villein in the Middle Ages was not such a grim existence as it seems. Medieval England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the average per capita income of the world’s poorest nations today,…

1001 Inventions Uncovers a Thousand Years of Science and Technology

Groundbreaking Exhibition Explains Why the Dark Ages Weren’t Really Dark After blockbuster runs in London and Istanbul, 1001 Inventions, an exhibition highlighting the scientific legacy of Muslim civilization in our modern age, will make its United States premiere at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on December 4, 2010. The exhibition reveals the forgotten…

Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum at the Society of the Four Arts

Event: Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum at the Society of the Four Arts Date: December 4th to January 16th 2011 Medieval items that once adorned the homes and churches of Christians in England are the focus of one upcoming event in Palm Beach. Entitled Object of Devotion:…

The ‘little things’ matter, Saint David of Wales

Like many other Christian traditions, the Episcopal Church has a custom of remembering “the saints.” And by saints, we simply mean those Christians throughout history whose lives continue to inspire and encourage us. Now, we are a little less likely than other traditions to venerate those saints, but we still believe it is very important…

J. Paul Getty Museum’s exhibition ‘Imagining the Past in France, 1250-1500’ features historical French manuscripts from Middle Ages

Exhibition at the Getty Center features historical French manuscripts from the Middle Ages. These days, famous lines such as “let them eat cake” have made cultural icons out of historical figures like Marie Antoinette – despite the fact that they are historically false. But even back in the Middle Ages, when common pastimes included troubadours,…

Dr. Thomas O’Connor packs Cooper Hall

Dr. Thomas O’Connor, a professor at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth, rejects the traditional belief that the Middle Ages, particularly the Spanish Inquisition, were filled with executions and torture. O’Connor delivered a guest lecture to Brockport students and faculty in Cooper Hall on Thursday, Nov. 11. At the 7:30 p.m. start time students…

God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science, by James Hannam

The Taliban are frequently referred to in the press as “medieval”, Hannam says in this engaging history, but while life in the Middle Ages was often short and violent, it doesn’t deserve to be caricatured as backward or primitive. The denigration of the Middle Ages began in the 16th century, he explains, reaching its apotheosis…

Purification Through Pain: A Fresh Look at Torture in the Middle Ages

A German researcher has studied medieval criminal law and found that our image of the sadistic treatment of criminals in the Dark Ages is only partly true. Torture and gruesome executions were designed in part to ensure the salvation of the convicted person’s soul. Peter Nirsch would have been seen as a monster at any…

‘Treasures of Heaven’ exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Art

Art museums are victims of their own success, although it’s hard to feel sorry for them. To curry favor at the box office, they’ve convinced a generation of visitors that blockbuster exhibitions are defined by how many Egyptian mummies or paintings by Claude Monet or Pablo Picasso they can corral in one place. “Treasures of…

Interview: Ian McShane, actor

Ian McShane is justifiably proud of his hair. The 68-year-old actor is sporting long, dark, glossy locks and a matching beard for his latest role as Blackbeard in the much-anticipated Pirates Of The Caribbean 4. With such a full head of hair, it’s understandable why he refused to have a circle shaved into his crown…

Bacteria confirmed as culprit in Black Death

Anthropologists said on Friday they had confirmed long-running suspicions that a germ called Yersinia pestis caused the plague that wiped out an estimated third of Europe’s population in the Middle Ages. Teeth and bones sampled from 76 skeletons found in “plague pits” in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands and sequenced for DNA intrusion are…

Middle Age garb makes fashion statement at UW-Green Bay

At the 2009 Boar’s Head event, the Society for Creative Anachronism organization participated in activities ranging from fighting tournaments to belly dancing classes and feasts. The Society for Creative Anachronism organization at UW-Green Bay will give students the opportunity to go back in time by dressing in garb and participating in activities like sword fighting….

Tailoring the Medieval Festival, one costume at a time

A taffeta dress with a metallic sheen to it swishes by. Flowers line the women’s hair. Men saunter around in faux armor. Silk, sheer scarves, and ribbon laced-up bodices are a blur across the green lawns. On Sun., Oct. 3, approximately 40,000 people will converge at Fort Tryon Park for the 26th annual Medieval Festival….