Tag Archive: Richard the Lionheart

MAP#79: Richard the Lionheart and author W.B. Bartlett

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In today’s lesson we are joined by author Wayne Bartlett to discuss Richard the Lionheart! Wayne’s new book Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England is available through Amberley Publishing. It’s an excellent biography and the first biography of Richard the Lionheart in over 40 years! Wayne and I discuss Richard’s upbringing, the Crusades…

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…

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…

Ancient Toilet Reveals Parasites in Crusaders’ Poop

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Intestinal parasites have been found lurking in ancient poop in the toilet of a medieval castle in western Cyprus, scientists report. The findings paint a less than pretty picture of the health and hygiene of crusaders stationed on the Mediterranean island 800 years ago. Poor sanitation likely meant that food and water supplies were contaminated…

Philippe Charlier, The Forensic Scientist Who Thinks A Medieval Cadaver Smells Good

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The 13th-century cadaver, says Philippe Charlier, actually smells good. That’s because its veins have been filled with a mixture of mercury and beeswax, preserving the body. “Also it was smoked, like salmon or like pork,” he says. So even after 800 years, it’s in pretty good shape. Charlier is a physician and forensic scientist at…

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.

Helen Castor’s ‘She-Wolves’ taste power in medieval England

Helen Castor’s very readable “She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth” is, she writes, “the kind of book I loved to read before history became my profession as well as my pleasure.” It’s full of beautiful, imperiled ladies; fearless knights; and remarkable, often unbelievable turns of fortune. Pause a moment if you feel this…

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

Medieval history is a fashionable but challenging period: the sources are often flimsy and obscure, yet modern readers have a craving for detail that is often absent from the prissy monkish chronicles of the time. The great challenge is to present the period’s subtle complexities without sacrificing historical authenticity. She-Wolves is a history of a…

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…