Tag Archive: Russia

MAP#74: Northern Crusades: Teutonic Knights, Alexander Nevsky and the Battle on the Ice

In 1242 the Teutonic Knights were conquering lands to the east into Novgorod. Pope Gregory IX blessed the Knights in their Crusade to rid Novgorod of the orthodox pagans. Alexander Nevsky and his army had other plans. They intended to defend their country from all invaders. The conflict ended with a fierce battle, called the…

Medieval slave trade routes extended from Finland to Central Asia

Medieval slave trade

A recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland suggests that persons captured during raids into areas which today constitute parts of Finland, the Russian Karelia and the Baltic Countries ended up being sold on these remote trade routes. There was a particular demand for blonde girls and boys who were seen as exotic…

Iron Lord on DVD August 1

Revolver Entertainment are pleased to announce the multi-platform release of IRON LORD on August 1st. Russia 1010: Warlord Yaroslav rules the kingdoms to the North of Kiev with an iron fist, conquering new lands to gather taxes for his father, Grand Prince Vladimir. But keeping rule in these bloody times is a constant battle, as…

Russian archaeologists discover amazing artifacts

2010 saw Russian archaeologists discovering an array of amazing artifacts. In particular, the remains of an ancient Christian church were discovered in the area adjacent to the construction site of Olympic facilities in the Russian resort of Sochi earlier this year. The church dates back to the 10th century, which archeologists argue indicates that the…

Edmonton police recover piece of Vladimir the Great’s skull

Vladimir the Great survived many bloody battles during the Middle Ages as he became the first Russian ruler to embrace Christianity. And since his death in 1015, Catholics have managed to retain possession of Saint Vladimir’s remains during wars, invasions, revolutions and disasters. But what is left of the patriarch of Eastern European Christianity almost…

Heart of medieval Russian democracy pines for tourists

Velikiy Novgorod, one of Russia’s most ancient cities, with over a millennium of history, is known as the cradle of the country’s democracy. Lying 500 kilometers north-west of Moscow, Velikiy Novgorod is of major historical interest. Today it is a rather small city, but there was a time when it was the capital of a…

Archeologists to Establish What Fruit Russians Ate 1000 Years Ago

Archeologists working at Desyatinny Pit in the historical centre of Veliki Novgorod have found remnants of gardens that used to grow there several centuries back. The find will make it possible to clear out what fruit trees ancient Russians cultivated. Most likely those were apple-trees and pear-trees. The pit started by archeologists in 2010 has…

Russian and South Korean Archeologists Unearth Two Rooms of Palace of Balhae Kingdom

In the course of excavations of an ancient site of Balhae Kingdom in Primorski Krai the international expedition of Russian and South Korean archeologists has found new proofs of the fact that it was a large-scale administrative centre with unique architecture. The early feudal kingdom of Balhae existed from 698 to 926 AD in the…

Archeologists thinks Moscow may be aged over 1,000

Moscow archeologists made some finds showing that Moscow may be over 1,000 years old. The info comes from the city’s chief archeologist Alexander Veksler. He believes that people settled on the territory of Moscow before 1147. The recently found coins prove this hypothesis as they are over 1,000 years old. Moscow will host the Archeologists…

Russian Knights Vie at Vyborg Castle

Source: NTD Television

Medieval battle reenacted south of Moscow

Thousands of period-garbed medieval history enthusiasts from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus have reenacted a historic 11-th century battle between the forces of two Russian Dukes, Sviatopolk and Yaroslav the Wise, for the disputed throne of Kiev. The actual battle was fought in what is now Ukraine, and the reenactment of it, in Russia, on the…