Tag Archive: Scotland

Thieves pinch Robert the Bruce sculptures from Doune Castle

Robert the Bruce busts

Two sculptures of Robert the Bruce have been stolen from a medieval castle. The busts, one made of sandstone and the other of wood, were taken from a garden at Doune Castle, near Stirling, between August 13 and August 20, although the theft was only reported this week. … Doune Castle, originally built in the…

The Medieval Anarchy – eBook review

The Medieval Anarchy

Ah, The Anarchy, a period in England’s history when war raged and chaos reigned. A time so turbulent medieval chroniclers claimed that ‘Christ and his saints slept.’ You’ve had a chance to explore the Anarchy on this site through various podcasts and posts, but today we are going to look at an eBook on The…

New “Brave” sneak peek

Pixar's Brave

You can see Brave in theaters on Friday. Until then enjoy this… Solve Your Problems with Witch’s Magical Mystery Brew!

Kilt: Are You “Brave” Enough To Wear One?

Pixar's Brave

Over the weekend the oldest boy and I went and saw Battleship, which is in no way considered medieval. However during the preview we saw this little feature from the upcoming movie Brave. Fest your eyes on the teaser and then ask yourself…Are you brave enough to wear one?

New Brave Trailer

Pixar's Brave

Pixar released the third trailer for the upcoming movie Brave. Only two more months and we will be able to see the entire movie. I for one can’t wait! In case you haven’t heard of Brave yet here is the synopsis: Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through…

The Secret Lives of Medieval Books

Medieval Book

The most heavily worn payer in the manuscript was dedicated to St. Sebastian, who was thought to be efficacious against the bubonic plague. Image courtesy of the University of St. Andrews When medieval Europeans read religious texts, what were their favorite prayers? Which sections did they return to time and time again, and which parts…

Brave Stories: Merida

Pixar's Brave

Meet Merida, the passionate, fiery, and headstrong star of Brave, in US theaters June 22.

Brave: New Images Released

Pixar's Brave

Disney/PIXAR released more images from the movie Brave. This movie is going to be incredible! I can’t wait to see it. Brave Synopsis: Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore…

Brave Trailer “The Prize”

Pixar's Brave

Pixar released another trailer for the upcoming movie Brave and I must say, the more I see of this movie the more I want to see! Brave hits theaters on 22 June 2012 in the U.S. and Canada and 13 August in the UK. Until then enjoy the trailer. For a breakdown of the technical…

Spiders to remain kings of the castle during restoration work

orb spider medieval castle

Here’s a fun little fact: I have a mild case of arachnophobia, spiders specifically. It all started in the corn fields when I was a kid. Running down the rows of corn I would inevitably hit an orb spider, but not just one, it was always two or three or more. And then I would…

Eco-museum sites to mark the Battle of Flodden

Flodden Battlefield, Braxton

The first 12 sites have been designated in a landscape-scale eco-museum to mark next year’s 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden The concept of an eco-museum is to highlight and join up locations with links to a particular theme. The initial dozen sites all have connections with the 1513 battle in Northumberland in which…

700-year-old William Wallace letter returned to Scotland

Wallace Passport

The medieval document will go on public display this summer alongside the famous Lubeck letter. A 700-year-old letter believed to have been carried by William Wallace has been returned to Scotland. The medieval document has been archived in England since it was discovered in the Tower of London in the 1830s. The document is now…

Pixar’s “Brave” Photo Gallery

Pixar's Brave

Pixar released stills from the upcoming film Brave. The more I see coming out for this movie the more I want can’t wait til it opens. Brave: Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new…

Brave Trailer

Pixar, the masterminds behind: Toy Story, The Incredibles, Cars and Finding Nemo, is at it again. Their new movie, Brave is the tale of a young lass, Merida, trying to discover her path in the world. In true Pixar style the animation looks amazing! Brave opens in US theaters 22 June 2012. Brave Synopsis: Since…

Grant to uncover secret heritage of medieval churches

They have been knocked about, rejigged beyond recognition and disguised as much younger models through centuries of turmoil and change. Now the medieval origins of some of Scotland’s oldest churches is being uncovered by an investigation into the nation’s rich religious heritage. It was believed that only around 50 churches across the country built between…