Tag Archive: Shakespeare

Arundel Castle Celebrates 950th Anniversary

Arundel Castle in West Sussex will celebrate the 950th anniversary of its initial construction this year. To celebrate, the Castle has arranged a bumper calendar of events including a week-long jousting and medieval tournament. Reopening to visitors on 1 April, the Castle’s calendar boasts two brand new events as well as the return of several…

Shakespeare and his World – FREE Online Course

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The University of Warwick is offering an online course on the life of Shakespeare. Sign up for the FREE Shakespeare course on FutureLearn About the course William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all time. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of his death, with his words have inspired and moved people from…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: Television

The White Queen

While the silver screen offered very little for medieval viewing the small screen is taking over! There was the obvious Season 4 of Game of Thrones, but it wasn’t alone. HISTORY, Starz, PBS and even Netflix offered something for TV Viewing. In fact your best bet for medieval fantasy is Television. Game of Thrones continues…

CFP: Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance June 12-14, 2014 Denver, Colorado The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites panel and paper proposals on the conference theme, “Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.” The conference dates are June 12-14, 2014, and…

The women behind Richard III’s DNA

Blood Sisters UK paperback

A few months ago Sarah Gristwood came on the podcast for an interview and we talked about her book Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses. At the time the remains of King Richard III were being tested to confirm it was actually the King. During the interview Sarah explained how the…

MAP#33 – Blood Sisters: Author Sarah Gristwood interview

Sarah Gristwood, the acclaimed author, joins us for an interview about her new book Blood Sisters: The Hidden Lives of the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses. Most of the history of the Wars of the Roses is written through the eyes of the kings and men who fought the battles. In Blood Sisters,…

Macbeth, the Cliffsnotes version

Am I the last to know that Cliffsnotes is now offering videos? In case you didn’t know either here is their version of Macbeth.

MAP: Ep 13 – History of St. Valentine’s Day

A short history of St. Valentine’s Day. Who is the real St Valentine? Why is the day linked to love and romance? Which medieval author can we thank for transforming Valentin’s Day into a day of love and romance? Find out how it all began and how it relates to the Middle Ages in this…

Heather Hirschfeld named Riggsby Director of Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Heather Hirschfeld, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, associate professor of English, has been named the new Riggsby Director of the university’s Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Hirschfeld is set to begin work Jan. 1, 2011. A specialist in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and a UT faculty member since 2000, Hirschfeld said she looks…

Relating to “Juliet”: Author dug into Italian history to unearth 1300s’ family feuds

Writer Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark and dreamed of Italy. This wasn’t the stuff of far-fetched fantasy; her mother had once worked in Verona and took her daughter there on regular visits. Fortier took a few minutes while in Denver to talk about Shakespeare, Italy and how her novel “Juliet” came to be. The…

1066 and all those baby names

Norman names such as William, Henry and Alice have been popular for 1,000 years. Why did the English copy their invaders? The date 1066. William the Conqueror. King Harold with the arrow in his eye. Soldiers in those nose-protector helmets. But many people will struggle to come up with more than these sketchy facts about…