Tag Archive: Spain

Medieval Winchester skeleton reveals how leprosy spread

medieval-leprosy-skeleton

The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim found in one of Britain’s earliest known hospitals has shed light on the history of the disfiguring disease. The remains of a young man, between the age of 18 and 25, were found in the St Mary Magdalen leprosarium near Winchester, Hampshire. Researchers suggests the man was a…

Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was by Sean Cunningham

Virtual book tours are taking over the internet. Earlier this year we took part in the blog tour for Kristie Dean’s book On The Trail of the Yorks. Today we are part of the tour for Sean Cunningham’s new book Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was, a look at the life of Prince…

Alcazar of Seville royal castle to become ‘Game of Thrones’ set

Alcazar-of-Seville

If, like us, you’ve been wondering about the Red Viper’s vaguely Spanish pedigree, you may finally be getting an answer. A medieval castle in southern Spain will serve as the newest backdrop in the next season of “Game of Thrones.” The staff of the Alcazar of Seville confirmed that the castle has been chosen as…

Women wield longswords as medieval championships go co-ed

woman medieval longsword

For the first time, two women are now free to whack each other with swords until one of them falls down in internationally sanctioned competition. This is progress. The first such combat took place in Belmonte, a small town in Spain with a 15th-century castle, about 140 km (90 miles) east of Madrid. Sixteen countries…

Medieval Candelabra Hints at Forgotten Sea Routes

A 10th-century candelabra found off the coast of the Spanish island of Ibiza may be a clue to long-forgotten shipping routes in that era. But the candelabra’s use and origin remain a stubborn mystery, researchers report in the journal Archivo Español de Arqueología. A new dive to the spot where the object was found in…

Spanish Vineyards Discovered In 1000-Year-Old Deserted Basque Village

Medieval Spanish vineyards

Traces of ancient vineyards that date back 1,000 years were discovered in the terraced fields of a medieval village in Spain, according to a new archaeological study. Researchers from the University of the Basque Country found evidence that fields within the medieval settlement of Zaballa were once intensely used to grow grape vines. “Archaeo-botanical studies…

MAP #43: The Battle of Tours 732

Battle of Tours 732

October is a battle weary month in the Middle Ages with no fewer than six major battles! This month we are going to discuss a couple of the battles. In this episode we are going to look at the Battle of Tours in 732. The Battle of Tours pitted the Frankish Christian army led by…

Durham Cathedral is voted top UK landmark

Durham Cathedral

Magnificent Durham Cathedral has been named the UK’s number one landmark in a poll of world travellers. The 900-year-old World Heritage Site triumphed in the inaugural Travellers’ Choice Attractions awards, organised by Trip Advisor. The towering Norman construction triumphed over Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, with its awe-inspiring views of the Scottish capital…

Apple’s Latest Discovery: A 15th Century Spanish Ruin

medieval apple store

Construction workers breaking ground on Madrid’s new Apple Store unearthed the ruins of a medieval hospital Apple has been called “groundbreaking” for its innovative phones and user-friendly computers, but the word took on a much more literal meaning this week when a construction crew in Madrid broke ground for a new Apple Store and discovered…

Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme, now with pictures

I have had several questions about the names and locations of the castles in the Castles of Europe Windows 7 theme. Below are the 21 castles included in the theme as well as there names and locations. The original post: Castle of Europe Windows 7 Theme post. Download the Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme…

Castles of Europe Windows 7 theme

Update: The updated post for the Castles of Europe Theme can be found here –> Castles of Europe Windows 7 Theme, now with pictures. It includes pictures of all 21 castles as well as their names and locations. ~The Archivist This theme contains 21 pictures of castles form across Europe. I have it installed on…

The Sierra Nevada Brewery helps fund The Abbey of New Clairvaux reconstruction

An order of Cistercian monks in rural northern California lives a quiet life of prayer, contemplation and work. One of their projects is to reconstruct a medieval monastery, also called a chapter house, that dates back to 12th century Spain. The Abbey of New Clairvaux is using original stones carved for the Santa Maria de…

Winter Harp features strange musical instruments from medieval times

Joaquin Ayala of Winter Harp performs on a menagerie of strange musical instruments from medieval times, and none is more archaic than the monstrous organistrum. Grandfather of the hurdy-gurdy, with the body shape of a guitar, the instrument is played by two musicians, one of whom turns a rosined wheel that rubs or bows the…

Icelandic DNA study Shows Evidence of First Americans in Europe in 1000

When Christopher Columbus returned from his first voyage to the Americas, he shanghaied ten to twenty-five of the native peoples he encountered on the Caribbean islands he explored. Of these, only 6 were to be presented to the court of Spain’s Catholic monarchs when he returned to the Iberian Peninsula in March 1493. These 6…

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…