Tag Archive: The Plague

World’s 1st Plague Pandemic Bacteria Gets New Genetic Analysis

Justinian Plague

With a single tooth from an ancient human skeleton found in Germany, scientists have now created the most complete genetic picture yet of the bacteria that caused the world’s first plague pandemic. The Justinianic Plague killed 50 million people from the sixth to eighth centuries, and was caused by the same species of bacteria, Yersinia…

Black Death: 200 bodies found in mass grave beneath Paris supermarket

More than 200 bodies have been found laid out in neat rows in a communal grave beneath a supermarket in central Paris. The site was formerly the cemetery of a hospital that functioned from the 12th to the 17th century but it was believed the corpses had been moved in the 18th century to the…

DNA Analysis of London Skeletons Reveal Secrets of Medieval Black Death

london skeletons

As per latest report by archaeologists, molars taken from 25 skeletons unearthed during work on Crossrail in 2013 are proving helpful in revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death. Archeologists suspected that the skeletons of bones belonged to cemetery for plague victims. Don Walker, an osteologist with the Museum of London, cited that the bones…

2013 Medieval Year in Review: Podcasts

Medieval Archives 2013 Rock of Cashel

2013 featured some great podcast episodes. I enjoyed all the episodes but some stood out from the rest. We looked at lost kings, French Princes invading England, epic medieval battles, interviewed authors and musicians, and explored steps you can take to become a historian. Below is the list of the Top 5 podcast episodes for…

Medieval Halloween Movies #4: Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

Thankfully the fourth movie on our list has nothing to do with the 1982 stinker Halloween III: Season of the Witch! This Season of the Witch stars Nicolas Cage as a 14th century Knight, escorting a witch who may be the cause of the Plague! Of course many call this Season of the Witch a…

MAP#42: Medieval Diseases and “Cures”

Medieval Diseases Black Death

Listen to the episode now People in the Middle Ages had their share of diseases. But unlike today they didn’t have vaccinations or antibiotics to help them out. Today we are going to look at medieval diseases and the cures that did or in most cases did not work. We’ll see if getting sick in…

The River Thames, A Not-So-Secret Treasure Trove

Thames River artifacts

In the United Kingdom, British archaeologists have made a number of significant discoveries as of late, from the battered remains of King Richard III — found buried beneath a parking lot — to, more recently, a 14th-century burial ground for plague victims in London. British soil is, in fact, full of traces of the past….

2012 Medieval Year in Review: Podcasts

There were a lot of great podcast episodes during 2012. We finished the Pillars of the Earth podcast series, interviewed authors, documentary hosts and medieval bloggers. Some of this years topics were requested by you, the listener. So please if you have any requests send them over. Some of the popular episodes include: Mad Monarchs…

MAP#30 – Peasant’s Revolt of 1381

When Adam delved and Eve span, Who then was the gentleman? The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 was one of a number of popular revolts in late medieval Europe and is a major event in the history of England. Led by Wat Tyler the peasant’s rose up against the ruling class. Were they successful? Or did…

Black Death Pathogen Extinct?

Using a technique for extracting ancient DNA, researchers have found that the form of Yersinia pestis that caused the Black Death in medieval Europe may be extinct, according to a new study publishing today (August 29) in PNAS. The new approach could help researchers understand why that pandemic was so deadly. “It’s a really interesting…

‘Black Death’ Blu-ray Release Date Announced

The Middle Ages horror film starring Sean Bean (‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’) is bound for Blu-ray in May. In an early announcement to retailers, Magnolia has revealed ‘Black Death’ is coming to Blu-ray on May 10. Synopsis: The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the…

Black Death Movie Trailer

Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.

Black Death movie poster

Black Death is available via streaming on XBox Live, Amazon, iTunes, Playstation and On-Demand. It will be released in US theaters on 11 March 2011. Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to…

Season of the Witch movie trailer

Theatrical Release Date: January 7, 2011 Runtime: 92 min. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Claire Foy, Robbie Sheehan Director: Dominic Sena Distributor: Lionsgate MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content.) Synopsis: A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery…

Medieval England not so grim

Maybe being a serf or a villein in the Middle Ages was not such a grim existence as it seems. Medieval England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the average per capita income of the world’s poorest nations today,…