Tag Archive: University of Southampton

FREE Course: Agincourt 1415: Myth and Reality

This year marks the 600th anniversary of one of the biggest battles in Medieval history, the Battle of Agincourt. We discussed the battle in lesson 44 of the podcast. Agincourt was a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War for Henry V and England. It’s an epic battle where legends are born and chivalry died!…

Underground medieval palace revealed by surface survey

Old-Sarum-Model

Old Sarum in Salisbury, the UK, is rich with history, dating back 5,000 years. During the Iron Age, it became the site of a hill fort, during the Roman occupation of Britain hundreds of years later, it became a military outpost and, during the Middle Ages, the site of a bustling city. Although much of…

Medieval warfare had well-organised ‘ransom market’

Medieval prisoners of war were much more widely traded for ransoms than has been previously recognised, according to University of Southampton research. A study of the Hundred Years War reveals a well-organised trading market in English and French soldiers. One soldier claimed to have been taken prisoner 17 times, says historian Dr Remy Ambuhl. The…

Acoustic Imaging Reveals Lost Medieval Town

Off the coast of the Dunwich in Suffolk lies half a medieval town long abandoned to the sea. Despite many diver and sonar surveys, details of the site have been hidden due to poor visibility. In June 2010, however, acoustic imaging technology was introduced to complete an archaeological survey of the site. The site of…