Tag Archive: Viking

For Sale: Viking hoard of swords from Bonhams Arms & Armour

A stunning array of death-dealing swords from the Medieval period and earlier, including Viking weapons, form the main thrust of Bonhams sale of Antique Arms and Armour on November 28th in Knightsbridge. David Williams, Director of Arms and Armour at Bonhams, comments: “Many of these rare and remarkable weapons would have been used in battle….

‘Viking’ shipwreck discovered off Swedish coast

Viking, Ship

An 800-year-old shipwreck was discovered by divers off the south coast of Sweden virtually buried under the sea floor. The vessel, which some Swedish reports have claimed is a Viking ship, was found in the Baltic Sea at Sturko, The Local reported. Lars Einarsson, underwater archaeologist at Kalmar Lans museum, told the news website, “This…

Viking mass grave linked to elite killers of the medieval world

Viking Mass grave medieval Dorset

A mass grave found in Dorset could belong to a crew of Viking mercenaries who terrorised Europe in the 11th century – according to a new documentary on National Geographic which pieces together the story behind the burial. A crew of Viking mercenaries – some of the fiercest and most feared killers in the medieval…

Found: Viking war lord buried in his boat

Judging from the opulence of his tomb, he was a revered Viking warrior destined to take his place in Valhalla among the honoured dead. Laid to rest in a 17ft boat with his sword, axe and bronze drinking horn, the powerful Norseman’s burial site has been discovered by archaeologists in a remote part of the…

Iron Lord on DVD August 1

Revolver Entertainment are pleased to announce the multi-platform release of IRON LORD on August 1st. Russia 1010: Warlord Yaroslav rules the kingdoms to the North of Kiev with an iron fist, conquering new lands to gather taxes for his father, Grand Prince Vladimir. But keeping rule in these bloody times is a constant battle, as…

York, England: Castles and Churches and Pubs, Oh My!

Ahhh York …. with its great city walls, castles and churches. For most tourists coming to this town, the medieval history of this great northern city is the major draw. The renowned City Walls stretch for about 3km and should be walked by all travelers with a just a little or a lot of time…

Author Richard White: Medieval explorers may have visited New England

The evidence is fading from years of the elements pounding upon it, but even stone can’t hold the image of a medieval knight forever — an image that suggests there might have been Europeans exploring America 96 years before Christopher Columbus. In 1954, the late Frank Glynn uncovered the figure, whose arms have been identified…

Everything You Think You Know About the Dark Ages is Wrong

What inspired you to write The Abacus and the Cross? I was introduced to The Scientist Pope through an act of grace. Writing my previous book, The Far Traveler, about an adventurous Viking woman, I found myself making an imaginary pilgrimage to Rome just after the year 1000. Wondering which pope (if any) Gudrid the…

Ghost hunting in Northumberland

North East England’s rich history, ancient buildings and numerous castles all have spooky stories to tell. With Halloween just around the corner there is no better time of year to dabble in a bit of ghost hunting in some of the most beautiful and atmospheric parts of the country. Take a break in North East…

Walking is the only way to experience York, England

York is one of the most important cities in England, with a rich history spanning more than 2,000 years. It is also home to one of the largest medieval Gothic cathedrals in all of Europe -the York Minster – with exteriors are as impressive as the spectacular works of art in its interiors. With its…

Two-day history fair returns to Carlisle

A two-day fair showcasing Roman, Viking and Victorian life will take place in Carlisle this weekend. The international historical market starts on Friday and is expected to attract around 500 visitors to the city. More than 50 stalls and traders in period dress from across the UK and Europe are heading to the fair, which…

Vikings rule the roost at Potterne

Hundreds of people enjoyed olde-worlde activities and entertainments at the Potterne Medieval Fayre at the weekend. It is the third year that the Chandler family of Five Lanes Farm have organised the community event, run by volunteers. Visitors were thrilled at a pushbike jousting tournament, this year won by Adam Chandler, alias the Black Knight….

Long-Sought Viking Settlement Found

The Vikings, the famed Scandinavian warriors, started raiding Ireland in 795 and plundered it for decades, before establishing two Irish outposts, according to the Annals of Ulster, a 15th century account of medieval Ireland. One outpost, Dúbh Linn, became Dublin, the other, Linn Duchaill, was lost in time. Perhaps until now. A team of archaeologists…

Michael Wood’s Story of England: Big historical secrets – in a humble Midlands village

Story of England, which begins on BBC Four tonight, is a very simple idea: to tell the story of one place through the whole of English history, from Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to the Somme and D-Day – and from the point of view of the people, not the rulers. It tries to show the slow…

Archaeologists Find Pre-Viking Ship Burial

Another ship burial discovered this year in the village of Salme may turn out to be a pre-viking era battleground burial, an unparalleled find in Europe. So far, 16 skeletons of men killed in battle have been discovered on the site. There is no doubt that a fierce struggle took place some 1,250 years ago…