Tag Archive: Westminster Abbey

CSI Medieval: researchers to uncover forensic secrets of Britain’s historic wax seals

Medieval Wax Seal

Historical research using forensic fingerprinting techniques on the wax seals of thousands of medieval documents will reveal new insights into 12th to 14th century British society, help determine how unique fingerprints truly are, and uncover medieval crime. Modern forensic analysis will be paired with detailed historical research to reveal new insights into medieval British society…

MAP#59: Author Ian Macgill, 1066 and The Rhyme of King Harold

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Journalist and author Ian Macgill found his writing passion traveling through the jungles of South America. As a young man Ian was awarded the Winston Churchill fellowship and traveled through South America studying ancient sites. His adventures in South America would make a great book as well! After his travels he returned to Britain and…

One in the eye for history: experts still fighting over the site of the Battle of Hastings

Bayeux Tapestry Death of King Harold II

It is the most famous battle in British history, fought, as every schoolboy knows, in 1066 at a site now marked by Battle Abbey, near the town of Hastings. But while the date of the Battle of Hastings might still be universally accepted, the location has been called into question, with two experts proposing not…

MAP#19 – 1066 and The Battle of Hastings

Today is the 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. We look at the year 1066, the death of King Edward the Confessor and the dispute over the throne of England. Harold Godwinson was crowned the new king of England. However, Harold Hardrada, Viking King of Norway and William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy both…

Westminster Abbey – a royal wedding venue steeped in history

No fewer than 38 kings and queens have been crowned there in an unbroken run since it was built by Edward the Confessor on the site of a former monastery in the 11th century. He was buried at the Abbey in 1066 and on Christmas Day that year, William the Conqueror became the first monarch…

Relics from King Richard II’s tomb discovered

Relics from the tomb of the medieval English King Richard II have been found by an archivist researching the papers of the National Portrait Gallery’s first director George Scharf, the London gallery said on Tuesday. Among hundreds of diaries and notebooks left in boxes not opened for years were contents from the coffin of the…

History, shopping, bagpipes mingle on Royal Mile

The castle is a man’s place, spare and stern, ringed by cannon and places for men to fight. Only one part is feminine – and it’s survived for 880 years. Tiny St. Margaret’s Chapel, with its simple white nave and curvy chancel, has seen many a Scottish bride marry her warrior – and still holds…

Sacred mysteries: London’s hidden medieval priory

In one of the heaviest raids of the Blitz, on the night of Saturday, May 11, 1941, incendiaries set fire to a remarkable medieval survival in central London: the Charterhouse. The chapel was saved, thanks to a timely shutting of the door from the cloisters, but the ranges around the quadrangles called Master’s Court and…

History, shopping and the sound of bagpipes mingle along Edinburgh’s main street

“I will make a palace fit for you and me. Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.” — Robert Louis Stevenson The castle is a man’s place, spare and stern, ringed by cannon and places for men to fight. Only one part is feminine — and it’s survived for 880 years. Tiny…