Tag Archive: Winchester

Leprosy in the Middle Ages – A Tale of Tragedy and Prejudice

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Leprosy has always been a subject of interest among scientists, since there is and was a lot of controversy surrounding it. According to traditional theories, during the Middle Ages, when the disease was blooming, people afflicted by it were treated as outcasts – shunned by every layer of society and forced to live in shadows…

Medieval Winchester skeleton reveals how leprosy spread

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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…

Battle Castle: Austin, Texas

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The invaders moved in almost overnight and now they are ready to attack. If you live in the Austin, Texas area you can watch a Battle Castle Mini-Marathon today on PBS station KLRU. Don’t miss it! #BattleCastle marathon on @KLRU Austin, TX featuring Crac des Chevaliers, Dover and Malaga. Sunday May 5th @ 3:55 pm….

Battle Castle: San Francisco Dates

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San Francisco PBS station KQED released their schedule for Battle Castle. And they are running a marathon! If you live in the Bay area plan your Memorial Day Weekend around the Battle Castle lineup! It will air beginning Thursday, 23 May 2013 and the final show will be on Saturday, 25 May 2013. Get your…

Battle Castle: Georgia, USA dates

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Another station has checked in with dates and times for Battle Castle. Georgia Public Broadcasting will air episodes on Friday nights. The bad news is they started last Friday! The good news is you can catch a replay of Episode 1: Crac des Chevaliers this Wednesday. The dates and times are below. GPB – Georgia…

Battle Castle USA Tour Dates

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With one tweet medievalists across the USA celebrated. It premiered on Hstory Channel Canada last winter, followed by BBC TV in the fall and now, finally Battle Castle hits the USA! [blackbirdpie url=https://twitter.com/battlecastle/status/287330515885899776] That’s the great news. The not so good news is it wasn’t bought by a national channel like History or Discovery. It…

2012 Medieval Year in Review: Games & Apps

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With over 1 million apps in Apples App Store you think there would be hundreds of medieval apps. Sadly that\’s not the case. Most of the medieval themed apps fall into the game category. However there are a few that are educational. I have reviewed some of them for you on this site. Medieval travel,…

Private Winchester medieval chapel opened to public

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A historic hidden corner of Winchester has opened to the public. The Chapel of St John the Baptist on The Broadway, is one of the few surviving medieval hospital chapels still standing. It is owned by the St John’s Winchester Charity which has three almshouses for some 93 people in the city centre. The chapel…

Battle Castle: Teutonic Knights and the Siege of Marienburg

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On the fifth installment of Battle Castle we travel to Prussia and visit Malbork Castle, home of the Teutonic Knights. Sprawling over 51 acres (21 hectares) Malbork is truly an impressive castle. Host Dan Snow walks us through the castles design and demonstrates how to create mud bricks in Guedelon. Then Dan teams up with…

Battle Castle: The White Cliffs of Dover

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This week we travel with host Dan Snow to visit the impressive Dover Castle. Perched high atop the white chalky cliffs, Dover Castle has been a military installation for over 800 years. Dover’s last major military role was during WWII. In this episode of Battle Castle we see the construction set forth by Henry II…

Medieval Glastonbury Tour: Rama App Review

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We are back today with the trifecta for the Rama: Travel App. There was the Medieval Exeter tour and earlier this month I reviewed the Medieval Winchester tour. Last week Crimson Bamboo, the company behind the Rama Travel App released the Medieval Glastonbury tour by Tom Vivian (Twitter: @tomvivan). Medieval Glastonbury is available for $1.99…

Medieval Winchester Tour: Rama App Review

A few months ago I reviewed the Medieval Exeter tour for the Rama: Travel App. With over 90 tours available there are plenty of tours for the medievalist. Today we will look at the Medieval Winchester Tour by Kaye Jones (Twitter: @KayeJones). Medieval Winchester is available for $1.99 USD, covers 1.5 miles (2.4km) and takes…

Site of ‘Britain’s oldest hospital’ uncovered

A site which may house Britain’s earliest known hospital has been uncovered by archaeologists. Radio carbon analysis at the former Leper Hospital at St Mary Magdalen in Winchester, Hampshire, has provided a date range of AD 960-1030 for a series of burials, many exhibiting evidence of leprosy, on the site. A number of other artefacts,…

Lost medieval hospital to be uncovered

The public will get the chance to see one of Winchester lost medieval treasures as well as a cinema that dates from World War One. Winchester University is holding an Archaeology Open Day this Saturday to view the excavations at the site of a former medieval hospital. Known by locals as Hospital Field, St Mary…