HistoryHit.tv your online source for high quality medieval programs

Launched in 2018, HistoryHit.tv offers a wide variety of programs for any history lover. HistoryHit.tv was conceived by Dan Snow as a ‘new kind of history channel.’ HistoryHit.tv started as a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo and surpassed its initial goal by over £30,000!

One of the original ideas of HistoryHit.tv was to ask it’s founding members what content they wanted to see on the channel. From there Dan Snow and his team of historians set about creating top notch history content.

From the original pitch on Indiegogo:
HistoryHit.TV is a global video-on-demand history channel. It will be available on all of your devices, anywhere on the planet. Think of it like Netflix, but dedicated to world history.

We’ll bring you the best collection of great history documentaries. We’ll also produce original seasons that will cover historical subjects in more depth than you’ve ever seen before.

They’ve certainly lived up to that promise! Dan and the entire crew at HistoryHit.tv have assembled a star studded cast of historians like Dan Jones, Mike Loades, Tom Holland, Lucy Worsley and Sara Cockerill to name just a few. They all bring their expertise to HistoryHit.tv to make it the best history streaming service available.

HistoryHit.tv features collections from the British Library, Modern History and The British Museum. The majority of it’s library however, is all originally produced content. Shows like Snow on the Road and Access All Areas which gets exclusive behind the scenes look at historical locations

HistoryHit.tv has content for all periods of history, Ancient History through the 20th Century, I’m going to focus on the Medieval era for obvious reasons. In the Medieval era there is a vast amount to choose from.

One of the original cornerstone series produced by HistoryHit.tv is Snow on the Road. Dan Snow travels the British countryside exploring historic sites.

Following along on a Tour of Arundel Castle and Lincoln Castle. Join Dan as he roams Northern Wales and visits Harlech Castle and Conwy Castle. Or following along on his trip through the Scottish Highlands with stops at battlefields, distilleries and Urquhart Castle, Cawdor Castle and Inverness Castle!

Peter Frankopan’s masterful book The Silk Roads opened the trade routes and world politics to a whole new generation of readers. In this series Frankopan partners with The British Museum for a series of talks focusing on the Silk Road and the rapid changes in trade, ideas that spread across the continent and how they impacted the world.

William the Conqueror, The Battle of Hastings and 1066 is a go to subject for all medievalist! In the series 1066, Professor Laurence Brockliss examines the Norman Conquest and how it still influences modern politics. Dan Snow visits a Battle of Hastings reenactment camp and they visit a local school to get kids perspective on 1066.

Another great series on HistoryHit.tv is Modern History Knight series. In ‘The Knight’ Jason Kingsley OBE looks at the life of a knight, their daily life, training, tournaments and warfare.

Additional series cover food the knight would eat from meals with nobility to humble meals taken while traveling. The series also covers the weapons used by knights and one of the most important companions for a knight, the War Horse!

“Reading old books and looking at manuscript illustrations is great but what is it like to actually wear armour, use a lance from the back of a charging warhorse or stand in a shield wall? We aim to find out by trying.” Jason Kingsley OBE

HistoryHit.tv is a great service for history lovers! I donated during the initial fundraiser on Indiegogo and have been a member every since. You can subscribe to HistoryHit.tv for $5.99/month(USD) or 49.99/year(USD). Either option you choose gets you a free 30 day trial.

You can find HistoryHit.tv on Facebook and also on Twitter.

Saint Patrick: History and Legends

Saint_PatrickSaint Patrick was a 5th century British Christian missionary. He is known as the “Apostle of Ireland” and is one of the patron saints of Ireland. It’s believed during Saint Patricks thirty years of missionary work in Ireland he converted over 135,000 people, established 300 churches, and consecrated 350 bishops.

Patrick was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland. In Ireland, 16 year old Patrick was sold as a slave and remained enslaved for six years. One night Patrick had a vision telling him his ship was ready. He escaped from his master and found a ship to take him back to Britain.

A few years after his return Patrick had another vision that inspired his return to Ireland. St Patrick explains his vision and why he returned to Ireland. “I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: “The Voice of the Irish”. As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea—and they cried out, as with one voice: “We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.”

Patrick died on March 17, 461.

Myths and Legends

Shamrocks

Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish pagans. The number three was important to the Irish pagans and Patrick used it to help convert them to Christianity.

Snakes

There are no snakes in Ireland! St. Patrick gets all the credit for banishing snakes from the island. It’s said St. Patrick chased all the snakes into the sea after they attacked him. The truth may be less exciting but more scientific. According to National Geographic, snakes have never successfully migrated over open seas to a new land. Nigel Monaghan, from the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin has searched extensively through Irish fossil collections and records and hasn’t found any evidence of snakes.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

According to Smithsonian.com corned beef and cabbage is an American creation originating with Irish immigrants in New York. The traditional meal in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day is lamb and bacon.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1762. Since then Americans have transformed a Catholic Saints feast Day into a druken frat party! Grab a green beer and enjoy the day!

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ASSOCIATION 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ASSOCIATION 2020

“Antique Modes of Thought, Romantic Traditions, and Legendary Storytelling in the Middle Ages and Renaissance”

Imogen Discovered in the Cave of Belarius
Imogen Discovered in the Cave of Belarius (George Dawe, c. 1809)

This year’s Wooden O will feature Pericles, The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s Worst!, Into the Breeches!, and Desperate Measures (a musical based on Measure for Measure), and the RMMRA always welcomes papers which include the year’s productions.

The 52nd annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association will be held conjointly with the Wooden O Symposium at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 10-12, 2020. The Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, is a cross-disciplinary conference focusing on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays, and held in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western U.S. The Utah Shakespeare Festival is also within a few miles of Zion and Bryce National Parks and not far from the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

The RMMRA invites papers on any topic relating to the period 400 -1700 and welcomes scholars in a broad range of disciplines including history, literature, art history, music, and gender studies with special consideration given to papers and proposals on this year’s theme, “Antique Modes of Thought, Romantic Traditions, and Legendary Storytelling in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.”

The RMMRA is dedicated to creating an inclusive scholarly community. We encourage papers from scholars regardless of race, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, political views, military status, (dis)ability, and career paths. Our organization is committed to providing a safe, accessible, harassment-free, and collegial conference experience for all attendees. The RMMRA recognizes and supports the inclusion of diverse scholars from across the academy.

“The Chandos portrait” of William Shakespeare, John Taylor, 1610
“The Chandos portrait” of William Shakespeare, John Taylor, 1610

Submissions should be directed through our online portal at www.memberplanet.com/s/rmmra/rmmra2020cfp. Questions about the conference or membership should be directed to rmmraconf@gmail.com

Abstracts are due May 1, 2020. 

Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than June 1. Please include 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) and the following information:

  • Name of presenter(s)
  • Participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate student, or independent scholar)
  • College/university affiliation
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Audio/visual requirements and any other special requests

You can also download the Call for Papers in PDF format.

Website: The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association website.

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Witch prison found in 15th century Scottish church

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Skeleton Lake: Hundreds of people have died over past 1,000 years

A decades-old mystery over an eerie Himalayan lake littered with human remains deepens – as scientists say hundreds of people died there spread over 1,000 years. It was previously thought that the “Skeleton Lake” site was the result of a sudden and strange ancient catastrophe in the 9th century. But new research suggests that skeletons…