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The Archivist brings you news and reviews of all things medieval.

Dublin’s earliest Viking settlement seen in new light

An archaeological excavation has changed our picture of Dublin’s earliest Viking settlement with the black pool or Dubh Linn now known to be a lot bigger than first thought. The dig beside Dublin Castle has also uncovered the city’s oldest police cells and a punishment burial. The excavation is taking place on Ship St near…

See Europe’s Ruined Medieval Castles Come Back to Life

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The past is often a refuge from the present. Whether it’s where you were two weeks ago or 10 years ago, there’s a certain security that comes from the certainty of then. Perhaps that’s why a team of designers recently looked at the now-ruined castles of Middle Ages Europe, lifting the fortifications up from their…

PLAGUE PIT, Black Death mass grave with dozens of bodies unearthed after 700 years

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Analysis of a medieval mass grave has confirmed that the 48 individuals inside died during the Black Death in the UK. The ancient pit was discovered in Thornton Abbey Lincolnshire and dates back to the 14th century. This discovery is being labelled as nationally important because it provides fresh insight into how the deadly pandemic…

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…

Saint Patrick: History and Legends

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Saint 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…

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

Imogen Discovered in the Cave of Belarius

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” 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…

15th century Medieval Highland sword sells for £30,000 at auction after being discovered in a garage

A rusty 600-year-old sword used by Highlander mercenaries has sold for a whopping £30,000. The medieval weapon, believed to date from the 15th or 16th Century, originated in the Scottish Highlands. Only a few swords from the era survive, with most displayed in ancestral homes or museums. The sword was valued at £200 before being…

The Witcher: Character Videos

We are ten days away from the premiere of The Witcher on Netflix. Netflix released videos to introduce the main characters of the show. The videos below introduce Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) and Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan) The Witcher, based on the best selling books by Andrzej Sapkowski, follows…

Netflix Announces New Series Vikings: Valhalla

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Late last month Netflix announced a new original series ” from creator Michael Hirst that continues the storytelling of his beloved epic Vikings saga.” From the Press Release: Logline: The new saga begins 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived – Leif Erikson,…

Lewes Castle: Medieval 600-tonne wall collapses on house

A medieval castle’s 600-tonne wall collapsed on to a house and garden in Lewes sparking a major search. Emergency services, including a hazardous area response team and sniffer dogs, went to the scene of the collapse of the 10m (32ft) by 10m wall. The wall had been reportedly undergoing work to remove ivy in recent…

Medieval building found in Llandaff under public toilets

A “high status” medieval building has been discovered under public toilets in Cardiff, according to archaeologists. The site is next to the 13th Century Old Bishop’s Castle in Llandaff, which suggests to experts that an important person would have lived there. A community dig which began in September also unearthed a fireplace, chequered ceramic floor…

Radar Uncovers Viking Ship Buried on Norway Farm

The remains of a Viking ship have been discovered on a farm near a medieval church at Edøy, on the island of Smøla, in Norway.  The ship, which is 52 to 56 feet (16 to 17 meters) long, appears to be part of a burial mound, suggesting that it was used to bury someone important,…

“The Witcher” series coming to Netflix

The Witcher is a series of six books written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first novel Blood of Elves was published in 1994 and follows the exploits of Geralt of Rivia, a witcher. In the books ‘witchers’ are monster hunters with extraordinary abilities learned from a young age. The Witcher series was adapted into…

The Pit and the Pendulum

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Edgar Allan Poe is the master of suspenseful horror. And a lot of his stories are set in the Middle Ages. The Pit and the Pendulum is no exception. Set during the Spanish Inquisition it focuses on the Grand Inquisitor Torquemada. This is the 1991 version directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Lance Henriksen. The…

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: The Horror Movie

It seems like every year someone is re-cutting a comedy movie trailer into a horror movie. The one below is almost 10 years old, but still holds up. Take a look at the Curse of the Holy Grail. A horror movei re-cut of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.