Category Archives: Events/Festivals

Dr Sean Cunningham talks Prince Arthur at the National Archives

Prince Arthur cover

We featured Dr Sean Cunningham’s book Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was a couple years ago on this site. Now you have chance to hear him talk about Prince Arthur and Henry VIII. Dr Cunningham will speak on Wednesday, 20 March at the National Archives. Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was…

Australia is Going Medieval


The Guardian Australia is running a video series highlighting different subcultures and communities bringing people together across the country. Going Medieval enters the chivalrous world of medieval reenactment in the Sydney suburb of St Ives, where passionate men and women dress up to fight, craft, eat, drink and make merry as characters from European history.

RMMRA 2019 Call for Papers

Portrait of Leonardo

  “Sapere videre, Knowing How to See” The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites proposals for papers and panels at Annual Conference to be held April 11-13 in downtown Denver, Colorado, at the SpringHill Suites Marriott adjacent to the Metropolitan State University of Denver. In addition to welcoming all paper and session proposals related…

Grail Quest Race 2017: sign up now for Somerset’s toughest, most medieval challenge

The Grail Quest Doomsday-ditch

As long time readers and listeners know I love Obstacle Course racing and even competed on American Ninja Warrior! If you live in or near Somerset you can compete in a Medieval Obstacle Race called The Grail Quest Race. The Grail Quest is a medieval themed, 10km obstacle course race based in Somerset. Sign up…

American Ninja Warrior gets medieval!

American Ninja Warrior Medieval

How does American Ninja Warrior relate to the Middle Ages? Well there’s some exciting news coming out of the Archives today! Besides medieval history one of my other passions is martial arts and with that comes a love of fitness. Or at least a need to stay fit to excel in martial arts. Last fall…

Get medieval with mom


How about something a little different for mom for Mother’s Day? Something even a little medieval? The Steppingstone Museum, located at 461 Quaker Bottom Road, is holding its Medieval Days Encampment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 and 10, with admission $10 for adults, while children 12 and under and members can attend…

Israeli fighters prepare to battle Europeans…in medieval knight fighting match

Lego Knights | Medieval Archives

Town in central Israel to host international ‘Duel Professional’ tournament in special medieval-style arena Those who find themselves in the central Israeli town of Rishon Lezion next week are likely to stumble across teams of medieval nights dressed in full combat garb battling it out with each other. While it may feel as though they…

Gould Library hosts exhibit exploring medieval manuscripts


A new exhibit in the Carleton College Laurence McKinley Gould Library explores medieval manuscripts and how medieval peoples produced and derived meaning from word and image. The “Process of Illumination: Word, Image and the Scribal Imagination in the Middle Ages” investigates the relationship between word and image in the Middle Ages by critically examining a…

Knight vs Samurai Video

Japan Armored Battle League

A few months ago I post an article on the Japan Armored Battle League Knight vs Samurai event. There is finally some video footage of the event. Place your bets on the winner and then watch the video to find out.

Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: A Rocky Mountain Medieval Pilgrimmage

Pilgrims from Canterbury1

This past weekend The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA) held their 46th annual meeting. While not as big as the KZoo conference it allows for more interaction with the presenters both during the sessions and in between sessions. The conference titled: “Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and…

Women wield longswords as medieval championships go co-ed

woman medieval longsword

For the first time, two women are now free to whack each other with swords until one of them falls down in internationally sanctioned competition. This is progress. The first such combat took place in Belmonte, a small town in Spain with a 15th-century castle, about 140 km (90 miles) east of Madrid. Sixteen countries…

Scotland gets ready to celebrate Battle of Bannockburn’s 700th anniversary

Bannockburn Battlefield to get new £5m visitor centre for 700-year annivesary in 2014

Music, culture, ancestry, food, drink and fight re-enacting will make the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn a memorable one. Bannockburn Live on June 28-29 will see hundreds of artists and clan members unite for a festival at the Stirling battlefield where Robert the Bruce’s army annihilated the English, led by Edward II, and…

Lichfield Cathedral launches tower tours at Easter


Tower tours are back at Lichfield Cathedral for anyone with a head for heights. The Great Central Tower at the cathedral is opening to the public from Easter Monday, April 21 for the first time since 2010. The tour includes a a spectacular birds-eye view of the city of Lichfield and beyond, plus a visit…

Knights vs. Samurai: It’s the ultimate crossing of swords

Japan Armored Battle League

Every guy at some point in his life has likely fantasized about a hypothetical dream match — whether it be a bout between Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson or sumo-champ Hakuho clashing with the great Taiho. Those who daydream even more imaginatively would probably pit Batman against Godzilla. Jay Noyes, however, is about to take…

Commemorating 1200th Anniversary of Death of Emperor Charlemagne

Charlemagne Portriat

University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics & Archaeology is proud to commemorate the 1200th Anniversary of the death of the emperor Charlemagne on Tuesday 28th January 2014 with two special events sponsored by the European Commission in Scotland. Workshop A workshop for postgraduates in medieval studies programmes with two distinguished scholars; Professor Mayke de…