Category Archives: Medieval Archives

Medieval Candelabra Hints at Forgotten Sea Routes

A 10th-century candelabra found off the coast of the Spanish island of Ibiza may be a clue to long-forgotten shipping routes in that era. But the candelabra’s use and origin remain a stubborn mystery, researchers report in the journal Archivo Español de Arqueología. A new dive to the spot where the object was found in…

Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre set to open

Bannockburn Visitor Centre

It has been the scene of the most famous battle in Scottish history for almost 700 years. Now 21st century Hollywood technology has been combined with medieval combat techniques to turn the Battle of Bannockburn into Scotland’s newest visitor attraction. From dramatic cavalry charges to sudden archery attacks, the sights and sounds of the battlefield…

2013 Medieval Year in Review: Podcasts

Medieval Archives 2013 Rock of Cashel

2013 featured some great podcast episodes. I enjoyed all the episodes but some stood out from the rest. We looked at lost kings, French Princes invading England, epic medieval battles, interviewed authors and musicians, and explored steps you can take to become a historian. Below is the list of the Top 5 podcast episodes for…

Game Of Thrones Season 3: “The Beast”

Game of Thrones Season 3 Poster

Game of Thrones Season 3 is two weeks away! There are some great things in store this season! Season 3 is a little different from the last two. Where the last two season covered full books, this season only covers half of A Storm of Swords! After watching the trailer below it looks like season…

Museum Secrets Season 3 Trailer

Museum Secrets is back with a new season! This season they will visit the State Historical Museum, Moscow; Palacio Real, Madrid; Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC and others. Museum Secrets Season 3 premieres on Thursday, 14 March at 2100PM on HISTORY® Canada. USA viewers can watch Museum Secrets on the Smithsonian Channel. Unfortunately it won’t be…

Image of Richard III’s Skull

The University of Leicester, with Channel 4, unveiled the world’s first photograph of the human remains found at the Grey Friars church — which could be that of King Richard III. The image is released in advance of the University of Leicester’s major announcement detailing the results of its investigations into the skeleton’s identity on…

2012 Medieval Year in Review: Podcasts

There were a lot of great podcast episodes during 2012. We finished the Pillars of the Earth podcast series, interviewed authors, documentary hosts and medieval bloggers. Some of this years topics were requested by you, the listener. So please if you have any requests send them over. Some of the popular episodes include: Mad Monarchs…

The Economy According to Tolkien

JRR Tolkien Logo

For years J.R.R. Tolkien’s award winning novels have been favorites of medievalists and fantasy enthusiasts alike. In fact The Lord of the Rings is listed as the 4th best selling book of all time, selling 150 million copies. If you throw in the 100 million copies of The Hobbit Tolkien has two of the best…

British Museum to acquire £1.3m Lacock cup from church

lacock chalice

A Wiltshire church has been told it can sell an “extremely rare” £1.3m silver medieval chalice to the British Museum. The Lacock Cup, which dates back to the 1400s, was loaned to the museum from St Cyriac’s Church in Lacock in 1962. The church now wants to sell the cup to raise funds for repairs,…

Medieval female skeleton may be church founder

Richard III car park dig

A skeleton found in the same boneyard where English King Richard III may have been buried might be one of the founders of the Church of the Grey Friars, archaeologists announced Tuesday (Oct. 30). Scientists have yet to examine the female skeleton, though they are subjecting a male skeleton suspected to be Richard III’s to…

Robin Hood site planned for 2015

Plans for a new multimillion-pound visitor attraction celebrating the legend of Robin Hood have been announced in the UK. Nottinghamshire County Council is seeking to build a STG13 million ($A20 million) visitor attraction called Discover Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest, complete with medieval castle and fortified ramparts. If the plans are approved, the 17-hectare attraction…

Historian Maurice H. Keen Dies at 78; Redefined Chivalry

Maurice H Keen

Honorable men, as they were called in the golden age of chivalry, were rich enough to outfit a squadron of knights and brutal enough to lead them into battle, often culminating in the killing and plundering of civilian populations. The code of chivalry defined honor in ways that are familiar to people today — as…

700-year-old William Wallace letter returned to Scotland

Wallace Passport

The medieval document will go on public display this summer alongside the famous Lubeck letter. A 700-year-old letter believed to have been carried by William Wallace has been returned to Scotland. The medieval document has been archived in England since it was discovered in the Tower of London in the 1830s. The document is now…

Louvre Pays Junk Dealer $10 Million for Rare Medieval Pieta

Malouel Pieta

The story of how the Louvre purchased a painting by medieval master Jean Malouel for €7.8 million ($10 million) begins, improbably enough, in 1985 in the small town of Vic-le-Comte in south-central France (population: 4,700). The parish priest, trying to raise money to install a heating system in the church, decided to sell various bric-a-brac…

Grant to uncover secret heritage of medieval churches

They have been knocked about, rejigged beyond recognition and disguised as much younger models through centuries of turmoil and change. Now the medieval origins of some of Scotland’s oldest churches is being uncovered by an investigation into the nation’s rich religious heritage. It was believed that only around 50 churches across the country built between…