An Elaborate Viking Graveyard at the End of a Fjord

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Norway is rife with fjords—deep, canyon-like inlets carved by glaciers that add some 10,000 miles to the country’s convoluted coastline—and at one time those fjords were rife with Vikings. Vikings settled many of these sheltered waterways, and some of those places evolved into modern towns and cities such as Eidfjord, Stavanger, and Trondheim, once the…

Skeletons of a working-class woman and 7-year-old girl are discovered in the Tower of London

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Two mysterious skeletons believed to be a mother and child have been discovered in the Tower of London – but unlike most they do not appear to have been prisoners there.     Although the 950-year-old tower has seen many die at the headman’s axe and hundreds locked within its dungeons, it has not always had such…

The Masque of the Red Death

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Last Halloween we listened to the audio version of The Masque of the Red Death. This year you can dim the lights, grab some popcorn and watch the movie! The Masque of the Red Death is a short story written by Edgar Allen Poe. The story focuses on medieval Prince Prospero as he attempts to…

Green light for cash to help restore medieval Glasgow hall

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It is one of Glasgow’s oldest buildings and has stood proudly at its site since the 15th century. Now Provan Hall, in Auchinlea Park, Easterhouse, is going to be repaired as part of a multi-million pound project after being “identified as a key gateway access point to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park”. Glasgow City Council…

Medieval Sword Discovered in Stone Enchants Bosnians

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In a real-life Bosnian version of the Arthurian legend, a rare medieval sword has been found plunged into solid rock at the bottom of a river in Bosnia, thrilling historians and romantics alike. A medieval hand-and-a-half-long sword rammed into stone, discovered this summer at the bottom of the river Vrbas in Bosnia, has been hailed…

Thousand medieval silver coins found in woods in southeastern Denmark

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A treasure of 1,000 silver coins from the Middle Ages has been found in Vejle close to a forest. The coins, which are made of 80 percent silver and 20 percent copper, weigh approximately one gram apiece. Some 803 of them are loose, while the rest, up to 1,000, are attached to the remains of…

Philippa Of Hainault: Mother Of The English Nation by Kathryn Warner

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Philippa Of Hainault written by Kathryn Warner, is the first biography of a remarkable and influential English queen. The wife of King Edward III, Philippa was queen during some of the most historic events in English history. The couple married in 1328 and within 20 years England was embroiled in the Hundred Years War and…

Instrumental Legends: Inspired by the life and times of Richard III

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Earlier this year we featured a new album by Legendary Ten Seconds titled Mer de Mort. The album celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Mortimer Society. Legendary Ten Seconds was also featured on the Medieval Archives Podcast. That episode included songs inspired by Richard III and the Wars of the Roses. Last month Legendary Ten…

Castle Ghosts of England

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Are castles really haunted? If you’ve ever walked through them on a dark, cold night you may have heard strange sounds or eerie whispers. Is it your imagination or something supernatural? In Castle Ghosts of England Sir Robert Hardy investigates the stories of castles around England. He visits Muncaster Castle, Sudeley Castle, The Tower of…

Season of the Witch

The nights are longer and there is a chill in the air. The Season of the Witch is upon us. Beware of the things that go bump in the night! ‘And out of the darkness the zombie did callTrue pain and suffering he brought to them allAway ran the children to hide in their bedsFor…

Game of Thrones gets Bayeux Tapestry treatment

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The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered depiction of the events leading up to the Norman Invasion of England and culminating with the Battle of Hastings. The Bayeux Tapestry was created in the 11th century, a few months after the Battle of Hastings. It measures 70 meters (230 feet) in length and 50 centimeters (20 inches)…

1,400-year-old Pictish cemetery uncovered in Scotland

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Archaeologists have uncovered what is believed to be a 1,400-year-old Pictish cemetery in the Highlands. Excavation at the sight has confirm a number of barrows, or burial mounds and enclosures at the site near Muir of Ord in the Black Isle. If confirmed to date from the Pictish era, the barrows may be in the…

Medieval Norfolk church gutted by fire

A 12th Century church has been gutted by a fire. The blaze was reported at 06:07 BST and when firefighters arrived at the scene in Wimbotsham, Norfolk, they discovered the roof was alight. Nine crews tackled the fire at St Mary the Virgin Church, which dates from 1175, and it was extinguished by 10:00. “Unfortunately…

Anglo-Saxon treasures found on Bicester building site scrap heap

The ‘unusual’ discovery of a brooch over 1,300 years old and found on a building site in Bicester has been declared as treasure. The Anglo-Saxon brooch, and five other historic finds thought to be from a female grave from the 7th century, was uncovered at the undisclosed site on top of a pile of soil….

Medieval windows removed from York Minster for restoration

Two 600-year-old windows have been removed from York Minster as part of a major restoration project. The windows are part of a sequence of eight and the 11-year project in the cathedral’s South Quire aisle will see all of them removed and restored. They will also be given protective glazing to prevent future damage in…