Tag Archive: 12th Century

Quarr Abbey monks ‘thrilled’ at World Monuments Watch listing

Monks at an Isle of Wight monastery say they are hopeful of saving medieval abbey ruins, after they were recognised in an international heritage survey. The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary’s at Quarr is among 67 “most at-risk” sites listed by the World Monuments Fund (WMF). The monks say the listing will make it easier…

The Sierra Nevada Brewery helps fund The Abbey of New Clairvaux reconstruction

An order of Cistercian monks in rural northern California lives a quiet life of prayer, contemplation and work. One of their projects is to reconstruct a medieval monastery, also called a chapter house, that dates back to 12th century Spain. The Abbey of New Clairvaux is using original stones carved for the Santa Maria de…

Kent campaign to save ‘decaying’ Rochester Castle

Conservationists have begun a campaign to preserve Rochester Castle. The Restore Rochester Castle Campaign wants to save the walls, floor and roof of the 12th Century building. A section of the outer wall of the castle had to be rebuilt last month after collapsing because of heavy rainfall. Campaigner Jon O’Donnell said the medieval castle…

Early medieval manuscripts give new view of English life under the Normans

The culmination of a pioneering international project which has uncovered new insights on Norman England is to be celebrated on Wednesday 10th November at 3.30pm at the University of Leicester. A new study of early medieval manuscripts written in the English language has revealed that the Normans, who conquered England in 1066, were not the…

Site of ‘Britain’s oldest hospital’ uncovered

A site which may house Britain’s earliest known hospital has been uncovered by archaeologists. Radio carbon analysis at the former Leper Hospital at St Mary Magdalen in Winchester, Hampshire, has provided a date range of AD 960-1030 for a series of burials, many exhibiting evidence of leprosy, on the site. A number of other artefacts,…

Summer dig at Perperikon yield new finds

This year’s archaeological digs at the Perperikon site yielded fewer unique finds, but provided more proof of the continued importance of the rock city in southern Bulgaria during the transition from late antiquity to the early medieval times, the head of excavations, Prof. Nikolai Ovcharov said on October 18. The new finds establish the continuity…

The golden chalice of the great Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis

French 12th Century (cup Alexandrian 2nd/1st Century B.C.) French 12th Century (artist) Chalice of the Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis, 2nd/1st century B.C. (cup); 1137-1140 (mounting) sardonyx cup with heavily gilded silver mounting, adorned with filigrees set with stones, pearls, glass insets, and opaque white glass pearls overall (height): 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.) overall (diam….

Bicycle Jousting, transferring a medieval sport into a modern sport

Jousting was a sport that originated in Medieval England and it was brutal. Two Knights in full armour on horseback would charge towards one another and would each try to impale the other with a long pointed lance. It was a very dangerous and thrilling sport but slowly over the years it faded away because…

Battle of Wakefield anniversary recap

The clash of swords and the screams of battle cries were brought back to Sandal Castle to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Wakefield. Sandal Castle was the site of the one of the bloodiest battles of the War of the Roses on December 30, 1460 – ending with Lancastrian defeat and the…

New US Embassy Adopts Defenses From Middle Ages

A US embassy is expected to extend the welcoming hand of democracy—while maintaining a 30-meter zone of blast protection. Such was the challenge facing KieranTimberlake when the architectural firm entered a State Department competition to design a new embassy on the banks of the Thames in London. Its winning plan, to be built by 2017,…

Jousting, swordplay are on display at Tulare County Fair

Tulare County Fair visitors are discovering that the Medieval Tournament of Champions, a clash of armored knights on horseback, is an interactive affair. While the 12-foot lances are reserved for competitors, audience members are invited before the nightly battles to engage in various archery- and hatchet-throwing activities, with wooden swords and shields as prizes. On…

Family launches medieval weapon

Finding the Hunger family farm on Pembroke Rd is easy – just look for a huge medieval trebuchet sticking up above the trees. The trebuchet is an ancient siege weapon developed in the 12th Century in France and Asia as an improvement on a basic catapult. It uses a slingshot to increase the velocity of…

Medieval book looted during war to go back to Italy

A 12th century manuscript will be returned to Italy from the British Library thanks to a new law governing artwork looted during the Nazi era. The Beneventan Missal, which is thought to have been stolen from Benevento’s Metropolitan Chapter during the Allied bombing of Italy in 1943, will be given back to the city of…

Leça do Balio Medieval Fair

Medieval fair in Matosinhos celebrates every year the the old Santiago pilgrimage passage, were in the XII century the military order of St. John of Jerusalem decided to choose the Leça do Balio Monastery has it´s headquarters. Placed by the ancient roman road that connected Porto and Braga, the Leça do Balio Monastery is still…

Lost medieval hospital to be uncovered

The public will get the chance to see one of Winchester lost medieval treasures as well as a cinema that dates from World War One. Winchester University is holding an Archaeology Open Day this Saturday to view the excavations at the site of a former medieval hospital. Known by locals as Hospital Field, St Mary…