Tag Archive: England

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla set during the Viking Age

With the popularity of Vikings and The Last Kingdom it’s no surprise that the next installment of Assassin’s Creed is set during the Viking Age. In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla you play Eivor (as either a male or female) in the late 9th century as he leads a group of Vikings to find glory and riches…

Church of England moves valuables to Tower of London amid fears of coronavirus lockdown looting

Items include ‘rare and unusual’ silver, paintings, art and artefacts from across capital’s 400 churches The Church of England has moved millions of pounds worth of valuables to the Tower of London amid fears of looting during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown. Under Government guidelines, all places of worship have been closed in an attempt to…

Remnants of 13th-Century Town Walls Unearthed in Wales

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The Welsh town of Caernarfon played a crucial role in the fraught history between England and Wales; here, in the late 13th century, English king Edward I built an imposing castle to solidify his conquest of the region. Recently, during a survey ahead of construction, archaeologists stumbled upon several important relics from Caernarfon’s medieval past—including…

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…

Castle Ghosts of England

Castle Ghosts of England

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…

Dr Sean Cunningham talks Prince Arthur at the National Archives

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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…

Outlaw King Trailer

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From the director of Hell or High Water, David Mackenzie comes Outlaw King a Netflix original film. Starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots in an epic struggle to win independence from England. Outlaw King is available on Netflix 9 November 2018. Enjoy the trailer below. The untold, true story of…

MAP#79: Richard the Lionheart and author W.B. Bartlett

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In today’s lesson we are joined by author Wayne Bartlett to discuss Richard the Lionheart! Wayne’s new book Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England is available through Amberley Publishing. It’s an excellent biography and the first biography of Richard the Lionheart in over 40 years! Wayne and I discuss Richard’s upbringing, the Crusades…

St Albans Abbey ‘one of England’s early Norman cathedrals’

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St Albans Abbey has been confirmed as one of England’s early Norman cathedrals after experts uncovered foundations of the early church. Remains forming part of the early Norman abbey have been identified after foundations of the 11th Century church were revealed during excavation. Site director Ross Lane said: “We knew it was probably there but…

Joan of Arc and ‘The Great Pity of the Land of France’ by Moya Longstaffe

Joan of Arc and The Great Pity of the Land of France

Joan of Arc played a pivotal role in the Hundred Years’ War and the future of France. Moya Longstaffe returns to the original sources, employs her expertise in languages and brings Joan of Arc alive and does not duck the most difficult question: was she deluded, unbalanced, fraudulent ? or indeed a great visionary, to…

Solar eclipses and the middle ages

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Dr Anne Lawrence from the University of Reading’s Department of History examines what solar eclipses meant to our ancestors. Looking forward to the solar eclipse? I am and I suspect much of the UK is too. Scientists in particular are chomping at the bit to record this once in a generation event, especially here at…

Vandals attack Wallingford Castle leaving a repair bill of £500,000

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Vandals have damaged historic medieval ruins in Wallingford, leaving the town council with a repair bill of £500,000. Wallingford Castle was one of the greatest medieval castles in England and the ruins in Castle Gardens are its last surviving visible remains. Now the town council is weighing up the cost of the repairs, alongside other…

The Warrior Queen By Joanna Arman

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Æthelflæd, the Lady of the Mercians is a little known figure in early Medieval history who is starting to get her due. The daughter of Alfred the Great and ruler of Mercia she helped defeat the Danes and bring about a unified England. In a new biography Joanna Arman chronicles the life Æthelflæd from her…

15 castles in Kent you can visit for a great family day out

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Canterbury Castle © Tim Stubbings The ruined Norman castle, which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1070, is one of the most ancient in Britain. The castle became a ruin in the 17th century after it was constructed as one of the three royal castles in Kent in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135)….

Medieval Winchester skeleton reveals how leprosy spread

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The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim found in one of Britain’s earliest known hospitals has shed light on the history of the disfiguring disease. The remains of a young man, between the age of 18 and 25, were found in the St Mary Magdalen leprosarium near Winchester, Hampshire. Researchers suggests the man was a…