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Austria’s crown jewels offer a unique insight into medieval Europe

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The octagonal crown fashioned from pure gold is studded with 144 precious stones and just as many pearls yet it is a priceless artifact for other reasons. The crown almost certainly once graced the head of the first German emperor Otto I more than 1,000 years ago. For hundreds of years it has been one…

For Sale: 30-Bedroom Medieval Castle In Italy For $58 Million

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An historic castle in Italy’s Piemonte Torino, built sometime between the 9th and 14th century, is on sale for $58 million. The castle has 30 bedrooms and 47 full bathrooms, across nearly 40,000 square feet. Inside, there is a Roman Chapel. Outside there are gardens that can accommodate 300 guests and even a helipad. Famous…

Oldest remains of English royalty unearthed

The bones of Alfred the Great’s granddaughter Eadgyth have been discovered in Germany. Forensic anaylsis of the contents of a recently-discovered tomb has concluded that it contained the oldest surviving remains of any member of the English Royal family The tomb was hailed as ”one of the most exciting historical discoveries in recent years” when…