Tag Archive: Poland

See Europe’s Ruined Medieval Castles Come Back to Life


The past is often a refuge from the present. Whether it’s where you were two weeks ago or 10 years ago, there’s a certain security that comes from the certainty of then. Perhaps that’s why a team of designers recently looked at the now-ruined castles of Middle Ages Europe, lifting the fortifications up from their…

Medieval sword discovered in a Polish peat bog


Completely preserved medieval sword from the 14th century has been discovered at a peat bog near Hrubieszów. The finder donated the artefact to the local Fr. Stanisław Staszic Museum. “This is a unique find in the region” – said Bartłomiej Bartecki, director of the museum. The sword was discovered last week in the Commune of…

Healthy ‘Vampires’ Emerge From Graves In Medieval Polish Cemetery


Archaeologists excavating a Medieval cemetery site in Kałdus, Poland, recently discovered hundreds of graves — among them, they found 14 anti-vampire burials. Some of these people were decapitated, others buried face-down, and still more were weighted down with stones. One of the major theories about ancient “vampire” graves is that people buried in this way…

MAP#60: Council of Constance: Heretics, Schism and the Teutonic Knights


Six hundred years ago Anti-Pope John XXIII called the Council of Constance. It was an ecumenical council recognized by the Roman Catholic Church and began in November 1414. The main purpose of the Council was to end the Western Schism. In 1414 three Popes ruled the Catholic Church, Anti-Popes John XXIII and Benedict XIII and…

Battle Castle: Austin, Texas

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The invaders moved in almost overnight and now they are ready to attack. If you live in the Austin, Texas area you can watch a Battle Castle Mini-Marathon today on PBS station KLRU. Don’t miss it! #BattleCastle marathon on @KLRU Austin, TX featuring Crac des Chevaliers, Dover and Malaga. Sunday May 5th @ 3:55 pm….

Battle Castle: San Francisco Dates

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San Francisco PBS station KQED released their schedule for Battle Castle. And they are running a marathon! If you live in the Bay area plan your Memorial Day Weekend around the Battle Castle lineup! It will air beginning Thursday, 23 May 2013 and the final show will be on Saturday, 25 May 2013. Get your…

Battle Castle: Georgia, USA dates

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Another station has checked in with dates and times for Battle Castle. Georgia Public Broadcasting will air episodes on Friday nights. The bad news is they started last Friday! The good news is you can catch a replay of Episode 1: Crac des Chevaliers this Wednesday. The dates and times are below. GPB – Georgia…

Battle Castle USA Tour Dates

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With one tweet medievalists across the USA celebrated. It premiered on Hstory Channel Canada last winter, followed by BBC TV in the fall and now, finally Battle Castle hits the USA! [blackbirdpie url=https://twitter.com/battlecastle/status/287330515885899776] That’s the great news. The not so good news is it wasn’t bought by a national channel like History or Discovery. It…

Battle Castle: Teutonic Knights and the Siege of Marienburg

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On the fifth installment of Battle Castle we travel to Prussia and visit Malbork Castle, home of the Teutonic Knights. Sprawling over 51 acres (21 hectares) Malbork is truly an impressive castle. Host Dan Snow walks us through the castles design and demonstrates how to create mud bricks in Guedelon. Then Dan teams up with…

Medieval Castles in 3D

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The good folks over at Battle Castle have outdone themselves! First they create a show about medieval castles, then they give us great medieval recipes to enjoy and today they released over 60 pictures of the castles. But not just any pictures, these are in 3D! (click on the pictures to embiggen them) All you…

Medieval Metal: Pospolite Ruszenie CD review

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I am always on the look out for good medieval music. Last month I reviewed Moat Jumpers Christmas CD, Christmas At The Renaissance Fair. Recently I discovered a band out of Poland named Pospolite Ruszenie. Their latest album, I am stuck in my ways and still call them albums, not very 21st century I know!,…

Battle to save Bagots Castle in Baginton

A race against time is underway to save forgotten Bagots Castle in Baginton. The medieval castle dates back to the 14th century – but hardly anyone knows it’s there. Villagers want to conserve its ruins – but only have a few months to raise the money needed to preserve it for future generations. Parish councillor…

Heads of State to attend Battle of Grunwald celebrations

The anniversary of a 1410 battle between Poland, Lithuania and the Teutonic order will be marked this year by reenactments, jousting tournaments and even a medieval football game, attended by heads of state from six nations. The celebrations of the 600 anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald will take place from 15 to 17 July….