The Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson

Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson

My book review of Robin Hood tale, Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson.

BOOK REVIEW: Genoa ‘La Superba’: The Rise and Fall of a Merchant Pirate Superpower by Nicholas Walton

Book cover: Genoa ‘La Superba’: The Rise and Fall of a Merchant Pirate Superpower by Nicholas Walton

While most books about Italy have been dedicated to tourist hubs like Milan, Florence, Rome, Sicily and Venice, Genoa with its rich history, rugged landscape, and tenacious residents, has been given only a passing mention.

BOOK REVIEW: The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

Joanna Stafford, our intrepid ex-Dominican super sleuth is at it again. This time, she’s hurled straight into the midst of plotting and deception at Henry VIII’s court.

With a Bended Bow: An Interview with Erik Roth

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Erik Roth presents a comprehensive examination of the archer and his weapon in a time when archery was both economically and militarily vital to the security of England, based on the study of mediaeval writings and period artefacts.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Starting a Fire

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One very good example of misconceptions we have today about a bit of boringly daily life in medieval times is fire – or, more specifically, lighting fire.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Interview with Gillian Polack

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While we were getting the draft of the Middle Ages Unlocked into a new structure, we had to cut out many things – among them a lot of lists.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Medieval Crafts

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We’ve decided to share some of the questions Gillian asked Katrin, because the answers are fascinating and only some of them appear in the book.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Developing the Book

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There’s a story behind everything. My personal story for The Middle Ages Unlocked goes back to the days before Twitter and Facebook.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Writer Things

Middle Ages Unlocked

Working together with Gillian on The Middle Ages Unlocked was a cross-border experience in many ways: an Australian and a German, a historian and an archaeologist, and a professional writer with a professional crafter.

The Middle Ages Unlocked: Finding the Team

Middle Ages Unlocked

The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Life in Medieval England, 1050-1300, is a new book by Gillian Polack and Katrin Kania. Now available from Amberley Publishing, the book explores a wide range of topics from law, religion and education to landscape, art and magic, between the eleventh and early fourteenth centuries, the structures, institutions and […]

Discovering Medieval Graffiti: An Interview with Matthew Champion

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We found demons, faces, hand outlines, names, dates and prayers – just about every type of graffiti you can imagine.

Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England

Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England

During Richard’s protectorate he was responsible, as far as we know, for four executions for treason

Poems by a Viking

Poems by a Viking

What was a poem by a Viking like? In his new book, Crimsoning the Eagle’s Claw, Ian Crockatt has translated dozens of poems of one of the most famous poets from the Norse world.

The Hammer of the Scots: Edward I and the Scottish Wars of Independence

The Hammer of the Scots

This book offers a fresh interpretation of Edward’s military career, with a particular focus on his Scottish wars. In part this is a study of personality: Edward was a remarkable man. His struggles with tenacious opponents – including Robert the Bruce and William Wallace – have become the stuff of legend.

Special issue of Medieval Warfare: 1415 – The Battle of Agincourt

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Take a look at this special issue of Medieval Warfare magazine, commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt

New Books on the Crusades

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Looking for the latest books about the Crusades? Check out our list of ten recently published books…

New book sheds light on Hereford’s medieval past

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A leading archaeologist, who uncovered the remains of what might be a wounded Knight, will reveal extraordinary details of medieval life in Hereford in a new book.

Gareth Hinds’ Beowulf

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Dark and visceral, the graphic novel version of Beowulf created by Gareth Hinds is considered to be one of the most successful adaptations of the Old English tale.

Tabula Gratulatoria for Clerics, Kings and Vikings

Clerics Kings and Vikings

Four Courts Press invite you to subscribe to the Tabula Gratulatoria for Clerics, Kings and Vikings, a collection of essays on medieval Ireland in honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin,

‘Given to the Ground’: A Viking Age Mass Grave on Ridgeway Hill, Weymouth

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This volume describes one of the most exciting and unexpected archaeological discoveries to have been made in Britain in recent years, that of a rare mass grave of executed Vikings on Ridgeway Hill, Dorset.

New Books on the Middle Ages

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From castles to healthcare, and maps to poetry – six new books on the Middle Ages.

Medieval Warfare Magazine – Volume V Issue 2

Medieval Warfare Magazine – Volume V Issue 2

This issue’s theme is The Campaigns of Charlemagne

BOOKS: Medieval Ireland

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In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some great books on medieval Ireland!

With All For All: The Life of Simon de Montfort

With All For All: The Life of Simon de Montfort

This biography follows his life from his birth and upbringing in France until his defeat and death at the hands of the future Edward I.

Five New Books for Medievalists

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