Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Edinburgh Castle

An engraving published in Maitland's History of Edinburgh, 1753.

Few indeed are those architectural legacies still remaining to us that can boast the iconic status of Edinburgh Castle, its distinctive silhouette known throughout the world, accompanied by the gently wafting of bagpipes. Far rarer still are those structures with a comparably singular influence upon the shaping of a nation.

The Medieval Magazine – Issue 31

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This week’s issue of The Medieval Magazine takes a look at Christianity in the Middle Ages.

Consider the Source

internet - photo by transCam / Flickr

I followed the link I was given and found a website that goes on and on about how brutal the medieval justice system was (with gory examples of limb-lopping and eyeball-gouging), and that people lived in fear of becoming the next victim of it. That’s when I started to get upset.

How Hagia Sophia was Built

hagia sophia - Photo by Scott MacLeod Liddle / Flickr

Stories and legends from the Patria on how the greatest church of the Byzantine world was built

Machiavelli and Botticelli Movies to Hit the Screen in 2016

Machiavelli The Prince by Lorenzo Raveggi.

Machiavelli and Botticelli are set to hit screens in 2016. We sat down to chat with Italian director, Lorenzo Raveggi about his two ambitious projects.

Which Historical Era Should You Time Travel To?

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Ever wonder when in time you should visit? Find out here!

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle

Few ambitions were ever so grand or manifestos so proudly proclaimed as those writ into the walls of Dunstanburgh Castle. The power of such fortifications wasn’t just limited to their considerable heft but was rooted in their role as the stronghold and home of the great men and women of the age

The Medieval Magazine – Issue 30

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Medieval Pilgrimages / Robin Hood / The Middle Ages and Feminism / Archaeologists fight to preserve English battlefield

The Medieval Magazine – Issue 29

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Pennsic: For Two Weeks, a Medieval Kingdom in Pennsylvania / The Evil Spirit that Terrorized a Medieval Village / What is a Psalter?

Questions and Answers with Alcuin

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What are teeth? – The millstones of our biting.

How a Medieval Bed Should Look Like

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One of the most important pieces of a furniture in the medieval home was the bed – it would not only be the place to sleep and have sex, but also where one would give birth and often where people would have their last moments.

Medieval Pilgrimages: It’s All About the Journey

medieval pilgrimage - detail of miniature showing the Lover, dressed as a pilgrim, setting off on his pilgrimage.  British Library Egerton 1069   f. 145

For medieval people, faith was more than just an abstract idea, it was tangible in the works they made to glorify God, and the relics they could see with their own eyes. An integral part of this tangible form of faith was the pilgrimage: a spiritual journey to visit a holy site.

If You Had Married King Henry VIII…….What Would Your Fate Have Been?

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Is it off with your head? or do you stand a chance of surviving?

Motte and Bailey Castle for Sale in Wales

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The remains of a 13th-century Motte and Bailey castle has been put up for sale together with a fully renovated five bedroomed farmhouse, gardens, stream and wood for £650,000

5 Fun Facts About Robin Hood

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Robin Hood has enthralled generations of readers and movie goers. This English outlaw-hero has become of symbol of freedom against tyranny, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. But who was Robin Hood? How much is grounded in myth and how much is reality?

Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book

Getty exhibit rohan master and book of fables  - Photo by Danielle Trynoski

Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book invites visitors to get in touch. Well, not literally since we’re discussing medieval manuscripts, but the exhibition wants viewers to consider the tactile side of books and manuscripts

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle - Photo by giorgio raffaelli / Flickr

Windswept and interesting, the spectacle of the venerable old man of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle, cannot help but stoke the imagination.

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.

The Evil Spirit that Terrorized a Medieval Village

evil spirit - photo by craig Cloutier / Flickr

Today’s horror movies could make use of this story from the ninth-century, of how an evil spirit terrorized a village, and the attempt to get rid of it, which seems to be one of the earliest recorded exorcisms from the Middle Ages.

How to destroy gods

Bishop Absalon topples the god Svantevit at Arkona - created by Laurits Tuxen (1853–1927)

In the year 1168 a Danish bishop destroyed three pagan gods. The story is told in Gesta Danorum, by Saxo Grammaticus, which has recently been entirely translated into English for the first time.

Movie Review: Tristan and Isolde

Tristan and Isolde, starring James Franco and Sophia Myles.

As far as medieval movies go, Tristan and Isolde definitely isn’t the worst I’ve seen. I was looking for a movie to watch after work, and I thought, hey, James Franco, Sophia Moyles, Henry Cavill, and Rufus Sewell, all directed by Ridley Scott?! – this can’t be that bad. Well, it was pretty bad, but it wasn’t the worst 2 hours of my life. So what went wrong?

What is a Psalter?

What is a Psalter - St. Albans Psalter from the 12th century

Because they didn’t contain the entire Bible, psalters were nice and portable, making good girdle books for the devout – or those concerned with showing off – to carry with them.

Reflections on Our Fascination with Vikings and What It Tells Us about How We Engage with the Past

A Viking Sword that has been heated and bent before being included in a burial. It is believed that the sword may have been symbolically killed. Photo by Astrid Westvang / Flickr

What drives our fascination with these people who lived so long ago, about whom we know relatively little and yet who my students see very clearly and definitively?

Which of these Historical Events Never Happened?

Historical Events Never Happened

Think you know your history? Find out which events really happened here!

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Dover Castle

Dover Castle = Photo by Smudge 9000 / Flickr

Resolute and vigilant, Dover Castle yet stands guard above its ancient charge, the port of Dover. Of all the facets and functions that the castle performed in medieval society, Dover personifies its most commonly remembered and perhaps fundamental aspect, as a stronghold and place of security.

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