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Celebrating the New Year, Medieval Style

A look at New Year’s in the Middle Ages.

Seven Medieval Christmas Traditions

Christmas in medieval Europe could include feasting, gambling, one-day marriages, boy bishops and trolls.

Up Helly Aa: an ancient Viking festival?

Each year on the last Tuesday of January the town of Lerwick is awash with Vikings. The day culminates with the burning of an ornate longship, complete with dragon head and tail, thus creating a striking image of a Norse sea – king’s funeral pyre.

Medieval Halloween! Great books for Ghosts, Goblins, Witches & Ghouls!

Some spooktacular reads to celebrate Medieval Halloween!

Daily Life in the Spanish Reconquest: Scenes from Tenth-Century León

Built by the Romans to garrison to Seventh Legion, León may also have been the base of the legion’s military commander, who was sometimes fully empowered by the emperor to govern Asturias and Galicia.

“Want to joust?” Medievalists.net talks to champion jouster Shane Adams about his love of the sport and life on the road as a full time jouster

Replete with re-enactors, jousting, workshops, vendors and medieval military displays, the festival had something for everyone.

Swansea Castle to be opened to visitors this weekend

Swansea Castle in Wales will be opened up for public tours this weekend, allowing people to explore the medieval Welsh ruin. It’s only the third time in decades that people will have the chance to explore the historic attraction.

Re-enactment to mark the 526th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth

Bosworth Battlefield in Leicestershire will bring the drama and excitement of a medieval battle to life in a spectacular re-enactment to mark the 526th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2011. Hundreds of medieval re-enactors will bring history to life as Kings, knights, archers and soldiers come face […]

Battle of Nations – Historical Reenactment Tournament

The second international festival on historical reenactment “Battle of Nations” is taking place at the Khotyn Fortress in western Ukraine on April 30th to May 3rd. Medievalists.net is pleased to be able to offer live-streaming of this event. The first festival which was held in 2010 at the Khotyn Fortress has gained popularity among foreign […]

Linda Laforge on running a medieval fair

The first annual Great Northern Medieval Fayre was held earlier this year near Toronto, Canada. The event was held over a four-day period and drew thousands of visitors. Now that all the work is done, Linda Laforge, one of the co-organizers of the fayre, talks to Medievalists.net about the challenges and rewards of running a […]

Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle takes place this weekend

The Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle, which is taking place this weekend in the English county of East Sussex, is expected to draw its biggest-ever attendance this year. Last year over 30,000 visitors flocked through the gates at the three-day Festival, already the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. This year, the Festival has […]

York’s Barley Hall celebrates 650th anniversary

It’s survived the Black Death, a siege during England’s civil war and second world war air raids and still the medieval Barley Hall in York is standing strong and preparing to mark its 650th anniversary this weekend. York Archaeological Trust, owners of York’s restored Barley Hall town house, is inviting visitors to experience two weekends […]

More videos on the 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald

Various media outlets have been covering the ceremonies and events marking the Battle of Grunwald, which was fought in 1410 in present-day Poland.

Poland celebrates 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald

The county of Poland is marking the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald, which helped to secure the country’s independence, with various celebrations and re-enactments. Among those who took part in ceremonies were Polish president-elect Bronislaw Komorowski, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and the Grand Master of the Order of Teutonic Knights, bishop Bruno Platter. Events […]

Isle of Man hosts Festival of Archaeology

The Isle of Man will be celebrating all things archaeological from July 17th to August 1st. The celebrations are to coincide with the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of British Archaeology, and will be the first time the Island has run its own Festival of Archaeology. Manx National Heritage in association with other organisations has […]

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