BOOK REVIEW: Spies, Sadists, and Sorcerers: The History You Weren’t Taught in School

Book: Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers by Dominic Selwood

A review of Dominic Selwood’s, ‘Spies, Sadists, and Sorcerers: The History you Weren’t Taught in School’

Tall Tales: The Trouble with Tours

Nottingham Castle sitting atop its rock, a vast network of caves. Photo by Medievalists.net

Tours. They can be great, or they can be cringeworthy and rife with misinformation. A great tour guide knows how to add a flourish or two to a story to keep the audience engaged and the history interesting. A bad tour guide invents things and hopes there isn’t a historian in the audience dismayed by the falsehoods they’re spreading to unwitting listeners…

Music for a Captured King: Richard the Lionheart and Blondel

Blondel meeting Richard I - Photo by JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD / Wikimedia Commons

Love him or hate him, one thing you can say about England’s Richard the Lionheart is that there are some great stories about him.

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 Military Legacy of Richard the Lionheart

Statue of Richard the Lionheart - photo by wim hoppenbrouwers / Flickr

Authors look back at the entirety of the reign and reach two common conclusions: 1) he was a neglectful and mostly-absent ruler of England, but 2) he attained spectacular success in war, which was, after all, his primary interest.

Medieval Warfare Magazine – Volume IV Issue 5

medieval warfare magazine lionheart

The newest issue of Medieval Warfare hits the magazine shelves on October 1st. The theme for this issue is Richard the Lionheart’s conquests in the Mediterranean

Mirrors for Princes: Henry II and the Succession to the Angevin Empire

Henry II and his children - Royal 14 B V   Membrane 5

Understandably, with so many ‘devilish’ offspring, Henry II faced many difficulties when it came to bringing up his sons, including the problem of how to successfully integrate them into the rule of the Angevin Empire.

Berengaria of Navarre, Queen of England

Berengaria and Richard I

Of the many princesses available as a bride for Richard the Lionheart, King of England, Berengaria of Navarre was chosen to be his queen.

The Illnesses of King Richard and King Philippe on the Third Crusade

richard-and-phillip

For weeks both Richard and Philippe were close to the brink of death, before they finally recovered.

The Kidnapped King: Richard I in Germany, 1192–1194

Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI grants a pardon to Richard I of England

In 1193 the rulers of Germany and England met for the first time in history.

Coeur de Lion in Captivity

Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI grants a pardon to Richard I of England

In December 1192 Richard I was seized near Vienna by Duke Leopold V of Austria.

MOVIE REVIEW: Order of the Holy Grail (Captain Thunder)

Captain Thunder gets the chalice

This is a review of the Spanish medieval film: Captain Thunder or Order of The Holy Grail (El Capitán Trueno y el Santo Grial)

Richard Lionheart: Bad King, Bad Crusader?

Richard Lionheart

This paper analyzes the impact of King Richard Lionheart of England during his tenure as leader of the Third Crusade.

BOOK REVIEW: A King’s Ransom – Sharon Kay Penman

A King's Ransom - Sharon Kay Penman

A King’s Ransom is the follow up to Lionheart and tells the story of King Richard I’s imprisonment in Germany at the hands of Duke Leopold of Austria and Emperor Heinrich VI and of his battle to win back his Kingdom from his rapacious brother John.

The embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart (1199 A.D.): a biological and anthropological analysis

Tomb of Richard I

We performed a full biomedical analysis of the mummified heart of the English King Richard I (1199 A.D.). Here we show among other aspects, that the organ has been embalmed using substances inspired by Biblical texts and practical necessities of desiccation

The Strange Death of Richard the Lionhearted

Church of Fontevraud Abbey Richard I effigy (Wikicommons)

Why did Richard I, a seasoned and expert warrior, expose himself to a bowman’s shot?

Character-Assassination: Conrad de Monferrat in English-language Fiction and Popular Histories

Conrad de Montferrat

It is a story will all the ingredients of epic tragedy: a brilliant, courageous and handsome nobleman travels to distant lands, fights battles, marries princesses, is elected King but is slain by treachery, still relatively young, just before he is crowned.

The Fall of the Angevin Empire

King John of England

A damned inheritance, hopelessly over-extended and out-resourced by the kings of France? Or an effective empire thrown away by incompetence and harshness? John Gillingham weighs the blame for John’s loss of the Angevin dominions.

The Meetings of the Kings of France and England, 1066-1204

The coronation of Philippe II Auguste in the presence of Henry II of England

Between 1066 and 1154 the kings of France and of England are known to have met each other on five occasions: in 1079, 1109, 1113, 1120, and 1137.

The Massacre at Acre–Mark of a Blood-thirsty King?

Siege of Acre

The Christian forces in the Holy Land during the mid-to-late-1100s had, for many years, requested assistance to maintain their dwindling and increasingly challenged control in the Holy Land, but no help came. The tenuous rule of Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem, in the mid-1180s, led to further internal conflict.

medievalverse magazine
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons