Category Archives: Medieval

Old shoes in the news – discovery of ancient Egyptian shoes in Luxor and a medieval shoe stuffed with coins in Holland

Old shoes in the news – discovery of ancient Egyptian shoes in Luxor and a medieval shoe stuffed with coins in Holland

Two lots of ancient hidden shoes have hit the news this week. The first batch, found deposited in a jar in an Egyptian temple in Luxor, are over 2,000 years old. The second find in Rotterdam was a 16th century shoe, stuffed with 477 silver coins.Continue Reading

Richard III’s Y-DNA could unlock more royal genetic genealogy – if the Church allowed it

Richard III’s Y-DNA could unlock more royal genetic genealogy – if the Church allowed it

The DNA analysis of Richard III’s remains, which helped verify his identity through the female line of descent, is now set to cast a fascinating light on his male line.Continue Reading

Now is the time to cash in on Richard III – rare 1485 silver groat up for auction

Now is the time to cash in on Richard III – rare 1485 silver groat up for auction

With the confirmed discovery of Richard III’s bones making headline news around the world this week, bidders now have the rare opportunity to own a little piece of the last Plantagenet King’s story.Continue Reading

Is this REALLY the face of King Richard III?

Is this REALLY the face of King Richard III?

The climax of dotty docudrama ‘The King in the Car Park’ was the revelation of a faintly embarrassing facial reconstruction of Richard III, paid for by the eccentric Richard III Society. Not to be outdone, I reveal a facial reconstruction of another famous monarch.Continue Reading

Alaska volcanic ash cloud linked to harsh winters in medieval Europe 855 – 860 AD

Alaska volcanic ash cloud linked to harsh winters in medieval Europe 855 – 860 AD

Vulcanologists have discovered that volcanic ash from the Wrangell Mountains in eastern Alaska found its way to medieval Europe in the 9th century, which may explain unusually harsh winters and celestial phenomenon recorded in Dark Age chronicles.Continue Reading

Undated Medieval manuscripts can be automatically dated by new computer software

Undated Medieval manuscripts can be automatically dated by new computer software

Canadian statisticians, with the help of medieval historians and experts in Latin, have developed computer algorithms that can detect changes in language over time to automatically date medieval English documents.Continue Reading

Why did the last Vikings abandon their 500 year-old colony in Greenland?

Why did the last Vikings abandon their 500 year-old colony in Greenland?

Archaeologists believe that declining trade and a fear of losing their cultural identity drove the descendants of Greenland’s Viking colonists back to their ancestral homes in the late 15th century, rather than starvation and disease.Continue Reading

Swiss farmer’s 655 year-old debt to Catholic church, for murder committed in 1357, lifted by court

Swiss farmer’s 655 year-old debt to Catholic church, for murder committed in 1357, lifted by court

A Swiss court has relieved a farmer and his family of an annual debt to their local Catholic parish church dating back to 1357, when his medieval predecessor Konrad Müller killed a man named Heinrich Stucki.Continue Reading

Ancient document of fines handed out by Godmanchester manor court in 1398 saved for the public

Ancient document of fines handed out by Godmanchester manor court in 1398 saved for the public

A medieval document, showing fines handed out to townsfolk by the manor court of Godmanchester on 26 September 1398, has been saved for public access after coming up for auction in London.Continue Reading

New evidence confirms second Viking outpost in North America 1,000 years ago

New evidence confirms second Viking outpost in North America 1,000 years ago

Whetstones found on Baffin Island bear traces of copper alloys – unknown to North America’s indigenous inhabitants, but well-known to Viking metalsmiths. Continue Reading

The hunt for Viking DNA in Ireland – Volunteers wanted for 20-22 October 2012

The hunt for Viking DNA in Ireland – Volunteers wanted for 20-22 October 2012

The DNA of male volunteers bearing Ireland’s oldest surnames is being sought by scientists to test for traces of Viking invaders who stayed and settled there.Continue Reading

10 Ancient Faces – best preserved bodies of the last 5,000 years

10 Ancient Faces – best preserved bodies of the last 5,000 years

Still eerily recognisable as they were in life, here are 10 of the best preserved bodies of the last 5,000 years.Continue Reading

Where would Richard III want to be buried?

Where would Richard III want to be buried?

Should the likely mortal remains of Richard III be reburied in Leicester, where he was found; in York, where he was loved; or in Westminster Abbey, among the historic Kings and Queens of England? What Richard himself might have wanted.Continue Reading

Ancient scroll shows pedigree of famous East Anglian family from 11th to 18th centuries

Ancient scroll shows pedigree of famous East Anglian family from 11th to 18th centuries

A digital copy of an antique scroll, showing the genealogy of the Tilney family of East Anglia from 1097 to 1740, is to go on display in the village of Tilney All Saints, Norfolk.Continue Reading

Plymouth man discovers historic medieval well, and hidden sword, under his living room floor

Plymouth man discovers historic medieval well, and hidden sword, under his living room floor

Colin Steer has uncovered a medieval well, with an old sword hidden in it’s walls, under the living room floor of his Victorian home in Plymouth.Continue Reading

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