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The Medieval Archives podcast transports you back to an age of heroic kings, gallant knights and pious bishops. Separate fact from fiction and find out how the men and women of the middle ages really lived.

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The Medieval Archives podcast transports you back to an age of heroic kings, gallant knights and pious bishops. Separate fact from fiction and find out how the men and women of the middle ages really lived.

    Mudlarks: Searching for London's Lost Treasures

    Mudlarks: Searching for London's Lost Treasures

    Mudlarks of the 18th and 19th century would search the shores of the River Thames during low tide to find valuable items and sell them for a profit. Being a mudlark back then was usually a job for those in extreme poverty.

    Mudlarks in the 21st century aren't finding and selling items to survive, they are helping document and preserve the history of London. We are joined by two modern day Mudlarks, Jason Sandy and Nick Stevens. They have over20 years experience searching the foreshore of the River Thames.

    • 45 min
    The Medieval Knight with Christopher Gravett

    The Medieval Knight with Christopher Gravett

    When people think of the Middle Ages one of the first images that pops into their head is a knight in shining armor. Knights are synonymous with the Middle Ages. Slaying dragons, saving damsels in distress, but beyond the fairy tales are the real life knights. Men who sacrificed and endlessly trained to earn the title of Knight.
    On this episode of the Medieval Archives podcast I’m joined by historian and author Christopher Gravett to discuss The Medieval Knight. Chris is a former curator at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, and an expert in the field of medieval arms, armor and warfare.
    He also worked with numerous TV series and movies as a historical advisor including The Conquerors, Braveheart and Ivanhoe. Chris even advised Terry Jones, best known as part of Monty Python, for his books. Chris has some fascinating ‘behind-the-scenes’ stories.
    Chris’s new book The Medieval Knight covers the evolution of the knight over 300 years, from the early Norman Knights of William the Conqueror to the gradual decline in the 15th century.
    We discuss a variety of topics including how knights trained, how armor evolved over the years and tournaments. Did you know a king and a prince were killed while jousting in a tournament! Listen in to find out.
    You can read my review of The Medieval Knight here. It is a fantastic book! Grab a copy today and enjoy the well researched history and the amazing pictures that help visualize the weapons and armor.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Halloween Special 2020 – Ghost Stories From Haunted Castles

    Halloween Special 2020 – Ghost Stories From Haunted Castles

    The witching season is upon us once again. Past Halloweens we’ve covered a Medieval Serial Killer, Medieval Zombies and more. All the Halloween episodes are available on the Halloween Podcast page.
    This Halloween we are looking at haunted castles from the Middle Ages. Castles
    We’ll visit a handful of castles around England and one in Ireland. Most of the castles today are in Northern England and one isn’t a castle. We’ll start out at Whitby Abbey and make our way north to Alnwick Castle and the infamous Alnwick Vampire! The Alnwick Vampire spread death and pestilence wherever it roamed. It was even recorded by medieval chronicler William of Newburgh.
    Then we’ll look at a castle dubbed ‘The Most Haunted Castle” in England, Chillingham Castle. Filled with the ghosts of hundreds of Scottish prisoners, an evil torturer and an innocent boy caught in the middle of political betrayal.
    The last two stops on our trip are on the Emerald Isle at Malahide Castle talking about perhaps, the first evil clown and ending up in London at the massive Tower of London!
    The Tower of London is home to some of the most famous ghosts in England including the Princes in the Tower and Queen Anne Boleyn. The night before her execution, Queen Anne wrote her death poem, which you can read below. I found a beautiful rendition of the poem set to music in the episode.
    Queen Anne Boleyn Death Poem: Oh Death, rock me asleep,
    Bring me to quiet rest,
    Let pass my weary guiltless ghost
    Out of my careful breast.
    Toll on, thou passing bell;
    Ring out my doleful knell;
    Let thy sound my death tell.
    Death doth draw nigh;
    There is no remedy.
    My pains who can express?
    Alas, they are so strong;
    My dolour will not suffer strength
    My life for to prolong.
    Toll on, thou passing bell;
    Ring out my doleful knell;
    Let thy sound my death tell.
    Death doth draw nigh;
    There is no remedy.
    Alone in prison strong
    I wait my destiny.
    Woe worth this cruel hap that I
    Should taste this misery!
    Toll on, thou passing bell;
    Ring out my doleful knell;
    Let thy sound my death tell.
    Death doth draw nigh;
    There is no remedy.
    Farewell, my pleasures past,
    Welcome, my present pain!
    I feel my torments so increase
    That life cannot remain.
    Cease now, thou passing bell;
    Rung is my doleful knell;
    For the sound my death doth tell.
    Death doth draw nigh;
    There is no remedy.


    The Tower of London also had one of the craziest executions recorded. A novice executioner missed his mark and chased an elder lady around hacking her to death. As comical as it sounds it as a gruesome death seen by over 150 witnesses.
    Grab some candy and get ready for a chilling tour of haunted castles!
    Haunted Castles covered in this episode:
    Whitby Abbey Alnwick Castle Chillingham Castle Malahide Castle The Tower of London Get your free audio book from Audible.com at: https://www.medievalarchives.com/AudioBook Download the MP3 and listen to it on your favorite MP3 player. Subscribe to the feed so you do not miss a single episode.
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    The intro music was provided by Tim Rayburn. It is available at Magnatune.com

    • 41 min
    Viking Warriors and Explorers

    Viking Warriors and Explorers

    VIKINGS! The scourge of the early middle ages. Vikings raided England, Ireland and Europe with a ferocity never seen before. On this episode we’re going to look at a few Vikings that you may not have heard of, or know much about.

    • 45 min
    John II The Good: King of France 1350-1364

    John II The Good: King of France 1350-1364

    King John II of France, called The Good. John ruled during a tumultuous time, the Plague was in full force killing large parts of France’s population, the Hundred Years’ War was raging and France was in financial trouble. With all that going on how did John get dubbed, The Good? We’ll take a look at his rise to the throne, his exploits in battle and on the home front to see if he was truly a good king.

    • 26 min
    Sword for Hire: Mercenaries in the Middle Ages

    Sword for Hire: Mercenaries in the Middle Ages

    The Medieval Mercenaries formed companies, small (and in some cases large) armies of men who would fight for the right price. The Catalan Company, always outnumbered but never at a disadvantage counted around 8,000 men in its ranks.




    The White Company led by the infamous Sir John Hawkwood, employed over 15,000 men at its peak. Hawkwood was a longbowman for Edward III in the Hundred Years War and fought at both the Battle of Crécy and Poitiers.

    • 31 min

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