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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.

    MAP90: The Black Hour: Solar Eclipse and the Medieval Mind

    MAP90: The Black Hour: Solar Eclipse and the Medieval Mind

    Have you ever seen an eclipse? I’ve seen numerous lunar eclipses and I’ve seen a few partial solar eclipse, but never a total solar eclipse. On 08 April 2024, Mexico, the United States and Canada will experience a total solar eclipse. It’s the first one in 7 years and the last one for 20 years. The next total solar eclipse in North America will be in 2044.
    Europe won’t be in the path of the 2024 eclipse but, if you live in Europe you won’t have to wait long for a total eclipse. There’s one on the way soon.
    In modern times we know what is happening. How did medieval people feel about an eclipse. Was it seen as a bad omen or a curse? Or did they understand the science behind it?
    In this episode we'll look at the myths, omens and science of eclipses and the medieval era .

    (00:00) - Medieval Archives 90
    (00:12) - Welcome Back
    (00:20) - Medieval Solar Eclipses
    (01:14) - Questions, Comments or Topic Ideas?
    (01:27) - Get a new Podcast App! https://podcasting2.org/
    (02:26) - 2024 Eclipse
    (03:15) - 2026 Eclipse
    (03:34) - 2027 Eclipse
    (05:05) - Medieval Myths and Solar Eclipses
    (05:16) - Giant Frog eating the sun
    (05:20) - Rahu the Demon
    (05:40) - Chinese Myths
    (05:56) - Norse Myth
    (06:19) - Omens & Death
    (06:20) - Mohammad’s Eclipse 632
    (06:38) - Louis of Bavaria 840
    (07:12) - Reconquista 939
    (07:52) - Dub, King of the Scots and Two Eclipses
    (08:48) - King Henry’s eclipse 1133
    (10:16) - Medieval Earthquakes https://medievalarchives.com/75
    (11:38) - The Anarchy https://medievalarchives.com/4
    (11:46) - Eclipse of 1185 and Prince Igor
    (12:15) - The Black Hour 1433
    (12:47) - Astronomy and the Medieval Mind
    (13:07) - Can Stonehenge predict eclipses?
    (13:20) - Stonehenge Eclipse 1999
    (13:29) - Stonehenge Eclipse 2090
    (13:35) - Medieval Chroniclers record eclipses
    (13:46) - 733 Eclipse and the Venerable Bede
    (14:00) - Leo the Deacon discovers the solar corona
    (15:11) - Geoffrey Malaterra, Sicily 1084
    (15:36) - Saladin, Syria 1176
    (15:49) - Eclipse 1185 and a new discovery
    (16:10) - Laurentian Codex and the Solar Prominences
    (17:22) - Roger of Wendover & Solar Eclipse 1230
    (17:55) - Regiomontanus & the Alfonsine tables
    (18:27) - Medieval thought vs 2024 thought
    (19:26) - Go outside and see the eclipse!
    (19:42) - Share your photos; tag Medieval Archives on social media
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    • 21 min
    MAP89: British Myths & Legends with Amy Jeffs

    MAP89: British Myths & Legends with Amy Jeffs

    Medievalist and Art Historian Dr. Amy Jeffs joins the show to discuss her books  Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain and Wild: Tales from Early Medieval Britain
    In Amy’s first book, Storyland she examines the origins of Britain from Noah’s flood to the Norman invasion. And there are some good stories to tell, including the incredible story of Albina, who ruled Britain, was seduced by demons and gave birth to a race of giants.
    In her second book titled Wild takes you on a journey from desolation to hope. Through seven chapters of insightful reflection she is able to retell stories from medieval texts with vivid descriptions and unique perspectives.
    One of the standout elements of both books are the illustrations which Amy created. Listen to the episode to find out how she created them and how the creation process helped her through the lock-down, quarantine we all dealt with.
    You can find Amy Jeffs online at: Twitter/X & Instagram
    You can buy Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain and Wild: Tales from Early Medieval Britain on Amazon.

    (00:08) - Welcome to another episode
    (01:35) - Amy Jeffs Interview
    (01:56) - Amy's start into medieval history
    (05:55) - The origins of Storyland
    (13:33) - Favorite origin Story?
    (14:50) - Albina, demons and the brith of giants
    (17:57) - Let's get Wild
    (25:54) - Creating the illustrations.
    (29:34) - Bonus content in the audio books
    (33:09) - New Book? Stay Tuned!
    (34:42) - Amy's contact information and social media accounts
    (35:09) - Thank you Amy for a great talk!
    (35:33) - Support the podcast! Share with your friends and donate now.
    (36:18) - Thanks for listening
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    Dr Amy Jeffs - Guest
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    • 37 min
    MAP88: The Crusader States with Nic Morton

    MAP88: The Crusader States with Nic Morton

    Professor and author Nicolas Morton joins the podcast to discuss his book, The Crusader States and their Neighbours.
    The Crusader States were founded during the First Crusade. The Crusaders conquered the land and claimed it as their own. There were four Crusader States established during the First Crusade; The County of Edessa, The County of Tripoli, the Principal of Antioch and the Kingdom of Jerusalem. For almost 200 years the Crusaders States grew and thrived…or did they?
    That’s why we have Nic Morton on the show today. His new book The Crusader States and their Neighbours, well it’s not really new. It was first published in 2020 but it’s now getting a new printing and in paperback. His book looks at the history of the Crusader States, their creation, how they were ruled over and how outside forces led to their eventually demise.
    You can find Nic Morton online at: Twitter/X | YouTube | Academia.eduYou can buy The Crusader States and their Neighbours on Amazon or from Oxford University Press and grab a copy of The Mongol Storm on Amazon as well.
    (00:11) - Welcome to the Medieval Archives Podcast!
    (02:08) - Welcome Nic Morton
    (02:43) - Beginning of the First Crusade
    (05:26) - Formation of the Crusadser States
    (10:41) - No Resistance to the Crusader States?
    (11:49) - Eastern Christian population
    (15:17) - Early Crusader States
    (17:44) - Byzantine Empire cliams the land
    (22:35) - Downfall of the Crusader States
    (25:05) - Enter Nur al-Din
    (27:20) - The Rise of Saladin
    (29:47) - Battle of Hattin and the demise of the Crusader States
    (34:03) - Mamluk Empire
    (35:38) - Mamluk training grounds, the Crusader States
    (36:17) - Mamluk vs Mongol
    (38:04) - Society in the Crusader States
    (43:33) - Reestablish the Crusader States?
    (46:23) - Get Nic's books!
    (47:49) - Thank you Nic for being on the show
    (48:09) - We're on Mastodon and Blue Sky
    (48:34) - Support the Show
    (48:48) - Thank you for listening!
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    • 49 min
    Medieval Tales Podcast: The Black Arrow Part 1 of 9

    Medieval Tales Podcast: The Black Arrow Part 1 of 9

    We are embarking on a new podcasting adventure! Medieval Tales Podcast will be released every Tuesday and Thursday and feature medieval themed classic novels. The first book in the series is: The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson The Black Arrow: A Tale of Two Roses is the 1888 historical adventure novel. Set in fifteenth century England during the Wars of the Roses, the story revolves around Richard (Dick) Shelton as he becomes knighted, rescues his beloved Joanna Sedley, and finds justice for the slaughter of his father, Harry Shelton. An outlaw named Ellis Duckworth equipped with a black arrow as his trademark weapon convinces Dick that his own personal guardian, Sir Daniel Brackley, has been disloyal. As a result, Dick helps a fellowship of outlaws called The Black Arrow to defeat Brackley and win back his lady. *** Future episodes of Medieval Tales Podcast won't appear in this feed. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any exciting episodes! https://medievalarchives.com/medieval-tales-podcast ***

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    FEED DROP: Medieval Tales Podcast Trailer

    FEED DROP: Medieval Tales Podcast Trailer

    Welcome to the Medieval Tales podcast, well, to the trailer at least. Do you love reading classic novels set in the Middle Ages. Stories of brave Knights and epic battles, royal intrigue and life in a castle?  Is it getting harder to find  time to sit down and read a good book? With all the cooking and cleaning and commuting. Maybe you have the time and aren’t sure what to read next. Whatever the situation, Medieval Tales Podcast has you covered. We’ve curated some of the best Medieval themed classic novels for your listening pleasure. Now you can follow along as The White Company, a band of fearless archers fight in the Hundred Years War. Or listen to the exploits of Richard the Lionhearted as he battles Saladin in the 3rd Crusade. Medieval Tales Podcast will be arriving in your podcast player on 11 Jan 2024. Subscribe and follow now so you don’t miss an episode.  Head over to MedievalTalesPodcast.com to follow all the medieval adventures.

    • 1 min
    MAP87: The Mongol Storm

    MAP87: The Mongol Storm

    Professor and author Nicolas Morton joins the podcast to discuss his book, The Mongol Storm.

    The Mongol Empire rose to power in the early 1200s, founded by Genghis Khan. At it’s peak the Empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Black Sea, encompassing Korea, Mongolia, China, Russia and portions of Eastern Europe and the Near East.

    Nic’s new book The Mongol Storm covers the Mongol Empire and their influence in the near east. We discuss the rise of the Mongol Empire, what their society looked like, their religion and of course, their great military might.
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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ENinVA ,

Medieval Archive - great podcast

Medieval Archives is a great podcast. Gary is a great narrator - he makes history exciting! Thoroughly enjoy this podcast and highly recommend it for history buffs who appreciate learning about both major events and unique or unusual insights into history, including hauntings!

CW1940 ,

Great podcast! Hope it doesn’t end!

I found this podcast by looking up medieval history on my podcast app, and I found this one! I am glad I did because I have enjoyed this 100% if you love medieval history, this is for you!

I have several other history podcasts in my library, but I haven’t really listened to them, or if I have I haven’t “binged listened” to them like I have this one, and I love this one! Medieval history is a subject that I am always craving to learn more about, and this feeds into my addiction!

I am a history buff, I’ve loved it all my life; I am studying to be a history professor, so I live, breath, and enjoy history. Thank you for making this podcast!

buckeyebabe ,

Excellent!

I just discovered this podcast. It’s a shame there was such a huge gap in episodes but they seem to have resumed intermittently. Gary is super passionate about the topic and is a good storyteller. He’s fun and interesting and likes to use movie clips, music clips etc. (HATE the History Teachers. Ugh 🤦🏻‍♀️) I skip straight over the author interviews. NOT his forte. But otherwise, I’m really enjoying the podcast. Especially good are the Richard lll episodes. Thank you, Gary! Hoping for more frequent episodes!

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