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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.

    MAP#79: Richard the Lionheart and author W.B. Bartlett

    MAP#79: Richard the Lionheart and author W.B. Bartlett

    In today's lesson we are joined by author Wayne Bartlett to discuss Richard the Lionheart! Wayne's new book Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England is available through Amberley Publishing. It's an excellent biography and the first biography of Richard the Lionheart in over 40 years!
    Wayne and I discuss Richard's upbringing, the Crusades and his war in France. We also cover the women in his life; his powerful mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the rejected Alice of France and his wife Berengaria of Navarre.
    Whilst Richard I is one of medieval England’s most famous kings he is also the most controversial. He has variously been considered a great warrior but a poor king, a man driven by the quest for fame and glory but also lacking in self-discipline and prone to throwing away the short-term advantages that his military successes brought him.
    In this reassessment the author looks at his deeds and achievements in a new light. The result is a compelling new portrait of ‘the Lionheart’ which shows that the king is every bit as remarkable as his medieval contemporaries found him to be. This includes his Muslim enemies, who spoke of him as their most dangerous and gallant opponent. It shows him to be a man badly let down by some of those around him, especially his brother John and the duplicitous French king Philip. The foibles of his character are also exposed to the full, including his complicated relationships with the key women in his life, especially the imposing contemporary figure of his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his wife, Berengaria, with whom he failed to produce an heir, leading to later suggestions of homosexuality.
    This is a new Richard, one for the twenty-first century, and a re-evaluation of the life story of one of the greatest personalities of medieval Europe.
    W. B. Bartlett has worked across the globe in almost twenty countries and has spent time in over fifty. He is the author of many history books for Amberley including titles on the Titanic, Medieval History and Dam Busters. He lives in Bournemouth.
    You can buy his book from Amberley Publishing at https://www.amberley-books.com/richard-the-lionheart.html or from Amazon


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    MAP#78: Edward II The Man with author Stephen Spinks

    MAP#78: Edward II The Man with author Stephen Spinks

    Today's lesson features a talk with historian and author Stephen Spinks. Stephen's new book Edward II The Man: A Doomed Inheritance was recently published by Amberley Publishing. Edward II The Man is an in-depth biography of an often overlooked medieval king. Stephen and I talk about his work with the National Trust, his writing and his new book. It's a fantastic talk and I have a whole new outlook on Edward II, his reign and his fate. You can also read a Q&A post with Stephen about his book. Connect with Stephen on his website Fourteenth Century Fiend (https://fourteenthcenturyfiend.com), Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpinksStephen or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpinksStephen/. You can buy his book from Amberley Publishing at https://www.amberley-books.com/edward-ii-the-man.html or from Amazon USA or Amazon UK If you are enjoying the podcast please considering leaving a rating on Apple Podcasts. Rate the Medieval Archives Podcast now!   Listen to the episode now http://www.medievalarchives.com/medievalpatron Get your free audio book from Audible.com at: http://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. Apple Podcasts | Stitcher Radio | Download MP3 | RSS Feed The intro music was provided by Tim Rayburn.  It is available at Magnatune.com

    • 1 hr 22 min
    MAP#77 – The Masque of the Red Death

    MAP#77 – The Masque of the Red Death

    The Great Plague or Black Death ravaged Europe in the 14th century, killing around 200 million people. No one was immune to the Plague! But as we'll find out in today's episode one man thought his wealth could keep him safe.

    Today on the Halloween inspired episode we are going to listen to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death. It's a story of the lower class suffering while the Nobles stay safe in their castle…but with Poe there is always a twist…

    • 20 min
    MAP#76 – Music inspired by Richard III and the Wars of the Roses

    MAP#76 – Music inspired by Richard III and the Wars of the Roses

    We have a special episode today of medieval inspired music! Ian Churchward and his band The Legendary 10 Seconds write music about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses. Today we are showcasing one of their albums Tant le Desiree, the second album in the Richard III saga. You can find all their music at thelegendary10seconds.co.uk Ian and his band have a new album out called Sunnes and Roses, which focuses on the Wars of the Roses. Head over to their website and check out all their great music! Please send any comments or suggestions to podcast@medievalarchives.com If you are enjoying the podcast please considering leaving a rating on iTunes. Rate the Medieval Archives Podcast now! http://www.medievalarchives.com/medievalpatron Get your free audio book from Audible.com at: http://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. iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Download MP3 | RSS Feed The intro music was provided by Tim Rayburn. It is available at Magnatune.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    MAP#75: Natural Disasters: Earthquakes that rocked the Middle Ages

    MAP#75: Natural Disasters: Earthquakes that rocked the Middle Ages

    Ever wonder how medieval people dealt with natural disasters? No Red Cross or FEMA to come in and help clean up. Earthquakes and Tsunamis are some of the most destructive forces in nature. It's estimated there are over 500,000 earthquakes each year and over 100,000 of them can be felt. Earthquakes in the Middle Ages are some of the most destructive in history. Today on the Medieval Archives Podcast we'll discuss Medieval Earthquakes! We'll see where they hit, the devastation they caused and how they were recorded. Please send any comments, suggestions or topic ideas to podcast@medievalarchives.com If you are enjoying the podcast please considering leaving a rating on iTunes. Rate the Medieval Archives Podcast now! In this episode we discuss: Antioch 526 Japan 869 Syria 1138 And more... http://www.medievalarchives.com/medievalpatron Get your free audio book from Audible.com at: http://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. iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Download MP3 | RSS Feed The music was provided by Tim Rayburn. It is available at Magnatune.com

    • 19 min
    MAP#74: Northern Crusades: Teutonic Knights, Alexander Nevsky and the Battle on the Ice

    MAP#74: Northern Crusades: Teutonic Knights, Alexander Nevsky and the Battle on the Ice

    In 1242 the Teutonic Knights were conquering lands to the east into Novgorod. Pope Gregory IX blessed the Knights in their Crusade to rid Novgorod of the orthodox pagans. Alexander Nevsky and his army had other plans. They intended to defend their country from all invaders. The conflict ended with a fierce battle, called the Battle on the Ice. On a frigid day in April the two armies met on the frozen ice of Lake Peipus. If the Teutonic Knights were victorious they would stamp out the Orthodox religion and spread Catholicism throughout Russia. If Nevsky and his army successfully stopped the Knights Novgorod and Russia would be free of Western influence. Today on the Medieval Archives Podcast we'll discuss the Northern Crusades and the Battle on the Ice. Please send any comments, suggestions or topic ideas to podcast@medievalarchives.com If you are enjoying the podcast please considering leaving a rating on iTunes. Rate the Medieval Archives Podcast now! In this episode we discuss: Northern Crusades Livonian Order of the Teutonic Knights Pope Gregory IX Saint Alexander Nevsky And more... http://www.medievalarchives.com/medievalpatron Get your free audio book from Audible.com at: http://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. iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Download MP3 | RSS Feed The music was provided by Tim Rayburn. It is available at Magnatune.com

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

M.B. Clarke ,

Medieval

This is a great podcast. Especially since I have been trying to find some that talk about military history and some Modern history. His voice is nice and has accurate information. Good stuff give it a go if your into this era of history. Also, they are not that long which can go either way some days. Thanks for making it!

brian the guy you love ,

It’s fine for what it is

I found this through the Gilles De Rais episode and it’s okay. The episode is brief and the narrator has an odd flow that breaks in places that don’t make sense. Beyond that his emphasis on certain subjects gives me the distinct impression that he’s a very religious man. De Rais was a sexual sadist who preyed on boys but according to this he only did it to make a pact with satan for more money? There’s a strong Sunday school vibe I can’t shake. Not bad overall but lacking detail, weirdly narrated, and a little too fire n brimstone preacher.

genericnickname2011 ,

Disappointing

I was doing a search for podcasts on Scottish history and stumbled across this show. Maybe I just picked a bad episode to listen to, but the narrator is clearly reading a script and honestly does not sound very interested in his topic. I listened to the episode in Edinburgh Castle and he didn’t even try to scratch the surface - a castle has been sitting on Castle Rock since the 12th century, in what is arguably the most haunted city in Europe, and he could barely come up with 3 minutes of material??

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