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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.

    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
    Medieval Archives Podcast Update

    Medieval Archives Podcast Update

    We hit a milestone this month for the Medieval Archives Podcast. Ten years of podcasting!
    Unfortunately the podcast hit an unexpected and lengthy hiatus. But we are coming back this summer!
    Along with the 10 year anniversary is a fresh new website. And we're removing all the ads from the website as well!
    The new website and renewed podcast will remain ad-free!
    There are great lessons ready and planned, looking at the history and tragedy of Notre Dame cathedral, Medieval Mercenaries, Vikings, the Crusades, explorers and much more.
    The Medieval Archives podcast and website will remain ad-free. The money I earned from the ad networks helps keep the website and podcast running. But I'd rather lose that money to make a better experience for you on the website and while listening to the podcast.
    I might still keep reminding you about the free book from audible! But seriously, who doesn't like free books!
    Your support is always appreciated. anyway you want to contribute helps, subscribe on apple podcasts or your podcast listener of choice, share the podcast with a friend, send in topic ideas, write a guest post for the website or donate. Send any thoughts or comments to me at Podcast[at]MedievalArchvies.com
    Subscribing to the podcast and being a dedicated listener is all the support needed!

    • 5 min
    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
    Edward II The Man with author Stephen Spinks

    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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
274 Ratings

274 Ratings

Ddddddino ,

Good content, production and release FAR too slow

The back catalog kept me busy for a while but once I finished it I was disappointed to realize that he only releases an episode every so often, and the recent one was 9 minutes long.

What's the deal?! I understand the busy life that would come with being a professional historian, so maybe that's what it is... but I demand more. Please make more. Pretttttyyy please?
Thanks, and I look forward to your next episode in 2-3 months.
Apologies for the snark in advance

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.

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