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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.

    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
    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

Customer Reviews

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282 Ratings

282 Ratings

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!

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!

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