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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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    • 4.4 • 312 Ratings

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.

    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!
    Creators & Guests
    Medieval Archives - Host
    Nicholas Morton - Guest
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    Intro music provided by Tim Rayburn. It is available at Magnatune.com

    • 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 ***

    • 1 hr 10 min
    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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    Medieval Archives - Host
    Nicholas Morton - Guest
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    • 43 min
    MAP86: Alice Kyteler: The Witch of Kilkenny

    MAP86: Alice Kyteler: The Witch of Kilkenny

    It’s Halloween again, the air turns colder, the nights grow darker and spirits roam in the shadows. On this year’s Halloween episode we are traveling to the Emerald Isle. In 1324 Kilkenny, Ireland witnessed it’s first witchcraft trial and the first execution carried out by burning at the stake. Alice Kyteler was a popular, beautiful inn keeper who's husbands had a bad habit of dying mysterious deaths. Her fourth and final husband, certain Alice was poisoning him, told his children and the church. The zealous Bishop of Ossory, Bishop Ledrede, took up the case. He was a firm believer the devil walked among the people and made it his duty to banish evil. Ledrede beleived Alice Kyteler was not only a witch, but the leader of a coven of witches based in the Kilkenny area. Alice Kyteler had powerful allies from her four marriages and her successful business. When Bishop Ledrede tried to have her arrested the tables were turned and Ledrede was thrown in jail. When Ledrede was released from prison he resumed his case against Kyteler and her followers. The charges brought against Kyteler were murder, heresy, seeking advice from demons, sacrificing animals, making potions and having sexual relations with a demon. Serious charges to be sure. Could Ledrede prove them in court? Would Alice Kyteler be burned at the stake as a witch?

    • 30 min
    MAP85: Mudlarks: Searching for London's Lost Treasures

    MAP85: Mudlarks: Searching for London's Lost Treasures

    Mudlarks A mudlark is defined as someone who digs or searches in in river or harbor mud for items of value. The term was widely used in 18th and 19th century London. Mudlarks 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. Today things are different. Mudlarks in the 21st century aren't finding and selling items to survive, they are helping document and preserve the history of London. On this episode of the Medieval Archives Podcast we are joined by two modern day Mudlarks, Jason Sandy and Nick Stevens. They have over twenty years experience searching the foreshore of the River Thames. Thames Mudlarking Jason and Nick share their experiences mudlarking and the amazing artifacts they've found throughout the years. They also share their vision for the Thames Museum, a place to showcase all the great items found in the mud of the river Thames. For more information about the Thames Museum visit ThamesMuseum.org you can also donate to the museum and help the vision become a reality. Over the years they've found artifacts from all time periods; a Mesolithic ’Thames Pick’ flint adze, a Roman Hair Pin, Roman coins, medieval pilgrim badges, medieval gadling, Victorian coins and maybe most shockingly, the skull of a 12 year old girl dated back to 1730. About the Book This beautifully illustrated book tells the captivating story of London and its inhabitants through the extraordinary assortment of artefacts discovered by mudlarks along the banks of the River Thames. The foreshore of the River Thames is an enchanting and mystical place where time seems to have stopped. As the murky tidalwaters of the river slowly recede, the exposed riverbed becomes the longest archaeological site in Britain. Jason Sandy, Nick Stevens and other mudlarks can often be found combing the shoreline at low tide searching for historical treasures concealed by the mud: from megalodon teeth to Roman coins, Georgian shoe buckles and shrapnel from the Blitz. You never know what you might find in the Thames! Over the years, mudlarks have found a vast array of historically significant artefacts, deepening our understanding of London’s past. This fascinating new book is packed with 160 incredible photographs of the intriguing objects discovered by over 50 mudlarks. Each artefact offers a clue to the past and provides a glimpse into London’s rich history and its people. Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London's Lost Treasure is available online at: Bloomsbury Publishing Website Amazon (affiliate link) Barnes & Noble Target.com Jason Sandy is an American architect and developer who moved to London in 2007. A member of the Society of Thames Mudlarks, he has written many articles about mudlarking, as well as lecturing, appearing on national television and having an active presence on Instagram at @jasonmudlark.   Nick Stevens is a professional photographer, a member of the Society of Thames Mudlarks, and can be found on Instagram at @rockthemudlark. He appeared in all three seasons of the History Channel’s Mud Men and co-founded the Thames Museum, which will tell the story of London through mudlarking finds.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
312 Ratings

312 Ratings

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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