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Medieval Shields

Medieval Shields were essential for the protection of soldiers during medieval warfare. They came in all sorts of shapes and sizes, tailored to their specific use on the battlefield. They provided not only protection, but...

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Rochester Castle in Kent

Rochester Castle is a Norman fortress with centuries of stories to be told, most famous of all being the great siege by King John in 1215. Rochester castle has one of the tallest keeps in all...

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Dunster Castle – Somerset

Dunster Castle, a grand medieval stronghold and now a fine fortified house, has been home to the Luttrell family for 600 years. Commanding a superior defensive position above Dunster medieval village, the stronghold was...

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William the Conqueror – Duke of Normandy

William the Conqueror, the Norman invader, defeated the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, Harold II Godwinson, in the famous Battle of Hastings, in 1066. He was sometimes known as William the Bastard and previous to his...

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Harold Godwinson – The Last Anglo-Saxon King

Harold Godwinson, a wealthy, powerful man who inherited money and titles from his father, Godwin Earl of Wessex, upon his death in 1053. Harold Godwinson dedicated his life to serving King Edward the Confessor...

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Edward the Confessor – The Saint King

Edward the Confessor, son of Ethelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy, had grown up in exile in Normandy after the Viking invasion of 1013. Although born an Anglo-Saxon, he spent much of his...

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Alfred the Great – King of Saxon England

Alfred the Great is the only English king to be given the glorified nickname “the Great”, and indeed he deserved it. In 871, Alfred the Great ruled over the kingdom of Wessex, which was...

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Arundel Castle in Sussex

Arundel Castle has been a family home to the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1000 years, and is one of the longest inhabited country houses in all of England. Arundel Castle...

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Medieval Life and Times – Daily Life

Medieval Life and Times – What was Medieval daily life like? It is well documented that Medieval life and times for most people of that era was hard. Back-breaking work during the days, cold and uncomfortable...

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The Trebuchet

The Trebuchet was the most fearsome medieval weapon in the middle ages. Capable of smashing castle fortifications and slinging rotten carcases over castle walls. It was so formidable that on some occasions castles under...

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The Longbow

The longbow was one of the most deadly medieval weapons of the middle ages that could be used by a single soldier. A small cluster of bowmen, each armed with the longbow, could wipe...

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Haunting Church Wall Graffiti

A church in Kingston, Cambridgeshire has revealed a haunting glimpse into the horrors of the plague during medieval times. We can only imagine what Medieval daily life was like! Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey...

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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle is a glorious Scottish castle situated between three lochs, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, on it’s own island. The site itself has been fortified since the Iron Age, however...

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Dover Castle

Dover Castle sits on top of the famous White Cliffs of Dover, a spectacular vantage point for any castle. Building of the stone castle you see today, began in the 1160s by Henry II, and...

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The King

The King, the ruler of the land, the one who must be obeyed for fear of losing your head! The medieval king can be separated into 3 types, the good, the bad and the ugly (certainly in...