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Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-03-04 19:30
Historians in Scotland have long hoped to reclaim a letter written by the French king giving safe conduct to William Wallace to speak with Pope Boniface VIII. Now the 700-year-old letter will be loaned to the National Records of Scotland for display at the Scottish Parliament.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-02-22 13:31
An ancient yew tree, dating to the 14th century, has been identified at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. The tree is believed to have been part of a large landscaped garden, and was planted just after the Black Death.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-02-21 12:52
Roger Bamkin, of Wikimedia UK, has invited the public to take part in an experiment: chronicle life in Monmouth. The online encyclopaedia will create Monmouthpedia, a site where citizens and visitors can "contribute articles and photographs on interesting and notable places, people, artefacts and other aspects of Monmouth life."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-02-15 18:16
Several years ago, the Friends of Thynghowe, an amateur history group, was instrumental in discovering a Viking Thing in England's Sherwood Forest. Now the group has received a grant to search a wider area.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-02-11 17:39
The devil is in St Cadoc's church in Llancarfan, Wales, and officials from the Heritage Lottery Fund have decided to award the church UK£500,000 to keep him there. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-02-02 13:21
Those with an extra UK£1.79m may wish to purchase Ogle Castle, near Ponteland in Northumberland, England, one of the oldest inhabited buildings in the country. Bo Boanas, owner of the castle, says he doesn't believe the building is haunted, despite its violent past. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-01-26 16:59
It was good news and bad news for officials at Stirling Castle in Scotland. A wall retaining late 15th century garden terraces collapsed, but the collapse now affords the opportunity to investigate remnants of gardens made for James IV.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-01-07 19:56
The British Museum has given a Roman ring, found on Cefn Brithdir in Wales, to the Winding House Museum at New Tredegar for permanent display. The ring was discovered by a metal detectorist. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-01-06 09:27
Workers from United Utilities in the village of Barley, England, were "stunned" to discover a well-preserved 17th century cottage during a construction project. The cottage included the bones of a cat found inside a wall, possibly put there to ward off evil spirits.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-01-04 08:59
Archaeologists working on a dig in Chatham, England have confirmed that a dockyard dating to the time oif Henry VIII existed on the site of the Command House pub on the banks of River Medway. Officials hope to make a bid to declare the dockyard a World Heritage site.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-12-22 22:15
The Parish Church Cathedral of St Michael in Coventry, England was constructed in the 12th century. In World War II, it was destroyed when the city of Coventry was bombed and burned. Before the destruction, five historic windows were removed and are now the subjest of a BBC slideshow.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-11-30 18:37
A vote by the 16 members of the British Commonwealth has allowed a daughter of William and Catherine the possibility to ascend to the British throne. The rule of male primogeniture, giving males precedence over females in British royalty, dating to 1689, was recently overturned.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-11-27 16:09
Battle Abbey and its surrounds, the traditional site of the Battle of Hastings between King Harold and William the Conqueror, may not be the actual site of the battle, according to a new book by Nick Austin, Secrets Of The Norman Invasion.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-11-21 18:49
In the 13th century, Henry III built the Black Gate at Newcastle, England's castle to help beef up the defenses of the City. Now the City Council has been awarded UK£1.4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the site available to the public.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-11-15 20:16
One of the most important manuscripts in the Bodleian Library's Hebrew collection is the 12th century Mishneh Torah, a guide to Jewish law handwritten and signed by Hebrew scholar Maimonides. The manuscript has now been digitized and is available online.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-11-13 19:03
Last year, fifteen skeletons dating to Angelo Saxon times were discovered during a construction project at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bicester, England. Recently the remains were re-interred in a church memorial garden. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-11-06 17:50
1,300 years ago, a tribe of warriors tried in vain to defend a fort below Abbey Craig in Stirling, Scotland. Their failure led to the total destruction, or vitrification, of the fort by fire. Recently archaeologists spent four days investigating the site.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-10-31 19:33
For a mere UK£30,000, interested parties can purchase a two acre site in Driffield, England containing Moot Hill, where archaeologists believe an 11th century motte and bailey castle may have stood.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-10-23 21:08
Metal dectorist John Fereday was "so excited that his hands were shaking" when he discovered a 13th century silver seal on a farm near Newquay in Cornwall. "Medieval seals are very rare in Cornwall and silver ones are rarer still," said liaisons officer Anna Tyacke.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-10-23 16:45
For the past ten years, the Friends of Cardigan Castle in Wales have been hoping to raise money for restoration of the 12th Century building, the first stone castle built by the Welsh princes and the stronghold of Rhys ap Gruffydd. Now they have received an award of UK£4.5m European money.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-10-14 14:19
Archaeologists working at the Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills in Wales, where the Stonehenge bluestones were quarried, believe they have found the tomb of one of original builders monument.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-10-13 22:12
Nonsuch Palace, the Surrey home of Henry VIII, built to rival French King, Francis I, has been rebuilt - as a 2.2m by 1.2m (7ft 2in by 3ft 11in) model. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-10-13 19:02
David Booth is a happy man. The hoard of gold Iron Age torcs he discovered with a metal detector in 2009, were last year's most valuable treasure reported to the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer, bringing the finder a reward of £462,000. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-10-13 12:01
Hadrian's Wall Heritage is hoping to attract an investor with the funds to construct a new visitor center at the Bowness House Farm in Bowness-on-Solway, England, the eastern end of the 84-mile (135km) Hadrian's Wall trail.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-10-08 12:46
A 15th century will from the Norfolk Record Office, one of few records of common soldiers, was left by Thomas Longe who was "willing to die" for King Richard III at Bosworth Field.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-10-02 22:45
Visitors to Stonehenge never have the opportunity to experience the monument the way their early ancestors would have, but now BBC accoustic engineers have re-created the sound of a ritual held 4,000 years ago.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-09-30 14:41
In 2008, the remains of 40 bodies, thought to be at least 5,000 years old, were removed from Stonehenge for scientific study. Recently, in court, a Druid named King Arthur Pendragon pleaded to ''Let those we lay to rest, stay in rest."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-09-20 17:21
A number of events in the modern world mark the anniversary of the invasion and sacking of Canterbury, England by Viking raiders in September 1011.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-09-17 19:21
Drainage work at a hotel near Llanrwst, Wales has unearthed three 13th century walls believed to have belonged to the cloister of a Cistercian abbey.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-09-10 16:35
A popular entertainment at Malbork Castle in Poland is medieval armored combat. BBC Warsaw correspondent Adam Easton attends an event and talks to spectators. Malbork is Europe's largest medieval castle. (video)