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 Tue, 2011-11-29 18:23
Archaeologists are beginning to pack up their tools five years after the excavation of York, England's Hungate dig began. In 2012, the York Archaeological Trust will turn the 2,500 sq m (26,900 sq ft) excavation over to developers for a modern housing project.
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 Sat, 2011-11-26 08:26
The Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa) website, which publishes the writings by students in the class, Women Writers in the Age of Shakespeare, includes a short essay on vagrancy in Tudor England. The article, Vagrancy in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England, was written by Sara Byrnes.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-11-24 13:29
A team of archaeologists led by Grampus Heritage has applied for UK£200,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery for a three-year project to escavate Roman remains at Cockermouth and Papcastle in West Cumbria, England where a building thought to be a Roman bath was recently discovered.
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 Mon, 2011-11-21 16:10
Attention linguists! Prepare for your tutorial on the History of the English Language as presented by OpenLearn. The ten one-minute video sessions are narrated by Clive Anderson and illustrated by animated line drawings. Get your pencils - and senses of humor - ready.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-11-19 11:16
An inscribed woman's wedding ring, believed to date to the Tudor period, has been found by a metal detectorist in Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire, England. The inscription on the gold ring is unreadable.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-11-16 09:42
Writer Chris Rowe, winner of a recent Just Back article-writing contest for the travel page of the Telegraph, chronicles a summer-school visit to Vindolanda, the famous Roman fort near Hadrian's Wall in the north of England.
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 Mon, 2011-11-14 10:18
Any lecture which begins with a clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail can't be bad. In a YouTube video, Dr. Richard Hodges, the Williams Director of the Penn Museum discusses "the legend of King Arthur, Camelot and the quest for the Holy Grail."
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, 2011-11-13 16:47
In 2007, metal detectorists David and Andrew Whelan hit the jackpot when they discovered a huge hoard of Viking treasure in a field north of Harrogate, England. Now the Vale of York Viking Hoard will return to Harrogate for an exhibition at the Mercer Art Gallery.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-11-12 11:38
A large medieval seal dating to the 13th or 14th century has been discovered in a field in Surrey, England. The mystery of the seal is that it is believed to have originated at Stone Priory in north Staffordshire. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2011-11-06 12:54
An intact Viking boat burial has been found in the highlands of Scotland, the first burial of its kind found on the UK mainland. The artifacts found at the site indicate the man buried there may have been a high ranking warrior.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-11-05 23:49
Builders of a new office block in the Southwark district of London will not see their dreams realized until they have determined what to do with the remains of a Roman bath house, complete with cold plunge bath and hypocaust heating system. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-11-01 06:27
Remembering the names of English Royals can be daunting, but the folks at Horrible Histories have made it a song - literally. View the video on YouTube.
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 Sat, 2011-10-29 13:37
The British publication, The Independent, challenges readers' historical knowledge in Are you a master of history? Answers are provided, but don't cheat!
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-10-28 17:55
“The clerks of the London Guildhall form the invisible link between medieval authors like Geoffrey Chaucer and their first audiences, the original owners of the medieval manuscripts we study today,” said Professor Linne Mooney of the University of York.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-10-24 17:58
Craig Best and Derek Greenwell struck paydirt in 2010 when the two metal detectorists discovered a gold signet ring and a pilgrim badge bearing the image of St George. The coat of arms on the ring indicated that it belongs to the Prestwich family of Hulme in Manchester. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-10-24 15:32
A 13th or 14th century ring was discovered near Ripon, England in 2010 by metal detectorist Lindsey Holland. The silver and carnelian ring is expected to be declared treasure, making it available to be acquired by a museum. (photo)
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 13:29
Excavations at a housing project in Southampton, England have uncovered what experts believe is the earliest cemetery for the Saxon town of Hamwick. Nine skeletons were discovered which are believed to date from the 7th through 9th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-10-22 10:54
Anonymous, the new film by director Roland Emmerich which proposes that the plays of William Shakespeare were actually written by someone else, is causing controversy even before the film hits theater screens. James Shapiro offers his opinion in an op-ed for the New York Times.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-10-21 11:15
The Guardian website offers an interactive history of the British house in its "British architecture guides" section. The site includes homes from the Saxon era to contemporary, with options to zoom in for more detail and description.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2011-10-19 11:42
An intact Viking boat burial has been found in the highlands of Scotland, the first burial of its kind found on the UK mainland. The artifacts found at the site indicate the man buried there may have been a high-ranking warrior.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-10-19 06:34
14th century England was a dark time, and a time of change in Britain. In a hour-long, online documentary, historian Michael Wood investigates changes in medieval life by following the family of peasant Christina Cok.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-10-17 18:04
"When we selected the manuscripts to go on display, we tried to pick those which were visually very strong and had a very strong art element," Kathleen Doyle, curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library, said about the exhibition, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination.
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.