One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Before these historical words were uttered, many sacrifices had to be made both in terms of money and in human life. When you’re a government funded agency who depends on support from taxpayers to stay afloat, having a tragic mission that results in loss of […]Read More The Tragic Fire on Apollo 1
NASA’s Project Gemini, which launched twelve spacecraft into Earth’s orbit between April 1964 and November 1966, was an intermediate step in the Apollo program’s ultimate goal of achieving a moon landing. The information and experience gained from the Gemini missions was vital for the success of future Apollo missions.Read More The Story of NASA’s Gemini Program
In the mid-19th century, a farmer dug into a strange mound at the former-Viking settlement of Mammen, discovering an extravagant Norse burial chamber. One of the rare findings from the mound was a well-preserved axe head with etched designs featuring a cross-over of Christian and pagan motifs. Become a patron of the show – http://www.medievalextras.com […]Read More (NEW!) Everything you ever wanted to know about the Dane Axe
Buy our merch – http://www.medievalextras.com/merch Finding King Arthur: http://www.medievalextras.com/finding-king-arthur You can also get it on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast It is 572. Italy, having emerged from a decades-long war between the Byzantines and Ostrogoths, has once again fallen under the hegemony of a new European superpower. Lombard military leaders sweep through the provinces, dividing their newly annexed […]Read More “Flame of Revenge” – Lombard Kingdom Part 4
Get official Medieval! merch: http://www.medievalextras.com/merch For monthly premium content: http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast A great many weapons were used throughout the Middle Ages to inflict brutal, dismembering damage upon a person’s enemies. The Early Medieval Period was a particularly turbulent era, and it saw the political structure of Europe collapse and struggle to rebuild itself after the fall […]Read More Spears and Seaxes – Arms & Armour 500-1000AD #2
“Finding King Arthur: The Once and Future King” premium episode now available for $2 at http://www.medievalextras.com/finding-king-arthur. Lifetime access. Your purchase helps us make medieval history accessible! The quintessential image of a medieval knight is a gracious, horse-mounted warrior, clad in shining plate armour. It cannot be denied that this idol is spectacular, but it is […]Read More Early Medieval Chainmail – Arms and Armour 500-1000AD #1
Purchase your own fantastic Game of Kingdoms deck of cards for $12.99 at http://www.playgameofkingdoms.com. You’ll be supporting the podcast in the process. Go send them some love! On the ramparts of the city of Pavia, the citizens cast their eyes down in misery as they watch the enemy soldiers of King Alboin intercept and destroy […]Read More Grievous Vows and Divine Protection (Lombard Kingdom Part 3)
Support the podcast and gain access to all premium content: http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast For premium episodes and videos: http://www.medievalextras.com A heavy cloak of smoke hangs in the room, stinging your eyes and nostrils. The reeking smell of manure makes the single room of your family’s house an unpleasant place to stay. Right in the middle a large […]Read More Anglo-Saxon Houses
Medieval! Extras goes live on 20 May! Vote on video/episode topics at medievalextras.com, and subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss the launch! “There is a stinking, clamorous atmosphere hanging over the town here, itself heaving with life, oozing out of all wooden and stone structures. Every road is overrun by a mob of […]Read More Feudalism in Anglo-Saxon England
Help us make more episodes – http://www.patreon.come/medievalpodcast “In a short time, swarms of the aforesaid nations came over into the island, and the foreigners began to increase so much that they became a source of terror to the natives themselves who had invited them. Then, having on a sudden entered into league with the Picts, […]Read More Hengest & Horsa in the Sources
Please help us make more episodes! http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast In the mid-5th century, a new wave of migrants appeared in Britain from across the Channel. The Anglo-Saxons were well-cultured, sophisticated and determined. But what were these often-misunderstood invaders looking for in the rainy hills, fields and crags of Britannia? Research & Writing: Joshua Potts Voice: Bill Odman […]Read More Background to the Anglo-Saxon Migration
News of Albo-In’s astounding victories are spreading far and wide, playing vividly in the imaginations of all who hear them. In Pannonia, Alboin, the fierce warrior king, is preparing for the greatest challenge and ambition of his lifetime. Italia. The Eternal City. All that is rich and abundant lies in the sacred cradle of Europe. […]Read More “The King’s Mountain” – Lombard Kingdom (Part 2)
Europe’s next big shark – hungry for territory, proud of its past victories, and in search of a new homeland – comes to dominate Italia, taking swift advantage of its abysmal state and critical power vacuum. They were the Lombards, from “lango” and “barba” – the men with long beards. In half a decade, under […]Read More “Men of Long Beards” – Lombard Kingdom (Part 1)
In 410 AD, with the last remaining Roman legions being called to defend the mainland against Germanic invaders, Emperor Honorius advised the people of Britain to “look to their own defenses”, a statement which effectively ended the island’s connection to the Roman empire. In the power vacuum that ensued, Britain was left divided and in […]Read More Saxons Introduction
When did Christmas originate? How did the pagans and Romans celebrate it? What were festive celebrations like in the Middle Ages? And what was a “first footer”? These questions and more answered in the latest episode of Medieval! this year! Buy the Medieval! Team cookies and milk – http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcastRead More Medieval! Christmas Special (Christmas in the Middle Ages!)
Vikings. Or Northmen, Pagans, Foreigners, Rus. These and many names were given to the people who came to be one of the greatest nuisances to Europe after the Barbaric invasion and the great crisis that ended the Roman Empire. They were so feared that the Church even declared that the apocalypse was near and the […]Read More Vikings Introduction
Get Bonus Episodes: http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast It was one of the greatest deeds in the history of the Roman Empire – the glorious but brief restoration of the Western Roman provinces, the capture of Rome, and the series of month-long sieges in order to take back major Italian cities. From 535 to 554 AD, the Byzantines and […]Read More Justinian’s Reconquest (535-554 AD)
Medieval! Armour & Weapons – http://www.knightsatarms.com Of the many religions prominent in the Middle Ages, just one came to both threaten Christianity on a massive scale and bestow remarkable technological and cultural advances upon Europe. It was Islam, the faith of the Middle East, the driving religion behind one of the most mighty communities in […]Read More History of Early Islam
Christianity came to be the most dominant religious force in medieval Europe within just a few centuries. Fraught by conflict, resolution, conversion and massive growth, the early history of Christianity is as fascinating as any other religion. Today I’m joined by Sir Paolo Ostava, a knight of the Templar Order, who studies apologetics and theology, […]Read More History of Early Christianity (ft. Sir Paolo Ostrava)
Welcome to Focus! These episodes are for listeners who want to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of medieval eras by learning about notable characters and places. Today… Emperor Zeno. Get bonus episodes: http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast We love hearing from you so let us know what episodes you want to see in this mini-series (firstname.lastname@example.org).Read More Medieval! Focus: Emperor Zeno (Part 1)
Welcome to Focus! These episodes are for listeners who want to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of medieval eras by learning about notable characters and aspects. Today… Gregory of Tours. We love hearing from you so let us know what episodes you want to see in this mini-series (email@example.com) Your support means the […]Read More Medieval! Focus: Gregory of Tours
Taking the typical form of William the Conqueror’s fortifications, Arundel Castle was a motte-and-bailey defence built out of earth and timber. The motte would become the base of the castle’s keep. Measuring over 30 meters high, its size could be used not only to guard the river, but to intimidate the residents of Arundel into […]Read More Arundel Castle (Part 1)
The Franks were fierce, intelligent and skilled in warfare. In this episode, find out how the Kingdom of the Franks expanded throughout France under their leader, King Clovis, and how he established the foundations for the greatest Christian kingdom in Western Europe. . Use code “MEDIEVAL!PODCAST10” to get 10% off all Fallensword Apparel . Research […]Read More King Clovis
In this episode, find out about the great founder of modern France, his mysterious life and where the kingdom of the Franks came from. Dedicated to Jess Gibler, thanks for supporting Medieval! http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast Research and Writing – Joshua Potts Music – Alexander NakaradoRead More France’s Great Ancestor
Fifteen days into the month of March, 493 AD, the Germanic Odoacer lies dead on the floor of Ravenna’s banquet hall, struck on the head by the sword of Theodoric himself. This time, there were no hired assassins involved. It was a personal murder, and an unexpected one, brought about by cruel treachery and hunger […]Read More Kingdom of Italy
At the start of this episode, Odoacer becomes the first King of Italy and takes multiple steps to secure his new rule. But it’s all for nothing, because in less than two decades, he is attacked, tricked and killed to make way for Theodoric’s Ostrogothic Kingdom. Dedicated to Carissa Zeleski. Thanks for supporting Medieval! Music […]Read More Odoacer
Help us make (and remake!) more episodes – http://www.patreon.com/medievalpodcast This episode was reproduced on the 27th of April 2020. No longer will the SPQR flag dominate Europe as the enforcer of peace and civilisation. Rome is about to witness its own gory demise, drawn out over more than two centuries and fraught with barbarian incursions, […]Read More (REMADE!) Fall of Rome
In this introductory episode, I give a brief overview of what we’ll talk about in future episodes and what the aim of Medieval! is. I hope you enjoy it, and decide to stick around!
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Emmanuel Macron, the French President, has described the fire in the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral as “a terrible tragedy”. At about 6.45 this Monday, a blaze broke out in the roof of Paris’ beloved Notre Dame Cathedral, which is, according to Macron, “the very centre of our lives”. Five minutes later, the first reports of […]Read More Flames In Notre Dame Shake France’s Rich Heritage
Adolf Hitler’s rearmament program began when he brought the National Socialist German Workers’ Party into power in 1933. This policy was immediately noticed by the Allied powers, but they did little to enforce the Treaty of Versailles and allowed Hitler to expand the German Army beyond the 100,000 combatants that were permitted in 1919. Notably, […]Read More The Germans Invade Poland | WWII Series EP.1
Adolphe Appia, a theorist of architecture and theatre living in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, had a profound influence on modern theatre – principally the elements of lighting, stage design and music.Read More The Life and Works of Adolphe Appia
The Battle of Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD was one of the worst military defeats of Roman times and had a long-lasting and far-reaching influence on the fledging Empire. Today, it is often called “the beginning of German history” and is recognised as one of the most glorious examples of German unification.Read More Rome’s Bloodiest Battle – Teutoburg Forest, 9 AD
The Russian T-34 Medium Tank and its variants were certainly the most produced tanks during the Second World War, but the debate still remains over whether it was the most effective. It was easy to maintain, fast and heavily-armoured, and severely shocked the Germans when it first arrived on the front line.Read More Soviet T-34: Best Tank Of WWII?
Recent excavations in the Westphalia-Lippe region of Central Germany have revealed shocking discoveries, attesting to an atrocious mass-killing of Polish and Russian forced-labourers, “one of the biggest crimes in the final stages of the war in Germany“.Read More Beads, Buttons and a Bible Found In Uncovered German Massacre Forest
One might argue that the seemingly ugly, flawed and difficult-to-control M3 and its variants deserved a better treatment from its adversaries. After all, it was neither designed to be superior to the Sherman nor built to any degree of perfection, and was merely planned as an urgent combination of heavy armour and mobility with a minimal production time in […]Read More The M3 Lee – Ugliest Tank of WWII?
I haven’t done of these summaries in a long time, so I decided I would read over chapter 7 again and write down a brief overview of the happenings so far. Hopefully this helps you in some way.Read More Titus Livius’ History of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch7]
Despite existing for a seemingly-interminable four decades since its birth, the AH-64 Apache remains the flagship helicopter of the United States military and continues in active service in Egypt, Japan, the UK, Saudi Arabia and countless more countries around the globe. Designed both to support ground operations and launch intensive attacks in the air itself, the Apache series is crucial for Boeing’s supply and logistical contract with America and AH-64s are the favored combat chopper of choice. Many countries around the world use Apache variants as their main form of aerial attack aircraft.Read More AH-64 Apache – Portfolio Piece
It seems apparent that the Ancient Greeks were very fond of the number twelve. Upon multiple occassions, primarily during myths and religious tales, the number twelve has been used in relation to gods, animals, etc. The Twelve Olympians were the most important deities of Greek religion and owned their name because they lived – supposedly […]Read More The Twelve Olympians
As god of the sun, music, health, knowledge, agriculture and much more, Apollo was an ideal mix of the perfect Ancient Greek morals, intellect and physical appearance. He appears with the same name in both Greek and Roman religion.Read More Apollo, Greece’s Most Loved God
Tarentum, recognised as the strongest capital of Magna Graecia in the South, was founded by Palanthus of Sparta in 706 BC. Featuring an excellent harbour, it was a huge commercial centre and connected Rome and Etruria to Greece.Read More Why was Tarentum so important?
Said to have been built on the East side of the River Tigris by King Vardanes (or Vardanus), Ctesiphon served as the administrative capital of both the Parthian and Sassanid Empires and attracted scientists, architects and writers from all over the Middle Eastern world. It was located twenty miles south of the location where Baghdad […]Read More Ctesiphon
The port city of Ostia, built at the mouth of the River Tiber, was home to between forty and sixty thousand residents during its peak. Attracting merchants, traders, farmers, patricians and builders, Rome’s central naval base proved significant in its overseas operations and enabled it to conduct widespread trade between its many provinces, notably during […]Read More The Ancient Roman City Of Ostia
On Saturday the 14th of October, 1066, Harold Godwinson assembled his foot soldiers upon a ridge at Senlac Hill, not far from the village of Hastings. His men had marched South rapidly following the successful Battle of Stamford Bridge, and were now preparing to face William the “Bastard”, Duke of Normandy, who had invaded the […]Read More The Battle of Hastings
It’s my birthday today, and I realised it would be a great time to write another episode of “Reviewing History Products”. Shoutout to James at History Gear for sending these amazing products to The Augustus to review!Read More Awesome History Gear For Lovers Of The Past!
The archaeological find you see above is called an “aureus” and is one of the most valuable and high-quality coins that were issued, minting and distributed during the late Roman Republic and Empire, up until the about the 4th century.Read More Roman Coins “Pecunia”
The Quarterstaff became extremely popular in Medieval Europe, notably England, and was used as an informal, close-combat weapon.Read More Medieval Weapons – The Quarterstaff [Ep5]
For five hundred years, Baghdad, the modern-day capital of Iraq, shone as the gem in the Muslim world. Founded during the Golden Age of Islam, Baghdad quickly expanded, becoming a sprawling metropolis of houses, markets, hospitals and schools.Read More Baghdad – Islam’s Greatest City
In July, 1588, Philip II of Spain sent out an enormous fleet of 130 ships organised into a crescent formation. They were to head for England to launch an invasion against the Protestant Queen, but would Philip really have achieved his ambitions… or was it doomed to fail all along?Read More Five Reasons Why The Spanish Armada Would Never Have Made It
Charles Walter Simpson was a semi-famous painter living in the 20th century, who became known for his colourful depictions of animals, notably horses and birds hunting scenes and landscapes.Read More Charles Walter Simpson, 1885-1971
From 1803 to 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte, known also as “Little Boney” conducted his Imperial wars in Europe, hugely expanding French territory and humiliatingly defeating his enemies. Two hundred years later, we still remember him as a rampaging little kid, who couldn’t back down after being exiled to the island of Elba.Read More Why Napoleon Was Not As Short As You Think
The twin boys, Castor and Pollux, are often associated with Roman pagan religion. Merchants and sailors would pray or make sacrifices to them to ensure a safe voyage.Read More Castor and Pollux – Mythology and Religion
Maces, or as they were otherwise known, bludgeons, became extremely popular in the Middle Ages in Eastern Europe, where the poorer soldiers could arm themselves cheaply with an easy-to-produce weapon with deadly potential.Read More Medieval Weapons – The Mace [Ep4]
One of the best known stories of the Macedonian King Alexander’s reign, is the tale of the striking of the Gordian knot, a tightly twisted and bound bundle of rope connected to a wagon. Not only is it a nice story, it is also a possibly example of Alexander’s mentality and attitude towards solving problems, […]Read More Alexander and the Gordian Knot – A Violent Solution
With no defeats in his campaign, Alexander was prepared to turn his army and march to Babylon, where he hoped he could take over the city and be crowned King of the Persian Empire. But before he could do so, Darius III sent a letter asking for his wife and children to be given back. […]Read More An Outstanding Victory – Battle of Gaugamela, 331BC
It was necessary that Alexander and his army eliminate all Persian naval threats in the Aegean and Levant before continuing inland on their campaign. If the Persian leaders realised that Greece was only defended by 13,000 men, there would be a large risk of invasion. Tyre, on the Levantine coast, was expertly defended, well garrisoned […]Read More How did Alexander the Great overcome Tyre?
“On Ancient Warfare”, in my opinion, should be used as a general reference book on the topics of fighting in antiquity, rather than a cover-to-cover read. Thank you to Pen and Sword who sent these books out to review. This is the third episode of Reviewing History Products.Read More “On Ancient Warfare” – Book Review
Maybe I should be doing these chapter summaries more frequently so we can get into the more interesting chapters of Livy, but I want to keep the balance right. In this section, we see Amulius killed and Numitor placed rightfully back on the throne.Read More Titus Livius’ History of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch6]
With Memnon of Rhodes’ forces destroyed at the first major battle of the Persian invasion by the Macedonians, Alexander led his blood-thirsty army – which had little need for any recovery time – along Anatolia’s Aegean Coast, bribing, frightening and besieging the ports into submission. Consequently, he had diminished Persian naval dominance around the Greek […]Read More First Defeat of Darius – Battle of Issus, 333BC
After crossing the Hellespont from homeland Greece to Asia Minor – the Western half of the mighty Persian Empire – with an army of approximately forty-thousand men, Alexander gathered his men and headed for the Aegean coast and Persian naval bases. It was extremely important that he captured or took out these coastal cities otherwise […]Read More First Clash – Battle at the Granicus, 334 BC
Upon inheriting his father, Philip II’s, armies, Alexander aided the unification of the petty Greek states that had for so long warred against each other to fight a common enemy – Persia – and led his men, as a general, into an invasion of Asia. Not only was Alexander titled “great” by modern historians, but […]Read More Why was Alexander “the Great”?
1. Did the Romans really control a quarter of the world? No, they didn’t. They conquered the majority of Europe, a slice along the North of Africa and mostly dominated the east. This map shows the extent of the Roman Empire in the year 117AD, at around the height of its landmass and power. It […]Read More Five (More) Commonly Asked History Questions
1. Always Obey Orders The sheer fighting skill and discipline of the Templars depended on complete obedience to instructions, and it was the duty of any of these Knights to carry out the commander’s orders to the best of his ability. No matter the circumstance, the Templars would always have to act like fighting machines […]Read More Top 10 Rules Of The Knights Templar
For centuries, humans had believed that there would be a way to move quicker and more easily without the use of animals such as horses or donkeys. They knew that mechanics and scientific innovation would lead to the invention of a carriage which was powered by nature and working parts rather than biological life. But […]Read More The Invention Of The Automobile – Who Made The First Car?
In the fifth chapter of Livy’s work, we see Romulus escape capture, Remus taken for punishment to the King, and the assassination of the treacherous usurper Amulius. Here is my brief summary of chapter 5 of the first books – enjoy 🙂 Romulus and Remus were celebrating the festival of Lupercalia – founded by Evander, […]Read More Titus Livius’ History of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch5]
In the oldest, darkest of Ancient Times, there existed a period of great celebration stretching from around late December to the first days of January, known to the pagans and druids of the cold and icy North.Read More A brief history of Christmas through the ages…
How did they follow the seasons? What tools did they use? How long did they work? How much were they payed?Read More What was medieval farming like?
We’ve seen it all, in movies, books, exaggerated but unhistoric illustrations and oftentimes our imaginations. But the question is, did swordsmen ever really pull a sword from a back scabbard, and how practical would it have been to carry your weapon out of your view – and potentially out of your reach?Read More Drawing a sword from your back? Nonsense.
The 13 unlucky ways you could be put to death for your crimes in the Dark Ages. These include medieval ways of public and private execution, and certainly some of the most painful and brutal methods in history.Read More In what ways could you be executed in Medieval Times?
It’s getting a little bit more interesting here; we’re almost at the founding of Rome. Here is the brief summary of chapter 4…Read More Titus Livius’ History of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch4]
The crossbow was able to release heavier, thicker bolts with more puncturing potential from a stored source of energy.Read More The crossbow – Medieval weapons #3
Studying? Working on a project? Or are you a blogger like me researching for your next post? Using the correct research techniques is the best way to save yourself time and effort when studying. Here are my favourite ten tips for tripling the efficiency of your learning and finding what you need to know quicker. […]Read More Use these tips to boost your history research efficiency
The longsword was also known as the Bastardsword and became popular in Europe between 1100 and 1400.Read More The longsword – Medieval weapons #2
The food of Ancient Rome is often called the “most rounded and balanced diet of the ancient world”. And if you know the variety of different meats, vegetables and cheeses they ate, it’s not hard to see why. Although it is debatable whether they were better fed than their surrounding Mediterranean neighbours, we can be […]Read More Meet the Romans – What did they eat? [Ep2]
During the Imperial Period, the Romans constructed hundreds of thousands of miles of paved and unpaved roads to connect provinces, towns and ports and enable widespread military mobilization within and outside the Empire’s borders.Read More Meet the Romans – On the march [Ep1]
The longbow, a devastatingly powerful long range weapon, was highly popular with English armies in the Middle Ages, although it was the Welsh who designed such a practical and deadly device. English Kings brought it into common use following defeated attacks on Wales.Read More The Longbow – Medieval Weapons #1
Following his ascending to the throne in 1413, Henry V planned to assert his dominance over the French and possibly take the throne. As they had been engaging in smaller scales skirmishes on the English coast as well as supporting their enemies – including Scotland – Henry decided to transport his army of around 12,000 […]Read More The Battle Of Agincourt, 1415
In the past few days, I’ve been reading far into Livy’s History of Rome. But as I do not want to clog my blog up with constant summaries, I’m taking it slow. Hope the summary of chapter 3 helps you….Read More Titus Livius’ History Of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch3]
Hello, second episode of “Reviewing History Products”! It is thanks to my kind donor, James at History Gear, that I am able to continue doing these; he has sent me a package of different things to inspect and write upon. I’ve had a look at what has arrived, and it’s fair to say that I’m […]Read More Stop using a diary, start using this war journal
This is the very first post in my new series, “Reviewing History Products”. I am really grateful to Pen and Swords Publishing who kindly sent me a set of books to review and it is because of their generous donation that I have decided to make this into a series. As of yet, I’ve been […]Read More This Book Will Train You Like A KNIGHT
Archaeologists excavating around Stockholm in Sweden stumbled upon a treasure trove of various military equipment, including “hundreds” of cannonballs dating back to the great age of Newton, Elizabeth I and Bach. Credit: Archaeology MagRead More Hoardes Of 17th Century Cannonballs Found In Stockholm
Arguably the greatest poet and play-wright in English history, William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd of April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon.Read More A Short Biography Of William Shakespeare
What do we have to look forward to this December? Here I’ve compiled a list of posts which I’ve either planned to start or have already begun researching. I hope you find something that you are interested in!Read More Christmas is coming… but what’s on The Augustus?
Welcome, Knight Errant! I see you want to be talked through the steps in the process of forging your own medieval sword! We won’t be making no flimsy wooden swords here – grab your swordsmith and we can get to work blacksmithing a new weapon!Read More How were medieval swords made?
I’ve read a few more chapters of Livy’s great work, the History of Rome. Here is my simple summary of the second chapter of the first book:Read More Titus Livius’ History of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch2]
In an attempt to intimidate enemy Germanic tribes and gain support and admiration from the Senate back in Rome, Caesar constructed a genius wooden bridge to the cross the Rhine, the greatest border between the Romans and Germans.Read More How did Caesar cross the Rhine?
At nearly eight on the calm Sunday morning of 7th December 1941, the first of over three hundred Japanese bombers approached the US Pacific Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Within long, the surrounding area was dive-bombed, strafed and ships destroyed as part of a surprise aircraft and submarine attack. The cause of this ambush culminated […]Read More Untold Terror – Attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941
Doubtless we all know the Romans – the huge Empire, magnificent buildings and incredible works of literature. But it is often hard to discern how much of Ancient Roman civilisation has been carried on into modern day life, and whether they’ve benefitted us in any great way.Read More What did the Romans even do for us?
Hi all, Currently I am in the process of expanding my blog and trying to find brands to work with to benefit both of us.Read More History – Guest Blogging, Reviews and Sponsors
Here is a little list of five really great apps all people interested in learning history should have on their phone or tablet.Read More History lover? Five apps you need NOW
Needless to say, this game is not historically accurate nor is designed to be so. Nevertheless it’s really fun to play, if you like World War I, I recommend you download it and try it out 🙂 Sorry if the video is taking a while to load… You can support me here: History Article Writing […]Read More Trenches of War Gameplay – Battle of the Somme
Some more work has been done on the article Take a tour of Ancient Rome, and I hope you enjoy the additions. If you yourself have something to contribute to the article, let me know!Read More Article Updates #2
… and much more in the rise of this glorious Empire. This is The Augustus, and today we’ll be talking about the industrialisation of a small Latin community into an thriving urban superpower, and what it was like to live in the “city of marble”.Read More Take a tour of Ancient Rome….
I’ve been making additions to some of my blog posts – adding new facts, trying to elaborate more on my points and checking grammar. Here is the article of editing today:Read More Article Updates #1
Castles were impressive structures by nearly all definitions and a key aspect of medieval society. They served as miniature administrative offices, defensive positions and markers of realms. How they were built is truly astonishing, and required huge amounts of manual, human labour without necessarily advanced measuring equipment or machinery.Read More How to build a medieval castle
Here are some of my most interesting pictures from the many historical places I have visited. I hope you enjoy them. I’m slowly expanding my territories of exploration 😂 so you’ll probably see more from me as time goes on…. can you identify some of these places??Read More Where I’ve Been, What I’ve Seen
Titus Livius’ incredible work, The History of Rome, details everything from the inhabitation of Italy by Trojans until the rise of Augustus as the first Emperor. I’ve only just started reading this mammoth work – and here is a quick summary of the first chapter of the first book which I’ve already finished:Read More Titus Livius’ History of Rome Summary [Bk1Ch1]
Archaeological excavations around the Ancient Greek city of Pylos have never yielded such stunning historical rewards.Read More Endless Treasures Found In Greek “Griffin” Warrior Tomb
I’ve decided that seen as I’m relentlessly writing blog posts on my own website, I may as well use my enjoyment of researching and writing about all aspects of history to help people that are interested in getting an article written for very cheap.Read More I Will Write Your History Article From $5
The eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 marked the signing of the Armistice and the end of World War I.Read More Armistice Day 11th November 1918
This section was added to the post, Great Peloponnesian War on 10th November 2018: One of the reasons Athens grew to such a size and became rich so quickly was because as they conquered lands, they forced the natives to pay tributes to them.Read More Addition to “Great Peloponnesian War” [UPDATE]
The war between the domains of Sparta and Athens are well known. After a 30 year piece following the initial Peloponnesian War, Athens, an Empire at the height of its culture, size and moral, allied with Corcyra, an important land for Sparta. This “act of aggression” eventually triggered the war, where the two greatest empires […]Read More The Great Peloponnesian War [Research]
This section was added to the article “Why Did Rome Fall?” on 8th November 2018: The security of the Roman Empire led leading figures to believe that they controlled the most advanced civilisation.Read More Addition To “Why Did Rome Fall?” [UPDATE]
Eventually, the sun set on the Roman Empire in 476 AD when Odoacer entered Rome and deposed Romulus Augustus, the last Latin Emperor. Reasons for why Rome fell are still being debated today – but here are the most important factors for its dissolution.Read More Why Did Rome Fall?
This addition to the post Constructing Hadrian’s Wall And Why Was It There? was made on the 6th November 2018: Also, the Emperor was particularly interested in architecture, which probably inspired his organised design of the wall. Other walls built during the slow decline of the Roman Empire didn’t match to Hadrian’s Wall.Read More Addition To Hadrian’s Wall Post [UPDATE]
Bonfire night is celebrated by communities all over the UK, but only recently has there been a growth in popularity for a new conspiracy theory about the plot. In today’s blog post, we look at the 400 year old tale and examine “gunpowder, treason and plot”.Read More Story Of The Gunpowder Plot And Is There More Than Meets The Eye?
Around a week ago, I visited the Wellington Monument, which is a 19th century obelisk memorial to Duke Wellington of the British army who helped defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.Read More I Saw The Wellington Monument
Here is a list of frequently asked questions about all topics of history – I’m going to try and answer them in the best way. Please keep in mind some answers may be written with my personal opinion, but it will still be facts.Read More Five Commonly Asked History Questions
These are some pictures I took whilst looking around the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. The exhibitions are actually surprisingly large; there are lots of historical artifacts to blow your mind, as well as an Ancient Egyptian mummy. Hopefully you like the photos I took 🙂 17th Century Civil War armour, used by the soldiers defending […]Read More Photos From The RAMM Museum, Exeter
Fourteen students lead by their archaeology teacher, Jason Anderson, dug up the prehistoric Axe when excavating the site of a cemetery for enslaved African Americans.Read More Students Find 6,000 Year Old Native American Axe
More than a mile deep under the Black Sea off the Coast of Bulgaria lies a huge fleet of 67 ships from Ancient, Medieval and Tudor times – one of which dates to 400 BC. It has been named the oldest shipwreck in the world. Credit: Black Sea Maritime Archaeology ProjectRead More Ancient Greek Trading Vessel Is “Oldest Shipwreck In The World”
This is a documentation of my personal research on Caesar’s invasions, Claudius’ conquest and the romanization of England starting from 55 BC, but it will also serve as a general topic article about England, Wales (and part of Scotland) in the Ancient times. I hope my learning helps you in some way.Read More Research On Roman Britain From 55 BC Onwards
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This is the first ever historical brain dump. In each dump I provide ten revision facts about history that you might not know or might have forgotten. If you want more of these, comment below. Thanks! Caesar’s first invasion of Britain was in 55BC. The wheel was probably invented in about 3500-4000 BC The Battle […]Read More Historical Brain Dump #1
Original Article: https://the-augustus.com/2018/10/26/rise-to-power-wars-and-napoleons-death-in-misery/ This section was added to the article “Ride to Power, Wars and Napoleon’s Death in Misery”:Read More UPDATE: Rise and Fall of Napoleon [New Addition]
The man who created the foundation for France’s law and civil code, controlled huge swathes of Europe, rose through the ranks and crowned himself Emperor of France and eventually became the name for his period … Napoleon Bonaparte, the greatest and most ambitious nation leader of the 19th century.Read More Rise To Power, Wars and Napoleon’s Death In Misery
Carthage – the crucial Mediterranean trading city in Tunisia – has, for a short period of time, had peace with its Roman enemies. However, this is only a playful grace period, as neither side intends to continue this truce. Hannibal, the greatest warrior in all of Europe, is no exception. Vowing to never forgive the […]Read More Battle of Cannae – Second Punic War
Any blunder in war, big or small, is bound to fine tune our perception of fighting forever, but it is the greatest upsets in military history that truly turn the world in an entirely new direction. Furious encounters like the Battle of Stalingrad and nation-changing conflicts such as the Battle of Hastings will be remembered […]Read More Top Ten Most Tragic Battles That Changed History Forever
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As we draw every closer to Christmas, Bonfire Night and the anniversary of Armistice Day, you’ll be seeing a lot more awesome articles from me about a range of interesting topics that I’m sure will make you stop and read.Read More What To Expect From The Augustus In November
We cannot be certain. This is because the first English explorers started establishing colonies on the East coast in the early 17th century, and we don’t have many texts describing what they sounded like after a few decades of living on the new land. Nor do we have audio recordings, because we only started seeing […]Read More Where Did The American Accent Come From?
The seventy three mile long stone wall stretching from the west to east coasts of Northern England is one of the most remarkable and huge historical building projects ever.Read More Constructing Hadrian’s Wall and Why Was It There?
Allied forces suffered over 300,000 casualties in the Third Battle of Ypres, and the utterly ruined medieval village of Passchendaele overlooking this ridge and Ypres salient was acquired. However, was it really the start of the “big push” Haig was looking for or was it, in the words of General Currie, “not worth a drop […]Read More Did The Battle Of Passchendaele Achieve Anything?
No matter how terrifying or dangerous the trenches were, they were by no means worse than the so-called “No Man’s Land”. Full of crater holes and constantly surveyed by countless machine guns, snipers and artillery units, it became one of the most difficult battlegrounds to get across.Read More Where Did No Man’s Land Come From?
Most of us are familiar with the terrible Emperor Nero, but I want to show some reasoning for why he might not have been any worse than other Emperors!Read More How Evil Really Was Emperor Nero?
What kept those valiant warriors fighting to the end? Today we look at what kinds of food medieval Knights ate to energise and strengthen them, ready for combat on the battlefield.Read More What Did Knights In The Middle Ages Eat?
Deliverance Day provided passage for 100,000 Allied troops to advance from the beaches of Normandy into Nazi occupied France. This is what I experienced on my visit!Read More My Visit To The Normandy D-Day Beaches
What image comes to mind when you think of Medieval feasting? Roudy men getting outrageously drunk and people flinging bones all over the floor? Surely most people imagine this.Read More Medieval Table Manners Were More Sophisticated Than You Think
The Battle of Arras, starting on the 9th of April in 1917, was one part of a British assisted offensive doubled with the French in two directions to the North of Imperial Germany. Designed as a distraction to Triple Alliance troops, it required great precision to coordinate troops from all different nationalities, such as Canada […]Read More War Caves In The Battle Of Arras
Much confusion surrounds the organisation of the Roman Army and in my opinion that is mainly down to the fact that it is so advanced and there are so many roles to play on the battlefield, and while on the march. Not to mention that the army would have undoubtedly evolved over time, relative to […]Read More The Organization Of A Typical Roman Army Explained [SIMPLIFIED]
The most commonly known theory/myth the existence and founding of Ancient Rome holds that it was created by two children named Romulus and Remus who had the intention of building a new Troy – the plan of remaking the most glorious city in all of the known world.Read More Rome Was Founded By Two Kids – Here’s The Story
Pyramids were some of the greatest construction projects the world has ever beheld. Making one was no small feat. Today I’m going to show you how to do it yourself.Read More How To Build A Pyramid – The Short Guide!
Behind the hustle and bustle of every city in the UK, there is a hidden heritage that can only be seen to those who seek it specially. Exeter, in South West Devon, is no exception.Read More I Visited Exeter’s Incredible Roman Walls
A prosthetic hand cuffed with gold was found in a burial site near Preles in Switzerland. It redefines how we think about Bronze Age society.Read More The 3,500 Year Old Metal Hand Found In Switzerland
After the Black Death utterly wrecked the country, destroying somewhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of the population, medieval life in England would never be the same again. Society had been torn about in two ways – life and death. The suffered losses meant that work force had dropped considerably, leaving less peasants to work the […]Read More The Peasants’ Revolt – What Caused The Uprising In 1381
Hello there! Thanks for finding this website. Please don’t click off quite yet. My name is Joshua Potts. I like history and made this as a personal blog for other people who share my interest. I plan to post a couple things per week. If you stick around, I hope you’ll like it.Read More Welcome to the Augustus