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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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/medievalpodcast
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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).
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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 […]
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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, […]
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The Quarterstaff became extremely popular in Medieval Europe, notably England, and was used as an informal, close-combat weapon.
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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.
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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?
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
The longsword was also known as the Bastardsword and became popular in Europe between 1100 and 1400.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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?
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