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Rehabilitating Medieval Monarchs

At last week’s International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, I attended the annual Pseudo Society session, a humorous presentation of papers crafted to resemble the other academic presentations at the conference, but on topics like “Njal’s Flat Pack: The Historical Evidence for Ikea,” in which the presenter linked the strong Nordic heritage of the famous store using runestones and knotted snakes. 622 more words

History

Emperor Justinian and the British Kings, c. 540

Roman historian Procopius had a lot to complain about in his Secret History. Its pretty easy to say that he did a hatchet job on his bosses, Emperor Justinian and General Belisauris. 928 more words

Medieval Kings

King Harold alive and well and working part-time in furniture shop

The former king of England Harold II has been found working in a furniture shop despite popular belief that he died over 900 years ago, it has been reported. 976 more words

Truth Kneading

King Offa's tomb

How does one leave a legacy? All leaders care about their legacy. Modern politicians seem preoccupied by both leaving a legacy and what it will be. 343 more words

Medieval Kings

Berkhamsted Castle, Hertfordshire

Walking in the footsteps of medieval royalty…

If you take the train into Euston from the north-west, sit on the left-hand side of the carriage and keep your eyes peeled as you pass through Berkhamsted station, for the ruins of the once important royal residence of Berkhamsted Castle which will whizz past on your left… 382 more words

Castles

No. 207-209: A Château, Playing Dress up, and the Best Picnic Spot Ever

After living in France for a while, you sometimes begin to take for granted certain things that, to short-term visitors, seem exceptional. Warm crusty baguettes around every corner? 421 more words

France

The Makers of Scotland

Tim Clarkson, The Makers of Scotland: Picts, Romans, Gaels and Vikings. Edinburgh: John Donald, 2012. 224 pg.

In his third book, Tim Clarkson takes on the first thousand years of recorded Scottish history. 357 more words

Northumbria