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Ivar the Boneless and a brutal Viking invasion of Scotland

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He may sound like a character from Game of Thrones, but Ivar the Boneless was a terrifying reality to communities across Britain in the ninth century.
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He may sound like a character from Game of Thrones, but Ivar the Boneless was a terrifying reality to communities across Britain in the ninth century. As a Viking commander, he led a successful invasion of England and captured York, one of the centres of the Anglo-Saxon world, in 866 AD. Dumbarton Rock has the longest recorded history of any stronghold in Scotland, and remained an important garrison until the 19th century. Picture: Wikicommons Even that grand prize wasn’t enough to satisfy his marauding armies. In 870, they switched their attentions to a small but wealthy kingdom further north.There was just one problem. The rulers of the land in question occupied one of the strongest defensive positions anywhere in the British Isles.Iva...
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EARLIEST KNOWN MONKS IN BRITISH ISLES UNCOVERED IN SOMERSET

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Archaeologists said the monastic use of the site, a small island in the Avalon Marshes, may have ended in the later 9th century when Somerset was ...
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Archaeological excavations have uncovered the earliest known monks in the British Isles, experts have said. Radiocarbon dating of bodies in a monastic cemetery in Somerset, by archaeologists re-investigating the site of a medieval chapel linked to the legends of King Arthur, has revealed the earliest monks died in the 5th or 6th centuries AD. It shows that the monastery began before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the 7th century and provides the earliest known evidence of monasticism in the British Isles, the South West Heritage Trust said The excavation, run as a community training dig by the Trust, re-investigated the medieval chapel site which was previously excavated in the 1880s and again in the 1960s, when a...
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Ivar the Boneless and a brutal Viking invasion of Scotland

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Dumbarton Rock, which towers over the River Clyde, was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Alt Clud. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL ...
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He may sound like a character from Game of Thrones, but Ivar the Boneless was a terrifying reality to communities across Britain in the ninth century. As a Viking commander, he led a successful invasion of England and captured York, one of the centres of the Anglo-Saxon world, in 866 AD. Dumbarton Rock has the longest recorded history of any stronghold in Scotland, and remained an important garrison until the 19th century. Picture: Wikicommons Even that grand prize wasn’t enough to satisfy his marauding armies and they soon switched their attentions to a small but wealthy kingdom further north.There was just one problem. The rulers of the land in question occupied one of the strongest defensive positions anywhere in the British Isles.Iva...
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Ivar the Boneless and a brutal Viking invasion of Scotland

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... and would not be formally merged into the Gaelic-speaking kingdom of Alba, which absorbed the the old Pictish lands, until the mid 11th century.
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He may sound like a character from Game of Thrones, but Ivar the Boneless was a terrifying reality to communities across Britain in the ninth century. As a Viking commander, he led a successful invasion of England and captured York, one of the centres of the Anglo-Saxon world, in 866 AD. Dumbarton Rock has the longest recorded history of any stronghold in Scotland, and remained an important garrison until the 19th century. Picture: Wikicommons Even that grand prize wasn’t enough to satisfy his marauding armies and they soon switched their attentions to a small but wealthy kingdom further north.There was just one problem. The rulers of the land in question occupied one of the strongest defensive positions anywhere in the British Isles.Iva...
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" Le triomphe des images " à l'abbaye de Saint-Savin

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"The triumph of images" at the Abbey of Saint-Savin
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L'exploration minutieuse des scènes peintes de l'Abbaye et de l'église Saint-Martin de Vic, accompagnée des réflexions d'historiens du Moyen Age et ...
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The careful exploration of the scenes painted the Abbey and the Church of Saint-Martin of Vic, accompanied by reflections of historians of the middle ages and...
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Le producteur montmorillonnais Thomas Schmitt présentera en avant-première, mercredi, le film de Jérôme Prieur, " Le triomphe des images ", tourné cette année à Saint-Savin. « L'exploration minutieuse des scènes peintes de l'Abbaye et de l'église Saint-Martin de Vic, accompagnée des réflexions d'historiens du Moyen Age et de peintres contemporains, permet de mieux comprendre la raison de ces images, leur processus de création, leur signification : offraient-elles à voir une Bible pour les illettrés, ou projetaient-elles un immense écran pour la méditation des élites de la religion chrétienne ? » Mercredi 7 décembre à 19 h au Majestic. Entrée gratuite.
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Theatre Review: 'The Second Shepherd's Play' at Folger Shakespeare Theatre

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In the Middle Ages, the festivities surrounding the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth were a little different. “The Second Shepherd's Play,” now playing ...
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The company of the holiday production of The Second Shepherds’ Play dances in merry celebration. Photo by Brittany Diliberto. These days, people’s thoughts turn to Christmas before we even hang up our Halloween costumes. Carols fill the air, TV starts airing Charlie Brown and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and the world seems to explode in a flurry of red and white and evergreen. In the Middle Ages, the festivities surrounding the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth were a little different. “The Second Shepherd’s Play,” now playing at the Folger Theatre, would likely have been originally performed out in the open, freezing air of English winter. The Folger’s traditional Elizabethan interior, while indisputably indoors, lends something...
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Remains 'are UK's earliest known monks'

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The excavation at Beckery Chapel, said to have been visited by King Arthur, indicates that it was in use until as late as the 9th century. The South West ...
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The excavation at Beckery Chapel, Somerset. Carbon dating has revealed that skeletons found at the site were from the 5th or 6th century ADThe earliest known evidence for monasticism in Britain has been discovered after carbon dating of skeletons traced them to the 5th or 6th century AD, it was claimed yesterday.An archaeological excavation near Glastonbury discovered a cemetery containing the remains of at least 50 people, all but three of whom were adult males.The excavation at Beckery Chapel, said to have been visited by King Arthur, indicates that it was in use until as late as the 9th century.The South West Heritage Trust, which organised the excavation funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, said that the carbon dating proved that the...
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CHARTRES - Conférence : Blanche de Castille, une femme de pouvoir au Moyen-Âge

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CHARTRES - Conference: Blanche of Castile, a woman of power in the middle ages
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Elle inculquera à son fils une éducation stricte qui fera de lui le grand roi du Moyen-âge et le futur Saint-Louis. La petite histoire retient également ses ...
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It instill in his son a strict upbringing that would make him the great King of the middle ages and the future Saint Louis. The story also holds its...
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The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses Preview Promises Proper Drama

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As for the name, The Wars of the Roses refers to a series of English civil wars in the late 15th century between the Yorks, who used a white rose as a ...
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PBS will finally air The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, and its new preview promises that the production has fully embraced Shakespeare’s drama.Benedict Cumberbatch fans, this one may be in the files of “things you didn’t know you wanted but suddenly need”. As you (probably) already know, Cumberbatch starred in the second The Hollow Crown series, with the subtitle The Wars of the Roses. The series adapts two of Shakespeare’s plays: Henry VI (which technically has three parts, but who’s counting) and Richard III. Cumberbatch plays Richard.So, the thing you didn’t know you wanted but suddenly need? Cumberbatch repeating the famous opening lines of Richard III, as seen in the below preview from PBS:“Now is the winter of our discontent...
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Island Monastery May Be Britain's First

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Burials at the cemetery are thought to have stopped in the early ninth century, when the Vikings attacked southwest England. For more, go to “Legends ...
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SOMERSET, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that radiocarbon dating of human remains unearthed earlier this year at Beckery Chapel revealed that they date to the fifth or early sixth century A.D. “It’s the earliest archaeological evidence we’ve got for monasticism,” said Richard Brunning of the South West Heritage Trust. The wattle-and daub monastery buildings stood on a small island near the future site of Glastonbury Abbey, which dates to the seventh century. In the 1960s, an excavation at Beckery Chapel unearthed 50 to 60 skeletons. Most of the burials contained the remains of adult males, but the bones of two young men, perhaps novice monks, and a woman’s skeleton, thought to have been a visitor, were also found. Further analysis of the bones...
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