A Message to you from the Golden Knight: Welcome to the All Things Medieval Website. There are lots of medieval things here. There are lots of interesting articles about castles, knights and other medieval things to be found here. Enjoy! and send me an email if you would like to see something specific in the medieval world..
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The case of the Swedish Halberd - This is quite a beautiful polearm. Can you recognize it or add some insight as to it's origin? Take a look at some bigger pictures here: The Swedish Halberd
A Halberd and a Shield - I got an email from a web visitor who has some interesting medieval items including a halberd and a shield. He is looking to see if anyone can shed some light on their age and authenticity. Take a look at the pictures here: The Medieval Shield and Halberd.
The Case of the Mysterious Spear - A web visitor sent me some pictures of this hand wrought weapon that appears to be some kind of three part spear. I can't identify it. But maybe you can! Take a look at the larger pictures here and see if you can help identify this mysterious weapon.
The Chinese Repeating Crossbow! You can see this project right here.
New Article: Medieval Movies - There are a whole lot of great medieval movies out there and I am a huge fan of them. Here is a listing of some of the best along with my thoughts and reviews. I cover movies about the Crusades, King Arthur and more.
1066 is considered to be a pivotal year in History. Before it was the Early middle ages and after it was the High Middle ages. Many things happened in this important year including the Battle of Hastings. Read part 1 of a 4 part series of articles on this important and bloody year: How King Harold and Anglo - Saxon England "fell' into the Bad Fall of 1066
The case of the Unknown Halberd - This is a fun little mystery. A web visitor sent me pictures of an unknown halberd. Unusual thing about this is that the handle is only a foot long. So it must have been re-handled at some point. Check out more pictures here. The Unknown Halberd
The Cloisters Museum in New York - This is an absolutely spectacular museum in Manhattan devoted to the Medieval period. And to get to be like a Medeival Abbey they actually disassembled five abbeys in Europe, shipped the pieces here then reassembled them. The Cloisters in New York
James has made more archaeological discoveries including this fantastic Bodkin which was a nasty little weapon. Read more about it the other finds here: The Medieval Bodkin
Reconstructing a 700 Year old Crossbow - A web visitor has made a tremendous find of the parts of a crossbow and he rebuilt it from scratch. Fabulous find and an amazing Crossbow - Reconstructing a Genoese Crossbow
New Discovery - I got an email from a guy who lives in Great Britain. His friend found this interesting article in the river near Hay on Wye. Hmmm... could this be some kind of medieval polearm? See more pictures and my theory here.
Ever Wanted to Actually forge a sword for real? I have done it and I created a series of youtube videos showing you exactly how to do it from start to finish, raw piece of steel to polished sword. The first video is right here: How to Forge a Sword
New Article: Siege Engines I show you the various types of siege engines and how they work, catapults, trebuchets and more
A look at Famous Medieval People - They are all famous for very different reasons. They were Adventurers, Explorers, Martyrs, Kings, Knights, Inventors and more. And they all remain famous to this day for good reason - they had a tremendous impact on the world. Take a look at Famous Medieval People
My Medieval gift list for this year is out. I have gone through a lot of amazon stuff to find some of the best and most interesting medieval gifts.
New Article: The History of Medieval Armor This article takes a look at the medieval period of time between the 5th century and 16th century and how armor developed over this span.
The Time Traveler's Apprentice - This is an interesting YA fantasy book with a great approach. It is a fantasy novel but it is based in medieval historical fact so it is also a learninng tool. Written by a teacher for students Read More here
DVD Review - This is a review of a History Channel DVD about a medieval castle siege that took place a thousand years before there were medieval castles! Alexander took the island of Tyre which was located a half mile off the shore of Lebanon. And the island had a massive stone wall surrounding it. It was for all practical purposes a castle. And Alexander the Great sieged and took it by building a land bridge out to it and creating a new type of siege engine called the Torsion Catapult. The land bridge out to the island is stil there over 2,000 years later. Quite amazing. My review of Alexander the Great & the Catapult
DVD Review: Life in Medieval Times - This is well researched and well presented. If you want to learn about this interesting period of time (1066-1485) you will get a lot out of this DVD. The rise of the guilds, the Magna Carta, knighthood, family life, farm life, etc. Life in Medieval Times
A Look at King Richard's Faire
Have you ever wanted to go to a Renaissance festival? Wonder what it's all about? I have some nice information for you here with pictures and an explanation of what you can see and expect. A Visit to King Richard's Faire
I also have an article about the blacksmiths and swords at the faire: The blacksmiths at a Renaissance Festival
Do you recognize this polearm? A web visitor received it as a present but is having trouble identifying it. Is it a Voulge? A Halberd? Or Something else. Take a look at some more pictures and see if you can identify it. The Unknown Medieval Polearm
This is definitely an unusual weapon and I have gotten lots of guesses but it looks like one web visitor has categorized this correctly. Read the probable solution on the weapons page at the link above.
The lives of two medieval women. These two women lived in the period of time between the Black Plague and the Renaissance. T his was a time of a changing of life and culture and it laid a lot of the groundwork for the modern day. The first woman is the Prioress of a 15th century Nunnery and the second is a housewife of 14th century Paris. Both lives were very interesting and somewhat as expected, rich and interesting. Both these accountings are historically accurate, well documented, and quite fascinating.
A look inside a Medieval Armory Museum -This is the Higgins Armory and it has one of the most spectacular collections of suits of armor and Polearms. Not to mention shields, helmets and unusual weapons. A look Inside Higgins Armory Museum
A look inside the blacksmith shop of a medieval castle. I took a trip to a medieval castle, which was pretty cool. And the castle of course had a blacksmithery including a built in forge. Here is some information about it and some pictures. A blacksmith's shop inside a castle.
A brief history of Medieval writing and scripts. I have included a lot of pictures of medieval writing. This is an interesting look at how writing changed over the middle ages and includes things like the gothic script.
New Article: Medieval Pastimes and Sports: So, what did people of the Medieval period and middle ages do in their spare time? Times could be very difficult but they still had an interesting range of pastimes and sports.
All About Medieval Jobs - What was life really like during the Middle Ages? What kinds of jobs did they do? During the Middle Ages there were a lot of interesting jobs. I take a look at some of them and tell you a little bit about the Guilds of the time> Medieval Jobs
All About Medieval Guilds - This is a companion article to the one on medieval jobs. Guilds could grow to be very powerful. This article lends you some insight into how guilds worked. Did you know that there was a guild called The Company of Merchant Adventurers
Foam Swords and Weapons - Whether it be for Larping, or just having some medieval dueling fun I have a selection of foam weapons
Etch a Coat of Arms into a Glass Shield!
This is a nice introductory tutorial that shows you how to etch in glass. The tutorial makes a coat of arms in a piece of glass shaped like a shield. Etching a coat of arms
New Medieval Mystery to be solved. Do you recognize these grave monuments? Click here for more info and a larger picture
Note: this case has been solved! Find out who they are and where this monument is
New Section: Medieval Maps
The Medieval Castle Calendars for 2010 are out and available on Amazon.com I have a selection of them here: Medieval castle Calendars
New Section of Medieval Chess Sets
New Section: Medieval Polearms - I have a very complete and extensive section on the Medieval Polearm including drawings of many of the different types from Halberds to Lucerne Hammers and Pikes. Medieval Polearms
Book Review: English Castles 1200-1300
This is an interesting little book that was just published and it covers all of the important aspects of the medieval castle during this century which was the zenith of the medieval fortress. . It was a time of great changes and great improvements to castles. Read my review of this book here: English Castles 1200-1300
This book is available on amazon.com: English Castles 1200-1300 (Fortress)
I take a look at some beautiful handmade medieval longbows. These are made out of solid sapwood hickory which is probably the strongest hardwood on the planet. And, they are absolutely gorgeous. The one pictures here is called "The Greenleaf". Learn more about these bows here: Handmade Medieval longbows
How to mount a sword on the Wall
My Samurai Sword - Not all Medieval Swords come from Europe. This is a story about my trip to Japan and my quest to get a Samurai Sword. It's a true and unusual story. The picture on the left is of me in Kyoto Japan receiving my sword. The Story is here: My Samurai Sword
Make a Spartan Helmet
Product Review: The William Wallace Braveheart Sword - This review also includes a video and I take the Sword apart so you can get a look at its features, how its made and how to maintain it. The William Wallace Sword
Product Review: The Two Handed Flamberge This is quite the big sword and it is really something. I will be displaying it on my wall. Here is information about it, about the online buying experience and more. There are also lots of pictures of this particular sword with some close-ups.
The Katana and the Watermelon
Free Role Playing paper based game: Enter the Labyrinth and Rescue the Princess
How to Make a Torsion powered catapult called a Mangonel:
Make a Cardboard Shield for Halloween or just for fun
Get Ready for Halloween : It's Time to start thinking about Halloween. I have updated and upgraded the Medieval and Renaissance Clothing and costume section. There are some great outfits and accessories and everything available through amazon.com - Medieval and Renaisssance Costumes
Make A Cardboard Sword: I have a complete tutorial that shows you how to make a durable cardboard sword. I make four different swords: A Cutlass, A Knights Sword, Buster Sword and a Reaper Scythe. Perfect for Halloween or for use as a prop. Make a Cardboard Sword
New Article for Writers: A Guide to Medieval Weapons - How to put medieval weapons in your world in ways that makes sense, also a list of common medieval weapons.
(Book Review) : The Compleat Gamester - Have you ever wondered what kinds of games people played during the Renaissance? The Compleat Gamester is a guide to just that. It was written in 1674 as a handbook for people of the time to learn how to play games that were currently popular. And it is still widely available today. It is a great way to learn about what kinds of games people played during the Middle Ages. And it is also lends insight into understanding how that period of time still has a tremendous influence on today's world. Many of the games in the book are still played today. Review: The Compleat Gamester
The Case of the Mysterious Medieval Halberds
I received an email from someone who found these halberds in a very old building. Could they be 15th century and valuable? Can you shed light on these halberds? Do you have some expertise with Medieval Weapons? Here is a page with more information and pictures. Maybe you can solve The riddle of the ancient Medieval Halberds
Make a Paper castle
Project: Here is a nice little project that you can make. It is a paper medieval castle and it comes with all the instructions and drawings so you can print it out and make it yourself. Easy and fun project with a fact sheet that tells all about the parts of a castle. All you need is some glue and some cereal boxes. Make a Medieval Paper Castle
A Web visitor has submitted some awesome pictures of a hand made medieval crossbow. The stock is carved in the shape and form of a dragon and it's absolutely beautiful! Check out more (and bigger) pictures of this awesome crossbow - medieval crossbow
Beowulf the new movie is set to be released on Nov 16, 2007 It has an all star cast including Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Robin Wright-Penn, and Anthony Hopkins. I have compiled a list of resources about this movie including a link to the official podcast and the official movie trailer. Beowulf the Movie (I have the official movie trailer for you right on this site!)
Medieval Christmas Presents - It's getting close to christmas time and you still have time to find some unique medieval gifts. Amazon.com still guarantees shipping by Christmas and they have a lot of great discounts and specials running like free shipping. I have put together a store of unique medieval gifts offered at amazon. It has things like tankards, books, posters, medieval christmas music, jewelry and more. Check it out here: Medieval Christmas Gifts
New Section on Medieval Polearms: This is a very extensive section with just about every medieval polearm ever invented. I have pictures, explanations and more.
New: Armor of the Medieval Horse with an illustration
New Essay The symbology and significance of the Round Table in King Arthur's Court - Everyone is familiar with the story of King Arthur and the Knight's of the Round Table But did you know the symbolic meaning of the Round Table?
New Weapon added to the armory: "The Bardiche". This is an unusual polearm that saw use from as early as the 13th century. It is not as well known as other polearms and is kind of a cross between a poleaxe and a halberd. The Bardiche
Medieval Music - A brief overview of the music of the 900 year Medieval period. Much of the music of the period is lost forever because there is little written record of it. But the church did write, record and further music so some of it still remains such as the Gregorian Chant. (There is a Gregorian Chant you can listen to)
How is a sword made? This is a brief article on the six basic steps to making swords.
Want to learn a little bit about the art and craft of Blacksmithing? I have an article with pictures that take you through some of the basic ideas of the blacksmith. Blacksmithing
Take a look inside a Real Medieval Castle This is a model of a real castle built over 1,000 years ago. Of course it is very mysterious and has a long history. See some pictures and learn a bit about it. Meersburg
Unusual Medieval Weapons - Over the centuries of the Middle Ages some very peculiar weapons were created and used - or maybe not used more than once! Read my essay and learn about some of these unusual weapons
The Puzzle of the Mysterious Medieval Chest - (A Real Story)
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Medieval Names - looking for a medieval name? Maybe for a video game character? Here are lots of medieval names and a guide to titles and nicknames.
Medieval Horse Armor - The major parts of armor for horses including an illustration.
Review and insight into the movie 300 - This movie took the box office by storm and for good reason. It has reinvigorated the whole genre of Historical Fiction. Learn more about this movie
The Armory of Medieval Weapons and Armor is a very popular stop for lots of visitors. See pictures and information about all kinds of weapons and armor from the Middle Ages
Medieval Projects: Ever wanted to build your own catapult or trebuchet? Here are some medieval projects you can make.
Medieval Swords - When we think of the term "Medieval Sword" we aren't just talking sword! We are talking "Medieval". Learn about what makes a sword medieval with examples and pictures of some medieval swords.
More Articles and Information about Medieval Things
If you are looking for wall Tapestries you might want to check out Art.com . Here is a message I got from them: Wall Tapestries at Art.com