Welsh Castle Quest Day 14 – Signing off

Greetings my fellow Adventurers! Having almost reached the end of our 'Welsh Castle Quest' and not wanting to double up on posts, I'm going to pass you over to my wife to recount the last few days of our adventures . I've really enjoyed the last two weeks, it's been a great quest and a holiday… Continue reading Welsh Castle Quest Day 14 – Signing off

Almost Wordless Wednesday – Castles!!!

It's been blooming ages since we last visited a castle and I have to say I'm missing them. Thankfully we're off on our Welsh Castle Adventure next week, so my 'low castle warning light' will be fully recharged! To follow our adventures and learn more about the history of these magnificent medieval structures please do… Continue reading Almost Wordless Wednesday – Castles!!!

Me and my longbow: aiming for the Middle Ages

We didn’t get up to too much this weekend owing to the weather and the need to drive out to Peterborough to replace our pushchair.

We DID get a chance to do some Archery however, as my rather wonderful wife explains in her blog – please do take a look.

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My last two posts about Royal Hunting Forests and Outlaws have triggered a strong yearning to shoot my longbow, something I haven’t managed to do over the past few months. As the Tingewick Parish Council have kindly given us permission to set up on the village playing field, and the weather was fair yesterday morning, we seized the opportunity to shoot some arrows. And boy it felt good – a bit of archery satisfies my medieval cravings, it’s a good way to relieve stress and vent frustrations, and it’s also great fun.

I adore my longbow. It’s a thing of beauty. It was made for me by a supremely talented bowman called Steve Ralphs who crafts movie bows. He’s consulted and made bows for all kinds of productions, including Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Braveheart and Robin Hood with Russell Crowe. In fact, I’ve even been lucky enough to shoot one…

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So when exactly was the Medieval Period?

Please go and take a look at my Wife’s blog on Medieval history, walking, castles., knights and adventure!  She’s only just starting out in the blogging world but she’s going to be excellent!

Later in the year she’s planning on walking along the north coast of Wales, exploring all of the great castles of Edward the 1st’s Iron ring – I can’t wait!

Historians are always arguing about when historical eras began and ended. Usually, the changeover between these periods can be aligned with a big change of some kind, be it political, economic, technological or religious. It’s generally accepted that the Middle Ages spanned around 1000 years, beginning after the Romans left in the early 5th Century. We tend to look at this millennium as made up of three parts: firstly, the Early Medieval, which covers the Saxons and the Vikings, then there’s the High Medieval which comes in during the 11th Century and the Normans (that’s when we start seeing castles) and the first Plantagenet kings, before the Late Medieval takes over during the 14th and 15th Centuries.

But when did it end? Well, there were different changes happening at different speeds all over Europe in 15th Century, such as the invention of movable type by Johannes Gutenberg in Germany in…

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