5 things you didn’t know about the Middle Ages

1 The original Magna Carta contained the clause: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement [sic] of his equals or by the law of the land.” But in 1215 only one-quarter of the population could be considered ‘free’. The rest were neither free nor male!

2 Fortifications in medieval times often contained a ‘murder hole’ – a hole in the ceiling of a gateway through which defenders could pour or drop rocks, boiling water, hot sand, arrows, quicklime, tar or boiling oil onto attackers.

3 During the Crusades, ‘fire ships’ were often used – boats whose sole purpose was to be filled with combustibles and steered into enemy fleets.

4 It’s said that in 1354, a tavern quarrel led to townsmen and students in medieval Oxford rioting for 3 days – resulting in several dead and many injured.

5 Syphilis was known as the ‘French disease’, due to its spread by French troops after their invasion of Naples, Italy.

Medieval Curiosities #1

It’s the first instalment of our weekly run down of our fantastic medieval finds!

Medieval bras have been found!

During the excavation of a newly discovered vault in a castle in Austra, textiles were discovered that resembled bras were found – those kinds of undergarments weren’t believed to have been used in the 15th century.

 Make your own parchment paper

Now it’s your turn to start writing like a true peasant. The Middle Ages saw a move towards paper over parchment, so this is a true compromise of the two!

10 disgusting facts about Medieval London

If you think the Big Smoke is smelly now, just be glad you weren’t around 6 centuries ago.

Go medieval at your wedding

Yes – it’s true. You can get a medieval trio called ‘Caliban’s Dream’ to play on your big day. Amazing!

That’s it for this week – check back next week for more medieval-related curiosities.

The New Campaign – 43 days to fund our post-production

Salutations,

Yes, the post-production has already started and there’s certain parts of the process that require time rather than cash, but please do visit our new IndieGogo campaign and look at where you’ve got to so far. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/111405?a=434343

By the way, here’s what I’m working on:

Editing two promo videos for the film, editing the actual film, planning and coordinating the sound design / soundtrack making, getting interviews about the film in magazines / blogs, writing emails to a list of 40 key people who could be part of the campaign campaign.

As you can see, beyond the mountain, more mountains.