History Uncovered

Find the answers to your questions about history, read in depth analysis of historical events from our experts and discover the stories of English Heritage sites around the country.

7 ‘magic potions’ grown by medieval monks

Posted:
22 October 2018
Posted By:
Dr Michael Klemperer
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History Uncovered

Step aside Harry Potter – our monks' garden at Mount Grace Priory is like a real-life version of a Hogwarts herbology classroom. Our gardeners have been busy planting herbs and flowers that the Carthusian monks could have grown here in the 15th century. But you can't buy these herbs in the supe...

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Memento mori: let’s talk about death

Posted:
19 October 2018
Posted By:
Michael Carter
Categories:
History Uncovered

Let’s be honest, most of us, even at Halloween, would rather not think about the reality of our own mortality. But for our medieval ancestors the prospect of death was a feature of their daily lives. Epidemic disease, poor nutrition, famine, basic medical care, inadequate housing and appallingly ...

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What did Neolithic people drink at feasts?

Barley, which may have been used in the Neolithic period to make ale
Posted:
6 September 2018
Posted By:
Merryn Dineley
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History Uncovered

It’s traditional to have an alcoholic drink at a celebration or a feast. There’s a wide variety to choose from today. But what did they drink 4500 years ago at feasts at Durrington Walls and other Neolithic ceremonial centres? Were they drinking alcohol? If so, what were the ingredients, and how...

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5 Sieges from England’s Past

Posted:
9 August 2018
Posted By:
Tom Moriarty
Categories:
History Uncovered

Home to some of the most influential people in the country, castles often attracted brutal opposition from enemies who were fighting for revolution, political reform or the dirtiest motivator of them all, power. Among the 66 castles in the care of English Heritage, many have faced some of the countr...

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