Best Luxury Hotel In Palermo

The Sicilian capital is a fascinating metropolis. With many historic buildings dating back as far as the 9th century, it’s earned status as a Unesco World Heritage Site. But this is contrasted by bustling markets and a busy port. Once dubbed ‘The Kingdom of the Sun’ by invading Normans, it’s been home to Greek, Roman and Arab civilisations and remains culturally diverse, yet distinctively Sicilian. And as you may expect from this part of Italy, the gastronomy is incredible – the street food is both delicious and authentic. Or you may like to sample one of its fine restaurants – some of which can be found in the city’s top hotels…
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Property spotlight: See inside this barn conversion for sale for £1.6m

This Norfolk barn conversion, in a conservation area, is on the market for £1.6m. The property, in the village of North Creake, is approached by a gravel drive with a gate leading into the central courtyard. The ground floor of the main house is vast with 10 separate rooms including...
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In tree rings and radiocarbon, signs of the Vikings in North America

Vikings from Greenland — the first Europeans to arrive in America — lived in a village in Canada’s Newfoundland Exactly 1000 Years Ago, According to research published on Wednesday. Scientists have known for many years that Vikings – a name die was given to the Normans by the English die...
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CFI celebrates 70 years in business with delivery of 15,000th Kenworth tractor

JOPLIN, Mo. — When Ursul Lewellen decided he wanted to get into trucking in 1951, little did he know that the one-truck and two-trailer Joplin-based business he launched as Contract Freighters Inc. (later to become CFI) would persevere through challenges including recessions, natural disasters, acquisitions, divestitures and other obstacles. Today, CFI is an operating company of TFI International Inc.

North American Vikings signs, in wooden and radiocarbon rings

Research released on Wednesday reported that Vikings – the first Europeans to come to the United States – were living in a village in Newfoundland, Canada. Scholars have known for years that the Vikings – the name the British gave to the Normans they attacked – built a village in the wilds of Lanes Oaks in Newfoundland at the turn of the millennium. But a study published in the journal Nature refers first to the history of the occupation.

Castles Facts & Worksheets

Not ready to purchase a subscription? Click to download the free sample version Download sample. Castles are fortified structures dominantly built in the Middle Ages. The term ‘castle’ is usually associated with members of the nobility. Castles are typically fortified residences of lords or nobles. Compared to palaces and fortresses, castles have different features such as curtain walls, portcullises, and arrow slits.

In 1021, a Viking cut down a Canadian tree

Finally, a medieval Norse settlement in Newfoundland is exactly dated. Apart from two medieval settlements in Western Greenland, this winter settlement in present-day Canada is the only place in North America where the presence of the Normans has been definitively demonstrated. Using an entirely new dating method, which is based...

The ‘Scottish’ town stranded in England

“While, technically, I guess Scotland never ceded Doncaster back to England, it had never necessarily been Scottish at any point,” Dr Stephen Marritt, an expert on the reign of King Stephen from the University of Glasgow, told me. “Around this time, the Normans had really only moved into English Cumbria just before 1100 and right across the border there was, to some extent, a society with more in common with each other than the rest of England or Scotland. Quite how solid the border really was is debatable, and quite where Scotland stopped and England began, not necessarily clear.”

7 must-see Wiltshire villages and locations so pretty they belong in a fairytale

Wiltshire's ancient history has blessed the landscape with extraordinary architectural wonders and magnificent stretches of rolling countryside. Beyond the most notable prehistoric monuments such as Stonehenge or medieval marvels like Salisbury Cathedral, there are a few dozen villages and locations dotted across the county that look like something out of a fairytale.

13 Best Things to do in Colchester England

Colchester was the first capital of Roman Britain and is the oldest recorded town in Britain. While it may no longer be quite the powerful city it once was, it still has plenty to offer visitors. If you are planning to visit Colchester, you are in for a treat. Let...

The hidden secrets of England's most underrated county

The Queen has agreed Southend in Essex will be granted city status, in honour of Sir David Amess, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. The resort town on the Thames Estuary, with the longest pleasure pier in the world, is just one of many gems of my home county, which is so often (wrongly) overlooked by visitors, both domestic and international.

October 18th in History

This is Necktie Day (Croatia) October 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Independence Day (Azerbaijan), celebrates the independence of (Azerbaijan) from Soviet Union in 1991. In 320, Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest). In 614, King Chlothar II...
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Carl Brady: On assimilation into American culture

I was struck by something I recently read, “The history of Britain is often presented as one group of invaders after another displacing the native population. The Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and Normans all left their mark on Britain both politically and culturally. However, the story of Britain is far more complex. In fact, modern studies suggest the earliest populations weren’t wiped out, but adapted and absorbed the new arrivals.”

Europe in Flames – Early Medieval Warfare (1000 to 1150)

I’m starting the project with a few Normans to get used to painting plastic 28mm figures again. I’m using Victrix models for these at the moment, and sticking with standard builds. As we will be using mainly skirmish rules to start – like Saga and our own – the first forces will be based on 25mm round bases.

#OTD in Irish History | 17 October:

1171 – Henry II, fearful that Strongbow will grow too powerful in Ireland, lands at Waterford with an army. The Normans, Norse and Irish all submit to him, except for the most remote Irish kings. 1738 – In a duel at Mullingar, Arthur Rochfort, MP for Co Westmeath, shoots Dillon...
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Norwich Castle Museum

The towering castle of Norwich built on the orders of William the Conqueror is an impressive edifice to behold, however, inside its walls is an unusual museum that is also worth visiting. The earliest parts of Norwich Castle date back to the early 11th century, when the Normans demolished a...