Sunday Drive -North Leigh Roman Villa

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Today's Sunday drive took us to North Leigh Roman Villa near Woodstock in North Oxfordshire. Location: East End, Oxfordshire Total distance travelled:  Approx 70 Miles Total time at the wheel: 2 hours Adventure rating: 1 out of 5 Crossbow Bolts. Packets of square crisps eaten: 8! Website: English Heritage website Not far from the village of East End,… Continue reading Sunday Drive -North Leigh Roman Villa

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Sunday Drive – Minster Lovell Hall

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! On Sunday afternoon we decided to go for a proper Sunday drive, just to get out the house for a few hours and get some air. We drove out to the edge of the Cotswolds and visited Minster Lovell Hall near Witney. Location: Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire Total distance travelled:  Approx 70 Miles Total… Continue reading Sunday Drive – Minster Lovell Hall

Portchester Castle and Stokes Bay

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Owing to the poor weather over the last few weeks that stopped us from getting out, we were all suffering from a fair bit of cabin fever. Thankfully the sunny weather last weekend allowed us to escape the house and head south to Hampshire and more specifically – Portchester Castle. Ratty outside… Continue reading Portchester Castle and Stokes Bay

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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The British Motor Museum 

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! The other weekend as one of my son’s birthday treats, we took him in the Ratmobile up to the British Motor Museum (BMM) near Gaydon in Warwickshire.  Location: Gaydon Warwickshire Total distance traveled: 56 Miles Total time at the wheel: 1 hour 20 minutes. Adventure rating: 1 out of 5 Crossbow Bolts.… Continue reading The British Motor Museum