Such is the crisis that last week David Cameron and Ed Miliband not only agreed to cancel Prime Minister's Question Time, but to head north (along with Nick Clegg). It's that serious. They could take some solace - and learn some lessons - from the By...
Archaeologists from Poland, Denmark, Norway, Great Britain and Lithuania have embarked on a major research project in the village of Grunwald, northern Poland, at the site of one of the greatest battles of medieval Europe. The site extends over an area of 500 hectares and is comprised of farms, two lakes and remnants of an old settlement.
Looking at the records of food supplied to medieval and early modern hospitals across Europe and the Middle East might make a modern NHS patient envious. Last year, at a conference on the history of hospital food, I learned that patients in 8th century Islamic hospitals ( Bimaristans) could expect fresh fruit from a courtyard garden, and that patients in the 12th Century Hospital of St John of Jerusalem were served chicken with saffron.
Centuries-old skeletons holding hands have been uncovered at a "lost" chapel by archaeologists. The remains, of a man and a woman, were found at the Chapel of St Morrell, an ancient site of pilgrimage in Hallaton. Tiles from a Roman building, were found underneath the chapel.
THE work of a medieval historian at the University of Winchester is to be celebrated at a conference organised by her former students. Barbara Yorke, Emeritus professor in early medieval history, will be joined by colleagues and friends at the Lives and Landscapes of Early Medieval Wessex conference this month.
A medieval sword possibly taken as a trophy during the Battle of Hastings has failed to sell at auction. The "extremely rare" broadsword belonged to Humphrey De Bohun, a kinsman of William The Conqueror. Sir Humphrey fought at Hastings in 1066, where Christie's auctioneers think he could have captured the sword.
Vikings never wore horned helmets. It's a myth. Their battle helmets were conical and mostly made of leather. The double-tusk look? That began with Wagner's opera "Ring of the Nibelung" in 1876, and perpetuated down through TV, movies, Halloween costumes, Hagar the Horrible cartoons and, of course, the Minnesota Vikings.
The larger collection belonged in the first half of the 20th century to Estelle Doheny, a Californian collector. Similar sets of specimen fragments assembled by Robinsons are now in the Lilly Library at the University of Indiana and the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford, while other sets remain in private ownership.
The wall of a medieval harbour has been uncovered at one of Scotland's most historic abbeys, where Robert the Bruce's son was confirmed as a future King of Scotland. Archaeologists now plan further digs at the ruins of Cambuskenneth Abbey, near Stirling, in a bid to discover the remains of ancient boats which could have been used to transport Scotland's royalty.