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Medieval Siege Alerts
Issue #2 - March 2006

Welcome to March's edition of Medieval Siege Alerts.

In this month's issue:

1. News from the Court
Get the details on recent events.

2. View from the Tower
Looking ahead at things to come.

3. Medieval in the News
Recent stories focusing on medieval subjects.

4. Featured Website of the Month
Each month I cover one great medieval website.

News from the Court

This section covers recent events including medieval projects I am working on and recently completed as well as updates on any important additions I have made to the website and medieval blog.

The first news I need to cover here is the issue of Medieval Siege Alerts you are now reading.

This issue (March 2006) is the second official issue of Medieval Siege Alerts and it is long overdue.

I intend to publish this newsletter on a monthly basis but with the Holiday season I was pressed for time as I am sure you were.

My plan is to get on a monthly publishing schedule starting with this issue. So look for each new issue during the first week of the month from now on.

New Medieval Pages Added to Website

The following pages have been added to the website since the last issue of Medieval Siege Alerts:

How to Make a Catapult - Your First Project
How to make a catapult shows you how a complete beginner can successfully build a working catapult or trebuchet.

I highly recommend that you check this one out if you are interested in learning how to make a catapult or build a trebuchet!

Medieval Castle Architecture Free Word Search Puzzle
A Medieval Castle Architecture free word search puzzle you can print out and enjoy at your own home or school.

Medieval Castles Free Word Search Puzzle
A Medieval Castles free word search puzzle you can print out and enjoy at your own home or school.

Free Medieval Word Search Puzzles
This is the free medieval word search puzzles page. It provides an index to all pages on the site offering medieval word search puzzles you can print out.

View from the Tower

This section covers future events. You will learn about new projects while they are in the planning stage, new pages I am planning to add to the website, medieval events that are scheduled over the course of the following 30 days and more.

3 New Articles to be Written for Website

I am still planning on adding three new web pages to the site. The topics are medieval foods, medieval names, and medieval clothing.

These topics help fill in the other areas of medieval life because people did not spend all of their time waging war or defending castles!

However, to keep the site focus I will be writing these articles to include a tie-in to medieval warfare. So while each article will provide general information on the topic you will also find specific information for example, what were the medieval foods common to troops waging war and for the celebration by castle residents after successfully defending their home from a siege.

I also plan on adding more medieval quizzes and word search puzzles as they have proven to be popular!

Medieval in the News

This section will provide links to all posts on my medieval blog that are about news stories on medieval topics.

When I say all posts I mean all posts made since the last issue of Medieval Siege Alerts was sent out.

The idea is you can quickly scan this list and if you see something of interest click on the link to check out my summary of the story and if you want more information you will be able to read the full news article.

IMPORTANT: I actually had some technical problems with! For some weird reason they removed my medieval blog.

The support person I spoke with said their automated Spam Detection tool had flagged my blog as spam!

Can you believe that? Fortunately, after the Blogger staff personally reviewed my blog they reinstated it and also added it to their Whitelist so the problem cannot happen again. They said the blog is obviously not spam and apologized for any inconvenience.

Obviously, with the blog down I was not able to update it, but I will resume posting about interesting medieval news articles starting this week.

In the meantime feel free to check out the following news stories on the blog!

Building a Medieval Castle with a Modern Interior?

Medieval History comes alive at Caldicot Castle

English Heritage's New GuideBook Brings Goodrich Castle to Life

Medieval Warhorse Alive and Well in 2005!

Fancy a Feast in a 900 Year Old Castle?

Historic Camelot Project Holds Event at Beaver Dam!

Featured Website of the Month

This section features one high quality medieval website that I believe you will find quite informative and interesting.

You can be sure the websites covered in this section will contain plenty of high-quality medieval information or provide other value such as offering unique medieval products.

This issue I am covering...

Guide to the Castles of Europe

The Guide to Castles of Europe, as the name implies, focuses on different castles located throughout Europe.

Created and updated by Stuart Bazga, the Guide to Castles of Europe website provides over 100 pages of information.

Here are a sampling of the categories of information you will find: English Castles, Scottish Castles, Irish Castles, Welsh Castles, German Castles, Italian Castles, and European Castles.

Stuart has done a fantastic job with this site and it is obvious he really wants to make this a great medieval resource that you will return to again and again.

He also publishes a monthly newsletter and I encourage you to sign up for that. His newsletter is interesting to read and it is also free. A great combination!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this issue of Medieval Siege Alerts.

If you have any comments or suggestions for improving any part of this newsletter feel free to contact me.


Garfield Benjamin
Cuba, Missouri

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