Archive - Dec 22, 2010

French manuscripts at Getty Center through January 2011

Now through February 6, 2011, the Getty Center will offer visitors a trip to France's medieval past by hosting Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500, a manuscript exhibition describing "how these lavish books contributed to the development of French art and the French nation."

Knights Templar in London subject of new book

The 13th century Temple in London, the headquarters of the Knights Templar in the city, is a round church, but it has also served as a bank and document storage facility. Christopher Howse of the Telegraph looks at a new book on the Templars, The Temple Church in London.

Author reappraises the use of torture in the Middle Ages

"All brutality aside, the criminal law of the day was also concerned with the salvation of the convicted criminal," writes German legal scholar Wolfgang Schild in his new book Purification Through Pain: A Fresh Look at Torture in the Middle Ages.

Tom Wujec explains the astrolabe

The modern meets the medieval when software designer Tom Wujec explains the astrolabe. The video is available to view on the blog Ted Talks. (video)