1201 CE to 1300 CE

“Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!” called "giggle-worthy"

"I itch in the cathedral; When I pray upon my knees: God, You saved us from damnation; Now save us from the fleas!" writes Laura Amy Schlitz in Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village, a new children's book reviewed by John Schwartz for the Sunday New York Times.

Archaeologists search for abbott's grave at Hulton Abbey

A team of archaeologists from Keele University are using the latest geophysical equipment to search the grounds of Hulton Abbey in England hoping to find the graves of the monks who lived there as far back as the 13th century.

Great Hall of the Old Deanery for sale in England

A 13th century medieval hall, located in the Salisbury Cathedral Close in England is up for sale. Originally built as a residence for 60 deans, the building was completely restored in 1963 and has been available as a venue for rent.

The Real Sherwood Forest in Danger

England's Sherwood Forest, famed in the tales of Robin Hood, has dwindled in size from 100,000 acres to a core of just 450 acres and some smaller scattered patches, leaving experts fearful for the future of its ancient oak trees.

Quran from 1203 Sells at Christie's

A Quran, believed to be the oldest complete copy, circa 1203 C.E., was offered for sale through the Hispanic Society of America and sold to traders in London.

Archaeologists find Viking Norwich

Archaeologists working in Norwich, England have discovered city walls dating back to Viking times. “Our finding gives us the old geography of the city and lets us look at the history of the defensive mechanisms used in Norwich at the time," said Andy Hutcheson, archaeology manager for NAU Archaeology.

Freer Gallery of Art celebrates Rumi anniversary

The Freer Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of Sufi poet Mevlana Jalal-ad-Din Rumi with a special presentation on October 27, 2007: Poetry in Song: Rumi's Mystical Journey.

Marco Polo's Zipangu really the Philippines?

A new study by author Setsuko Matoba proposes the theory that the island of Zipangu made famous in The Travels of Marco Polo may not have been Japan, as believed, but the Philippines.

13th century Persian poet still inspires

The poetic and the spiritual alike are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the birth of Sufi poet Rumi who "still inspires with his works evoking ecstasy and the divine." Poet Robert Bly reads from his translation of Rumi's works for NPR's Morning Edition.

Magna Carta to be auctioned

A rare copy of the Magna Carta could bring as much as US$30 million when it is auctioned in New York by Sotheby's in December 2007. The 1297 copy is one of only 20 reissued by King Edward I.

"Devil's Bible" goes home to Prague

After 359 years in Stockholm, the Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil's Bible, has been returned to the Czech National Library in Prague for an exhibition. The book was supposedly written 800 years ago with the help of the devil.

Genghis Khan enforced ban on gay lifestyle

Chinese experts at the Research Institute of Ancient Mongolian Laws and Sociology in Inner Mongolia have determined that Genghis Khan's code of laws may have contained the earliest recorded ban on homosexuality.

Monks not included...

The Hermitage (Eremo), a 13th century monastery located near Cupramontana, Italy, is for sale complete with world famous botanical garden...but no monks.

"Mongol" to be released in September

Mongol, a new film by Russian director Sergei Bodrov, is scheduled to be released September 21, 2007. The film covers the early life of Genghis Khan.

Scientists still studying mystery of medieval skulls

Archaeologists from English Heritage have yet to formulate a theory about the change in shape of medieval skulls between the 11th and 13th centuries. The shape changed from a long, narrow head to a rounder shape.

Czech ditch unique in Central Europe

A unique wood-reinforced, medieval ditch has been discovered near Prague, Czech Republic. Experts believe the ditch dates to the 13th or 14th century.

Medieval crucifix found in trash can

An enameled medieval crucifix stolen from France by the Nazis has resurfaced in an Austrian rubbish skip. It was discovered by a china-fancier looking for old plates in the belongings of a deceased neighbor.

How wearing underwear improved medieval literacy

Is there a connection believe literacy and medieval underwear? Historians believe so, since discarded rags were used to make paper needed to print books. Before the ready availability of discarded cloth, only the rich could afford to own books.

Abbey holds some of the world's finest medieval tiles

Students at Abbey College in Ramsey, England have discovered old tiles over the years and presented them to the college's history department, never guessing that they might be some of the finest examples of 13th and 14th century tiles in existence.

European winter warmest since Middle Ages

According to New Scientist website, last year's exceptional European winter was the warmest since 1289, when unusual temperatures were caused by a large volcanic eruption in the tropics.

Relics of Bulgarian Tzar re-buried

After a special ceremony on April 19, 2007 to anoint the remains, relics from Bulgaria's legendary 12th century Tzar Kaloyan were re-buried in Veliko Tarnovo 800 years following his death.

Mapping the Middle Ages

Keith Lilley, Chris Lloyd and Steve Trick of Queen's University Belfast have provided a digital resource for maps of villages and townships in the Middle Ages.

Medieval windmill found in Burwell

An unused plot of ground near Burwell, England, which was being tested for possible development, has revealed the remains of a medieval windmill dating as far back as the 13th century.

St. Clare Friary remains to be analyzed

Researchers will soon begin analysis of remains from 30 medieval graves discovered in February, 2007 in Preston, England's city center, believed to have once been the site of a friary dedicated to St. Clare.

Piece of 14th Century Clock Found in York

Researchers in York have discovered a small copper-alloy disc dating back to around 1300 that was part of an early mechanical clock.

Japanese scrolls depict Mongol invasion

Saionji no Hanae reports that Bowdoin College has created a website to display Japanese manuscript art depicting the 13th century Mongol invasion. The scrolls were commissioned by Takezaki Suenaga to recount his actions during the invasion.

Bones in chains

A shackled skeleton thought to date from between the 13th and 16th centuries C.E. has been discovered in Ávila, Spain.

Story behind "Tournaments Illuminated" cover art

A discussion of the cover art of the Fall 2006 issue of Tournaments Illuminated, the quarterly publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, led to an explanation by the artist, Sean P. Clancy.

13th century treasures found in Berwick dig

Archaeologists working at a dig in the Walkergate area of Berwick, England have uncovered a number of artifacts dating to the "heyday of Berwick," including a silver coin from the reign of Henry III.

Devil's Music in the Vatican

Rock and roll music will represent Hell in a new opera based upon Dante's medieval epic, The Divine Comedy. The composition by Monsignor Marco Frisina will premiere in Vatican City.