1201 CE to 1300 CE

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.

Snorri Sturluson was wrong

A new investigation of the cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, has revealed that Icelandic literary hero Snorri Sturluson had been wrong in his documentation of the cathedral’s history.

Early Christian graves discovered in the Ukraine

Early Christian burials dating to the 11th and 13th centuries have been found in Chernihiv in the Ukraine. Experts believe that the 30 tombs prove that the city was important in early Russian history.

"Catherine Called Birdy" Teaches About Medieval Life

Paula Laurita, Library Sciences Editor for BellaOnline, has created a website to help librarians and educators teach children learn about the Middle Ages.

Road Workers Discover Tran Dynasty Altar

Construction workers in Hanoi, Vietnam have discovered what is believed to be an ancient altar from the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400) as well as glassware dating to the same period.

"Murthly Hours" Online

The National Library of Scotland has posted an online version of the Murthly Hours, a richly decorated manuscript written in Paris in the 13th century.

Oslo Garbage Dump Yields Medieval Treasures

A garbage dump dating from the 13th or 14th century has been discovered in Oslo, Norway. The massive collection of discarded items includes over 1,000 shoes.

Cimabue works on display in new exhibit at the Frick

"Cimabue and Early Italian Devotional Painting" will be on display at The Frick Collection in New York City through December 31.

War 2, Archaeology 0

Recent bombing and a resulting oil spill in Lebanon have damaged two World Heritage sites, says an inspection team from UNESCO. Roman remains at Tyre and a medieval tower at Byblos are in urgent need of repair.

Genghis Khan: Inventor of the Hamburger

In a discussion of who actually invented the hamburger, Genghis Khan seems to win. According to sources on MongolianArtist.com Mongols needed a hand free to ride while using the other to eat, and meat was their food of choice.

13th Century Letters Returned to Poland

A collection of Papal letters, written as far back as the 13th century and discovered among the belongings of a Wisconsin WWII vet, have been returned to their proper owner: the Polish State Archives.

750 Years of American Independence Celebrated

On July 26, 2006, Wikipedia honored the 750th anniversary of American independence with a special feature and a parade to the White House.

13th Century Garb Discussion List

Scolastica la souriete has created a new discussion list for those interested in 13th century European garb.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 25, 1291

Eleanor of Provence, widow of King Henry III of England, died on June 25, 1291. She was one of four sisters who all became queens.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 21, 1208

Philip of Swabia, a king praised for his kindness and generosity, was murdered on June 21, 1208 by his daughter's rejected suitor.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 31, 1223

Genghis Khan's warriors first engaged the Rus on May 31, 1223 in the Battle of the Kalka River.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 30, 1265

Premier Italian poet Dante Alighieri was born on (or about) May 30, 1265. In his writings, he mentions that he was born under the sign of Gemini.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 28, 1291

On May 28, 1291, during the Siege of Acre, the temple of the Knights Templar was destroyed. With it went the crusading Knights' last foothold in the Holy Land.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 27, 1218

On May 27, 1218, the first ships of the Fifth Crusade reached Egypt.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 22, 1216

On May 22, 1216, French troops entered England by invitation in the First Baron's War, a rebellion ignited by King John's refusal to follow some provisions of the Magna Carta.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 19, 1214

The City of London received a charter allowing it to elect its own officials on May 19, 1214.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 17, 1215

On May 17, 1215, the barons of England marched on King John in the uprising that culminated in the signing of the Magna Carta.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 10, 1291

On May 10, 1291, Edward I of England met with the nobles of Scotland to select their king.

Ruins of Village Found Dating Back to 1300 A.D.

An archaeology buff in South Wales spent approximately US$50,000 to purchase a 4.5-acre plot of land to see if the ruins of a village lay beneath it.

Travels in Burgundy

Travel writer Anthony Peregrine, of Britain's Times On Line, tours Burgundy.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 5, 1260

On May 5, 1260, Kublai Khan was unanimously elected Khagan of the Mongol Empire.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 16, 1209

Traditionally, April 16, 1209 is regarded as the day Pope Innocent III gave oral permission of St. Francis of Assisi to found the Franciscan order.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 9, 1241

On April 9, 1241, Polish knights fought the invading Mongol army at Liegnitz (aka Legnica) in Silesia.

Medieval Welsh Site Being Excavated

An archaeologist has purchased land in Wales, convinced it is the site of a medieval village.

Ghengis Khan Cavalry Ride

The mark the 800th anniversary of the founding of Mongolia, the Mongolian Government Executive Committee has planned a series of events to take place during the summer of 2006. Included will be an 500-man Cavalry Ride.