1201 CE to 1300 CE

13th century flood wall in England to be repaired

In a move that could only embarrass the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a government agency in England has ordered repairs to a river levy that has started to fail...after 800 years.

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.

BBC showcases the Magna Carta

Lord Mungo Napier of the Kingdom of Atlantia has put together a short selection of articles from the BBC on the Magna Carta, which celebrates the 800th anniversary of its signing in 2015.

Medieval religious building reflects modern conflict

In the 8th century, the caliphs of Cordoba, Spain constructed the magnificent great mosque. After their conquest, 13th century Christians rechristened the building a cathedral. Now the two cultures have begun to clash again over tourist signs.

[OUT] Crossroads 2011

The Year: 1241, during the reign of King Bela IV of Hungary. The Place: The cities of Buda and Pest, on the banks of the Danube. The Theme: The Europeans vs. the Mongols. The Feast: A wonderful Hungarian repast provided by the Caerthan Cook's Guild.

Inner courtyard discovered at Wakehurst Place

Excavations at Wakehurst Place, home of the Kew country garden in West Sussex, England, have revealed the existence of an Elizabethan-era south wing which would have completed an enclosed courtyard.

Henry III Fine Roles give insight into 13th century society

During the reign of King Henry III (1216–1272), fines were paid to the king in installments, in exchange for a specified concession. Now these roles are available to view online thanks to the Henry III Fine Roles Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

John Stow's history of London online

The Centre for Metropolitan History has made available the 1603 edition of John Stow's A Survey of London, edited by C. L. Kingsford. The work chronciles the history of the city from the 13th through the 16th centuries.

Metropolitan Museum to host treasures of Khubilai Khan

New York's Metropolitan Museum will offer visitors a glimpse of the delights of 13th century China when it plays host to The Legend of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, an exhibit of "lavish costumes, stunning paintings and priceless jewels."

Observatory of Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi possibly found in Iran

Archaeologists from the Alamut Castle Research Center in Iran believe they might have discovered the 13th century observatory of polymath Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi, who accepted the position of scientific advisor to the Mongols in 1256.

13th century paper recipe online

Medievalists.net reports that Adam Gacek has published a paper describing a thirteenth century recipe for Arabic papermaking. The recipe states that the paper was made from the bark of fig trees, rather than hemp or flax.

Holy graffiti

Experts in Fife, Scotland believe a cross carved into the wall of a farm could be "holy graffiti" created by a 13th century pilgrim on his way to the tomb of Saint Margaret. The stone was later used to build the farmer's wall.

Terracotta finial may give insight into medieval London

A tiny fragment of the grandeur that was medieval London has been discovered on the bank of the Thames. A medieval terracotta roof finial, in the shape of an animal, dating to the 13th century, was found by an amateur archaeologist.

Argon case prescribed for Washington's Magna Carta

The copy of the Magna Carta in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. will have a new, protective case filled with argon. The document is currently housed in a case filled with helium.

Rebuild of rebuild of Eleanor's Cross unveiled in London

In the late 13th century, Eleanor of Castile, wife of England's King Edward I died near Lincoln. In her memory, the king built a series of crosses at resting points along the road to London. Now London's own cross, under renovation for five years, has been unveiled.

World of Khubilai Khan at the Met

September 28, 2010 - January 2, 2011, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will play host to The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, an exhibit of fine and decorative art from the 13th and 14th centuries.

M. Sotherden Art Glass

M. Sotherden Art Glass is a source for custom and unique stained glass, art glass gifts, and jewelry, including devices, award scrolls and other stained glass items of interest to SCAdians.

Castle discovery fills gap in Danish history

Danish archaeologists believe that the discovery of a 13th century castle on Kattegat Island may help fill a hundred-year gap in the island’s history. The castle belonged to King Erik Menved, who reigned between 1287 and 1319.

2010 Palio takes place in Siena, Italy

The Tartuca (Tortoise) neighborhood is the winner of this year's Palio, a bareback horse race that takes place in the middle of Siena, Italy.

Early Tamil incscription found

A 13th century grain jug unearthed near Ranipet, India has the earliest example of Tamil script on a clay vessle. The 3-foot tall jug, called a granary, also depicts an elephant, a cow, and a scene of a woman giving birth.

"Seventh signal" leads to medieval seal

British metal detectorist David Booth, who in 2009 discovered four Iron Age torcs, has made another important discovery: a 13th century silver seal bearing a carving of a Roman figure in red jasper. (photo)

Medieval folk "aware of the value of a good smile"

According to a paper published in the British Dental Journal, medieval people were more aware of dental hygiene than previously believed, and had knowledge of teeth cleaning, fillings and dentures.

12th century children's bow found in Russia

A small bow, believed to have been a toy for a child, was found in an excavation in Staraya, Novgorod Region, Russia. A tiny arrow was also found nearby.

SCA Discount at Ozark Medieval Fortress

THL Melandra of the Woods, who modernly works as the Education Coordinator for Ozark Medieval Fortress, has announced that the organization is offering a discount to traveling SCA folk on their way to or from three of the SCA's major events this year.

Teacher In Service at Ozark Medieval Fortress

The Ozark Medieval Fortress is pleased to announce a Teacher In-Service workshop.  This workshop has received Arkansas Department of Education approval for 6 hours of professional development credit.

Have you read the Magna Carta?

Have you read the Magna Carta? Most people haven't, but now, according to Britton Morgan of Atlantia, a translation is available online at the National Archives website.

13th century heraldic badge found in Coventry

A copper badge bearing three heraldic lions has been found in a stone wall in Coventry, England. The badge probably came from a horse harness.

Birch bark manuscripts found in Novgarod

A school girl taking part in a dig in Novgorod, Russia has discovered two birch bark manuscripts and a medieval seal.

New Sanai verses discovered

An Iranian scholar has discovered 205 previously unknown quatrains of the 12th century Sufi poet Sanai Ghaznavi.

Murals and icons from St. Nikita's Monastery online

Professor Michael J. Fuller has created a website featuring murals and iconography from Saint Nikita's Monastery, an 11th century Macedonian church rebuilt in the 13th century by the Serbian King Milutin.