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Vatican Swiss Guard Mark 500th Anniversary

Veterans of the famous Swiss Guard, who serve as guards for the Pope, are set to celebrate 500 years of service this summer with a public ceremony to swear in the latest group of recruits.

Labor of Love Restores Medici Tapestry

Four restoration specialists at New York's Metropolitan Museum have taken on the backbreaking effort of restoring "The Gathering of Manna," a 16th century Medici tapestry, one stitch at a time.

Southwest Hispanics Find Link to Sephardic Jews

New DNA evidence has produced some surprising links between Hispanics living the America's Southwest and Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition 400 years ago.

"Splendor of the Word" Captures a Fading World

The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library, a new exhibit, is the first in the library's history to showcase the organization's massive holdings of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

Russian Orthodox Icons Subject of Restoration Project

Aleksei Khetagurov, chief of icon restoration for the State Historical Museum in Moscow, hopes to reveal the face of history - literally - as he cleans dark patina from the surfaces of centuries-old icons.

"Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England"

Alida Becker of the New York Times Book Review looks at Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England, a book by Alison Weir.

Istanbul: City of Many Pasts

Rick Lyman of the New York Times looks at the ancient city of Istanbul in a travelogue that recognizes the many cultures that make up the city.

Oxford Inspires Dreamers

Planning a trip to Oxford, England? Susan Catto of the New York Times offers suggestions for making the most of a trip to the historic city.

"Cranky Professor" Highlights What's New in Historical Research

On the Cranky Professor blog, Michael Thinkler invites ancient and medieval historians to share information on their latest research projects and ideas.

"Charlemagne's Tablecloth" Looks at the History of Feasting

William Grimes of the New York Times reviews Charlesmagne's Tablecloth: a Piquant History of Feasting by Nichola Fletcher.

New York SCAdian's meadery reviewed in NY Times

NY Times food critic Florence Fabricant reviews several NYC-area food and beverage establishments, including one where the proprietor is a SCAdian mead brewer named Magnus.

Study Warns: Over-Hydration Can Kill

A study published in a recent edition of The New England Journal of Medicine warns athletes and runners that vast amounts of water or sports drinks can be lethal.

"Kingdom of Heaven" Sparks Copyright Controversy

Kingdom of Heaven, the historical epic about the Third Crusade scheduled to be released this spring, is the subject of a copyright controversy in which author James Reston Jr. accused film director Ridley Scott of stealing his research.

How the Plague Changed the World

New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani looks at The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time, a new book by John Kelly.

Early Music Quartet Orlando Consort Reviewed

New York Times reviewer Allan Kozinn looks at medieval music quartet, the Orlando Consort, who appeared at Columbia University in a recent concert.

Heloise and Abelard Still Inspire Lovers

An essay in the New York Times by Cristina Nehring discusses five books on Heloise and Abelard.

"Da Vinci Code" Put on Trial

A museum in Lornardo Da Vinci's hometown Vinci, Italy, is holding a trial to sort out the facts from fiction in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code.

Turks Display 1000 Years of Turkish Art and Culture

Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600-1600 may be the world's greatest display of Turkish art and culture. The exhibit opened January 22, 2005 at London't Royal Academy of Arts.

New Study Re-Dates Shroud of Turin

A new study to date the controversial Shroud of Turin places the cloth as much older than previously believed.

Woodcut Masterpieces on Display in New York

A treasury of Renaissance woodcuts will be on display at the Grolier Club in New York City, featuring manuscripts from the collection of Lessing J. Rosenwald.

Finland's "Kalevala" Still has Influence in the Modern World

New York Times reporter Cori Ellison looks at the influence of the "Kalevala," Finland's national epic, on modern culture.

Geology Key to Great Beer

A new theory accounts for the differences in the flavor of beer. It all has to do with rocks.

Trio Mediaeval Sparks Interest in Early Music

New York Times music reviewer Allan Kozinn looks at Trio Mediaeval, an all-female group from Norway that spotlights early music.

London's Raphael Exhibit Garners Praise

Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times reviews the much-praised Raphael exhibit now showing at the National Gallery in London.

Rome Comes to HBO

HBO's miniseries on ancient Rome, being filmed now and scheduled to air next fall, is being called "dazzling."

Medievalist Norman Cantor Dies

Noted medievalist Norman Cantor is dead at 74, according to an article in the New York Times' obituary section.

The Lost Art of Feasting

The New York Times reviews a new volume by Roy Strong called The Lost Art of Eating.

Where the Bodies Are Buried, Modern-Day Medici Feud

The New York Times: Scientists in Florence are planning to exhume the remains of 49 Medici bodies in May for a wide-ranging forensic study. One branch of the family was invited to take part; a second branch was not, but its ancestors are among those being exhumed.

Decay and Glory: Back to Byzantium

NY Times: The NY Times provides a detailed scholarly review of the exhibit "Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557)", currently displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New Exhibit on Byzantium at the Met

"Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557)" will be on display at the Tisch Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through July 4, 2004.