1301 CE to 1400 CE

"Astonishingly modern" technology marks 14th century Indian observatory

Scientists working at the 14th-century Pir Ghaib Observatory in Delhi, India were astonished to find instruments used to tell time and study the celestial skies including a "zenith tube" through which the moon could be observed.

Chaucer's Moat Wall at the Tower of London is Uncovered

As Clerk of Works for London Tower, Geoffrey Chaucer oversaw the construction of a 14th-century wharf which was recently re-discovered along with 15th-century stone cellars and 16th-century majolica.

Danish "Kalkmalerier" available online

Imagine standing beneath a magnificent 14th century church mural and letting your eyes wander along its length. This is what you can experience at the panoramas.dk website which offers fullscreen panoramas of various medieval Danish church ceilings.

Upper Belvedere in Vienna: Redisplay of the Medieval Collection

Upper Belvedere in Vienna redisplays the Medieval Collection Masterpieces of Medieval Art.

Modern Belgians live medieval lives

Ivonne Janssens and Daniel Grandjean are modern people who live parttime in a medieval world. The Belgian husband and wife have convinced the city fathers of Aarschot to allow them to inhabit the 700-year-old Sint-Rochus tower as a 14th century duchess and her mercenary husband.

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.

Bidding ends for eBay's 12th Century Italian manuscript

A 12th century Cistercian missal was offered recently for auction on eBay. The final price: US$49,900.00.

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.

14th century astrolabe brings record price

A rare 14th century astrolade quadrant has been auctioned off to an anonymous bidder for UK£138,000. The instrument was crafted of brass in 1388 and was used "for telling time, mapping the stars and taking measurements."

14th century astrolabe to be auctioned

A 14th century astrolabe quadrant, discovered beneath the clay floors of a 17th century building in Kent, England, has been listed for auction March 21, 2007 with hopes to bring between UK£60,000 and UK£100,000.

A history of the bra

An article in Pravda chronicles the history of the brassiere from ancient Cretan underbodice to the Wonderbra.

The Deposition of Sir John Sully, Iddesleigh, 1386

14th century English knight Sir John Sully was buried in the Church of the Holy Cross in Exeter, England after dying at the advanced age of 106. His great age is documented in part by a deposition in which he discusses his long military career and some of the battles in which he participated. The website includes a transcript of the deposition.

Dracula's castle for sale

Bran Castle, near Brasov, Romania, was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's classic Dracula. Now the 14th century castle is up for sale for a "paltry" UK£40 million.

Shakespeare's Church Has Leaky Roof

The caretakers of the church where William Shakespeare was baptized and buried want help to fix its leaky roof. Holy Trinity Church in Stratford upon Avon is seeking sponsors to "adopt a gargoyle" and help the church provide the extensive maintenance needed.

"per manus sororum" published in German

The book of Tanja Kohwagner-Nikolai "per manus sororum" - a great book about mediaeval Klosterstich tapestries from the Low German language area is now available at the publishing house Martin Meidenbauer Verlagsbuchhandlung.

Dante's True Face

Dante Allegheri, the Italian poet whose work, The Divine Comedy, is almost required reading for SCAdians, has been depicted in the past with a classical profile, his nose straight. A team of forensic archeologists is challenging that picture with a reconstructed face of the poet, featuring a flattened nose.

Martin Scorsese to Develop Medieval Movie for Paramount

Martin Scorsese has signed to direct a screen version of Eric Jager's book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.

Chau Daddy!

Hip hop artist Baba Brinkman has found inspiration for his music in an unusual place: the works of 14th century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

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.

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.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 8, 1361

Chronicles record that on October 8, 1361, Robert Macaire defended himself on trial by combat against charges of murder. The duel was fought on the Ile de Notre Dame, and Macaire's opponent was the murdered man's dog.

New Claim for Authenticity of Shroud of Turin

Australian researcher Brendan Whiting feels he has evidence that can prove that the Shroud of Turin dates to the time of Christ. Whiting published his findings in a new book, The Shroud Story.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 1, 1378

The Revolt of the Ciompi, a rebellion of the lower classes on Florence, ended on September 1, 1378 with the restoration of the old order.

Medieval Law Saddles Queen with Rat-Infested House

Residents of Manchester, England have declared Her Majesty owner of of an abandoned and vandalized house thanks to a 607-year-old law that turns over ownership of abandoned buildings to the Crown.

Round Table Building Discovered at Windsor Castle

Channel 4's Time Team may have discovered evidence of the existence of the original round table at Windsor Castle. The team has found some evidence of a round structure built by Edward III constructed to house the table and the original 300 Knights of the Garter.

Saxon and Norman Artifacts Found in Southampton Dig

Excavation of a future construction site in Southampton, UK produced artifacts from the eleventh, fourteenth and twentieth centuries.

Record Price for 14th-century English Coin

One of only three known Edward III double florins went for UK£460,000 at Spink auction house. The coin has a face value of six shillings.

The Plantagenets and Crecy

In an article in Primitive Archer Magazine, Gene Langston looks at the Battle of Crecy and the Plantagenet influence on historical archery.

Today in the Middle Ages: July 11, 1302

Insurgent Flemish peasants shocked the chivalry of Europe by defeating the occupying French cavalry at Courtrai (modern Kortrijk) on July 11, 1302.

Medieval Code Ring Brings Wealth and Glory to Metal Detector

Metal detector enthusiast John Wood certainly didn't expect to strike it rich four years ago when he discovered an odd-looking gold ring, but the 650-year-old artifact is now set to sell at Christies for UK£100,000.