1301 CE to 1400 CE

Ming Dynasty Village Discovered

A 14th century, Ming Dynasty village has been discovered near Anshun City in China's Guizhou Province. The well-preserved ancient village was known as Baojiatun.

Dante quiz helps sinners find their future home in Hell

Have you been bad? Very bad? Dante Alighieri has an eternal home for you. Use this quiz to find out which of his seven levels of Hell you will inhabit. [PG-13]

Wallace Execution Headlined Medieval Fair

The execution of Scottish hero William Wallace appears to have been the opening act for a medieval carnival in August of 1305.

Fra Angelico One Step Closer to Sainthood

Fra Angelico was the model of a self-effacing medieval monk whose art was an expression of religion. Pope John Paul II beatified the 14th century monk, bringing him one step closer to sainthood, and his name and his genius are still celebrated 550 years later.

Farmer Restoring Ancient Woodlands Unearths Pits Dating to 1350 A.D.

As Britain celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Tree Week, one Cumbrian farmer is making a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the county's woodland - and uncovering some fascinating facts about the region's industrial heritage into the process, as well as pits dating back to 1350 A.D.

Village of Sundkøbing Re-Creates Medieval Danish Life

The Medieval Centre in Denmark re-creates life in the 14th century village of Sundkøbing, complete with trebuchet and artillery demonstrations, a market and craftsmen.

"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.

Monastery Reconstruction Restores 10th Century Building

700 years after it was looted by Catalan mercenaries, Vatopedi Monastery in northern Greece will celebrate a two-year restoration project funded by the Catalan administration.

Sweet History

How sweet it is! Diana A. Galang looks at the history of candy in an article for the Manilla Bulletin.

New exhibit on the art of Prague and Bohemia at the Met

"Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437" will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 3.

Campaign to "Save the Monument" Launched

A group of William Wallace enthusiasts have set out to save and preserve the site where the Scottish hero was betrayed. The site, near Glasgow, has become a dumping ground and popular haunt of drug users.

Georgian Tribes Loved their Wine

New excavations of wine cellars near Atskuri, Georgia reveal that Georgian tribes from the early Middle Ages worshiped wine. The wine cellars were found during construction of a gas pipeline.

Medieval Charnal House Restored in English Basement

A 14th century English home, owned by a lawyer, has a secret in its basement: It is the final resting place of some 10,000 of London's dead.

Drumin Castle to Re-Open to the Public

Drumin Castle, the 14th century home of the notorious "Wolf of Badenoch," is set to re-open to the public after extensive restoration. The fortress is located on the Glenlivet Estate in Moray, Scotland.

Medieval "Gate of Granada" Guarded Gibraltar

Archaeologists from the Gibraltar Museum have discovered the pillars of the Gate of Granada, the 14th century main entrance to the city.

A Man Walked into the Casbah: 13th Century Persian Jokes

Humor is ageless, or so believes John Emerson in his weblog 700 Year Old Jokes, a collection of humorous stories from a 13th century Persian Bishop.

Did Dante Discover Law of Motion Before Galileo?

In an article for Nature, Leonardo Ricci, of the University of Trento, writes that poet Dante Alighieri described the law of motion in physics 300 years before Galileo.

Wallace's Sword Travels to New York

A double-handed sword used by Scottish hero William Wallace left Scotland for New York, where it was the centerpiece of an exhibit at New York's Grand Central Station.

MC busts some Chaucer at Oakland high school

Students at a high school in Oakland, California, attended a performance of "The Rap Canterbury Tales" by Dirk "Baba" Brinkman, a "hip-hop Chaucer rapper."

Chaworth Roll Will Remain in England

A 14th genealogical roll written in Norman French was sold recently to a private collector, assuring that the manuscript will remain in England.

Who Would YOU be in the 14th Century?

An online quiz lets you discover who you would have been in the year 1400 C.E.

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.

Farmer's Field Reveals 14th Century Secret

Ten feet beneath a farmer's field near Linlithgow, Scotland lies a secret: a network of 14th century sandstone tunnels.

Archaeologists Attempt to Map Medieval Yarmouth

In the largest project of its kind ever attempted in Britain, a team of archaeologists are drilling bore holes to try to map medieval Yarmouth.

Roman University Celebrates 700th Anniversary

The Faculty of Media Studies and the Department of Sociology and Communications of Rome's La Sapienza is celebrating the 700th anniversary of the university.

Sultan's Pool Celebrated Marriage

A 14th century swimming pool has been unearthed under the Mameluke Palace in Cairo, Egypt.

Knights Templar Demand Apology

The grand master of the Knights Templar has sent a letter to the Vatican demanding an apology for persecution of the group during the 14th century.

Facelift Gives New Life to Coventry Castle

Caludon Castle in Coventry, England has been taken off the English Heritage National Buildings at risk list after a £33,000 facelift.

"Save the Psalter" Campaign Still Needs Donations

A fund-raising campaign by England's National Art Collections Fund to attempt to keep the 14th-century Macclesfield Psalter in the country has fallen short by UK£100,000.

Duccio painting acquired by the Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has purchased the Stroganoff Madonna, the last known painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna still in private hands.