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Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-11-01 09:13
Bill Gates who? CelebrityNetWorth has named Mansa Musa I, the 14th century leader of the Empire of Mali, the richest man of all time, with a personal worth of over US$400 billion. Mali's role as supplier of salt and gold to much of the known world made the king rich and Mali an economic superpower.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-10-24 11:40
Artifacts from an excavation on Baffin Island, Canada have yielded evidence that the Vikings may have had a settlement there in the 14th century. Evidence includes traces of bronze, European-style stonework and tools, Old World rat pelts, and yarn similar to that made in Greenland at the same time.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-10-15 15:08
USC professor Sharon DeWitte is steeped in death, specifically the Black Death that ravaged Europe during the 14th century. DeWitte is studying how conditions in Europe before and after the plague and the effects of the disease on the lifespan of survivors changed life in medieval Europe.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-10-13 18:42
"At times you feel like you're looking at a huge film set with masses of people on stage, all pulling in the same direction, creating big pictures," says director Paul Burbridge about a new production of the 14th century York Mystery Plays.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-09 15:20
Scotland's Education Secretary Mike Russell has launched a database charting life in medieval Scotland between 1093 and 1314 with software designed to be used in schools. The database was created at the University of Glasgow.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-10-08 16:38
Despite the aggrevation of Russia's roads, a road trip around the country's Golden Ring, "a circuit of about 10 ancient towns northeast of Moscow, each with its own set of glittering onion-domed churches and medieval fortresses," can be rewarding. Freelance writer iand a former Moscow correspondent for The New York Times, Celestine Bohlen, discusses her recent trip.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-10-07 10:08
On the Day of Archaeology blog, Damien Shields recounts the discovery of "one of the most beautiful archaeological objects" he had ever come across. Once thought to be a leather scabbard belt, the artifact proved to be a piece of decorated medieval horse harness. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-10-06 19:39
Murray McGillivray of the Cotton Nero A.x. Project reports that 180 high resolution, color images from the British Library's MS Cotton Nero A.x are now available to view on the website of the University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources. The manuscript includes the complete story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2012-09-29 07:30
A woman walking along the shore of the Neddick River in southern Maine (USA) came acorss an unusual find - a 14th century penny, likely minted in Canturbury, England.
Submitted by amefinch on Wed, 2012-09-26 15:47
The SCA is often referred to as the Middle Ages as we wish it could have been... without religious persecution and the plague. It's time we brought back the plague!! Join us for an event to celebrate all of the earth shattering craziness of the premiere knowne world tour of the Black Death.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-09-09 13:07
Once the grand homes of Italian nobles in the Renaissance, the villas of northern Italy still hold hints of their grandeur. Photographer Thomas Jorion documented these lost treasures in a gallery show entitled Forgotten Palaces. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-08-31 17:32
New research has corrected an historical oversight: women were instrumental in the 1381 Peasant's Revolt which saw burning and plundering of London and the execution of Lord Chancellor Simon of Sudbury over his hated poll tax.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-08-22 04:36
Project Gutenberg has posted the free ebook English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril James Humphries Davenport on its website. The book, free for download, features full text, illustrations and color plates.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-08-11 17:08
“The Turin Shroud is only one of the many burial cloths which were circulating in the Christian world during the Middle Ages. There were at least 40,” said Antonio Lombatti of the Università Popolare in Parma, Italy. His paper on the subject is scheduled to appear in Studi Medievali.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2012-08-07 05:55
Ever wonder what the medieval scribe thought about while laboriously copying manuscript after manuscript? "New parchment, bad ink; I say nothing more," wrote one in the margins. "I am very cold," complained another.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-07-31 15:12
Fans of the movie A Knight's Tale might be surprised to learn that Ulrich von Liechtenstein was a real person who, in fact, wrote an autobiography. Service of Ladies: an autobiography was first published in 2004 and is available from Boydell & Brewer Press.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-07-25 18:01
Zombies are not just the stuff of modern movies and flash mobs. A medieval legend popular in Germanic northern Europe tells of armed zombies who rise from the grave to protect the righteous.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-07-21 13:36
For over 1,000 years, a farmland estate in the northeastern Sicilian village of Torrenova was in constant use, according to archaeologists from the University of Vienna. The land is believed to have hosted a Roman villa in late antiquity and a monastery throughout the Middle Ages. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2012-07-21 09:53
A very rare 14th century manuscript written in medieval Welsh will be put up for sale by Southeby's auction house. The manuscript is only one of two medieval Welsh documents known outside of the UK.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2012-07-05 14:38
A "virtually complete" horse harness of leather and metal pendants was brought to light from a well at Caherduggan in County Cork.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-06-25 16:59
Two skulls were found in Spain with holes drilled in them. The skulls were found in a cemetery that dates to the 13th and 14th centuries.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-06-22 18:20
Knight Rider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has been visiting castles in Wales. Welsh news outfit the Caerphilly Observer tracked the star as he visited Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle, and Castell Coch.
Submitted by Etienne_of_Burgundy on Sun, 2012-06-10 15:12
Art Services International has brought an exhibition of Medieval English Alabaster Sculptures from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to the United States.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-05-30 09:23
French pathologist Philippe Charlier has used high-tech imagery and DNA analysis to answer questions about Joan of Arc, Napoleon, and a mistress of King Henri II of France. He is now turning his attention to Richard the Lionheart.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-05-09 06:30
The oldest written documents in Estonia are now online thanks to a joint project between the Estonian State Archives and the Estonian History Museum. The oldest documents data from the mid 13th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-22 07:18
"It is something we value and respect and feel honoured and proud to be among the first women freemen to be sworn in," said Karen Crawford about her acceptance into the City of Durham (England) Freemen's ancient craft guilds, a 700-year-old tradition that up until now banned women.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-04-10 04:45
A new study, led by Gifford Miller at the University of Colorado at Boulder, US, may show that a series of volcanic eruptions around 1300 may have led to the Little Ice Age, which dropped temperatures in Europe in the 1500s.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-04-09 21:30
Metal detctore hobbyist Devin Warmsley had a great day December 7, 2011 when he discovered a 14th century silver gilt seal-matrix worth between UK£5,000 and UK£20,000, according to the British Museum. (photo).
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-08 11:40
Experts working on a project to date Wales' oldest buildings by studying tree rings believe they may have found the country's oldest house. A cow shed in Llanrwst, Conwy has timbers dating to before 1402, the date of the previous oldest house. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-03-31 17:35
St. Ann's Well, a medieval healing spring in Nottingham, England, has been scheduled to be excavated sometime in 2012. The site, under a demolished pub, was once believed to have magical healing powers.