1301 CE to 1400 CE
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-07-28 08:18
In its "Lost Knowledge" column, Make: Online presents an article on the lost medieval art of timbrel vaulting, an architectural technique using a "system of interlocking terracotta tiles which create what are known as Guastavino domes, after their inventor, Rafael Guastavino." (photos and diagrams)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-07-10 10:58
Archaeologists have found the remains of houses dating to the 14th century in the Espoo district of Mankby, Finland. The discovery has excited the archaeological community, since late medieval villages are a rare discovery in the country.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-07-05 09:11
Experts are studying the silver and gold casing of a medieval book dating to the end of the 14th century discovered recently in the yard of St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-18 07:30
A recent multi-part NPR series retraces the steps of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales pilgrims in modern England from London to Canterbury. The site includes an interactive map of the journey.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-05-16 15:05
In the 13th century, Kublai Khan, grandson of the great Genghis Khan, moved the ruling city of China to Beijing, but prior to the time, the Mongolian capital, Khara Khorum, was an international city of great renown. Now archaeologists believe they know the whereabouts of the Palace of the Great Khan.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-04 16:43
An article on great works of art for the UK's paper The Independent discusses how works of art from the past are viewed through modern eyes. Included is The Lamentation of Christ by 14th century Italian master Giotto, whose angels seem to zoom about like jet planes. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-05-01 07:30
Among the five new saints created recently by Pope Benedict were a 14th century Portuguese friar and an early 14th-century Sienese aristocrat. The saints were canonized in a ceremony at the Vatican.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-04-27 19:09
A special edition of Medieval Forum offers translations of late Middle English romances, "accompanied by brief commentaries on issues raised in the poems." The site also includes a bibliography and material on the various poems.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2009-04-24 11:53
The need for better sewage facilities to deal with visitors has created an opportunity for a dig at Bodiam Castle in Sussex, England. The 14th-century building is considered an outstanding example of a late medieval moated castle.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2009-04-22 07:51
On April 22, 1370, the first stones of the Bastille were laid in Paris. Initial construction of the fortress was completed in 1382.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-04-20 19:42
Researchers and lovers of the Alhambra, the 14th century palace in Castile, Spain, have long puzzled and marveled at the Arabic inscriptions which cover the walls and arches of the building, wondering "What are these walls telling me?" Now Juan Castilla, from the School of Arabic Studies at Spain's Higher Scientific Research Council, has produced a video which claims to translate 3,116 of more than 10,000 inscriptions carved around the building.
Submitted by Justin on Fri, 2009-04-17 11:51
Knight School, a division of Historic Enterprises, is offering hands-on instruction in equestrian combat at regularly scheduled jousting classes. The classes offer school-provided horses but also welcome riders who have their own.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-03-29 09:35
According to Spanish historian Alfonso Ensenat de Villalonga, Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy to Scottish shopkeepers, and was christened Peter Scotto.
Submitted by AengusMagennis on Thu, 2009-03-26 00:04
I am needing help finding the style or armor the Irish wore in the 14th century. I am new to the SCA and I am trying to create armor for my persona so that I can start fighting. Any and all help will be appreciated. Thanks, Aengus
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-03-18 14:28
The Levenger Company has produced a facsimile of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a 14th century Spanish prayer book and the oldest haggadah known. The original found its way to Sarajevo, and was saved by an Islamic scholar during World War II.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-16 11:33
Douglas Fletcher of Flint, England has a fancy French metal detector which emits a differently-pitched sound for different metals. This, along with a musician's sense of pitch, allowed him to discover a silver ring dating to the 14th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-03-08 17:03
Lost for more than 700 years, the palace of Robert the Bruce may have been discovered in Renton "a run-down area of West Dunbartonshire." Experts have found artifacts and foundations matching historic documents relating to the Bruce's home.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-02 18:22
The Treasures of the Black Death exhibit at London's Wallace Collection showcase two hoards of medieval jewelry dating to the 14th century. The treasures were owned - and buried with - Jewish families who perished during the Black Plague. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-02-23 00:31
An authentic chainmail hauberk is being offered for sale on eBay. According to the description, the 14th to 15th century piece is "of highest quality and in perfect condition of preservation," although it appears to be missing one sleeve.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-18 08:48
Researchers working with land documents dating to the 13th century have discovered Facebook-like social networks that tied together ten villages in southwest France.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-02-03 12:36
In a strange footnote to the Hundred Years' War, a Sienese merchant named Giannino di Guccio came to believe that he was actually King Jean I of France. A new book, translated from Italian, he Man Who Believed He Was King of France by Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri, tells the story.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-02-02 09:15
Archaeologists studying the chemistry of 14th century Moorish architecture have found that burnt animal bones were mixed with other materials to create a protective covering for walls. Analysis of the walls, coupled with the discovery of a 14th century brick oven, have led to the conclusion.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-01-14 18:33
Travelers to London looking for a day trip may want to consider Salisbury in Wiltshire, a medieval city complete with impressive cathedral, museums and historic houses, and restaurants and pubs. Jennifer Conlin of the New York Times has a travel review.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-29 12:32
Dante Alighieri's 14th century masterpiece The Divine Comedy has now inspired a video game. Electronic Arts Inc. has announced that it is working on a new game based on Dante’s Inferno.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-12-27 11:48
The silk-wrapped remains of three grand masters of the Teutonic Knights have been found by archaeologists in a cathedral in Kwidzyn, Poland. The Order of the Teutonic Knights was founded in the late 12th century to aid German pilgrims in the Holy Land.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-15 16:01
While it may not be the true Holy Grail, an international congress held November 7-9, 2008 at the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain declared that the artifact "has tremendous cultural value due to its impact on history and literature."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-30 09:16
A metal detector hobbyist has discovered a 14th century silver mount, believed to have been used "as a decorative item on leather clothes," near Barnard Castle, County Durham, England. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-11-22 22:09
The recent tsunamis that have caused such devastation in the Indian Ocean may not have been the first. According to a new study which sampled sediments in Thailand and Sumatra, the area may have been hit by a massive tsunami between 600 and 700 years ago.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-10-10 14:42
The discovery of a 14th century tomb at Staraya Russa holding the remains of 14 horses puzzles archaeologists. The experts feel the site was not used for slaughter or rituals, but have no other explanation for the mass grave.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-10-08 10:50
A team of philologists at the University of Stavanger in Norway are set to begin "the most comprehensive analysis of middle English ever" by studying original manuscripts from the 1300s–1500s. Their focus is to understand Middle English grammar.