1301 CE to 1400 CE

Russian horse tomb stumps archaeologists

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.

Digital project to analyze Middle English grammar

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.

"Forme of Cury," King Richard II's recipe book, online

A manuscript containing over 400 recipes dating to the time of King Richard II is being digitized in preparation for online release. The manuscript is one of 40 in a project by the University of Manchester's John Rylands University Library. (photo)

14th century cemetery found in Berlin

Workers at a building site in central Berlin have stumbled across a huge medieval cemetery containing 2,000 bodies dating to the 14th century. Many of the remains are those of children.

Medieval synagogue speaks of Jewish history in Vienna

The 15th century forced conversion of Vienna's Jews led to the community's expulsion from the city, but now archaeologists have discovered the remains of the walls and foundations of the Viennese Synagogue destroyed in 1421.

Knights Templar demand redress from the Pope

700 years after the Knights Templar were eradicated by the Catholic Church, the Association of the Sovereign Order of the Temple of Christ has launched a court case in Spain demanding that the Church exonerate the Order and return assets worth EU€100bn.

Canterbury Astrolabe Quadrant bought by British Museum

The British Museum recently raised UK£350,000 to buy a rare 14th century astrolabe discovered in Kent, England in 2005. The Canterbury Astrolabe Quadrant is one of only eight such instruments in the world. (photo)

Textile resource from Burgos Cathedral available online

Bridgette reports that The Report on the Textiles from Burgos Cathedral, Madrid, Spain is now available online in PDF format.

Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 online

A fully-searchable database chronicling the proceedings of the Scottish Parliaments from 1235 up to 1707 is now available online.

St. Ivan Rilski's church discovered in Bulgaria

A team of archaeologists led by Nikolay Ovcharov have unearthed a 13th century church in Veliko Tarnovo. The site is believed to have once housed the relics of St. Ivan Rilski.

Duke Student creates 3-D virtual medieval cathedral

The Duke University daily online newsletter has a short movie about the student who created a 3-D virtual cathedral, with a great deal of footage of the cathedral itself and links to other related items.

Dante given stay of execution

Officials in Florence, Italy have granted Dante Alighieri, Italy's most famous poet, a stay of execution. The poet was exiled in 1302 with a mandate that he "would be executed if he stepped foot in the city again."

[ANT] Autumn War

description:
My Lords and Ladies, the Barony of Blatha an Oir and the Barony of Stromgard, being unable to settle their differences peacefully, have "regretfully" announced that they have no choice but to settle them on the battlefield.

This means WAR! That's right, Autumn War 2008 is here! That means 5 days packed full of activities with a couple thousand of your closest friends.

Now, of course, everyone loves a good war, and we also know that many members of the populace have other interests, as well. That's why there will also be Archery, Thrown Weapons, Games, Hattie Longtooth Memorial Woodworking Contest, Iron Needle, Single-Entry A&S Competition, a Mini-Ithra, Tabletop Trebuchet Contest, War Siege Engines, Pied Piper activities, and more…. Location:
Randle, WA

The Soldier in later Medieval England

An innovative new research project, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will look at the life of the professional soldier in England from 1369 to 1453.

Smoking ban leads to discovery of medieval artifact

A 14th century gravestone has been lying unnoticed as part of the wall of the Blacksmiths Arms in Mickleton, County Durham, England. One of the pub regulars, an archaeologist, spotted it low in the wall as he stood outside puffing his pipe, because he can no longer smoke inside the bar.

Foxley Manor: A 14th Century Journal

Online journal of 14th century interests and their re-creation.

Tower lions from northwest Africa

Recent study of a pair of lion skulls discovered during excavations of the Tower of London reveals that the lions originated near the Barbary Coast of Northwest Africa. The skulls, which dated from the 13th or 14th centuries, were carbon dated and tested for DNA.

14th Century Game gets Official Recognition

The Sports Council in England has agreed that Stoolball, a medieval game mostly localized to southeastern England, meets its criteria to be recognized as a sport. Approximately 4,000 people in the vicinity of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire play Stoolball.

Medieval "Chemists" found in Scotland

Archaeologists have discovered a 700-year-old chemists, an herb garden, which supplied the Soutra Hospital near Edinburgh, Scotland.

John the Bruce?

Publishers of a new book by Senator John McCain claim that the American presidential candidate is a descendant of Scotland's great hero, Robert the Bruce, a claim that historians call "baloney."

Medieval skull and remains found in river

A worker dredging in the River Lark in Suffolk, England, recently found a skull and other human remains from the Middle Ages. The find also included bones from a juvenile and a metal buckle that has been dated to the 14th century.

Remains of Sir Hugh Despenser the Younger identified at Hulton Abbey

Archaeologists believe that they have identified mutilated remains found at Hulton Abbey as those of Sir Hugh Despenser the Younger, reputed to have been the lover of Edward II. The remains were first discovered in the 1970s.

Medieval scandals in three new books

Medieval scandals are the hot reads of the day according to London Times reviwer Nicholas Vincent who reviews three new books dealing with powerful men - and women - of the Middle Ages.

Trebuchet Model Kits

Build a working model trebuchet! Many sizes and styles are available, all fully functional. Makes a great display piece, educational project or gift for anyone with an interest in history, engineering or physics.

Korean national treasure destroyed by fire

Police in Seoul, Korea believe arson was responsible for the destruction of a 600-year-old gate considered to be Korea's most important national treasure.

Metal detectors dispute discovery of 14th century seal

Two metal detector enthusiasts are laying claim to discovery of a 13th or 14th century seal depicting the murder of Thomas Becket. The seal was found in a North Yorkshire field.

Princeton acquires Sarmas Collection

Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has acquired the Sarmas Collection of coins from 13th-14th century Greece. The 800-coin collection will "help researchers deepen their knowledge about a period of Middle Age history that has been little understood by scholars."

Black Plague selective killer

A new study of nearly 500 skeletons in a London plague cemetery proves that many of the victims had weaker immune systems when they died than normal, leading experts to believe that most who succumbed were old, sick or poor.

Oxford study: England's Later Medieval Queens

A course being taught at Oxford University, through the Berkeley Extension program, covers the history and role of England's later medieval queens from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Elizabeth Woodville.

Whaplode Medieval Fair wins grant

WHEAT, the Whaplode (England) Heritage and Educational Action Team, is delighted to have received a grant for UK£10,000 from the Awards for All Lottery organization. The grant will help fund a fair marking the anniversary of Edward I's Royal Charter granting the village a fair.