1401 CE to 1500 CE

Mysterious Lady of the Wells

A fifteenth century mural of a flimsily-clad woman discovered beneath the floor of Virgin's Tower of the residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells has sparked a great deal of interest among researchers who wonder about the meaning of the painting.

Experts Gather to Save Cathedral's Historic Carvings

Conservation experts are drawing up plans to preserve medieval works of art at a Yorkshire cathedral and display them to a global audience.

Archaeological Survey of Royal Mile to be Conducted

Radar technology will be used to aid archaeological work on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Researchers hope to discover such historical buildings as Edinburgh's Tollbooth and Tyne Gaol.

Medieval Ship had Lucky Coin

A silver French coin, inscribed in Latin, has been discovered in the keel of the medieval ship found in Newport. Researchers believe this proves that the ship was French in origin.

Vandals Hit 15th Century Baptistry

Vandals (modern-day) attacked the 15th century baptistry at Madron over the past weekend, causing damage to the structure of the ancient building just four months after major restoration began.

Museums Battle over Medieval Pitcher

A small museum is locked in a battle to keep a medieval jug dating possibly to the 14th century in the UK. Luton Museum Services has a month to raise £750,000 to match the price offered by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Wenlok Jug.

Pearson's Renaissance Shoppe

Renaissance clothing, costumes and accessories. Their authentic renaissance line includes wench costumes, twill bodices, Elizabethan clothes, princess gowns and dresses.

New Work by Constance Hieatt

SCA members might be interested to know that MRTS is publishing a new work by Constance Hieatt on medieval cookery. Co-authors include two Society members.

Murder in France: a Very Cold Case

Cold Case Files could really cover a recent discovery in Plouezoc'h, France, where police spent several years trying to solve the murder of a woman found slain with a hatchet. Turns out, she died in the 15th century.

Remains of Joan of Arc to be Tested

A team of French scientists hopes that a series of tests will determine if remains discovered near Garches, France are those of 15th century heroine Joan of Arc.

Transporting Masterpieces a Delicate Job

Laurence B. Kanter, organizer for the Fra Angelico exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, was faced with the extremely delicate job of transporting and unpacking the priceless, and sometimes crumbling, works of art for "the exhibition of a lifetime."

Searching for the Tollbooth - 15th Century Prison in Edinburgh

Using ground penetrating radar, archaeologists are searching Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile to try and locate the remains of the Tollbooth - a 15th century prison.

Duke of Buccleuch to Fund Preservation of Newark Castle

The crumbling tower of the 15th century Newark Castle was the scene of one of the bloodiest incidents between the English and the Scots. Now the UK's biggest private landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch, has agreed to take on the task of preserving the monument.

French Coin Found in Newport Ship

Archaeologist Angela Karsten has discovered a 15th century French silver coin embedded in the keel of the Newport ship, a medieval vessel uncovered on the banks of the river Usk three years ago, leading experts to believe that the ship originated in France.

Chinese Claim to New World Discovery Met with Skepticism

Chinese lawyer Liu Gang recently revealed a map he claims proves China's claims to the discovery of America, but the announcement met with a cool reception from Chinese scholars.

Arr! Was Columbus a Pirate?

Researchers in Spain plan to compare DNA from hundreds of residents of Catalan with the surname Colom to determine if the explorer was an Italian or really a Catalan pirate.

Edinburgh's Short-hole Golf Course Site of Plague Burial

Edinburgh's revered Bruntsfield Links, a short-hole golf course, may actually be the grave site of vicitims of the city's Black Plague from the 15th and 17th centuries.

Skeleton Discovered Under 15th Century Ship is Much Older

Experts examining an Iron Age skeleton found discovered buried beneath a medieval ship in Newport, South Wales, say it is "remarkably well preserved." Tests on the bones by forensic archaeologists at Lampeter University, Mid Wales, have shown that they date back to 170 B.C.

Lottery fund to help pay for analysis of medieval ship

A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help pay for a project to examine the medieval ship buried in the banks of the River Usk, in Newport.

Shopping in the Renaissance

The Yale University Press looks at Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Cultures in Italy, 1400-1600, a new book by Evelyn Welch, which looks at the social anxieties of the Renaissance marketplace.

15th Century Church Restored, Reopened

The historic Church House at South Tawton was packed to bursting point on Nov. 30, 2005, as visitors came to marvel at the extensive restoration work on the 500-year-old building.

Antonello on display at the Met

"Antonello da Messina: Sicily's Renaissance Master" will be on display in the European Paintings Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 5.

15th Century Welsh Castle Threatened by Development

Raglan Castle, a 15th century Welsh structure that was originally a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, is being threatened by plans for a cattle market to be built around the site.

New exhibit of North Italian Renaissance drawings at the Getty

"Drawings from Leonardo to Titian: A North Italian Itinerary" will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, though February 26.

Tournament of the Wolf Moon

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howl hungrily throughout the land. A lone rider comes with a missive from the Company of the Azure Rose in the fairest kingdom Trimaris far to the south where alas the sun still shines.

Companie of Saynte George Brings Re-enactment to Europe

A Swiss reenactment group, the Companie of Saynte George, is dedicated to bringing to life a 15th century military castle garrison complete with craftsmen and their families.

Companie of Saynte George

"The Companie of Saynte George tries to bring to life a small late medieval 15th century military company of castle garrison with its attendant craftsmen and their families."

This group is exceptionally careful about authenticity, including requirement of authenticity for items not visible to the public. Their web site has extensive descriptions, drawings, and photographs of period clothing

Borgia Family Topic of New Film

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Farrell have been signed to star in a new theatrical film set in 15th century Rome which covers the internal struggles of Italy's Borgia family.

Medieval Lion Skulls Tell Tale of Royal Menagerie

The skulls of two lions dating to the 13th and 15th centuries, discovered in the moat of the Tower of London, give credence to historic accounts of the Tower's fabled Menagerie, a popular tourist attraction in medieval times.

The Met hosts major exhibition of the work of Fra Angelico

The Fra Angelico exhibit will be on display in the Robert Lehman Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 29.