1401 CE to 1500 CE

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.

Italian Renaissance manuscripts on display at the Walters

"Dressed in Gold: Books of the Italian Renaissance" is on display at the Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, through January 8.

"New" Da Vinci Works on Display in Italy

A pair of previously unseen paintings by Leonardo da Vinci are on display at Ancona's Mole Vanvitelliana Museum. The works were once believed to have been painted by one of the master's pupils.

Cowgate Proves to be Extremely Rich Medieval Site

The 2002 fire which devasted part of Edinburgh's Cowgate district opened up a treasure trove for archaeologists with the discovery of hundreds of 15th century artefacts, making the site on a par with medieval sites in London and York.

Book of Hours For Sale on eBay

Anyone with a few extra thousand dollars may want to bid on a 15th century book of hours up for auction on eBay.

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.

Exhibit on sculpture of 15th century Florence on display at the National Gallery

"Monumental Sculpture from Renaissance Florence: Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco, and Verrochio at Orsanmichele" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through December 31.

Bunions are Period!

According to a scholarly study of burials, medieval shoes caused the same kinds of foot problems as modern ones.

European Festival Documentation Digitized

The British Library has made over 250 books documenting European festivals and cermonies from 1475 to 1700 available online.

15th Century Ottoman Maps Put to Modern Use

Several countries in the Middle East have recently requested copies of 15th century Ottoman maps to help determine modern border disputes.

Wedding Jewel - Was Raphael Married?

A small pearl brooch in "La Fornarina" was the clue used by art historian Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz to suggest that Raphael and the woman long thought to be his mistress were actually secretly married.

"Lost" Donatello Masterpiece Now on Display

A 15th Century marble masterpiece in private hands for 400 years and now attributed to the Renaissance sculptor Donatello went on public view this week for the first time.

15th Century Artifacts Discovered in Prague

A large number of silver coins and a ceramic goblet were discovered by archaeologists working in central Prague recently. The rare find was unearthed under the floor of a Gothic house between Stepanska and Skolska Streets.

Medieval Scots' Diet Healthier than Modern

New research on medieval cesspits shows that the diet of 15th century Scots was healthier than that of their modern counterparts.

British Numbers at Battle of Agincourt Revised

A new book has put forward that the numbers of English and Welsh troops at Agincourt was higher than previously thought and that the numbers of French troops was lower than previously believed.

Canada's National Gallery to Host Renaissance Exhibit

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario will host "Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence," 29 May-5 September, 2005.

"Streets Through Time" Presents Sights and Sounds of Medieval England

English Heritage will give visitors to Kenilworth, England a chance to experience the "sights and sounds" of the Middle Ages when they present Streets Through Time.

15th-century murder solved

Scientists carrying out tests on the exhumed remains of Agnes Sorel, the mistress of King Charles VII of France, have determined that she was poisoned with a lethal dose of mercury.

New exhibit on 15th century Chinese art at the Met

"Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China" will be on display at the Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries for Chinese Decorative Arts of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through July 10.

Science News: Art Historian Discovers Secret of Venetian Color

Researchers have now verified the secret that made Venetian Renaissance paintings "appear to glow." Art historian Louisa Matthew discovered that artists traded ideas and materials with dye and glass-makers.

Archeologists Find Base for Norwich Market Cross

A 15th century cross that once graced the market square in medieval Norwich, England was torn down in 1732 and sold for UK£125. Now archaeologists have uncovered the cross' foundations.

Treasures in Full: Caxton's Chaucer

The British Library web site now features William Caxton’s digital images of two editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483, in an online exhibit called "Treasures in Full: Caxton's Chaucer".

Does Ides of March worry modern Julius Caesar? Not really, he says.

A modern-day man from western Germany, whose legal name is Cajus Julius Caesar, says people want to know what kind of precautions he takes on the "Ides of March".

Our poet of Renaissance alta cucina

The Los Angeles Times discusses Italian renaissance cooking with Luigi Ballerini, the former chair of UCLA's Italian department and author of an introduction to The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookbook.

Newport Ship in Trouble Again

Plans to continue the preservation of a medieval ship owned by the Earl of Warwick have hit another snag. Newport Council members need to raise UK£300,000 a year to keep the ship from being destroyed.

Middle School Students Learn About Renaissance Life - En Francaise

French teacher Alisa Dupuy uses her SCA experience to teach her students at John Witherspoon Middle School about life during the French Renaissance.