1401 CE to 1500 CE
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-12-05 08:04
In 15th century Italy, a young nobleman finds himself betrayed by a rival family, and seeks vengeance against his enemies. The plot of an engaging new film or novel? No, it's the storyline for Assassin's Creed II, Ubisoft's top-selling video game set in the Renaissance.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-11-28 16:37
Once a jewel of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the War of Troy Tapestry was removed from exhibit twenty years ago "when it became too damaged to display." Now, after 4,000 hours of restoration, the tapestry will once again take a place of honor in the museum. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-11-27 12:35
For nearly the 500 years since it took place, experts have disputed the location of the Battle of Bosworth which saw the defeat of Richard III. Now a team of historians and archaeologists believe they have found the site.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-11-24 15:15
Historic Scotland experts were called in recently to assess damage to Mons Meg, the historic cannon on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, which has a broken wheel.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-11-16 19:20
The Battle of Agincourt took place on St. Crispin’s Day, October 25, 1415, and the details of the victory of the English over the French has been debated since that time. In a recent article for the New York Times, James Glanz looks at the controversy which continues to this day.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-11-16 17:59
Agincourt Computing has created a website chronicling the history and literature surrounding the Battle of Agincourt, the 1415 battle between the French and the English near Calais.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-11-03 17:14
Scientist Maurizio Seracini believes there is s lost Da Vinci painting hidden inside a wall in Florence’s city hall, and he wants to use high tech techniques to find it. The Battle of Anghiari, the largest painting Leonardo ever undertook, was never completed, but was studied "as an unprecedented study of anatomy and motion."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-10-30 06:38
Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the basement of ”Drakulya House,” owned by Vlad III Tepes, more commonly known as Dracula, in the Hungarian city of Pécs, but authorities plan to fill in the excavation for preservation purposes.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-09-25 11:10
Historians have long held that Richard III was killed at Bosworth field in retribution for his slaying of his nephews, the young, rightful heirs, but new evidence may show a different motive: a decade-old power struggle between Richard and William Stanley.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-09-23 10:21
Experts at England's Bristol University are excited by the discovery of a "long-lost" letter written by King Henry VII which references the voyage of merchant William Weston to the new World in 1499. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-09-17 13:26
More than 100 volunteers recently made an amazing find at Woking Palace, near Old Woking, England: rare tiles, crafted in Valencia, Spain in the late 15th century.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-09-01 16:23
Frau Anna Syveken reports that she has posted photos taken at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremburg relating to 15th century costuming.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-08-29 11:37
On her medieval history page, Karen Larsdatter shares research and links on beard styles of the Middle Ages -- from peasants to princes -- from 12th century to the 15th.
Submitted by Guy_De_Dinan on Tue, 2009-08-11 11:16
A new web site provides searchable databases of the detailed service records of 250,000 medieval soldiers, including archers who served with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2009-08-11 09:11
This web site, created by Dr. Adrian Bell of the ICMA Centre and Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton (UK) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, catalogs all known service records for soldiers in the Hundred Years War between 1369 and 1453 CE.
Submitted by Broom on Wed, 2009-07-29 16:08
A look at the largely-lost Medieval art of timbrel vaulting structures and the related, more modern (late 19th century) system of interlocking terracotta tiles which create what are known as Guastavino domes, after their inventor, Rafael Guastavino.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-07-29 10:58
Can it really be the Defenestration of Prague if it's done with Legos? Apparently so, with the complete scene created in the plastic bricks on the Blockland website.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2009-07-21 21:05
An article published in the "Climate of the Past Discussions", a discussion group of the European Geosciences Union, concludes that "a period of sustained aridity that began from AD 880, followed by increased warming from AD 1100 that lasted beyond the arrival of the Spanish in AD 1532" was partially responsible for the success of the Inca civilization during that period.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-07-17 07:24
Researchers believe that the skeleton of a young man found at Stirling Castle in Scotland may be those of a knight killed in battle in the early 15th century. The bones were discovered in the castle's chapel in 1997.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-07-12 07:15
Years of metal detecting have paid off for Mary Hannaby and her son, Michael of Hemel Hempstead, England. The two recently discovered a piece of gold, believed to be part of a reliquary or pendant buried four inches below the surface of a field in Hertfordshire.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-07-06 16:30
Richard II's recipe for cooking a porpoise is now available online. The recipe is included in a new digitized version of The Forme of Cury, the 15th century text long used by historians to re-create medieval recipes. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-07-04 08:14
Construction work on a new vestry at St Michael's Church in Mickleham, England has led to the discovery of five graves dating from at least the 15th century, one belonging to a small child. The graves are believed to mark the location of the medieval churchyard.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-06-29 08:58
A library assistant in Colmar, France has discovered what is believed to be an extract from the Gutenberg Bible being used as part of the binding of another book.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-06-27 13:28
Long hidden behind a panel, a portrait of a semi-nude woman bears a striking resemblance to Leonard Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. The painting was once believed to have been done by the Da Vinci, but now experts feel that it may have been inspired by a lost masterpiece. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-06-23 10:24
While doing research on medieval romance tales, Canadian professor James Weldon made a fascinating discovery: the first women's magazine. The manuscript, known as Biblioteca Nazionale, produced on paper in 1457, is a fascinating collection of recipes and romances aimed at the female reader. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-06-18 19:09
British archaeologists are excited about the discovery of a 500-year-old limekiln behind Ripon House in Leeds, England. Constructed in the mid-15th century, the kiln is one of the largest medieval structures ever found in England. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-06-17 16:20
Richard Blackmoore reports that a collection of high resolution photos of 15th and 16th century armor are available to download from the Tinguely Museum website.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-06-03 11:10
A group of Benedictine nuns from the Abbey of Viboldone haave been working tirelessly for months to unbind Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, a collection of writings and drawings bound into a single volume in the 17th century by sculptor Pompeo Leoni.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-05-22 18:22
Were two of the sculptures in Andrea del Verrocchio's silver altar panel Beheading of the Baptist actually created by the artist's student assistant Leonardo da Vinci? Gary M. Radke, a professor of the humanities at Syracuse University, thinks so. The work will be on exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-11 16:10
The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia is the setting for an exhibition of liturgical music manuscripts dating from the 10th through 16th centuries. Cantate Domino: Medieval Music Manuscripts in the Free Library of Philadelphia, 900-1500 will be open until June 26, 2009.