1501 CE to 1600 CE

Bards in Space: Video Game to Teach Kids About Shakespeare

This just in! The Bard is going into space! Yes, that's right, folks, it's the showdown of the millennium...William Shakespeare vs. Alien.

Circling the globe with Portuguese sailors at the Freer Gallery

A new exhibit at Washington D.C.'s Freer Gallery, Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries, "explores the artistic achievements that flourished when these sailors exposed new creative techniques and imagery to the world as they transported goods from port to port."

16th Century Clothing -Swiss!

I need some help researching and recreating clothing for my personna. He is a mid 16th century Swiss (Canton of Bern, somewhere rural) Anabaptist. The main difficulty here is finding just what the early Anabaptists dressed like, my research has led me to believe it will be something of a simplified version of common peasant clothes of that time -peasant clothes are hard to find too. I already (mostly) know about regular shirts, pants, etc. What I need to know is what would be authentic regarding Jackets/coats, vests, etc.

New Getty exhibit is a light in the dark

"Radiant Darkness: The Art of Nocturnal Light" will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, through July 22.

Exhibit on New World maps now on display at the Chrysler

"Envisioning Virginia 1587-1784: Early Maps of the New World" will be on display at the Chrysler Museum of Art, in Norfolk, Virginia, through August 12.

Portraits of Henry VIII

The current fascination with the English Tudors in the media has led many to look for portraits of the family online. One site of interest is Tudor England Images, which includes a long chronological list of portraits of Henry VIII.

American Catholics push for beatification of the Five Friars

Rev. Conrad Harkins, representing the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, made a trip to Rome recently carrying evidence he hopes will aid in the beatification of five Spanish missionaries martyred 410 years ago on the Georgia coast.

Realm of Venus showcases Italian garb

According to listowner Bella Lucia da Verona (Annabella Wake), she created the Realm of Venus because she loved to look at other people's Italian Renaissance garb. The site showcases "Italian historical fashions of the late fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries."

Tudor revival

An article in the April 2, 2007 edition of Time Magazine takes a look at the renewed interest in Tudor England. "When Royals Become Rock Stars" by Rebecca Winters Keegan discusses the upcoming Showtime series The Tudors as well as movies depicting the lives of Elizabeth I and the Boleyn Sisters.

House Where Henry VIII Met Anne Boleyn for Sale

The manor house where England's King Henry VIII first met Anne Boleyn, an event which produced one of the greatest monarchs of history, Queen Elizabeth I, is for sale for UK£1.3 million.

Author believes Portuguese discovered Australia

Beyond Capricorn, a new book by Australian author Peter Trickett, theorizes that the Portuguese, rather than the Dutch or British, are responsible for the discovery of Australia. The theory is based largely on a 16th century maritime map.

Hamlet on trial?

Was Hamlet guilty of stabbing Polonius behind the arras? A jury trial being conducted as part of the Shakespeare Festival in Washington D.C. will decide. Listen to the story from the March 16 edition of All Things Considered.

"The Tudor Tailor" comes to Phoenix

Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design for the Phoenix Art Museum, has announced that Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies, authors of The Tudor Tailor, will present a program at the museum on June 5, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.

16th century Welsh castle for sale

Boverton Castle in Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, is being auctioned starting at a mere UK£55,000. architects advise, however, that necessary renovation of the site could cost at least six figures.

The Tudors come to Showtime

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers will star as the young Henry VIII in Showtime's new series The Tudors. The series begins Sunday April 1, 2007 at 20:00 (EST).

L' Esercisio della Spada

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The Company of the Martillodores does send word to all that would accept our challenge to once again come to the Field of Honor and fight with Courtesy, Skill, Camaraderie and Style! All who would come to meet us will be prepared to show the assembled Gallery their best display of those aforementioned qualities in both the Arte of Defense with the rapier (which will be conducted in the style of a Pas d' Armes) Location:
Younge's Grove, Turlock, California

"Art detective" searches for lost Da Vinci painting

Self-professed "art detective" Maurizio Seracini, an expert on Leonard da Vinci's lost painting The Battle of Anghiari, has been given funds to continue his 30-year quest for the painting.

New exhibition of drawings at the Getty

"Made for Manufacture: Drawings for Sculpture and the Decorative Arts" will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, through May 20.

New exhibit on sculpture of the Italian Renaissance now at the MFA

"Donatello to Giambologna: Italian Renaissance Sculpture" will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, through July 8.

Mona Lisa Buried in Florence

Lisa del Giocondo, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, known to us as the Mona Lisa, may have been buried out of a convent in Florence after her death in 1542.

"per manus sororum" published in German

The book of Tanja Kohwagner-Nikolai "per manus sororum" - a great book about mediaeval Klosterstich tapestries from the Low German language area is now available at the publishing house Martin Meidenbauer Verlagsbuchhandlung.

Science proves Shakespeare good for the brain

Medical research by University of Liverpool scientists has proved that reading Shakespeare can increase brain activity. Science Daily has the story.

Treasures from Kremlin Armoury Museum on display in London

Britannia & Muscovy: English Silver at the Court of the Tsars, an exhibit of rare Elizabethan and Stuart silver and gold from the collections of the Kremlin Armoury Museum, will be featured at London's Gilbert Collection until January 28, 2007.

Medici mystery reinvestigated

A new study of the deaths of Francesco de' Medici and his wife Bianca Cappello seems to suggest that the couple died of acute arsenic poisoning rather than from malaria as is generally believed.

15th century Italian Clothing

I have searched all over the internet for information on 15 century italian dress and have found very little info. does anyone have any suggested recources for such a search?

Amsterdam Exhibit Recreates Ottoman Bazaar

A medieval church in Amsterdam is housing a walk-though exhibition that captures "all facets of daily life in Istanbul between the 15th and 20th century."

Today in the Middle Ages: December 7, 1539

On December 7, 1539, Martin Luther granted Philip, Landgrave of Hesse a confessor's dispensation to marry a second wife, although his first wife was still living and not divorced. Christine of Saxony, described as "unattractive and sickly," apparently favored her husband's plan to marry again.

Navigating 16th Century London

Dr. Janelle Jenstad of the University of Victoria in British Columbia has created an interactive map of 16th century London complete with the "theatres and landmarks of Shakespeare's time."

One Book, One Barony: Lyondemere Reads One Book

Her Excellency Angelina Nicollete de Beaumont, Baroness of Lyondemere, Caid, has issued a "One Book, One Barony" challenge to the populous of Lyondemere, an SCA analog to the "One Book, One Community" program started in 1998 to get people interested in reading and create a community wide book club.

Da Vinci's Mom May have been Middle Eastern

Analysis of a fingerprint left by Leonardo Da Vinci suggests the prototypical Renaissance man may have been the son of a Middle East-born slave woman.