1501 CE to 1600 CE

Venetian Masters at National Gallery

An exhibition of Venetian Renaissance masterworks will be on display at Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art June 18–September 17, 2006. Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting will include a selection of paintings from 16th century Venice.

Today in the Middle Ages: July 8, 1545

Don Carlos "the Mad" of Spain, son of King Phillip II, was born on July 8, 1545.

Today in the Middle Ages: July 1, 1520

Hernan Cortes and his soldiers fled the city of Tenochtitlan on July 1, 1520, an event traditionally remembered as "La Noche Triste."

Today in the Middle Ages: June 28, 1577

On June 28, 1577, the great baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens was born in Westphalia.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 26, 1559

On June 26, 1559, the Parliament of Paris outlawed the practice of dueling.

New exhibit on the art of Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery of Art

"Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through September 17.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 18, 1541

Hernando de Soto, the Spanish-born explorer and conquistador, crossed the Mississippi River westward on or about June 18, 1541.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 16, 1567

The 25-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in England on June 16, 1567, a few weeks before being forced to abdicate her throne.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 8, 1504

Michelangelo's "David" was set in the Palazzo of Florence on June 8, 1504, although it would not be formally dedicated until September.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 7, 1520

The rival kings of England and France, Henry VIII and Francis I, met near Calais on June 7, 1520 for the meeting and tournament that became known as the Field of the Cloth of Gold.

Mona Lisa is 500... Maybe

She doesn't look a day over 300. Art historians have long believed that Leonardo Da Vinci's famous work was painted in 1506, but that may just be a guess.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 26, 1583

William and Anne Shakespeare's firstborn child, Susannah, was baptized on May 26, 1583.

Sting to Release Album of Lute Music

Rock musician Sting, known for his wide range of interests, will release an album of John Dowland's lute music sometime in the fall of 2006.

Pelican Rolling Pin at V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is in possession of a unique artifact: a "culinary roller" dating to 1598 and bearing, among other decorations, a "pelican in her piety." One may only speculate possible SCA uses for this item.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 18, 1593

On May 18, 1593, just days before his death, playwright Christopher Marlowe was arrested on charges of atheism.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 13, 1501

Amerigo Vespucci departed Lisbon on May 13, 1501 on the voyage that would put his name on two continents.

World's Oldest Football to be Displayed in Hamburg

A 16th century football (that's soccer to those of us in the States) will be on display in Hamburg, Germany during the summer of 2006 for the game's World Cup.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 6, 1527

Rebellious unpaid soldiers of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V sacked Rome on May 6, 1527.

Portland Art Museum hosts exhibit of Renaissance art from Brescia

"Great Painters in Brescia From the Renaissance to the 18th Century" will be on display at the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, Oregon, through September 17.

Travel in Sardinia

Travel writer John Clarke writes about Sardinia. Along the way, visit ancient towns and medieval castles that "cling to mountain tops," the nuraghi (stone-built conical towers dating back to the 1500s), the neolithic necropolis of Bonorvo which dates back to 3500-2700 B.C. and the Spanish ruins of Burgos.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 1, 1576

On May 1, 1576, Stephen Báthory, former lord of Transylvania, was crowned king of Poland after his election by a majority of Polish nobles.

Folger Shakespeare Library Worth the Trip

Julienne fille Gaspard of the Kingdom of Atlantia discusses a recent visit to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 28, 1521

The final defeat of the Aztec empire began when Hernan Cortes laid siege to the capital city of Tenochtitlan on April 28, 1521.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 26, 1573

Marie de'Medici, Queen of France, was born on April 26, 1573.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 23, 1564

The most famous writer in the English language, William Shakespeare, was born on April 23, 1564.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 21, 1509

Henry VII of England, the Tudor victor in the Wars of the Roses, died on April 21, 1509.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 17, 1521

Already excommunicated, Martin Luther appeared before the Emperor on April 17, 1521 at Worms to answer for his views.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 11, 1554

Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger was executed on April 11, 1554, for leading a rebellion against Queen Mary Tudor of England, known to history as "Bloody Mary."

Today in the Middle Ages: April 10, 1512

King James V of Scotland was born on April 10, 1512. He was the son of James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor, the sister of King Henry VIII.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 7, 1506

Today is the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Francis Xavier. The Spanish-born missionary studied at the University of Paris and was one of the seven priests who joined Ignatius Loyola to found the Jesuit order.