1501 CE to 1600 CE
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-06-30 08:01
400 years after its publication, Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince still inspires analysis and comment. One of the latest is a two-part story by Nick Spencer in the Guardian. The premise of the article: How do we utilise power to do good while utilising evil to keep power?
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-06-25 10:48
Archaeologists excavating a latrine at the site of a palace outside of Paris, France have found a hair pin belinging to 16th century French queen Catherine de Medici.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-06-18 13:04
Henry VIII and his succession of wives continue to capture the imaginations of historians and readers of history. Now, a new novel, Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel, follows the life, trial and death of Anne Boleyn and the involvement of Thomas Cromwell. Peter Green of The Book blog has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-06-16 17:52
In a discovery worthy of Dan Brown, experts believe they may have found Sir Walter Raleigh's "lost colony" of Roanoke inscribed on a 16th century map in invisible ink. (photos)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-06-14 11:00
A shipwreck found off the coast of Ireland carried an exotic cargo of Iberian pottery and coconuts. The coconuts, which likely sank in the late 16th or early 17th century, would mark the earliest known arrival of this fruit in Ireland.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2012-06-09 17:30
The burial of a Venician woman with a brick in her mouth was originally publicized as a suspected vampire. Other researchers dispute this.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-06-08 18:00
Adding insult to injury, a ship that sank in the Thames in 1574 is now being resunk in a lake in Leicestershire, England. The wreck will be used as an aquatic classroom to train underwater archaeologists.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-06-07 18:12
Artist Oksana Mas has recreated a fragment of the 15th century Flemish masterpiece made entirely of pysankas (painted easter eggs). The current piece is 8 stories high and is on display in Kiev, Ukraine.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-06-04 19:52
The World Shakespeare Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, England has a unique offering this year, a new take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet called Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad where the couple are not divided by family squabbles but by religious sects.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-05-23 18:03
In a YouTube video, Neil MacGregor discusses a small silver medal commorating the 1577-80 around-the-world voyage of Sir Francis Drake. The video is part of the BBC program entitled Shakespeare's Restless World.(video)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-05-19 15:42
Archaeologists from Ecuador's Cultural Patrimony Institute hope to discover the tomb of Atahualpa, the last Inca emperor, during a dig to be conducted at Sigchos, about 70km south of Quito. The site was found in 2010 by Ecuadoran historian Tamara Estupinan.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-05-17 10:59
Records from more than 1.8 million ships that sailed through the Danish sound will go online in May 2012. The records date from the mid 15th century to 1857.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-05-14 18:23
The education of school children in Northampton, England will be poorer after the theft of a van containing costumes and equipment belonging to re-enactor Steve Parish. Parish, who runs Past Alive, teaches children about English history.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-05-14 15:33
Since 1931, the Great Bed of Ware has been a beloved feature of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The three metres wide bed was built in 1590 by Hertfordshire carpenter Jonas Fosbrooke. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-05-14 11:08
Theories about the fate of the "Lost Colony", a group of English colonists who founded a settlement in coastal North Carolina (USA), have ranged from disease to alien abduction. New evidence found on an English map may finally answer the question.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-05-13 16:32
In celebration of Shakespeare's 400th birthday, the Beatles perform the Pyramus and Thisbe play from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The 1964 performance is from a DVD called The Beatles Explosion.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-05-13 13:17
The World Digital Library has posted a digital version of the Book on Geometry, Practice, and Patterns by Juan de Alcega. Published in 1580, the book offers techniques for ordering lengths of fabric based on the measurement of the "ell."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-05-12 19:53
Drunkenness in Elizabethan England was not a rare occurance, to the extent, in fact, that satirist Thomas Nashe cataloged eight specific types. The website Lists of Note published Nashe's piece Eight Kindes of Drunkennes.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-05-09 07:30
The oldest written documents in Estonia are now online thanks to a joint project between the Estonian State Archives and the Estonian History Museum. The oldest documents data from the mid 13th century.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-05-07 21:03
Over the past 18 months, the art world has held its collective breath to see the results of the Louvre's restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's last work The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, but the wait is now over. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-05-02 14:56
In 2005, a team of divers with the Barra Sul Project discovered the remains of a ship off the coast of Santa Catarina in Brazil. Now they believe that vessel may have been a lost supply ship sent by Spain to build two forts on the Strait of Magellan.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-05-02 07:53
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has posted an article on pasttimes of noble ladies during the Renaissance. The article, Renaissance women at leisure, includes short descriptions, with photos, of interests such as hunting, needlework and gaming.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-29 12:17
Cerca trova - "seek and you shall find" is the message hidden in a Florence mural by Giorgio Vasari, long thought to have replaced Leonardo da Vinci's greatest work, leading scientists to use high tech methods to investigate behind the painting. (photos and video)
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Fri, 2012-04-27 15:53
A study of patterned bricks shows that not all English buildings were of one color. Exteriors and interiors used limewashes as well as different colors of bricks (or even glazed bricks!) to enliven the surface.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-04-17 18:28
Take in inside look at the artifacts recovered from the Tudor ship the Mary Rose with BBC South Today's Sally Taylor and historic weapon expert and actor Robert Hardy in a BBC video clip.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2012-04-16 11:05
Recent research indicates that summertime produced the most fatal accidents during the 16th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-15 12:10
In an article for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Senior Ceramics and Glass Conservator Fi Jordan shares photos and commentary on a student project to clean a 16th century, free-standing ceramic stove. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-08 09:22
In September 1516, Judeo-conversa Isabel López, along with her mother María, was arrested by the Inquisition in Cogolludo, Spain, observing the Sabbath by dressing in holiday garb and joining others to celebrate. Her trial is the subject of an article by Renée Levine Melammed for the Jerusalem Post Magazine.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-04-06 10:40
Sports physiologists are examining the skeletons found on the Mary Rose, an English ship that sank in 1545. They are looking for stress injuries and other markers that would indicate which skeletons were professional archers.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-04-05 15:03
Collegium Cantorum, under the direction of Timothy Kendall, will present "Master of the Notes", a concert of Renaissance polyphony by Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521) on April 14 and 15, 2012 in the Washington DC area.