1501 CE to 1600 CE
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-06-03 18:01
“When they travel, have a kind of herb dried, who, with a cane and an earthen cup in the end, with fire and the dried herbs put together, do suck through the cane and the smoke thereof, which smoke satisfieth their hunger, and therewith they live four or five days without meat or drink,” writes John Sparke about native Floridians' use of tobacco, which was introduced to Europeans in 1564.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-05-30 18:37
Earlier this year, Sandy Gowland of Old Time Patterns issued a challenge: create an historical costume. Some entrants used existing patterns, while others made their own. The winner was announced on May 25, 2013. The results can be viewed on the website.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-05-25 20:10
The world debate continues. Did William Shakespeare really write his plays or was it someone else? But Stanley Wells, honorary president of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and eminent Shakespearean scholar thinks he knows the truth and has gathered a small army of literary scholars to prove it: a new book William Shakespeare Beyond Doubt.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-05-20 12:16
On June 1-2, 2013, Cantare, Inc. will present Collegium Cantorum under the direction of Timothy Kendall in a program entitled Chance Encounter, 1506, Part II of the occasional series "The Fayrfax Concerts" presenting Renaissance choral masterworks by Pierre de La Rue (c. 1542-1518) and Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521) at two sites in the Washington D.C. area.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-05-19 10:51
In her new book, The Creation of Anne Boleyn, author Susan Bordo aims to "strip away all the 'sedimented mythology turned into history by decades of repetition' and to restore a restless, learned, freethinking and ambitious but nondemonic woman to the throne of the public imagination." Jennifer Schuessler of the New York Times has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-05-15 18:43
The Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII found on the ocean floor off the south coast of England, may once again change English history. Scientists studying cannonballs discovered on the ship have found them to be armor-piercing, a technology believed to have been created in the 18th century. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-05-15 12:04
William Shakespeare may have been the world's greatest writer, but he routinely failed to pay his taxes. This is the conclusion of a new study by scholars from Aberystwyth University which shows that Shakespeare was "repeatedly prosecuted and fined for illegally hoarding food, and threatened with jail for failing to pay his taxes."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-05-11 08:29
Four hundred years after his death, facial reconstructionists have revealed the face of France's 'Good King Henri IV' whose mummifed head is believed to have been discovered in an attic in 2008.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-05-10 13:08
Historians have long been fascinated by the creation of maps during the Age of Exploration. Of special interest are maps such as Waldseemüller and Ringmann's first map mentioning "America." The New York Times Science page looks at A Renaissance Globemaker’s Toolbox, a new book on the subject by John W. Hessler.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-05-08 18:38
The State of Florida is celebrating its 500th birthday, including debates about the exploration of Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on April 2, 1513. St. Augustine is the traditional site of the landing, but historian Douglas Peck believes otherwise.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-05-07 15:03
Dorset auctioneer Richard Bromell had an Antiques Roadshow moment recently when he was told that a plate, "found hanging on a makeshift wire frame in a Somerset cottage" was a 16th century original maiolica, bringing over £500,000 at auction. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2013-04-30 12:20
Two skeletons in a grave in Romania have been found buried together holding hands. The skeletons were probably buried between 1450 and 1550.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-04-27 09:14
The final UK£35,000 needed to complete the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, England's Historic Dockyard has been raised thanks to a plea by the Mary Rose Trust. Museum officials are "putting the finishing touches" on the museum's interior, including filling cases with artifacts receoved from Henry VIII's flagship. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-04-26 07:40
A derelict church in Eastwell, Kent, England, may hold the final resting place of Richard Plantagenet, illegitimate son of King Richard III. A grave in St Mary's churchyard is marked with the inscription: "Reputed to be the tomb of Richard Plantagenet". Now scientists want to know the truth.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-04-24 14:02
The works of Shakespeare have often been used to educate scholars throughout the world, but to historians in Titchfield near Southampton, England, the education may have taken place closer to home. Scholars there believes that William Shakespeare may have spent the years 1589-1592 working as a schoolmaster in the town.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-04-20 15:40
Nicolaus Copernicus was honored recently when Google recognized the 450th anniversary of the scientists's birth with a Google Doodle. The Christian Science Monitor followed with a article which looks at the career of the Polish astronomer.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2013-04-17 18:13
A heraldic badge showing the Scottish crown has been found at the site of the Battle of Flodden. The badge may have been worn by someone closely affiliated with King James IV.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Wed, 2013-04-17 10:25
Five short videos produced by Historic Royal Palaces explain some of the cookery aspects that are demonstrated each month at Hampton Court.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2013-04-16 12:51
Cannonballs recovered from the Mary Rose wreck in England have been shown to contain iron cores, allowing the cannons to punch the shot through enemy vessels.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-04-10 19:08
Finding treasure with a metal detector is a hobby for all ages. Just ask three-year-old James Hyatt who, along with Dad and Grandpa, discovered an engraved gold reliquary locket from the early 16th century 8 inches beneath the Essex soil. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2013-03-27 19:04
The earliest documents relating to the city of St. Augustine, Florida (USA) are being digitized for preservation. The documents cover the time period from 1594 to 1763 CE.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-03-19 06:58
The recent discovery of the Macclesfield Alphabet Book brought smiles to the lips of experts at the British Library. The 16th century 'model' or 'pattern' book was designed to display the skills of the illuminator for potential clients. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-03-16 21:07
The body seach continues. This time the target is Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who died in 1530, and was Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII. Wolsey died and was buried at Leicester Abbey. Now city councillor Ross Willmott wants to search for Wolsey's remains.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-03-13 19:01
It was not a blow in combat that felled legendary Renaissance warrior Giovanni de’ Medici, but gangrene resulting from being hit by a cannon ball, in a battle in Lombardy on Nov. 25, 1526, according to a new study conducted after the exhumation of de’ Medici's body.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-03-13 14:23
A recent Wikipedia feature showcases Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, England, a 16th century house which is, according to the national Trust, "lifted straight from a fairy story, a gingerbread house."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-03-05 22:15
16th century Wymering Manor, in Portsmouth, England, has had a varied history, from a family home to a residence for a Catholic religious order, but few dispute that it is now home to as many as 20 ghosts. The ghosts, however, may be the saving grace for the battered building which requires nearly UK£2m.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-03-03 11:45
Historians continue to debate over the authenticity of a mummifed head found in the attic of a tax collector. Some believe it is the remains of "good King Henri" (Henry IV of France, murdered in 1610), while others believe the claim is "rubbish."
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Wed, 2013-02-27 09:13
A stash of "street toys", dated from 1570-1630, was unearthed in an old stairwell of the Market Harborough parish church, England.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2013-02-25 12:13
A 16th-century Basque whaling galleon, the San Juan, will be re-constructed full-scale and seaworthy.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Wed, 2013-02-20 13:29
The 1513 document calls for Machiavelli's arrest, to be proclaimed by the town crier.