1501 CE to 1600 CE
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.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-03-30 15:23
The U.S. Government is set to name a spot north of San Francisco, California after Sir Francis Drake, giving credance to that spot as the true location where Drake landed and claimed "Nova Albion" for Elizabeth I.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-03-29 09:44
Damon Albarn, frontman of Blur and Gorillaz, is turning his attention to an even more arcane topic than animated musical monkeys: 16th century intellectural John Dee.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-03-28 16:20
A rare set of frescoes depicting secular themes have been found in a house in Slovenia. The frescoes depict men and women wearing the latest fashions.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-03-26 19:42
This facinating photo gallery traces the history of artificial limbs from ancient Egypt though the Rennaisance and into modern times.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2012-03-26 07:18
Two canvas panels, presumably commissioned for Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace, are displayed in renovated condition.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-03-24 11:22
Suseela Menon from Klebang, Malaysia was preparing lunch for her husband when she discovered a surprise in the stomach of a baby shark, the main course: a religious medallion believed to have been worn by Portuguese soldiers. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-03-20 18:55
Recent archaeological discoveries indicate the Spanish search for gold may have taken them into Colorado much earlier than previously thought.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-03-16 13:48
Landsknechte from around the world will gather in April for the Second International Landsknecht Hurra 2012 to be held in Oberzollhaus, Germany. The event has been created for members of Landsknecht.org.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-03-15 18:13
The contemporary world of landsknecht re-enactment is as heterogenous as the slashed and hacked cloth worn by its inhabitants. For years there has been dreams and rumors about an international Musterung to bring all sistren and brethren together for one great feast.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2012-03-12 13:49
Written in 1543, the letter from Jane Seymour to King Henry VIII, informing him of the birth of Prince Edward, had been carefully stored on a shelf at the Dunham Massey estate, but no one knew it was there.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-03-11 06:00
Dr. Jonathan Hope believes that the key to William Shakespeare's success was not the words that he used, but the way in which he used them. In a chapter in his new book on the English language, Hope finds that the Bard's grammar and word ordering are what set him apart from other writers.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-02-28 20:33
On her embroidery website, Kathryn Goodwyn (C. Kathryn Newell) shares articles and period resources for embroidery done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2012-02-28 13:16
Historic Royal Palaces has a YouTube site which includes a video for school children who will be visiting Hampton Court Palace.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-02-25 12:36
In 2010, a family discovered an antique gun buried in the sand on Dundee Beach in Australia's Northern Territory. The artifact, which resembles a 16th century swivel gun, has revived the theory that the continent was discovered by Portuguese seafarer Cristovao de Mendonca in 1521. (photo)
Submitted by Ianthe on Fri, 2012-02-17 16:19
Mistress Kathryn Goodwyn has opened a website for her period modelbook collection, "Flowers of the Needle."
Submitted by Justin on Fri, 2012-02-17 11:40
Mistress Kathryn Goodwyn has opened a website for her period modelbook collection, "Flowers of the Needle." She offers up eight historical embroidery pattern books for free download, plus her treatise on voided embroidery styles. (All have been previously published within the SCA).
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-02-16 12:18
Experts from the Swedish Maritime Museum are thrilled by the discovery of five shipwrecks dating to the 16th through 18th centuries, found during a quay renovation in central Stockholm. The ships, some measuring 20 meters (66 feet), are in good condition.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2012-02-13 12:53
Why was Henry VIII’s face replaced in the painting “Field of the Cloth of Gold”? The facial image of him on horseback is not the original, and theories abound as to why he was “decapitated”.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-02-12 09:07
English gentlewomen of Tudor times, especially, married Catholic women to Protestant scholars, were not supposed to pen love poems to men, but this did not deter Lady Elizabeth Dacre, whose work was recently discovered in a 16th century copy of Chaucer.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-02-10 08:30
Was there a guinea pig sitting in the cage of a 16th century classroom? A new archaeological find proves it's possible. The 3rd ever early European guinea pig skeleton has been found in Belgium. Experts believe it was buried like a pet.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2012-02-09 19:35
The Prado Museum in Madrid recently announced that it has what is thought to be the earliest copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-02-01 19:03
Countess Alys Katharine reports that two sets of photos of Christmas interpretations, taken by British photographer and historical interpreter "spiral_tower," are available on Flickr.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-02-01 11:16
The Stone of Scone and the Tower Ravens may have some competition. A fight has broken out over the fate of London's Stone of Brutus. A development company wants to relocate the stone, while tradition holds that, "So long as the Stone of Brutus is safe, so long will London flourish."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-01-30 13:36
On the blog KimikoSews, the author offers a detailed review of the book The Queen's Servants by Caroline Johnson which focusses on clothing of the serving class in Tudor England.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-01-21 17:53
In 1545, Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose sank while fighting the French in the Solent, the straits north of the Isle of Wight in England. The remains of the ship were rediscovered in 1971, catching the imagination of historians worldwide. A documentary, Ghosts of the Mary Rose, is available online.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-01-13 22:49
The Art History News blog has published the full transcribed inventory of Catherine Howard's jewels, from the manuscript in the British Library. The transcription was done by Tudor historian Alasdair Hawkyard and compiled by Nicholas Bristowe, who was clerk of the King's wardrobes.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-01-10 15:16
For the first time in 125 years, the Glastonbury Grace Cup, a 16th century, carved oak tankard, believed to have once belonged to the abbots of Glastonbury, is on display until January 31, 2012 in the abbey museum. (photo)