1601 CE and Later
Submitted by Wilhelm the Humble on Wed, 2013-02-13 07:01
February 9, 2013, marked the 900th birthday of the founding of the Knights of Malta, a Roman Catholic religious order noted for its charitable works. The group celebrated its birthday with a parade around St. Peter's Square and a visit with Pope Benedict XVI, who is himself a member of the Knights.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-01-31 19:48
Ancient meets modern when Pope Benedict XVI tweeked his first message last month - in Latin. Since that time, the Pope has amassed 2.5 million followers.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-12-18 19:21
A complete set of silver playng cards, created in Germany in 1616, was acquired through auction in 2010 by entrepreneur Selim Zilkha. Legend tells that the set was owned by a Portuguese princess who fled Napoleon in 1807. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-11-28 12:16
Fans of rapier combat and regency romance will appreciate a short film by Leo Burton. The Duel At Blood Creek is the winner of several short film awards. [OOP and PG13]
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-10-02 09:04
Want to know what a deck of cards looked like at Henry VIII's table? How about Salladin? The World of Playing Cards is the place to find out!
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-09-29 10:51
Lady Anne Clifford, a favorite in Queen Elizabeth I's court, was no shrinking violet, and was, in fact, one of the earliest feminists. Her 600,000-word manuscript, Great Books of Record, is set to be released in a new, complete edition.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-09-05 08:49
In 1609, King James I for England tricked nine Scottish clan chiefs into captivity on the Island of Iona, where they were held until agreeing to submit to the Statutes of Iona, designed to break Scottish allegiance to their homeland and bolster British rule. Sarah Fraser of History Today has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-08-10 12:13
Diver and shipwreck hunter Todd Stevens thinks he has found a wreck worthy of Hollywood: The John, the craft of notorious privateer John Mucknell, known as the Pirate King of Scilly.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-07-15 17:52
Scientists from Oxford University have determined the diet of sailors aboard the Mary Rose, based on the study of 80 skeletons from the Royal Naval Hospital, as well as the shipwreck. Their report has been published in the American Journal of Phsyical Anthropology.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2012-07-14 17:03
The next time you are in Seoul, Korea, make sure to visit the Simone Handbag Museum, whick opens in the Gangnam District in August. The museum will feature mostly European purses from the 16th century through modern times.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-07-12 11:53
On his blog Muhlberger's World History, Steve Muhlberger announces an upcoming book The Songs and Travel of a Tudor Minstrel by Andrew Taylor.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-06-20 14:34
A pair of professors from Oxford University believe they have confirmed William Shakespeare's collaborator, at least for the comedy All's Well that Ends Well. They believe it is Thomas Middleton, who worked with the Bard on Timon of Athens.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-06-14 10:00
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 Milica on Sat, 2012-06-02 16:08
Beneath the earthwork of Fort Pocahontas in Virginia lies a treasure: Fort James, the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Now archaeologists must make a painful decision: preserve a Civil War fort or discover the secrets of the 1607 settlement.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-05-17 09:59
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 Wed, 2012-05-16 19:54
The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford are sponsoring the exibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence February 28 - July 29, 2012 at the Harry Ransom Center of the university of Texas in Austin.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-05-14 17:23
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 Alys Katharine on Fri, 2012-04-27 14:53
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 Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-04-26 16:59
A giant inflatable replica of Stonehenge is making waves in Glasgow, Scotland. The attraction is part of the Glasgow International art festival.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Fri, 2012-04-20 07:51
The extensive collection of paintings, engravings and artefacts in the Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen is now searchable online.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2012-03-29 17:37
Townend, home to the Brownes from the 1520s until 1943, maintains an exquisite collection of more than 170 books from the 1600s, with a few dating to the mid-1500s. What were those farmers reading?
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-03-29 08:44
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 Mon, 2012-03-26 18:42
This facinating photo gallery traces the history of artificial limbs from ancient Egypt though the Rennaisance and into modern times.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-03-25 06:28
A video from the series Rome Reports, posted on YouTube, describes objects contained in the Vatican's archive of documents and artifacts kept and sent by missionaries from 1622 until modern times. (video)
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2012-03-01 07:18
Go behind the scenes at the Tower of London. Learn about the "Oldest Ceremony in the World"; read about the "bribe" ships pay to traverse the Thames; see photos of the graffiti carved into the very stones of the cells of the Tower!
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-02-16 11:18
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 Milica on Sun, 2012-02-12 14:06
The National Diet Library of Japan has created a website for the study of Wasan, the mathematics that developed in Japan before the Edo period with text written by Mr. Sato Ken’ichi, Associate Professor, University of Electro-Communications, and Orita Hiroharu, Library Counsellor of the National Diet Library.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-02-09 12:26
Medieval Scotland can be closer than you think...in New York, for instance. A home inspired by a 13th century Scottish castle is up for sale in New City, New York, just an hour north of Manhattan.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-02-01 10:16
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 Sun, 2012-01-22 17:40
Between 1500 and 1782 CE, 25,000 people, including children, were tortured and executed for witchcraft in what is today Germany. Now activists, such as retired Protestant minister Hartmut Hegeler, are seeking to exonerate as many as possible of the German "witches."