1601 CE and Later
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-07-07 09:25
An analysis of oyster shells thrown away by colonists in Jamestown, Virginia, indicates that historical accounts of a severe drought in 1611-1612 are correct. The shells show that the James River was much saltier during those years than in the present day, indicating lower rainfall.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2010-07-03 14:17
A book dealer is on trial in England for stealing a valueble first edition foilio of Shakepeare's plays. The book, which was stolen from Durham University, dates to 1623 and once belonged to Bishop of Durham John Cosi.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2010-06-27 12:17
A letter written by French philosopher Rene Descartes will be returned by Haverford College, Philadelphia, to the Institut de France.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-06-26 18:26
A request from Archaeological Survey of India for the British government to return Indian objects removed from the country during British colonial rule has been refused, according to the Times of India.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2010-06-15 22:03
In the 1660s, Robert Boyle, chemist and Royal Society founding fellow, wrote a list of 24 future predictions about science and technology. All but a few have come true, many in the past fifty years.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2010-06-13 17:50
Peace-loving, religiously tolerant, a ladies' man and the coiner of the phrase "a chicken in every pot" -- 400 years later, France still thinks Henri IV is le Grand.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-06-08 21:12
Researchers from the University of Kentucky Computer Science department are taking a road trip to England and Spain to photograph medieval manuscripts. They hope to use digital technology to reveal detail in the faded manuscripts that has been previously hidden.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-06-06 15:34
The San Francisco Early Music Society will offer an early music summer camp for children August 1-6, 2010 at the Crowden Center for Music in Berkeley, CA. The camp has a Three Musketeers theme and will be directed by Tish Berlin.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2010-05-31 16:33
For 400 years, the people of Oberammergau have staged the Passion Play once a decade as a thanksgiving for being spared from the Black plague. Now, a new kind of plague is testing the faith of performers and audiences .
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-05-29 11:36
For generations, St. Augustine's Aviles Street has competed with Philadelphia's Elfreth's Alley as the oldest street in the United States, but a recent archaeological dig may hand the honor to the Florida city.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-05-28 13:52
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has produced a series of programs based on Modern Publics: 1500-1700, a book by a group of scholars at McGill University. The program is podcast online.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2010-05-27 17:44
The leaning tower of Bad Frankenhausen in the German state of Thuringia has tilted since at least 1640, and it now leans at an angle of 4.8 degrees -- sharper than the more famous tower in Pisa, Italy, which has only a 3.9 degree slant.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2010-05-24 11:57
A November exhumation is planned to try to discover the true cause of Tycho Brahe's death. Since a 1901 analysis discovered mercury in a sample of his beard, some have believed the astronomer, "more famous in death than he ever was in life," was murdered.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-05-16 12:29
Eight high quality shoes dating to around 1708 were discovered recently in the Gothic tower of a palace in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-05-08 09:58
Medieval bookmaker Randy Asplund, RanthulfR in the Society for Creative Anachronism, reports that several of his books will be used as props on an upcoming program about the Malleus Maleficarum, entitled The Witch Hunter's Bible.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-04-26 11:10
Experts have now credited co-authorship of the play Double Falsehood to William Shakespeare and another dramatist, John Fletcher. The play was originally discovered nearly 300 years ago.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-04-22 08:10
Author James Shapiro, whose 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, delighted the literary world, has a new book, this time investigating whether the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon actually wrote his plays. Robert McCrum of The Observer has a review.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2010-04-08 07:41
A casual interest in the history of computing led Erwin Tomash, who started his career in computer engineering in the 1940s and became one of the pioneers of the information age, to compile an encyclopedic, illustrated catalog of primary source references dating back to the 12th century CE. The catalog is available online for free access.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-03-02 12:16
British father and son filmmaking team Ted and Michael O'Neill believe they have found the source of the Aqua Traiana, the 2nd century aqueduct, constructed by the Emperor Trajan, 30-40km northwest of Rome. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-02-13 14:04
The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is playing host to On a Pedestal: From Reniassance Chopines to Baroque Heels, an exhibit that "explores two of the most extreme forms of footwear ever worn in Western fashion, the outrageous platform chopine and its eventual replacement, the high heel." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-02-02 22:09
In 1602, when he created the first Chinese map to name the Americas, Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit missionary living in Bejing. His map is currently on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-01-10 14:37
Illusion Jewels, a retailer of medieval and renaissance jewelry, has created an online portrait gallery featuring classic paintings from the 15th - 17th centuries that feature jewelry.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-12-02 18:53
Those longing for the romance of Arthurian times may want to check out J. W. Waterhouse: Garden of Enchantment, an exhibition of the artist's work at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through February 7, 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-11-27 08:38
Records report that, in the 18th century, three fingers, a tooth and a vertebra were removed from the tomb of Galileo Galilei and placed in a container. Since then, a finger and the vertebra have turned up, but the tooth and other fingers were still missing. Now, two fingers and a tooth have been found and are scheduled to be placed on display.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-10-23 12:10
The cast album for the recent production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, starring Audra McDonald and Anne Hathaway, is available to hear online.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-10-04 13:51
Alain Outlaw of Archaeological & Cultural Solutions, has been looking for Argall Towne since 1975. The elusive, short-lived settlement was started in 1617 near Jamestown, Virginia, by Capt. Samuel Argall, best known for kidnapping Pocahontas in 1613.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-09-26 16:51
John Ward, of the wills and estates planning department at Napthens, in Winckley Square, Preston, England, was delighted to be able to be able to handle a recent find at the law firm: the property deeds establishing poor houses, and property deeds dating to the 1550s.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-09-09 09:09
Invergarry Castle in the Highlands of Scotland is a ruin. It was burned by Cromwell and later ransacked by English soldiers, but it now has a new virtual life in the online world of Second Life.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-09-07 18:19
Jane Stockton of the Kingdom of Lochac reports that the Wellcome Library has posted its entire collection of 17th century recipe books on its website in PDF format. The manuscripts are searchable by way of the library's catalog.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-09-07 14:15
A group of parishioners at St. Mary's church in Warwick, England have requested permission to open the tomb of Fulke Greville, a writer and contemporary of Shakespeare, who, some believe, wrote at least some of Shakespeare's plays. They hope that mysterious "boxes" in the grave might contain manuscripts.