Cultures of Europe
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-12-10 16:39
A team of Harvard undergraduates, graduate students, research scholars and one professor have created the Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations, a mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds using the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) information system.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-12-03 08:11
Corrective lenses have a long history. Glasses filled with water and gems were used by Romans in the 1st century, while the Chinese developed spectacles in the 13th. In an article for the Telegraph, Victoria Ward looks at the history of eyeglasses.
Submitted by Katelin de Irlande on Thu, 2010-12-02 23:39
The Year: 1241, during the reign of King Bela IV of Hungary. The Place: The cities of Buda and Pest, on the banks of the Danube. The Theme: The Europeans vs. the Mongols. The Feast: A wonderful Hungarian repast provided by the Caerthan Cook's Guild.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-11-25 19:08
Several new studies of the Bubonic Plague, which devasted Europe in the Middle Ages and the 17th century, have led researchers to the conclusion that the disease originated in China and was carried west over the Silk Road.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-11-16 15:20
Craftsmen in Belgium have created Tapis de Fleurs, the world’s largest carpet of flowers. Flower carpets have been made in Belgium since 1971 in order to promote Belgium's flower industry.
Submitted by jgoriginalscamelot on Sat, 2010-11-13 16:50
Affordable, limited edition jewelry inspired by medieval and Renaissance designs. JG Originals - Camelot Collection offers handcrafted necklaces, earrings, and brooches made from high quality fire-polished glass, twinkling rhinestones, and hand-antiqued brass.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-10-26 07:48
In an article for About.com's Medieval History section, Melissa Snell discusses feudalism in medieval society, and why it may not have been the "dominant form of political organization in medieval Europe."
Submitted by Miriam on Mon, 2010-10-18 14:03
Lecture given by Toby Lester -- a longtime editor and writer for The Atlantic, and the author of The Fourth Part of the World (2009) -- about the Waldseemüller world map of 1507.
Submitted by Angua on Sun, 2010-10-03 22:49
I'm trying to put together a persona based around the occupation of musician/storyteller/performer, but I'm having difficulty finding information. So far all I've got is vague references to the existence of trobairitz, menestrelles and jongleuse, but few dates or references.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-10-03 07:18
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will present Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance October 6, 2010 - January 17, 2011, the "first major exhibition in forty-five years devoted to the Burgundian Netherlandish artist Jan Gossart (ca. 1478-1532)."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-09-07 12:35
Flamboyant lovers, opionated cowards, unshaved barbarians - some of the barbs that Europeans have used against their neighbors are as old as the nations themselves.
Submitted by titanias-garden.com on Thu, 2010-09-02 10:22
Titania's Garden artist Jennifer Wong creates and purveys jewelry from metal and stones, as well as chain maille jewelry.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2010-08-21 08:13
Archeologists have discovered a cache of 166 silver coins hidden in a jar in the floor of a medieval home. The home is within the fortress of Kastritsi.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2010-08-16 11:14
Travel writer and television host Rick Steves offers his thoughts on castles to vists that are off the beaten path. The castles are in ruins and offer a dramatic charm all their own. [photo]
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2010-08-03 16:19
Drought and extreme heat in England have made it possible to see ancient sites normally hidden by vegetation. Balloonist Michael Wolf saw dark circles in a farmer's field and realized these were evidence of Bronze Age burial mounds.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2010-07-29 14:39
An exhibit in Bucharest, Romania, is trying to rehabilitate the image of Vlad Dracula, aka Vlad the Impaler. The exhibit uses period illustrations and manuscripts to show the 15th century Wallachian ruler as the victim of Western European propaganda intended to show Eastern Europe in a barbaric light.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-07-28 09:36
We all know the schoolboy version of the naming of the American continents: merchant explorer Amerigo Vespucci supposedly named the New World after himself. But a little-known proofreader and scholar named Matthias Ringmann may actually be responsible.
Submitted by Aedric on Fri, 2010-07-16 17:20
Armourers like Tomasz Samula are making last minute adjustments to the arms and armour for the Lublin Knights, who will gather Saturday on the field where the Polish-Lithuanian army defeated a force of Teutonic knights near this Polish village in 1410.
Submitted by La Boheme Bijoux on Sat, 2010-07-10 20:37
La Boheme Bijoux offers an elegant collection of vintage-inspired gemstone and crystal jewelry, including a section of designs inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. This site is a resource for the historical costume enthusiast who loves to complete her ensembles by wearing beautiful one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade jewelry.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-07-05 15:28
A new study by a team of scientists from the University of Miami finds that El Niño and La Niña may have caused cooling in the central Pacific, leading to drought in medieval Europe.
Submitted by Dubhghall mac Aodha on Tue, 2010-06-29 08:46
An anonymous donor has given to the University of California, Riverside, a book and manuscript collection oriented toward medieval history and valued at almost US$100K.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2010-06-17 07:51
The Cleveland Museum of Art announced that six more of its permanent galleries, including the medieval gallery and the gallery of European painting and sculpture 1500-1800, will reopen June 26, 2010 after extensive renovation.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2010-05-24 10:57
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 Sat, 2010-05-15 13:30
The Effigies and Brasses website offers links and images for numerous European effigies, brasses, incised slabs, half-reliefs, and other miscellaneous representations dating from the 12th-15th centuries.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2010-05-14 08:05
Ivory works of art separated for centuries have been reunited in a new show at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich, Germany. Objects that originally stood together but found their way to separate collections are on display side by side until December 2010.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-08 06:45
The entire Parker library, a collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts at Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University, has been made accessible online. Librarian Suzanne Paul narrates a video tour of the collection's highlights.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2010-04-30 14:07
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize more than 100 medieval manuscripts from a wide range of European and Near East cultures.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-04-27 17:03
A team of scientists, who have studied tree rings and medieval wooden architectural materials to determine the climate of the late Middle Ages, report that wet summers were a contributing factor to the disaster of the Black Death in the 14th century.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2010-04-20 06:30
Who were the first European settlers to come to Iceland? Were they truly Ingólfur Arnarson his wife Hallgerdur Fródadóttir, as told in Íslendingabók (Book of Icelanders)?
Submitted by emmrikus on Thu, 2010-04-08 11:54
"If you need a reign coin, site token, or mercenary pay coin-we have it here." After 25 years of Moneyers Guild work throughout the SCA, Master Emmerich of Vakkerfjell, OL, OP, has opened the internet doors on his very own online "Mint." For those that need a coin from almost any period, for almost any event-he suggests, "pay a visit."