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Cultures of Europe

Latin hip-hop highlights Festival of the Classics

"Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris/ Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior" ("I hate and I love. Why do I do it, perchance you might ask? I don't know, but I feel it happening to me and I'm burning up.") sings Ista, a German rap group that uses Latin verse in its performances.

"The Quest" follows journey of the Templars

The Quest, a Classic Media Group production, follows the journey of the Knights Templar through Europe by studying the work of archaeologists, anthropologists and historians.

Western martial arts attacting interest in the US

The martial arts of western Europe are gaining popularity in the United States. Practices and conferences where participants wield swords, pikes and daggers, and quote from medieval and renaissance sources, are cropping up all over. Elizabeth Weise of USA Today has the story.

Results of parrot food experiment: why a seed-only diet wouldn't have worked in period

Lady Aisin Biya has concluded a six-week test of parrot feeding habits, and concludes that parrots would not have survived in medieval Europe on a diet composed only of the seeds available locally.

Venice exhibit focusses on contributions of "barbarians"

A new exhibit at Venice's Palazzo Grassi endeavors to disprove the reputation of the "barbaric tribes" during Europe's Dark Ages. Rome and the Barbarians: Birth of a New World will be at the Palazzo Grassi until July 20, 2008.

Royal children subjects of Columbus exhibit

Lady Faoileann reports that the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art will sponsor a special exhibit Great Expectations: Aristocratic Children in European Portraiture through June 8, 2008.

Racaire shares photos from Wien Museum

Lady Racaire from Vienna, Austria, recently visited the Wien Museum with her camera. She shares her large album of research photos on her Flickr website.

Onager Catapult Kits

Onager offers replicas of ancient catapults as used by the Romans and other cultures up until the medieval period. These are fully functional wooden kits. Makes a great display piece, science project or gift for anyone with an interest in history, engineering or physics.

Trebuchet Model Kits

Build a working model trebuchet! Many sizes and styles are available, all fully functional. Makes a great display piece, educational project or gift for anyone with an interest in history, engineering or physics.

Multidisciplinary Medieval Studies Center opens

The University of St Andrews in Scotland is opening a new interdisciplinary center for Medieval Studies that is one of the largest such centers.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits "POMP AND GLORIA! Carriages of the Princes von Thurn und Taxis"

Now this exhibition is on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and will end soon: POMP AND GLORIA! Carriages of the Princes von Thurn und Taxis began at Sep. 19, 2007 and runs until Feb. 28, 2008 at the Wagenburg, Schönbrunn Palace.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits "Arcimboldo"

Soon a new exhibition organised by the Kunsthistorisches Museum in collaboration with the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris will be on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (Picture Gallery): Arcimboldo begins at February 12, 2008 and runs until June 1, 2008.

Columbus may have spread "social disease"

A new study claims that explorer Christopher Columbus may have been responsible for bringing syphilis to Europe. The controversial theory has been debated for years, but the new study of molecular genetics may show whether the theory is true.

Medieval melee: "a brutal free-for-all with few rules"

Literature and the media have glamorized medieval battle, but the reality was much different. In truth, the melee was a "brutal free-for-all with few rules designed very much as a preparation for war."

Spirited Away: Art Thieves Target Europe's Churches

An article from Time and CNN reports on the large number of works of art stolen from houses of worship each year, a tragic loss of irreplaceable items that represents a lucrative business for thieves.

Errant Knight Jewellery

Errant Knight offers stunning hand-made authentic artefact replicas including court belts, sword and armour belts and jewelry. All items are thoroughly researched to ensure historical accuracy.

Want to get fit? Try the Authenticity Diet!

Need to take off a few pounds or kilograms from the holiday feasting? Eat like your persona! A Shropshire physician claims that Europeans in the Middle Ages were in some ways much healthier than modern people.

Research photos from the Kunsthistorisches Museum online

Racaire shares an album of photos from a recent trip to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. The photos include some beautiful images of artwork and jewelry.

Was William Tell real?

Though he doesn't look a day over 500, Swiss hero William Tell has just passed the 700th anniversary of standing up to the cruel vogt by not bowing to a hat on a pole. The rest is history.

"History of Holidays" on the History Channel website

The History Channel has created a website with interactive links covering the history of all the major holidays on the calendar.

Download hi-res research photos from the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London now allows you to browse and download high-resolution photos of their collections for free.

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Vatican publishes documents from Knights Templar heresy trials

The Vatican is finally publishing Processus Contra Templarios, the report from the heresy trials of the Knights Templar that was lost in the Vatican secret archives for 700 years due to a filing error.

"Archaeological textiles from Northern Europe" lecture in London

The Medieval Dress and Textile Society has announced the topic for its Autumn Meeting to be held October 27, 2007 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London.

Dutch medieval manuscripts online

The Koninklijke Bibiliotheek, under the guidance of Jos Biemans, Special Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies, has created a website to house and make accessible over 6000 medieval manuscripts currently in the Netherlands.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits "The Late Titian and the Sensuality of Painting"

Soon a new exhibition will be on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The Late Titian and the Sensuality of Painting begins at October 18, 2007 and runs until January 6, 2008.

The physics of medieval archery

Science meets the martial arts in the Stortford Archery Club's online article The Physics of Medieval Archery. The piece was written by Gareth Rees.

Take the Librarian's Challenge

"Do you know someone named Cooper, or Fletcher, or Chapman, or Wainwright? Do you know how those surnames originated? Have you, at some point in your Society career, acted as a gonfalonier, a cordwainer, or an arkwright?"

Dark Ages medicine found to be "enlightened"

Christina Lee, co-organizer of the second conference on Disease, Disability and Medicine in Early Medieval Europe, believes the Dark Ages weren't so dark, at least when it comes to medicine. Heather Whipps of LiveScience has the story.

Dragon's Embroidery Workshop

THL Anya Mstyslavyaya and Lady Racaire have started a blog for the embroiderers of Drachenwald: Dragon's Embroidery Workshop.