Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight digital manuscript

Murray McGillivray of the Cotton Nero A.x. Project reports that 180 high resolution, color images from the British Library's MS Cotton Nero A.x are now available to view on the website of the University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources. The manuscript includes the complete story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Finding the bones of Mona Lisa

Historians' obsession with the real life Mona Lisa continues with the recent discovery of a complete skeleton beneath the floor of the derelict Convent of St. Orsola in Florence, Italy. Some experts believe the remains are those of Lisa Gherardini, AKA Mona Lisa.

Thermal Quasi-Reflectography new tool for art historians

Experts tasked with restoring damaged and faded works of art have a new tool in their toolbox: Thermal Quasi-Reflectography (TQR), a process which uses the mid-infrared part of the spectrum to reveal images invisible to the naked eye. (photos)

Capitoline Wolf created in the Middle Ages?

One of the most famous symbols of Rome is the Capitoline Wolf, a bronze statue depicting a mother wolf suckling Romulus and Remus. But now experts believe the statue was created during the Middle Ages, with parts as late as the 15th century.

Sicily's Roman mosaics return to public view

The 4th century Roman mosaics at the Villa del Casale at the Piazza Armerina in Sicily are considered “the finest in situ in the Roman world.” Now the newly-restored stone tiles are again open to the public. (photo)

The memorable Elizabethans

In a recent review for the New York Times, James Shapiro looks at The Elizabethans by A. N. Wilson, which chronicles the lives of a number of eminent men and women of late Tudor times "who made the age so memorable, including the most remarkable of them all, Queen Elizabeth."

Durham University prepares for arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels

Officials at Durham Cathedral and University are readying themselves for the arrival of the 1,300-year-old Lindisfarne Gospels at the university in 2013, with such activities as a concert by the newly formed Lindisfarne Gospels Community Choir.

Godai Katsunaga winner of Known World Poetry Competition

Lady Katarzyna Witkowska reports that a winner of the Knowne World Poetry Competition was chosen at Pennsic 41. The winner was Lord Godai Katsunaga of Atlantia.

Texas Medieval Association Conference call for papers

The Texas Medieval Association is seeking papers for its conference at the University of Houston October 12-13, 2012. The deadline for paper submissions is September 1, 2012.

Texas Medieval Conference

The Texas Medieval Association Conference will be held October 12-13, 2012 at the University of Houston.

Service, combat, and chivalry in Arab, Alabama

David Moore of the Arab Tribune newspaper joins Thorfinn Eriksonnr, Ingris Utlennigsdottir, and Mailloch of Wulfhaven as they meet for for fighting, A&S, and building a new group in northern Alabama.

Royal Collection Art

The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace will exhibit more than 100 works by Northern European artists including Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Hans Holbein the Younger.

Shire of Iron Ox Academy of Performing Arts 2012

On July 28, 2012, the Shire of Iron Ox hosted the Academy of Performing Arts for the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann in Jackson, Mississippi.  The one day event was well attended.

Early Shakespeare theater found

Archaeologists from Museum of London Archaeology report that they have discovered the remains of a playhouse where Willianm Shakespeare staged some of his earliest plays. The Curtain Theatre north of the river Thames in Shoreditch pre-dated the Globe.

Ulrich von Liechtenstein: He will rock you!

Fans of the movie A Knight's Tale might be surprised to learn that Ulrich von Liechtenstein was a real person who, in fact, wrote an autobiography. Service of Ladies: an autobiography was first published in 2004 and is available from Boydell & Brewer Press.

Scientists claim to have found the remains of Mona Lisa

Archaeologists excavating the Convent of Saint Ursula in Florence believe they have found the remains of Lisa Gherardini, thought by art historians to be the model for Leonardo DaVinci's famed Mona Lisa.

16th century censorship

Long before the internet, writers with opinions contrary to those of the powers-that-be were victims of censorship. One such writer was the Dutch humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam whose writings were considered in conflict with the Catholic Church.

Fridrikr Tomasson av Knuslig Hamn placed on vigil at AEthelmearc Summer Academy

Maistir Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that Their Majesties Andreas and Kallista have placed Fridrikr Tomasson av Knuslig Hamn on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Known World Players to hold auditions at Pennsic 41

Master Lorcan Dracontius reports that the Known World Players will be holding auditions at Pennsic 41 for a new production to be presented at Pennsic 42.

Knowne World Poetry Competition

Lady Katarzyna Witkowska, Poeta Atlantiae, has annouced that there will be a Knowne World Poetry competition at the upcoming Pennsic War.

Online series filmed at Ozark Castle

Catherine Koehler reports that Epilogue, an online series dealing with plague and time travel, premiered on July 1, 2012. The series was partially filmed at the Ozark Medieval Fortress before it closed earlier this year.

Five queens for Navarre

The June 2012 issue of History Today features an article, "The She-Wolves of Navarre," by Elena Woodacre which chronicles the lives of five queens of the kingdom of Navarre from 1274 to 1512.

Return to the Shire

Cassie Carpenter, a reporter for the Daily Mail, takes a look at the set of the upcoming Peter Jackson film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, set to be released December 13, 2012. The article includes a trailer for the film. (video)

Photos of silk banner making class in Northshield

Sara reports that she has posted an album of photos from the Silk Banner Class taught by HSH Luce Tolle at the recent Stellar University of Northshield (SUN).

The writers of Shakespeare

On his blog, The Drum, journalist Bob Ellis returns to the controversy of the authorship of Shakespeare's plays with examples of how the bard - or any modern playwright - can claim complete ownership of his work.

Good and evil in Machiavelli's "The Prince"

400 years after its publication, Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince still inspires analysis and comment. One of the latest is a two-part story by Nick Spencer in the Guardian. The premise of the article: How do we utilise power to do good while utilising evil to keep power?

British Library announces plan to digitize Persian documents

The PARSA Community Foundation is teaming up with the British Library and others to provide online access to the Library's 11,000 Iranian manuscripts, one of the largest and best known in the world. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

1000 years of London's records in new book

A new book by David Pearson looks at 1000 years of records for the city of London. London 1000 Years: Treasures from the Collections of the City of London is reviewed by Paul Lay on the History Today website.

O Fortuna: What you think you heard

OK, it isn't period to the Middle Ages, but we all love O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, right? It's the soundtrack from Excalibur, after all. But do you know the lyrics? Or only think you do...

"All's Well" with Thomas Middleton

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.