Christianity

Farmer's Field Reveals 14th Century Secret

Ten feet beneath a farmer's field near Linlithgow, Scotland lies a secret: a network of 14th century sandstone tunnels.

Codex Sinaiticus to be Digitized

The Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest copy of the New Testament, is scheduled to be digitized and published on CD-ROM.

Jerusalem Post: Acre Crusader Site to be Opened to the Public

Sections of an 800-year-old archaeological site in the city of Acre have been scheduled to open to the public in June of 2005.

Catholic News: Tomb of St. Paul Found?

The Vatican has announced that a team of archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the tomb of St. Paul in Rome's St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica.

Heloise and Abelard Still Inspire Lovers

An essay in the New York Times by Cristina Nehring discusses five books on Heloise and Abelard.

"Da Vinci Code" Put on Trial

A museum in Lornardo Da Vinci's hometown Vinci, Italy, is holding a trial to sort out the facts from fiction in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code.

Times: Author claims St. Patrick took bribes from Christian converts

In his book Secret Sights II: Unknown Medieval Ireland, author Rob Vance accuses St. Patrick of taking bribes from his wealthy female patrons.

Norway's Oldest Church Discovered

Norwegian archaeologists are excited by the discovery of what is probably the country's oldest church. Located in the city of Skien, the church is believed to have been built in the 11th century.

Milan Calls Da Vinci Poster "Blasphemous"

City fathers in Milan, Italy have banned a French clothing company's advertisement featuring an all-female version of Da Vinci's famous painting of the Last Supper.

Rosslyn Chapel May be Re-Created Outside of Scotland

The producers of the Da Vinci Code movie may choose to build their own version of Rosslyn Chapel rather than deal with restrictions imposed by the building's trustees.

Macclesfield Psalter to Remain in England

A last-minute effort to save importation of the 14th century Macclesfield Psalter has been successful. The manuscript will be retained by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

New Study Re-Dates Shroud of Turin

A new study to date the controversial Shroud of Turin places the cloth as much older than previously believed.

Groundhog Day

No, this message isn't going to repeat in an endless loop.... Curious about the medieval origins of Groundhog Day. Dame Aoife has found the answer.

Please Pass the Psalt!

Dame Aoife discusses Medieval Psalters in this week's edition of Aoife's Links.

Knights Templar Demand Apology

The grand master of the Knights Templar has sent a letter to the Vatican demanding an apology for persecution of the group during the 14th century.

James Ossary Discoverer Charged with Forgery

An Israeli collector has been charged with forgery in the case of the "James Ossary," the burial box of the brother of Jesus.

"Life of Brian" Scene Voted Funniest Ever

John Cleese's famous rant "What have the Romans done for us?" in the Monty Python film The Life of Brian has been voted the funniest movie scene ever.

Medieval Holiday Celebrations

Aoife's Links this week are all about holiday celebrations from the Middle Ages.

New Yorker: History of the Crusades Explored

Two new books on the Crusades have hit the shelves. New Yorker writer Joan Acocella does the review.

Researchers find the real face of Father Christmas

According to forensic research conducted for a BBC2 documentary, "The Real Face of Santa," Saint Nicholas was short, olive-skinned and had a broken nose.

Paternosters Mailing List

The PATERNOSTERS e-mail list at Yahoo! Groups is for people interested in historical rosaries, paternosters, and other prayer beads. If you re-create, research, collect, or just admire and are interested in the variety of historical rosaries (etc.), you are very welcome to join this list!

Paternoster-Row: A history of rosaries and paternosters

Paternoster-Row is about the history of medieval rosary beads, paternosters, and prayer beads, with illustrations, replicas, and bibliography.

National Geographic: Some Tattoos Traced to Crusades

An article by Cassandra Franklin-Barbajosa for National Geographic traces the history of tattoos, including the use of the Jerusalem cross during the Crusades.

Independent: 14th Century Cemetery Discovered in Zagreb

A cemetery dating to the 14th century, was discovered recently in downtown Zagreb, Croatia during road construction.

Loch Lomond Site Offers Wealth of Artifacts

Archaeologists working on a site near Loch Lomond have discovered evidence of settlements dating back 3500 years, including a 7th century Christian cemetery.

Berwick Today: Saxon Chapel Found at Bamburgh Castle

Archaeologists working on Bamburgh Castle may have discovered a medieval chapel mentioned by the Venerable Bede as possessing the arm of St. Oswald.

Time Team Denied Access to Rosslyn Chapel

Tony Robinson of Channel 4's Time Team has been denied access to look for the Holy Grail in Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel.

Da Vinci Code Fans Flock to Historic Sites

Fans of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code are innundating sites in France in search of answers.

First Cistercian Nunnery in Scotland Excavated

St. Leonard's, the oldest Cistercian nunnery in Scotland, is the site of a new excavation that has delivered on its promise of impressive artifacts.

Herald: 6th Century Christian Cemetery Found in Scottish Quarry

Workers excavating a quarry in Forfar, Scotland have discovered 17 graves dating back to the dawn of Christianity in the country.