Christianity

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.

Haaretz: 6th Century Manuscript Gives Insight into Scholar's World

David Rapp of Haaretz International takes a look at the Vienna Genesis, a 6th century illuminated biblical codex held by the Austrian National Library in Vienna.

StarBanner.com: Knights Templar depiction in "The Da Vinci Code" is "hogwash", say scholars

Amanda Greene reports on the mythology of the Knights Templars and their portrayal in books such as The Da Vinci Code. Is it fact ot fiction?

4th Century Baptismal Font Reflects Struggle Between Christianity and Paganism

Gary Lee and Jim Wilkinson used a metal detector to discover a 4th century Roman baptismal font near Grimsby, England.

Haaretz: Crusader-Era Remains Found in Jaffa

The remains of a 12th century crusader-era man were discovered recently during excavations in the Jaffa, Israel flea market.

Myrtle Beach Online: Da Vinci Code Fans Flock to Scottish Chapel

Fans of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code are seeking the Holy Grail for themselves at Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel.

13th Century Silver Cross Found by Treasure Hunter

A solid silver cross, inscribed with the word, "IESVS" has been dated to the 1200's by historians at the British Museum.

Stolen Byzantine Icons Returned to Cyprus

Several hundred early Christian Byzantine artifacts which were stolen 30 years ago have been returned to the Republic of Cyprus.

Painting of 10th Century Saint Discovered in Tewkesbury Church

A wall painting of an Anglo-Saxon Saint dating from the 10th century has been discovered at Deerhurst Church near Tewkesbury, England.

Garage Demolition Allows 13th Century Priory to be Rebuilt

The demolition of a garage in Gloucester will enable the original cloister of the Blackfriars Priory to be restored.

Who's Buried in St. Mark's Tomb?

A British historian is claiming that St. Mark's Tomb in Venice contains not the bones of the saint but those of Alexander the Great.

8th Century Cliffside Cemetery Discovered in Wales

Two skeletons in a 1200-year-old cliff-face cemetery have been discovered in Pembrokeshire, Wales by archaeologists lowered on ropes.

New Book on the Inquisition Published

Germany was where more male and female "witches" were killed by civilian tribunals around the start of the 15th century, according to a new book on the Inquisition -- about 25,000 out of a population of 16 million -- but the book's editor says that fewer people were killed in the Inquisition than is commonly believed.