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14th century astrolabe to be auctioned

A 14th century astrolabe quadrant, discovered beneath the clay floors of a 17th century building in Kent, England, has been listed for auction March 21, 2007 with hopes to bring between UK£60,000 and UK£100,000.

York grave holds Roman murder victim

Archaeologists working on a large Roman cemetery in York, England have discovered, among the remains of wealthy and poor alike, the bones of a murder victim. "She was stabbed seven times in the throat from the front," said Osteo-archaeologist Malin Holst.

York's Barley Hall holds pleasures

Genevieve la flechiere of the Kingdom of Drachenwald reports on a visit to Barley Hall, a 15th century merchant's house, in York, England.

1607 flood in Wales and England studied by scientists at Newport forum

One of the worst natural disasters to ever hit Great Britain occurred 400 years ago last month. On January 30, 1607, a storm flooded over 200 square miles of south Wales and southwest England. Now a risk management company is looking at the modern costs of recovery from such a storm.

Knitting at the V&A

London's Victoria and Albert Museum has revamped its webpage regarding the craft of knitting with links to its historic collection of knitted goods, patterns, children's patterns and booklists.

Globe Theatre: a new look

The producers of Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century, an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., have turned over the famous building to the imaginations of five architects with the command to modernize the building.

Emperor Hadrian slept here!

Producers of the BBC's Timewatch program are hoping to prove that the Roman emperor Hadrian once stayed near his stone creation. This summer, archaeologists will dig along Hadrian's Wall looking for evidence of why the wall was built and where the Emperor might have stayed.

Electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary online

An electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary is available online. Hosted by the University of Michigan, the dictionary and quotations are searchable.

Village related to Stonehenge found

A major prehistoric village has been unearthed near Stonehenge in southern England. Stonehenge didn't stand alone, excavations show, recent excavations of Salisbury Plain in southern England have revealed at least two other large stone formations close by the world-famous prehistoric monument.

York flood may yield grisly discoveries

Officials from the York Dungeon Museum have warned residents who live near the River Ouse to be on the lookout for severed limbs and a skull which were lost during the recent flooding there. The realistic pros were part of an exhibit and were discovered missing during cleanup.

Stonehenge link to other ancient sites

Archaeologists Colin Richards of Manchester University and Joshua Pollard of Bristol University have a new theory on Stonehenge: it not isolated but stood as the link between a ritual burial mound and a timber circle.

The Deposition of Sir John Sully, Iddesleigh, 1386

14th century English knight Sir John Sully was buried in the Church of the Holy Cross in Exeter, England after dying at the advanced age of 106. His great age is documented in part by a deposition in which he discusses his long military career and some of the battles in which he participated. The website includes a transcript of the deposition.

Royal Saxon descendents wanted

English Heritage is looking for descendants of Harold Godwinson, the last Saxon king of England, to take part in an exhibit at the visitors center at the Hastings Battlefield.

Illuminated manuscripts from time of Edward IV

Among the manuscripts digitized and included in the collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, are a set depicting the Genealogy of Edward IV.

Blue Lady Tavern chronicles life in an 8th century Saxon town

Leofwen Taverner of Eoforwic, modernly known as Nan Hawthorne, is an historical novelist and member of Regia Anglorum who writes a wonderful and detailed diary of her persona, presented to our modern eye as a blog.

Blue Lady Tavern

Leofwen Taverner of Eoforwic, modernly known as Nan Hawthorne, is an historical novelist who writes a wonderful and detailed diary of her persona, presented to our modern eye as a blog. Installments talk about the daily goings-on, from the pedestrian to the sublime, in an 8th century CE town in Saxon England.

New Medieval Views of Stonehenge

This new view of Stonehenge is a tiny Medieval drawing in the "scala mundi" or "world ladder" on a chart which chronicles Creation. While not the oldest image of Stonehenge, it one of only a few known to exist.

13th century treasures found in Berwick dig

Archaeologists working at a dig in the Walkergate area of Berwick, England have uncovered a number of artifacts dating to the "heyday of Berwick," including a silver coin from the reign of Henry III.

Shakespeare's Church Has Leaky Roof

The caretakers of the church where William Shakespeare was baptized and buried want help to fix its leaky roof. Holy Trinity Church in Stratford upon Avon is seeking sponsors to "adopt a gargoyle" and help the church provide the extensive maintenance needed.

Anglo-Saxon Finds in East Sussex Church

Renovations on St Andrew's Church, at Bishopstone, near Seaford, have revealed Anglo-Saxon features dated back as far as the late 7th Century. This puts the age of the church back 100 years compared to previous datings.

Are you royal?

Advertisements in newspapers throughout England, Australia, the United States and Europe are asking the question: "Can you trace your family tree back to 1066? Might your ancestors have claimed the English throne?"

Science proves Shakespeare good for the brain

Medical research by University of Liverpool scientists has proved that reading Shakespeare can increase brain activity. Science Daily has the story.

Canterbury Cathedral in crisis

England's Canterbury Cathedral has launched an international fundraising campaign in a effort to raise more than UK£50m necessary for urgent repairs.

Treasures from Kremlin Armoury Museum on display in London

Britannia & Muscovy: English Silver at the Court of the Tsars, an exhibit of rare Elizabethan and Stuart silver and gold from the collections of the Kremlin Armoury Museum, will be featured at London's Gilbert Collection until January 28, 2007.

British history timeline

The website timeref.com is designed to help understand the Middle Ages in Britain (800-1499 C.E.) by way of a timeline, maps and links to related subjects.

Jorvik Viking Festival set for February 2007

Travelers to the north of England may want to mark their calendars for February 14-18, 2007 when the Jorvik Viking Festival takes place in York.

Historic images from above

Now through February 2007, the British Museum presents The Past from Above, an exhibition of aerial photos of archaeological and heritage sites taken by Swiss photographer Georg Gerster.

Seahenge not ready for display until 2008

Seahenge, a 4000-year-old wooden circle which appeared on a beach near Holme, England in 1998, will not be available to be viewed by the public until 2008, according to curators at the Lynn Museum where the artifact is being restored.

Tower of London hires first female Beefeater

For the first time in its 522 year history, the Tower of London will enlist a female Beefeater. The name of the new Yeoman Warder has not been made public, but she was chosen from a group of six applicants, five men and one woman, as the "best candidate for the job."

Chau Daddy!

Hip hop artist Baba Brinkman has found inspiration for his music in an unusual place: the works of 14th century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.