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The Basiliscoe Mercury 261

The Basiliscoe Mercury 261

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

As usual, only one Bazzy in December and it's the annual Christmas edition. Robert the Bruce makes a late run-in in the dead kings contest, a 17th century Dutch wreck gets a name check with Poldark, and a reminder of some of our best books. All this plus lady jousters and the Bazzy Christmas stocking. Back in 2017.

Arms and armour in the news
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

Ice Age hunters in a spot of deforestation
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161201092823.htm

Sexing stone age artists
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/12/13/Sex-of-prehistoric-hand-stencil-artists-can-be-determined-forensic-analysis/9051481639455/

Nomadic Mongolia, past and present
https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/dec/07/archaeology-sheds-light-on-mongolias-uncertain-nomadic-future

Hoard of early medieval horse bits found in Russia
http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2016/12/08/dozens-1300-year-old-horse-bits-russian-archaeological/#axzz4SXOsvpn9

And a horse-shoe from Cork
https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/treasure-trove-of-artifacts-found-under-cork-street-434599.html

Short article on falconry
http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/12/12/follow-the-aquila-the-eagle-huntress-and-the-ancient-history-of-falconry/#66f74e5161c1

Wolves…
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/12/poetics-wolves-mapping-metaphor-world-literature/

Grave stories

Is this the face that launched 1000 schiltrums? Robert the Bruce
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-38242781
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/08/sprucing-up-robert-the-bruce-scottish-kings-face-gets-3d-treatment

Tycho Brache, truly Renaissance science’s golden boy…
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomer-and-alchemist-tycho-brahe-died-full-gold-180961447/

Toenail reveals the truth about the Franklin expedition
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/lasers+toenail+clipping+reveal+franklin+expedition+diet+cause+death/12486169/story.html

Over the wall, through the gunloop

The end of Montezuma’s castle
http://westerndigs.org/new-evidence-reveals-violent-final-days-at-arizonas-montezuma-castle/

Iconic view of Nonsuch Palace saved for the Nation
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/art565864-Henry-VIIIs-lost-palace-of-Nonsuch

Miscellany

Yew trees and archery
http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/the-right-chemistry-the-yew-tree-has-been-a-valuable-weapon

Henry VIII and a treatise on warfare - nice pictures!
http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2012/03/one-that-got-away.html

Tales of the development of the Low Gatebeck Gunpowder Works
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/Risks-of-life-near-a-Cumbrian-gunpowder-mill-d8876bcb-2391-4153-b197-4b8092d19e98-ds

Visit to a Greek gunpowder works at Dimitsana, Arcadia
https://hellenicnews.com/road-greece-open-air-water-power-museum-catherine-tsounis-special-hellenic-news-america/

Sad news indeed - closure of London’s Whitechapel Bell foundry
http://spitalfieldslife.com/2016/12/02/so-long-whitechapel-bell-foundry/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Restoring Bahawalpur's Mughal cannon and its history http://tribune.com.pk/story/1254465/old-times-mughal-era-cannon-vintage-treasure-bahawalpur-city/

Fort Sumner’s Parrot conserved
http://www.guns.com/2016/12/08/fort-sumter-cannon-saved-by-anonymous-donor/

Spanish war cannon restored
http://marblehead.wickedlocal.com/news/20161201/historic-cannon-finds-temporary-home
http://www.itemlive.com/news/marblehead-sticks-to-its-gun/

Cannon balls found in Savannah
http://wsav.com/2016/12/01/cannonball-discovery-reveals-long-history-of-forts-in-savannah/

New Zealand cannon restored
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/87310991/Nelson-Talisman-Sea-Cadet-unit-revel-in-restoration-of-century-old-gun

Rochester’s WI trophy – lost and found
http://www.irondequoitpost.com/news/20161208/case-of-missing-world-war-i-cannon-solved

1909 postcard of cannon from Fort Massachusetts – lovely picture! http://www.sunherald.com/living/article119923763.html

Asian round-up

Updates on the Terracotta warriors (and friends)
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2016-11/28/c_135863600.htm
http://www.livescience.com/25510-terracotta-warriors.html

And they’re coming to the UK in 2018
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/china-s-terracotta-warriors-march-back-into-the-uk/

Early fortifications in Japan
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201611290062.html

Living in the past

Sydney schoolteacher moves to Muscat to improve her jousting
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3988910/Jousting-Sydney-school-teacher-moves-Oman-Middle-East.html

Ladies with poleaxes
http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/87733364/new-plymouth-woman-is-the-best-in-the-world-with-a-poleaxe

Austerlitz refought (spoiler alert - same result)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38199738

Xmas menu in Café Basiliscoe (sadly, mainly alcoholic…)

Beef soup from China…
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2016-12/16/content_27689915.htm

Washed down with British beer through history
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161130-why-the-stone-age-could-be-when-brits-first-brewed-beer

Or cider…
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-origins-apple-cider-180960662/

Or punch
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/dec/19/very-merry-seventeenth-century-punch-recipe-found-in-yorkshire

And an ancient kitchen to cook it all in
http://www.archaeology.org/news/5140-161215-turkey-anatolia-kitchens

Into the 20th century

Japanese navy veteran recalls Pearl Harbor 75 years on http://artdaily.com/news/92242/Japanese-navy-veteran-recalls-Pearl-Harbor-75-years-on#.WEvljDF759A

US guns at Pearl Harbor
https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2016/12/7/remember-pearl-harbor-the-men-and-the-guns/

Middle-east updates

War memorial for the UEA
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/british-artist-idris-khan-creates-uae-s-first-war-memorial/

France takes on war cultural role
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/france-joins-international-treaty-to-protect-cultural-heritage-in-war-zones-/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/france-promise-30m-to-global-fund-for-culture-in-danger-/

Nautical news

France puts in claim to shipwreck linked to lost colony of Fort Caroline
http://jacksonville.com/florida/2016-11-29/france-claims-rights-shipwreck-linked-lost-colony-fort-caroline
http://www.newhistorian.com/shipwreck-changed-history-found-off-florida-coast/7730/

17th century wreck of the Schiedam rediscovered
http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/14963745.Shipwreck_rediscovered_in_the_exact_spot_at_Gunwalloe_where_Poldark_wreck_was_filmed/

Interesting article about 18th century ships on rocks in South Africa: https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/south-africa-colonialism-was-written-stone

James Matthew’s shipwreck off Perth coast, 1841, mapped using 3D modelling
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-11/3d-modelling-used-to-scour-james-matthews-shipwreck-off-perth/8107678

Update on the Franklin ships
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/mysterious-lost-ships-hms-terror-and-erebus-reveal-new-layer-of-clues-in-arctic/2016/11/22/55a1a6de-9628-11e6-bb29-bf2701dbe0a3_story.html?utm_term=.65d6fdcbd724

Nunavut artefacts to go on future Franklin exhibition
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavut_artifacts_going_to_london_ottawa_for_future_franklin_exhibit/

Exploring U-Boat victims off Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/bell-island-shipwreck-study-1.3899921

Australia’s concerns for war grave wrecks off Indonesia
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/12/19/11/36/war-veteran-fears-for-shipwreck-and-war-graves

Museum news and exhibitions

News

How should school children behave in French museums
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/mus-e-d-orsay-engulfed-in-row-over-warders-treatment-of-school-group-during-a-visit-to-the-paris-mus/

New museums

New medieval galleries at Worcester, Massachusetts
http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20161214/worcester-art-museum-celebrates-holidays-and-opening-of-revamped-medieval-galleries

Mathematics gallery in the Science Museum
http://artdaily.com/news/92261/Maths-explored-in-new-Science-Museum-gallery-designed-by-architect-Zaha-Hadid#.WEvkDDF759A

Garda Museum opens in Dublin Castle
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/garda-museum-opens-in-dublin-castle-35289408.html

Conservation corner

Iron Age bloomeries found in Poland
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,412267,mazowieckie-more-than-70-bloomeries-from-2-thousand-years-ago-discovered-in-kanie.html

And Stuart Sutherland
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2016/craggie-bloomery-iron-working-in-late-medieval-sutherland

Update on the Viking tool box found in Denmark
http://www.livescience.com/57063-viking-tools-found-at-mysterious-fortress.html

Austria's race against time to save anti-Nazi film, City Without Our Jews
http://artdaily.com/news/92108/Austria-s-race-against-time-to-save-anti-Nazi-film#.WEFEFTF759A

Objects

16th century jack bought by V&A
http://www.lep.co.uk/news/ex-worden-hall-body-armour-to-be-sold-off-1-8276121
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2016/very-rare-elizabethan-jack-of-plate-armour-bought-by-the-va-at-thomas-del-mar-auction/

Belgian revolver that nearly killed poet Rimbaud fetches 435,000 euros http://artdaily.com/news/92085/Gun-that-nearly-killed-poet-Rimbaud-fetches-435-000-euros#.WD_mTzF759A

Nordenfelt machine gun top seller at Bonhams http://artdaily.com/news/92217/Pioneering-19th-century-machine-gun-top-seller-at-the-Daedalus-Collection-sale-at-Bonhams#.WEvoOTF759A

Gun adverts from Christmas past
http://www.guns.com/2016/12/14/serving-up-a-heaping-helping-of-those-old-gun-ads-photos/

Exhibitions

For the 2018 diary - Charles I’s lost art collection
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/royal-academy-to-reassemble-charles-i-s-art-for-blockbuster-anniversary-show/

Medieval sculpture in Madrid
http://artdaily.com/news/92128/Monographic-exhibition-of-works-by-Master-Mateo-opens-at-the-Prado-Museum#.WEKX4zF759A

Pearl Harbor in Massachusetts
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/remember-pearl-harbor-exhibition-commemorates-75th-anniversary-of-attack/

Books

This looks like a good bet for Christmas:

Trevor Rowley: An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry
http://archeurope.org/@pdf/Bayeux%20Tapestry%20Leaflet.pdf

David Silverman: Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America
http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/120716/ae_1271707348.shtml

Some of the goodies from 2016:

Islamic Arms and Armor in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
http://store.metmuseum.org/art-history+reference/islamic-arms-and-armor-in-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art/invt/80030235?utm_source=mainmuseum&utm_medium=metmuseum.org&utm_content=islamic+arms+and+armor+in+the+metropolitan+museum+of+art+80030235&utm_campaign=islamic+arms+and+armor+in+the+metropolitan+museum+of+art

A. V. B. Norman and Ian Eaves: Arms & Armour in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen; Volume I: European Armour
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/A/bo24173694.html
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arms-Armour-Collection-Majesty-The-Queen/dp/190568648X

Thom Richardson: The Tower Armoury in the Fourteenth Century
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/royal-armouries-publications/royal-armouries-publications/the-tower-armoury-in-the-fourteenth-century-by-thom-richardson.html

Online Book

Online Australian edition of IJNA
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1095-9270.1973.tb00517.x/epdf

Virtual books at the BL
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks/index.html#

All the reports from the Ho Group on medieval gunpowder in one place
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/fieldsofconflict/Hogroup.html

Popular culture

The Great Wall
http://www.thegreatwallmovie.com/

New film on Dunkirk
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/dec/14/christoper-nolan-dunkirk-first-full-trailer-tom-hardy-mark-rylance

And Journey’s End
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/dec/18/journeys-end-war-film-that-women-want-rc-sherriff-conflict-trauma

The Eagle Huntress
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/dec/18/the-eagle-huntress-review-documentary-mongolia

Anna Stothard: The Museum of Cathy
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/16/the-museum-of-cathy-by-anna-stothard-review

Websites and downloads

1066 etc Courtly love
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/12/undercutting-fabric-courtly-love-tokens-love-wolfram-von-eschenbachs-parzival/

Finally - the Bazzy Christmas stocking

Gun adverts from Christmas past
http://www.guns.com/2016/12/14/serving-up-a-heaping-helping-of-those-old-gun-ads-photos/

Disney Castle’s medieval origins
http://www.countrylife.co.uk/culture/designed-disneys-castle-144071

Gaming for historians
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/12/gaming-history-computer-video-games-historical-scholarship/

Graphic novel take on a secret mission to the US and Canada in WW2
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3b77hv

Game about trebuchets and castles
http://www.gamesgames.com/game/castle-clout

A few Magazines to leaf through - all the ICOMAM MAGAZINES online in one place
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

Christmas in Medieval York
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/11/think-todays-christmas-stressful-try-organizing-medieval-one/

This fortnight we tweeted the longest cannons we have seen - 5 metres & counting…
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Merry Christmas!

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 20 December 2016

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