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The Basiliscoe Mercury 263

The Basiliscoe Mercury 263

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Most interesting reading this week is about the updating of armours in Velasquez’s royal portraits. Otherwise we have 16th century wrecks off the US, a submarine off Wales, Josephine’s wardrobe, the Army Museum’s new displays & prize-winning books. Finally a beautiful article on the Almain Armourers Album - a real treat.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Setting fire to Iron Age hill forts

How to drive a Roman chariot

Fragments of armour and weapons found in Montfort Castle of the Teutonic Knights

Trellech - a medieval Welsh weapons factory?

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Humans responsible for destroying the fauna of Australia

Medieval horse head found in the Colosseum

Rewilding the Auruch

Grave stories

Studying the graves from the Jacobin convent - possibly not to be read with breakfast

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Worry over future (or even survival) of Crac de Chevaliers

Tower houses in Scotland and Ireland

The fate of Rattray Castle - a warning not to play cards on a Sunday

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Casting pit found in the Kremlin - pictures

Virginia Military Institute’s 1848 cadet battery back on display - pictures

An official cannon for Texas?

Back to the front

Archaeologists and metal detectorists find common ground over the Pequot War of 1637

A portrait, gunpowder and the American Revolution

18 abandoned forts in the Medway – photographs

Civil War trench investigated in Fredericksburg

Café Basiliscoe

Smoked goat, Stone Age style

Roasting pit's 1600 year old meat ready soon….

Into the 20th century

The heroic Polish artillery bear (and Edinburgh Zoo)

WWII-era torpedo safely detonated off Vero Beach - video and photos

World Heritage

Article about 19th century photographs of Korea

Isis destroys tetrapylon monument in Palmyra

Tipu Sultan and his rockets

Nautical news

Update on the 1559 Pensacola Bay wreck

And 16th century wreck off Florida?

Update on Cape Fear River cannon

New images of Resurgam submarine

Survey of HMS Vanguard, veteran of Jutland, undertaken

Museum news and exhibitions


Preserving Auschwitz for future generations

The future of Britain’s regimental museums’ funding

Redeveloped National Army Museum to open in March

Museum developments

Exercising and museum visiting combined (and in Vogue, too!)

The importance of history in China

Conservation corner

Faking the Terracotta Army

A very intriguing read for armour historians! Velázquez and armour in portraits


Export bar placed on Clive of India's flask and huqqa set

Flag for sale

Weapons of WWI

Finds from Sobibor death camp linked to Anne Frank

American presidents and their portraits


Josephine’s wardrobe at Malmaison

Lorenzo Lotto in Bergamo

Hunting weapons in Tula

'Conflict and Consequence: Photographing War and Its Aftermath' opens at Sheldon Museum of Art

Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Tokyo


Hans Prunner: The Gwynn Collection: A Lifetime Passion for Antique Arms and Armour

Steven Muhlberger, Charny’s Men-at-Arms: Questions Concerning The Joust, Tournaments and War

Daniel Jaquet, Karin Verelst & Timothy George Dawson: Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries)

Martin Pegler: Colt Single-Action Revolvers

Peter Kidd: 500 Years: Treasures from the Library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Two prize-winners from 2016

Tonio Andrade: The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History

Michael Livingston & Kelly DeVries: The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook

Online book

Sir Guy Laking & F H Cripps-Day: A record of European armour and arms through seven centuries vols 1-5

Popular culture

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Hacksaw Ridge

Play about the Narvik campaign

Viceroy’s House

A world without guns



30 June-1 July 2017 National Civil War Centre
Newark Military History Conference

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: Medieval Islam & Castle Rushen


Lovely piece about the digitalization of the Almain Armourers Album

This fortnight we tweeted poems for Sad Times

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 24 January 2017

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