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The Basiliscoe Mercury 278

The Basiliscoe Mercury 278

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

This week’s Bazzy delayed due to tour of German museums with colleagues, but some of those visits have filtered into the newsletter items. Otherwise, a cracking Bazzy, with Roman weapons, Viking swords, bodies in Swiss glaciers, wreck updates and new books from Germany.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Neanderthals show how clever they were by gluing their weapons together

Roman military equipment excavated near Hadrian's Wall

Feature on the Guisborough Roman helmet - pictures

Viking sword found in Norwegian mountains

Hunting round the world and through the ages

Fishing in ancient Taiwan

Grave stories

Bodies & their weapons found in Swiss glaciers - stunning pictures of wheellock & rapier

Fascinating piece on Westminster Abbey’s royal funeral effigies

Mass graves found near Vinegar Hill, Ireland

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Exploring a Hospitallers’ estate

Medieval castle and blast furnace for sale in Shropshire

Update on Hull blockhouse fortifications

Princesses and Amazons

Viking woman in warrior grave raises problems…

And more on women warriors

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Raising funds for new carriages for two Civil War cannon

World War I cannons dedicated at Fort Howard, Baltimore County

The story of the Fremont cannon and the feud

A history of rocket technology

Round the world

Walking the Great Wall of China

Interesting piece about Afghanistan and its place in history - lots of pics

Another week, another neglected Indian fort

Saigo Takamori: The Last Samurai?

Smuggling antique pistols out of Egypt foiled - picture
Café Basiliscoe

Medieval diet


13th century psalter acquired by British Library - nice knights!

Yorkshire schoolgirl finds a sword in the water on holiday - don’t get excited….

Piracy and bankers - we all knew there was a connection…

Archaeologists discover coins hidden from the Swedes in 30 Years War,459512,czluchow-archaeologists-discovered-coins-hidden-from-the-swedes--more-than-350-years-ago.html

Into the 20th century

Exhibition on one WW1 officer in Parliament

Cache of old guns and parts found in Somerset river

Metal-detecting on battlefields in Eastern Europe

Archaeologists attempt to unite dog tags with families from RAF base in Norfolk

Remembering Mikhail Kalashnikov in Moscow with 30ft-high statue.

Nautical news

Update on the shipwrecks located in the Black Sea

Update on the Bom Jesus lost off Namibia, 1533

Remains of Sweden’s Sceptre, built 1615, identified in Stockholm

Update on the Rooswijk

Interesting article inspired by Capt Cook’s Endeavour cannon

Investigating the fate of Jean François de Galaup, Comte de La Pérouse and his crew, disappeared 1788

Two cannon recovered from the Mercedes

Update on the Franklin expedition

Just when you think they have solved how the Hunley sank….

The sinking of USS San Diego

Another week, another U-boat found; this time off Belgium, WWI vintage

Prototype for Canada's secret plane found in Great Lake

Museum news and exhibitions


Met named number 1 museum in world

Houston museums re-open…

..while Florida museums assess the damage's-wake

New museums

British Museum plan major new redisplays

Conservation corner

Stolen Guercini badly damaged

Restoring historic firearms


Scythians in London

Napoleon in Arras

Goya portraits in Madrid

Flemish portraits in The Hague


Willers, Johannes et al: Kaiserburg-Museum des Germanischen Nationalmuseums. Führer durch die Schausammlung.

Wilfried Baumann: Katalog der Stiftung Baumann (CD rom)

Tomaz Lazar: Late-Medieval Artillery in Slovenia: A Study of Two Early Artillery Pieces from the Regional Museum Ptuj-Ormoz

Holger Schuckelt: The Turkish Chamber: Oriental Splendour in the Dresden Armoury

Online texts

Craig Nakashian: “A New kind of monster … part-monk, part-knight”: the paradox of clerical militarism in the Middle Ages

Daniel Franke: Beyond the Medieval military revolution: Robert Ufford, Earl of Suffolk, and the wars of England 1298–1369

Popular culture

Their Finest…- very absorbing film about propaganda in the Second World War, now available on DVD- both funny and sad

Munich by Robert Harris



14 October 2017 Hindlip Hall
The Black Powder Ordnance: A conference on safe use
Contact Roger Emmerson for details:

15-17 November 2017, Canterbury
Black Prince Conference

Sales Fairs and auctions

Preview for Hermann Historica

30 September Olympia Arms Fair

Websites and downloads

Jagdschloss Kranichstein Museum

1066 etc: Templars, Charles the Bold, horses, & Greek Fire


This next fortnight I will be tweeting German museums, castles and forts!

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 22 September 2017

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