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The Basiliscoe Mercury 281

The Basiliscoe Mercury 281

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Unsurprisingly since we are so close to Hallowe’en, a large number of grave stores, and other related pieces scattered throughout. Fireworks and gunpowder feature, too. Otherwise exhibitions about spies and code-breakers, Flemish portraits and stories about Indian cannons.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Oldest flint axe in NW Europe - from Norfolk!
http://museumcrush.org/the-happisburgh-hand-axe-the-oldest-hand-axe-in-north-west-europe/

Iron making in Alexander the Great’s empire in Bulgaria.
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2017/10/23/archaeologists-find-alexander-great-lysimachus-iron-making-center-strategos-residence-thracian-mound-southeast-bulgaria/

Update on Thracian chariots
https://www.livescience.com/60678-thracian-chariot-on-reddit-explained.html
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Grave stories

Update on Germany’s Bronze Age battlefield
https://www.livescience.com/60739-europe-oldest-battlefield-yields-secrets.html
http://www.dw.com/en/what-europes-most-ancient-battlefield-reveals/a-40872262

Violence in the Andes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/pacopampa-peru-andes-archaeology-ritual-violence-skeletons-ancient-civilization-discovery-torture-a8011076.html

Explore Rothwell’s charnel house at your leisure…
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/englands-best-surviving-medieval-charnel-chapel-now-accessible-new-3d-model/

Dealing with the dead on medieval battlefields
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/dead-medieval-battles-preliminary-survey/

Memorialised on a biscuit tin
http://museumcrush.org/grave-marker-made-from-zulu-wars-biscuit-box-saved-by-bourne-hall-museum/

Those who enjoy this section might be interested in this book on 19th century surgery
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/12/the-butchering-art-by-lindsey-fitzharris-review

Miscellany

Early for Christmas, but nice French castle for sale, at a very reasonable price…
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/castle-sale-montaiguillon/

France launch appeal to buy Francis I’s book of hours
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/book-of-hours-set-to-leave-britain

Princesses and Amazons

Portrait of Mary Queen of Scot’s identified
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/27/secret-portrait-of-mary-queen-of-scots-lost-for-centuries-goes-on-display

Mata Hari: 100 years since her death
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41595828
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/arts/mata-hari-netherlands.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Saratoga’s new cannon leaves a bad smell
https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/10/25/cannon-drum-as-saratoga-museum-adds-utica-artifact-to-collection
http://www.uticaod.com/news/20171021/historic-utica-cannon-quietly-moves-to-new-home

Four cannons found in Visakhapatnam, India
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/4-cannons-unearthed-in-vizag-school/articleshow/61254254.cms
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/271017/visakhapatnam-british-era-cannons-found-at-queen-mary-school.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGjz6yx6uho

Things that go Bang…

Fireworks in India
http://indianexpress.com/article/research/a-crackling-history-of-fireworks-in-india-4890178/

Fireworks in Indonesia - not so happy
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/26/indonesia-fireworks-factory-explosion-jakarta-indonesia

Hatfield and its connection to the Gunpowder plot
http://www.whtimes.co.uk/what-s-on/community-events/gunpowder-plot-kit-harington-guy-fawkes-night-hatfield-1-5255805

Living in the past

How to bring up a baby samurai
https://www.livescience.com/60738-ancient-samurai-book-reveals-warrior-rules.html

Jousting today
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/modern-world-medieval-sport/

Café Basiliscoe: on this week’s menu

Stone Age banquets
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/19/stonehenge-builders-feasted-animals-scotland-feast-exhibition

Viking haggis
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12070076/Scotlands-national-dish-is-an-imposter-and-was-invented-by-Vikings-claims-master-butcher.html

Or Mameluke mutton
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/delectable-war-mutton-refreshments-market-place-rereading-curious-tale-mamluk-era/

Washed down with cider
https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/the-history-of-hard-cider-from-the-old-testament-to-the-apple-orchard

Nautical news

Update on the Esmerelda - mainly the astrolabe – with some nonsense about it being the oldest astrolabe ever…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41724022
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/navigation-tool-astrolabe-vasco-da-gama-shipwreck-esmeralda-spd/

Ottoman guns raised for Antalya Museum
http://sabahdai.ly/UDG82g

UK hand Franklin’s ships over to Canada
http://artdaily.com/news/99765/Britain-to-gift-Arctic-shipwrecks-to-Canada

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Benin bronzes to be returned to Nigeria
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/looted-benin-bronzes-to-be-lent-back-to-nigeria

Trouble in the museum world of Abu Dhabi
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-ends-loan-deal-with-abu-dhabi

New museums

Vienna’s World Museum re-opens
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/vienna's-new-look-weltmuseum-takes-on-colonialism

Museum musings

Protecting culture under fire
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/uk's-cultural-protection-fund-makes-headway-in-conflict-zones

This week in statues - Theodor Roosevelt under attack
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/activists-deface-american-museum-of-natural-history's-theodore-roosevelt-monument

Conservation corner

Reconstructing Henry V’s helm
http://www.wallacecollection.org/collections/exhibition/131

TLC for the bed of Frederick of Prussia
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/king-frederick-i-of-prussia's-bed-gets-the-royal-treatment-in-berlin

Exhibitions

Code breaking in Cambridge
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/whatson/codebreakers-and-groundbreakers

Rembrandt in Norwich
http://artdaily.com/news/99719/Major-exhibition-of-prints--paintings-and-drawings-by-Rembrandt-opens-in-Norwich-#.WfGi0DFe59A

Netherlands portraits in Edinburgh
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/exhibition/art-and-analysis-two-netherlandish-painters-working-jacobean-scotland

Visiting Versailles
http://www.chateauversailles.fr/actualites/expositions/visiteurs-versailles-1682-1789#l'exposition

Pourbus in Bruges
http://artdaily.com/news/99561/Exhibition-at-Groeningemuseum-focuses-on-the-last-of-the-Flemish-Primitives--Pieter-Pourbus#.WeW-VDFe59A

Mata Hari in Leeuwarden
http://artdaily.com/news/99747/Largest-ever-Mata-Hari-exhibition-on-view-at-the-Museum-of-Friesland

Rubens in Vienna
http://artdaily.com/news/99558/Kunsthistorisches-Museum-opens-a-major-exhibition-entitled---147-Rubens--The-Power-of-Transformation--148-#.WeW-CTFe59A

Marie Antoinette and Count Fersen in Stockholm
http://livrustkammaren.se/sv/utstallningar/i-love-you-madly

Vermeer and co in Washington
http://artdaily.com/news/99673/Exhibition-brings-to-light-relationships-between-Vermeer-and-his-contemporaries#.WfGm5TFe59A

Books

Kim Hjardar & Vegard Vike: Vikings at War
https://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/vikings-at-war.html

Tim Jenkins & Rachael Abbiss (eds): Fortress Salopia
http://www.helion.co.uk/new-and-forthcoming-titles/fortress-salopia-exploring-shropshire-s-military-history-from-the-prehistoric-period-to-the-twentieth-century-2016-conference-proceedings.html

New books at Ken Trotman
https://kentrotman.co.uk/new-books/

Online book

More fireworks than you can shake a leg at: BL’s renaissance festival books to explore
https://www.bl.uk/treasures/festivalbooks/homepage.html

Popular culture

A match made in heaven - Napoleon and Rodin
http://artdaily.com/news/99756/The-forgotten-history-of-Rodin-s-Napoleon--found-in-New-Jersey#.WfGdcTFe59A

Cai Guo-Qiang and gunpowder art in Madrid
http://artdaily.com/news/99754/Gunpowder-and-explosive-art-as-Prado-museum-hosts-Chinese-artist-Cai-Guo-Qiang

Gunpowder serial on BBC
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-10-21/gunpowder-guy-fawkes-bbc/

Mail back in fashion
https://www.ft.com/content/4ef279fc-6c6b-11e7-b9c7-15af748b60d0

Events

Diary Dates

Events at the Wallace
http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson

Events in Dublin
https://www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events

Events at the Historial
http://www.historial.org/

Events in Vienna
http://www.hgm.at/

Events at the Met
https://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs

Conferences

6 November 2017 London
Visible Identities: Symbolic Codes from Personal Heraldry to Corporate Logos
https://www.sal.org.uk/events/2017/11/visible-identities/

15-17 November 2017, Canterbury
Black Prince Conference
https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/whats-on/event/blackprinceconference/

Sales, fairs and auctions

30 October 2017 New York
Arts of the Samurai
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24721/

31 October 2017 London, Knightsbridge
Important Instruments of Science & Technology
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24096/

6-17 November Munich
Catalogue for Hermann Historica now online
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/Auktionen/Laufende

Websites and downloads

Portugal’s Maritime Museum
http://ccm.marinha.pt/pt/museu/

Latest from Les Invalides: Le magazine du musée
http://www.musee-armee.fr/actualites/le-magazine-du-musee.html

Illustrated article about guns associated with British India
https://wiki.fibis.org/w/Historic_Guns_of_British_India

1066 etc: Renaissance warfare, Vikings in winter & medieval ghosts

http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/nineteenth-century-memory-renaissance-italian-warfare-ercole-ricotti-jacob-burckhardt/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/winter-camp-viking-great-army-ad-872-3-torksey-lincolnshire/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/10/medieval-ghosts-can-tell-us-afterlife/

Finally a ghost story for Hallowe’en

The stalls of Barchester by MR James
http://www.thin-ghost.org/items/show/155

And a tribute to the late Robert Hardy who starred in the TV adaption
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFHkSCSrtfY

This fortnight we tweeted visits to East Anglia
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 30 October 2017

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