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The Basiliscoe Mercury 286

The Basiliscoe Mercury 286

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

French chateau for sale, Robert the Bruce’s sword, the Bayeux tapestry on the move and further news on the story of the Indonesian wrecks. A good sprinkling of Scottish stories and Simon Metcalf on TV with Prince Henry’s armour.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Round up of finds, including weapons from the glaciers
http://secretsoftheice.com/news/2017/09/25/2017-fieldwork/

Ancient Scythian tomb identified
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180111090243.htm

Viking settlement in Cork identified - part of saddle found
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/viking-centre-discovered-in-cork-city-predates-waterford-settlement-1.3350654

Hunting round the world and through the ages

Hunting with the first Nations in Yukon
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/archaeologist-ice-patches-copper-arrowhead-yukon-first-nations-1.4485895

Europe’s forests in decline
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/europe-s-lost-forests-study-shows-coverage-has-halved-over-6-000-years

Grave stories

Lord Lovat not in the grave after all
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jan/19/headless-body-is-not-scottish-clan-chief-simon-fraser-experts

Where to find the tombs of British monarchs
http://museumcrush.org/britains-best-places-to-see-burial-locations-of-the-english-monarchs/

In the lists

Dangerous tournaments
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/not-fun-games-dangers-medieval-tournament/

Through the arrow-slit . . .

French chateau for sale
https://www.thelocal.fr/20180112/french-chateau-where-richard-the-lion-heart-was-slain-on-sale-for-1-million

Medieval castle found in Galway
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/galway-s-missing-13th-century-castle-found-in-medieval-quarter-1.3356465

New use for 16th century Czech Nelahozeves castle http://theartnewspaper.com/news/masterplan-revealed-for-nelahozeves-restoration

Nice feature on Bolsover castle
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/our-yorkshire/heritage/aristocrat-who-really-wanted-to-be-a-royal-comedian-1-8948404

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Alamo cannon returns
https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Alamo-cannons-return-after-cleaning-treatment-12519911.php
http://www.newswise.com/articles/conservation-efforts-reveal-new-details-about-alamo-cannons

Cannon balls of New Zealand and their stories
https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/lifestyle/100677732/arthur-fryer-the-cannons-and-their-rousing-reports

Long article about bollards – not much cannon content
https://www.citymetric.com/fabric/how-does-humble-street-bollard-connect-napoleon-carillion-welsh-devolution-3614

Café Basiliscoe - today’s specials

Auroch…
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2018/01/14/extinct-wild-cattle-aurochs-survived-13th-14th-century-todays-bulgaria-bones-medieval-rusocastro-fortress-show/

... washed down with Bronze Age beer
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6287-180119-greece-beer-brewing

Miscellany

Robert the Bruce's sword (possibly) goes on public display in Edinburgh
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/15/robert-bruce-sword-knighted-robert-burns-put-display/

Umbrella sword - what could possibly go wrong?
https://patch.com/washington/kirkland/armed-individual-investigation-underway-kirkland-hospital

Culloden and its aftermath
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/battle-culloden-scottish-national-portrait-gallery-part-1-prelude/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/battle-culloden-scottish-national-portrait-gallery-part-2-battle-aftermath/

Princesses and Amazons

New book on the Jungle queen
https://scroll.in/magazine/864437/ursula-the-jungle-queen-the-extraordinary-story-of-the-englishwoman-who-led-naga-soldiers-in-wwii
https://thenortheasttoday.com/5-facts-to-know-about-the-naga-jungle-queen-ursula-graham-bower-and-her-jungle-warriors/

Frocks fit for queens
http://museumcrush.org/bath-fashion-museum-rocks-royal-frocks-from-the-late-victorian-era-to-the-mid-twentieth-century/

Nautical news

Last American slave ship found?
https://articles.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2018/01/alcom_reporter_may_have_found.amp

Update on the wrecks from the Java Seas
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/22/bodies-of-second-world-war-sailors-in-java-sea-dumped-in-mass-grave

Museum news and exhibitions

News

The Bayeux tapestry may be coming to England…
http://artdaily.com/news/101813/President-Emmanuel-Macron-will-offer-to-loan-Bayeux-Tapestry-to-United-Kingdom#.WmhV4zEiF9A
http://artdaily.com/news/101844/The-Courtauld-Gallery-opens-first-exhibition-dedicated-to-the-drawings-of-Antoine-Caron#.WmhUITEiF9A

Royal Armouries take over commercial wing
https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/armouries-commercial-wing-snapped-up-in-deal-1-8973859

US army hands over Springfield collection to the National Parks service
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/us_army_formally_transfers_own.html

Military museums round the world
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180105-the-worlds-unusual-military-museums

New director at the National Army Museum
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/11/decorated-iraq-veteran-take-charge-national-army-museum-accusations/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_fb

Surely there is a film or novel in here somewhere: spies, China, Christies, DaVinci….
http://artdaily.com/news/101835/Arrested-former-CIA-agent-was-security-guard-at-Christie-s-in-Hong-Kong#.WmhTCDEiF9A

Culloden and its aftermath
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/battle-culloden-scottish-national-portrait-gallery-part-1-prelude/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/battle-culloden-scottish-national-portrait-gallery-part-2-battle-aftermath/

New museums

Livrustkammaren closed for new displays
http://livrustkammaren.se/en/exhibitions/new-permanent-exhibition
http://livrustkammaren.se/en/visit/permanent-exihibition

Washington Museum wins design award
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jan/25/david-adjaye-black-history-museum-wins-design-of-the-year-nmaahc

New museums and galleries for 2018
http://theartnewspaper.com/preview/museum-openings-january-2018

Museum developments

New app developed for the Smithsonian
http://artdaily.com/news/101799/Smithsonian-s-Freer-Sackler-launches-new-location-aware-audio-tour-app#.WmhVRDEiF9A

Museum musings

Old perennial - should museums display human remains?
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/should-museums-display-human-remains-from-other-cultures

This week in statues: Columbus, Netherlands
http://artdaily.com/news/101719/New-York-City-to-keep-Christopher-Columbus-statue-after--hate--review#.WlsfjzEiF9A
http://artdaily.com/news/101710/Sculpture-of-a-Bashkir-horseman-installed-on-the-shores-of-River-IJssel-#.WlsgbTEiF9A
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/new-york-city-to-move-one-controversial-monument-while-others-remain
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/25/dutch-museum-row-reopens-debate-colonial-legacy-mauritshuis-hague

Objects

A 17th century Spanish atlas
https://www.sal.org.uk/museum-collection/unlocking-our-collections/

What Nelson’s flag fragment went for - a spoiler - lots…
http://artdaily.com/news/101817/Nelson-s-Trafalgar-Union-Jack-sells-for--pound-297-000-at-Sotheby-s-London#.WmhWVTEiF9A

Louisiana museum gets stolen gun back after 35 years
http://www.guns.com/2018/01/09/historic-battle-of-new-orleans-rifle-stolen-35-years-ago-returned-to-museum-video/

Exhibitions

French renaissance drawings in London
http://artdaily.com/news/101844/The-Courtauld-Gallery-opens-first-exhibition-dedicated-to-the-drawings-of-Antoine-Caron#.WmhUITEiF9A

Charles I at London
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/charles-i-exhibition-the-newspapers-respond

Georgian satire and pots in London
http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/pots_with_attitude.aspx

Flemish baroque in NY
http://artdaily.com/news/101888/Three-Flemish-Baroque-masters-featured-in-a-new-exhibition-at-The-Morgan#.WmhRyDEiF9A

WWI posters in Connecticut
http://artdaily.com/news/101859/Exhibition-of-American-posters-of-the-First-World-War-opens-at-the-Bruce-Museum#.WmhSkTEiF9A

Pastels in LA
http://artdaily.com/news/101767/Exhibition-takes-a-close-look-at-how-eighteenth-century-pastels-were-made#.Wl3DAzEiF9A

Medieval and renaissance manuscripts in Chicago
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/exhibition-medieval-manuscripts-opening-art-institute-chicago/

Books

Pre-order: The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship: Royal Armouries MS I.33
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/royal-armouries-publications-en/the-medieval-art-of-swordsmanship-royal-armouries-ms-i.33.html

Steven J. Zaloga: The Anti-Tank Rifle https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/the-anti-tank-rifle

Recent Ospreys
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month

Online books

Online Getty publications
http://www.getty.edu/publications/occasional-papers/

For example:

Kevin Salatino: Incendiary Art: The Representation of Fireworks in Early Modern Europe
http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/0892364173.html?title=incendiary&imprint=gtrs?imprint=gtrs&pg=2&res=20

Edited by Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick: Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe
http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/0892367040.html

Elizabeth Cropper: Pontormo: Portrait of a Halberdier
http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/0892363665.html?imprint=jpgt&pg=4&res=20

Popular culture

Padmaavat finally gets a release
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/25/padmaavat-review-sanjay-leela-bhansali-deepika-padukone-shahid-kapoor

The Royal Collections - season of tv programmes, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1YnlzCkcy5n9wn0Tjrn7XMQ/about-the-royal-collection-season

Watch an excerpt with Simon Metcalf & Prince Henry’ armour here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05sjg4b )

Websites and downloads

On the trail of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
http://ebook.jacobitetrail.co.uk/?hootPostID=27c922daa8cbf5f40885ef50abbb3aa1

1066 etc: Crusades, parrots, King Arthur, Clontarf & Robert the Bruce
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/venices-need-settling-byzantine-question-conquest-fourth-crusades-second-siege-constantinople-early-1204/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/parrot-tricked-knight/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/arthur-giant-mont-saint-michel-creation-folktale/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/modern-mathematics-used-solve-question-medieval-war/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/king-glory-robert-scotland-1306-29-holy-week-consecration-st-andrews-cathedral/

Focus on Stockholm

Historiska Museet
http://historiska.se/home/
http://historiska.se/utstallningar/medieval-massacre/
http://historiska.se/utstallningar/medieval-tones/

The Vasa Museum
https://www.vasamuseet.se/en
https://www.vasamuseet.se/en/exhibitions/battle

The Medieval Museum
http://medeltidsmuseet.stockholm.se/in-english/exhibitions/
http://medeltidsmuseet.stockholm.se/in-english/exhibitions/slussen-below-the-surface/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted a selection of pictures from my Stockholm visit
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 28 January 2018

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