CMH Forum

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

Ancient Scythian tomb identified

Viking settlement in Cork identified - part of saddle found

Hunting round the world and through the ages

Hunting with the first Nations in Yukon

Europe’s forests in decline

Grave stories

Lord Lovat not in the grave after all

Where to find the tombs of British monarchs

In the lists

Dangerous tournaments

Through the arrow-slit . . .

French chateau for sale

Medieval castle found in Galway

New use for 16th century Czech Nelahozeves castle

Nice feature on Bolsover castle

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Alamo cannon returns

Cannon balls of New Zealand and their stories

Long article about bollards – not much cannon content

Café Basiliscoe - today’s specials


... washed down with Bronze Age beer


Robert the Bruce's sword (possibly) goes on public display in Edinburgh

Umbrella sword - what could possibly go wrong?

Culloden and its aftermath

Princesses and Amazons

New book on the Jungle queen

Frocks fit for queens

Nautical news

Last American slave ship found?

Update on the wrecks from the Java Seas

Museum news and exhibitions


The Bayeux tapestry may be coming to England…

Royal Armouries take over commercial wing

US army hands over Springfield collection to the National Parks service

Military museums round the world

New director at the National Army Museum

Surely there is a film or novel in here somewhere: spies, China, Christies, DaVinci….

Culloden and its aftermath

New museums

Livrustkammaren closed for new displays

Washington Museum wins design award

New museums and galleries for 2018

Museum developments

New app developed for the Smithsonian

Museum musings

Old perennial - should museums display human remains?

This week in statues: Columbus, Netherlands


A 17th century Spanish atlas

What Nelson’s flag fragment went for - a spoiler - lots…

Louisiana museum gets stolen gun back after 35 years


French renaissance drawings in London

Charles I at London

Georgian satire and pots in London

Flemish baroque in NY

WWI posters in Connecticut

Pastels in LA

Medieval and renaissance manuscripts in Chicago


Pre-order: The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship: Royal Armouries MS I.33

Steven J. Zaloga: The Anti-Tank Rifle

Recent Ospreys

Online books

Online Getty publications

For example:

Kevin Salatino: Incendiary Art: The Representation of Fireworks in Early Modern Europe

Edited by Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick: Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe

Elizabeth Cropper: Pontormo: Portrait of a Halberdier

Popular culture

Padmaavat finally gets a release

The Royal Collections - season of tv programmes,

Watch an excerpt with Simon Metcalf & Prince Henry’ armour here: )

Websites and downloads

On the trail of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

1066 etc: Crusades, parrots, King Arthur, Clontarf & Robert the Bruce

Focus on Stockholm

Historiska Museet

The Vasa Museum

The Medieval Museum


This fortnight I tweeted a selection of pictures from my Stockholm visit

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 28 January 2018

Some people have asked me about making a contribution to the Newsletter – if you would like to support us, you can make a donation here through our Paypal account – see here for details:

CMH Minuteman

To Join the Company of Military Historians click here

CMH Minuteman