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The Basiliscoe Mercury 287

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Strangest story of the week, the bronze-sword wielded during the Irish rebellion in 1798, now on view in Canada! Canada features strongly with what sounds like a wonderful exhibition in Montreal on the court of Napoleon and discovery of ancient hunting weapons. Beyond the maple leaves, we have Viking skeletons, new book on jousting armour by Toby Capwell and fortifications in Asia. And, finally, a warning for over eager swordsmiths.

Ancient arms

Reconstructing ancient hunting weapons and their effects
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/reconstructing-an-ancient-lethal-weapon

Bronze-age sword used in 1798 Irish rebellion on show in Canada…
https://www.independent.ie/regionals/newrossstandard/news/1798-sword-gets-pride-of-place-in-ottawa-expo-36544184.html

Copper-tipped hunting weapon from Canada
https://www.archaeology.org/news/6316-180131-copper-barbed-antler

Following Mammoth tracks in Oregon
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoo-ato021218.php

Grave stories

Identifying the great Viking army in a mass burial in Repton
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uob-rdr020118.php

Scanning Scottish grave slabs
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/high-tech-scans-reveal-secrets-medieval-burial-stones-scotland/

Medieval stories

Medieval chess piece found in Norway
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/medieval-chess-piece-discovered-norway/

Conserving painted glass - picture 4 is a nice medieval knight in glass
http://www.malverngazette.co.uk/news/15907606.Medieval_stained_glass_of_Birtsmorton_Church_can_now_be_restored_after_appeal_success/#gallery3

Searching for Barnet battlefield
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/barnet-ongoing-archaeological-search-greater-londons-medieval-battlefield/

Cooking in castles
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/god-sends-meate-devill-sends-cookes-cooks-working-french-english-great-households-c-1350-c-1650/

Short illustrated feature about Uppsala Slot
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/uppsala-slott-5-things-know-one-swedens-greatest-castles/

Investigating Norwich Castle
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norwich-castle-13-5m-project-unveiled-1-5387909

Miscellany

Feature on alchemy
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/30/this-chemist-is-unlocking-the-secrets-of-alchemy/?utm_term=.065d0cc501d1

Portrait of Henry VIII discovered to date from the Tudor period
http://museumcrush.org/baths-mystery-henry-viii-painting-is-dated-to-the-tudor-period/

World Heritage

The rise and fall of the Dutch in Dhaka
http://www.thedailystar.net/in-focus/the-rise-and-fall-the-dutch-dhaka-1530046

Exploring the French fort of Pondicherry
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/puducherry/remains-of-18th-century-fort-excavated-in-pondy/articleshow/62656888.cms

Ancient cannon found in Aliabad
http://toi.in/UvlwwY/a24gk

Chennampalle fort at Thuggali mandal - cannon balls found in excavation http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/1970-01-01/No-treasure-but-cannon-balls-found-in-excavation/356909

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Update on the Alamo guns
http://tpr.org/post/restoration-alamo-cannons-reveals-hidden-artifacts

Kansas’s missing cannon
http://www.leavenworthtimes.com/news/20180207/statue-cannon-lost-to-history

Martinsville’s Historic Henry County Courthouse & Rodman’s cannon
http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/looking-back-on-southside-rodman-and-the-courthouse-cannons/article_8567c3dd-42d0-5235-ac8e-dd0d0766bbe4.html

Café Basiliscoe: this week’s menu

Feta cheese
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/29/the-ancient-greek-roots-of-feta-cheese/

To accompany the bread and beer of the Pharaohs
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ancient-buildings-used-making-beer-bread-discovered-egypts-tel-edfu-region-1659779

Into the 20th century

Women in WWI at the IWM
http://museumcrush.org/womenswork100-inside-imperial-war-museums-womens-work-collection/

WWII bunker preserved under Paris station
http://artdaily.com/news/102234/Preserved-in-time--WWII-bunker-hidden-under-Paris-train-station#.WnmlVzEiF9A

Nautical news

More wrecks identified in the Baltic - includes a cog
https://www.thelocal.se/20180126/swedish-divers-find-two-new-incredible-shipwrecks-in-the-baltic-sea

Virtual tour of the Normans Bay wreck now available
https://www.bexhillobserver.net/news/video-virtual-tour-explores-norman-s-bay-ship-wreck-1-8369103

Russian and Swedish wrecks off Finland's southern coast
https://yle.fi/uutiset/10058281

Gun barrels returned to USS New Jersey
http://www.snjtoday.com/story/37376172/historic-gun-barrels-return-to-uss-battleship-new-jersey#.Wn2YfNz_2C0.twitter

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Louvre tackles Nazi looters
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-shines-a-light-on-nazi-loot
http://artdaily.com/news/102440/France-hands-back-Nazi-looted-art-by-Flemish-master-Joachim-Patinir-to-Jewish-family#.WoKxjzEiF9A

Funding for American arts and culture under threat
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/trump-wants-to-axe-nea-and-other-culture-agencies-again

New museums

New museum of ancient Greek technology opens in Athens
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/23/museum-with-ancient-greek-high-tech-inventions-opens-in-athens/

New development at the National Portrait Gallery
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/jamie-fobert-architects-announced-for-national-portrait-gallery-transformation

New development at Grand Palais, Paris
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/grand-palais-s-eur466m-facelift-to-include-new-galleries-for-french-masterpieces-and-chanel-sponsored-entrance

Museum developments

BL make medieval manuscripts available online
http://artdaily.com/news/102170/From-Beowulf-to-Chaucer--the-British-Library-makes-1-000-years-of-rich-literary-history-freely-available-online-#.WnmjozEiF9A

Museum musings

Ivory trade and bans
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/complete-ban-on-ivory-trading-comes-into-force-in-china
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/uk-to-tighten-ivory-regulations-to-protect-elephants
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/police-investigate-death-of-ivory-trade-investigator-esmond-bradley-martin

Objects

Scrimshaw souvenir of fighting the slave trade
http://museumcrush.org/the-scrimshaw-made-by-an-african-fighting-the-slave-trade-in-1827/

Royal Armouries’ latest firearms purchase
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/royal-armouries-buys-rare-british-rifle-from-holts-auctioneers/

Exhibitions

Forthcoming exhibitions at the Hermitage
http://artdaily.com/news/102400/The-Hermitage-Museum-announces-forthcoming-exhibition-highlights#.WoATFTEiF9A

Leonardo da Vinci looming in the background
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/museums-braced-for-bumper-leonardo-year

Chippendale in Leeds
http://chippendale300.co.uk/event/thomas-chippendale-a-celebration-of-craftsmanship-and-design-1718-2018/
http://artdaily.com/news/102416/Exhibition-celebrates-stunning-craftsmanship-of-Thomas-Chippendale#.WoFZEDEiF9A

Terracotta warriors in Liverpool
http://artdaily.com/news/102451/Terracotta-warriors-exhibition-opens-at-Liverpool-s-World-Museum#.WoKyLjEiF9A

The Great War in Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/programmation/expositions/detail/une-vie-dengagement.html

Rubens in Frankfurt
http://artdaily.com/news/102439/Stadel-Museum-opens-a-comprehensive-special-exhibition-dedicated-to-Peter-Paul-Rubens#.WoKx2TEiF9A

The Evidence Room in Toronto
https://www.rom.on.ca/en/evidence

Court of Napoleon in Montreal
http://artdaily.com/news/102244/Major-exhibition-re-creates-the-sumptuous-ambiance-of-Napoleon-s-court#.WnmnEDEiF9A
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/the-emperor-strikes-back-montreal-show-revives-the-splendour-and-romanticism-of-napoleon-s-court

Medieval time in New York
http://artdaily.com/news/102114/The-Morgan-explores-the-Medieval-world-s-fascinating-approach-to-the-passage-of-time#.WnmhGDEiF9A

Michel Sittow in Washington - this looks a stunner!
https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2018/michel-sittow-estonian-painter-at-the-courts-of-renaissance-europe.html

Women in service in WW1 in Washington
http://artdaily.com/news/102222/National-Postal-Museum-opens-exhibition-celebrating-women-s-duty-and-service-in-World-War-I#.Wnml7zEiF9A

Books

Tobias Capwell: Arms and Armour of the Medieval Joust (sadly too late for Valentine’s day!)
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/arms-and-armour-series/preorder-arms-and-armour-of-the-medieval-joust.html

Edited by Margot Finn and Kate Smith: The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/the-east-india-company-at-home

Mike Brown: Wartime Broadcasting
https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/wartime-broadcasting-9781784422646/

Online book

Queenborough Castle
http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/reports/59470/queenborough-castle

Princes Channel Wreck
http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/reports/57330/princes-channel-wreck

Popular culture

Duelling in Shakespeare’s theatres
http://artdaily.com/news/102130/The-plot-thickens--Shakespeare-s-Curtain-Theatre-appealed-to-the-masses-staging-high-octane-performances#.Wnmh8jEiF9A

Looks like we museum visitors are just so on trend…
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/jan/31/exit-through-the-gift-shop-how-fashion-fell-for-museum-merch?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Journey’s End reaches the cinema
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/04/journeys-end-review-sam-claflin-toby-jones

Winchester pretty well gets the thumbs down
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/01/winchester-review-helen-mirren-jason-clarke-sarah-winchester-biopic

Websites and downloads

Hermitage website
http://hermitage--www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/?lng=es

News from Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/actualites/le-magazine-du-musee.html

1066 etc: Robert the Bruce, Beowulf, Henry V & Florence
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/king-glory-robert-scotland-1306-29-holy-week-consecration-st-andrews-cathedral/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/looking-hero-beowulf-graphic-novels-21st-century/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/01/merth-mowe-savely-synge-henry-v-royal-musician/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/02/florentine-army-age-companies-adventure/

Finally

A warning to the swordsmith- don’t try this at home!
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cohoes-fire-inferno-sparked-by-amateur-bladesmith-mayor-says/

Twitter

This fortnight I have been enjoying Susan Oosthuizen’s @DrSueOosthuizen tweets on landscapes
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 15 February 2018

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