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The Basiliscoe Mercury 306

The Basiliscoe Mercury 306

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

The final Bazzy for 2018, complete with the usual Christmas stocking of delights. Back next year, hope you all have trouble-free and enjoyable holidays!

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Still looking for that elusive gift? Mammoth headband perhaps?
https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/50000-year-old-tiara-made-of-woolly-mammoth-ivory-found-in-world-famous-denisova-cave/

Latest ancient finds from Oxfordshire
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17267114.finds-the-latest-treasure-discovered-in-oxfordshire/

Update on the chariot burials of Yorkshire
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/iron-age-burial-yorkshire-chariot-grave-skeleton-warrior-archaeology-dig-pocklington-a8672331.html

Recreating London’s Mithreaum
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/london-mithraeum-reimagining-the-famous-roman-temple.htm

Beasts of assorted varieties…

Gladiator and animal holding pens found in Spanish amphitheatre
https://murciatoday.com/gladiator-and-animal-%E2%80%9Cprisons%E2%80%9D-found-intact-at-the-roman-amphitheatre-of-cartagena_744221-a.html

Medieval horse breeding in Ireland
https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/351471/archaeologists-found-site-believed-to-be-kildare-s-oldest-stud-farm.html?refresh_ce

Grave stories

Vampire killing in Pocklington
https://gizmodo.com/young-warrior-in-gruesome-iron-age-grave-was-killed-a-1831017641

Definitely died with his boots on…
http://londonist.com/london/history/medieval-skeleton-face-down-thames-boots-bermondsey-tideway-tunnel

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Mirabel castle in Israel re-opens
https://aleteia.org/2018/12/13/israel-set-to-reopen-crusader-fortress-after-30-years-of-renovation/

Crusader cache of gold coins found
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-year-old-gold-coins-israel.html

Investigating an Islamic period arsenal in Spain
https://elpais.com/cultura/2018/12/04/actualidad/1543935930_944804.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Piles of shot recovered during Stockholm building works
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7183-181205-sweden-iron-cannonballs

Castles of Oman (complete with a cannon or two)
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/travel-and-tourism/2018/11/30/Forts-of-Oman-Ancient-citadels-that-remind-of-the-country-s-magnificent-history.html

Princesses and Amazons

Elisabeth Buggesdatter’s 14th century seal found in Jutland
https://www.thelocal.dk/20181127/relic-found-in-denmark-belonged-to-influential-14th-century-woman

In the footsteps (or hoof prints) of Mary Queen of Scots
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/dec/07/mary-queen-of-scots-trail

Get the Elizabeth I look, in time for the Christmas Party
https://slate.com/technology/2018/12/queen-elizabeth-makeup-margot-robbie-mary-queen-of-scots-real-story.html

Miscellany

Hawking rings and sword hilt from Norfolk
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-46530629

Sword collecting can lead to your own tv programme
https://www.columbian.com/news/2018/nov/28/sword-collecting-lands-vancouver-tinkerer-on-history-channel/

Preserving Delaware’s only battlefield
https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/delaware-preserve-revoluntionary-war-battle-site

In time for Christmas visits - war and in-laws - not so far apart after all….
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181204095401.htm

Prisoners of war in Scotland
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/the-symbolic-tapner

Café Basiliscoe - special Christmas menu!

Some recipes for a medieval Christmas
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/merrie-medieval-recipes-for-holiday-feasting/

With choice of beverages: Mead,
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/29/ancient-mead-honey-revived-younger-drinkers-english-heritage-

Medieval whisky or ale,
https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/latest-news/21836/lindores-abbey-dig-unearths-historic-first/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/medieval-whisky-still-discovered-in-scotland/

Tasmanian beer
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181206-a-beer-brewed-from-an-old-tasmanian-shipwreck

Nautical news

Round up of wrecks round Plymouth
https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/history/haunting-shipwrecks-lurking-beneath-sea-2324124

Aberdonian discovered America - nearly…
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/historian-discovers-earliest-evidence-of-a-scottish-ship-sailing-to-north-america/

Grenade from the Schiedam washed up on Cornish beach
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/history/second-grenade-found-beach-wreck-2284836

Update from Colombia: there is no update…
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2018/12/14/treasure-trove-colombian-official-denies-making-agreement-with-spain-on-san-jose-shipwreck/#.XBkGoDFCd9A

Short feature on conservation of objects of HMS Invincible
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-46466328/work-to-conserve-hms-invincible-shipwreck-artefacts

Update on the search of the Bonhomme Richard
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/wreckage-of-us-revolutionary-warship-bonhomme-richard-walkable-from-yorkshire-beach-and-visible-from-cliffs-1-9485810

An Australian maritime mystery
https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5783857/curious-ring-to-maritime-mystery/

Has the mystery of USS San Diego been solved?
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/12/14/scientists-scour-wwi-shipwreck-solve-military-mystery.html

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Ivory ban progresses in the UK
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/uk-approves-ivory-ban

RAF Museum gets an early Christmas present
http://artdaily.com/news/110002/Trenchard-Collection-gift-completes-RAF-Centenary-year-for-the-RAF-Museum#.XBoPXjFCd9A

The year in museums
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/2018-in-museums

New museums

Belgium Africa Museum re-opens
http://artdaily.com/news/109727/Haunted-by-colonial-past--Belgium-s-Africa-museum-reopens-after-revamp#.XA4nhzFCd9A
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/africa-museum-in-belgium

Latest addition to Museum Island, Berlin
http://artdaily.com/news/109886/Berlin-inaugurates-new-addition-to-UNESCO-listed-Museum-Island#.XBN3SDFCd9A

Museum developments

Digital show in Pisa on renaissance artists
http://artdaily.com/news/109752/Spectacular-show-presents-magical-and-dream-like-atmospheres-by-Bosch--Brueghel--and-Arcimboldo#.XAznbDFCd9A

Museum musings

LGBTQ tours at Cambridge Museums
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/cambridge-museums-to-pilot-lgbtq-tours

Germany and colonialism
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/scholars-call-for-berlin-centre-on-colonial-era-heritage

Toppling the confederacy - still rumbling on
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/university-of-north-carolina-rejects-plan-for-museum-to-house-confederate-statue

Conservation corner

Workshop moves onto Berlin’s Museum Island
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/berlin-s-replica-workshop-finds-a-niche-at-new-museum-island-hub

Dating a Welsh manor house by its timbers
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/the-answer-lies-in-the-wood-for-landmark-trust

Fascinating piece on investigating hidden wall paintings
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/photographing-the-unseen

Restoring a Caravaggio
http://artdaily.com/news/109992/Thyssen-Bornemisza-Museum-restores-Caravaggio-s-Saint-Catherine-of-Alexandria#.XBoOCTFCd9A

Objects

J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum to auction off exhibits
https://ktul.com/news/local/historical-gun-museum-to-auction-off-items-to-stay-afloat

Armour as an investment
https://www.barrons.com/articles/collectors-are-battling-for-the-best-rare-armor-51544727600

Exhibitions

Alchemists in Edinburgh
https://museumcrush.org/secrets-alchemy-revealed-scotland-oldest-medical-library/

Caravaggio in Utrecht
http://artdaily.com/news/109970/-Utrecht--Caravaggio-and-Europe--presents-70-masterpieces-at-the-Centraal-Museum#.XBdmHzFCd9A

Bosch’s era at Den Bosch
http://artdaily.com/news/109703/Hieronymus-Bosch-painting-returns-to-Het-Noordbrabants-Museum-in-Den-Bosch#.XAzoaTFCd9A

Van Dyck in Turin
http://artdaily.com/news/109800/Unique-exhibition-on-Flemish-painter-Anthony-van-Dyck-opens-in-Turin#.XA98XTFCd9A

Jewellery or armour in NY
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/fashion/jewelry-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html

Armour exhibition moves onto the Bowers
http://artdaily.com/news/109804/Exhibition-showcases-an-extraordinary-collection-of-more-than-100-European-arms-and-armor#.XA984jFCd9A

Books

Natasha Bennet: Chinese Arms and Armour https://shop.royalarmouries.org/books-and-dvds/royal-armouries-publications-en/chinese-arms-and-armour.html

Steven J. Zaloga: Superguns 1854–1991; Extreme artillery from the Paris Gun and the V-3 to Iraq's Project Babylon
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/superguns-1854-1991

The Dunimarle Collection at Duff House
https://shop.historicenvironment.scot/the-dunimarle-collection-at-duff-house

Silvia Davoli: Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill; Masterpieces from Horace Walpole's Collection
http://www.scalapublishers.com/title.aspx?category=new-titles&subcategory=&id=3909

Latest issue of the Metropolitan Museum Journal now available
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/mma-journals?searchtype=C&pt=%7BAA2EA5AF-D293-44E9-B972-579457F115AB%7D&sort=PublicationYear%7CDesc

Online Book

Report on excavations on the Mote of Urr
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/after-65-years-report-on-scottish-castle-excavation-published/

Popular culture

Wargaming for Romans
https://www.bowdoin.edu/news/2018/12/taking-on-the-romans-history-through-wargaming.html

Battle of the Queens at the cinema this winter
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/dec/10/killer-queens-how-the-favourite-reigns-over-mary-queen-of-scots

Events

Conferences

23 February 2019 Hindlip Hall
OrdCon conference
https://www.facebook.com/ORDCON/

10 May 2019 Leeds
The heart of the art of combat - exploring medieval manuscript I.33
https://royalarmouries.org/event/the-heart-of-the-art-of-combat/

Sales, fairs and auctions

How Hermann Historica sales went
http://artdaily.com/news/109628/With-its-77th-Auction--Hermann-Historica-concludes-its-most-successful-auction-and-the-most-profitable-year-in-its-histo#.XATyQTGNx9A

Websites and downloads

1066 Barons war & crusades
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/the-nature-of-war-and-its-impact-on-society-during-the-barons-war-1264-67/
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/richard-captured-jerusalem-third-crusade/

Finally - The Bazzy Christmas stocking

A Crusader fantasy
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/counterfactual-history-third-crusade/

Puppets from Syria
http://artdaily.com/news/109693/UN-listing-gives-lifeline-to-Syria-s-last-shadow-puppeteer#.XAzpmTFCd9A

Make your own medieval manuscripts
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/seven-videos-on-making-medieval-manuscripts/

Dress up your own Frida Kahlo doll
https://www.stardoll.com/en/dolls/1125/Frida_Kahlo.html

Some Christmas games
http://www.gamesgames.com/game/christmas-invasion
http://www.gamesgames.com/game/castle-wars-25
http://www.eyezmaze.com/eyezblog_en/blog/2011/01/grow_cannon.html

Have yourself a merry Viking Christmas
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/university-of-north-carolina-rejects-plan-for-museum-to-house-confederate-statue

Peruse the original A Christmas Carol manuscript
https://www.themorgan.org/collections/works/dickens/ChristmasCarol/1

Or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
https://www.bl.uk/medieval-literature/articles/sir-gawain-and-the-green-knight-an-introduction

Let’s go on a sleigh ride
http://www.dalvabrothers.com/frenchantiques.asp?stockID=507
https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/baroque-%E2%80%9Cdiana%E2%80%9D-sleigh/pQF_OnSpSLUxTw

A song for a war-torn Christmas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxxTHzERTsk
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Have_Yourself_a_Merry_Little_Christmas

How to have a stress-free medieval Christmas!
http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/surviving-medieval-christmas/

Finally
This fortnight I have been tweeting some very grand cannons indeed!
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 20 December 2018

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