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The Basiliscoe Mercury 309

The Basiliscoe Mercury 309

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

A busy week, with a medieval sword from Denmark, war elephants, grenades in your crisp packet and war wagons. In addition, Leonardo and Rembrandt enjoy their anniversaries, and specially for Valentine’s Day ,the story of Joan of Leeds, a naughty nun in medieval York.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Smart hunting by Neanderthal’s

Bronze-age arrowhead found near Cork

Roman helmets coming up from the deeps

Chariot burial from Pembroke

This week’s sword - from the streets of Aalbarg

Battles, towers and forts

Ancient fortress reveals how prehistoric civilizations of Central Asia lived

Money for old ramparts

Beasts of assorted varieties…

War elephants

Grave stories

Facial reconstruction of 1812 French soldier

Facial reconstruction - all in one handy place

Through the gunloop…

A tour of historic Dubrovnik, including fortifications and gun foundry

A new future for Capetown’s Amsterdam Battery

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Hull’s Swedish Garibaldi cannon go for facelift and new carriages

Iron guns found in renovations at Fort Cornwallis

Restoration of some bollards, somewhere in Asia

A walk round some of Guam’s guns

Living in the past


Knights of Sussex

Reviewing Knight Fight

Café Basiliscoe: this week’s menu

Diet of the Gladiators

With Medieval Irish bread,

Choice of Bronze Age Cambridge beer…

…or wine of the pharaohs

Glassware courtesy of Fyvie Castle


Wagons o’War

Humans can effect climate change - all you have to do is kill enough people…

Tudor signet ring found in Shropshire

London’s Royal wardrobe and what happened to it

Sir Hiram Maxim’s pipe of peace

Princesses and Amazons

Bollywood retelling of Rani’s fight against the British in the Indian Mutiny

Newly discovered portrait of Mary Queen of Scots to go on show

Into the 20th century

How to make that bag of crisps go with a bang - just add a grenade…

Exploring Poland’s nuclear bunkers

When the mail was delivered by rocket…

Love in the munitions factory

Nautical news

Crimean figurehead is listed

The search for Shackleton’s lost Endurance

Has the Kaiser’s lost ship been found off Caithness?

WW2 wooden ship heads to Hartlepool for conservation

Hiei, 1st Japanese battleship sunk in WW2 discovered off Solomon Islands

Wreckage of World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet discovered

Museum news and exhibitions


American museums re-open

Keeping our treasures, even if they are not all golden

Sweden’s stolen crown jewels found?

The axe falls on UK’s local cultural policies

New museums

Museums of Scotland finish makeover

Museum musings

This week’s walls

Conservation corner

Using a modern scanner on the Black Prince’s shield

Dealing with moths in historic environments

Fascinating piece on a 17th century painting in Paris of an embassy to Jerusalem


Vigée Le Brun’s Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan - nice weapons

What turns up in Rotterdam’s gun amnesty


Leonardo across the UK- including Leeds…

Rembrandt exhibitions round the globe

Reviews of the Stibbert exhibition in The Ringling

Medieval Africa in Illinois


Mike Loades: War Bows; Longbow, crossbow, composite bow and Japanese yumi

Benjamin Wardhaugh: Gunpowder and Geometry: The Life of Charles Hutton, Pit Boy, Mathematician and Scientific Rebel

Online Books

Companion of American WWI battlefields

Ed. Jeremy Green: Shipwrecks of Ningaloo reef.

Popular culture - mainly Arthurian

Something for the little ones I suspect, Young Arthur

Piece on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Lost Merlin manuscript found in Bristol

Turner and Scott


Diary Dates

19 – 22 April jousting in Leeds - tickets the perfect valentine gift….


23 February 2019 Hindlip Hall
OrdCon conference

6 -7 May, 2019 Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia
Hobart Whaling Conference 2019

10 May 2019 Leeds
The heart of the art of combat - exploring medieval manuscript I.33

Calls for papers

17-18 May 2019 London
Trial by Fire conference

16-17 November 2019 Portsmouth
Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions: Ship and ordnance remains on land and under the sea

September 2019 Kyoto
ICOMAM 2019 Conference, Kyoto (Japan)

12-13 2019 September 12-13, 2019 Paris
Craftsmen and metalworking in medieval cities: 35 years later

16-17 November 2019 Portsmouth
Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions: Ship and ordnance remains on land and under the sea

Sales, fairs and auctions

News from Hermann Historica GmbH

2 March 2019 Olympia, London
The Fourth Antique Arms Fair Incorporating the Park Lane Arms

14 – 15 March 2019

Wallis and Wallis dates for 2019

Thomas del Mar dates for 2019
25 June & 4 December 2019

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: Northern crusades, Mongols and medieval Norway

Finally - Joan of Leeds, who ran away from the nunnery to find lust

This fortnight I will be tweeting pictures from Cornwall & Devon - castles, gunloops and cannon…

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 12 February 2019

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