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The Basiliscoe Mercury 310

The Basiliscoe Mercury 310

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Lady Vikings, Arthurian boars, cannon and rockets from India and Elizabethan miniatures go on show. And it’s warm and sunny outside, too.

Arms and armour in the news

Hunting round the world and through the ages

Famous boars in Arthurian literature(!)
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/famous-boars-in-medieval-arthurian-romance/

Hunter gatherers in Africa and the development of language
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190218153215.htm

Grave stories

Death in medieval Sicily
https://www.livescience.com/64788-medieval-sicily-stabbing.html

“Crusader’s” head stolen from Dublin church
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47364081

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Pontefract Castle and Richard II - not a happy association
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/how-richard-ii-s-connection-to-yorkshire-will-be-highlighted-in-film-set-at-pontefract-castle-1-9590060

Investigating the medieval fortifications of Harfleur
https://www.inrap.fr/des-fortifications-et-un-habitat-du-moyen-age-harfleur-14148

Short feature about Fort Hammenhiel, Sri Lanka
http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/02/24/spectrum/hammenhiel-fort-northern-sea

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right and things that go bang

Indian cannon in Bijapur Fort found under rubbish cleared and moved!
https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/news/state/citizens-succeed-in-restoring-historic-cannon-in-vijayapur/articleshow/68103295.cms

Revolutionary war grenades found and detonated in Virginia
https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Revolutionary-War-era-explosives-found-detonated-in-Richmond-506242381.html

Update on the discovery of Tipu Rockets
https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-unexploded-18th-century-rockets-discovered-in-karnataka/325669

Historic German WW I mortar back in Speers Point Park after restoration
https://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/5921770/world-war-i-mortar-back-in-the-park-after-repairs-photos/?cs=750

Living in the past

Recreating a feather top for a helmet
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-47241677

Re-enacting is getting big in Argentina
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/reenacting-medieval-argentina/

Café Basiliscoe

Duelling over shipwreck beer
https://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Ale-from-1886-shipwreck-yields-new-brew-and-13632710.php

Miscellany

Scotland’s regalia and sword of state
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/heritage/829293/the-crowning-glory-of-scotlands-history/

Cranky theories about the Night Watch
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190214-does-rembrandts-the-night-watch-reveal-a-murder-plot

Princesses and Amazons

Update on the Viking Valkyrie grave
https://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-double-down-on-contentious-study-showing-viking-women-warriors-existed

Fake Joan of Arc
http://mentalfloss.com/article/502026/joan-of-arc-imposter

Nautical news

Another ship burial found in Norway
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/02/16/archaeologists-make-very-special-viking-era-discovery-in-norway/#526a4dcb335e

Update on the search for Cortes’ ships
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-make-progress-in-search-for-ships/

Update on HMS Victory and its status
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47044932?fbclid=IwAR1_IaN5x-i42W4o8REuscqVda8gfj6t61KNoJsAQU_3CKIuatvRKvXDuMk#

Update on the search for the Endurance – spoiler – the ice got the sub…
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/14/search-for-shackletons-endurance-called-off-after-loss-of-submarine

Story of a lost Dundee whaler, found
https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/the-amazing-tale-of-how-a-whaling-ship-was-discovered-in-dundee-after-116-years/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Museum cannot account for its historical guns
https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22052985/248-historical-weapons-disappered-from-trencin-museum.html

Frankfurt museums gets collection of 200 ivories
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/frankfurt-museum-acquires-more-than-200-ivory-sculptures

Time to look more closely at museum boards?
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/museums-in-the-changing-world-order-a-question-of-ethics

New museums

New museum of the history of the Abu Dhabi Police opens
https://menafn.com/1098161229/UAE-Al-Murabba-Police-Museum-opens-in-Al-Ain

Museum developments

UK public sculpture to be catalogued
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/feb/21/from-hepworth-to-rodin-uk-sculpture-collection-to-be-catalogued-online

Cambridge make archive of post-war aerial photographs
http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/landscapehistories/1

Museum musings

Perhaps museums are too peaceful…
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/just-places-for-a-bit-of-peace-and-quiet

European Parliament has views on restitution
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/european-parliament-calls-for-restitution-overhaul

What to do with all those out of fashion statues - corral them in a park
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2019/02/15/getty-monument/#37db272852c5

Back to walls…
https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/border-walls-history-mexico-trump-china-great-wall/

Exhibitions

Miniatures in London
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/feb/20/elizabethan-treasures-miniatures-by-hilliard-and-oliver-review-national-portrait-gallery-london

Henry Moore and armour in London
https://www.wallacecollection.org/henry-moore/

Gloves at Bath
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/feb/13/royal-and-jedi-handwear-stars-in-museums-glove-show
https://museumcrush.org/glove-stories-the-collection-of-the-worshipful-company-of-glovers-of-london/

Rembrandt in Amsterdam
http://artdaily.com/news/111339/Historic-show-marks-350-years-of-Rembrandt--the--first-Instagrammer-#.XGfYWjFCd9A

Renaissance Venice in Frankfurt
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/burst-of-venetian-colour-in-largest-show-of-titians-in-germany

Treasures from the Lichtenstein collection in Vienna
http://artdaily.com/news/111385/Exhibition-presents-the-most-outstanding-works-from-the-Princely-Collections#.XGkuMTFCd9A

Messina in Milan
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/antonello-again-sicilian-artist-s-golden-moment-continues-in-milan-following-palermo-show

London firearms at the Met
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/london-firearms

Moroni at the Frick
https://www.frick.org/exhibitions

Books

This is jolly - a feature on medieval fighting techniques
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/new-medieval-books-fighting-manuals/

Online book

All the ICOMAM MAGAZINEs in one place
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

Popular culture

New WWI drama being filmed on Salisbury Plain is causing a rumpus
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/feb/06/spielberg-and-mendes-stonehenge-war-film-plans-hit-by-locals-objections

Events

Diary Dates

19 – 22 April jousting in Leeds - tickets the perfect valentine gift….
https://royalarmouries.org/event/international-jousting-tournament-2019/

Conferences

6 -7 May, 2019 Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia
Hobart Whaling Conference 2019
https://www.whalingconference.org/

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/

Calls for papers

17-18 May 2019 London
Trial by Fire conference
https://www.trialbyfireteam.com/submit-an-abstract

16-17 November 2019 Portsmouth
Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions: Ship and ordnance remains on land and under the sea
https://www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org/annual-conference

September 2019 Kyoto
ICOMAM 2019 Conference, Kyoto (Japan)
http://icom-kyoto-2019.org/data/images/ICOM2019_leaflet.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1yUuzU74CjPT8E-Qdx4KsoD_htE1_BHGVouQhJSu4YRKPyN4D4N8ckh3o

12-13 2019 September 12-13, 2019 Paris
Craftsmen and metalworking in medieval cities: 35 years later
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/call-for-papers-craftsmen-and-metalworking-in-medieval-cities-35-years-later/

Sales, fairs and auctions

News from Hermann Historica GmbH
http://artdaily.com/news/110977/Distinguished-mementos-from-ruling-houses-highlight-78th-Auction-of-Hermann-Historica-GmbH#.XFlZGTFCd9A

2 March 2019 Olympia, London
The Fourth Antique Arms Fair Incorporating the Park Lane Arms
http://antiquearmsfair.com
http://artdaily.com/news/111600/The-Fourth-Antique-Arms-Fair-takes-place-at-Pillar-Hall--Olympia-London-on-2nd-March-2019-#.XHUARjFCd9A

14 – 15 March 2019
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en

Thomas del Mar dates for 2019
25 June & 4 December 2019
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/

Websites and downloads

The Royal Collection
https://www.rct.uk/collection

1066 etc: Agincourt, King Arthur & medieval heroes
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/battle-of-agincourt-michael-livingston/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/uses-abuses-king-arthur/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/02/medieval-romance-hero/

Finally This fortnight I tweeted Castles of Cornwall
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 27 February 2019

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