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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(!)

Hunter gatherers in Africa and the development of language

Grave stories

Death in medieval Sicily

“Crusader’s” head stolen from Dublin church

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Pontefract Castle and Richard II - not a happy association

Investigating the medieval fortifications of Harfleur

Short feature about Fort Hammenhiel, Sri Lanka

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

Indian cannon in Bijapur Fort found under rubbish cleared and moved!

Revolutionary war grenades found and detonated in Virginia

Update on the discovery of Tipu Rockets

Historic German WW I mortar back in Speers Point Park after restoration

Living in the past

Recreating a feather top for a helmet

Re-enacting is getting big in Argentina

Café Basiliscoe

Duelling over shipwreck beer


Scotland’s regalia and sword of state

Cranky theories about the Night Watch

Princesses and Amazons

Update on the Viking Valkyrie grave

Fake Joan of Arc

Nautical news

Another ship burial found in Norway

Update on the search for Cortes’ ships

Update on HMS Victory and its status

Update on the search for the Endurance – spoiler – the ice got the sub…

Story of a lost Dundee whaler, found

Museum news and exhibitions


Museum cannot account for its historical guns

Frankfurt museums gets collection of 200 ivories

Time to look more closely at museum boards?

New museums

New museum of the history of the Abu Dhabi Police opens

Museum developments

UK public sculpture to be catalogued

Cambridge make archive of post-war aerial photographs

Museum musings

Perhaps museums are too peaceful…

European Parliament has views on restitution

What to do with all those out of fashion statues - corral them in a park

Back to walls…


Miniatures in London

Henry Moore and armour in London

Gloves at Bath

Rembrandt in Amsterdam

Renaissance Venice in Frankfurt

Treasures from the Lichtenstein collection in Vienna

Messina in Milan

London firearms at the Met

Moroni at the Frick


This is jolly - a feature on medieval fighting techniques

Online book

All the ICOMAM MAGAZINEs in one place

Popular culture

New WWI drama being filmed on Salisbury Plain is causing a rumpus


Diary Dates

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


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

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

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

Websites and downloads

The Royal Collection

1066 etc: Agincourt, King Arthur & medieval heroes

Finally This fortnight I tweeted Castles of Cornwall

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 27 February 2019

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