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The Basiliscoe Mercury 313

The Basiliscoe Mercury 313

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Cultural - and international - news has been dominated by the fire at Notre Dame and we start with a roundup of that. As a homage, you will find another number of Paris-related items throughout the newsletter. Otherwise a quiet fortnight, some cannon, some maritime archaeology and quite a few stories about ancient arms and armour. Enjoy the Easter break.

Notre Dame Fire

Round up of the news
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/cathedral-of-notre-dame

Treasures saved and lost
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47937775

Why it is important
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/apr/16/the-culture-inspired-by-notre-dame-paris

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Weapons of the Terracotta army
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/scientists-shed-light-on-preservation-mystery-of-terracotta-army-weapons/

Chariot and horses in China
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/10/c_137965744.htm

Chariots in India
https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/art/antiquity-of-indian-chariot/article26733989.ece

Anglo-Saxon sword mount found in Shropshire
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/south-shropshire/2019/04/16/anglo-saxon-silver-mount-found-in-south-shropshire-is-treasure/

Feature - and new book - on the Anglo-Saxon Pioneer Helmet
https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/who-was-the-wollaston-warrior-new-book-reveals-details-of-anglo-saxon-remains-excavated-in-northamptonshire-quarry-1-8888750

1000 year old helmet found in Belarus - pictures!
https://eng.belta.by/society/view/unique-1000-year-old-helmet-discovered-in-bobruisk-river-port-120061-2019/

The lure of special swords
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190403-the-enduring-fascination-with-legendary-swords
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Beasts of assorted varieties - all mythical this week…

Here be dragons…
https://www.livescience.com/25559-dragons.html

And Unicorns
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190408-what-unicorns-mean-to-scottish-identity

Grave stories

Update on Egypt’s mummies in the Tomb of the Warriors - gory read!
https://www.livescience.com/65158-mass-grave-ancient-egypt-soldiers.html

Investigating 1637 massacre in New England
https://www.livescience.com/65144-17th-century-massacre-in-connecticut-jamestown.html

Castles, forts and battlefield

In Kirkwall, Orkney they were repaving Castle Street - guess what they found?
https://www.orcadian.co.uk/archaeological-discovery-uncovered-by-roadworks/

Walmer Castle’s lost garden restored
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/16/historic-lost-garden-in-kent-glen-walmer-castle-to-be-opened-to-the-public

Update on the future of Culloden field
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/consultation-to-shape-culloden-300
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/looking-ahead-to-culloden-at-300

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Short article on cannon in India; I would take the "locally made" with a pinch of salt, since the gun in the front is definitely European and probably English https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/history-left-in-ruins/article26857240.ece

Old Swedish cannon fired in Capetown - the age needs a large pinch of salt!
https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/rare-419-year-old-cannon-fired-in-companys-garden-20493269

Eiffel’s miniature cannon comes up for sale
https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/modele-reduit-du-canon-de-la-tour-6197110-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=6197110&sid=ce9e5e57-66bb-4695-aee9-f5bce4a6ff57
http://artdaily.com/news/112489/Gustave-Eiffel-s-cannon-to-go-under-the-hammer#.XK3EzzHsZ9A

Three German WWI Cannon to be restored
http://www.wdam.com/2019/04/10/shelby-museum-restore-three-wwi-german-cannons/

Café Basiliscoe

Street food in Pompeii
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/29/c_137934825.htm

And a glass of scotch
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47879386

Miscellany

Leonardo’s war machines
https://theconversation.com/how-leonardo-da-vinci-made-a-living-from-killing-machines-112402

Article about hidden references to the US Civil War in 19th century art
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/civil-war-references-hide-in-plain-sight-in-american-pre-raphaelite-art

Princesses and Amazons

Was the Polish general a lady?
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/06/casimir-pulaski-polish-general-woman-intersex

And other women at war
https://theconversation.com/adventurous-identities-intersex-soldiers-and-cross-dressing-women-at-war-115126

Into the 20th century

Interesting article on a Scottish family in WWI
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/the-jacob-letters-from-the-house-of-dun

Nautical news

16th century copper wreck found off the Netherlands
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/03/16th-century-shipwreck-discovered-investigators-looking-missing/

Update on the Esmerelda
https://extra.timesofoman.com/article/1123878/HI/Unlocking-Omans-past-Tale-of-the-Esmeralda-shipwreck

Short audio feature on the discovery of the Vasa
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-47791179/finding-the-ship-lost-for-more-than-300-years

Update on the San Jose
http://www.maritimeherald.com/2019/who-will-keep-the-multimillion-treasure-found-in-the-colombian-sea/

Update on the search for the Bonhomme Richard - spoiler alert - stalemate….
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/wreckage-of-historic-us-navy.html

Search for the last American slave ship
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-identifies-last-american-woman-survive-african-slave-trade-180971879/

Latest from the Franklin expedition
https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/after-165-years-inuit-knowledge-leads-to-franklins-wrecks/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Update on the causes of the Brazil museum fire – too late to help Notre Dame!
http://artdaily.com/news/112574/Air-conditioning-system-caused-Brazil-museum-fire--police#.XK2_xTHsZ9A

How the US government shutdown affected the Smithsonian’s visitors
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/shutdown-has-impact-on-visitor-figures

How visitors come to the V&A Dundee and stayed on to see other attractions
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/10042019-va-dundee-visitors-tourism

Museum developments

Funding special exhibitions
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-report-delves-into-hidden-economics-of-museum-exhibitions

Museum musings

Imperial War Museum launches season of War and Culture
https://www.standard.co.uk/futurelondon/culturecity/imperial-war-museum-looks-at-how-war-eradicates-culture-a4108641.html

Objects

The Buckhead gun
https://www.reporternewspapers.net/2019/04/13/a-close-up-look-at-historic-firearm-that-reputedly-killed-buckheads-namesake-deer/

The possible Van Gogh pistol to go on sale
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/van-gogh-gun-for-sale
http://artdaily.com/news/112526/Gun-that-Van-Gogh-killed-himself-with-goes-up-for-sale#.XK3CyjHsZ9A

The camera from the Great Escape
https://museumcrush.org/the-camera-used-to-make-forged-identity-cards-for-the-great-escape/

Exhibitions - lots of reasons to visit Paris…

Chivalric art in Paris
https://www.musee-moyenage.fr/activites/expositions/expositions-en-cours-.html

Henry II in Paris
https://musee-archeologienationale.fr/actualite/henri-ii-renaissance-saint-germain-en-laye

Madame de Maintenon at Versailles
http://en.chateauversailles.fr/news/exhibitions/madame-maintenon-corridors-power

Picasso and War in Paris
https://www.musee-armee.fr/index.php?id=134&L=0%22&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=1789&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f574cf14b53fbe795657b56539cb81c5

Siege of Baler, Philippines, in Toledo
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/04/03/actualidad/1554292298_014487.html

French officers in the American Revolution
http://artdaily.com/news/112592/Exhibition-explores-how-King-Louis-XVI-s-officers-understood-the-American-Revolution-#.XK2-ODHsZ9A

Books

Henri II à Saint-Germain-en-Laye - Une cour royale à la Renaissance -
https://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/catalogues-d-exposition/henri-ii-a-saint-germain-en-laye-une-cour-royale-a-la-renaissance-catalogue-d-exposition/15506.html?r=L2ZyL2NhZGVhdXgvNS1jYXRhbG9ndWVzLWV4cG9zaXRpb24vMS8%253D

Brian G. Awty: Adventure in Iron: The blast furnace and its spread from Namur to northern France, England and North America, 1450-1640; a technological, political and genealogical investigation
http://www.wealdeniron.org.uk/

Online Book

Jeremy Green on Carronade Island…
http://museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/sites/default/files/no._215_carronade_is_gun_1.pdf

Popular culture

Medievalists and Games of Thrones
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/04/should-medievalists-be-teaching-game-of-thrones/

Victor Hugo and Notre Dame
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/04/medieval-elements-in-victor-hugos-the-hunchback-of-notre-dame/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/17/the-hunchback-of-notre-dame-book-tops-bestseller-list-fire

And the novel in French and English translation
https://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Notre-Dame_de_Paris
https://archive.org/details/notredame00hugogoog/page/n10

Events

Diary Dates

Easter in Vienna
https://www.hgm.at/

Events at Les Invalides
https://www.musee-armee.fr/index.php?id=5&L=0%22

Events in Scotland 2019
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/03/where-to-find-the-middle-ages-in-scotland-in-2019/

19 – 22 April jousting in Leeds
https://royalarmouries.org/event/international-jousting-tournament-2019/

Conferences

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

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

Sales, fairs and auctions

I May 2019 London
The Marine Sale
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25337/

I May 2019 Edinburgh
The Sporting Sale
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25362/

20– 24 May 2019
Hermann Historica
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/

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

News of Heritage Auctions next sale
http://artdaily.com/news/112542/Weapons--pottery-lead-Heritage-Auctions--Ethnographic-Art-Auction#.XK3BpDHsZ9A

Websites and downloads

1066 etc girl knights, clerical knights & torture
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/04/the-boy-who-was-a-girl-the-romance-of-silence/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/04/saving-souls-and-cracking-skulls-warrior-clerics-with-craig-nakashian/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/04/medieval-torture-with-larissa-kat-tracy/

Finally

This fortnight I will be tweeting from our recent trip to the Netherlands
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 18 April 2019

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