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Basiliscoe Mercury 324

The Basiliscoe Mercury 324

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Well, autumn is well and truly with us- less seasons of mellow fruit, more torrential rain storms. However we have things to read through the dark evenings and mornings. Swords from Spain and Estonia; walruses no longer in Iceland, and new work on William Wallace. Royal Armouries gets a Rubens and we can all start saving our pennies for the Raphael onslaught. And a major exhibition at the Met, the Last Knight.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms, forts and walruses

Bronze Age sword found in megalith on Mallorca

Bronze helmets found in Macedonian graves

Painted shield 1700 years old from Halle

Fragments of Viking era swords found in Estonia

Once it was kings in carparks, now it’s forts under bus stations- Exeter
Vikings killed all the walruses in Iceland

On the Frontlines

British stayed at home for the First Crusade

Crusaders and their impact on Petra

New work on the Battle of Stirling Bridge

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Lost Gloucester castle revealed in documents

Update from the Sheffield Castle dig

Wall tower in Bulgaria identified

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Legends of the cannons of the Adirondack

Cannon found in Allahabad- interesting story but terrible photo!

Hurricane reveals round shot on the southern beach

Café Basiliscoe

Game pie

But best to avoid the henbane


Royal Armouries get portrait of Charles V by Rubens

Illustrated feature on the Anglo-Khasi War (1829-1833) the conflict between the East India Company and the Khasi Tribal states

Princesses and Amazons

Feature on women warriors

More on Elizabeth’s dress- funnily enough I saw it at Bacton earlier in the year

Nautical news

The London nearly blows up a second time…

Feature on the Chesil Cannon site and its investigation

Three shipwrecks in downtown Gothenburg

Verdict on the HMS Victory case

Update on the Endeavour

HMS Montagu protected

Museum news and exhibitions


Wallace Collection prepares to begin loaning objects

New Museums

Update on Berlin’s Museum of the Twentieth Century- spoiler alert- more expense than expected…

Royal Apartments at Dresden restored for visitors

Museum developments

New technology and the Rothschild collections

National trust exploring ways of making visits friendlier for dementia sufferers

Conservation corner

Problems of conserving wall paintings in a damp climate


Leonardo- so 2019- get ready for Raphael 2020

Herbert read- Art Critic and Green Howard in Leeds

Durer drawings in Vienna

Medieval Africa in Toronto

Last Knight in the Met


The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I

Angus Konstam: Hunt the Bismarck; The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship

Online Book

I, Gdańsk, (editor) : The Shipwreck General Carleton, 1785 / Wrak statku General Carleton 1785

Popular Culture

A visit to the Met’s Armoury (the Opera rather than the Museum!)

Korda, Churchill and winning the propaganda war


Diary Dates

Museum events


16-17 November 2019 Portsmouth
The Nautical Archaeology Society and the Ordnance Society
Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions

23 November 2-19 Raglan
Symposium: Raglan Castle

Sales Fairs and auctions

Brochure for Hermann Historica

Websites and Downloads

Update on Finding the Vasa cannon

Latvian War Museum

VYTAUTAS the Great War Museum, Lithuania

The Estonian War Museum

Tallin City Wall Towers

1066 etc One Battle, one King


This fortnight I tweeted pictures of our Great Baltic Tour

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 2019

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