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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
https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/talayot-sword-0012595

Bronze helmets found in Macedonian graves
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/21/gold-mask-bronze-helmets-uncovered-at-ancient-cemetery-of-macedonian-warriors/

Painted shield 1700 years old from Halle
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/shield-fragment-from-ad300-is-the-oldest-german-panel-painting

Fragments of Viking era swords found in Estonia
https://news.err.ee/986495/fragments-of-100-viking-swords-unearthed-in-north-estonia

Once it was kings in carparks, now it’s forts under bus stations- Exeter
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/26/roman-fort-discovered-under-exeter-bus-station
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Vikings killed all the walruses in Iceland
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/norse-arrival-on-iceland-led-to-extinction-of-its-walrus-population-study-finds/

On the Frontlines

British stayed at home for the First Crusade
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/few-people-from-the-british-isles-participated-in-the-first-crusade-historian-finds/

Crusaders and their impact on Petra
https://menafn.com/1099047366/Italian-scholar-studies-impact-of-crusaders-on-Petra-monastery

New work on the Battle of Stirling Bridge
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/new-light-on-the-battle-of-stirling-bridge/

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Lost Gloucester castle revealed in documents
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-bristol-49668999/medieval-scroll-sheds-light-on-demolished-gloucester-castle

Update from the Sheffield Castle dig
https://www.thestar.co.uk/retro/remarkable-findings-dig-uncover-ruins-lost-sheffield-castle-we-have-around-1000-years-constant-activity-637099

Wall tower in Bulgaria identified
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/09/18/extremely-rare-wall-tower-discovered-in-medieval-trapesitsa-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Legends of the cannons of the Adirondack
https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2019/09/myths-about-adirondack-military-roads.html

Cannon found in Allahabad- interesting story but terrible photo!
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/allahabad/up-rare-gun-canon-fireballs-of-mughal-era-found-at-aus-medieval-history-department/articleshow/71188860.cms

Hurricane reveals round shot on the southern beach
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-dorian-unearths-civil-war-cannonballs-south-carolina-beach-180973095/

Café Basiliscoe

Game pie
https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/mairi-sawyers-game-pie

But best to avoid the henbane
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/viking-berserkers-may-have-used-henbane-to-induce-trance-like-state/

Miscellany

Royal Armouries get portrait of Charles V by Rubens
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/sep/12/rubens-and-hirst-artworks-go-to-british-museums-in-tax-deals

Illustrated feature on the Anglo-Khasi War (1829-1833) the conflict between the East India Company and the Khasi Tribal states https://thenortheasttoday.com/the-khasis-of-meghalaya/

Princesses and Amazons

Feature on women warriors
https://www.science20.com/content/happy_equinox_lets_celebrate_ancient_female_warriors

More on Elizabeth’s dress- funnily enough I saw it at Bacton earlier in the year
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/sep/27/elizabeth-first-lost-dress-to-go-on-display-at-hampton-court-palace

Nautical news

The London nearly blows up a second time…
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-49863564

Feature on the Chesil Cannon site and its investigation
https://divernet.com/2019/09/19/local-divers-tackle-chesil-mystery-wrecks/

Three shipwrecks in downtown Gothenburg
https://www.thelocal.se/20190926/three-17th-century-shipwrecks-found-in-central-gothenburg

Verdict on the HMS Victory case
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-49854546

Update on the Endeavour
https://www.livescience.com/captain-cook-endeavour-shipwreck-possibly-discovered.html

HMS Montagu protected
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/20/pre-first-world-war-battleship-granted-special-protection

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Wallace Collection prepares to begin loaning objects
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/where-there-s-a-wallace-collection-will-there-s-a-way

New Museums

Update on Berlin’s Museum of the Twentieth Century- spoiler alert- more expense than expected…
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/costs-soar-for-berlin-s-herzog-and-de-meuron-museum-of-the-20th-century

Royal Apartments at Dresden restored for visitors
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/king-of-bling-s-home-recreated-in-dresden

Museum developments

New technology and the Rothschild collections
https://www.countrylife.co.uk/luxury/art-and-antiques/ancient-collection-rothschilds-improved-technology-open-public-203889

National trust exploring ways of making visits friendlier for dementia sufferers
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/working-together-for-a-dementia-friendly-future

Conservation corner

Problems of conserving wall paintings in a damp climate
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/24/botched-restorations-england-church-wall-paintings-risk

Exhibitions

Leonardo- so 2019- get ready for Raphael 2020
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/national-gallery-raphael
http://artdaily.com/news/117156/Major-new-Raphael-exhibition-announced#.XZBu7jHsZ9A

Herbert read- Art Critic and Green Howard in Leeds
https://museumcrush.org/soldier-poet-anarchist-knight-who-was-herbert-read/

Durer drawings in Vienna
https://www.albertina.at/en/exhibitions/albrecht-duerer/

Medieval Africa in Toronto
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/medieval-africa-aga-khan-museum/

Last Knight in the Met
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/last-knight-art-armor-ambition-maximilian

Books

The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I
https://store.metmuseum.org/the-last-knight-the-art-armor-and-ambition-of-maximilian-i-80049459?mma_source=mainmuseum&mma_medium=metmuseum.org&mma_campaign=the-last-knight&mma_term=062119&mma_content=the-last-knight-80049459

Angus Konstam: Hunt the Bismarck; The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship
https://ospreypublishing.com/store/military-history/upcoming-books/available-this-month/hunt-the-bismarck

Online Book

I, Gdańsk, (editor) : The Shipwreck General Carleton, 1785 / Wrak statku General Carleton 1785
https://www.academia.edu/2323059/The_Shipwreck_General_Carleton_1785_Wrak_statku_General_Carleton_1785_Badania_Archeologiczne_Centralnego_Muzeum_Morskiego_t._I_Gda%C5%84sk_editor_2008?fbclid=IwAR10mTSnjvBGAjwWia8inl9qx_qSUAakZUje_uDc5I6UgMo4sGYDqt_MJ_I

Popular Culture

A visit to the Met’s Armoury (the Opera rather than the Museum!)
https://untappedcities.com/2019/09/18/inside-the-met-operas-armory-full-of-weapons-for-the-stage/

Korda, Churchill and winning the propaganda war
http://marketresearchwriteup.com/2019/09/26/churchill-and-the-movie-mogul-review-how-a-tight-trousered-nelson-smashed-the-nazis/

Events

Diary Dates

Museum events
https://royalarmouries.org/
http://www.musee-marine.fr/index.php?lg=fr&nav=1&flash=1
https://www.wallacecollection.org/whats-on/
https://veste.kunstsammlungen-coburg.de/en/home/
https://www.philamuseum.org/visit

Conferences

16-17 November 2019 Portsmouth
The Nautical Archaeology Society and the Ordnance Society
Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions
https://ordnancesociety.org.uk/events-2/

23 November 2-19 Raglan
Symposium: Raglan Castle
https://www.sal.org.uk/events/2019/11/symposium-raglan-castle/?utm_source=Salon+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3da2bfbb2d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c0cb6b55f1-3da2bfbb2d-83439177

Sales Fairs and auctions

Brochure for Hermann Historica
https://www.hermann-historica.de/upload/BestOf/80/

Websites and Downloads

Update on Finding the Vasa cannon
https://www.vasamuseet.se/en/collections/finding-the-vasa-cannon

Latvian War Museum
http://www.karamuzejs.lv/lkm/home.aspx?sc_lang=en

VYTAUTAS the Great War Museum, Lithuania
https://web.archive.org/web/20110716154529/http://www.muziejai.lt/Prev_vers/Kaunas/karo_muziejus.en.htm

The Estonian War Museum
https://esm.ee/

Tallin City Wall Towers
https://linnamuuseum.ee/en/cat-linnamuuseum-en/this-summer-the-four-towers-of-tallinn-city-museum-are-open-every-day-and-you-only-need-one-ticket/

1066 etc One Battle, one King
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/the-forgotten-battle-of-bevershoutsveld-may-3-1382-technological-innovation-and-military-significance/
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/09/how-richard-the-lionheart-got-his-name-the-epic-version/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted pictures of our Great Baltic Tour
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 2019

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