Tag Archive: 15th Century

World famous Fountains abbey to host insight into late medieval life

Since it was founded in 1132, Fountains Abbey has been a place of pilgrimage for millions of people throughout the passing centuries. And visitors to the World Heritage site near Ripon are being given the chance to get an insight into what life would have been like had they arrived in the late medieval era….

Rare Medieval Treasure Goes on Display at Epping Forest District Museum

A recently acquired rare medieval mount has gone on display at Epping Forest District Museum, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL. The mount was the subject of a Coroners inquest reported in the press in August 2010. The late-medieval silver-gilt crucifix was discovered in February 2009, by local metal detectorist, Craig Carter while searching in…

How IBM is Enabling Smarter Management of … Medieval Abbeys

Question:What does a rack of high-performance, network blade-servers have in common with the 15th century Flemish tapestry The Hunt for the Unicorn? Answer: Both are being watched over by some of IBM’s most advanced smart building systems. Last week, as part of a roll-out of a broader suite of smart building technologies, I got to…

Rare medieval ring unearthed in Leicestershire is sold for £42,000

A rare medieval gold and diamond ring unearthed by a metal detector enthusiast in Leicestershire has sold at auction for £42,000. John Stevens, who found the ring on land near Fleckney, was celebrating after learning it had sold for more than twice the estimated price yesterday. The 15th century ring was described as an “extraordinary”…

Gabrielle Parkin to discuss medieval book of hours in UDLAPS series

The University of Delaware Library announces that Gabrielle Parkin, a doctoral candidate in the Department of English working on late medieval English literature with an interest in material culture studies, will present “Commercial Devotion to the Virgin: How to Use and Read a Medieval Book of Hours” at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Class…

Medieval crucifix may stay in Dorset

A medieval crucifix discovered by a treasure hunter may find a permanent home in the county. At a treasure trove inquest, West Dorset coroner Michael Johnston said the artefact was found by John Sharp in a ploughed field at farmland near Winterborne Kingston in January. Mr Johnston said that Mr Sharp, from Shirley Road, Parkstone,…

First bullets ever fired in battle found in Yorkshire

Evidence of the first use of firearms on a British battlefield nearly 550 years ago has been uncovered. Bronze barrel fragments and very early lead shot were unearthed by a metal detectorist at the site of the 1461 battle of Towton in Yorkshire. The clash between Lancastrian king Henry VI and England’s first Yorkist king,…

Parts of guns found at Towton War of Roses site

Parts of handheld guns have been found at a North Yorkshire battlefield which saw one of the bloodiest conflicts of the War of the Roses. A metal detectorist unearthed the fragments of the guns, thought to date back to the 15th Century, at the site in Towton, near Tadcaster. The find contradicts the idea that…

1001 Inventions Uncovers a Thousand Years of Science and Technology

Groundbreaking Exhibition Explains Why the Dark Ages Weren’t Really Dark After blockbuster runs in London and Istanbul, 1001 Inventions, an exhibition highlighting the scientific legacy of Muslim civilization in our modern age, will make its United States premiere at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on December 4, 2010. The exhibition reveals the forgotten…

“Secrets of the Divine” PBS show on UA Museum of Art medieval altarpieces

“Secrets of the Divine”: Arizona Public Media Premier showing of the new one-hour PBS-HD documentary produced by Sooyeon Lee Johnston on the University of Arizona Museum of Art’s Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo. The show will air on KUAT Channel 6 on November 18, 8 p.m. MST, narrated by narrated by NPR’s Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg….

A day for knights at Dragonfly Cove

Sipping from a cup of Marge Kilkelly’s savory barley and goat meat porridge, a visitor couldn’t help feeling a bond with the eclectic mix of people who gathered Saturday for a medieval re-enactment not far from the banks of the Kennebec River in Dresden. There was a circle of mingling men and women in 15th…

Worry over home for Newport’s medieval ship

Campaigners say they are concerned that there are still no permanent plans for a medieval ship discovered on the banks of the River Usk in Newport in 2002. The vessel has been called the world’s best example of a 15th Century ship. As conservation work continues, campaigners say they are worried it could end up…

Medieval ship mate strikes friendship with French town

A small French town’s fascination with all things medieval has help strike up a friendship with supporters of Newport’s 15th century ship. “And ‘strike’ is the operative word” says Councillor Charles Ferris who set up his mini-mint in the little town of Cremiere near the Swiss border. “The townspeople were delighted when I started to…

The Rose Ensemble makes sweet concert of St. Francis songs

The Rose Ensemble presented a spectacularly tight concert of music about St. Francis of Assisi in St. Joseph Chapel, which is both a great acoustic setting for Renaissance music and the home of the School Sisters of St. Francis. The Franciscan nuns in the audience were a reminder of the music’s sacred nature; so were…

Battle of Wakefield anniversary recap

The clash of swords and the screams of battle cries were brought back to Sandal Castle to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Wakefield. Sandal Castle was the site of the one of the bloodiest battles of the War of the Roses on December 30, 1460 – ending with Lancastrian defeat and the…