Tag Archive: Spain

Icelandic DNA study Shows Evidence of First Americans in Europe in 1000

When Christopher Columbus returned from his first voyage to the Americas, he shanghaied ten to twenty-five of the native peoples he encountered on the Caribbean islands he explored. Of these, only 6 were to be presented to the court of Spain’s Catholic monarchs when he returned to the Iberian Peninsula in March 1493. These 6…

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…

Facsimile of Isabella Breviary unveiled at Miami Book Fair

An exact replica of Spanish Queen Isabella’s breviary, a medieval codex that is highly prized for its illuminated pages, stunning beauty and luxurious decoration, was exhibited Thursday at the Miami Book Fair International by Spanish publisher Manuel Moleiro. The meticulous copy of this treasured, 1,046-page manuscript, housed at the British Library in London, required five…

Dr. Thomas O’Connor packs Cooper Hall

Dr. Thomas O’Connor, a professor at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth, rejects the traditional belief that the Middle Ages, particularly the Spanish Inquisition, were filled with executions and torture. O’Connor delivered a guest lecture to Brockport students and faculty in Cooper Hall on Thursday, Nov. 11. At the 7:30 p.m. start time students…

Battle to save Bagots Castle in Baginton

A race against time is underway to save forgotten Bagots Castle in Baginton. The medieval castle dates back to the 14th century – but hardly anyone knows it’s there. Villagers want to conserve its ruins – but only have a few months to raise the money needed to preserve it for future generations. Parish councillor…

University of Tennessee Marco Institute History Lecture Asks “Who’s That Girl?”

Historian Cynthia Robinson of Cornell University will deliver the annual Riggsby Lecture on Medieval Mediterranean History and Culture at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the Hodges Library auditorium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Robinson’s lecture is titled “Who’s That Girl?: Cross-Cultural Narrative, Mysticism and the Lady on the Alhambra Ceilings,” and is presented…

White Hart Forge finds history lovers who love artisan work

Hammering iron on anvils and scorching steel in a hand-built propane forge, Dan Klug and Heidi Shewchuk turn metal into art. “I’m working in a craft that has been going on for a thousand years,” said Klug, 49, as he twisted molten hot metal with tongs. “I’m not kidding when I tell my students, ‘Strike…

At 1841 Society Luncheon, a Medieval Pilgrimage Comes to Life

At a recent luncheon, a Fordham professor gave a virtual tour of a European pilgrimage route that has attracted untold thousands of people throughout history, ranging from medieval noblemen to Fordham students who posted travel dispatches on the Internet. Richard Gyug, Ph.D., professor of history and medieval studies, spoke on Sept. 21 at a luncheon…