Ancient hand grenade from the Crusades

Not sure how I missed this story back in August. A centuries-old hand grenade that may date back to the time of the crusaders is among a host of treasures retrieved from the sea in Israel. The metal artifacts, some of which are more than 3,500 years old, were found over a period of years Read more about Ancient hand grenade from the Crusades[…]

600 year old medieval sword discovered

This is an older article from the beginning of the year I ran across recently. From Alehorn: A perfectly balanced Medieval Broadsword went missing in 1943 without a trace, and has evaded enthusiasts and academics for nearly a century. Finally, it’s been found – in a Texas restaurant. The Harriet Dean sword is one of Read more about 600 year old medieval sword discovered[…]

Henry VIII’s restored flagship open to public

From History.com: After 34 years, one of the most extensive conservation projects in history has come to a close as the salvaged remains of Mary Rose have been placed on full public display. For the first time visitors to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, England, will have unobstructed views of the flagship of King Read more about Henry VIII’s restored flagship open to public[…]

The wealthy and lead poisoning in the Middle Ages

Article from the University of Southern Denmark: “Being rich in the Middle Ages led to an unhealthy life” Summary: In the Middle Ages only wealthy town people could afford to eat and drink from beautiful, colored glazed cups and plates. But the glazing was made of lead, which found its way into the body if you Read more about The wealthy and lead poisoning in the Middle Ages[…]

Digitizing the medieval world

From Philly.com: At Lehigh University, a visitor to the Linderman Library can plunge into the Middle Ages and study a 15th-century text that shows the Earth as the center of the universe. Or touch the pages of an oversize religious songbook, adorned with gold leaf and painted in bright hues on calfskin, and held by Read more about Digitizing the medieval world[…]