Machiavelli and Botticelli Movies to Hit the Screen in 2016

Machiavelli The Prince by Lorenzo Raveggi.

Machiavelli and Botticelli are set to hit screens in 2016. We sat down to chat with Italian director, Lorenzo Raveggi about his two ambitious projects.

Why Did Valarte Die? Death of a Danish Knight during Expedition to West Africa in mid-15th Century

Africa Map from 1502

‘The fame of their affair having spread through the different parts of the world, it arrived at the Court of the King of Denmark and Sweden and Norway; and as you see how noble men venture themselves with the desire to see and know such things’

Image and Meaning in the Floral Borders of the Hours of Catherine of Cleves

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The Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves, produced in the Netherlands in the early 15th century, is one of the most beautiful and complex manuscripts of the late Middle Ages.

Cracking down on illegal gambling in Medieval Livonia

by Master Jean de Mauléon (c.1535)

Just like their modern day counterparts, medieval cities had to deal with their own criminal underworlds – the sex trade, gambling, and violence taking place within their walls. At the International Medieval Congress, held earlier this month at the University of Leeds, these issues were explored as part of session #706: Perceiving and Regulating Vices.

Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England

Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England

During Richard’s protectorate he was responsible, as far as we know, for four executions for treason

Caterina Sforza’s Experiments with Alchemy

Caterina Sforza

She collected over four hundred alchemical, medicinal, and cosmetic recipes, and corresponded with other alchemical adepts about materials and laboratory techniques.

Owain’s Revolt? Glyn Dŵr’s role in the outbreak of the rebellion

Owain Glyn Dwr statue at Corwen-  photo by Lyn Dafis / Flickr

This article asserts that Owain Glyn Dŵr was neither the instigator nor, initially, the sole leader of the revolt for which he has become well known. It also challenges the idea that there was just one rebellion and casts doubt on the notion that he proclaimed himself Prince of Wales on 16 September 1400.

Margery Kempe and the People on the Periphery

The first page of the Book of Margery Kempe - British Library Add MS 61823

There are few medieval texts I find so entertaining as The Book of Margery Kempe, the fifteenth-century story of a seemingly ordinary woman of Bishops Lynn, England, whose life was transformed by visions of Jesus. T

Papers on Medieval Prosopography: Session #47 at KZOO 2015

Pieter Brueghel - Kermesse (The Feast of Saint George)

Three fantastic papers on Prosopography from #KZOO2015.

The Secret Attack on Gallipoli in 1473

Ottoman Gallipoli - painting by Antoine-Laurent Castellan (1772–1838)

During the Venetian-Ottoman wars, a group of seven men attempted a secret attack on the Ottoman base at Gallipoli. The attack did not go completely as planned…

Ritualized Violence against Sorcerers in Fifteenth-Century France

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These tales of violence and sorcery reveal interesting interactions with renowned sorcerers in villages that had not yet become involved in the witch hunts that were beginning to break out in the mountains in eastern France

‘Que lo lean literalmente’: Clerical Ignorance and a Late Medieval Wedding Ceremony

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There is ample evidence that in late-medieval Spain a vast number of priests charged with carrying out the Church’s everyday liturgical responsibilities were undereducated and had little or no capacity in that language.

New Richard III Art Exhibit Opens Today

This painting entitled Sanctuary for a King, the first in the series, will be sold by silent auction with proceeds from the sale being donated to Leicester Cathedral.

Renowned Leicester artist exhibit of the reinterment of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral opens today

Lasting Falls and Wishful Recoveries: Crusading in the Black Sea Region after the Fall of Constantinople

16th century map of the Black Sea

This paper examines the Black Sea question in the second half of the 15th century, with special emphasis on crusading and religious questions.

Places to See: The King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester

Standing over the spot Richard III was discovered at the King Richard III Visitor's Centre in Leicester. Photo by Medievalists.net

Now that Richard III has been laid to rest, and his tomb is open to the public for viewing, what more is there left to see when you’re in Leicester? Plenty.

The Sumptuous Use of Food at Castle Marienburg (Malbork) at the Start of the Fifteenth Century

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The prestige role of luxury food consumption was particularly visible during meetings of an international character: Teutonic-Lithuanian, Teutonic-Polish or Teutonic-Polish-Lithuanian, to which the grand master would come accompanied by the highest Order’s officials.

Getty Museum opens Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts exhibition

Cutting from an antiphonal - Cutting from an antiphonal, early 16th century. Master B.F. (Italian, active about 1495 - 1510). Tempera and gold leaf on parchment. 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. 2009.5. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 104

The J. Paul Getty Museum has opened its newest exhibition – Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts – which brings together 25 works including illuminated manuscripts, paintings and drawings that showcases the beautiful artistic production taking place in cities such as Milan and Ferrara during the 15th century.

Writing About Richard III: Admissible Sources and Emotional Responses

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What is it about Richard III that provokes an emotional response, when so many other British monarchs are of scant interest to twenty-first century people?

Philippa Langley: The End of Richard III and the Beginning of Henry I

Philippa Langley placing a rose on Richard's casket. Will Johnston - Leicester Cathedral.

Amidst all the excitement, and the whirlwind that was Richard III’s reburial in Leicester, I managed to catch up with one of the world’s most famous Ricardians, ‘the Kingfinder’, Philippa Langley.

The Road to Richard: The Reburial of the Last Plantagenet

Richard III arrives at St. Nicholas Church to be placed onto a horse drawn carriage for the final leg of his journey to Leicester Cathedral. Medievalists.net.

While there have been outcries over the pomp and circumstance surrounding Richard’s extravagant burial, there has also been a renewed sense of pride and upswing in popularity for this much maligned monarch.

Quiz: The Battles of the Wars of the Roses

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How well do you know your timelines – can you correctly place in order these nine battles from the Wars of the Roses?

Top Ten Insults against Savonarola

Girolamo Savonarola by Fra Bartolomeo, c. 1498, Museo di San Marco, Florence.

‘He is a fruit quite worthy of his diabolical seed.’

Crowdfunding project to restore medieval prayer book closes in on goal

Mary of Guelders prayer book - photo courtesy Radbound University

In less than two weeks a crowdfunding campaign to restore a 600 year old manuscript has already raised three-quarters of €25,000 it is asking for.

Margaret Beaufort, Mother of King Henry VII

Margaret Beaufort

Margaret Beaufort, Mother of King Henry VII By Susan Abernethy Lady Margaret Beaufort was the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty of Kings in England. Her life was greatly influenced by the turning of the Wheel of Fortune. That she managed to survive the vagaries of the War of Roses in England is something at which […]

A Fifteenth-Century Merchant in London and Kent: Thomas Walsingham (d.1457)

Ruins of Scadbury Manor- photo Ian Yarham

In 1424 the London citizen and vintner Thomas Walsingham acquired the manor of Scadbury, then in the parish of Chislehurst in north-west Kent.

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