Three resistance fighters from the Second World War have been selected by France to be interred in the Panthéon, an honor accorded those held to have greatly contributed to France. The three are Germaine Tillion, Pierre Brossolette and Geneviève de Gaulle.
I don't know how many other universities have one of these, but Stanford University has a Medieval Manuscripts Club for students. I learned this from a Stanford Daily article which explains how the club is open to people from all disciplines - so you don't need any language training - and technology and the internet is fully used. If you've got a history themed society at your university, let me know, and the most interesting will get mentioned.
In this blog for the Daily Telegraph Dominic Selwood defends the medieval period - and specifically the bit once labelled the Dark Ages - from its many pro-Roman critics. And, a little oddly, from Game of Thrones. I don't agree with every point, but overall it's recommended.
Britain is planning to build a new high speed rail link down part of the country, and the plans are controversial to say the least. But the Thame Gazette has a quote from an HS2 spokesman, and it's very interesting. Ben Ruse is quoted as saying:
"We're very excited that as HS2 is the largest infrastructure project in the UK it will also be the biggest archaeological dig Britain has ever seen...This is an unmissable opportunity to discover what treasures lie in wait underneath the earth. We have a real chance to advance our understanding of our ancestors in this area and the land they inhabited."
This is because the government have promised to carry out excavations of all the potential historical sites along the route, so money will be coming in for archaeological work.
Experts from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, as well as Historic Scotland, have been trawling through maps and documents relating to World War 1 to make the first complete survey of buildings, sites and other survivals linked to the war. The locations include civilian and military sites, such as gun emplacements, hospitals and more, and over nine hundred were found, a full three times what was expected. The Herald from Scotland has more info.
Our final installment on this subject before tackling other eras is a look at the Nazi (mis)handling of the economy, and the way they treated children. Then there's definitions for a term that will be important later in the year, Sudetenland, and Unconditional Surrender.
This month we're looking at Nazi society, including the Nazis and Christianity, the Nazis and Women, and how the Nazis governed their state (the answer is confusingly). Then there's a quick look at the Steel Helmets. Having taken the story of Germany from 1918 to 1939, we'll be taking a break before we go into World War 2. Next month there'll pieces on Merovingians, Anglo-Scottish history (the Union), and after that a few months on multiple aspects of industrial revolution.
Britain has experienced a great deal of flooding recently, and the human and animal cost is significant. It almost seems wrong to report on this story, so I'll stay brief, but the Museum of London Archaeology is asking for volunteers, drawn from dog walkers and others, to get out into the world and see what's been uncovered by the floods and storms. Using a central website to tag results, any revealed bones, pottery, and archaeological sites previously lost might be spotted and recorded.
The Guardian newspaper has a quote from Taryn Nixon, Chief Executive: "We cannot halt the erosion or destruction of some of these sites but can ensure that the information about the remains is not lost. By creating a standardized, web-based recording system and providing training and new skills, we see this as an extraordinary opportunity for people across the country to create a lasting record that will benefit us all for years to come."
The Daily Mail has photographs of a wonderful sixteenth century book. Printed in Germany, it's been constructed so you can open it six different ways, and read six different texts, all packed into the shape of one book. The photos come from the National Library of Sweden. Something else to put onto the list if I win the lottery.
This is a story for people who love cats, and people who don't like them much at all. I don't want to steal io9's thunder, but they've found a wonderful blog about an equally wonderful medieval manuscript (from c.1420), which contains a curse from a scribe to the cat who'd peed on his manuscript: "Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come."