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European History October 2012 Archive

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Thomas Beckett Illustrated

Saturday October 27, 2012
A fortnight ago I experimented by linking to a picture that I saw on Twitter and really liked. The response from readers was favourable, and while I don't see enough ... Read More

Potential Royal Body almost Destroyed by Builders

Saturday October 27, 2012
Regular readers of this site will know archaeologists working in Leicester have been looking for the grave of unpopular English king Richard III, and they found a body which has ... Read More

Cat finds Lost Tomb

Saturday October 27, 2012
I'm only mentioning this story partly because I love the idea of finding lost tombs; the other part is because I know an awful lot of people with cats. So, ... Read More

Henry Cole's Rat

Friday October 19, 2012
Britain's National Archives has put a picture of a mummified rat on their Flickr account. Perhaps not too interesting, but there is a great story: at age 15, Henry Cole ... Read More

Henry VIII's 'Crown of Golde' Remade

Friday October 19, 2012
In records about Britain's royal family there's a "crowne of golde" listed. We know Henry VIII wore it, and so did descendants up to Charles I, but shortly after - ... Read More

Did the Romans Improve the Treatment of Broken Limbs?

Friday October 19, 2012
I don't cover much medical history on this site as I don't have any of the relevant training, but I did want to flag up this blog from the Bones ... Read More

New This Month

Friday October 12, 2012
This month, we 're looking at Napoleon's Empire itself. We take a look at the Empire, and also how he kept control of France. We also have an explanation of ... Read More

Black Book of Hours

Friday October 12, 2012
Today I'm trying something new: I'm linking you to a large picture that was posted on Twitter by @erik_kwakkel. It's a rare book of hours where the parchment pages were ... Read More

Warm Summers Reveal War Archaeology

Friday October 12, 2012
Much of the talk about global warming focuses on the ice caps, but a succession of warm summers have been causing glaciers in the Alps to shrink. Consequently, things which ... Read More

UK Museums Run Competition

Friday October 5, 2012
According to this BBC article, two museums in Britain are running a competition for young, wannabe curators. The Yorkshire Museum is reworking its medieval gallery, and the York Castle Museum ... Read More

Poles Recover 17th Century Thefts from Vistula

Friday October 5, 2012
Archaeologists and historians in Poland knew that in the mid seventeenth century Swedish invaders shipped back large quantities of loot, including marbles and alabaster architecture. They also knew, thanks to ... Read More

Wenlok Jug Recovered

Friday October 5, 2012
Having seen this story about the possibly permanent loss of stolen Chinese antiques, I'm pleased to be able to report on some stolen goods which have been found. The theft ... Read More

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