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Archaeologists find bone fragments in hunt for 'real' Mona Lisa

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By Fanny Carrier

Mona Lisa

Florence (Italy) (AFP) - Italian archaeologists trying to solve the mystery behind one of the world's most famous paintings said Wednesday they had found bits of bone that could have belonged to the 'real' Mona Lisa.

The team is certain that Florentine Lisa Gherardini was the mysterious woman who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's portrait, but after years of research on skeletons unearthed in the Tuscan city, they have just a femur that might match -- but no DNA to test it against.

The earliest use of the F-word discovered

An English historian has come across the word ‘f__k’ in a court case dating to the year 1310, making it the earliest known reference to the swear word.Dr Paul Booth of Keele University spotted the name in ‘Roger F__kebythenavele’ in the Chester county court plea rolls beginning on December 8, 1310. Read the whole un-redacted story.

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75,000 gather to watch medieval battle reenactment in Russia (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of enthusiasts in medieval armor could be seen interlocking their swords in the popular historical reenactment of the crucial 1380 battle between Russians and Mongols. The show attracted thousands of Instagramming viewers to a village some 300 kilometers south of Moscow. Read the full story

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​Cannabis discovered in tobacco pipes found in William Shakespeare's garden

Forensic testing of 400-year-old pipes suggest playwright might have smoked more than just tobacco Reprinted from The Telegraph Aug 9, 2015 South African scientists have discovered that 400-year-old tobacco pipes excavated from the garden of William Shakespeare contained cannabis, suggesting the playwright might have written some of his famous works while high. Residue from early 17th century clay pipes [...]

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Pinterest Board for The Best Illuminated Manuscripts from the British Library

Follow Gael's Board British Library Medieval Manuscripts on Pinterest. Have you ever wished that you could examine a whole illuminated manuscript with a magnifying glass? Now you can with the British Library's Digital Collection. They have digitized hundreds of manuscripts and are adding more daily. Each one is rendered in its entirety at 6X (or higher) [...]

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Voynich Manuscript: Linguist claims to have translated 10 words

Stephen Bax, who teaches at the University of Bedfordshire, has produced a paper and a video where he details his theories on the text and provides translations of ten words from the manuscript, which are proper names of various plants that are depicted in the manuscript.Read the full story here on Medievalists.Nethttp://www.medievalists.net/2014/02/20/voynich-manuscript-partially-decoded-text-hoax-scholar-finds/

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Renaissance Fair List is Updated

I have finished updating the 2014 List of Renaissance Fairs, Pirate, Fairy, and Highland Games. I have verified that all the cancelled fairs are still cancelled. Good news, we've lost fewer fairs this year than in previous years and quite a few fairs have added extra days pr weekends. Only one fair shortened it's run. These [...]

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Progess on the Faire List and Articles

Renaissance Faires: Now you can open the Renaissance Faire List and the Articles again. They were unavailable for a while but now they can be reached. Look at the menu bar above for links to them. The Renaissance Faire list still shows last year's dates but the links are still good. Click on the links [...]

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New Website Design 2014

New Look for Renstore.com A new year and we are starting it our with a whole new look for Renstore.com. Come see our new site. It is filled with new pictures, new features, and lots of great sale prices.New Features Now you can zoom in on the details of the products and see the clothing [...]

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