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The Detector Lock

Here’s a fascinating 17th century lock that not only counts the number of times it has been opened, but also has multiple forms of locking and unlocking; I see no reason why, with the advent of clockpunk, this could not be … Continue reading

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Leonardo at the London Science Museum in 2016

Certainly a must-see for me, the Science Museum in London is holding a special exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius, from 10 February to 4 September next year. Here’s the announcement: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius is … Continue reading

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Fighting in full armour: how it’s really done

(Surfacing briefly after an extraordinarily busy year…) Myths abound on the question of how far full armour of the kind still used in the early 16th century allowed its user to move, run and fight, and what kinds of tactics … Continue reading

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1510 in 2014

To an extent, 1510 has had to be bubbling on the backburner through 2013, like an alchemist’s concoction: in the main, work and ‘serious’ books got in the way. However, the time has given me the opportunity to gather my thoughts and ideas and … Continue reading

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1510 hits the small screen…kinda

I’ve been looking for the ideal 1510 TV series or film. No, not the Borgias, fun and sumptuous though it may be (albeit with too little Machiavelli). But I finally think I’ve found it with Davinci’s Demons. The lineage may … Continue reading

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The renasence [sic] bolted in from the blue…

The Middle Ages slimpared to a halt. The renasence bolted in from the blue. Life reeked with joy. Italy became robust, and more individuals felt the value of their human being. Italy, of course, was much closer to the rest … Continue reading

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1510 at Continuum 2012

Continuum is one of my two all-time favorite British gaming conventions (the other is Furnace, a smaller, very friendly event in a former jail!) and I’ll be there as one of the guests of honor, which is indeed a honor given … Continue reading

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