On August 16, 1920, Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman is struck in the temple by a ball pitched by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees. He died 12 hours later. This was the first and only death to occur as the result of a pitched ball in major league history.Ray Chapman was one of the young and impressive Cleveland team’s major stars and their best infielder.
One of the best things about being a medievalist is reading all the great texts written in the Middle Ages: chronicles, literature, even governmental records. Here are some medieval sources in translation that were published last year:The Murder, Betrayal, and Slaughter of the Glorious Charles, Count of FlandersBy Galbert of Bruges; Translated by Jeff RiderYale University Press, 2013ISBN: 9780300152302In 1127 Charles the Good, count of Flanders, was surrounded by assassins while at prayer and killed by a sword blow to the forehead.
An Unknown Female Martyr from JerusalemBy Youhanna Nessim YoussefCollectanea Christiana Orientalia, Volume 9 (2012)Abstract: In the present article we edit the fragment of a text related to an unnamed female new martyr from Jerusalem from the time of John XIII. The text sheds light on an unknown period in the History of the Coptic Church.
Reconstructing the Image of an Empress in Middle Byzantine Constantinople: Gender in Byzantium, Psellos’ Empress Zoe and the Chapel of Christ AntiphonitesBy Giulia ZulianRosetta: Papers of the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, Issue 2 (2007)Abstract: In Byzantium the choice of a specific site for imperial patronage represented a means for the emperor and empress to make visible their own conceptions of rulership and the religious values that they wished to promote.
The Arabic Origin of Liber de compositione alchimiaeBy Ahmad Y. al-HassanArabic Sciences and Philosophy, Vol. 14 (2004)Introduction: Liber de compositione alchimiae or the The Book of the Composition of Alchemy is believed to have been the first book on alchemy that was translated from Arabic into Latin.
Scientists finally explain the Moon's mysterious disappearance and the cause of a global famine in 1110 AD. While the opening line of this article sounds like a bait and switch classic, every written word is true, and the Moon actually disappeared from sight on 5th May 1110 AD.