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November 26, 1992
Patrick Geary, a scholar of medieval history and literature from the University of Florida, has been named director of UCLA's interdisciplinary Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In announcing the appointment, Richard Sisson, UCLA senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, said: "I am delighted that a scholar of such accomplishment has agreed to lead one of our most distinguished centers." Geary, whose research focuses on ethnicity in the early Middle Ages, has a Ph.D.
June 17, 1990 | SAMANTHA TANSKY
PITY THE KNIGHT who wore chain mail as heavy as the 40-pound shirt made of 21,500 interlinking metal rings. Robin Grattidge doesn't ask his employees to wear such attire, but he does require that they dress in the styles of centuries long gone by. To the owner of Medieval Fantasies--A Renaissance Merchant's Gallery, archaic is hip. With his small cultural center, Grattidge whisks browsers back in time.
May 29, 1985 | Associated Press
Ninety-nine medieval gold coins discovered by a farmer plowing a field were sold at auction for $84,820 on Tuesday, Christie's auction house said. Christie's representative said the coins, minted between 1354 and 1433, were sold by Simon Drake, a 29-year-old farmer. Drake found the first of the coins in May, 1983, while plowing a field at his farm in southwestern England.
August 15, 2004
Of all the stops during a two-month backpacking journey through Europe a couple of years ago, Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic was the favorite of Matt Ludin, a reader in the city of Orange. He took this picture from the medieval castle perched above town. "It has a magical feel," Ludin says of Cesky Krumlov. "Even though you're in such a different place, it feels like home."
August 17, 1996 | DAVID E. BRADY
Transformed temporarily into a magical, make-believe village called Dragonvale where warring knights clash in furious combat, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center is hosting a two-day medieval-themed carnival beginning today. "I enjoy just stepping back in time for a while," said promoter Diana Bayhylle, a Calabasas bookkeeper who has been staging the festival for three years. This year's event is titled the Medieval Horse Tournament of the Rose.
September 23, 1987 | MARK CHALON SMITH
When UC Irvine's ambitious Medieval Theatre Festival began in 1985, there was concern that the archaic plays with religious themes might be inaccessible to most people. Even Robert Cohen, the festival director, wasn't convinced that it was such a good idea.
August 29, 1986 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
There are no plunging rides or whirling waterways at Medieval Times, the $7-million venture that opened June 5 near Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Rather, the indoor dinner-arena show in Buena Park is a throwback to feudal days with its 11th-Century-styled tournament complete with horseback jousts and mock clashes with swords and axes. But the knights and horses are only half the show.
November 14, 1996
Hugo Buchthal, 87, art historian and authority on the illustration of medieval manuscripts. Born and raised in Berlin, Buchthal fled Nazi Germany to teach at the University of London and from 1965 to 1975 at New York University. He was a frequent visiting professor at Harvard University and also spent some time with the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.
December 31, 1995
Walter Horn, 87, specialist in medieval architecture who taught art history at UC Berkeley for more than 35 years. Raised in Heidelberg, Germany, Horn studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Berlin. He fled Germany in opposition to the Nazi regime and did graduate studies at the German Art Institute in Florence, Italy, then moved to the United States and to Berkeley in 1938. During World War II, Horn served in the U.S. Army, interrogating prisoners of war, and rose to the rank of captain.
Facing delays and community opposition, a firm has abandoned its plans to build a Medieval Times restaurant in Carlsbad that would have featured lavish equestrian shows and costumed knights in mock combat. The proposed theme restaurant had divided the community between merchants who favored the new tourist attraction and homeowners' groups that rallied against a project they feared would warp Carlsbad's village atmosphere.
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