From the new featured article Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1139 to 1161. This copper alloy and enamel medieval plaque held by the British Museum shows Henry of Blois, the insubordinate Bishop of Winchester, who compounded the already turbulent relationship between Theobald and King Stephen. The image was taken by co-nominator Ealdgyth.
This week's "Featured content" covers Sunday 17 – Saturday 23 July
From the new featured article Malagasy cuisine, women sort vanilla in the far north of the island of Madagascar (see map below).
From the new featured topic Voalavo and the new featured article of the same name: known localities of the rodent on Madagascar; its two known species are shown in red and green.
New featured picture: a Dark-spotted Tiger Moth in larval form feasts on pumpkin leaf.
New featured picture, shot during the secret Manhattan Project that changed 20th-century history: after the Ames process and the removal of the uranium, remnant slag coats the interior of a pressure vessel (c. 1943).
Malagasy cuisine (nom), a distinctive and diverse food culture, reflects the island's unique history as a crossroads of the Indian ocean. (Lemurbaby) picture at right
Voalavo (nom), a small group of Malagasy rodents discovered only in 1998 and an intriguing example of unique and long-unrecognised Malagasy diversity. This promotion completed a set of three articles that have been promoted to featured-topic status (Ucucha) picture at right
Hurricane Eloise (nom), which according to nominator Juliancolton is "one of the more significant cyclones I've written about on WP, and it's been a work-in-progress for a couple years".
Canoe River train crash (nom), a disaster in 1950 in eastern British Columbia in which two trains collided head-on killing 21 people, including 17 Canadian soldiers en route to the Korean War. The tragedy helped to make John Diefenbaker prime minister of Canada. (Wehwalt)
Theobald of Bec (nom), c. 1090 – 1161) was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1139 to 1161. He faced challenges to his authority from one of his bishops, and had a turbulent relationship with King Stephen, who forbade him to attend a papal council and was defied, resulting in the confiscation of his property and his temporary exile. (Malleus Fatuorum and Ealdgyth) picture at top
Harold Pinter (nom), acclaimed as one of the most influential English-language playwrights of the post-war era; the award of a Nobel Prize in 2005 confirmed his status. Many of his most well-known plays were adapted to film, and among his screenplay adaptations of the work of other writers were The Go-Between (1970), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), and Sleuth (2007)(Jezhotwells)
Over There (Fringe) (nom), the two-part second-season 2010 finale of the Fox television science-fiction drama series Fringe. The premise of the series is based on the idea of two parallel universes, our own and the Other Side—each of which contains historical idiosyncrasies.(Ruby2010)
One article, Tooth development (nom), was delisted (referencing, prose, MOS compliance, clean-up banners).
Voalavo (nom) was promoted, with two featured articles (one of them promoted just last week) and one good article. Voalavo is a genus of rodent found only in Madagascar, a large island off the south-east coast of Africa. They are small, grey, mouse-like rodents, among the smallest of their subfamily (nominator Ucucha). (picture at right)
Three images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":