Archive - May 2008

May 18th

Midrealm to hold rare double Crown Tournament

On May 25, the Middle Kingdom will host two Crown Tournaments to establish first a current Sovereign and Consort, then the Royal Heirs, after a Board action in accordance with Corpora cut short the reign of Lutr and Tessa.

May 17th

Irish town emerges as Viking trade center

Excavation for a highway by-pass have unearthed evidence of a Viking trading center in Woodstown in County Waterford, Ireland. Over 5,000 artifacts have so far been discovered dating to the year 860.

This season's fashion hit: gladiator sandals!

Gladiatrices and warrior-wannabes will find themselves in style this spring with new lines of sandals from designers such as Dolce & Gabbana based on Roman patterns. Derek McCormack of the National Post has the story. (photos)

Swords clash in Wisconsin park

The sound of sword on metal drew visitors away from their little league games recently in Appleton, Wisconsin when members of the Barony of Windhaven showed off their medieval chops. Steve Wideman of the Appleton Post-Crescent has the story. (photo and video)

May 16th

Beach books, medieval style

Are you a fan of medieval historical fiction? Don't know what to read next? Take a look at Nan Hawthorne's Medieval Novels website for ideas.

Alabama Welsh Society calls for the return of Madoc's historic marker

The Alabama Welsh Society wants a plaque reinstated marking the supposed arrival of Prince Madoc ap Owain in the U.S. three centuries before Columbus. The legend has it their two ships dropped anchor at what is now Mobile Bay, Alabama, in 1169 or 1170.

2nd Annual Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Midsummer Productions is returning to the Ukrainian Homestead in Lehighton, PA to present the 2nd Annual Midsummer Renaissance Faire. To be hosted the weekend of June 7 & 8, the Faire promises to be bigger and better than last year! With merchants, dancing, music, demonstrations, performances, and even a little magic...what more could you ask for? The festivities begin at 10 am and will continue until 6 pm, both Saturday and Sunday...rain or shine. For directions, tickets, and additional information check out our website: Location:
The Ukrainian Homestead - Lehighton, PA

Japan's Gosashi tomb opened to scholars

A 5th century royal Japanese tomb has been made accessible to scholars for research and study for the first time. Koji Takahashi, a Toyama University archaeologist, was one of the experts allowed into the Gosashi tomb, which "is revered as the resting place of Empress Jingu, the semi-legendary wife of the country's 14th emperor."

Midrealm event photos online

Master Philip the Pilgrim shares two albums of photos from recent events in the Middle Kingdom on his Flickr website.

May 15th

[DRA] Summer Event 2008

The Shire of Polderslot likes to invite you all to our Summer event. The theme this year will be witchcraft and superstition. The site is in a beautiful spot in the woods, perfect for outdoor activities.

We will arrange a quest to look for witches and ghosts, so we need heavy weapon fighters, fencers, but also people who are able to do arts and sciences like for example music. However, it is recommended not to stay out in the woods after dark, for the locals swear the 'witte wieven' still roam at night... Location:
Shire of Polderslot (Enschede, The Netherlands)

[WES] Spring Captaincy

Come one, come all to the final rites of the Goddess Diana, the Ludi saeculares! These rites of Rome were four historic celebrations of pageantry, games, and sacrifices to close the six day celebration honoring the goddess Diana. In the days preceding this semi-centennial event, heralds were sent about to invite the people to a spectacle which no one had ever beheld, and which no one would ever behold again. Great sporting events and sacrifices took place in the Circus Flaminius to discourage evil deities from entering the city. Location:
Barony of Winter's Gate (Fairbanks, Alaska)

[EAS] Cooking Collegium II

Mangia, mangia, mangia! But before you can eat, you have to learn how to cook! The Barony of Settmour Swamp invites you to learn all about creating feasts at our Cooking Collegium on June 28th, from 10 am to 10 pm at St. Paul's Church in Flemington, NJ.

We have classes to satisfy your brain and your stomach, for beginner chefs to advanced ones. Throughout the day, cooking, brewing, and herb related classes will be taught. We will have three types of classes: technique and theory, tasting (sampling foods), and hands-on (cooking or prepping food). And everyone will be a chef, as the food prepped in the hands-on classes will be served throughout the day buffet style, with a large buffet feast at the end of the day. Location:
Barony of Settmour Swamp (Flemington, New Jersey)

[WES] Duchess War

War is a popular theme in the West ... today in the lands of Vinhold, The Mists and Cynagua meet in friendly combat to train their armies as the kingdom prepares to march north to meet our brothers in arms of An Tir in battle and then many follow their King and Queen to war at Pennsic. There are fighter practices in many areas, but in the Shire of Wolfscairn is an outstanding opportunity to hone and sharpen your warband skills. Yes ...once again...the Shire of Wolfscairn invites all to Duchess War... the best small war ever. Location:
Shire of Wolfscairn (Santa Rosa, California)

Sir Siridean Maclachan victor of Lochac Crown Tourney

Count Sir Siridean Maclachan defeated Lord Miles de Colwell in the finals of the Fall 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac.

[MID] Melee at Roswell

Come to Alderford for a weekend of camping, melee, woods fighting and archery at the beautiful, shady B&A Primitive Weapons Club.

Enjoy a day filled with activities. Woods battles for both rapier and heavy, an archery woods walk, target archry, and classes including a weed walk.

After you've fought, shot and learned your fill, enjoy a family-style potluck with hot dogs and burgers provided by Alderford. Location:
Marche of Alderford (Roswell, Ohio)

Drachenwald Spring 2008 Crown Tourney video online

Himiltrude fan Austrasia reports that videos from the recent Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Drachenwald are now available to view online.

Raito and Æsa new Heirs to Northshield Thrones

Kitakaze Tatsu Raito, inspired by Æsa Gilsdottir, was the victor of the May 10, 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

May 14th

From banker to warrior: the transformation of Sergio Iacomoni

What makes an Italian banker decide to gird his lions and become a Roman gladiator? "One day, we were talking. We had played enough tennis, worked out with enough sports. So we decided: OK, now we'll be gladiators," said Sergio Iacomoni, who now calls himself Nerone.

Did smallpox kill Gloucester Romans?

Experts working on the recently-discovered mass Roman grave in Gloucester, England will be using DNA tests to determine what killed over 90 individuals. A first look at the remains points to a 2nd century smallpox outbreak that swept across Britain.

Drachenwald Spring Crown Tournament photos

Kolja and Gottfried share photos taken at the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

May 13th

Passing of Viscountess Elaina von Mannheim

With great sadness comes the news that Her Excellency, Viscountess Elaina von Mannheim (Toni Cordaro), 26th Princess of the Sun, has passed away in Atenveldt, on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 11:45 a.m.

Photos from the Coronation of Aaron and Rustique

Alexander Gladstone reports that he has posted photos from the recent Coronation of Their Majesties Aaron and Rustique of the Kingdom of Ealdormere on teh Two Ravens website.

Iowa Digital Library celebrates 100,000th item with 13th century manuscript

A 13th century page from the workshop of William de Brailes was digitized and added to the Iowa Digital Library as its 100,000th item.

May 12th

New Oerthan

Margery, Baroness of Winter's Gate reports that Lady Althea of Hraefnaec gave birth to a daughter May 1, 2008.

AEthelmearc Spring 2008 Crown Tourney video on YouTube

Olafr has posted video of the finals of the Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc on YouTube.

Columbus-era ship yields wealth of artifacts

Geologists from De Beers, the diamond company, have discovered the wreck of a late 15th or early 16th century ship loaded with Spanish and Portuguese treasure behind a seawall in Namibia.

Medieval comic strip humor

The Museum of Depressionist Art website explains "medieval humor" with the help of the "Katzenjammer Kids" - or the medieval equivalent.

May 11th

Stefan's Florilegium files for May 2008

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for May 2008.

It begins with a floating Burning Man...

Homesteading on the high seas? A radical idea? Not to Peter Thiel, who sees it as a new frontier. Thiel's partner in the concept is Patri Friedman, son of Duke Cariadoc, who compares the idea of "getting away from it all" with his childhood experiences at Pennsic.

Meridies Coronation photos online

Danielle has posted photos from the recent Coronation of Caspar and Cecelia in the Kingdom of Meridies.