Archive - 2008

March 17th

Sew Much Comfort Gives Aid for Soldiers

An Ohio-based group, "Sew Much Comfort," has taken on the job of providing adapted clothing for wounded soldiers. They are seeking volunteers to help with the sewing projects.

Pictures from Atenveldt Crown Tournament

Gwendolen Wold and Godfrey von Rheinfels have created albums of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

March 16th

Mary Queen of Scots warrant will remain in England

A copy of the warrant calling for the execution of Mary Queen of Scots will remain in England thanks to donations and a law hoping to keep important documents in the country. The warrant had been scheduled to be sold to a private buyer and taken overseas.

Honorable Lady Roisin vigiled for Chivalry

On the field at Gulf Wars on March 14, Their Majesties Hagan and Eilis Northshield placed The Honorable Lady Roisin ingen Aillel on vigil for the Order of Chivalry.

Results of parrot food experiment: why a seed-only diet wouldn't have worked in period

Lady Aisin Biya has concluded a six-week test of parrot feeding habits, and concludes that parrots would not have survived in medieval Europe on a diet composed only of the seeds available locally.

March 15th

Will Lindisfarne Gospels return north?

The flack over the return of cultural treasures to their native lands has started again, this time over the Lindisfarne Gospels, the priceless 8th century manuscripts currently residing in the British library in London.

Barony of Seagirt Succession

In the Barony of Seagirt, on April 12, 2008 as the populace of the Principality of Tir Righ gather to choose their successors, the Baronial citizens will celebrate the completion of the tenure of James and Tangwystl, and welcome the newest Baron and Baroness of Seagirt.

Venice exhibit focusses on contributions of "barbarians"

A new exhibit at Venice's Palazzo Grassi endeavors to disprove the reputation of the "barbaric tribes" during Europe's Dark Ages. Rome and the Barbarians: Birth of a New World will be at the Palazzo Grassi until July 20, 2008.

March 14th

Two elevated at AEthelmearc's Carnivale

On February 9, 2008, Their Majesties Duncan and Ilish of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, placed Signora Tomasia da Collevento on vigil to contemplate entry into the Order of the Laurel. At the same Court, after hearing of her service, They placed THLady Ailis Linne on vigil for the Order of the Pelican.

Medieval skull and remains found in river

A worker dredging in the River Lark in Suffolk, England, recently found a skull and other human remains from the Middle Ages. The find also included bones from a juvenile and a metal buckle that has been dated to the 14th century.

Garden of Earthly Delights photos online

Duchess Nerissa shares a lovely album of photos from the recent Garden of Earthly Delights event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

March 13th

Nottinghill Coill Baronial Birthday photographs

Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce of the Canton of Falcon Cree in Atlantia shares photos from the recent Birthday Celebration in the Barony of Nottinghill Coill.

Re-enactors needed for Canadian events

David J. Brunelle, Heritage Co-ordinator for the Nine Mile Portage Heritage Festival, reports that the City of Barrie (Ontario) Festival is seeking re-enactors, presenters and musicians for its 19th Century/War of 1812 encampment. Other encampments are also seeking performers.

Festival of the Rose photos

Dragon has posted an album of photos from the recent Festival of the Roses in the Kingdom of Caid on the Crimson Dragon Photo Gallery.

March 12th

Shroud of Turin photographed in HD

Church leaders and scientists will have a new opportunity to study the famous Shroud of Turin which is rarely seen by the public. The Shroud was recently photographed in high definition, creating a 12.8 billion-pixel image.

Remains of Sir Hugh Despenser the Younger identified at Hulton Abbey

Archaeologists believe that they have identified mutilated remains found at Hulton Abbey as those of Sir Hugh Despenser the Younger, reputed to have been the lover of Edward II. The remains were first discovered in the 1970s.

Barony of Stonemarche welcomes newest Eastrealm subject

Mistress Fia Kareman and Lord Matthew Moraveous Avdenmork joyfully announce the birth of their son, Galen Thomas Begnoche, at 8:09 EST on February 29. The family resides in the Barony of Stonemarche, in the East Kingdom.

Shava's pictures from Fighters' School

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports on and shares photos from the recent Fighers' School in the Barony of Windhaven (Northshield).

March 11th

Built to Spill offers soundtrack to medieval life

Without uttering a single word, the rock group Built to Spill captures the drama and reality of the modern medieval life in a video on YouTube.

Heraldrydiculous hits 100!

Baron Khevron of the Principality of Oertha in the West Kingdom reports that his heraldry-related comic Heraldrydiculous has passed the 100 mark (104 at last count.)

Teribus to perform in Midrealm

Teribus (featuring Midrealm drummer Nevik) will be performing their first concert within the borders of the Barony of Fenix in the Middle Kingdom on March 22, 2008.

March 10th

Lizapalooza! A weekend of learning with Drea Leed

CostumeTalk.com is pleased to welcome Drea Leed, independent scholar and owner of the most extensive Elizabethan and Tudor costuming reference on the Web, The Elizabethan Costume Page (www.elizabethancostume.net), as our speaker April 12-13, 2008, in Eugene, Oregon. Two full days of lectures capped off with two hands-on, limited attendance workshops!

The origins of the skirt

The skirt has been a staple of women's wear for centuries, but, according to Kass McGann in an article on the Fabrics-store.com website, "Skirting the Issue," it was not always an outer garment.

Donald Trump in dutch with Scottish heralds

American millionaire businessman Donald Trump is being investigated for his plan to use the Trump heraldry to promote his golf resort in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

March 9th

Reminder: Iron Chef: Marshin Fayne and 6th Annual Goods and Services Auction

This is a reminder that on Thursday, March 13 at Gulf Wars XVII, Clan Marshin Fayne will be hosting to incredible events filled with food, fun, and Charity.

Ronja Jordis Ulfhild born in Drachenwald

Racaire informs us that a new addition has been welcomed to the Shire of Ad Flumen Caerulum in Austria. Young Ronja Jordis Ulfhild was born to shire member Arnulf der Zeilner on February 23, 2008.

Royal children subjects of Columbus exhibit

Lady Faoileann reports that the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art will sponsor a special exhibit Great Expectations: Aristocratic Children in European Portraiture through June 8, 2008.

March 8th

Da Vinci Code fame brings financial boon to Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel, the 15th century C.E. Scottish church featured in The Da Vinci Code, reports a UK£1.35m budget surplus due to the stream of visitors who came to see the building depicted in the book and film.

Purloined map returned to Spain

A rare 15th century Ptolemy world view map stolen in 2007 from the National library of Spain has been discovered in a Sydney, Australia art gallery and returned to Spain.

Lupercalia in Northshield

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva recently attended Lupercalia in the Shire of Rivenwood Tower (Northshield). Her photos are now available online.