Archive - May 2009

May 26th

William and Onora new Heirs in Gleann Abhann

Eduin le Younghe reports that William fitzHugh de Cambria was the victor in the May 16, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. William was inspired by Onora.

Yarl Cedric Rolfsson victor of An Tir Spring 2009 Crown Tourney

Baroness Elspeth reports that Yarl Cedric Rolfsson defeated Duke Davin in the finals of the May 16, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of An Tir.

Medieval conference marks Cambridge University's 800th anniversary

Knowledge and Learning in the Middle Ages: A Conference Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the University of Cambridge is the title of the one-day conference hosted by the Magdalene Society of Medievalists. registration is now open for the June 13, 2009 conference.

Free early music sampler online

Fans of early music will be glad to know that Amazon.com has a FREE MP3 download of the album Very Best of Naxos Early Music.

May 25th

Sigifrith Hauknefr knighted in the West

Duchess Kara Baraksdottir reports that Sigifrith Hauknefr was elevated to the Order of the Chivalry at the recent 2009 Beltane event in the Kingdom of the West.

Stefan's Florilegium files for May 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to stefan's Florilegium for May 2009.

Murder of Thomas a Becket subject of medieval Spanish paintings

An important link between the joined histories of England and Spain remains covered by wooden panels in a ruined church in Soria, Spain. The panels depict the murder of St. Thomas a Becket, an act that sat heavily on the shoulders of king Henry II of England. (photo)

Avalon brings armored combat to Tokyo

Historical Japan isn't just about elegant tea ceremonies or graceful cherry blossoms. Sometimes it's about 15th century sword fighting. Members of Avalon, a sister organization of the SCA, teach the martial art at Mejiro’s Castle Tintagel, a European medieval martial arts training center in Tokyo. Patrick W Galbraith of Japan Today has the story.

May 24th

Bardolph and Dag meet in finals of Middle Kingdom Crown Tourney

The finals for the May 24 Middle Kingdom Crown Tournament began on a financial note: “I have a tip, Your Grace,” Duke Bardolph cried across the list to his opponent, Duke Dag Thorgrimsson. “So do I,” Dag responded. “Stay out of the stock market right now.”

Roman road being destroyed by 4x4s

The last remnants of a Roman road from Wandlebury to Horseheath, England are being destroyed by trail bikers and 4x4 drivers who using it as a race track.

East Kingdom's Winter War XII video online

Seigneur Christophe de Frisselle has posted a series of videos on YouTube from the Shire of the Northern Outpost's Winter War event in the Kingdom of the East. In addition to fighters from the East Kingdom, the event was visited by His Majesty of Ealdormere and other fighters from that Kingdom.

Dorcas Whitecap offered elevation at Spring Fling

Ines Alfon reports that Their Majesties of Calontir offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Dorcas Whitecap at the recent Spring Fling event.

Photos of Calontir March 2009 Coronation online

Hrothgar reports that he has created an album of photos from the March 2009 Coronation in the kingdom of Calontir.

May 23rd

Debate continues over Michelangelo crucifix

A EU3.3 million wooden crucifix, bought recently at auction by the Italian government, may or may not have been created by Michelangelo. The newly-purchased piece made its debut in December at the Italian Embassy to the Holy See, and was visited by the Pope.

"Lost" 12th century church found in Swyddffynnon, Wales

A team of archaeologists using a geophysical survey have discovered what is believed to be Capel y Groes, a grange chapel built in 1165 and connected to nearby Strata Florida Abbey. The church was last recorded on maps in the mid 19th century and considered "lost" since that time.

[EAS] Warren County 4H Ren Fair

GET READY FOR IT! Sept 12 & 13th 09 The First Ever, INVITATIONAL JOUST TOURNAMENT & MEDEVAL FESTIVAL RENAISSANCE FAIR in NJ. More Entertainment and Vendors than Camalot!

[MER] Glasgow Highland Games

You are invited to join the Shire of Loch an Fhraoich for a weekend-long fun filled demo at the Glasgow Highland Games. Thursday May 28th through Sunday May 31st, 2009

[OUT] St. Sebastian's Archery & Caerthen Archery Warden and Crossbowman Competition

All archers are called upon to come and show their prowess with the handbow and crossbow. St Sebastians is alive and well with yet another change of location.

Pope commemorates bravery of Swiss Guard during Regime of Terror

Pope Benedict XVI recently commemorated the bravery of the Swiss Guard, who helped save the city of Rome from an army of mercenaries in 1527, by swearing in the latest batch of recruits.

Justine wows Ice Dragon fashion show

Justin Lymner of the Barony of Delftwood in AEthelmearc has posted a video clip taken at recent Ice Dragon event featuring the fashion stylings of his "sister" Justine.

May 22nd

Verrocchio sculptures by student da Vinci?

Were two of the sculptures in Andrea del Verrocchio's silver altar panel Beheading of the Baptist actually created by the artist's student assistant Leonardo da Vinci? Gary M. Radke, a professor of the humanities at Syracuse University, thinks so. The work will be on exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.

Elizabet McKenzie Du Ross elevated to Pelican in Meridies

It was announced on the Tavern Yard list that Elizabet McKenzie Du Ross was placed on vigil by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Meridies to contemplate elevation to the order of the Pelican.

Historic photos from the Principality of Ealdormere online

Eirik Andersen of the Kingdom of Ealdormere has announced that he has been permitted to scan an album of photos from Countess Tangwystl chronicling the early years of the Principality of Ealdormere. The photos have been posted on the Two Ravens website.

May 21st

Photos from the 2009 Hidden Mountain Baronial Birthday A&S

Lidia de Ragusa has created an album of photos from the 2009 Baronial Birthday celebration in the Barony of Hidden Mountain (Kingdom of Atlantia).

Inbreeding may have led to the demise of the Hapsburgs

A new study by geneticists from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain shows that inbreeding may have weakened the male line and brought about the end of the Hapsburg dynasty. The last king, Charles II of Spain, died in 1700 without male heirs.

May 20th

Estrella War Youth Center and School Tours Volunteers Needed

Estrella War XXVI needs volunteers to run the Youth Center and to lead School Tours at the war. These are positions that do not require the volunteers to attend pre-war planning meetings so long as the volunteers can maintain communication through e-mail or by telephone.

Photos from the creation of Ansteorra

A page on the Kingdom of Ansteorra History Wiki takes readers back to the first day of the new Kingdom, June 16, 1979, when King Theor of Atenveldt officially passed governance to King Jonathan DeLaufyson.

Largest Roman coin to be auctioned

The largest known silver Roman coin, dating to the 4th century C.E., will be auctioned in late May 2009 in the United States. The coin weighs 104.30 grams.(photo)

Pennsic Troll announces changes

Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy, Public Information Deputy for the Pennsic War 38, has announced a change in gate entry policy for this year's War.

May 19th

Tulips brought to Europe by the Turks

New research by experts at the University of Cordoba and the School of Arabic Studies seems to indicate that the first tulips in Europe were brought to Islamic Spain by way of Byzantium. The bulbs could then have been brought to Holland, where they became the country's symbol.