Archive - Sep 2009

September 9th

[WES] Crown Tournament

Please come bear witness as new Heirs are chosen to sit the thrones of the West. As an experiment, people will be able to reserve space on the list field in advance. If you are assigned space on the list field, you have agreed to provide a buffet table with food (think snacks) for 40 people for the parties Their Majesties hope to see this happening on the list field Saturday evening. (Drinks are optional…) Their Majesties will provide prizes for the three best tables.

[WES] Esfenn First Sword

Join us in sunny Esfenn for a day of fighting and feasting on Saturday, September 12, 2009.

AEthelmearc Royals create four new Peers at Pennsic XXXVIII

Brandubh O'Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, with the assistance of THLord Pearce Redsmythe and Lady Sophie Davenport, report that Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, turned Their hands to the creation of several new Peers at the recent Pennsic War XXXVIII.

[EAL] A Volley of Arrows

Come ye fighters, fencers, singers, dancers and of course, archers, for a day of merriment, skills, sparring and feasting in the beautiful Caledon Hills. Enjoy the day surrounded by woods and sky and in the evening, celebrate the day's events with a hearty feast and voices raised in song around the bonfire. Merchants are welcome to market their wares. There will also be an A&S competition, so prepare!

[MID] Saxon Summer IX

The Shire of Rivenvale presents Saxon Summer IX September 11-13, 2009

Invergarry Castle gets a "Second Life"

Invergarry Castle in the Highlands of Scotland is a ruin. It was burned by Cromwell and later ransacked by English soldiers, but it now has a new virtual life in the online world of Second Life.

September 8th

Katherine d'Aquitane Elevated at Pennsic

At the final West Kingdom Court at Pennsic War, their Majesties of the West, Alden and Constantina, offered and elevated Katherine d'Aquitane to the order of the Pelican.

The things you find in bogs!

In an article for Wired Science, reporter Alexis Madriga ponders the sorts of things that have been found in peat bogs, including canoes, bodies, murder weapons and barrels of butter. (photos)

Tomb of Bulgarian princess found

A team of archaeologists working in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria’s medieval capital, have discovered the tomb of what they believe is a 14th century Bulgarian princess.

September 7th

17th century recipe books online

Jane Stockton of the Kingdom of Lochac reports that the Wellcome Library has posted its entire collection of 17th century recipe books on its website in PDF format. The manuscripts are searchable by way of the library's catalog.

Search of the grave of Fulke Greville could solve Shakespeare mystery

A group of parishioners at St. Mary's church in Warwick, England have requested permission to open the tomb of Fulke Greville, a writer and contemporary of Shakespeare, who, some believe, wrote at least some of Shakespeare's plays. They hope that mysterious "boxes" in the grave might contain manuscripts.

Haggis invented by the English

English historian Catherine Brown, whose documentary Made in Scotland aired recently on British television, claims that haggis "was originally an English dish."

September 6th

Archers shoot from Wexford battlements

Cetach Fitzgibbon of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc has posted a series of videos from the Regional Archery muster at the Castle in Wexford, Pennsylvania. The castle featured in the videos is the home of Baron Byron and Baroness Ariella.

"Born of Hope" trailer online

A trailer for the fan film Born of Hope, based on Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings, is available to view on the Daily Motion website.

First known Jewish temple found in Lycia

Archaeologists excavating the ancient port city of Andriake in Lycia have discovered what they believe is the "first archaeological trace of Jewish culture" found in the area. They believe the temple was one of the earliest built after a 212 C.E. law allowed Jews to become Roman citizen.

September 5th

Fleamarket find might be Templar artifact

Christie's auction house in London is trying to verify claims that an ornately-decorated piece of wood, found at an English car boot sale, might be the door of a Templar tabernacle, dating from between 700 and 1200 C.E. (photo)

Orkney neolithic cathedral "built to impress"

A 65 ft. (21 meter) long structure dating back 5,000 years has been discovered at the Ness of Brodgar in Scotland's Orkney Islands. The walls of the structure, which would have been 16ft (5 meters) thick and surrounding a cross-shaped inner sanctum, still stand.

Braveheart #2 of "10 most historically inaccurate movies"

Caroline White of the Times Online has put together a list of the "10 most historically inaccurate movies" of all time. Mel Gibson holds the record with three of the ten, including 1995's Braveheart.

September 4th

[ANT] Arts & Sciences and Bardic Championships

Their Excellencies Ragnarr and Bergdis bid you to join Them as the Canton of Porte de l’Eau hosts the event, and new A&S and Bardic Champions are chosen among the revelry of Dance and a Potluck Feast.

[ATL] Chalice of the Sun God VI: Leda's Twins

Once again, the cry goes forth for all heroes to vie for glory and honor in the Chalice Championships. And for those who choose to attempt it, there is the legendary "Chalice of the Sun God," the cup of Helios given to Hercules in the course of his labors. This year the theme is Leda and her twins. Read about the myth on Wikipedia. Please join us for this unique challenge!

[ATL] Midnight at the Oasis

Sandy winds are blowing from the west, the palm trees are swaying, and the midday sun is beating down on our heads. The smell of falafel is wafting from the fires. That seems to be all they feed us, falafel day after day falafel, falafel, falafel ... sheeez.

[ATL] War of the Wings IV

Once again there is cause for the Baronies of Sacred Stone and Black Diamond to meet on the fields of Elchenburg Castle to seek resolution to conflict. With the help of their friends they will strive to settle their differences throug artistic, scientific, heraldic and martial competitions.

Video of Oertha's Summer 2009 Coronet on YouTube

Baron Khevron has posted video from the recent Summer 2009 Coronet in the Principality of Oertha (Kingdom of the West) on YouTube. Georg of Glacier's Edge was the victor of the tournament.

[AET] Bards and Bows

The Shire of Sterlynge Vayle welcomes all back to the new Damp Dragon Inn for Bards and Bows on September 12, 2009. This event will be held at Camp Amahami, 434 Page Pond Road, in Sanford NY.

A chainmail labor of love

David Austin has created a chess set, including board, entirely from chainmail using .035" wire. His results are posted on the Craft Blog website. (photos)

Know your medieval phraseology?

Test your knowledge of medieval terms in an online quiz by Melissa Snell, and posted on About.com. The terms were taken from Melissa's Medieval History Blog "Medieval History Glossary."

September 3rd

Isabella Falco deh Galinha elevated at Pennsic XXXVIII

Viscountess Astrid of the Yellow Rose reports that in Their Court at Pennsic XXXVIII, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Northshield placed Isabella Falco deh Galinha on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Living like a noble in Germany

Travelers to Germany who want a special experience might want to consider staying in one of the 50 castles and stately homes serving as hotels. Deborah Kolben of the New York Times looks at the experience of living the life of German nobility. (slideshow)

Byzantine seal found near Varna

Bulgarian archaeologists working at a medieval monastery near the Bulgarian city of Varna have discovered a 10th century Byzantine seal believed to have belonged to an imperial protospatario in Constantinople.

September 2nd

Researchers investigate "ancient lighting"

A team of experts is investigating ancient lighting techniques to evaluate how artifacts would look in their original light. The result "is a warm, sumptuous glow, which the researchers describe as subtle and pleasant compared with the 'rough, almost unnatural' effect of modern lighting." (photo)