Archive - 2009

October 1st

[MER] Legends XVIII: The Crusades

We invite you to join the Shire of Sol Haven at AH Stephens State Park on November 6th through November 8th as we present LEGENDS: THE CRUSADES.

[MER] Silver Hammer XXXVI

Silver Hammer XXXVI, October 30-November 1, 2009

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair

Be sure and mark your calendars for SAFF 2009:

Tournament of the Phoenix and Festival of History

In its third year, the Tournament of the Phoenix has proven to be a unique learning experience as well as an exciting sporting event. Only the most highly skilled knights from around the world are invited to compete for the prize. Protected by real, museum grade armour, they engage in a series of events which demonstrate their proficiency in many of the skills essential to the Medieval knight.

Nuremberg Mahzor on display at the Israel Museum

In celebration of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new Year, officials at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem are displaying the Nuremberg Mahzor, a 14th century collection of "handwritten Ashkenazi, or northern European, prayers and liturgical poems." The manuscript is considered the largest surviving text of its kind with only 7 of its 528 pages missing.

SCA handsewing challenge

On his blog, First-time Handsewing Challenge, Gottfried Kilianus challenges SCA members who have never before undertaken a handsewn project to create one, document it, and post the results on his blog.

The ancient origins of fairy tales

A new study by cultural anthropologists shows that popular fairy tales may be older than previously believed, some dating back as much as 2500 years. The experts traced the origins of the stories through many cultures around the world.

September 30th

Festival of Ancient Heritage celebrated in Bulgaria

An international gathering of Roman re-enactors met recently in Svishtov, Bulgaria to celebrate the Festival of Ancient Heritage with re-creations of Roman military life and battles. (photo gallery)

Return of the Plague Doctor

Bring out your dead! These words will ring true once again in our current Middle Ages. The sights and sounds of the season will bring forth the return of The Plague Mask, October 29 through November 1 at Ft. Gaines in Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Sir Abu Nur Rustam ibn Abdallah victor of Summits Coronet

Krysta reports that Abu Nur Rustam ibn Abdall, KSCA, was the winner of the recent Coronet in the Principality of the Summits, Kingdom of AnTir.

September 29th

Anglo-Saxon dye and textile bibliography

The Anglo-Saxon Plant-Name Survey (ASPNS) has created a bibliography of sources for Dye and Textile History, including sections for Ancient World Dyes and Pigments and Medieval Dyes and Pigments.

Outlands Fall 2009 Crown Tournament photos online

Ethanandannie has created an album of photos from the recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The photos have been posted on their Flickr website.

Sites of conquest

A new series of articles in the online BBC History Magazine will cover famous historical sites. The first article looks at ten "places associated with the momentous events of 1066 and its aftermath."

September 28th

[LOC] Twelfth Night Investiture

Kingdom of Lochac – Twelfth Night Investiture 8-10 January 2010 Canton of Okewaite (Goulburn NSW)

Canadians to search for New World's oldest church

Experts from the Newfoundland and Labrador archaeological communities are making plans to begin a search for a 510-year-old church on the western shore of Conception Bay, thought to be North America's earliest Christian settlement.

Pictures from The Skye is the Limit

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, shares written and photographic memories of her recent trip to Barony of Castel Rouge for The Skye is the Limit.

Ancient art of falconry aids California vineyards

California vintners, desperate to save their grape harvests fro the ravages of starlings, have turned to other birds for help: falcons. Gloria Hillard has an audio report from NPR's Weekend Edition.(photo)

September 27th

Tudor bells return to Ipswich

Five 500-year-old church bells, believed to be the oldest in England, have been returned to St Lawrence Church, in Ipswich, Suffolk after a UK£100,000 restoration project. The bells had previously not been rung for 20 years due to their poor condition.

Paisley loo is archaeologists' dream

“What’s unusual is that it hasn’t been messed with. This is a loo that hasn’t been flushed for 500 years. We have a kind of sealed environment, containing artefacts like the earliest known piece of Scottish music, which we found scratched into pieces of slate," said archaeology professor Steven Driscoll of the recent excavation of a 15th century Scottish sanitation drain.

Gajalakshmi statue found in Kashmir

A small statue of the Hindu goddess of wealth Gajalakshmi has been discovered at Nagbal Lesser village in Jammu and Kashmir. The stone carving dates to the 6th or 7th century C.E.

September 26th

Law firm recognizes "historic value" of ancient deeds

John Ward, of the wills and estates planning department at Napthens, in Winckley Square, Preston, England, was delighted to be able to be able to handle a recent find at the law firm: the property deeds establishing poor houses, and property deeds dating to the 1550s.

15th century Scottish palace excavated

Experts from Murray Archeological Services are overseeing excavation of the site of a 15th century palace, occupied by Bishop Carnock, near Brechin Cathedral in Scotland. STV has the story. (video)

Stefan's Florilegium for September 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous has released his updates for Stefan's Florilegium for September 2009.

September 25th

Canterbury's oak rafters date to Norman times

Restoration work at England's Canterbury Cathedral has uncovered oak roof rafters dating to the time of William the Conqueror. While much of the cathedral's roof has been destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries, some of the 11th century timbers survive.

18 million parish records to be published online by ancestry.co.uk

In the mid-16th century, Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII's vicar-general, began the collecting of London parish records. Now 18 million of these records will be available on the ancestry.co.uk website.

[EAL] Huntsman's Harvest III

Once again the Baron and Baroness of Ben Dunfirth invite the people of Ealdormere to the quaint setting of their hunting lodge to celebrate the bountiful harvest, the plentiful game and the joy of the hunt. May they raise their voices in song, and toast of the finest meads and spirits in the Kingdom. This year, for the first time, we will send a challenge to the brewers and vintners of the Kingdom to enter the fruits of their labours in competition.

[MER] Res Equus II

Res Equus II: Barbarians at the Gate 30 Oct -1 Nov 2009

[ANS] Battle of Three Queens II

Shire of Rosenfeld presents Battle of Three Queens II: In the Name of the Rose, October 2-4, 2009.

Land grudge brought about Bosworth treachery

Historians have long held that Richard III was killed at Bosworth field in retribution for his slaying of his nephews, the young, rightful heirs, but new evidence may show a different motive: a decade-old power struggle between Richard and William Stanley.

Voice of America features Pennsic War video footage

The Voice of America's TV bureau was on hand to chronicle Pennsic 38, with over three minutes of excellent video in a feature story that has been posted on YouTube.