Archive - Nov 2011

November 30th

British Male Progeniture and Act of Settlement overturned

A vote by the 16 members of the British Commonwealth has allowed a daughter of William and Catherine the possibility to ascend to the British throne. The rule of male primogeniture, giving males precedence over females in British royalty, dating to 1689, was recently overturned.

Mongol shipwreck might be part of invasion force

In the 13th century, Mongol leader and Chinese ruler Kublai Khan attempted to invade Japan. A witness to the ill-fated attempt may have been found off the coast of Nagasaki in the form of a nearly-intact Chinese ship.

SCA adds spectacle to University of Wisconsin campus

The Wisconsin State Journal follows the Barony of  Jararvellir to their fighter practice at the UW-Madison Stock Pavilion. Here students and non-students gather to fight, fence, work on armor, and show off.

Calontir's Queen's Prize photos online

Vilhelm reports that he has created four albums of photos from Queen's Prize, which took place place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Flickr.

November 29th

Five-year York Hungate dig comes to an end in December, 2011

Archaeologists are beginning to pack up their tools five years after the excavation of York, England's Hungate dig began. In 2012, the York Archaeological Trust will turn the 2,500 sq m (26,900 sq ft) excavation over to developers for a modern housing project.

14th century hand cannon demonstrated

In a 9-minute video, members of the Springfield Arsenal, LLC go "medieval" by demonstrating a 14th century 3-Barrel Rapid-Fire Pole Cannon, a black powder device fired by striking against a surface.

Dining in Narnia

What if Anthony Bourdain, the caustic host of the Travel Channel's No Reservations, visited C.S. Lewis' Narnia? Fan writer Edo no Hana of An Archive of Our Own, thinks she knows.

Subjects placed on vigil at AEthelmearc's Agincourt

Maestra Giulietta da Venezia reports that, at Their Court Their Majesties, Isenwulf and Rosalinda, King and Queen of AEthelmear, served  Writs of Summons on two of Their subjects, Baron Thomas Byron of Haverford and THLady Hilderun Hugelmann.

"Crisis in the Byzantine Empire" may have brought about the First Crusade

Everyone knows that the First Crusade began with a call from Pope Urban II to free Jerusalem from the Muslims. That is, everyone but British historian Peter Frankopan, whose new book, The First Crusade: the Call from the East, offers a different explanation.

November 28th

St. John's Bible completed

Nearly thirteen years ago, calligrapher Donald Jackson began an epic project to create a hand-written Bible, commissioned by St. John’s University in Minnesota. Now, with a final "Amen," the Bible has been completed. Michael Inbar of Today.com has the story. (video)

Vikings invade England in the 21st century

Recent Nordic archaeological discoveries in Great Britain have sparked a new interest in all things Viking. In an article for the Guardian, arts and media correspondent Vanessa Thorpe looks at new trends, based on old tales that are driving current British culture.

Help identify the Staffordshire Hoard "mystery object"

It's beautiful, but what is it? Archaeologists are asking that question about three gold and silver pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard that fit together. Guesses include a saddle fitting and the decorative terminal to a parchment scroll. (photos)

Murder at the Feast of St. Hedwig photos online

Vilhelm Lich reports that he has created several albums of photos from Murder at the Feast of St. Hedwig which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Flickr.

November 27th

Why red and green at Christmas?

As the Christmas season draws near, the colors red and green can be found everywhere, but who decided that these two colors should be associated with Christmas? Cambridge research scientist Dr Spike Bucklow believes he knows.

Pin-pointing Hastings

Battle Abbey and its surrounds, the traditional site of the Battle of Hastings between King Harold and William the Conqueror, may not be the actual site of the battle, according to a new book by Nick Austin, Secrets Of The Norman Invasion.

Medieval corpses help construct plague genetic code

An international team of researchers has reconstructed the genetic code of the Black Death using DNA extracted from the teeth of medieval corpses buried in a graveyard in London's East Smithfield. Their research has been published in the science journal Nature.

November 26th

99 Danish thanes

For those old enough to have grooved to German popstar Nena's 99 Luftballoons, this video will make your day. Nena showcases her bardic chops with a retelling of Beowulf to the tune of her signature song.

Chefs inspired by the past

Historic cookery has advanced to a point that the Wall Street Journal is taking notice. In an article by Alina Dizik, historic recipes, dating back to Roman times, are re-interpreted by the chefs of major international restaurants.

13th century Spanish document surfaces at University of Virginia

15 years ago, George Greenia discovered a 13th century medieval Spanish document, missing for centuries, in the archives at the University of Virginia’s Alderman Library. Now the contents and story of discovery of the document have been disclosed.

English class looks at vagrancy laws in Tudor England

The Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa) website, which publishes the writings by students in the class, Women Writers in the Age of Shakespeare, includes a short essay on vagrancy in Tudor England. The article, Vagrancy in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England, was written by Sara Byrnes.

November 25th

Bjorn Palsson elevated to Pelican in the Outlands

Furukusu Masahide, Blue Iris Herald for the Kingdom of the Outlands, reports that Their Majesties recently offered elevation to Bjorn Palsson.

[ATL] Atlantian Winter University

Barony of Sacred Stone plays host to Atlantian Winter University March 3, 2012 in the Barony of Sacred Stone.

[AET] Delftwood Yule

We would like to invite you all to join the Barony of Delftwood in celebrating the upcoming Yuletide Season!  We will be holding our revelry on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at St Peter & Paul Orthodox Church Bingo Hall, 402 N Lowell Ave., Syracuse, NY 13204. 

[WES] St. Stephan's Day

The Shire of Pavlok Gorod is pleased to welcome you to our annual St. Stephan's day event.

[ATE] Yule Revel

Picture this, it's the longest night of the year and how are you going to spend it? By reveling with your friends and family of course, but watch out for the trickster, can you guess who he is?

[DRA] Midwinter Feast

The Canton of Unikankare invites all to celebrate the traditional Midwinter Feast with us. This year the End is near! The possible end of the never ending tournament Nordic 1000 may come as soon as Midwinter Feast.

[ART] Cote du Ciel Shire Birthday

Our next Birthday Celebration will be Saturday, December 3, 2011.

[DRA] Insulae Draconis Coronet Tournament

The Shire of Harplestane is delighted to invite one and all to Insulae Draconis’ Fifth Coronet Tournament.

[DRA] Northern Frankmark Fighters Practice XVII

Northern Frankmark Fighters Practice XVII in the Shire of Aventiure, Canton in the Barony of Knight´s Crossing

[CAI] Medieval Marketplace

Yuletide gifts abound! Come find the perfect gift for that special Lord or Lady! Once again Heatherwyne's Annual Medieval Marketplace will showcase Caid's finest Merchants with a day-long event featuring Arts, Demos, Crafting, String Thing (Fiber Playday), Fighting and socializing.