Archive - Aug 2011

August 10th

Collection of Pennsic 2007 photo albums online

Eirik Anderson reports that he has posted a number of photo albums from Pennsic 2007 on his website. There are over 1900 photos in the 9 albums.

August 9th

Three placed on vigil at Simple Day

Three members of the populace were placed on vigil by Their Majesties Arch and Runa of the Middle Kingdom at Their recent Simple Day event to contemplate elevation to the Peerage.

More photos from Battlemoor II

Evain Macrae reports that she has created several albums of photos from Battlemoor II which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The photos are available on her public Facebook site.

Rebels fight King John in "Ironclad"

In Ironclad, a new film from director Jonathan English, a small group of Knights Templar strive to hold King John to his signature on the Magna Carta by defending Rochester Castle. The film debuted July 26, 2011. (photos)

Viking tooth filing may have intimidated enemies

Long before grills and gold caps, Vikings used tooth decoration as a way to intimidate their enemies. Evidence can be seen in the intricate horizontal patterns filed into the teeth of Viking warriors found buried in Dorset.

Outlands Battlemoor 2011 photos online

Unna reports that she has created an album of photos from Battlemoor, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The photos are available on her public Facebook page.

August 8th

War declared at Pennsic War XL opening ceremonies

“We assure you this will be the greatest celebration in the history of the Known World,”  said HRM Christopher of Æthelmearc during Opening Ceremonies of the 40th Pennsic War. Battlefield Reporter DonalBane of Blakmers of the Pennsic Independent has the story. (photo)

Madrid researchers search for bones of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote

Researchers are about to undertake a Quixotic quest - to find the lost bones of Miguel de Cervantes. They are believed to be somewhere in a convent in Madrid.

Two elevated to Pelican in AEthelmearc

THLord Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at the recent Bog Three Day Event in the Barony of Saint Swithins Bog, Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, recognized the contributions of two of Their subjects by elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Medieval knights are strange inspiration to Mexican drug cartel

The Knights Templar is no longer just a historic group shrouded in mystery. A violent Mexican drug cartel has been founded under the same name, and espouses its own code of conduct and chivalry.

August 7th

Trillium War 2011 videos and photos online

Eirik Andersen of the Kingdom of Ealdormere reports that he has posted two videos from the recent Trillium War. The videos and photos are available on his website.

Free research downloads from Amazon.com

Thegn Grimmund Blackwing reports that Amazon.com is offering free downloads of several books of interest to medieval scholars. The downloads are available for the Kindle or for other e-reader apps.

15th century brassieres

A presentation from the 2011 annual conference for the North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles (NESAT) explores the use of the bra in the 15th century. The paper by Beatrix Nutz is entitles Bras in the 15th Century? A Preliminary Report.

August 6th

Sex and politics in the Middle Ages

In his dissertation, Henric Bagerius of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, explores sexuality and politics in the late medieval Iceland, and redefines sex as less of a personal relationship and more of an exercise in power.

Medieval coronation book online

The University of California Press eBook Collection has published a free, online edition of Medieval and Early Modern Monarchic Ritual by János M. Bak. The book was first published in 1990.

Lilies War XXV photos online

Vilhelm Lich reports that he has created several albums of photos from Lilies War XXV. The photos are available on Flickr.

August 5th

Medieval meets modern in artist's paintings

Lillias reports that Chum McLeod, an artist from Barrie, Ontario, has created a blog featuring illuminated capitals blending modern watercolor techniques with familiar medieval designs.

Geoffrey Chaucer: standup comedian

Three men walk into a bar... you all know the rest. Or do you? British standup comedian Bill Bailey gives the story a medieval twist in this YouTube clip.

9th and 10th century Viking coins found in Cumbria, England

A hoard of over 90 silver Viking coins dating to the 9th and 10th centuries was discovered recently by a metal detectorist near Furness, England. (photo)

Drug testing Shakespeare

Anthropologist Francis Thackeray believes William Shakespeare was a pothead -- really -- and hopes to exhume the bard for drug tests. Thackeray's petition for exhumation has been made to the Church of England, based on his research done over the past ten years.

August 4th

Newly-discovered da Vinci could break world auction record

When Salvator Mundi or Saviour of the World, goes to auction, it could sell for a world record UK£125 million. The recently-restored painting, once attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, a protégé of Leonardo, has been certified an authentic da Vinci by a panel of experts. (photo)

The riches of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple

In a moment straight out of an Indiana Jones film, a panel of officials opened the sealed vaults to the 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala finding treasure worth billions of rupees.

New project to explore social networking in Renaissance Italy

Professor Jane Everson, from the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, believes that Italian academics of the Renaissance pre-dated today's Facebook and Twitter users by more than 400 years by using correspondence to debate social issues.

Hrothgar's Lilies War 25 photos

Hrothgar reports that he has posted a number of albums from Lilies War 25, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Flickr.

August 3rd

Wanted: Key keeper for 12th century castle

Cadw, the Welsh government's historic environment service, is looking for a caretaker for Newcastle, a 12th century castle near Bridgend.

Fresco of St. Paul found in Naples catacombs

A 6th century fresco of St. Paul has been discovered in the Catacombs of San Gennaro in Naples during restoration work according to L'Osservatore, the official Vatican newspaper. (photo)

Armor and the modern woman

The College Humor website finally addresses an issue long debated by fighters and gamers alike: female armor. (video)

AEthelmearc event photos online

Dragos Pelikanos reports that he has created an two albums of photos from Melee Madness and Barony Wars which took place in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

August 2nd

Over 100 illuminated books auctioned by Sotheby's

Over one hundred medieval manuscripts and miniatures from the Bergendal Collection were auctioned July 5, 2011 at Sotheby's Auction House. The manuscripts include 22 pre-thirteenth century books. (photos)

Pottery sheds light on medieval Welsh manor

The discovery of elaborate, locally made pottery is giving insight into a southern Welsh manor and the medieval village surrounding it.