Archive - 2012

New timeline for Stonehenge proposed

Archaeologist Timothy Darvill, of Bournemouth University in England, believes previous studies of the timeline for Stonehenge have it backwards. His new theory was published in the December issue of the journal Antiquity.

Falkirk historian to team with Historic Scotland to promote Antonine Wall

In 2008, the Antonine Wall, which runs between the firths of the Forth and Clyde in Scotland, was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Now Historic Scotland hopes to team with citizens from the Falkirk district to promote the area as a tourist destination.

December 30th

Next Baron of Jararvellir announced

Their Majesties King Yngvar and Queen Luce of the Kingdom of Northshield have announced the name of the next Baron of Jararvellir: HL Robert the Stout.

Amanda de Spencer made Pelican in Artemisia

At Their Kingdom Collegium in the Barony of Loch Salann, Their Majesties Timmur and Saige of the Kingdom of Artemisia offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Amanda de Spencer.

New Year magic in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, the period after Christmas was a time for looking ahead to the new year. Practices included superstitions and methods to predict weather for the coming year. The clergy accepted some of the age-old rituals, but were loathe to allow others. A recent article for Phys.org looks at Christmas Day fortune telling.

December 29th

[ANT] Youth Althing

The Shire of Midhaven is once again holding the Youth Althing. An event catering to the needs of our youth and families.

[ANS] Northern Regional Fighter Practices

The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter... that means it's time for Northern Regional Fighter Practices!!

[ATL] Ymir XXXVIII

Their Excellencies Callixtus and Adriana and the Barony of Windmasters' Hill invite you to join us at Betsy Jeff Penn 4H Center in Reidsville, NC the weekend of February 15-17, 2013.

[MER] Jour d'Amour

The Shire of Drakenmere cordially invites the people of Meridies to our eighth annual Jour d'Amour. Based on King Henry V's ghostwritten St. Valentine's Day poem to his French princess (while he was conquering France), our 2013 theme is The Flower of Courtesy. Valentines and warriors - what's not to like?

[OUT] Queen’s Prize

As the forest home of the Stag is ever renewed by the sapling, so too are the Outlands enriched by those newly come to the practice of Art and Science. To that end, Yasamin Khatun, Patroness of the Arts, calls upon all artisans of humble station to seek a patron and to present themselves to vie for Her favour at Her Majesty's Prize Tournament.

[GLE] Winter Wonders XXVII

Come and celebrate a Winter Festival with Ardanroe! We will have something for everyone. Spend the day on the field with the valiant fighters of our Kingdom and cheer them on in the heavy and rapier tournaments including our popular Crest Tournament and a TOC qualifier tournament.

[GLE] Regional Fighter Practice

With the kind consent of Shire Wyrmgeist, the Order of the Queens Blade announces a regional fighter practice, heavy and rapier. We specifically invite those who would like to learn to fence.  Beginner and intermediate rapier instruction will be available for adults and youths.

[ANS] Steppes 12th Night

Please join us in celebrating the Barony of the Steppes! Wear the Steppes colors (black, gold and green) and compete in the costuming competition. Prizes will be given for best early period women's and men's costumes and best late period women's and men's costumes.

[ATL] Tourney of Manannan mac Lir

Cold winds and snow may dominate the Northern reaches of our fair Kingdom, but here in the South, winter means camellias and time to fight for the Broach of Manannan. Join us for an exciting weekend of fighting, feasting and revelry as we celebrate the Celtic god of the sea!

[AET] Regional Archery Practice

There will be a Region 5 Archery Shoot on January 6, 2013. We will begin shooting at 12:00 and continue until 3:00 PM or until everyone has had their fill of fun. The shooting will be at Delftwood's regular archery site.

Fiber Fun Day

Are you ready to have some Fiber Fun?!
January 12, 2013
9am to 4pm

[LOC] Costuming Workshop

Abertridwr presents a Costuming Workshop, running over 8-weeks (the same time as the Beginners Combat School).

[LOC] May Crown Tournament

Come beach your long-ships on the shores of Burnfield and show all of Lochac your Fighting Prowess as you do battle for the Kingdoms greatest prize THE CROWN. Following the tourney a Five course Feast will be served by our fine maidens. We will be entertained by Small Crown Productions.

[CAI] Gyldenholt Unbelted Tournament

The Barons of Gyldenholt invite you to join them in celebrating the skill, valor, and the honor of the Unbelted Armored Combat Fighters of Caid. Gyldenholt's Annual Unbelted Tournament will once again be held at Pacifica High School (6851 Lampson Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92845) on January 19, 2012.

[OUT] Twelfth Night Celebration and WAR Practice

On January 19th, 2013 the Barony of Fontaine dans Sable will be hosting our annual Twelfth Night Celebration and WAR Practice!!! Please join us for a full day of fun and feasting!

[DRA] Dance Moot X

The Shire of Harpelstane once again invites you to enjoy a day of warm company and dancing to relieve the cold, dark, northern winter, with wonderful music provided by the renowned Gaita in the beautiful setting of a 13th century priory church.

[MER] 12th Night Celebration & Collegium

The Barony of Bryn Madoc invites all to celebrate the end of the winter holiday season with us.

[EAL] Septentria 12th Night

Once again the venerable Baronies of Skraeling Althing and Septentria are joining forces to celebrate 12th Night with the help of Ealdormere's newest Shire, Bastille du Lac.

[DRA] Scrip2rium/30th Anniversary Celebration

Come one, come all, to the one-day revel in ancient Oxford!  Arianrhod o Gymru, Insulae Draconis Signet, and her fellows of West Dragonshire invite you to their second annual scriptorium, in the upstairs (sadly, no lift) of the Mitre pub, a period room in a Jacobean hostel, now a Beefeater pub.  The Mitre is located on the corner of Turl Street and the High, in the very centre of Oxford.  The address is 17, High Street.

[GLE] Candlemas

CANDLEMAS… FOR THE LOVE OF WAR: A 15th century Venetian festival celebrating the conjunction of Venus and Mars

Stephen D. Winick's mummer's primer

Savor the holiday season with Huffington Post folklorist and columnist Stephen D. Winick who describes the history of mumming and his participation in the centuries-old tradition in a recent article. (photos)

"World's biggest shipwreck collection" revealed under Bosphorus

Since 2006, construction workers in Istanbul have worked along with archaeologists to uncover layer after layer of Byzantine history buried beneath the city and the Bosphorus Strait. Now the transit and tunnel project has revealed the "world's biggest shipwreck collection ever found."

December 28th

Silver hoard linked to Kett's Rebellion

A small hoard of silver found in 2011 by metal detector enthusiasts Steven Clarkson and Mark Turner has been linked to Kett's Rebellion, the 1549 uprising against "rich robber barons who had stolen the common land, leaving the peasants to starve." (photo)

Remains of celebrated de' Medici condottieri exhumed

Gino Fornaciari, professor of forensic anthropology and director of the pathology Museum at the University of Pisa, leads a team of scientists who recently exhumed the body of Giovanni de' Medici, considered one of the greatest warriors of the age. The team plans to study the body to better understand Renaissance surgery.

December 27th

Inability to adapt not the cause of demise of the Vikings

One of the theories about the demise of Viking settlers on Greenland was that the Norse were unable to adapt to the island's harsh climate, but Danish and Canadian researchers believe that was not the cause.