Archive - 2012

January 26th

Ozark Castle Closes?

It appears that the replica medieval fortress in Arkansas, being constructed using authentic techniques and materials, has run out of money and is closing.

January 25th

Wallace Collection arms and armor catalog available for pre-order

The Wallace Collection has announced that pre-orders are now being taken for a digital catalog of the arms and armor held by the Wallace Collection. The catalog is being published in USB drive format with an accompanying book.

Two Westerners elevated at Twelfth Night

Viscount Sir Roric Skogan and Viscountess Syele von der Rosen of House Verthandi in the West Kingdom report that Their Majesties Uther and Kara have chosen to elevate two of Their subjects at the recent Twelfth Night event.

MIT students learn cooking of the Middle Ages

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have an interesting choice of study during the Independent Activities Period between semesters. The can take a non-credit course in food and cooking of the Middle Ages.

January 24th

Wroxeter’s Roman Town House copes with tourist increase

When Channel Four TV challenged a team of builders to construct a Roman town house, it never expected the crowds of visitors to converge on the site, leading English Heritage to require emergency repairs. The Roman Town House was the subject of the Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day program. (video)

Photos from 2012 AEthelmearc 12th Night online

Alaxandair reports that he has created an album of photos from Kingdom 12th Night which took place recently in the Barony of the Debatable Lands, Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available to view on his public Facebook site.

Bayeux Tapestry: in toto

The website Bibliotheca Augustana offers a scrollable rendition of the complete Bayeux Tapestry from end to end - and in Latin!

January 23rd

"It's about interaction and fun, not delusion"

Gerry Dowswell is retired, but that doesn't keep him from wielding a sword in his local chapter of the Society for Creatiuve Anachronism. He knows where his character ends and real life begins. "It's about interaction and fun," Dowswell said, "not delusion." (video)

Evidence suggest that London was built by Iceni slaves

An essay from a recent issue of British Archaeology suggests that the city of London was  built as a military base by the captured Iceni tribesmen of rebel Queen Boudica, who were then executed. Author Dominic Perring bases his theory on the discovery of hundreds of skulls of young males.

Peerages at Selviergard Yule

Baron Khevron of the Principality of Oertha in the Kingdom of the West reports that videos of Peerage ceremonies by Lady Merewyn of Ynys Taltraeth, shot at December 2011's Selviergard Yule, are now available to view on YouTube.

January 22nd

Activists argue for exoneration of Germany's witches

Between 1500 and 1782 CE, 25,000 people, including children, were tortured and executed for witchcraft in what is today Germany. Now activists, such as retired Protestant minister Hartmut Hegeler, are seeking to exonerate as many as possible of the German "witches."

Byzantine oil jar suggests trade Mediterranean

The Israel Antiquities Authority reports that remnants of a Byzantine oil jar, dating to the 6th century, has been found on Netanya's Poleg beach. The presence of the large jar suggests trade in olive oil along the Israeli coast. (photo)

Roman cockerel found in child's grave in Cirencester

Archaeologist Neil Holbrook, chief executive at Cotswold Archaeology, called the discovery of an 1,800-year-old enamelled cockerel figurine in the grave of a child a "most spectacular" find. The figurine is believed to have religious significance. (photo)

January 21st

The secrets of the Mary Rose

In 1545, Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose sank while fighting the French in the Solent, the straits north of the Isle of Wight in England. The remains of the ship were rediscovered in 1971, catching the imagination of historians worldwide. A documentary, Ghosts of the Mary Rose, is available online.

Discovering "a way of life from an age gone by"

Longing to live the life of a British farmer during the reign of King James I? Now, while you may not be able to live it, you can certainly watch how a group of people take on the task of working a Jacobean farm. The 12-part series, Tales from the Green Valley, is available on YouTube.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2012

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for January 2012.

January 20th

January Estrella War Digest

The Known World January Estrella War Digest has been published by the staff of the Estrella War.

Help with a quest: Battle of Nations Team USA

Bob Dionisio is funding for his attendance at the upcoming Battle of Nations where he will participate as part of Team USA.

January 19th

[ATE] Granite Mountain War Practice

To Arms, To Arms! All fighters of the Glorious Kingdom of Atenveldt pray attend. Come join us in the northern elevations of the Barony of Granite Mountain as we prepare to defend our lands and win glory for the Kingdom of Atenveldt!

[ANT] Founding Revel

Come one come all to Stromgard's Founding Revel.  We have a large number of wonderful activities for your diversion as well as a sumptuous feast for your delectation.

[EAL] Ealdormere War College

ALL FIGHTERS THAT LOVE MELEE, THIS IS YOUR EVENT! A day of classes, drills and all the melee fighting you can handle!

[ART] Le Chandleur A French Candlemass Ball

Bienvenue!  Come and join us as Arn Hold celebrates our Winter Ball in the theme of 15th century French Candlemass. Show off your cothardies and houppelandes as we dance the night away with live musicians from Tempus Perfectum and later period dances. The populace will choose Lord and Lady of Colour of the evening, so wear your finest!

[DRA] St Ethelburga Feast and Ball

Pray Ye Gather! The Shire of Thamesreach is pleased to host this event in the medieval church of St Ethelburga, named for the 7th c abbess based in Barking.

[LOC] Midwinter Coronation

Midwinter Coronation Celebrating the Winter Solstice and marking the 10th anniversary of the Kingdom of Lochac on 7/7/2012

[MER] Menhir 2012

Join us for eating, learning, shopping, and fighting, late-period style (and for all our Barbarian friends, late period for this event is 1200 and beyond).

[EAL] Practicum 2012

The Canton of Caldrithig presents Practicum 2012

[OUT] Archery Artisans Day

In anticipation of the Kingdom Archery event, next fall, the time has come to make ready our bows and arrows!

Cooking historian Constance Hieatt dies December 29, 2011

The University of Western Ontario Department of English reports that Professor Emeritus, Constance Hieatt, has died at her home in Essex, Connecticut. A medieval scholar and a pioneer in the field of medieval cookery, Hieatt had just completed her latest work, Cocatrice and Lampray Hay: Late Fifteenth-Century Recipes from Corpus Christi College Oxford.

59th International Old Lacemakers, Inc. Convention

For those of you interested in all things related to lacemaking, the International Old Lacers, Inc. (IOLI) conference is going to be hosted in St Paul, MN. The conference will be from August 5-11 with registration starting on February 1, 2012.

[ATL] Clothiers Guild meeting/lecture

On 21 January 2011 at 1:00 pm, Lady Amie Sparrow will give a slide show depicting late Elizabethan / early Stuart embroidered jackets.