Archive - 2012

January 12th

[EAS] Iron Bog Baronial Investiture

BEING the Investiture of Mistress Marion del Okes and Don Collin Monro of Tadcaster, AND featuring the Inaugural Baronial Arts and Sciences Championship AS WELL AS Fighting, Fencing, Feasting AND Mithgiladan's Grand Challenge, all good Gentles are invited to join the Barony of Iron Bog on this most Auspicious Day.

[CAL] Official Equestrian Practice

His Grace Eringlin, with the blessing of the Shire of Standing Stones, has graciously agreed to open his property to an Official Pre-Gulf Wars practice.

[NOR] Early Period Symposium

Are you interested in about something before the year 1000?  Come learn!  If there is something you want to learn that we haven't scheduled yet, let me know and I will try to find a teacher.  We have some great classes, and more in the works.  Come be a part of the fun!

[MER] Midvinterblot 2012

Come join the Shire of Arenal for a trip through the Medieval Germanic tribes' Midvinterblot (Midwinter Festivals.) Midvinterblot. January 20-22, 2012 at the WOW Camp River Springs, Alabama, R.R # 1, McKenzie, AL

[MER] North-West Regional Fighter Practice

To all good gentles! The winter weather has settled in on our fair kingdom. But war looms from the south in the fair spring. 

[LOC] Aneala Collegia

All are welcome from any of the groups from the Western reaches. This is a 2 day event, running from the 14-15th January, 10am till 5pm.

[LOC] Show Us Your Bootie

On January 28, 2012, the Shire of Boesenberg proudly presents Show Us Your Bootie.

Carolus and Isolda new Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael

The recent Court of Their Majesties Isenwulf and Rosalinda, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, held at the Rhydderich Hael Baronial Investiture, was a busy one with the investiture of the new Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael and the creation of two new Peers.

January 11th

Bill mandates that New Hampshire laws cite Magna Carta

Laws in the United States are supposed to take their legal precedent from the Constitution of the United States, but a new law proposed by Republicans in New Hampshire would require all legislation find its origin in the 800-year-old Magna Carta.

Geek fun for 2012

KTVQ TV in Billings, Montana knows how to tempt a geek with a list of serious geeky dates and activities for 2012. Included in the list: ComicCon and the Pennsic War.

January 10th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates for Stefan's Florilegium for December 2011.

"Forgotten treasure" returns to Glastonbury

For the first time in 125 years, the Glastonbury Grace Cup, a 16th century, carved oak tankard, believed to have once belonged to the abbots of Glastonbury, is on display until January 31, 2012 in the abbey museum. (photo)

January 9th

[GLE] Winter Wonders XXVI

Pirates have invaded Ardanroe!! Come join us as we celebrate pirates and the gold they spend in our realm. Activities include Laurel sponsored TOC tournament, three person team ship battles, Regional A&S faire, Youth TOC, The Quest for the Parrot, a “Grog" competition and much more.

[AET] Delftwood's Deadly Carnival

The Barony of Delftwood is pleased to present Delftwood's Deadly Carnival! The theme for the event is a pre-lenten carnival festival. There will be multiple fencing tournaments, a fashion show/costume contest and dancing with live music to enjoy. There will be a feast presented by Sir Murdoch Bayne.

[WES] Oerthan Winter Coronet

Their Highnesses Varyag and Trava, Prince and Princess of Oertha, cordially invite all to come bear witness to the tournament that will temper the sword that will become Their Successors to the Coronets of Oertha!

Chocolate is "period" in the American southwest

A paper by Patricia L. Crown, of the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, and W. Jeffrey Hurst, of The Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition, published on the PNAS website, explores the evidence of the use of cacao in the 11th and 12th centuries in the American Southwest.

Major Shift in Alliances for Pennsic

Pennsic XLI is going to be different from any Pennsic before it. For the first time, the traditional opponents, the East Kingdom and the Middle Kingdom, will be fighting as allies, against AEthelmearc, in whose lands Pennsic lies, and Atlantia.

January 8th

York Cause Papers: ecclesiastical history online

With the help of grant money, the York Cause Papers, records from the Church Courts of York from the 1300 to 1858, are now available online.

McParland’s, Parnell Street, Ireland's oldest timber-frame building

An unassuming building with an interesting chimney in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, may be “potentially one of the most exciting urban archaeological discoveries in Ireland in recent years.” The building, currently under restoration, is believed to be Ireland’s earliest surviving example of a timber framed house. (photo)

January 7th

Roman ring awarded to Welsh museum

The British Museum has given a Roman ring, found on Cefn Brithdir in Wales, to the Winding House Museum at New Tredegar for permanent display. The ring was discovered by a metal detectorist. (photo)

1,000 years of British history on church walls

The history and art of Great Britain can be traced by the paintings on its church walls. Now interested parties may not have to travel to review the country's glorious wallpaintings, but can study them online thanks to the efforts of the Churches Conservation Trust.

January 6th

Medieval knights and PTSD

Most people associate PTSD with modern warfare, but a new study shows that not only were the Middle Ages not as violet as previously believed, but that knights engaged in violent activities suffered from stress.

17th Century "fairytale cottage" may have link to dark history

Workers from United Utilities in the village of Barley, England, were "stunned" to discover a well-preserved 17th century cottage during a construction project. The cottage included the bones of a cat found inside a wall, possibly put there to ward off evil spirits.

January 5th

Chainmail shows team spirit

Love your sports team? Show it in chainmail! That's what San Jose Sharks fan "Metal Mind" did with the creation of a chainmail Sharks jersey constructed of 23,000 rings of anodized aluminum dyed in the colors of the hockey team. (photos)

The cultural setting for Byzantine-Lombard jewelery in the early Middle Ages

In a paper for British Museum, Neil Christie looks at "cultural and socio-politico-economic context" of Byzantine-Lombard jewelery in 6th through 8th century. (photos)

January 4th

Stilt-jousting marks 600th anniversary

In a recent interview, NPR's Robert Siegel investigates the magic of stilt-walking, including the 600-year-old tradition of stilt-jousting in the city of Namur, Belgium. The story is available in print and audio.

Chatham's Tudor shipyard confirmed

Archaeologists working on a dig in Chatham, England have confirmed that a dockyard dating to the time oif Henry VIII existed on the site of the Command House pub on the banks of River Medway. Officials hope to make a bid to declare the dockyard a World Heritage site.

January 3rd

Medieval church unearthed in Sozopol, Bulgaria

It has been a busy year for archaeologists in Sozopol on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, where recently the remains of a 13th century church and the eastern gate of the ancient city fortress were discovered.

Flame's Christmas Tourney portraits online

Chad White reports that the photos from the self-service photo booth at the Barony of the Flame's 40th Annual Christmas Tourney, which took place recently in the Middle Kingdom, are now available to view on Flickr.

January 2nd

Khazaria: the third superpower

In the 7th through 10th centuries, two super powers ruled Eastern Europe: Byzantium, "bulwark of Christendom in the east," and the Arab empire, but some historians name a third. Khazaria, a Jewish kingdom, played a crucial a part in the stemming of the Arab advance into Europe. (map)