October 4th, 2013
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 17:52
"Smack in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum, there’s a nugget of compressed light called Medieval Treasures From Hildesheim," begins a review of the new exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The review, by Holland Cotter, is from the Art & Design section of the New York Times.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 15:07
Visitors to Zurich, Switzerland may want to visit a new exhibit at the Swiss National Museum entitled Charlemagne and Switzerland, opening September 2013. Art Daily has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 12:17
A grant from the Cornell Institute for European Studies has financed a new working group at the university on medieval cosmology. Three scholars, Benjamin Anderson, Courtney Roby and Andrew Hicks, will bring the concept to the campus through a seminar and a series of lectures beginning in September and ending in November 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-03 20:40
Roman Ewell, in Surrey, England, was once located along the Stane Street, between London and Chichester, and acted as a market center, suppling travelers with accommodations and food for their journeys. Now the Church Meadow Project is taking a look at the 2nd century site and what it can tell experts about its history. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-03 17:12
A well-preserved, late-Roman well near Heslington, England demonstrates use of the latest technology of the time, including curved stone facings and a dish-shaped base. Archaeologists from the University of York believe the well had "significance in contemporary local agricultural cycles and fertility practices."
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-03 13:55
"Regal is a good word for her," said Kim Dudek about falcon Camira, the mascot of the Swords and Sabres Pirate Renaissance Fair in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Alexandra Paul of the Winnipeg Free Press has the story. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-03 10:17
Don Conchobhar mac Michil, of the Kingdom of Artemisia, reports that he has uploaded a series of rapier videos shot at the 10th Rose and Butterfly Tournament, at the Uprising event. The videos are available on You Tube.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-03 06:50
Medieval cathedrals are awe-inspiring. Equally inspiring are the stonemasons and carvers who originally built the structures and who keep them maintained to this very day. The BBC has a short video on the stonemasons of Lincoln Cathedral, where construction began in the 11th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-02 21:00
The team who created the 3D face of Richard III, have now been comissioned to produce a virtual face of Mary, Queen of Scots as she would have looked in her 20s. The image is part of the new exhibition at the Scottish National Museum in Edinburgh. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-02 18:39
A team of Polish archaeologists led by Prof. Włodzimierz Godlewski has discovered fragments of a medieval fortification system and the painted walls of a church, dating to the 9th century along the Nile River in the Sudan. Part of the Dongola Citadel, the medieval church survives alongside a tower and fortifications, dating to the 5th and 6th centuries, and remnants from the 15th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-02 15:45
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Laurels Prize Tourney 2013, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-02 13:41
Prince Timothy of AEthelmearc has raised six children in the SCA. “It’s a good place to raise your kids and teach them a little something as time goes on,” he told Joan Mead-Matsui of the Abington Journal during the reporter's visit to Myrkfael Regional Melee Practice in the Barony of Endless Hills (Scott Township, Pennsylvania). (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-10-01 19:00
Estrill Swet reports that at Their recent event, Mooneschadowe's Triumphe, Their Majesties Lochlan and Gwen, of the Kingdom of Ansteorra, offered Peerages to two of Their subjects.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2013-10-01 16:19
A piece of Henry Tudor's flag, flown at the Battle of Bosworth, 1485, has been sold to a private collector. The piece of flag was taken from the tomb of Henry's standard bearer, Sir Robert Harcourt, where the tattered remains had been hung. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-10-01 12:03
Moscow has a attraction: the Zhivaya Istoriya (Live History) theme park in the Rumyantsevo district, a theme park dedicated to historical re-enactment. he first organization to use the park was the Russian Military History Society who presented the Streletskaya Sloboda (Marksman Settlement) festival in August 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-10-01 07:38
Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that, at Their Summer's End event in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to THL Ysabel Graver.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-30 19:05
The Leicester City Council has approved plans to construct a UK£4m Richard III museum on and around the car park where the king's remains were discovered. The building is expected to be completed in 2014. (slideshow)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-30 16:40
Mineko of Twin Moons reports that Their Majesties Ivan and Ian'ka of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have placed Franbald of Loncastre on vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Chivalry.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-30 15:28
Patrons of the Ames Free Library in Easton, Massachusetts were transported back to the Middle Ages when members of the Society for Creative Anachronism offered them a history lesson, with the group demonstrating its skills in crafts and combat. A photographer from the Easton Journal was on hand to capture the activities.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-09-29 10:15
Rogues, vagabonds, and wandering poets... characters from D&D or perhaps a videogame? In the medieval underworld of the Islamic Middle East, these shady characters made up the Banu Sasan, "a hidden counterpoint to the surface glories of Islam’s golden age." Mike Dash has the feature article for Smithsonian's Past Imperfect blog.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-28 18:36
All Ros Barber did was write a novel that theorizes that Shakespeare's plays were written by Christopher Marlowe, but The Marlowe Papers, written entirely in verse, has brought back up the dispute over the authorship of the Bard's plays.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-28 14:13
If you lived in the 16th or 17th centuries, would you have been accused of witchcraft? HistoryExtra.com, the official website of BBC History Magazine, offers a quiz. Check to see if you are in danger by clicking the link below.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-28 11:03
In the Middle Ages, Africa was a leader in the scientific research and knowledge. Now Umar Benna of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Dammam, in Al-Khoba, Saudi Arabia believes that the lessons of Timbuktu's gradual development approach can teach modern Africa, as well as the western world, how to deal with globalism.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-28 07:49
During the reconstruction of Lincoln Castle in England, archaeologists discovered an elaborate, stone sarcophagus believed to date from the 10th century. Now plans are being made to open the tomb and discover who might lie inside.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-09-27 22:17
THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates to Stefan's Florilegium for September 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-09-27 19:04
Mistress Kseniya Mikhailovna Morskaya reports that at Their Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Boleslav and Astridr of the Kingdom of the Outlands offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to THLord Johann of the Northern Moors.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-09-27 15:27
Visitors to Washington D.C. this fall may want to explore a Smithsonian exhibition Codex on the Flight of Birds, which examines Leonardo da Vinci's studies and sketches dealing with flying machines, the nature of air, and bird flight. The exhibit will be at the National Air and Space Museum until October 22, 2013. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-09-27 10:01
Elizabethan theater life may have been booming for playwrights such as Shakespeare, but it was not so rosy for children in theatrical troupes. University of Oxford professor, Dr Bart van Es, discovered evidence of systemic child abuse while researching his book, Shakespeare in Company.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-09-27 05:38
An unnamed London company recently purchased a 9th century, Anglo Saxon gravestone, engraved with a Celtic cross, for UK£4,300 at an auction by Duke's Auctioneers of Dorchester, England. The stone was original discovered "during road construction in the early 20th Century at Little Eaton, Derbyshire."
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-09-26 23:18
Lepers are a common image in medieval histories, but by the end of the 16th century, the disease appeares to have mostly died out in Europe. Now a team of biologists and archeologists have reconstructed the genomes of medieval strains of the pathogen responsible for the disease to find out why.