January 1st, 2014
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-01-01 15:20
Thanks to a US$3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation, rare manuscripts from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana will be digitized and made available online through both libraries. NPR's Annaliese Quinn has the story and interview.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-01-01 11:21
"Reenacting medieval combat is one of the main attractions of the Medieval Society, but is certainly not the only one," writes Elizabeth Collins, staff reporter for The Purdue Exponent. Collins spoke with members of the university group and its partner, the SCA.
December 31st, 2013
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-12-31 18:28
Love that blue? An article from Instructables offers directions on how to grow your own indigo.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-12-31 04:48
Wales has introduced the Archwilio app, which will allow smartphone and tablet users to "access information about archaeological sites on maps covering the whole country." The free app will also let users connect and post their own updates.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-12-30 19:14
The Old English poem Beowulf has been the subject of many translations over the centuries, especially the first word hwæt. Now Dr George Walkden, a University of Manchester lecturer, believes he knows what the poem's first line really says.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-12-30 17:02
The online site for History Today recently featured a book review by Andrew Robinson for The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-12-29 21:15
The Dean of Exeter Cathedral in England is consulting with English Heritage about possible plans to make the Roman baths under Cathedral Green more accessible to the public. The baths were first discovered in 1971.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-12-29 09:45
Jolyon Attwooll has compiled a list of the "must-see" sites of Roman Britain for a recent article in the Telegraph. The article includes photos, descriptions and links of some of the best tourist spots in the country.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-12-29 00:25
Swedish archaeologists were recently given the rare opportunity to excavate a portion of the Södermalmstorg area in Stockholm. The excavation revealed a complete 16th century kitchen, including intricately-carved tobacco pipes and an unexplained pile of eggshells. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-12-27 23:00
No one knows exactly where all of the city gates to Byzantium were located, but the literature of the day speaks of many of them. In a feature for Hürriyet Daily News, Niki Gamm discusses Istanbul's walls and gates and their places in the architectural history of the city.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-12-27 22:28
HL Finn Grim, Court Reporter to TRM Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir, reports that at Their Baroness’ Tourney on November 30, 2013, Their Majesties offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-12-26 21:16
The board of SCA Ltd (Australia) is seeking applications for people interested in the new volunteer role of Grants Coordinator for the SCA in Australia.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-12-26 16:27
"Having the chance to unlock a part of Norfolk history which has been closed to us for maybe hundreds of years feels very special," said Gary Tuson, from the Norfolk Records Office about plans to x-ray a 15th century scroll that is too delicate to unroll.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-12-26 13:15
Her Majesty Siobhan, Queen of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, reports that Vicountess Anna Laresdotter has been elevated to the Order of the Laurel by Her hand and that of Her King Sven.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-12-25 17:05
Representatives from Christie's auction house in New York have announced that the centerpiece of its January 2014 Old Masters Week auctions will be The Rothschild Prayerbook, considered to be "the finest illuminated manuscript in private hands." The manuscript was created for a member of the Dutch court in 1505. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-12-25 11:16
Delphina reports that she has created an album of photos from Stargate Yule which took place December 7, 2013 in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-12-24 23:15
A new study by Marianne Vedeler, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, shows that Norwegian Vikings enjoyed a brisk silk trade with the Persian and Byzantine Empires. The study was based partially on silk fragments found In an Oseberg ship. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-12-24 20:27
Members of Clan Macneil have joined forces with Historic Scotland to raise UK£200,000 for the restoration of Kisimul Castle in Barra. The 15th century fortress was the stronghold of the clan in the Western Isles.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-12-23 16:26
The European Research Council has awarded the University of Southampton a EU€2.49m (UK£2.1m) grant to study 31 roman ports in nine countries. The study will focus on ports in the Mediterranean region during the first two centuries CE.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-12-23 12:09
Travelers to London are sometimes disappointed to find little of the city's medieval past on tourist maps, thanks to the 17th century fire which destroyed much of the city. Now a team of students offers the next best thing with a virtual "fly-through" of Tudor London.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-12-23 00:27
In a blog article for Smithsonian, Colin Schultz wonders why in English manuscripts from the 13th and 14th centuries, knights are always fighting snails. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-12-22 13:18
Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has created an album of photos from Bull's/Boar's Head 2013 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-12-22 03:36
After ceremonies to mark the conclusion of Bute Park's restoration, the waterworks were opened and Cardiff Castle's moat was filled for the first time in 30 years. During the restoration, the moat was excavated by archaeologists, revealing more than 3,000 items dating back to the 16th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-12-21 13:46
Canterbury Faire 2014 approaches. We’ve just passed our last price rise, but we still have a few feast tickets to spare, and we’d love to see you at the event. It’s a great event, a great atmosphere, and great people to spend 9 days relaxing in the Crescent Isles.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-12-21 09:05
Lady Germaine Sylverbyrd of Astarte Gifts is seeking help with her merchant's booth at the upcoming Estrella War XXX.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-12-20 23:46
Google has annonced that it now has an Android app for Medieval Handwriting.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-12-20 15:15
An “exceptional” sculpture of a Roman eagle has been discovered in London. The statue, dating to the 1st or 2nd century, is made of Cotswold limestone and depicts an eagle with a snake in its mouth. (photo, video)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-12-19 17:03
Fans of Game of Thrones may -- or may not -- want to take a look at Bad Lip Reading's parody of the HBO hit, Medieval Land Fun-Time World. The "trailer" is available online.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-12-19 13:59
On September 4, 2013, Sarah Bellian became the new curator of the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas. A self-professed "geek," Bellian often gets her historical fix in the SCA where she practices rapier combat and archery. The new curator was interviewed recently by Erinn Callahan of the Port Arthur News.
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Wed, 2013-12-18 17:40
In early December, the SCA's official website got a new look. Mistress Jessa, who is responsible for the website, discussed the changes in an article in the East Kingdom Gazette.