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June 23rd

Today in the Middle Ages: June 23, 930

The first session of the Icelandic Althing, often considered the world's first parliament, began on June 23, 930.

Marche of Alderford bids a sad, fond farewell to Lord Charles the Indecisive

He was known by many names: Charles the Indecisive, Constable Barnabas of Fife, and most often, just Charlie. Charles Carlton Dreyer, age 62, passed away on June 21 from cancer, leaving a void in the Marche of Alderford that will be hard to fill.

A report from the battle lines at Murder Melee in the Meadow

Laird Colyne Stewart gets pumelled to bring you an up-close-and-personal view of the ten-man melee tournament held at Murder Melee in the Meadow this past weekend in the Barony of Ben Dunfirth.

June 22nd

Catherine Lorraine of Stonegate Manor to be Elevated in the West Kingdom

Mistress Isela di Bari and Mistress Theiadora Groves have announced that Catherine Lorraine of Stonegate Manor will sit vigil before her elevation to the Order of the Pelican at the upcoming West Kingdom June Crown.

West Kingdom Fighter Videos Online

Martin of Rivenstar has posted videos from the finals of the 2006 Spring Mists Investiture in the West Kingdom.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 22, 1400

On June 22, 1400, Owain Glyndwr and his allies defeated in the English in the Battle of Bryn Glas.

Swimming with White-belted Sharks

Ealdormere Correspondent Colyne Stewart reports on the second annual event held in memory of one of Ealdormere's kings.

June 21st

New exhibit on the art of Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery of Art

"Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through September 17.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 21, 1208

Philip of Swabia, a king praised for his kindness and generosity, was murdered on June 21, 1208 by his daughter's rejected suitor.

Spring Fling XV Photos Online

Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal for the Kingdom of Northshield, has posted photos from the June 3, 2006 event: Spring Fling XV. The event was hosted by the Barony of Windhaven.

Missing daughter from Artemisia located, safe and sound

We're pleased to report that Staci Jones, the daughter of Marjorie Jones of the Shire of Arrow's Flight (Provo, Utah) in Artemisia, has been found and is safe with relatives. Staci was reported missing on June 15.

June 20th

"Shakespeare Book of Lists"

Author, teacher and consultant for the Folger Shakespeare Library, Michael LoMonico, has posted an online companion to his book, The Shakespeare Book of Lists which looks at the playwright's life, work and times through a collection of lists.

Lilies Produces Record Number of Peerages

Lilies War 2006: Laurels vs. Pelicans is being called the "Lilies of Love" owing to the large number of peerages (9) bestowed by Their Majesties.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 20, 1367

On June 20, 1367, King Edward III of England awarded Geoffrey Chaucer an annual pension and the position of valet at court.

Photos from Mermaids

Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal for the Kingdom of Northshield, reports and has posted photos from "Mermaids," an event which took place June 10, 2006 in the Shire of Turm an dem See.

June 19th

Vita vinum est (Wine is Life)

Romans loved their wine, loved talking about it — and writing about it. An article for CentreDaily.com focuses on the history and sources for study of Roman wine.

Rare Exmoor ponies to help save dwindling peat bog

Ponies from an endangered breed, descended from the original British "hill ponies," are being brought into a nature preserve on the Solway Plain in England, to graze away grasses that threaten one of the area's few remaining peat bogs.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 19, 325

The Emperor Constantine convened the first Council of Nicea on June 19, 325.

Washington Medieval Faire "Awesome!"

“This is really awesome,” said Tasmin Trautman, 12. “I like the forges, the ceremonies and the music. I will come back next year for sure.” Annie Tietje of the North Kitsap (Washington) Herald chronicles the activities at the recent Medieval Faire presented in Port Gamble by the Barony of Dragon’s Laire.

June 18th

Digging Resumes at Manx Abbey

Excavation has begun for the summer at Rushen Abbey on the Isle of Man, where a wealth of medieval artifacts has been discovered in previous digs beginning in 1997.

Baronial Investiture Features "Rock, Paper, Scissors" A&S Tourney

Kayleigh McWhyte, Event Coordinator for the East Kingdom's Rock, Paper, Scissors II, reports on the event which took place June 3, 2006 in the Barony Beyond the Mountain. The event honored the investiture of the new Baron and Baroness Dinsdale and Aelgifa.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 18, 1541

Hernando de Soto, the Spanish-born explorer and conquistador, crossed the Mississippi River westward on or about June 18, 1541.

Mongolia Honors Genghis Khan with Rock Opera

This year Mongolia celebrates it's 800th anniversary. One of the events honoring the country's rich history is a rock opera about Mongolia's most famous citizen: Genghis Khan.

June 17th

Rare Dyes in Kabul Bazaar

Nathan Santamaria, a reporter for National Public Radio, reports on his search for rare natural dyes in a Kabul, Afghanistan market. Listen to the All Things Considered report and view photos online.

In Search of the Lost Mission of Santa Isabel de Utinahica

Amateur archaeologists in the state of Georgia are on a mission - or looking for one: the lost mission of Santa Isabel de Utinahica, built in the 17th century somewhere near Jacksonville.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 17, 900

On June 17, 900, Fulk, the Archbishop of Reims, was assassinated by the Count of Flanders, who was excommunicated as a result.

Excavation of Hanoi's Ancient Citadel Continues

In 2003, when construction workers set out to build a new parking lot for Vietnam's legislature, they were surprised to discover the remains of a 1,000-year-old century citadel buried beneath the city.

June 16th

Archers Helped Colonize the World

In a recent paper, archaeologist and Cambridge professor Paul Mellars suggests that the technological development of the bow and arrow helped lead to human colonization of the world.

British archaeologists find the King's Table

The Australian reports that sections of the King's Table, an elaborately-carved stone table used for English coronation feasts and state banquets as far back as the 13th century, have been found under the floor of the Palace of Westminster.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 16, 1567

The 25-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in England on June 16, 1567, a few weeks before being forced to abdicate her throne.