Archive - Nov 2009 - Story

November 30th

Swamp Romp photos online

Gleann Abhann Historian, Baroness Barbara Sterling, has posted an album of photos from the recent Swamp Romp event which took place October 17, 2009 in Troll Fen.

Craft offers chainmail tutorial

In a tutorial entitled Battle Chic, Annalee Newitz demonstrates how to make chainmail, a skill she learned from Henrik of Havn, six-time King of the West Kingdom. The article is posted on the Craft website.

November 29th

New book looks at role of women in Carolingian society

History professor Valerie Garver knows that women faced challenges in the medieval world, but believes that they still played an important role in the world of Charlemagne. Garver's book, Women and Aristocratic Culture in the Carolingian World has been published by Cornell University Press.

Big, bad Celtic gods and demons

With the ghosts of Halloween 2009 still lingering in the corners, writer Dara McBride Irish Central looks at The 10 scariest monsters and demons from Celtic myth.

November 28th

War of Troy Tapestry returns to the V&A

Once a jewel of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the War of Troy Tapestry was removed from exhibit twenty years ago "when it became too damaged to display." Now, after 4,000 hours of restoration, the tapestry will once again take a place of honor in the museum. (photos)

Antonine Wall: Scotland's hidden Roman treasure

When blogger Keir Roper-Caldbeck planned to bicycle the length of -- and report on -- Scotland's newest World Heritage site, the Antonine Wall, he thought it would be an easy task. That proved not to be the case. His blog of the journey is online.

Skaldic poetry database online

Funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council and other bodies, The Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages offers a database and other documents of interest to scholars.

November 27th

Feasting in Oertha

Most members of the press who visit SCA events stop at the fighting. Recently Sam Friedman of the Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror went further and investigated the cooks.

Experts suggest alternate site for Battle of Bosworth

For nearly the 500 years since it took place, experts have disputed the location of the Battle of Bosworth which saw the defeat of Richard III. Now a team of historians and archaeologists believe they have found the site.

Galileo relics found

Records report that, in the 18th century, three fingers, a tooth and a vertebra were removed from the tomb of Galileo Galilei and placed in a container. Since then, a finger and the vertebra have turned up, but the tooth and other fingers were still missing. Now, two fingers and a tooth have been found and are scheduled to be placed on display.

November 26th

Letter from the Compleat Anachronist Editor-Elect

Minowara Kiritsubo, new editor of the Compleat Anachronist, the research publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, is seeking contributions for the magazine.

Buy Ewloe Castle for as little as UK£80,000?

Ewloe Castle, a Welsh structure built in the 13th century by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, is scheduled to be auctioned December 8, 2009. Starting bid? UK£80,000. (photo)

45th International Congress on Medieval Studies scheduled for May 2010

The 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies has been scheduled to take place in Kalamazoo, Michigan May 13-16, 2010. The Congress will feature "over 600 sessions of papers, panel discussions, round tables, workshops, and performances."

November 25th

Elfsea Library Demo photos online

Caelin on Andrede has created an album of photos from the recent Library Demo, which took place in the Barony of Elfsea (Kingdom of Ansteorra.)

Gospodin Ivan Matfeevich Rozansky to be elevated to Laurel in Northshield

Barwnes Bronwyn ferch Gwyn ap Rhys of the Kingdom of Northshield reports that her apprentice, Gospodin Ivan Matfeevich Rozansky, known to many as "Vanya," was placed on vigil by Their Majesties to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Medieval pilgrimage topic of the 2010 Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

Coordinators have announced that "Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages" will be the theme for the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium to be held April 9-10, 2010 at the university of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

November 24th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for November 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for November 2009.

Calling AAA: Mons Meg has a flat

Historic Scotland experts were called in recently to assess damage to Mons Meg, the historic cannon on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, which has a broken wheel.

Medieval pine trees found in Norway

Norwegian scientists were surprised recently to find that dendrochronological dating showed fallen pine trees they were studying as part of climate research had died in the 14th century. Resin secreted by the dying trees is responsible for the "mummification."

Old Norse mythology "captures the public imagination"

Experts on Old Norse mythology met recently at the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Scandinavian Studies to take a look a fresh look at the religion.

November 23rd

Mari Alexander knighted in the West

Sorcha reports that she has created an album of photos from the knighting of Mari Alexander in the Kingdom of the West. The ceremony took place in Court at the Fall 2009 Cynaguan Coronet Tournament.

Metal detector finds UK£1m torcs

Metal detector enthusiast David Booth was "stunned" to learn that four Iron Age gold torcs, dating to late Roman times, could bring him over UK£1m. The torcs were discovered in September 2009 in Stirlingshire, Scotland. (photo & video)

Midwifery Mayhem armored combat photos online

Hrothgar reports that he has created an album of photos from Midwifery Mayhem which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Flickr.

November 22nd

Rolf and Aurora new Heirs to Cynagua

Baroness Bella Caterina Malatesta reports that Rolf the Relentless was the victor of the recent Coronet Tournament in the Principality of Cynagua, Kingdom of the West. Rolf was inspired by Lady Aurora. (video)

Bryn Gwlad 30th Year photos online

Sara de la Val has created an album of photos from the recent Bryn Gwlad 30th Year celebration in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos have been posted on Flickr.

"New Moon" a boon for Volterra tourism

In New Moon, the popular vampire film based on the book by Stephanie Meyer, the young couple journeys to city of Volterra, Italy for a meeting with an ancient vampire clan. Now devotees of the books and films are flocking to the medieval Tuscan town's square.

Estrella War News You Can Use

As we prepare for Estrella War XXVI, there is lots of things we’d like you to know about, but we don’t want to clog up your e-mail or overburden the lists, so we are bundling many messages in each Estrella War News You Can Use release.

November 21st

Fighting and festivities at Agincourt

Master Huon reports that a video of activities at the October 24, 2009 Agincourt event is now available to view on YouTube. The event took place in the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands (Kingdom of AEthelmearc).

Got Viking questions? She's got answers!

Want to know about agriculture in medieval Scandinavia? Ask the Viking Answer Lady. Have a question about Norse astronomy? The Viking Answer Lady knows.

Samurai armor at the Met

Fighting heroically, while looking good and living well, seems to be the theme of an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868 runs through January 10 , 2009. (photos)