Archive - Apr 2009 - Story

April 10th

"A Yorkshire Tragedy" added to Shakespeare's works?

British academic John Casson believes that he has discovered previously unrecognized works by Williams Shakespeare. Included in these are a poem, a comedy, and his first two tragedies. Casson also claims to have proof of Shakespeare's authorship of the "lost play" Cardenio.

3 legs beat 4 in Caid

Remember the fun of the 3-legged race at summer camp? Well, maybe it wasn't all that fun, but it is fun when the contestants are in armor, as can be seen in a video from the Gyldenholt/Califia friendship tourney on March 14th, 2009.

April 9th

Galileo's telescope travels to th U.S.

For the first time, one of Galileo's telescopes has left Florence to be part of an exhibit in the United States. according to Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the 400-year-old telescope, which bears an inscription in the astronomer's handwriting, is “absolutely amazing.”

Earthquake takes lives, damages treasures in central Italy

Tragedy struck central Italy April 7 when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake toppled ancient and modern buildings in the medieval city of L’Aquila. Over 200 people lost their lives, and the earthquake damaged nearly all the historic buildings of the town. (video)

Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire will present its annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 24-25, 2009. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Carole Levin, author of Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture.

April 8th Editor to be Honored with Peerage

On April 4, at the Grand Tournament of the Unicorn in the Midrealm Barony of Flaming Gryphon, Their Majesties Ullr and AnneLyse placed Milica of Varna, Editor-in-Chief of, on vigil for elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Sternfeld's Baron Receives Surprise Elevation to Pelicanate

Torquil MacGillavrey, Baron of Sternfeld, was placed on vigil for entrance to the Order of the Pelican at morning court on April 4 at the Grand Tournament of the Unicorn in the Middle Kingdom. He served his vigil that day and was elevated the same evening.

Duke Dag Thorgrimsson elevated to Order of the Pelican

His Grace Dag Thorgrimmsson was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on April 4 in the Shire of the Unicorn, Middle Kingdom, in morning court. Already a member of the Chivalry, Duke Dag has reigned five times as King of the Midrealm.

Northern Oaken A&S photos online

Lady Elizabethe Alles, Minister of Youth for the Oaken Region in the Midrealm, shares her photos from the Northern Oaken Arts & Sciences Faire which took place march 28, 2009 in the Marche of Alderford (Canton, Ohio).

Easter eggs: the natural way

Looking to use more natural products in your holiday celebrations? Consider using natural dyes for this year's Easter eggs. Chemistry has the information.

April 7th

Tunnel network found under Malta's capital

A series of tunnels, believed to have been constructed by the Knights of Malta, descendants of the Crusader knights, have been discovered beneath the Maltese capital of Valletta. Experts believe that the tunnels were built in the 16th or 17th centuries in defense of the city from Muslim attack.

New book on Tudor men's garb announced

Fat Goose Press has announced the recent publication of a new book on men's garb at the time of King Henry VIII. The book, The King's Servants: Men's Dress at the Accession of Henry VIII, was authored by Caroline Johnson.

College of King's Lake formally announced

At Crown Tourney, in the fair Shire of Thamesreach, their Excellencies, Dafydd and Chiara, Viceroy and Vicereine of Insulae Draconis formally announced the creation of the College of King's Lake.

Face of Mary Rose's bosun revealed

Forensic artist Richard Neave has reconstructed the face of the bosun of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship sunk over 400 years ago. The head was constructed from a skull recovered from the sunken ship and identified by the whistle found with his remains. (photo)

April 6th

ABC News tours Prague Castle

Prague Castle in the Czech Republic is the largest castle in the world. Covering acres of ground, the castle was recently the focus of several reports for ABC's Good Morning America.

Gulf Wars A&S photos online

Mistress Hanna von Dahl reports that she has created an album of photos from the Arts & Sciences Championship at the 2009 Gulf Wars.

Shire of Earngyld becomes full status group

Elisa von Sophey, Seneschal of the Shire of Earngyld, has announced that Their Majesties of the West have signed the petition making Earnglyd a full status chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The announcement was made March 21, 2009.

April 5th

Relics of saints found in German altar

Experts at the British Museum were surprised - and thrilled - to discover the relics of 39 saints in a 12th century portable altar. The altar, first acquired by the museum in 1902, was opened for the first time recently and revealed bones wrapped in tiny bundles.

Winter woolies

What do you do when the calendar says it's spring, but a glance out of the window says it's still winter? You put on a sweater and hope for the sunshine. But what if you are a sheared sheep...?

Gulf Wars XVIII photos online

Baron David le Ymagour of the Kingdom of Meridies reports that he has created a number of photo albums from the 2009 Gulf Wars.

April 4th

Byzantine bathhouse excavation continues during rocket attacks

Archaeologists are working amidst rocket-fire to complete the excavation of a Byzantine village, complete with a large bathhouse, near Gaza in Israel. Because of the existence and size of the luxury bathhouse, experts believe that the area was inhabited by wealthy residents.

Crusader castle project could prove value of new technologies

Archaeologist Katharina Galor believes technology might just help eliminate hours of tedious recording and cataloging during a dig, and she plans to test her theory at Apollonia-Arsuf, a crusader castle in Israel.

Ealdormere event photos by Alexander Gladstone now online

Alexander Gladstone has announced that that he has created several albums of photos taken at events that occurred in late 2008 and early 2009 in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

April 3rd

Met offers treasures of the Korean Renaissance

Visitors to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will be treated to a small exhibit of ceramic jars, lacquer boxes, and scroll paintings from 15th - 17th century Korea when they encounter Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400-1600. (photos)

Wedding at the House of Juliet

What could be more romantic than getting married at the site of the legendary Romeo and Juliet balcony scene? Nearly anything, if you are put off by star-crossed lovers parted by suicide, but Verona city officials are banking on the romantic appeal of the site for international weddings.

Atenveldt Spring 2009 Crown Tourney photos online

Godfrey von Rheinfels has posted an album of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt on his Flickr website.

April 2nd

Linkenholt, England goes on the block

Anyone with a hankering to own property in England - and a cool US$31-35 million to do it with - will want to purchase Linkenholt, a complete English town with cottages, blacksmiths, a manor house and a clock tower.


In celebration of the season, Les Freres de St Francis de la Sissies - who have taken a vow of silence - offer their version of the Hallelujah Chorus.

Photos from Atlantia's Kingdom Arts and Sciences Faire online

Kateryn Rous shares a small album of photos from the recent Kingdom Arts & Sciences Faire in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

April 1st

New Carolina Scots-Irish Blog Seeking Content

Novelist Jennifer Hudson Taylor has created a new Carolina Scots-Irish blog and is seeking content from guest contributors.