Archive - Jul 2009 - Story

July 11th

Vara Sigurdsdottir elevated to Pelican in Ansteorra

Master Modius von Mergentheim reported in April that, at Defenders of the Rose event, Their Majesties of Ansteorra placed THL Vara Sigurdsdottir on vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Pelican,

July 10th

Local currency vs. the coin of the realm

How did the modern currency system develop? Ann Althouse of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life Inc., discuss the medieval origins of money in a short video from The New York Times.

14th century village discovered in Finland

Archaeologists have found the remains of houses dating to the 14th century in the Espoo district of Mankby, Finland. The discovery has excited the archaeological community, since late medieval villages are a rare discovery in the country.

Before "Ye Olde Wal-Mart": Okeborne Keep Shire demo in Meridies

The citizens of Northport, Alabama were promised a day of "blacksmithing, baking and armored men sword-fighting" recently as members of the Okeborne Keep Shire of the Society for Creative Anachronism came to town. Brian Reynolds of the Tuscaloosa News has the story.

July 9th

Tips and tools for tablet weavers

Those interested in tablet or card weaving will want to visit Guntram's Tabletweaving Page, a website which provides pattern design tips and tools and links to articles on tablet weaving.

2000 year anniversary of Battle of Teutoburg Forest to be celebrated

Tourists in western Germany who have an interest in history may want to seek out the site of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, or Varusschlacht, as it is called in German, a 1st century epic fight between an alliance of Germanic tribes and Roman legions. The site is located near Osnabrueck.

"One of the most important early medieval sites in Wales" threatened by development

The discovery of a tiny sword stud beneath a shop in Monmouth, Wales has archaeologists excited - and worried. The stud has led to the discovery of evidence of a 10th century Anglo Saxon settlement in the area, a discovery now threatened by commercial development.

July 8th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for July 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous offers new articles and updates to Stefan's Florilegium for July 2009.

Fox-Davies now free online

A staple reference book for SCA heraldry is now available for free download. A Handbook to English Heraldry by Fox-Davies can now be accessed on GoogleBooks.

Photos from Bardic Roundhouse online

Robin McCauley has created an album of photos from Bardic Roundhouse which took place June 26-28, 2009 in the Shire of Eastwatch (Middle Kingdom).

July 7th

600 Sq. Ft., 1,700 Year Roman Old Mosaic Revealed in Israel

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered for public view "one of the largest and best preserved mosaics ever found."

View Whitehall Roman bathhouse for last time

The community archaeological project at Nether Heyford in Northamptonshire, UK will face a bittersweet milestone on July 12, 2009 when the Roman bathhouse will be able to be viewed for the last time before being re-covered. While that building is being preserved for future study, others, such as the Roman villa, continue to be investigated.

Known World Handbook project update

Baron Kainin, Known World Handbook Deputy to the President, SCA, Inc., Patrick Anderson, reports that articles are still needed for the upcoming revision of the Known World Handbook.

July 6th

Independence Day: SCA style

The noise heard at the Lincoln Park (Pittsburg, Kansas) July 4th celebration wasn't only fire works this year, but also the sound of sword on shield as members of the local SCA group put on a demonstration of their fighting skills. Nikki Patrick of the Morning Sun has the story.

How to cook a porpoise

Richard II's recipe for cooking a porpoise is now available online. The recipe is included in a new digitized version of The Forme of Cury, the 15th century text long used by historians to re-create medieval recipes. (video)

July 5th

Hidden Mountain Baronial Birthday A&S photos online

Lidia de Ragusa reports that she has posted a small album of photos from the 2009 Baronial Birthday celebration in the Barony of Hidden mountain (Kingdom of Atlantia).

Remnant of medieval book found in Bulgarian churchyard

Experts are studying the silver and gold casing of a medieval book dating to the end of the 14th century discovered recently in the yard of St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

July 4th

Volunteers find Roman artifacts on first day of dig

An archaeological dig in Lincolnshire, England, which teams professional and volunteers, has led to satisfying results on its first day. Among items found: "Roman coins, flints and walls."

Lituus plays again

Before the trumpet curled into its present configuration, was the Lituus, an 8.5 foot long instrument last heard 300 years ago. Now new software has allowed the "lost" instrument to be recreated. (photos)

Five medieval skeletons found in Mickleham

Construction work on a new vestry at St Michael's Church in Mickleham, England has led to the discovery of five graves dating from at least the 15th century, one belonging to a small child. The graves are believed to mark the location of the medieval churchyard.

July 3rd

Music of Lune Heath makes a comeback

Selections of sacred music, dating from the 13th to 16th centuries, can be found on a new CD by the Ensemble Devotio Moderna entitled God Shall Be Praised, Music from Lune Convent. The music is from newly-discovered manuscripts found at the Lune Convent in Northern Germany. Music commentator Tom Manoff of All Things Considered has the story. (photo)

Siegfried and Francesca new Baron and Baroness of Highland Foorde

At Their recent Court at Highland River Melees, Their Majesties Logan and Esa of the Kingdom of Atlantia invested Siegfried Sebastian Faust and Francesca Angelo as the new Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Highland Foorde.

Workers puzzled over medieval document found in cabinet drawer

Staff at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario are scratching their heads over the discovery of a mid 13th century legal document found at the bottom of a university filing cabinet.

July 2nd

Áine de Lacy's photos of Spring 2009 West Kingdom activities

Lady Aine de Lacy has created several albums of photos from the recent West Kingdom events including the Teulfeburg Archery Tourney and the Golden Rivers Rapier Tourney and Collegium

"World's most complete known witch bottle" found in Greenwich, England

A "witch bottle," constructed according to known recipes from 16th and 17th century England, has been found buried upside-down in Greenwich, England. The bottle contains urine, nail clippings, hair and pins, and is believed to be an anti-witchcraft device.

"A minion of the finest sorte"

Experts at the site of colonial Jamestown are trying to puzzle out the inscriptions on a slate tablet found at the bottom of the town's first well. Among drawings and other markings, the tablet is inscribed with the words "A minion of the finest sorte." (photo)

July 1st

Great Western War XII Announcement

Online pre-registration for Great Western War is now open, through August 31. Here is an update on GWW activities.

The best of the best historical libraries

Where would the study of history be without the library to preserve it and make it accessible to the world? Nowhere. An article on The News in Print looks at the 7 most impressive libraries in history.