Archive - 2009 - Story

December 11th

Pre-registration open for Gulf Wars XIX

Master Gottfried von Koln, Lead Autocrat-Gulf Wars XIX, has announced that registration is now open for Gulf Wars XIX

Ealdormere Fall 2009 Crown Tournament photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos from the Fall 2009 Crown Tournament which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Same-sex marriage in the Middle Ages

Historians believe they have evidence of same-sex marriage in late antiquity and early Middle Ages. One piece of evidence is a monastic icon depicting the marriage of two male saints with Jesus officiating. (photo)

December 10th

"Lost Fort" discusses use of siege engines in fiction

Author Gabriele Campbell has created The Lost Fort, a blog designed to discuss historical fiction, especially of the medieval era. One page is devoted to the discussion of using trebuchets in historical fiction.

Pictures and videos from Midrealm's Bardic Madness

Northshield Kingdom Chronicler Viscountess Elashava bas Riva shares photos and video from Bardic Madness, an event which took place recently in the Shire of Eastwatch, Barony of the Cleftlands in the Midrealm.

Da Vinci’s Workshop In Manhattan

Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop, an exhibit at Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York City, brings the wonders of da Vinci's genius to life in the form of mechanical objects and interactive displays from the minds of Milan’s Leonardo3, “an innovative research center and media company” devoted to the scientist.

December 9th

Palace of Bulgarian Tsar to be recreated

Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov plans to demonstrate the grandeur of the medieval palace of Tsar Simeon I The Great (893-927 AD) by creating a 1:10 replica (i.e. ten times smaller) of the palace, complete with "the latest light and cinema technology."

Bordermarch: "A roar of battle cries and the clatter of lances"

"It was a scene more reminiscent of Europe in the Middle Ages - but the middle ages were never this much fun." writes reporter Sarah Moore of the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise.

December 8th

Archaeologists ponder "Secrets of Shangri-La"

Archaeologists believe they have found Shangra-La in the form of Himalayan caves holding wall paintings, illuminations and 15th century religious texts. (photos)

Caelin on Andrede's photos from Bordermarch 2009

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted an album of photos from Bordermarch 2009 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

Search for tomb of Genghis Khan continues

Traditionally, the grave of Mongol leader Genghis Khan, who died in 1227, was kept secret to keep enemies from desecrating it, and for years archaeologists have sought to find it. Now a new expedition hopes to discover a veritable "Mongolian Valley of the Kings."

December 7th

Archaeologist offers "tastes of the past"

Archaeologist Jacqui Wood is not afraid go back to the basics with her cooking. The author of Tasting the Past: Recipes from the Stone Age to the Present, Wood cooks in the style of the Romans and the Celts.

New theories abound on Lewis Chessmen

David Caldwell of the National Museum of Scotland does not believe the recognized theory that the famous Chessmen of Lewis belonged to a merchant passing through Scotland. Caldwell thinks the owner was a noble who lived in the area, and that the pieces may not have been "chessmen" at all.

European museum photos online

Lady Racaire of the Kingdom of Drachenwald once again offers several albums of research photos taken at European museums.

December 6th

Robert of Canterbury elevated in Drachenwald

Nerissa reports that Robert of Canterbury has been elevated to the order of the Pelican at the Fall 2009 Kingdom University in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. (photos)

Treasure hunters lead researchers to 13th century Welsh manor

Metal detectorist John Lyon was thrilled to find a hoard of 44 coins dating to the 13th century in a farmyard near Pinchbeck, Wales, but the real discovery may be the source of the coins: a 13th century "well-built house" with a possible ecclesiastical connection.

Graveyard reveals medical secrets of medieval Ireland

The history of medieval medicine in Ireland got a major boost with the discovery of a previously unknown medieval church and graveyard in Ballyhanna, County Donegal. Among the surprises was evidence of successful brain surgery performed around the year 800.

December 5th

Bath's "Great Drain" to be inspected

Nearly 2,000 years after construction, the overflow from the Roman bath in Bath, England is going to be inspected. Archaeologists are excited at the prospect of discovering what Roman - and subsequent generations - threw down the drain.

3rd century Roman townhouse found under Canterbury theater

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a 3rd century Roman townhouse beneath the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, England. "It's quite unexpected," said archaeologist James Holman.

"Assassin's Creed II" takes players to Renaissance Italy

In 15th century Italy, a young nobleman finds himself betrayed by a rival family, and seeks vengeance against his enemies. The plot of an engaging new film or novel? No, it's the storyline for Assassin's Creed II, Ubisoft's top-selling video game set in the Renaissance.

December 4th

Finalization of Gulf Wars master schedule near

Her Grace Duchess Mary-Grace of Gatland, Gulf Wars 19 Master Schedule Coordinator & Deputy Autocrat, has announced that the master schedule for Gulf Wars 19 is close to being finalized.

Estrella War News You Can Use - November 21, 2009

Dame Katharine of Cate Hall of the Estrella War XXVI Media Office offers the latest announcements pertaining to the upcoming War.

100 Minutes War photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from 100 Minutes War which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East.

Astrolabe: "world's first popular computer"

Author and software designer Tom Wujec takes a step back in time to discuss the medieval astrolabe. The video and transcript of the discussion is available on the TED website.

December 3rd

Annual edition of "Medieval Archaeology" released

Volume 53 of Medieval Archaeology: Journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology has been released by Maney Publishing. The academic journal specializes in the medieval archaeology of Britain and Ireland.

Medieval Paris' "Carolingian Wall" found

A team of archaeologists from the Institut national des recherches archaeologiques has discovered the fortifications of medieval Paris.

A taste of mead

In an article for the Chow website, Lessley Anderson and Roxanne Webbe review 10 Meads You Should Try. The American meads range from peucts produced in Portland, Maine to Anchorage, Alaska.

December 2nd

SCA trailer stolen in Ansteorra

Ysabeau of Prague of the Barony of Bryn Gwlad in the Kingdom of Ansteorra reports that a trailer containing SCA property belonging to the Kingdom and Barony was stolen December 1, 2009.

Waterhouse enchants at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Those longing for the romance of Arthurian times may want to check out J. W. Waterhouse: Garden of Enchantment, an exhibition of the artist's work at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through February 7, 2010.

Legacy of Puritan vandals still challenges Canterbury Cathedral

In the 1640s, followers of Oliver Cromwell vandalized Canterbury Cathedral, especially stained glass windows overlooking the tomb of Edward, Prince of Wales, known as the Black Prince. The decay continues to this day, causing concern to those charged with maintaining the cathedral.