Archive - 2009 - Story

November 5th

What kind of warrior are you?

If you would have become a medieval warrior, what kind would you have been? Allthetests.com has a quiz to find out.

Photos from Great Western War 2009

Fausta has posted an album of photos from Great Western War 2009 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid.

November 4th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for October 2009

THL Stefan li Rous has released his monthly article for October detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.

Friederich von Augsburg created Pelican in Northshield

Baron Maol Mhichil mac Ghiolla Pheadair of the Kingdom of Northshield reports that Friedrich von Augsburg has been welcomed into the Order of the Pelican.

Photos from Ealdormere's 2009 Fall Coronation online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos from the 2009 Fall Coronation in the kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are posted on the Two Ravens website.

Jousting in a post Y2K world

In a world where noble steeds have two wheels, lances are made of foam, and valiant knights program mainframes, comes .... Segway jousting! Join Liam Savage and his band of merry men as they keep the realm safe from Windows viruses in this YouTube video. (video)

November 3rd

Desperately seeking Da Vinci

Scientist Maurizio Seracini believes there is s lost Da Vinci painting hidden inside a wall in Florence’s city hall, and he wants to use high tech techniques to find it. The Battle of Anghiari, the largest painting Leonardo ever undertook, was never completed, but was studied "as an unprecedented study of anatomy and motion."

The fashions of Great Western War

Great Western War took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid. A photographer from the Los Angeles Times was on hand to capture the fashions of the day. (photos)

Japanese armor manual online

Anthony J. Bryant has created a website showcasing his research on Japanese armor entitled An Online Japanese Armor manual. A sometime resident of Japan and a member of the Nihon Katchû Bugu Kenkyû Hozon Kai (Japanese Arms and Armour Research and Preservation Society), Bryant offers a history of Japanese armor and very detailed tutorials on creation and use of the armor.

Organic chemist claims to have reproduced the Shroud of Turin

An Italian scientist claims to have reproduced the image on the Shroud of Turin using only materials and techniques known in the Middle Ages. Luigi Garlaschelli, who will present his findings at a conference, said, "The result obtained clearly indicates that this could be done with the use of inexpensive materials and with a quite simple procedure."

November 2nd

Stamford Bridge helmet found in antique shop

A rusty helmet labeled "Viking Helmet found in the River Derwent at Stamford Bridge by D R Lancaster, May 21, 1950" has been discovered in a Midlands, England antique shop. The helmet has been dated by experts to the 11th century.

Hear the Oxyrhynchus Hymn

Gregorio Paniagua and the Atrium Musicae de Madrid has recorded The Oxyrhynchus Hymn, "the earliest known manuscript of a Christian hymn - dating from the 3rd century AD - to contain both lyrics and musical notation." The re-creation has been posted on YouTube.

Four new Peers in the West Kingdom

Anne reports that several citizens of the Kingdom of the West have been offered elevation by Their Majesties at Their recent Crown Tournament.

Rumble in the Jungle: New Palatine Baron Invested in Bangkok

On Saturday October 24th, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand the Palatine Barony of the Far West held its Coronet Tournament and Investiture. This year, to reflect the event’s location and it being the first event of the Canton of the Golden Plains, the theme was ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.

November 1st

13th century Perth Charter restored

The year-long project to restore the Royal Charter of the city of Perth, Scotland has been completed. The status of Royal Burgh was given to Perth in 1210 by King William the Lion of Scotland. (photo)

War of the Wings IV photos online

Antonio Felluci reports that he has posted photos from the War of the Wings IV which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

"Ship of stone" draws visitors to Segovia

"In the centre of Segovia, between the old town and the new town, there is a Roman relic that makes Hadrian's Wall look like a heap of rubble. Segovia's famous aqueduct is nearly 30 metres high and more than 800 metres long, and although I'd seen countless photos of it, that's still no substitute for the real thing. Standing before it for the first time takes your breath away," writes Guardian travel writer William Cook about Segovia, Spain.

Travel Skotland at your own risk!

Medieval Scotland may not have been as welcoming to Norse travelers as one would think. According to a 13th century Viking travel guide, the country was "full of dangerous natives who speak an incomprehensible language and the is weather awful." The 13th century chronicle warned Icelandic merchants away from the area.

October 31st

Scottish Archaeology Month celebrates pirates

Two Scottish pirates, executed in Aberdeen in 1597, were the subject of the recent Scottish Archaeology Month. The stories of Robert Laird and John Jackson were to be told as part of the re-enactment Tales from the Tolbooth.

Early watch depicted in Renaissance painting

Experts believe they may have identified the earliest depiction of a watch in a painting. The timepiece is featured in the 450-year-old portrait of Cosimo I de Medici, Duke of Florence.

Pictures from Ansteorra's Three Queens event

Lady Brenna MacDonald and Caelin on Andrede have posted albums of photos from the recent Three Queens event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

October 30th

Byzantine grave site found in Syria

A joint team of Syrian and Japanese archaeologists have discovered the graves of children dating to the 6th century in the ancient city of Palmyra. A wealthy city along the caravan route, Palmyra was known as the Bride of the Desert.

Great Wall longer than previously believed

A newly-discovered section of China's Great Wall shows that the structure was actually at least 11 kilometers longer than previously believed. The new section was found in the northeastern Jilin province.

Controversy surrounds Dracula's cellar

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the basement of ”Drakulya House,” owned by Vlad III Tepes, more commonly known as Dracula, in the Hungarian city of Pécs, but authorities plan to fill in the excavation for preservation purposes.

October 29th

"High status" Saxon brooch found in South Oxfordshire

Metal detectorists at a rally in South Oxfordshire have discovered a 6th century Saxon grave yielding a skull and a garnet brooch belonging to some of "high status."

Keeping up with the Ciceros

Reasons given for the study of Latin over the year have ranged from "better understanding of English" to "looks good on a resume," but a new reason, according to Globe and Mail arts columnist Warren Clements, might be "to keep up with all the amusing Latin books that have been pouring forth for the past 60 years."

Ealdormere's Baron's Howe event photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos from the recent 2009 Barons Howe event in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are on the Two Ravens website.

Jousting in America

What makes a modern American want to be a medieval jouster? NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden traveled to the Maryland Renaissance Festival to find out for a story that ran October 3, 2009 on NPR's Weekend Edition.(audio and photos)

Duke Frederick's portable firepit

Duke Frederick of Holland of the West Kingdom shares his portable firepit design, which has been "approved for use at any site which permits the use of hibachis by the West Kingdom Fire Marshall." The online tutorial includes instructions with diagrams.

October 28th

Staffordshire hoard will "reshape understanding of the Dark Ages"

The recent discovery of over 1500 Anglo-Saxon artifacts near Staffordshire, England is having an amazing impact - and not just on the archaeological community. Thousands of everyday citizens are lining up to get a look at the 7th to 8th century treasure, and displaying a new curiosity about their Anglo-Saxon heritage.