Archive - Nov 2010 - Story

November 21st

Ognissanti Crucifix determined a genuine Giotto

For centuries, a 14th century, painted cross, housed at the Ognissanti church in Florence, was considered to have been produced in a workshop, but prolonged restoration efforts have proven that the five-metre-high cross is a genuine Giotto. (photo)

Wedding site of Pocahontas and John Rolfe located

Experts believe they have discovered the site of the church where Pocahontas married tobacco farmer John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia in 1614.

Inner courtyard discovered at Wakehurst Place

Excavations at Wakehurst Place, home of the Kew country garden in West Sussex, England, have revealed the existence of an Elizabethan-era south wing which would have completed an enclosed courtyard.

November 20th

"Impressive" Roman finds hold up clinic construction in Scotland

Residents of Musselburgh, Scotland may have to wait a little longer for their health care while city officials and archaeologists decide how to proceed with the excavation of "human remains, the bones of horses and weapons and culinary tools" dating to the Roman era.

Tall al-Shir dig reveals centuries of construction

Workers at the Tall al-Shir archaeological dig in Syria have so far uncovered three layers of history dating back to the Roman and Greek eras. A recent find including walls from the late Byzantine period.

Bird interrupts restoration of medieval bird house

Reconstruction of Sharlston Dovecote, a 14th century medieval pigeon house, is being planned around the property's resident barn owl. The owl likes to shelter there in the summer, so construction work will only proceed in the winter months.

V&A adds YouTube channel

The Victoria and Albert Museum has created a serious of videos on their YouTube channel entitled Reflections on Medieval & Renaissance Objects.

November 19th

Nonesuch painting to be auctioned

No trace of Henry VIII's Nonesuch Palace remains except a rare 16th century watercolor by Joris Hoefnagel, and now that is to be auctioned by Christies. The watercolor is expected to bring as much as 1.2 million UK pounds (US$1.9 million).

Modern world heraldy in Canada

Canadians who wish to own their own official heraldry may apply directly through the Canadian government rather than going through the British heraldy offices.

November 18th

Havordh Ættarbani victor of Gleann Abhann Fall 2010 Crown Tourney

Egil reports that Sir Havordh Ættarbani was the winner of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. Havordh was inspired by Morgana.

Dunster cobblestones "extremely dangerous”

Once part of the Luttrell family estate, the village of Dunster, England could lose its medieval cobbled streets due to injuries caused by the cobbles' poor condition.

Duncan and Larissa new Heirs to Trimaris

Séaghdha mac Roibeaird reports that Earl Duncan Arthur Ross the Black and Duchess Larissa Alwynn Clarewoode are the new Heirs to the Throne of the Kingdom of Trimaris.

Designing with Duct Tape

Scotch® Tough Duct Tape has teamed up with Instructables.com for the Duct Tape Tough Contest, a challenge to create a project for Instructables involving duct tape in some way. Contest deadline is November 28, 2010.

November 17th

Want to see medieval relics? Try Niagara Falls.

Known for weddings and a monumental waterfall, Niagara, New York also boasts one of the largest collections of Catholic relics in the United States.

Feminist Guinevere on Hulu

Guinevere, the 1994 retelling of the Arthurian legend with a feminist twist, is now available to download and view on Hulu.

Rock star treatment for a Renaissance mural

An elaborately painted 16th century chapel damaged during the Second World War is being restored not with paint but with light.

November 16th

Craftsmen produce giant medieval carpet made of flowers

Craftsmen in Belgium have created Tapis de Fleurs, the world’s largest carpet of flowers. Flower carpets have been made in Belgium since 1971 in order to promote Belgium's flower industry.

Review of the new Known World Handbook

Mistress Emma de Fetherstan, of the Kingdom of Ansteorra, offers a review of the new edition of the Known World Handbook, available through the SCA Stock Clerk.

Mona Lisa's childhood home discovered

Did the enigmatic smile of da Vinci's Mona Lisa hide sad memories of an impoverished childhood? A video clip from Discovery News looks at the childhood home of the famous model.

November 15th

Hrefna karsefni to blog hints for SCAdians

20-year SCA veteran Hrefna karsefni reports that she has created a blog to discuss helpful hints for SCAdians.

Renaissance corset on a budget

On her blog Geek Mom, Natania Barron shares her design for a Renaissance-style corset using bamboo brush mats and thrift store fabric - all for under US$20! (photo)

Sumptuary laws plagued Renaissance bankers

"Our state is less strong because money which should navigate and multiply lies dead, converted into vanities,"  said the rulers of Venice, who enforced laws designed to curb the spending habits of the rich. These sumptuary laws are the subject of an article by Sarah Dunant on the BBC News Magazine blog.

"How to History" offers video tutorials for the historic arts

The website How to History offers a divers series of videos that teach a variety of medieval crafts of use to re-enactors.

November 14th

Henry III Fine Roles give insight into 13th century society

During the reign of King Henry III (1216–1272), fines were paid to the king in installments, in exchange for a specified concession. Now these roles are available to view online thanks to the Henry III Fine Roles Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Norfolk frescoes chronicle medieval past

The discovery of medieval frescoes during repairs to a crumbling English country church has given experts a glimpse in the village's medieval past. The wall paintings at St Mary's at Houghton-on-the-Hill date to around the 12th century.

Blitz reveals history of London's Charterhouse

A combination of Word War II blitz raids and centuries of urban renewal have wrought havoc on the 14th century medieval structures contained in London's Charterhouse. Some of the remaining medieval construction is detailed in a new book The Charterhouse (Yale, UK£80).

Trees threaten Roman wall in St. Albans

Sycamore trees are the culprits in damage done to the historic Roman wall in St. Albans, England. Built in the 3rd century, the wall is what remains of a five metres high and three metres wide wall, circling the city, with a walkway on top. (photo)

November 13th

Horse archery making comback in Europe

Horse archery is a sport appreciated by only a few, but its popularity is gaining strength in England which now holds a national championship.

Medieval beadwork research online

On her blog, medievalbeadwork, Roxelana Bramante (Jonalee A. Crabb) shares her research regarding the origins of medieval beaded flowers.

Rarely-seen 9th century carpet mosaic displayed briefly in Jericho

In honor of the 10,000th birthday of the city of Jericho, officials gave visitors a rare glimpse of a 1,200-year-old carpet mosaic measuring nearly 900 square meters (9,700 square feet) which once graced the floor of the main bath house of an Islamic palace. (photo)