Archive - Apr 2010 - Story

April 30th

Rare 12th century coins found in England

What is being called "one of the biggest hoards" of 12th century silver coins has been found by metal dectorists near Knaresborough, England. The 178 coins date to the reign of Henry I. Meanwhile, in Gloucester, four pennies, of an unknown variety, have been found. (photo)

Baltimore Art Museum Receives Grant to Digitize Manuscripts

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize more than 100 medieval manuscripts from a wide range of European and Near East cultures.

"Anonymous" looks at the subject of Shakespeare authorship

Ronald Emmerich, who directed such major films as 2012 and Independence Day, will take on a less earth-shaking project with his new project Anonymous. The film will investigate whether Edward de Vere was the real author of Shakespeare's plays.

Job Opening - Project Resource Coordinator

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Project Resource Coordinator.

April 29th

Job Opening: Society Minister of Arts and Sciences

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Minister of Arts and Sciences (MOAS). The current Society MOAS steps down in October, 2010. In order to ensure a smooth transition, applications for the position of Society MOAS are now being accepted.

British craftsmen strive to preserve "lost" skills

When its last practioner died in 1958, the art of pole lathe bowl turning died with him, but now former forester Robin Wood has taken up the foot-powered lathe to revive the craft. (photos)

Former Yugoslavian countries documenting medieval tombstones

The nations of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro are working together to document monumental medieval tombstones known as "Stecci".

April 28th

Corpus Coranicum hopes to shed light on the history of the Qur'an

A team of scholars at Germany’s Berlin-Brandenberg Academy of Sciences is about to complete the first phase of the Corpus Coranicum, a 20 year project to create "a central repository of imagery, information, and analysis about the Muslim holy book."

English castle saved by Heritage grant

Years of exposure to weather and thick-growing ivy nearly brought about an end to Suffolk, England's Mettingham Castle until a grant of UK£290,565 from English Heritage saved the structure.

East Kingdom Crown Tourney combatants announced

Master Phillip the Facetious, Seneschal for the Kingdom of the East, reports that he has posted the names of the combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Spring 2010 Crown Tournament on his Senescal's Website.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for April 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for April 2010.

April 27th

Calontir Spring 2010 photos online

Rhianna has created an album of photos from the recent Coronation of Ostwald and Kaye in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on her Flickr website.

Wet summers may have contributed to devastation of Black Plague

A team of scientists, who have studied tree rings and medieval wooden architectural materials to determine the climate of the late Middle Ages, report that wet summers were a contributing factor to the disaster of the Black Death in the 14th century.

AEthelmearc artisans help replace stolen regalia

Dona Illadore de Bedegrayne reports that artisans from the Kingdom of AEthelmearc recently offered gifts from their hands to replace regalia lost when a trailer was stolen in the Kingdom of Ansteorra and the Barony of Namron.

Ludus Videus?

The original version of the game Final Fantasy is now available with a Latin patch that translates most of the game dialogue. They do say the best way to learn a language is by using it!

April 26th

Students choose gladiator life

This summer, twenty students from the University of Regensburg in Germany are foregoing their usual pizza and computers in favor of Roman gladiator training.

Connected History project offers help to historians

BBC Technology correspondent Mark Ward reports that a new search engine has been created to help historians find useful sources.

"Double Falsehood" finally attributed to Shakespeare

Experts have now credited co-authorship of the play Double Falsehood to William Shakespeare and another dramatist, John Fletcher. The play was originally discovered nearly 300 years ago.

Videos from Gulf Wars XIX

Giacomo Falcone of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann reports that he has posted seven videos from the recent Gulf Wars XIX on YouTube.

April 25th

Design your own fabric

Looking for a just the right fabric for a special project but can't find what you need? Spoonflower Fabrics will create a fabric from your design.

Mudthaw photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Mudthaw event in the Kingdom of the East.

16th century museum reopens in Venice

The concept of a museum to view art and antiquities was unknown until 16th century Venice when wealthy families designed buildings to showcase Roman statuary. Now the Palazzo Grimani, one of the pioneering museums of the city, has restored and reopened to the public.

Jewel of Muscat sails

1200 years ago, Arab ships sailed the Indian Ocean. Now, centuries later, the Jewel of Muscat, a replica of a 9th century ship, built in Oman as a gift to Singapore, sails again. Her 10-day journey is chonicled in photos by the BBC.

April 24th

14th century remains give "fascinating insight" into Fenwick history

The discovery of a grave dating to the 13th or 14th century may provide a link to a medieval settlement that existed at West Fenwick, England.

"Exceptional example of the Medieval jewellers' art" declared treasure in England

A 16th century silver crucifix depicting Christ flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Evangelist, discovered in 2009 in Yanworth, England, has been declared treasure. (photo)

Estrella XXVII staff announced

The Mains of Estrella War XXVII are happy and proud to announce the staff for next year's Estrella.

Pennsic University registration deadline fast approaching

Pennsic XXXIX University Chancellor Catherine Aimee Le Moyne reminds Pennsic attendees that an inportant date for instructors is rapidly approaching.

April 23rd

Evidence of infused tea found in 12th century tombs

The discovery of green tea leaves in Chinese tombs may prove that infused tea was being served as far back as the 12th century, instead of only in modern times, as previously believed.

Pennsic Memorial Runestone

Lord Valdis of Gotland, organizer of the Pennsic Memorial Runestone Project, reports on the status of the project and the need for additional resouces.

National Geographic Channel to air program on Staffordshire Hoard

On Sunday April 25, 2010, the National Geographic Channel will repeat Lost Gold of the Dark Ages, a program on the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the amazing golden treasure found recently in the English Midlands.