Archive - Apr 2011 - Story

April 30th

Medieval art forum in Germany, September 2011

A open colloquium to discuss medieval art will offer researchers of many fields the opportunity to discuss their ideas. From September 21 to 24, 2011, the first Forum Medieval Art will take place in Halberstadt, Germany.

Calling all Scottish brides!

Planning a Celtic wedding? Want to honor your Scottish heritage? You will want to consider a truly appropriate topper for your wedding cake!

Spinning through the city

Artist Robyn Love decided to connect with her fellow riders by hand-spinning on New York City's 7 train through the borough of Queens. Susan Forste caught the action for a video on Vimeo. (video)

April 29th

Google site maps historic battles

Google has produced an interactive website mapping warfare and battles throughout the world.

Pennsic 40 class registration deadline approaching

Helena Sibylla, Chancellor, Pennsic University, Pennsic 40, reminds Pennsic attendees that the deadline for registration to teach classes at the War is rapidly approaching.

Duke Cornelius von Beck victor of Lochac Autumn 2011 Crown Tournament

Blodeuwedd y Gath reports that Duke Cornelius von Beck was the winner of the April 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac. Prince Cornelius was inspired in His endeavor by Elizabeth.

April 28th

Learn to sail a Viking ship

Vikings and Viking-wannabes may want to consider enrolling in a course in rowing and sailing square-sail boats to take place May 26-29, 2011 in Skudeneshavn, Norway.

Pennsic 40 Artisans' Row Deadline Approaching

Unto the Artisans of the Known World, a reminder to sign up to participate on Artisans Row at Pennsic 40.

Arms for a Princess

The College of Arms in London has announced that a coat of arms has been created for Kate Middleton, Prince William's bride-to-be, in time for the royal wedding. (photo)

April 27th

Paper into couture at San Francisco's Legion of Honor

In Pulp Fashion:  The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, the Belgian artist re-creates exquisite life-size historic costumes using paper. The exhibit is currently at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor until June 5, 2011. (photos)

Hjaltland Research Network to be established in the Shetlands

More Norse than Scottish, the Shetlands are poised to become a new mecca for the study of things Viking, where scholars plan to begin a new project entitled Mapping Viking Age Shetland.

SCA Announces International Membership Rate Increase

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has published an announcement of a membership fee increase approved by the Board recently.

April 26th

Turrel Michelovna to be Laureled in Atenveldt

Dame Jennifer Trethewy reports that Lady Turrel Michelovna has been placed on vigil by Their Majesties Phelan and Amirah, King and Queen of Atenveldt, to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Considering the Viking axe

Many people have the same misconceptions about Viking weapons as they do about horned Viking helmets. On their website, Hurstwic, a Viking-Age interest group based in New England, discusses the reality of Viking axes.

D&D comes to life in Illinois park

Reality meets fantasy in Jeremy "Boo" Rochman Memorial Park in Carbondale, Illinois where kids and adults alike can experience the Dungeons and Dragons fantasies come to life.

April 25th

Battle of Towton commemorated in podcast

550 years ago, 28,000 men were killed in what is considered Britain's bloodiest battle. To commemorate the anniversary, BBC 4 Today discusses the final brawl of the war of the Roses.

The fighting life in Ambergard

"I like the camp outs, the camaraderie, the sport," said Scott Rankin at the recent War in the Oasis in Ephrata, Washington, an SCA event featuring melee combat. Cameron Probert of the Columbia Basin Herald attended the event and reports.

Baltimore museum hosts exhibit on reliquaries

Until May 15, 2011, the Walters Art museum in Baltimore, Maryland will host Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, "a fascinating array of objects tracing the evolution and permutations of reliquaries from late antiquity to the Renaissance."

April 24th

Cardigan Castle to receive UK£4.7m grant

The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to provide UK£4.7m for conservation work to the building and grounds at Cardigan Castle. The 12th century castle was once home to Welsh princes.

Vandalism mars 16th century Persian masterpieces

Auction houses have long profited from the 19th century practice of destroying precious painted manuscripts from Iran, India or Turkey by selling pages ripped from the books. Souren Melikian of the New York Times looks at this phenomenon.

Arts shine in Terra Pomaria

The arts and sciences were on display recently when members of the Barony of Terra Pomaria, Kingdom of An Tir, brought their talents to Salem, Oregon's Riverfront Park. Justin Much of the Statesman Journal has the story. (slideshow)

April 23rd

Lochac residents outliers in newspaper survey

Simon Hoad and Judith Gray do not fit into normal social categories proposed by the Macedon Ranges Leader (Melbourne, Australia). Instead of "playing sport" or "socialising with friends," Hoad and Gray are the Baron and Baroness of Stormhold. (photo)

Grants and donations will keep archaeological treasures in the UK

Grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund charity, as well as public donations, will keep recent archaeological treasures in the United Kingdom. Funds of over UK£1 million will allow such items as a hoard of Roman coins and four gold Iron Age torcs to be acquired by local museums.

Barbarians needed for film

Baronessa Giovanna Adimari, Midrealm Media Relations Officer, reports that she has been contacted by the producer of an upcoming web-based series seeking actors.

April 22nd

Dürer star charts auctioned

On March 30, 2011, the world's oldest printed star charts, created by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, were auctioned by Sotheby's auction house in London. The woodcuts were first printed in 1515. (photo)

Edinburgh conference explores Renaissance beauty secrets

At a recent conference at Edinburgh University, modern experts examined period sources "to increase understanding of the kinds of [beauty] materials that may have been available in renaissance homes and how ideas of beauty have developed over time."

Stefan's Florilegium updates for April 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for April 2011.

April 21st

SCA shire brings medieval feast to the public

Longview, Washington minister Jerry Hemrich was looking for ways to raise money for his church when he he hit on the idea of incorporating his hobby, the SCA, in the fundraiser. The result is the popular medieval feast, recently opened to the public, at the church.

What women's brooches tell us about Anglo-Saxon England

On the blog, A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe, Jonathan Jarrett offers a review of a paper by Jane Kershaw entitled New Insights on the Viking Settlement of England: the Small Finds Evidence, presented to the Institute of Historical Research Earlier Middle Ages seminar on 9 February, 2011.

Bannockburn dig may have produced pottery owned by the army of Robert the Bruce

A recent excavation at Bannockburn, Scotland has uncovered several green-glazed pot sherds near the site of the camp of Scottish king Robert the Bruce, leading experts to speculate that the pottery may have belonged to the army.