Archive - Aug 2011 - Story

August 13th

Walters Art Museum features digitized Islamic manuscripts

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland has begun a project to digitize its collection of Islamic manuscripts. A gallery of images, including covers and bindings, is available on the museum's website.

Ansteorra Summer 2011 Crown Tourney photos online

Talana reports that she has created an album of photos from the Kingdom of Ansteorra's Summer 2011 Crown Tournament. The photos are available on Flickr.

August 12th

Medieval Scotland determined to have had thriving pottery industry

A new study of 12th century monastic and castle sites in southern Scotland shows that the country's pottery industry was larger than previosuly believed, and it was much less dependent on foreign imports. (photo)

"Elegant" local Vale Ware aquamanile found in Cosmeston, Wales

A fragment of a locally-made pottery aquamanile, used by dinner guests to wash their hands, has been discovered at an archaeological dig of a manor house near Cosmeston, Wales. The fragment dates to the 13th century. (photo)

14th century Byzantine church found in Sozopol, Bulgaria.

In the 15th century, the Ottoman Turks brought an end to the Byzantine Empire. Among the last to fall were the small towns on the Black Sea, one of which, Sozopol, is the site of the recent discovery of a late Byzantine church.

August 11th

Remains of Irish beauty discovered at Dungannon

Archaeologists working on a dig at Dungannon, Ireland's Castle Hill have discovered what experts believe are the remains of Mabel Bagenal, third wife of the Earl of Tyrone, Hugh O'Neill, and known as Ireland's "Helen of Troy."

Drachenwald Summer Coronation 2011 photos online

Margaret de Mey reports that she has created an album of photos from Summer Coronation 2011, which took place recently in the Shre of Flintheath, Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Alheydis von Korckhingen elevated to Pelican in AEthelmearc

THLord Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc reports that Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen have chosen to make Mistress Alheydis von Korckhingen a member of the Order of the Pelican.

August 10th

Battle in Bangkok park

One would not expect to find knights in armor battling out on a Sunday afternoon in Bangkok, Thailand, but that's exactly what visitors to Lumpini Park find each week. CNN GO has the story and video.

"Beer Archaeologist" adds ancient flair to modern brews

The August 2011 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features alengthy article on "Beer Archaeologist" Patrick McGovern whose series of books examines the history of the brew. The article is written by Abigail Tucker.

Collection of Pennsic 2007 photo albums online

Eirik Anderson reports that he has posted a number of photo albums from Pennsic 2007 on his website. There are over 1900 photos in the 9 albums.

August 9th

Three placed on vigil at Simple Day

Three members of the populace were placed on vigil by Their Majesties Arch and Runa of the Middle Kingdom at Their recent Simple Day event to contemplate elevation to the Peerage.

More photos from Battlemoor II

Evain Macrae reports that she has created several albums of photos from Battlemoor II which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The photos are available on her public Facebook site.

Rebels fight King John in "Ironclad"

In Ironclad, a new film from director Jonathan English, a small group of Knights Templar strive to hold King John to his signature on the Magna Carta by defending Rochester Castle. The film debuted July 26, 2011. (photos)

Viking tooth filing may have intimidated enemies

Long before grills and gold caps, Vikings used tooth decoration as a way to intimidate their enemies. Evidence can be seen in the intricate horizontal patterns filed into the teeth of Viking warriors found buried in Dorset.

Outlands Battlemoor 2011 photos online

Unna reports that she has created an album of photos from Battlemoor, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The photos are available on her public Facebook page.

August 8th

War declared at Pennsic War XL opening ceremonies

“We assure you this will be the greatest celebration in the history of the Known World,”  said HRM Christopher of Æthelmearc during Opening Ceremonies of the 40th Pennsic War. Battlefield Reporter DonalBane of Blakmers of the Pennsic Independent has the story. (photo)

Madrid researchers search for bones of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote

Researchers are about to undertake a Quixotic quest - to find the lost bones of Miguel de Cervantes. They are believed to be somewhere in a convent in Madrid.

Two elevated to Pelican in AEthelmearc

THLord Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at the recent Bog Three Day Event in the Barony of Saint Swithins Bog, Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, recognized the contributions of two of Their subjects by elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Medieval knights are strange inspiration to Mexican drug cartel

The Knights Templar is no longer just a historic group shrouded in mystery. A violent Mexican drug cartel has been founded under the same name, and espouses its own code of conduct and chivalry.

August 7th

Trillium War 2011 videos and photos online

Eirik Andersen of the Kingdom of Ealdormere reports that he has posted two videos from the recent Trillium War. The videos and photos are available on his website.

Free research downloads from Amazon.com

Thegn Grimmund Blackwing reports that Amazon.com is offering free downloads of several books of interest to medieval scholars. The downloads are available for the Kindle or for other e-reader apps.

15th century brassieres

A presentation from the 2011 annual conference for the North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles (NESAT) explores the use of the bra in the 15th century. The paper by Beatrix Nutz is entitles Bras in the 15th Century? A Preliminary Report.

August 6th

Sex and politics in the Middle Ages

In his dissertation, Henric Bagerius of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, explores sexuality and politics in the late medieval Iceland, and redefines sex as less of a personal relationship and more of an exercise in power.

Medieval coronation book online

The University of California Press eBook Collection has published a free, online edition of Medieval and Early Modern Monarchic Ritual by János M. Bak. The book was first published in 1990.

Lilies War XXV photos online

Vilhelm Lich reports that he has created several albums of photos from Lilies War XXV. The photos are available on Flickr.

August 5th

Medieval meets modern in artist's paintings

Lillias reports that Chum McLeod, an artist from Barrie, Ontario, has created a blog featuring illuminated capitals blending modern watercolor techniques with familiar medieval designs.

Geoffrey Chaucer: standup comedian

Three men walk into a bar... you all know the rest. Or do you? British standup comedian Bill Bailey gives the story a medieval twist in this YouTube clip.

9th and 10th century Viking coins found in Cumbria, England

A hoard of over 90 silver Viking coins dating to the 9th and 10th centuries was discovered recently by a metal detectorist near Furness, England. (photo)

Drug testing Shakespeare

Anthropologist Francis Thackeray believes William Shakespeare was a pothead -- really -- and hopes to exhume the bard for drug tests. Thackeray's petition for exhumation has been made to the Church of England, based on his research done over the past ten years.