Archive - 2011 - Story

October 7th

Remains of 12th century tolbooth found in St. Andrews

In 12th century Scotland, the "tolbooth or praetorium was the office from which the provost and baillies organised the running of the newly-created burgh." Now archaeologists believe they have found the remains of the tolbooth in St. Andrews.

October 6th

Beer through time in England

The editors of the Telegraph pay homage to everyone's favorite brew with a slideshow of photos entitled An illustrated history of English beer.

Sean and Qamar new Heirs to Artemisia Throne

Their Royal Majesties Ronan Geirson ta Rautalahti and Clare de Lacy report that Sean Kirkpatrick Tarragon was the victor of the October 1, 2011 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

Duke Uther Sciemann der Hunt winner of West Kingdom Crown Tournament

Duchess Megan reports that Duke Uther Sciemann der Hunt was the vicitor of the October 1, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired by Duchess Kara Báreksdóttir.

October 5th

Inscribed 12th century slate may have been used to ward off evil

Archaeologists have discovered a rare incised slate while digging at Nevern Castle in England. The slate dates to between 1170 and 1190.

Historical Book Club on Yahoo Groups

Lord Cú Allaidh Dona of Ealdormere reports his lady, Margurite, has created an Historical Book Club on Yahoo which urges members to "read a period book and review and discuss on the list."

Hampton Court Roundels Restored

Damaged by years of exposure to the weather, four of the most seriously deteriorated Hampton Court roundels have been restored and will be shown to the public.

Pennsic Bridge battle & Allied Champion photos

Ursus of Anglesey has posted another gallery of Pennsic pictures from Thursday, which includes the bridge battles (shot from a tower in the fort) and the Allied Champions battle.

October 4th

Reliquary holding relics of saint found in Perperikon

Archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov recently discovered a 5th century bronze reliquary containg a cross which held two fibers, either hair or textile, believed to have belonged to a saint.

Laurs and Ætta new Prince and Princess of the Summits

HL Brendan ap Llewelyn reports that Lord Laurs Surtr, inspired by Lady Ætta Surt, was the victor of the Principality of the Summits Coronet Tournament which took place September 17, 2011 in the Kingdom of An Tir.

Siegfried McClure elevated to Pelican at Atlantia 30 Year

Lady Rosanella Vespucci, Pursuivant Herald-at-Large for the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that Their Majesties Cuan and Padraigin have inducted Lord Siegfried McClure into the Order of the Pelican.

Photos from recent events in Northshield

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, reports that she has posted several albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom. The photos are available on the Northshield Gallery.

October 3rd

14th century 'fede’ ring found in farmer's field

Metal detectorist James Goldswain found treasure in a farmer's field when he uncovered medieval silver gilt ring, known as a fede, or faith ring, near Bishopsbourne, England. (photo)

Dragon's Mist elevated to Barony

On 24 Sept AS 46 Their Royal Majesties Thorin and Dagmear of An Tir elevated the Shire of Dragon's Mist to the Barony of Dragon's Mist and invested Refr ordloker Fiachson and Svava in litla as the Baron & Baroness.

Gabrielle Elisabeth Chantereau elevated to Peer in Meridies

Mistress Odindisa Egilsdottir reports that Their Majesties Caspar and Cecilia, of the Kingdom of Meridies, offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Mistress Odindisa's protégé, The Honorable Lady Gabrielle Elisabeth Chantereau.

October 2nd

The sounds of Stonehenge

Visitors to Stonehenge never have the opportunity to experience the monument the way their early ancestors would have, but now BBC accoustic engineers have re-created the sound of a ritual held 4,000 years ago.

Glaslyn 2011 photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Glaslyn 2011, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

October 1st

Stephen Calvert deGrey placed on vigil in AEthelmearc

THLord Brandubh O'Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc reports that Their Royal Majesties Isenwulf and Rosalinda have placed THLord Stephen Calvert deGrey on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Costume Society of America seeks papers

Costume Society of America is seeking papers for its Western Region 2012 Symposium to be held March 17-18, 2012 in Santa Clarita, California. The topic is: “Interpreting History through Costume.” Deadline is October 15, 2011.

September 30th

World's "most popular beverage" might have roots in Patagonia

15th century Bavarian lager beer may have an unlikely parentage: a blend of German yeast with one found in the beech forests of Patagonia in southern Argentina, and brought to Germany aboard European ships.

Druid pleads for "founding fathers" of Stonehenge

In 2008, the remains of 40 bodies, thought to be at least 5,000 years old, were removed from Stonehenge for scientific study. Recently, in court, a Druid named King Arthur Pendragon pleaded to ''Let those we lay to rest, stay in rest."

Estrella War: Pre-Reg at Events!

Pre-Registration Staff for Estrella War XXVIII reports that Pre-Registration for Estrella War XXVIII is now available.

September 29th

Making a Finnish Viking dress

Satu Hovi offers techniques for creating a Finnish Viking dress on her website. The article includes research on the Eura dress and her replica from Luistari cemetery in Eura, grave 56.

Gothic Wars XX photos online

Lady Sara de la Val reports that she has posted an album of photos from Gothic Wars XX, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The album is available on Flickr.

British antiquaries on display at McMullen Museum of Art

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College will host "Making History: Antiquaries in Britain," September 4 through December 11, 2011, tracing "milestones in the discovery, recording, preservation, interpretation, and communication of Britain's history."

September 28th

Dafydd ap Sion elevated in Ealdormere

Adrielle reports that Their Majesties Aaron and Rustique of the Kingdom of Ealdormere offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to THL Dafydd ap Sion. The offer was made in Their Court at Bonfield.

Outlands costumer wins praise

THL Magdalena Lucia Ramberti, known in the modern world as Christa Gordon, recently won acclaim by placing third in the Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge. Gordon explained her specialty, Italian Renaissance courtesan clothing, to reporter Claire Martin of the Denver Post. (slideshow)

Equestrian at Purgatorio

Saionji no Hana reports that she has created an album of photos of equestrian activities at the recent Purgatorio event in the West Kingdom. The photos are available on Flickr.

Ansteorra event photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted several new photo albums, covering events in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, on his Flickr website.

September 27th

"Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge" at Sackler Museum

Visitors to the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will have the opportunity to view 16th century woodcuts, engravings, and etchings relating to the study of science when the museum presents Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe.