Archive - 2011 - Story

February 24th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for February 2011.

February 23rd


Those creative cooks out there will want to try the latest recipes for such gourmet fare is Peepshi or Peepza, both containing one major ingredient: peeps! (photos)

African soldier chose retirement in Stratford

Sometime in the 4th century, an Roman soldier of African descent picked Stratford-upon-Avon as a place to retire. The soldier's remains were discovered in 2009.

Rhodri ap Hywel to become Laurel in Calontir

Ines Alfon reports that Their Majesties Ashir and Maerwynn of the Kingdom of Calontir have offered Rhodri ap Hywel admittance to the Order of the Laurel. The vigiling took place at the recent Clothier's Seminar.

February 22nd

Lyondemere-Gyldenholt Yule and Unbelted 2011 photos online

Fausta reports that she has created photo album for Lyondemere-Gyldenholt Yule and Unbelted 2011 events which took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid.

Free "Archaeology of York" downloads

Several books in the Archaeology of York series are now available to download for free in PDF format. The books are out of print.

THL Vladimir Radescu placed on vigil in Northshield

Shava reports that Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne of the Kingdom of Northshield have placed THL Vladimir Radescu on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

Maybe it's not so good to be the king

A new study shows that being king gives one a 700 times greater chance of dying a violent death than being an ordinary subject. The research was carried out by Manuel Eisner, professor of comparative and developmental criminology at Cambridge, and a specialist in the study of violent crime.

February 21st

14th century tales of Jean Froissart online

Steve Muhlberger (Duke Finvarr de Taahe of the Kingdom of Ealdormere) of the Department of History at Nipissing University has posted several tales, in English, written by Jean Froissart in the 14th century. The stories, which include romance, poetry and history, were aimed at an aristocratic audience.

New film set to spark interest in Hadrian's Wall

The mystery of Rome's "lost legion" has mystified historians for centuries. Now a new young-adult film, along with a redesigned Roman museum, may revive interest in Hadrian's Wall.

Combatants announced for Atenveldt Crown Tournament

At the request of the Kingdom Seneschal, Seamus has posted the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

February 20th

Huge copy of the Koran to be digitized

A 500-year-old, handwritten copy of the Koran, owned by the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library, has been scheduled to be digitized and available online. The manuscript is the size of a large-screen television, and it is too fragile to be displayed. (photos)

Vikings live on in Northwest England

A team of British researchers has recently concluded that Vikings are "alive and well and living in the North West of England." The results of their study have been published in a new book, Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project.

February 19th

Bog body research needed, says Danish scholar

For centuries, scholars have debated the origins of bodies discovered mummified in murky swamps throughout northern Europe spurring calls for further investigation.

Illinois college students to explore "day-to-day life in the Roman courtyside"

A team of Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois) professors and their students will spend the summer studying Tall Dhiban, an archeological site near the modern town of Dhiban in west-central Jordan.

Polderslot Winterfe(a)st photos online

Vrank reports that he has created an album of photos from Polderslot Winterf(e)ast, which took place recently in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West.

February 18th

Embroidery tutorial online

On the Rock, Sea & Sarah blog, Sarah offers a tutorial for many hand embroidery stitches. Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials lets visitors subscribe to get updates on the stitches offered.

“Shanty town” excavation answers questions about late Roman Britain

Archaeological excavation by a team from the University of Durham in Bowes, England has given reasearchers new insight into civilian life around a Roman fort near the end of the Roman era. The vicus, or “shanty town,” would have survived longer than a military installation.

Borders to close over 200 stores

Borders, the second largest bookstore chain in the United States, has filled Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to close at least 200 of its 642 stores. The company cites competition from such companies as Wal-Mart and as the reason for the bankruptcy.

February 17th

Romans: coming to a screen near you

Hollywood seems to have a new love affair with Rome, gladiators and soldiers in particular, with the release of The Eagle at theaters and shows such as Spartacus: Gods of the Arena on television. Cary Darling of McClatchy Newspapers has the story.

SUNY Potsdam goes to the Vikings (and students, and librarians...)

By night Olaf Haraldson, an 11th century Viking and member of the Varangian Guard, shows off his axe skills and teaches others to fight. By day, Samuel E. McBroom is a librarian from Potsdam, New York (USA).

Colosseum to be restored by shoe manufacturer

Roman officials have accepted an offer from Diego Della Valle, founder of Tod's luxury shoe brand, to fund the restoration of the crumbling Colosseum.

February 16th

Old Twelvey Night photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, has created an album of photos from the recent Old Twelvey Night event which took place in the Barony of Nordskogen.

Up Helly Aa 2011

Happy Viking New Year to one and all! The BBC offers a few shots of the most recent Up Helly Aa celebration in Scotland's Shetland Islands.

Medieval monks predict climate change

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have matched diaries kept by monks, dating to 1500, to look at weather patterns from the past 500 years. The scientists have found that historical records closely parallel modern computer simulations of European climate patterns.

February 15th

Renaissance raised heel shoes web site upgraded

The website "Chopine, Zoccolo, and Other Raised Heel and High Heel Construction," created by Master Vyncent atte Wodegate (OL), has received a major overhaul recently.

Higgins Armory Museum: Kid tested, geek approved

The GeekDad blog at paid a visit to the Higgins Amory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA). The Higgins boasts the largest collection of medieval arms and armor outside Europe.

3rd century bathhouses prove Roman social advancement in Syria

The discovery of several luxurious Roman bathhouses in Bosra, Syria demonstrates that the area was an important part of Roman social life in the area, according to Director of Bosra Antiquities Department Wafaa al-Audi.

February 14th

Jocelyn of Lutterworth elevated to Laurel in the Midrealm

Arrienne reports that Their Majesties Ullr and AnneLyse have offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Jocelyn of Lutterworth in recognition of her excellent scribal work.

Shire of Ballachlagan advanced to full status

At Their recent Baronial Twelfth Night Celebration held in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, Duncan and Ilish, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, announced that Their Kingdom is to have a new shire.