Archive - 2011 - Story

October 14th

Ailgheanan and Amber new Prince and Princess of Meridies

Disa reports that Jarl Syr Ailgheanan mac Sithigh was the victor of the Meridies Fall 2011 Crown Tournament. His Grace was inspired by Amber.

Welsh Iron Age tomb links to Stonehenge

Archaeologists working at the Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills in Wales, where the Stonehenge bluestones were quarried, believe they have found the tomb of one of original builders monument.

Combatants and consorts for Ealdormere Fall 2011 Crown Tourney posted

Elrick the Bastard reports that Their Majesties Quilliam and Dagmar have posted a list of combatants and their consorts for the October 22, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Ely of Silver Oak to be knighted in Artemisia

HL Brynjolf Fjalgeirsson reports that Their Majesties Ronan and Clare, of the Kingdom of Artemisia, have decided to offer admittance to the Order of the Chivalry to Ely of Silver Oak.

October 13th

Nonsuch Palace rebuilt

Nonsuch Palace, the Surrey home of Henry VIII, built to rival French King, Francis I, has been rebuilt - as a 2.2m by 1.2m (7ft 2in by 3ft 11in) model. (photo)

Golden torcs bring finder £462,000 reward

David Booth is a happy man. The hoard of gold Iron Age torcs he discovered with a metal detector in 2009, were last year's most valuable treasure reported to the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer, bringing the finder a reward of £462,000. (photo)

"History of the Order of the Pelican" remembered

In 1989, Hilary of Serendip of the West Kingdom compiled an extensive history of the Order of the Pelican entitled Brief and Informal History of the Order of the Pelican. The history has been posted on the West Kingdom History website.

Investor wanted for £2m Hadrian's Wall project

Hadrian's Wall Heritage is hoping to attract an investor with the funds to construct a new visitor center at the Bowness House Farm in Bowness-on-Solway, England, the eastern end of the 84-mile (135km) Hadrian's Wall trail.

October 12th

West Kingdom Golden Stag Players creates YouTube channel

Hirsch von Henford, of the West Kingdom's Golden Stag Players, reports that a YouTube channel has been created to showcase the work of the group.

Isabella Breviary facsimile offered in Spain

M. Moleiro in Barcelona, Spain is offering a facsimile edition of the Isabella Breviary, a 15th century illuminated manuscript given to Isabella the Catholic to commemorate the double marriage of her children, Infante John of Asturias and Infanta Joanna. (photos, video)

Trade between Romans and Picts verified in Scotland

An archaeological team from the Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) project has proven the existance of trade between the Romans and the Picts with the discovery of an Iron Age broch containing trade items.

Photos from Endewearde Schola 2011

Barbara reports that she has created an album of photos from Endewearde Schola which took place September 18, 2011 in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on her Kodak Gallery website.

Gladiator amphitheatre and training school unearthed near Vienna

A team of archaeologists has discovered the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, on par with the Colosseum in Rome, near Vienna, Austria. The site, they believe, was also a training school for gladiators.

October 11th

Steinolf Ketilsson and Sinéidín inghean Uí Biadhtach to assume Coronets of Aquaterra

Kometessa Octavia Laodice reports that Their Majesties King Thorin and Queen Dagmaer of the Kingdom of An Tir have announced the names of the new Baron and Baroness of Aquaterra.

Three offered Peerages at AEthelmearc Coronation

THLord Brandubh O'Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that at Their recent Coronation, Their Majesties Isenwulf and Rosalinda offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.

2011 Baron's Howe photos and video online

Eirik Anderson of the Kingdom of Ealdormere reports that he has posted an album of photos from the recent Baron's Howe event. In addition, Eirik has published several videos from the event. The photos and video are available on his website.

Armored women who mean business

The debate about the depiction of women's armor, whether in print, on film, or in reality, continues on the Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor website, which includes photos and artwork showing women with body parts actually protected. [PG-13: Language]

October 10th

Face of beheaded Archbishop of Canterbury revealed

Experts have reconstructed the face of Simon of Sudbury, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was beheaded in a peasant revolt in 1381.

A day of swords in Anchorage, Alaska

Lisa Maloney of the Anchorage Press joins David Teague and company for a class in the art and science of German longsword. The techniques are dervived from manuscripts and writing from the 14th and 15th century.

Loved ones remembered at WoW

In a recent message posted on the Merry Rose eList of the Kingdom of Atlantia, Thomas Brant of Salem shares a memory from last year's War of the Wings.

Amazing 17th century traveling suit at Durán Textiles

In  the past, Durán Textiles has showcased some amazing women's garb in their newsletter. Now it's the man's turn. The latest issue concentrates on an elaborate 17th century embroidered traveling suit worn by King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, who ruled 1615-1632.

October 9th

Tudor bestiary resource online

Calligraphers, needleworkers, heralds and artists take note. The Retronaut website has posted pages from the Tudor Pattern Book published around 1520.

Northshield Coronation photos online

Tamsyn Seamarke reports that she has created an album of photos from the Fall 2011 Coronation in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on the Northshield Gallery.

First phase of St. Peter's Colonade restoration revealed

Rome Reports has released a sort video on YouTube showcasing the newly renovated left Colonnade at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

October 8th

Countess Caoimhe ingen Domnaille elevated to Laurel in An Tir

Angharad Albanes reports that at Their Court at Pennsic War XXXX, Their Royal Majesties Thorin VII and Dagmaer II placed Countess Caoimhe ingen Domnaille on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Common soldier "willing to die" at Bosworth field

A 15th century will from the Norfolk Record Office, one of few records of common soldiers, was left by Thomas Longe who was "willing to die" for King Richard III at Bosworth Field.

Royal manuscript collection "debunks myth of the Dark Ages"

The world's largest collection of beautifully-illuminated British royal manuscripts from the 9th through 16th centuries will be on display this winter at the British Museum.

October 7th

British defendent demands trial by combat over UK£25 fine

Leon Humphreys, of Bury St Edmunds, England, failed to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) that his Suzuki motorcycle was off the road, incurring a UK£25 fine, but instead of payment, Humphreys demanded the ancient right to trial by combat.

Eirik Anderson's Video and photos from the Althing

Eirik Anderson reports that he has posted several videos and an album of photos from the Icelandic-Althing, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The videos and photos are available on his website.

Phalluses scrubbed from medieval fresco

After a three-year restoration project, the 13th century Tree of Fertility fresco in the small Italian town of Massa Marittima was ready to view, but art experts had some problems with the restoration work when they noticed that testicles and phalluses hanging from the tree had been removed.