Archive - Apr 2012 - Story

April 23rd

The super heroes of Gulf Wars 2012

At Gulf Wars XXI, Sir Geoffrey was tasked by Their Majesties of Meridies to capture the fun and frolic at the Meridies-sponsored Grand Social. The theme was "Super Heros." Sir Geoffrey's slide show of the event is available online.

April 22nd

Cupid reigns at the Bodleian

The magic of Valentine's Day was felt recently at the Bodleian Library In Oxford, England with an exhibition celebrating "the stories of medieval romance and how they have influenced culture, literature and art over the last thousand years."

Gladiators banned from Colosseum

Performers dressed as gladiators will no longer be able to make money having their photos taken with tourists, according to city officials. NPR commentator Renee Montagne has the brief audio report for Morning Edition.

Website devoted to the study of Cyrillic and Glagolitic manuscripts

The Special Commission on the Computer-Supported Processing of Mediæval Slavonic Manuscripts and Early Printed Books has created a website to faciliate the study of Cyrillic and Glagolitic manuscripts and early printed books.

Four sisters to break Durham guilds' ban on women

"It is something we value and respect and feel honoured and proud to be among the first women freemen to be sworn in," said Karen Crawford about her acceptance into the City of Durham (England) Freemen's ancient craft guilds, a 700-year-old tradition that up until now banned women.

April 21st

Living the monastic life at Penn

In a world where the college experience usually involves football and parties, students of Justin McDaniel's religious studies class at the University of Pennsylvania should expect something differrent: a firsthand experience of what it's like to be a monk.

Redeeming qualities of Attila the Hun

On the blog Past Imperfect for the online version of Smithsonian Magazine, Michael D. Blodgett tries to find "Nice Things to Say About Attila the Hun." The greatest, he feels was Attila's "refusal to be seduced by wealth."

Mudthaw 2012 photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Mudthaw 2012, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on Google.

Jack Graeme and Thomasina new Baron and Baroness of the Far West

Siobhan reports that Jack Graeme An T'Oban was the victor of the Spring 2012 Coronet in the Palatine Barony of the Far West. The tournament took place in Vale de Draco.

April 20th

Artifacts found at site of Roman fort in Scotland

A team of archaeologists, supervising the installation of a water main through the site of a Roman fort near Kirkton, Scotland, has discovered a cobbled roads and artifacts dating to Roman times.

Outlanders made Peers at Estrella War

Lord Rowland the Grey of Lincolnshire reports that Their Majesties Kynan and Gilliana of the Outlands offered Peerages to several of Their subjects at the recent Estrella War XXVIII.

Searchable Online Artefact Database

The extensive collection of paintings, engravings and artefacts in the Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen is now searchable online.

13th century Jewish marker Germany's oldest

A tombstone, bearing the name of  “Frau Dolze” daughter of “Herr Asher,” has been discovered in Erfurt, Germany near the city’s Old Synagogue. The marker, one of 58, dates to the year 1259. Officials in the city have applied to make the cemetery a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

April 19th

Latin through the eyes of a gladiator

Marcia Ross of ORR High School in southeastern Massachusetts has found a unique way to teach elementary school age children Latin. She frames the after-school enrichment program as "Latin through the eyes of a gladiator."

Camels in Belgium?

Belgian archeologists Fabienne Pigière and Denis Henrotay have found evidence of camels in Belgium, specifically, camels used by the Romans near military and civilian towns. Their report can be found in an upcoming article for the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Anglo-Saxon ironwork reference paper online

In 1995, Patrick Ottaway wrote a paper based on his PhD thesis for York University entitled Anglo Saxon Ironwork. The paper is available in PDF format on the PJO Archaeology website.

Ironbog Baronial Birthday 2012 photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Ironbog Baronial Birthday which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on her Picasa website.

April 18th

Solving the mystery of Roman Wales

Visitors to Caerleon, near Newport in south Wales have long admired the huge 1st century Roman amphitheater, the site of gladiatorial combat, but new discoveries point to the area as an important Roman outpost in Britain. (video)

Heart of St Laurence O'Toole stolen from Dublin cathedral

Police in Dublin, Ireland are puzzled by the theft of the heart of St Laurence O'Toole, a 12th century relic housed at Christ Church Cathedral. The heart, in a wooden box, was stolen March 2, 2012 when the protective metal bars were cut.

Balfar's Challenge photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Balfar's Challenge 2012, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on her PicasaWeb site.

Coronation Ordo of Kenric & Avelina, King & Queen of the East

The Coronation of TRM Kenric and Avelina, King and Queen of the East, was held on April 14, AS 46 (2012). The ceremony was an experiment in presenting as authentic a coronation as could be managed within the restraints of SCA rules and customs. The service used at the coronation of King Aethelread II in 978 was followed as closely as possible.

SCA Member Wins Fechtschule America 2012 Longsword Tournament

Rob Hunter (Lord Dietrich von Stroheim, of Atlantia) won the 2012 Franco-Belgian Guild Rules Invitational Longsword Tournament, sponsored by Fechtschule America. The tournament was held in Houston, Texas, starting on March 16th.

April 17th

Vivant to Paul and Aryanhwy, heirs of Drachenwald at spring crown tourney, AS 46

This past month saw the succession of the kingdom of Drachenwald assured, with the tournament held in the incipient shire of Deepdene under Wychwood (outside Manchester, England).

Behind-the-scenes look at the treasures of the Mary Rose

Take in inside look at the artifacts recovered from the Tudor ship the Mary Rose with BBC South Today's Sally Taylor and historic weapon expert and actor Robert Hardy in a BBC video clip.

Henry VI Psalter Now Online

A fully digitized version of The Psalter of Henry VI has been added to the British Library's ongoing project of digitizing some of their manuscript treasures.

April 16th

Dragoslava Vladislasa doch, of Borealis placed on vigil at Winter War

Her Ladyship Cristiana de Huntington, Court Coordinator to TRM Ieuan and Gwyneth, reports that Their Majesties of An Tir placed Dragoslava Vladislasa doch, of Borealis on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

More historic Ealdormere photos from Eirik Andersen

Ealdormere photographer and webmaster Eirik Andersen continues the re-location of his galleries of historic photos. This set includes albums from 2004, 2006 and 2008.

British universities come together to study Vikings

"Experts coming together to pass on their knowledge to students in the beautiful environments of Oxford and Kirkwall - what could be better?" said Dr Donna Heddle, director of the Orkney-based Centre for Nordic Studies about the collaboration of scottish and English universities on Viking studies.

Summer Was Deadly for Tudors

Recent research indicates that summertime produced the most fatal accidents during the 16th century.

April 15th

'Tis what it's all about

Dancers and poets alike will enjoy reading the efforts of Jeff Brechkin, who took on the challenge by the "Washington Post Style Invitational contest that asked readers to submit 'instructions' for something (anything), but written in the style of a famous person."