Archive - Apr 2013 - Story

April 11th

Caelin on Andrede's Gulf Wars 2013

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created several albums of photos from Gulf War XXII. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Old drinks get new life in Maryland

New small cider and mead breweries are cropping up in Maryland, part of a larger resurgence in these drinks. The brewers are mixing traditional methods with modern sensibilities, like focusing on locally-grown ingredients.

April 10th

“It went beep, beep, beep. Then we dug into the mud"

Finding treasure with a metal detector is a hobby for all ages. Just ask three-year-old James Hyatt who, along with Dad and Grandpa, discovered an engraved gold reliquary locket from the early 16th century 8 inches beneath the Essex soil. (photo)

Avebury ranks second in world heritage sites

The "quiet, bucolic setting, the lack of crowds and the ability to wander freely" has won Avebury's stone circle in Wiltshire, England a second place among best world heritage sites by Which? travel magazine.

Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook becomes Pelican in East Kingdom

At Their Court in the Barony of the Bridge, Their Majesties Edward and Thyra of the East Kingdom offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

April 9th

Roman "industrial complex" found in Wales

"We have a remarkably well-preserved Roman road in good condition and the site is throwing up all manner of interesting things including a lot of lead, which suggests it was connected with the lead workings on Halkyn Mountain," said Will Walker, of Earthworks Archaeology about the discovery of a Roman site near Flint, Wales.

"Sons of Calontir" at Gulf Wars XXII

A video posted on YouTube captures Johann Steinarsson, of the Kingdom of Calontir, as he sings The Sons of Calontir.

Middle Kingdom law allows same-gender baronial consorts

An amendment to Middle Kingdom law now allows Their Majesties to appoint baronial couples of same or opposite gender, or individuals, as Their Majesties deem "most fit to represent the Royal Presence in the Barony."

April 8th

"Princes in the Tower" to remain unidentified - for now

Shakespeare wrote that Richard III plotted the deaths of his young nephews in the Tower of London, a theory touted by the Tudors but never confirmed. In the 17th century, the bones of two young children were found in the Tower and were reburied in Westminster Abbey as the princes, Edward V and Richard Duke of York.

Flash Mob Recreates Rembrandt Painting

In an Amsterdam mall,  a costumed flash mob chases a thief, rappels down ropes, and surprises modern shoppers to recreate "The Night Watch", and advertise the reopening of the Rijksmuseum. (video)

German Cooking Pots Discovered

Copper, bronze and brass cooking pots, which had been buried during the Thirty Years War, were unearthed in Guetzkow, Germany.

April 7th

"Whispers in stone" on Norwich Cathedral walls

"Just about everything that would have been important to the citizens of Norwich during the Middle Ages" has been found scrawled on the walls of Norwich Cathedral report volunteers from the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey, who are cataloging the grafitti. (photos)

Albrecht von Trier placed on vigil at Gulf Wars

Francesca di Pavia, Blue Iris Herald, reports that at Their Court at Gulf Wars, Their majesties Garick and Yasamin, of the Kingdom of the Outlands, called forth THL Albrecht von Trier, and placed him on vigil to contemplate admittance to the Order of Chivalry.

Robin Hood really William of Kensham?

William of Kensham was a resistance fighter in Kent, England who fought the French forces of Prince Louis in 1216, and he might, according to historian Sean McGlynn, be the basis for the Robin Hood myth.

Elena Edgar offered admittance into the Order of the Laurel at Western Crown

TRM Obediah and Ascelin offered elevation into the Order of the Laured to Their subject, Baroness Elena Edgar, Sunday morning of the annual March Crown Lists for the Kingdom of the West.

April 6th

Mudthaw 2013 photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Mudthaw 2013 which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on Google+.

Albrecht Dürer in Washington

The works of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer are being showed in an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Holland Cotter, of the New York Times Art and Design section, looks at the artist and his work.

Suds or suds?

Archaeologists have long known that Vikings loved their ale, but, according to Merryn and Graham Dineley, the experts have seldom considered just where the ale was brewed. Now, a new study speculates that stone structures in Britain, once believed to be bathhouses, might actually have been brewhouses.

April 5th

Position for Society Chatelaine Open

The Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Society Chatelain.

Two offered Laurels at Mudthaw

The East Kingdom Gazette reports that at Their Royal Court at Mudthaw, Their Majesties Edward and Thyra of the Kingdom of the East offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Elizabeth Elenore Lovell and Amy Webbe.

CalonSound Project adds work of Hyrim de Guillon

HL Mathurin Kerbusso reports that new content has been added to the online CalonSound Project, which endeavors to record and archive the original stories, songs, poems, and instrumental works of the artists of Calontir. Recently included were the works of Hyrim de Guillon.

“A War with no Enemies” in the Hattiesburg American

The 22nd Gulf Wars in Lumberton, Mississippi drew over 3,000 people to King’s Arrow Ranch to enjoy the annual "War with no Enemies.” Emily Ham Price of the Hattiesburg American journeyed to the campout to experience medieval life. (photos and video)

April 4th

Volunteers sought for Youth Point and Youth & Family Track Classes at Pennsic 42

Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Dept. Head, Youth Point, Pennsic XLII, is seeking volunteers to help with Youth Point at the upcoming War.

"Weapons & War in the Iron Age" comes to the Western Science Center

The Western Science Center in Hemet, California is teaming up with La Sierra University to present Weapons & War in the Iron Age which "examines the important period of the 2nd millenium BC in the ancient Near East." The exhibit will open May 19, 2013.

Pennsic 42 announces new Youth & Family Track classes

Lord Martyn de Halliwell reports that a new Youth and Family Track has been created for the University at Pennsic 42.

WDAM demonstrates wonders of medieval life at Gulf Wars XXII

Swords clashed in the Ravine Battle at Gulf Wars XXII and WDAM, Hattisburg, Mississippi television, was there for the action. For the print article, the reporter interviewed Suzanne Sherman of Kansas and Lisa and Brian Blair, of Mobile, AL. An excellent video from WDAM has also been posted on YouTube.

April 3rd

Battle of Hastings cancelled again

Officials from English Heritage have cancelled the 2013 re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings set for the weekend of 12 and 13 October. The reason given was that the weather damage to the field from last year's torrential rains, and continuing bad weather have left the field in need of being re-seeded.

17th-Century Swedish Warships Uncovered

Low water in Stockholm's harbor reveals the outline of two sunken warships believed to be from the 17th century.

Elena Edgar offered membership in the Order of the Laurel at Western Crown

On Sunday morning at the most recent West Kingdom March Crown Lists, TRM Obediah and Ascelin offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Baroness Elena Edgar.

Gulf Wars XXII Pics

Ursus of Anglesey took thousands of pictures st the recent Gulf Wars, and has begun to post them.