January 10th, 2014
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-01-10 13:35
Things got a bit noisy at the Copperas Cove Library recently when Anthony Schienschang brought his hammer and anvil for a demonstration of armoring. Schienschang is a member of the SCA, Stronghold of Hellsgate in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Valerie L. Valdez of the Killeen Daily Herald (Killeen, Texas) has the story. (photos, video)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-01-09 20:30
The history of a stolen Roman ring and its discovery in the 18th century are the subject of a recent feature article in History Today by Lynn Forest-Hill, fellow of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton, theorizing that the ring may have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-01-09 19:38
Geoffrey and Catherine report that pre-registration for Pennsic War 43 is now open on the Pennsic Registration Office website. The pennsic War runs July 25 - August 10, 2014.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-01-08 15:51
A recent article for Live Science analyzes the evolution of Little Red Riding Hood from its 1st century roots to its modern place in children's literature. The article follows the work of Durham University anthropologist Jamie Tehrani whose paper The Phylogeny of Little Red Riding Hood was published in the journal Plos One.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-01-08 09:49
In a feature article for History Today, S. Frederick Starr of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, looks at the claimants to the discovery of the New World, including Abu Raihan al-Biruni, an Islamic scholar from Central Asia, who "may have discovered the New World centuries before Columbus – without leaving his study."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-01-07 20:04
500 hundred years ago, a grieving wife wrote 13 love letters of Shakespearean pathos to her dead husband. The letters were buried along with the mummified remains in Andong City in South Korea, and tell "him she wants to see him and listen to him in her dreams."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-01-07 17:12
Debate over corporal punishment in schools continues to this day, but new research by Dr Ben Parsons, of the University of Leicester, shows that the debate is an old one. In his project, Discipline and Violence in the Medieval Classroom, Parsons examines writings from the Middle Ages and concludes that corporal punishment was not necessarily the rule of the day.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-01-07 14:54
Reburial of nobles was common practice in the 15th century, so the spirit of Richard III should feel right at home when he is soon reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. Experts have discovered a medieval ceremony of reburial, parts of which will be used in the upcoming service.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-01-06 20:03
Polish and repair your armor! Practice your tactics and formations! Prepare for these challenging fighting Scenarios for Estrella War XXX!
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-01-06 13:59
A 16th century German law, Reinheitsgebot, laying out the purity of beer, should be included in UNESCO's list of famous traditions, according to the country's beer industry. Over 5,000 beers still carry the law's seal which requires that only water, barley, yeast and hops may be used to brew beer.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-01-06 09:25
A mite late, perhaps, but still of note, we bring you a special Christmas present: Reno erat Rudolphus, complete with score so you can sing along.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-01-05 14:37
Archaeologists working at the site of a 12th century crusader grave in Hyvikkälä, Janakkala, Finland were puzzled to find the remins buried with two swords from different historical periods.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-01-05 13:58
Archaeologists excavating the remains of an Anglo-Saxon in Lyminge, Kent have discovered a game piece "made from a hollow piece of bone closed with delicately turned wooden caps, held in place with a bronze pin," part of a high-end backgammon set. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-01-04 22:37
A team of experts from Archaeology Warwickshire and York University have opened the 1,700-year-old lead coffin discovered recently near Hinckley, England, and have begun examination of its contents.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-01-04 17:06
Watchers of BBC 2 may want to catch up on the latest episodes of The Tudor Monastery Farm, where modern experts "work as ordinary farmers under the eye of a monastic landlord, learning to master the landscape away from the farm in order to supplement their income."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-01-03 17:49
Maol Mhichil mac Giolla Pheadair reports that at Their Courts at Boar's/Bull's Head, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne of the Kingdom of Northshield, offered elevation to the Peerage to seven of Their subjects.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-01-03 12:45
In 2012, 15-year-old Jack Lawrence discovered an odd stone in the rubble from a wall once part of Shutes Cottage in West Down, England. The stone bears the inscription "Guerngen" and is believed to have been a "pillow stone," placed at the head of a grave.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-01-03 00:12
Estrella War XXX Invites gentle lords and ladies to Teach at our A&S Collegium!
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-01-02 18:46
The official website describes Swordcraft as "paintball meets medieval/fantasy battle - carnage with a dash of medieval re-enactment, role-playing and cosplay." The medieval LARP (Live Action Role Playing) game was featured in a recent article in the Bendigo Advertiser (Australia). (photo, video)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-01-01 15:20
Thanks to a US$3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation, rare manuscripts from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana will be digitized and made available online through both libraries. NPR's Annaliese Quinn has the story and interview.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-01-01 11:21
"Reenacting medieval combat is one of the main attractions of the Medieval Society, but is certainly not the only one," writes Elizabeth Collins, staff reporter for The Purdue Exponent. Collins spoke with members of the university group and its partner, the SCA.
December 31st, 2013
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-12-31 18:28
Love that blue? An article from Instructables offers directions on how to grow your own indigo.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-12-31 04:48
Wales has introduced the Archwilio app, which will allow smartphone and tablet users to "access information about archaeological sites on maps covering the whole country." The free app will also let users connect and post their own updates.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-12-30 19:14
The Old English poem Beowulf has been the subject of many translations over the centuries, especially the first word hwæt. Now Dr George Walkden, a University of Manchester lecturer, believes he knows what the poem's first line really says.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-12-30 17:02
The online site for History Today recently featured a book review by Andrew Robinson for The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-12-29 21:15
The Dean of Exeter Cathedral in England is consulting with English Heritage about possible plans to make the Roman baths under Cathedral Green more accessible to the public. The baths were first discovered in 1971.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-12-29 09:45
Jolyon Attwooll has compiled a list of the "must-see" sites of Roman Britain for a recent article in the Telegraph. The article includes photos, descriptions and links of some of the best tourist spots in the country.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-12-29 00:25
Swedish archaeologists were recently given the rare opportunity to excavate a portion of the Södermalmstorg area in Stockholm. The excavation revealed a complete 16th century kitchen, including intricately-carved tobacco pipes and an unexplained pile of eggshells. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-12-27 23:00
No one knows exactly where all of the city gates to Byzantium were located, but the literature of the day speaks of many of them. In a feature for Hürriyet Daily News, Niki Gamm discusses Istanbul's walls and gates and their places in the architectural history of the city.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-12-27 22:28
HL Finn Grim, Court Reporter to TRM Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir, reports that at Their Baroness’ Tourney on November 30, 2013, Their Majesties offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.