901 CE to 1000 CE

Today in the Middle Ages: May 14, 964

Pope John XII died in his mistress' house on May 14, 964.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 2, 907

Boris I of Bulgaria died on May 2, 907.

Ownership Dispute Stops Auction of Mosque Beams

Christie's withdrew from auction five wooden beams from Cordoba's Great Mosque after questions arose about who rightfully owned them.

Norman Weapons

Patrick Kelly of the Albion Benefactor's Society, has written an article on the history of weapons used by the 10th and 11th century Normans.

10th Century Bulgarian Church Slated for Restoration

Boyana Church near Sofia, Bulgaria has received a UNESCO grant to help with restoration in the aftermath of 2005's floods.

10th Century Graveyard Uncovered in Republic of Ireland

Volunteers in the village of Nobber have uncovered a 10th Century cemetery, 12th Century church and concrete graves in the shape of Celtic crosses.

Lottery Benefits 10th Century Rattray Chapel

A British lottery fund has donated approximately $100,000 to the Aberdeenshire Council to help maintain the 10th century Rattray Chapel.

Italian Leader Hopes to Reopen Pilgrim Road

Former European Commission president Romano Prodi, who is running for election as Italy's prime minister next year, says if elected he will try to revive the 1,200-mile Via Francigena, a medieval pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome dating back to the 10th century.

Icelandic Skeletons Dated Before 1000 A.D.

Archaeologist Hildur Gestsdottir has dated nine skeletons which were excavated from an ancient Icelandic gravesite to before 1000 CE.

Monastery Reconstruction Restores 10th Century Building

700 years after it was looted by Catalan mercenaries, Vatopedi Monastery in northern Greece will celebrate a two-year restoration project funded by the Catalan administration.

Viking Skeleton Found in Dublin

The remains of a young man, believed to have died of a spear wound in the 10th century, were discovered recently at Golden Lane in the city of Dublin, Ireland.

1,000-Year-Old Church Discovered in Norway

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a nearly 1,000-year-old church in Skien, Norway, the country's oldest found to date. The discovery may prove that Christian conversions occured earlier than expected.

Were Vikings Guilty of Ethnic Cleansing?

Did the Vikings drive natives from the isles? New evidence suggests that Viking settlers to Scotland's islands may have waged a genocidal campaign against the native people.

Learn Old English Online

Professor Murray McGillivray of the University of Calgary is offering an interactive course in Old English online.

Regia Anglorum to sponsor living history exhibit at SCA event

Micel Folcland, the Wisconsin-Illinois-Indiana wic of Regia Anglorum North America, is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring its first Living History Exhibition (LHE) at Jubilee Old English Fair near Brimfield, Illinois, on the weekend of 17-19 June, 2005.

Regia Anglorum Living History Exhibit

Micel Folcland, the Wisconsin-Illinois-Indiana wic of Regia Anglorum North America, is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring its first Living History Exhibition (LHE) at Jubilee Old English Fair near Brimfield, Illinois, on the weekend of 17-19 June, 2005. The LHE will be in the SCA camp, and public hours--the times when it will be as accurate as possible--will be announced later but will not conflict with other activities on or below the hill.

Academic Debunks Easter Bunny

It's true! Based on research of medieval documents, the Easter Bunny does not exist! So says a new study by an Australian academic.

Archaeologists Express Excitement Over Britain's "Most Important Viking Burial Site"

Metal detector hobbyists in Cumbria, England may have found the country's "most important Viking burial site."

Vikings Being... Vikings!

The Jomsvikings, a Viking re-enactment group, recreates the fighting and lifestyle of 10th century Scandinavian warriors in the southern Baltic.

Chester Chronicle: Viking Treasure Discovered in Yorkshire, England

A metal detector enthusiast has discovered a hoard of Viking-era jewelry near Huxley, England.

Intensive fishing was an ancient practice

New analyses of remains at archaeological sites suggest that over-fishing in and near England became prevalent around AD 1000.

Regia Anglorum

Regia Anglorum is a medievalist organization that recreates the life and culture of England in the period immediately preceding the Battle of Hastings in 1066 CE. Officially, their time period of interest is the period from 950 CE to 1066 CE.

Toronto Star: Vicious Vikings or Suburbanites?

Were Vikings really the vicious fighters in "fur skirts" we've been led to believe, or were they really just quiche-eating pussycats?

Science Daily: Medieval People Nearly as Tall as Modern

A new study by the Ohio State University states that Northern European men of the early Middle Ages were nearly as tall as modern-day Americans.

Viking Burial Site Found in England

Archaeologists have located the burial site of six Vikings who died around the beginning of the 10th century CE.

Did Vikings Need Viagra? (PG-13)

A new study shows that Viking men had the same performance concerns as their modern brothers.

Regia Anglorum Draws Crowds for Viking Spectacular

Visitors to the Cleethorpes Showground got to experience Viking life up close and personal when Regia Anglorum presented a Viking re-enactment weekend.

Painting of 10th Century Saint Discovered in Tewkesbury Church

A wall painting of an Anglo-Saxon Saint dating from the 10th century has been discovered at Deerhurst Church near Tewkesbury, England.

Roman Industrial Site Discovered in Wales

Archaeologists working on a timber trackway at Llancynfelyn, near Talybont have discovered the remains of a 3rd century Roman industrial site beneath it.