1001 CE to 1100 CE
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-06-02 17:01
In mid-May, 2009, Channel 4 of the BBC premiered a two-part mini-series dramatizing the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The film, 1066: the Battle for Middle Earth, was directed by Justin Hardy who was interviewed for the Telegraph.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-05-19 17:50
New research by experts at the University of Cordoba and the School of Arabic Studies seems to indicate that the first tulips in Europe were brought to Islamic Spain by way of Byzantium. The bulbs could then have been brought to Holland, where they became the country's symbol.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-05-10 16:52
Rainy weather, washing mud from a parking lot marker in Sweden, brought about a near "religious experience" for Stockholm County Museum runic expert Lars Andersson, who was able to identify marks on the stone as runes.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2009-04-19 20:55
Ælfheah, Archbishop of Canterbury, was martyred on April 19, 1012 in Greenwich, England.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-03-25 15:26
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America, a 2007 film written and directed by Tony Stone, tells the story of two Norsemen stranded in North America in the year 1007 who are forced to survive by their wits.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-13 19:33
An 11th century silver penny stolen from Malmesbury Abbey has come home. The coin was stolen in June 2008 from a display case in the abbey.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-12-05 11:26
Sewer construction near Penrith in northern England has uncovered a Roman settlement a mere meter beneath the soil. The project has also unearthed several medieval buildings, including a rare Grubenhauser. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-11-26 15:38
1066: the Movie, a film starring Gary Daniels and Martin Klebba, was scheduled for release in September 2008, but has yet to hit theaters. The website includes production information, a blog, a gallery and a really great poster.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-23 13:04
British metal detector enthusiast Peter Beasley was intrigued recently when he pulled a heavy gold ring from the ground near Petersfield, England. Now experts believe that the ring may have belonged to Robert, the eldest son of William the Conquerer. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-11-14 18:16
An 11th century spindle, discovered recently in Reykjavík, Iceland, is inscribed with ruins which may be the oldest yet discovered in the country.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-11-01 13:20
Millennium, a new book by Tom Holland, takes a look at the Dark Ages with special focus on politics, religion and the combination of the two: the Crusades. Christina Hardyment of The Independent has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-10-28 11:46
Looking for a new period game - or an interesting A&S project? How about Tangut Chess, a game popular by the end of the Northern Song (960-1127) dynasty. The 32-piece set can be made from bronze or pottery.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-10-21 10:56
In his weekly podcast for September 24, 2008, humorist Garrison Keillor commemorates the 1066 Norman invasion of England with a discussion of how the French language affected food and cooking terms.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-09-17 20:57
An exhibit of early Buddhist manuscript paintings from India, many on dried palm leaves, is being hosted by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm Leaf Tradition will be on display through March 22, 2009.
Submitted by samia on Sat, 2008-09-13 09:00
A rare Islamic rock crystal ewer is reclassified after being sold as post-industrial French antique for about UK£200. It will auction at Christie's London this October for more than UK£3 million. It is one of eight known extant rock crystal ewers from the period. (picture)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-09-09 11:49
Antiquities specialist Brett Hammond was impressed with a medieval finger ring discovered by a metal detector from Hinckley, England. "It was clearly an important item of treasure. It is a gold ring possibly containing a rare black diamond," he said. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-09-07 15:29
"For over 20 years I have observed the progressive deterioration of this site as the mound suffered from erosion by livestock, and the masonry became increasingly unstable and overgrown by vegetation," said Mike Yates of Cadw, the Welsh historic monuments' agency, about Castell Aberlleiniog near Llangoed, which is being rescued from further deteoration.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-09-03 15:00
New research shows that Viking settlers in Newfoundland were not driven from the country by the native Thule, a native ancestor of the Inuits. Scientific re-dating has placed the native tribes in the area 150 years after the Viking settlements.
Submitted by trbrown on Tue, 2008-09-02 18:10
On Instructables, Morfmir shows step-by-step instructions for making a wooden spoon with Viking era reproduction tools (or modern equivalents).
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-08-11 16:42
In an announcement at the major conference on the Bayeux Tapestry which took place recently at the British Museum, Anna Eliza Stothard was cleared of an accusation of vandalizing the tapestry.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-08-10 08:50
Finnvarr has posted an "account of Duke Henrik of Havn's participation in the reenactments at Hastings in 2000/2006" on his blog. The article discusses re-enacting the medieval cavalry.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-06-29 13:40
Archaeologists working on a site near Ajmer, India have discovered a black stone statue of Jain Tirthankar Kuntunath in a meditating posture dating to the 11th century. The statue is one of 36 discovered in old Pushkar in the past year.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-06-09 18:35
LiveScience reports that Jorgen Dissing of the University of Copenhagen claims to have recovered genetic material from 1000-year-old skeletons from the Danish island of Funen. The DNA samples were removed from the teeth of the ancient Vikings.
Submitted by Justin on Fri, 2008-06-06 11:16
"Levantia is a site for the social history of the Roman Empire and Near East, roughly between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. It explores this especially by means of practical reconstruction and experimentation. It also includes discussion of the issues of historiographic method and representation in public contexts."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-04-13 08:20
In 2007 Channel Four's Time Team was permitted to excavate a field near the village of Portskewett in Wales and discovered what it believes is a Saxon hunting lodge built by King Harald one year before the Battle of Hastings.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-04-01 15:23
Forget the conquest of England! Who has the couch? The Simpsons take on the Bayeux Tapestry for the opening gag.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-03-29 16:36
On July 15-16, 2008, the British Museum will host an international conference on the Bayeux Tapestry to "highlight recent and new research on the Tapestry." The cost for both days is UK£15.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-03-26 11:25
Archaeologists are excited about the discovery of rare Anglo-Saxon grace markers in the walls of Peterborough Cathedral. The markers, which are believed to date from the 11th century, were discovered during restoration work to the cathedral.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2008-03-18 07:25
A funeral service, spoken in Anglo-Saxon, will be held in North Lincolnshire, England, to re-inter over three thousand skeletons that were discovered there almost three decades ago. The bones were disinterred as part of a study on the history of diseases.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-02-26 19:47
Writing for The Guardian, Jim Al-Khalili sheds light on the contributions of Arab scientists in the Middle Ages.