1001 CE to 1100 CE

Today in the Middle Ages: April 24, 1066

On April 24, 1066, Halley's Comet appeared in the skies over an already unsettled England.

Viking Longhouse Project

Robert L. Schuster, Lord Halv of the Kingdom of Calontir, is in the process of finalizing plans to construct a Viking longhouse. Norsa, a not-for-profit, Viking re-enactment group, is sponsoring the project.

11th Century Fatimid Gold and Silver Jewelry Found

A cache of gold and silver jewelry dating to 638-1099CE has been discovered in Ramle, Israel.

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.

Why the Crusades Still Matter

Two scholars discuss a historic flashpoint and its relevance today. Antonia Ryan conducted an e-mail exchange with two scholars of the Crusades -- one who writes about Christian perspectives and one who studies the Muslim experience of these medieval wars.

Vikings on the BIG Screen

IMAX theaters around the Uunited States are currently showing a new film entitled Vikings: A Journey to the New World.

Knights of St. Edmund Curse Developers

In England, the Knights of St. Edmund are calling down a 1,000 year-old curse upon developers involved in the construction of a shopping center.

Castle Built by William the Conqueror Up for Sale

Rougemont Castle, an 11th century structure located in the town of Exeter, England, is for sale. Although no price is listed, bids are believed to be going as high as 1.5 million pounds Sterling.

Saxon Whip Puzzles Experts

A 1,000-year-old whip, found in a midden, has puzzled researchers since its discovery 15 years ago, but new research seems to point to its use as a disciplinary aid for slaves.

Battle of Hastings Re-enactment Photos Online

Lord Halv (Robert L. Schuster) has posted several albums of photos from the Battle of Hastings re-enactment held in Jefferson City, Missouri in September 2005.

Viking Estrid Not Mother but Daughter

In an article for New Scientist, researchers disclose that the female remains buried with the last Viking king were not those of his mother as previously believed, but in reality, his daughter-in-law.

Medieval Chapel, Hospital Revealed by Bypass Project

The opening of a bypass around Partney, England has led to some great archaeological finds including an 11th century chapel and a 12th century hospital dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene.

Western Influences in Hungary

Lord Rakonczay Gergely has been studying western influences on Hungary before the Turkish invasion. His findings are available online.

Oldest Door in Britain

The battered door of London's Westminster Abbey has been named the oldest in Britain by English Heritage.

Saying the Beads: Paternosters Row

This article looks at the history and use of paternosters and rosaries from the 11th century on.

Times: Saxon Rotunda May have Connections to Lady Godiva

A 10th or 11th century Saxon rotunda, thought to be part of a monastery, has been unearthed in Leominster, England during a geophysical survey. The structure may be connected to Earl Leofric and his wife, the famed Lady Godiva.

Archaeologists Hope to Find Medieval Town

A team of archaeologists working on a Teesside site on Hartlepool's Headland hope to find a medieval town. Previous digs have undercovered traces of buildings dating to the Middle Ages.

Historical Fiction: Vikings in the New World

Stuart W. Mirsky has written an historical novel about the Norse in North America circa AD 1050 (after Leif Eiriksson is believed to have traveled here).

Missing Canterbury Manuscript Recovered

An 11th century gospel lectionary, missing from Canterbury Cathedral since the mid-16th century, has been recovered.

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.

Exhibit on Romanesque France at the Louvre Depicts Daily Life

"Romanesque France," an exhibition of 300 works of Romanesque art, will be on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris until June 6, 2005.

Scientists Link Climate to Viking Violence

A new study shows a colleration between "difficult social periods" discussed in Viking sagas and unusually cold weather patterns.

Viking Telescope

Research on lenses discovered at a Viking archaeological dig on the island of Gotland provides evidence that the Norse may have had sophisticated navigational instruments as early as the 11th century.

Archaeologists Butt Heads with Architects in Florence

Plans to expand the exhibit space of Florence's Uffizi Gallery have been thwarted by the discovery of the foundations of several medieval houses.

Did Shakespeare Slander Macbeth?

Members of the Scottish Parliament are seeking to clear the reputation of the historical Macbeth for the 1,000th anniversary of his birth.

11th Century English Castle to be Preserved by English Heritage

Northumbria's five-sided Mitford Castle, built in the 11th century, burnt by King John and sacked by Robert the Bruce, will find new life thanks to a grant from English Heritage.

Norway's Oldest Church Discovered

Norwegian archaeologists are excited by the discovery of what is probably the country's oldest church. Located in the city of Skien, the church is believed to have been built in the 11th century.

Viking Logboat Added to York Museum

A 1,000-year-old Viking boat, constructed from an oak log, has been given a place of prominence in the Yorkshire Museum's Jorvik Viking Festival holiday showcase.

Next Hastings Re-Enactment to be in 2006

English Heritage has announced that the next re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings will take place in October 2006, coinciding with the 950th anniversary of the battle.