1001 CE to 1100 CE

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.

Wirral May be Site of Historic 10th Century Battle

The Battle of Brunanburh, fought in 937 c.e., saw the defeat of the Vikings by the Anglo-Saxons. Now researchers believe they can place the epic battle at Wirral in England.

New Yorker: History of the Crusades Explored

Two new books on the Crusades have hit the shelves. New Yorker writer Joan Acocella does the review.

Atenveldt Duke plays role in Regia Anglorum re-enactment of Hastings

Duke Arthur of Lockehaven was featured in a History Channel program about the Battle of Hastings. His Grace has provided SCAtoday.net with a behind-the-scenes peek at the filming of "Command Decisions".

"Song of Roland" Online

The Online Medieval and Classical Library presents its 12th offering, "The Song of Roland."

New exhibit on medieval Chinese and Iraqi ceramics at the Sackler

"Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation" will be on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, through April 24, 2005.

National Geographic: Some Tattoos Traced to Crusades

An article by Cassandra Franklin-Barbajosa for National Geographic traces the history of tattoos, including the use of the Jerusalem cross during the Crusades.

Bimeh.com: 11th Century Mosque Discovered in Iran

The remains of a 1,000-year-old mosque have been discovered near Baft in southern Iran.

Smithsonian: First European Child in North America Born to a Viking?

Archaeologists have discovered the family home of a Viking woman they believe returned to Iceland after a trip to North America, where she had given birth to a child.

History Channel to Use Re-Enactors to Recreate Battle of Hastings

The History Channel will present "The Battle of Hastings," part of its Command Decisions series on Saturday November 20 at 8:30 a.m. (EST)

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.

Yale Seminar to Cover Bayeux Tapestry

R. Howard Bloch will teach an NEH summer seminar at Yale University entitled The Bayeux Tapestry and the Making of the Anglo-Norman World.

Slovak Spectator: Complete Medieval Village Discovered Under Kia Car Site

Workers near Žilina, Slovakia have begun excavating the ruins of a complete 10th-13th century village beneath the site of a proposed Hyundai/Kia car plant.

Independent: Norse Hit the Slopes in Greenland

Researchers, working on an 85cm-long piece of wood found near the town of Nanortalik, Greenland in 1997, now believe that it was a ski.