Cultures of Europe
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2013-06-04 08:38
In 2011, DNA evidence confirmed that the infamous Black Plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century was, as had been suspected for many years, caused by the Yersinia Pestis bacterium. Now a team of scientists have used skeletal microbiology and DNA testing to show that a 6th through 8th century pandemic was caused by the same bacterium.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-05-05 11:36
Dutch archaeologists were surprised by the recent discovery of a shoe, dating to the 15th or 16th century, during excavation of a wall in Rotterdam's town hall. More interesting still was that the shoe was stuffed with 477 silver coins. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2013-04-30 12:20
Two skeletons in a grave in Romania have been found buried together holding hands. The skeletons were probably buried between 1450 and 1550.
Submitted by Historical Glas... on Thu, 2013-04-04 11:42
Historical Glassworks creates handblown glass articles, specializing in historical reproductions. Available items include tools, feast gear, accessories, and decorative gifts. They also offer live demonstrations. View their calendar for a list of upcoming events in your area.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2013-04-02 14:23
The remains of three medieval Grand Masters of the Teutonic Knights, unearthed in Poland in 2007, have been identified. The men were named Werner von Orseln, Ludolf Koenig, and Heinrich von Plauen.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Wed, 2013-03-20 14:12
Danish Stone Age pots may not be as old as originally determined if fish were cooked in them.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-02-18 20:02
In 1357, A Swiss land owner, Konrad Müller, killed another town resident. In restitution, Müller pledged to provide for a sanctuary lamp at the Catholic church of Näfels. Finally the debt, passed perpetually to his heirs, has been declared invalid.
Submitted by Wilhelm the Humble on Wed, 2013-02-13 08:01
February 9, 2013, marked the 900th birthday of the founding of the Knights of Malta, a Roman Catholic religious order noted for its charitable works. The group celebrated its birthday with a parade around St. Peter's Square and a visit with Pope Benedict XVI, who is himself a member of the Knights.
Submitted by Aodh Ó Siadhail on Tue, 2013-02-05 12:31
The Shire of Dun in Mara, in the Principality of Insulae Draconis, presents the Festival of Fools, an event dedicated to foolery and topsy-turvy arrangements, games and gambols, featuring a Lenten/Carnival Feast (with the special Sinners Option!).
ASPIRE Centre, Clara House, Clara, Co. Offaly
18:00 22 March 2013 until 16:00 24 March 2013
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-01-07 15:23
In the 1930s philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and American sculptor George Grey Barnard collaborated to create “an intellectual Coney Island” in Upper Manhattan. The result was the Cloisters, a complex comprised by elements from five medieval cloisters. Sarah Harrison Smith has written a lengthy feature article for the New York Times on New York's medieval museum.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-12-08 22:12
New research shows that a killer tsunami devastated the shoreline of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in the 6th century, swamping villages around the lake. The disaster is believed to have been caused by falling rocks on the Rhone River side of the lake.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-12-05 16:44
For over 400 years, rumours have surrounded the death of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, including one which suggested that Brahe was murdered using mercury by his assistant Johannes Kepler. Now, after two years, evidence from the scientist's exhumed body disproves the theory.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2012-11-15 10:17
Actual medieval and Viking weapons will be sold in London on November 28.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-11-08 12:14
The Walters Museum of Baltimore has placed a large part of its rare book collection online, with options to view the pages online or download high resolution images.
Submitted by jethrostille on Tue, 2012-10-30 09:56
The first of a set of cryptograms from Pennsic has been solved. Sir Ephraim ben Shlomo (Middle) successfully deciphered one of the puzzles to reveal the text on the flyer of the original May Day Party.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-10-15 16:08
USC professor Sharon DeWitte is steeped in death, specifically the Black Death that ravaged Europe during the 14th century. DeWitte is studying how conditions in Europe before and after the plague and the effects of the disease on the lifespan of survivors changed life in medieval Europe.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-10-01 20:30
Archaeologists have discovered a set of 11 bronze pen nibs dating back to the Age of Simeon I of Bulgaria. The artifacts were found at the site of a royal palace and church complex that housed a literary school during that time period.
Submitted by amefinch on Wed, 2012-09-26 16:47
The SCA is often referred to as the Middle Ages as we wish it could have been... without religious persecution and the plague. It's time we brought back the plague!! Join us for an event to celebrate all of the earth shattering craziness of the premiere knowne world tour of the Black Death.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-09-04 20:15
In an article for the New York Times, Istvan Deak opines that what the European Union really needs is a unifying force, such as the Holy Roman Empire, led by a modern Charlemagne.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-08-29 18:03
A team of experts in Austria plans to construct an authentic medieval castle in the town of Friesach, using only period construction methods. The project is expected to take 30 years to complete.
Submitted by Torfin on Sat, 2012-08-18 18:25
Bronzehammer, a shop on Etsy.com, offers Viking-era jewelry and art for your historical reenactment needs.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2012-08-07 06:55
Ever wonder what the medieval scribe thought about while laboriously copying manuscript after manuscript? "New parchment, bad ink; I say nothing more," wrote one in the margins. "I am very cold," complained another.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-07-24 20:08
Long before the internet, writers with opinions contrary to those of the powers-that-be were victims of censorship. One such writer was the Dutch humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam whose writings were considered in conflict with the Catholic Church.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2012-07-17 13:53
A remarkably modern-looking bra and "string bikini" from the 15th century have been discovered in East Tyrol.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2012-07-14 18:03
The next time you are in Seoul, Korea, make sure to visit the Simone Handbag Museum, whick opens in the Gangnam District in August. The museum will feature mostly European purses from the 16th century through modern times.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-06-19 11:53
Archaeologists excavating a church in Bulgaria have found a small ossuary with an inscription claiming to be the remains of St. John. Radio carbon and DNA testing have given some collaboration to the claim.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-06-17 17:00
Eternal students who find themselves unable to attend traditional university classes may wish to consider the offerings of Class Central, a free, online project offered by Stanford's Coursera, MIT and Harvard led edX (MITx + Harvardx), and Udacity.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2012-06-14 16:29
Battle of the Nations is an annual athletic competition that pits national teams and individuals against one another in historically-based simulated armoured combat, using swords, polearms, and related medieval weaponry.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-05-27 19:03
Attention SCAdian: Bored on long flights? Perhaps you should entertain yourself with some creative headgear construction as demonstrated by non-SCA member Nina Katchadourian. (photos)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-05-17 10:59
Records from more than 1.8 million ships that sailed through the Danish sound will go online in May 2012. The records date from the mid 15th century to 1857.