Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2012-03-01 18:53
As part of the York 800 celebrations, the York Mystery Plays will be streamed live on the Internet during the weekend of August 11 and 12. (Yes, it's the last weekend of Pennsic.) The plays will be set in the Museum Gardens with the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey as their backdrop. They were last performed in 1988.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2012-03-01 07:18
Go behind the scenes at the Tower of London. Learn about the "Oldest Ceremony in the World"; read about the "bribe" ships pay to traverse the Thames; see photos of the graffiti carved into the very stones of the cells of the Tower!
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2012-02-28 12:16
Historic Royal Palaces has a YouTube site which includes a video for school children who will be visiting Hampton Court Palace.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-02-27 21:41
The Reverend James Bruce of St Michael and All Angels in Lyndhurst, England wanted a new driveway for the church, and allowed archaeologists to excavate the mound on which the church stands. Under the church, they discovered nearly 100 bits of medieval pottery.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-02-27 14:12
Victoria Moorshead, Vice Chair of the Richard III Society of Canada, reports that the Society will host the American Branch of the Society in Oakville for its Annual General Meeting. Speakers are needed.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-02-24 20:16
Police in the village of Foy, near Ross-on-Wye, England, are looking for a medieval burial stone stolen from St Mary's Church on January 5, 2012. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-02-22 17:38
Archaeologists are puzzled about the discovery of a winged-shaped building which appears to be unique in the Roman Empire in Norfolk, England. The 3rd century structure can be seen in aerial photographs. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-02-22 13:31
An ancient yew tree, dating to the 14th century, has been identified at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. The tree is believed to have been part of a large landscaped garden, and was planted just after the Black Death.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-02-15 18:16
Several years ago, the Friends of Thynghowe, an amateur history group, was instrumental in discovering a Viking Thing in England's Sherwood Forest. Now the group has received a grant to search a wider area.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Wed, 2012-02-15 10:24
The British Library nixes the “requirement” that white gloves are necessary in order to handle historical manuscripts, saying that it is “in fact a modern phenomenon, and one that has little scientific basis.” Gloves can actually be a detriment to manuscripts, they claim.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-02-15 07:07
Victorian excavations at the site of the Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, England led to some surprises, including a 35m (115ft) long Roman mosaic floor, "one of the longest in-situ corridor mosaics in the country." Soon the mosaic will be displayed for the public. (photo)
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2012-02-13 11:53
Why was Henry VIII’s face replaced in the painting “Field of the Cloth of Gold”? The facial image of him on horseback is not the original, and theories abound as to why he was “decapitated”.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-02-12 08:07
English gentlewomen of Tudor times, especially, married Catholic women to Protestant scholars, were not supposed to pen love poems to men, but this did not deter Lady Elizabeth Dacre, whose work was recently discovered in a 16th century copy of Chaucer.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-02-08 12:02
An English scholar and author has put forth the theory that Robin Hood was originally William of Keynsham, a bailiff who led a group of archers against the invading French in the woods near Sussex and Kent in 1216.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-02-07 19:34
London pastry chef Regis Cursan must have been surprised by his discovery of an ancient coin near Putney Bridge in West London, especially since the coin "depicts a man and a woman engaged in an intimate act." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-02-02 13:21
Those with an extra UK£1.79m may wish to purchase Ogle Castle, near Ponteland in Northumberland, England, one of the oldest inhabited buildings in the country. Bo Boanas, owner of the castle, says he doesn't believe the building is haunted, despite its violent past. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-02-02 08:15
Writer Jeri Westerson of Menifee, California loves the Middle Ages, particularly the world of Crispin Guest, her "ex-knight turned detective on the mean streets of fourteenth century London." Scott Butki, of the Seattle P-I has an interview.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-02-01 18:03
Countess Alys Katharine reports that two sets of photos of Christmas interpretations, taken by British photographer and historical interpreter "spiral_tower," are available on Flickr.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-02-01 10:16
The Stone of Scone and the Tower Ravens may have some competition. A fight has broken out over the fate of London's Stone of Brutus. A development company wants to relocate the stone, while tradition holds that, "So long as the Stone of Brutus is safe, so long will London flourish."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-01-31 13:23
A stunning miniature of a 15th century knight slaying a dragon has been found in Carlisle, England. The cast silver gilt piece is of high quality and thought to be a piece of jewelery rather than a pilgrim's badge.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-01-30 12:36
On the blog KimikoSews, the author offers a detailed review of the book The Queen's Servants by Caroline Johnson which focusses on clothing of the serving class in Tudor England.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2012-01-30 09:21
Built in 1426 to store grain, the medieval Harmondsworth Barn is as large as a cathedral nave, and still has the marks from the carpenters and masons who constructed it. English Heritage has added it to its national collection which includes Stonehenge and parts of Hadrian's Wall.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-01-29 19:22
Canadian Baba Brinkman is a performer - and a scholar of medieval literature. He combined both in a recent one-man show, The Canterbury Tales Remixed, which set the Chaucer’s 14th-century work to original hip-hop songs. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times, has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-01-28 17:17
The coroner in Lancashire, England has declared a hoard of Viking silver "treasure." The hoard, discovered by a metal detector enthusiast, consists of 201 coins, including some identifying a previously unknown Viking ruler of northern England, as well as jewelry. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-01-27 17:09
Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Company is hoping to construct a "flatpack replica" of famous theater for use in large productions in London. The theater interior would be reconstructed inside an existing building.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-01-24 17:57
When Channel Four TV challenged a team of builders to construct a Roman town house, it never expected the crowds of visitors to converge on the site, leading English Heritage to require emergency repairs. The Roman Town House was the subject of the Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day program. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-01-23 13:38
An essay from a recent issue of British Archaeology suggests that the city of London was built as a military base by the captured Iceni tribesmen of rebel Queen Boudica, who were then executed. Author Dominic Perring bases his theory on the discovery of hundreds of skulls of young males.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-01-22 08:02
Archaeologist Neil Holbrook, chief executive at Cotswold Archaeology, called the discovery of an 1,800-year-old enamelled cockerel figurine in the grave of a child a "most spectacular" find. The figurine is believed to have religious significance. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-01-21 16:53
In 1545, Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose sank while fighting the French in the Solent, the straits north of the Isle of Wight in England. The remains of the ship were rediscovered in 1971, catching the imagination of historians worldwide. A documentary, Ghosts of the Mary Rose, is available online.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-01-21 11:08
Longing to live the life of a British farmer during the reign of King James I? Now, while you may not be able to live it, you can certainly watch how a group of people take on the task of working a Jacobean farm. The 12-part series, Tales from the Green Valley, is available on YouTube.