English

Dark Age Metalworks Discovered in Pembrokeshire

Natural gas workers at a site in Milford Haven were surprised to unearth what may well be a metalworks plant dating to the 9th century.

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.

Shakespeare portrait a fake, say experts

Top art authorities at the UK's National Portrait Gallery have determined that one of the best-known portraits of William Shakespeare was painted two centuries after his death.

The Worst Jobs in History

Tony Robinson looks at the worst jobs in English history for a new series produced by Britain's Channel 4. The website includes a quiz to let readers see which jobs best suit them.

University of Nevada presents Claire Bloom in "Shakespeare's Women"

Noted actress Claire Bloom stars in a production of "Shakespeare's Women" on Saturday, April 23, at the University of Nevada -- Las Vegas.

Books to be Removed from Bodleian Library

A renovation and modernization project at Oxford's Bodleian Library would see most of the 6 million books housed in the main building moved to other locations.

Hamsters Built Stonehenge?

Want the REAL story behind famous British historical events? The Hamster Theatre Company offers "a series of tableaux depicting great (and disastrous) moments in British history."

Norman Horse Bit Excites Researchers

The study and replication of a Norman curb bit was the subject of a recent program from Britain's Time Team archaeologists.

Class System in Medieval Coventry Studied

Archaeologists working in Coventry, England are attempting to uncover the truth of the city's medieval class system before a development project halts their work.

Micel Folcland

Micel Folcland, the proposed Wisconsin-Illinois (and Indiana) branch of Regia Anglorum North America, is pleased to announced that it has put up a web page. If you are interested in serious living history, please stop by.

New Scientific Methods Used to Study Medieval Diet

"Fast or feast: reconstructing diet in later medieval England by stable isotope analysis," an article by Michael P. Richardsa, appears in a recent issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Cheese Rolling to Draw Crowds During Festival

British subjects will flock to the town of Cheshire, England Easter weekend for the annual Cheese Rolling Championship. This year's competition will include teams from Lancashire and Stilton as well as the local favorites.

MC busts some Chaucer at Oakland high school

Students at a high school in Oakland, California, attended a performance of "The Rap Canterbury Tales" by Dirk "Baba" Brinkman, a "hip-hop Chaucer rapper."

Villagers Save Historic Medieval Church

All Saints' Church in Beckingham, England has been saved thanks to community efforts which secured a grant from English Heritage.

Chaworth Roll Will Remain in England

A 14th genealogical roll written in Norman French was sold recently to a private collector, assuring that the manuscript will remain in England.

Archeologists Find Base for Norwich Market Cross

A 15th century cross that once graced the market square in medieval Norwich, England was torn down in 1732 and sold for UK£125. Now archaeologists have uncovered the cross' foundations.

Treasures in Full: Caxton's Chaucer

The British Library web site now features William Caxton’s digital images of two editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483, in an online exhibit called "Treasures in Full: Caxton's Chaucer".

British Museum Returns Treasure to Sutton Hoo - Temporarily

A 1500-year-old hanging bowl is being loaned to Sutton Hoo for an exhibit which takes place at the Anglo-Saxon ship burial site beginning in March, 2005.

Does Ides of March worry modern Julius Caesar? Not really, he says.

A modern-day man from western Germany, whose legal name is Cajus Julius Caesar, says people want to know what kind of precautions he takes on the "Ides of March".

Alnwick Castle's Poison Garden

The Duchess of Northumberland has a black thumb, at least when it comes to her celebrated poison garden.

West Sussex Castle to Display Medieval Documents

A permanent display of documents dating to the Middle Ages is being hosted by England's Arundel Castle.

The lepers are coming

Leprosy was eradicated from Britain in the 17th century, but "lepers" (aided by costume and makeup) will return in a torchlight procession through the town of Torrington.

Gunpowder Plot Descendents Bury the Hatchet

Descendents of the major parties involved in England's Gunpowder Plot of 1605 have shaken hands, a reconciliation marking the 400th anniversary of the event.

Queen Elizabeth II bestows honorary knighthood on Bill Gates

Bill Gates, the multibillionaire founder of Microsoft Corporation, has been named a Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Newport Ship in Trouble Again

Plans to continue the preservation of a medieval ship owned by the Earl of Warwick have hit another snag. Newport Council members need to raise UK£300,000 a year to keep the ship from being destroyed.

Archaeologists Attempt to Map Medieval Yarmouth

In the largest project of its kind ever attempted in Britain, a team of archaeologists are drilling bore holes to try to map medieval Yarmouth.

Washington Times: Marlowe Book Looks at Life in Elizabethan England

Columnist Vincent D. Balitas reviews a new book on Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe for the Washington Times.

Early Music Quartet Orlando Consort Reviewed

New York Times reviewer Allan Kozinn looks at medieval music quartet, the Orlando Consort, who appeared at Columbia University in a recent concert.