Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Interesting trade roots, things at Harvard, and a medieval village

Some nice picture of what they found in the grave as well
For more info see here:

 Mahindra Humanities Center Medieval Studies Seminar: Hildegard Keller (Germanic Studies, Indiana University): Of Mice, Men, and Metaphors: Figurative Speech about Time. Reflections from and beyond the Middle Ages. Monday, 22 October, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Kates Room, Warren House. Co-sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Monday, 29 October

Mahindra Humanities Institute Medieval Studies Seminar: Marc Epstein (Religion, Vassar College):  Artist Anonymous, Patron Unknown: Iconography and Authorial Intention in the Medieval Haggadah. 4:15-6:00 p.m., Barker Center 133. Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Cultures and Societies Seminar.

For more info:

Archaeologists believe they have found the remains of a medieval village in Herefordshire.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Cases for stuff

Someone asked about cases on the SCA A ans S page on facebook.  Someone else was kind enough to post this wonderful link:


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Glass and Kent State

Medieval monastery in Hungary was a glass-making hub, researchers find

 Central European University Professor of Medieval Studies Jozsef Laszlovszky and his students have been hanging out in the 12th century. They haven't gone back in time, just up the Danube to the site of a medieval monastic estate in Pomaz that housed a glass-production center.


27th International Conference on Medievalism at Kent State University

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Shipwrecks, Catholic university, and mythology

Shipwreck yields treasures dating from 14th century

Experts have confirmed that relics retrieved from a shipwreck in the central province of Quang Ngai date back to the 14th century, making them among the oldest underwater antiques Vietnam has ever discovered.
More info:

Newport’s Medieval Ship could have been Basque

THE origins of the Newport Medieval Ship may have finally been solved – with new research announced yesterday pointing to the north of Spain.

Were Medieval Universities Catholic?

Lessons for higher education today

Lofty Depths and Tragic Brilliance: The Interweaving of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Mythology and Literature in the Arthurian Legends

Monday, 17 September 2012

Alfonso, wine and medicine, and hunting and fishing

Jewish Collaborators in Alfonso’s Scientific Work
By Norman Roth

Wine and Medicine from Hippocrates to the Renaissance
By Christopher Hoolihan

Medieval Hunting and Fishing Practices and the Court Epics
By William John Slayton

Alfonso, wine and medicine, and hunting and fishing

Jewish Collaborators in Alfonso’s Scientific Work
By Norman Roth

Wine and Medicine from Hippocrates to the Renaissance
By Christopher Hoolihan

Medieval Hunting and Fishing Practices and the Court Epics
By William John Slayton

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Medical book, build your own loom and Italian Villas

Rare 500-year-old illustrated medical book shows doctors analysing urine to diagnose illness and brushing lice from a boy's hair

  • Encyclopedia of knowledge and folklore on plants, animals and minerals
  • Book is on display for the first time at University of Aberdeen as part of the Pharmacopoeia exhibition

Build your own scrap wood loom

Decline and fall of the Italian villa: Haunting images of the forgotten palaces which are now spectacular ruins

Read more:

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Mosaics, and Scottish data base of people,

Renaissance mosaics uncovered in Italy

They are on display at the Cathedral until October 24th.

Data base of Medieval Scotland now on line

8,600 documents. 21,000 people. Scholars at the University of Glasgow have made an extraordinary wealth of historic data about people in Scotland available on the internet.

More info on the data base:

Link to web site which includes a tutorial and glossary:

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Interviews with experimental archeologists, specs, and storytelling

Thank you to Stitch in time for this one:

Striding toward Salvation: Medieval and Renaissance Pilgrimage in Europe and the Mediterranean.
During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, pilgrimage provided an important path to spiritual salvation; as such, a whole range of individuals—from peasants to kings, serfs to sultans—undertook these sacred journeys. The destinations of pilgrims varied, from the shrines of local saints to the two great pilgrimage cities of Jerusalem and Mecca, as did their motivations. This conference invites papers exploring Christian, Islamic, or Jewish pilgrimage in Europe and/or the Mediterranean between approximately 300 and 1600 CE. We welcome papers from all disciplines, including art history, history, literature, music, Near Eastern studies, religious studies, and others. Papers may address the theme of pilgrimage in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:
• Historical accounts of pilgrimage
• Literary accounts of pilgrimage
• Imagery depicting the act of pilgrimage or associated with a specific pilgrimage site
• Shrines, relics, or reliquaries
• The impact of pilgrimage on the politics, economy, or community of a particular city
• Pilgrims’ souvenirs
The conference will be held on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University (located in University Center, Michigan) on February 22-23, 2013. Those interested in presenting a 20-minute paper at the conference should submit a brief CV and a 200-word abstract to Dr. Emily Kelley at no later than September 7, 2012.

4th Global Conference: Storytelling (May 2013: Prague, Czech Republic)
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net
contact email:
4th Global Conference
Tuesday 21st May – Friday 24th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic

Early printed book contains rare evidence of medieval spectacles

34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH, USA

Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013

“Travel, Contact, Exchange”
For more information visit

Friday, 31 August 2012

Textile journal’s old issues on line, Viking smith and building a castle the old fashion way

A Public Service Announcement!

 from Loose Threads: Yet Another Costuming Blog

Archaeological Textiles Newsletter (soon to be renamed Archaeological Textiles Review) has just made Issues No. 46 and 47 available on line here. One of the articles is unavailable for Issue No. 46, but it's good to know that ATN is carrying on with its stated intention of placing its back issues on line.

In the Austrian town of Friesach a castle to be rebuilt using only period methods of construction

Re-forging the smith: an interdisciplinary study of smithing motifs in Völuspá and Völundarkviða

Monday, 27 August 2012

Costuming, music, and prenatal food.

At the Victoria and Albert Museum London:

Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe 1500-1800

Additional Information

·                                 Programme
·                What:
Conferences and Symposia
·                When:
·                Where:
The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
CONFERENCE: Explore three key themes of early modern fashion: Innovation, Dissemination and Reputation. Invited speakers include, Lesley Miller, John Styles, and Evelyn Welch. Friday 14 – Saturday 15 September, 10.00 – 17.15
In collaboration with Queen Mary, University of London and funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)

A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and
Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in The College of Music and Dramatic Arts
By Nancy Ellen Washer

Fruit of the Womb: Prenatal Food in Renaissance Italy
By Heather Ruiter

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Anglo-Saxon wills, eating cranes and other bird stuff and royal badges

Anglo-Saxon Wills a paper:

Consumption of birds in Medieval England

Avian signatures for identity and status in Anglo-Saxon England

Goose Husbandry

The Bird Resources of Medieval Novgorod, Russia

The identification of archaeological evidence for hawking
in medieval England

The Yorkshire Museum has started an appeal to purchase a rare 15th Century badge from the reign of Richard III.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Consistory court testimonies, In our time, Emboirdered Bookbindings, 15 Century Sprang and Charters on line.

 Concordia Universities Consistory Data base,.
“Consistory is a database featuring testimony offered in the main church court of the diocese of London…This online resource is projected over the next several years to present all the surviving medieval (pre-1500) records of litigation in this court (about 1100 depositions and examinations altogether), both in transcription of the original Latin of the documents and in modern English translation.”

A stitch in Time blog tell us about a conference entitled Material Culture and Gender.
The CfP is open until September 14, and the conference takes place in January 4-6, 2013, in Bath.

13th Century Constance Tales paper from University of Minnesota

In Our Time – a radio series on BBC:  They have many podcast of interested to the SCA

You can find Podcasts here:


Project Gutenberg offers ebook English Embroidered Bookbindings

Project Gutenberg has posted the free ebook English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril James Humphries Davenport on its website. The book, free for download, features full text, illustrations and color plates.
In addition to amazing closeups of book covers, dating to the 14th century, the volume includes how-tos for bookbinding in various fabrics from canvas to velvet.

From the blog Medieval Silkwork:
15th Century Spang:
Charters on line:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Visting Durham and 14th century chemise

If you are visiting Durham, the Cathedral is remodelling some of their exhibits:

A paper on Köhler's 14th century Chemise.
By ffride wlffsdotter / Rebecca Lucas

Monday, 20 August 2012

Vikings on Uist, The black community in Elizabethen London, Free lectures at U of Minnesota, Early find on the island of Uist, Abner of Bugos, Brigitta cap.

From SCA today

Internet Medieval Sourcebook, Fordham University offers a section on medieval feudal oaths as part of a legal discussion of feudalism.

Britain's first black community in Elizabethan London

Free lectures at University of Minnesota

Kann Memorial Lecture in Austrian Studies with Nora Berend, History, Cambridge University

Date: 11/08/2012
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public

Solving an Insoluble Riddle (What Did Odin Tell Baldr on the Funeral Pyre?) - A talk by Anatoly Liberman, German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, University of Minnesota

Date: 12/11/2012
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: 1210 Heller Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public

Abner of Burgos (Alfonso de Valladolid; c. 1260–1347) was perhaps the most important philosopher in the stream of Jewish Spanish rabbi-apostates in the 14th and 15th centuries

A c. 1400 variety of the Birgitta cap

Friday, 17 August 2012

Architecture, Viking slaves and German Alchemy

English Church Architecture: 

The Planning and Building Instruments of Architects in the Late Middle Ages
Abbate, Francesco
Second International Congress on Construction History (2006)
Viking Slaves:

Harley MS. 3469: Splendor Solis or Splendour of the Sun – A German Alchemical Manuscript
Völlnagel, Jörg
The Electronic British Library Journal (2011)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Call for papers, Leeds and Kalamzoo, and some costume patterns

International Medieval Congress Leeds 2013

Call for Papers/Sessions - International Medieval Congress 2013

Areas of discussion could include:
•  Diverging cultural attitudes toward pleasure
•  Pleasure in non-Christian contexts
•  Earthly pleasure versus spiritual pleasure
•  Visual and narrative representations of pleasure
•  Social and corporeal manifestations of pleasure
•  Pleasurable activities
•  Individual and collective experiences of pleasure
•  Prohibition and condemnation of pleasure
•  Chastity, celibacy, fasting, and abstinence
•  Love / sexuality / pleasures of the flesh - and their specific cultural expressions
•  Medical theories and approaches to pleasure
•  Mysticism, spirituality, and pleasure
•  Creating and/or experiencing pleasure
•  Entertainment and leisure
•  Humour and fun
•  Material culture and evidence of pleasure
•  Pleasure and luxury / cultural goods / worldliness
For more information on Deadlines etc:

The 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies – Kalamazoo MI, takes place May 9-12, 2013. The Call for Papers is now available.
For complete details see:

More info about the conference:

Free Costume patterns:

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Olive press and Experimental Archaeology Conference

7th Experimental Archaeology Conference dates confirmed 11-12 Jan 2013

Papers on any any topic related to experimental archaeology are welcome, but those that touch on the relationship between experimental and experiential approaches are particularly welcome.
Academic posters as well as oral papers are welcome, and this year we are pleased to announce that there will be a prize for the best student poster.
Expected schedule:
  • July2012 – Call for Papers
  • Early November 2012 – Papers announced
  • November 2012 -January 2013- Registration
  • 11-12 January – Conference
More information:

Byzantine-Era Industrial Olive Press Found
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has discovered an industrial olive press from the Byzantine-Muslim era (6th – 8th century CE).  The site was found near Hod HaSharon in the course of IAA digs conducted in preparation for the paving of a new road.   More info:

Friday, 27 July 2012

Make your own spinning wheel, and Viking York

Thank you to SCA today for this one:
Make your own spinning wheel.

It is for an advanced wood worker, but non the less, enjoy.

If you get to York

Viking burial exhibit in York

More information can be found here:

Thursday, 26 July 2012

lectures and projects.

University of Minnesota lectures:

Re-evaluating Influence: The Interaction of Arab and Northern Spanish Music in Medieval Iberia - Dwight Reynolds, Religious Studies, University of California - Santa Barbara

Date: 09/18/2012
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: 1210 Heller Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public
More info go to this web link:

‘Lords of One Quarter and One Half of the Empire of Romania’: Byzantine Art and State Authority in Venice - Carl Sheppard Memorial Lecture in Medieval Studies, Robert Nelson, History of Art, Yale University

Date: 10/25/2012
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public

Wealth and Power in Medieval Venice: The Condulmer Family in the Century After the Black Death - Alan Stahl, History, Princeton University

Date: 11/01/2012
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public

Thanks to

New research project begins on Staffordshire Hoard

Experts are beginning an 18-month research project to unlock the secrets of the Staffordshire Hoard, the collection of Anglo-Saxon items discovered in 2009.

For more information:

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Welsh manuscripts, fund manuscript, and Shakespears English

If you are planning a trip to Wales, you can go and see at 1400 welsh manuscript at National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, at the National Library's Hengwrt Room.
For more information you can go to the BBC article:

or the National library site:

12th C.  MS. Douce 192 – word search not really but interesting just the same

Thank you to SCA today for this one, The British Library releases the first ever audio CD of Shakespeare spoken in the original pronunciation:

More information can be found here:


Not sure why this is bolded I can't seem to fix it sorry about that.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Anglos Saxon Drawings, poetry contest at Pennsic, more on the Austrian Underwear, stuff to attend.


Poetry Contest at Pennsic!!  I will be there to see how the contest is doing, I will not be judging, I am not a poet and no nothing about the technical aspects of Poetry, but they need judges. 

Greetings Knowne World Poets!
I am Lady Katarzyna Witkowska, Poeta Atlantiae. I am writing to let you know that I am sponsoring a Knowne World Poetry competition at PENNSIC this year. It will be held on Sunday, August 5th, starting at 3:00 p.m. in A&S 01. You may drop off your entries between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. and return at a specified time to pick them up (time frame depends on the number of entries we receive). Depending on the number of entries, the top 5 or 10 poets will be asked to perform their works for the judges.
The theme of this competition is Living the Dream. What is it about life in the SCA that is memorable or meaningful to you? Your poem may be up to two typewritten pages, in a 12-point font, with one inch margins all around?or two handwritten pages. Documentation, even in a short form, is requested. We will accept your poem without documentation but you will not earn those points. I have some short form documentation forms that I can provide either by e-mail or at the competition.
I hope you will consider entering this competition. It should be great fun! In addition, if you do not want to enter, I am looking for judges for the competition and would love to have some from various kingdoms.
Please email me at if you have questions or if you would like to volunteer to judge this event.
Yours in service,
Lady Katarzyna Witkowska
Poeta Atlantiae

Another article on the lingerie found in Austria, and if you are able a chance to here Beatrix Nutz present on this topic.

Beatrix Nutz presented on the 15th century bras, at NESAT XI, publication date of the conference proceeding sometime this year.

She is set to present again  Autumn Meeting of The Medieval  Dress and Textile Society on October 27th,  2012. 

I have to thank Anne Decker for that information.

Center for Early Modern History and Center for Medieval Studies Open House – University of Minnesota,

Date: 09/14/2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: 1210 Heller Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public
The Center for Medieval Studies and the Center for Early Modern History welcome one and all to a new academic year!  Come by and meet the Centers' new directors and new staff and find out about our fall semester programming. 
Refreshments will be provided.
·                            Name: Center for Medieval Studies
·                            E-mail:
·                            Phone: 612-626-5054
·                            Sponsored by: Medieval Studies, Early Modern History
More information: