Sweyn Forkbeard, England's shortest-reigning monarch, is mostly forgotten today, due mainly to his short time as king (less than five years) and his "murderous character." Sweyn declared himself King of England on Christmas Day 1013 and established Gainsborough as his capital.
Gus Paterson and Derek McLennan of Ayrshire, Scotland have made their hobby of treasure hunting pay off. They recently discovered over 300 medieval silver coins, the biggest collection of medieval silver coins ever found using metal detectors in Scotland, in a field at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright. (photos)
In 937, a deciding battle was fought which changed the course of British history forever. The Battle of Brunanburh, one of the UK's bloodiest, was fought between the Scots and the Saxons, establishing England's identity. Unfortunately, no one knows where the battle took place.
The six "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries, housed by the Musée National du Moyen Age in Paris, were showing their age with dust and sagging linings taking their toll, but the 16th century Flemish masterpieces were recently given new life with a complete restoration of the linings and a special vacuuming. (photo)
Announcing Old Time Patterns' 2nd Annual Historical Costume Contest. No purchase necessary. Cash prizes. 8 time period categories to enter.
Oyez! Oyez! Gulf Wars XXIII approacheth! Remember, for those that have competed before, we have the 7th annual Gulf War's War Bard
Competition on Wednesday starting at 6:00 p.m.
Hey, everyone knows that medieval people drank beer because they couldn't drink the water, right? "Wrong," says blogger chezjim on Les Leftovers.
In the 10th century, Zaballa, Spain was a quiet village that cultivated vineyards on terraces. Then the rich folks arrived in the form of a manor monastery which created a "highly significant rent-seeking system," and then a "veritable factory, a specialised estate in the hands of local lords who tried to obtain the maximum profits possible." The town was abandoned in the 15th century.
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from WinterKingdom 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.
It's been a momentous year for experts at Stonehenge, as well as those who visit the Neolithic monument, including the grand opening of its new visitor center. The Culture24 blog offers a wrapup of 2013 for the world Heritage site. (photos, map)
The SCA Board of Directors is directing the Society Seneschal to develop and implement a new Deputy Society Seneschal Office and accompanying kingdom level infrastructure to deal with broad-based event support services.
Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has posted an album of photos from It's Only a Flesh Wound which took place January 25, 2014 in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available to view on Flickr.