Medieval treasures among books of auctioned library

Heywood Bright, liberal British politician, was a collector of rare books. Recently his library, including several previously unknown or incomplete medieval treasures, was auctioned by Christie's.

Roman intaglio re-used by medieval jeweler

Metal detectorist Philip Jackson made a rare and intetresting find recently when his equipment pinpointed a silver pendant in a South Derbyshire field constructed around a Roman intaglio (a carved stone). (photo)

Peter Joyner made Laurel at Pennsic 43

Master Abelard die Elster reports that at Their camp at Pennsic 43, Their Majesties Siegfried and Elizabeth of the Kingdom of Northshield offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Peter Joyner.

Rhaglan Ffaire 2014 photos online

Nicholas reports tha he has created an album of photos from Rhaglan Ffaire, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Runed Thor's Hammer found in Denmark

Archaeologists from the National Museum of Denmark have declared a small torshammere (Thor’s Hammer Amulet) found recently on the Danish Island of Lolland, the only such amulet with a runic inscription. (photos)

Kiara Loftus elevated to Pelican in the Outlands

Duncan reports that at Dragonsspine's Champions/Investiture, Their Royal Majesties Walrick and Cecilia offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to THL Kiara Loftus.

The Plates of Pennsic

Wencenedl reports that he has discovered a photo composite of SCA license plates found at Pennsic posted on Flickr.

Recall alert: QoR® Synthetic Ox Gall watercolour paint medium

Health Canada reports that Golden Artist Colours has issued a recall notice for "QoR® Synthetic Ox Gall which is designed to be used with artists' watercolour paints in small amounts to improve the flow and wetting. The product contains the preservative MIT which can cause skin rash or blistering."

Hrothgar and Ingriðr new Outlands Heirs

Duchess Kathryn reports that Duke Hrothgar Monomakh was the victor of the Fall 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Lady Ingriðr Rauðkinn.

Re-enactors gather for Bannockburn anniversary

The battle of Bannockburn took place 700 years ago near Stirling, Scotland. Now the legendary battle has been commemorated by more than 250 re-enactors from around the world. (photos)

"What's Up Wednesday" in Drachenwald for July 2014

Mistress Bridget of the Kingdom of Drachenwald reports on activity of the A&S community in the kingdom in the latest What's Up Wednesday blog entry.

Known World Tapestry to tour Lochac

For over six years, Lady Jadwiga Wlodzislawska of the Middle Kingdom has been stitching away on the Known World Tapestry, chronicling the history of the SCA in its 50 panels. In 2016, the tapestry will be on display at a number of events in the Kingdom of Lochac.

Rome's Colosseum in the Middle Ages

Once a scene of battle and carnage, Rome's Colosseum later became "a bustling medieval bazaar full of houses, stables and workshops." Evidence of the re-purposed site was collected recently during an archaeological dig.

Royal chapel found near Edinburgh

A team of archaeologists and volunteers have found evidence of a 16th century chapel, believed built by Sir Simon Preston in 1518 "to rest the souls of James III and IV. "

Midrealm mourns passing of THL Mathildis De'Ath

The Honorable Lady Mathildis De'Ath (modernly Sally Hoff Schneider), a kind and courteous lady of the Current Middle Ages and of the modern world, passed away on September 9 at the age of 70.

New Richard III exhibit sparks outcry

Historians and Richard III experts are outraged over an exhibit in the new Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, England which features the armor of the warrior king painted white, making him look like a "Star Wars stormtrooper." (photos, video)

Ansteorra Summer 2014 Crown Tournament photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from the Summer 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

"Unscripted and candid" at the Canterbury Renaissance Faire

In July 2014, the Canterbury Renaissance Faire opened its gates in Silverton, Oregon. Saerom Yoo, of the Statesman Journal, visited the faire and spoke with some of its participants. (photos)

Volunteers help find site of 13th century hospital

For three years, archaeologists have been looking for signs of a medieval hospital in Northumberland Park in Tyneside, England. 80 medieval burials have been found, and, in the last few days of the dig, a floor of glazed tiles, probably from the hospital's chapel. (photos)

The search for Süleyman's heart

In the summer of 1566, the great Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent was on a hard-fought attempt to capture Vienna, but his dream was not to be. The great leader died in his campaign tent, and his heart was buried there. Now the ongoing quest to discover the burial site of the heart continues with Norbert Pap, a professor of political geography at the nearby University of Pécs.

Drachenwald Summer 2014 Coronation photos online

Nicholas reports that he has created an album of photos from Summer 2014 Coronation which took recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Ontario students learn about medieval life from SCA members

In June 2014, students from  Pope John Paul II Catholic School  in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada, (Kingdom of Ealdormere) got a lesson on medieval life and history when members from the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism came for a visit. (photo slideshow)

Was the Black Prince really so evil?

British school children all know about the evil Black Prince Edward of Woodstock, who put to death 3,000 innocents after the siege of the French town of Limoges in September 1370. But the discovery of a letter written by Edward may change his image forever.

Medieval linen found in Northampton tanning tanks

Several scraps of linen dating to the Middle Ages have been found at the base of a timber and stone-lined tanks, believed to have been used for tanning, in the St John's Street excavation in Northampton, England. (photos)

Jousting at Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, was the site of the recent jousting tournament staged in front of the castle. A BBC News In Pictures articles offers "stunning" photos of the action. (photos)

A new England - "all very much Game of Thrones"

In a recent article for BBC Magazine, sociologist, writer and performer Tom Shakespeare ponders what would happen if Scotland were to achieve its independence and the England left behind broke up into its original seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Richard III descendant to craft king's coffin

In 2013, when experts believed they had discovered the remains of King Richard III, they turned to Michael Ibsen, a 17th generation relation of the monarch for DNA testing. Now Ibsen has been tapped for service again - as the builder of the royal coffin.

English extend funds for 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

2015 will be a big year for Magna Carta enthusiasts, marking the 800th anniversary of the document. Recently ten organizations were awarded funds to help with commemorations of the event.

Dragon Harald Fairhair completes British voyage

It is the largest reconstruction of a Viking ship ever built and it is touring the UK - peacefully. Named after a 9th Century Norwegian king, the Dragon Harald Fairhair wound up its two-week voyage in Wallasey, at the mouth of the River Mersey, where Vikings once sailed. (photos)

Carnevale Fantastico Renaissance and Cultural Festival coming to Vallejo, California

The Italian Renaissance is coming to Vallejo, California in spring 2015 in the guise of the Carnevale Fantastico Renaissance and Cultural Festival. Rachel Raskin-Zrihen of the Times-Herald spoke with organizers Dalia Vidor of Vallejo and Maurene "Molly" Drew of Benicia.