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Attila the Hun, called the “scourge of god” in the 5th century, has historically been considered a ruthless barbarian for his campaign against the Romans' eastern empire, but new thought shows the king to be somewhat more complex. Owen Jarus has a feature story for Live Science.
St Leonard's church in Shoreditch, England, best known as the backdrop for the hit BBC series Rev, is believed to have been the site of the medieval church where Shakespeare worshiped. Now archaeologists plan to investigate the area in search of the original building.
Re-enactors who want that authentic Viking smell should get themselves a can of Norse Power Deodorant For Men. Developed by scientists for Visit York and the Jorvik Viking Centre, the deodorant claims to "help recreate what a Viking probably smelled like."
Sir John and Mistress Alyna Wolfstan report that Master Cedric Wlfraven has been elevated to the Order of the Chivalry by Their Majesties Eirik and Drifinna of the Kingdom of An Tir.
In another argument against the barbarism of the Vikings, researchers have discovered that a small compass could have worked with other tools, such as a pair of crystals and a flat, wooden slab, to navigate when the sun was low in the sky or even below the horizon.
Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, reports that at Their Abhain Ciach Ghlais Silver Anniversary, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Maitre Gilles de Beauchamps.
A text copy of all 3 volumes of Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry was recently posted to Project Gutenberg. These books contain a great deal of poetry in middle and early modern English.
Over the next six months, the Hadrian's Wall Trust, the charity that maintains the famous Roman wall crossing northern England, will be closed due to "significant financial constraints." In the future, the wall will be maintained by English Heritage and local authorities.
"It's fantastic we can look in such detail at an individual who died 600 years ago," said Don Walker, an osteologist with the Museum of London about his recent work on remains found last year under London's Charterhouse Square. A study of the teeth has revealed that at least 12 of the skeletons died in the 14th century of the Black Death. (photos)
The Middle Kingdom's A&S Pentathlon Champion is shining the light on the amazing artisans of the Society with the SCA Artisan Love project, which showcases those artisans who inspire us with their beautiful artifacts, period processes, hard-sought research, infectious enthusiasm, and just plain amazing work.
In a 2014 journal article for Russian History, The Baltic Finnic People in the Medieval and Pre-Modern Eastern European Slave Trade, author Jukka Korpela looks at the routes of the slave trade in Eastern Europe. Jukka is affiliated with the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland.
Brita reports that she has created an album of photos from Panteria 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available to view on Shutterfly.
Quivers and Quarrels, the SCA archery E-newsletter, is looking for a new Chronicler/editor. The current Chronicler will be leaving due to mundane job requirements.
Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has created an album of photos and several videos from the recent Spring 2014 Coronation in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on Flickr, and the videos are on YouTube.
Wendy Martin-Glick, known in the SCA as Lady Maggie MacKeith, discovered the Society in 1987 and has been hooked ever since. The Seneschale of the Shire of the Shadowed Stars in Fort Wayne, Indiana recently spoke with Lynn Altevogt of the Journal Gazette.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Family Names of the United Kingdom Project has completed its first phase with 45,000 surnames, from the 11th to 19th centuries, researched and explained.
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Steppes Warlord 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
At Their recent Rowany Festival XXXII, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Lochac, Alfar and Angharat, offered elevation to the Peerage to four of Their subjects.
Sign-ups are now open for Duke Paul's individual or small group instruction sessions at Pennsic 2014. opics of instruction are the choice of the student.
Sir Jon FitzRauf, co-editor of Quivers and Quarrels, reports that material is needed for the summer edition of the SCA wide archery E-newsletter.