Archive - Jul 2003

July 24th

Medieval Historians Protest with 12th Century "WMD"

History News Network: 1300 medieval historians protested last week after being called "an intellectual adornment" by Education Secretary Charles Clark. To make their point, they used a 12th century "weapon of mass distruction:" a trebuchet.

Passing of Master Alfonso de Castile

Premier Laurel of the Society succumbs to cancer.

An Tir Mourns the Loss of Master Robbin Greybeard

Mistress Elayne Greybeard the Eclectic has announced the passing of her dear husband Master Robbin Greybeard on July 21, 2003.

St. Basil's Cathedral on Shaky Ground

Following a three-year restoration of St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow's most recognizable landmark, experts say that it may be necessary to strengthen the foundation to keep the building from collapsing.

Coxcomb Academy Plans Numerous Activities for Pennsic 32 and Collegium Caidis

The Coxcomb Academy, noted for their performing arts classes, recently published a list of upcoming classes and public performances for Pennsic War 32 and Collegium Caidis.

July 23rd

Caer Galen and Fontaine dans Sable Approved for Baronial Advancement

The Shire of Caer Galen and the Shire of Fontaine dans Sable, both located in the Kingdom of Outlands, have been approved by the SCA Board of Directors to become two new Baronies.

Maxim's "Summer Knights"

Men's magazine "Maxim" seems to have an odd concept of the Pennsic War and the SCA in general in a blurb in the August 2003 issue.

Playing the Prize in the Guild of Defense

Silfren the Singer and Don Tariq ibn Jelal, two Guildmasters of the Guild of Defense who played the first prizes in Lochac, offer some thoughts on the concept of "Playing the Prize."

Rare Books and Manuscripts Online

A treasure trove of original manuscripts and books from the Middle Ages can be found online at SCETI, the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image.

Attention Teachers: Visit the Kingdom of History!

Looking for resource material to teach about the Middle Ages? Take a look at "Teacher Oz's Kingdom of History."

Omaha Newspaper Endeavors to Understand the SCA

Omaha World-Herald: A short article in the Omaha World-Herald looks at the exploits of members of the Shire of Hinterland in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

July 22nd

Pennsic Road Signs Discovered at Pennsylvania Flea Market

Eastrealmer Michel Wolffauer made a startling discovery recently at a Cedars, Pennsylvania (USA) flea market: Pennsic road signs.

Heart of the Vikings The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, local newspaper in Fort Wayne, Indiana (USA), has published a feature article about an event run by the local group, Shadowed Stars.

Castle in Czech Republic to Open for Medieval "Immersion" Vacations

A private developer has purchased Malesov Castle, near Prague, and is restoring it with plans of offering "immersion" medieval vacations.

Ealdormere Subject Takes Part in International Jousting Tournament

Finnvarr de Taahe took part as a "page" at the recent Dragons Lair 2003 International Jousting Tournament which took place in London, Ontario. He posted an extensive report on the Calontir list and has granted permission for us to reprint it here.

July 21st

Mordenvale Baronial Investiture Photos Online

Photos from Lochac's Mordenvale Baronial Investiture and Tocal Token Tourney are available online.

Dame Aoife Offers Links for Medieval Spain and Portugal

In her latest column, Dame Aoife provides many annotated links to websites on medieval Iberia: Spain and Portugal.

Barony of Seleone Recounts History of Southern Meridies

For over 10 years Baron Finn Normansson of the Barony of Seleone has been regaling the locals with tales of his SCA career and the growth of the SCA along the Gulf Coast. Now his tales are compiled online in the Library of Seleone.

July 19th

It's Official! Northshield Approved for Kingdom Status

The SCA Board of Directors today voted unanimously to approve the advancement of the Principality of Northshield, currently part of the Middle Kingdom, to become an independent Kingdom in 2004.

July 19th

Atenveldt Royalty Absent from Pennsic 32

A letter to the Atenveldt populace, posted on the kingdom email list, explains that Their Royal Majesties will not be attending Pennsic this year and that there will be no Atenveldt Royal Encampment.

Royal Armouries and Editions Harnois to Publish New Magazine

The Royal Armouries is co-publishing a new magazine, "Medieval History," with Editions Harnois.

Times Set for Pennsic Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Giulietta da Venezia, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, announced that times have been set for Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Pennsic War.

An Tir to Choose Bardic Champion

Their Majesties of An Tir have announced Their intention to add a Bardic Champion to ranks of Kingdom Champions. This bard will be chosen September 26-28, 2003 in Wyewood.

Pre-War Edition for Pennsic 32

The Pennsic Independent Online Edition has released this year's installment of the annual Pre-War Edition.

Lost Treasures of the National Museum of Iraq

Archaeologist Clemens Reichel, project coordinator of the Diyala Project of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, will discuss the artifacts presumed lost from the National Museum of Iraq and explain what they tell us about Mesopotamian civilizations at a lecture on the evening of August 7 in Washington, DC.

"Sinbad" Movie Loses Arab Roots

National Geographic: The new animated "Sinbad" movie may delight children but it is not a delight to those familiar with "The Arabian Nights."

July 18th

SCA to be Featured in Local News Program

KLBC News: On Monday, July 21, the local news in Laughlin, Nevada / Bullhead City, Arizona (USA) will carry a feature story on the SCA.

Website Offers Tutorial on Medieval Geomancy

Geomancy, a medieval Islamic form of divination, pops up in literature such as the Knight's Tale and Troilus and Criseyde. A website by Elizabeth Bennett of Princeton offers tips and a program on how to understand the process.

Venice: Its Dazzling Art and Architecture

On Saturday, September 14, the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program will present an all-day seminar on the art and architecture of Venice from the 14th through the 18th centuries.

Exhibit on 16th Century Florentine Drawings Opens at the Getty

"Michelangelo to Vasari: Drawing the Figure in Renaissance Florence" runs from July 15 to October 19 at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.