Archive - May 2004

May 23rd

BBC Radio Explores "The Norman Way"

A new radio series on England's BBC Four looks at life in Ango-Saxon England at the time of the Norman Conquest.

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May 22nd

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Pennsic War XXXIII

Library of Alexandria Found

Librarians rejoice! The site of the ancient Library of Alexandria has been found!

May 21st

SCA Equestrians to Participate in HorseFest 2004

Plain Dealer: Cindy Bank, an SCA member from Painesville, Ohio, will be one of the participants in the medieval games portion of HorseFest 2004 to be held at the Lake Metroparks in Kirtland, Ohio.

May 20th

A History of Kissing [PG-13]

La Voz: We all assume that the practice of kissing among humans is perfectly natural, but is kissing simply human or does it have a history?

Second Century Roman Bridge to be Excavated

Hexham Courant: A major archaeological dig is planned, to excavate a Roman Bridge in the village of Corbridge, England near Hadrian's Wall.

Comments Sought on Draft of the New "Missile Combat Handbook"

The Deputy Society Marshal for Combat Archery, Tessa the Huntress, is looking for comments and suggestions from fighters and marshals on the new draft of the "Missile Combat Handbook."

Medieval Silver Brooch Declared Treasure

Isle of Wight County Press: An inquest has declared that a small oval silver brooch, dating from the 13th or 14th century, is treasure.

May 19th

Alaxandair Posts AEthelmearc Crown Tourney Video

Lord Alaxandair O'Conchobhair has posted video of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

Rats Cleared in "Black Death" Case?

A new study claims that rats were not the culprits in spreading the Black Plague throughout 14th century Europe.

Ealdormere Crown Tourney Photos

TwoRavens.org: Photos from the recent Ealdormere Crown Tourney are now available online courtesy of TwoRavens.org.

British Library Receives Grant for Searchable Electronic Catalog

Managing Information News: A grant of

May 18th

Lord of the Rings Interpreters Needed

Volunteers to act as docents are needed for a "Lord of the Rings" exhibit at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Calontir Subjects "Go Medieval" in Hampton Chronicle Article

Hampton Chronicle: "Hampton Chronicle" reporter Ray Baltes spent time recently interviewing Antonia Stefani and Duncan MacTawisch of the Shire of Harold's Hill in Calontir.

Colin Powell Petitions for Coat of Arms

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has petitioned the Heraldry Society of Scotland for a coat of arms.

Resource for Autocrats & Event Stewards

Baroness Khalja, An Tir Kingdom Events Deputy, reports on the An Tir Autocrats website, an invaluable resource, housing a collection of articles, announcements, class handouts, guides, and forms useful to anyone involved with event organization.

May 17th

More Photos from Atenveldt Coronation

Viscountess Deirdre D'Argenteui provides another photo album of the recent Atenveldt Coronation event.

Study Contemplates Preservation of Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is showing signs of age and may need preservation.

Florilegium Stats Released

Ever wonder how many other people make use of the "Stefan's Florilegium" website? Quite a few, according to a recent report.

Putting the 'Viking' in Viking Fest

The Sun: SCA members add realism to Poulsbo, Washington's annual Viking Fest. Read a newspaper article by reporter Susie L. Oh.

May 16th

Siege Cooking at Lilies War

A cooking competition has been planned for the upcoming Lilies War, which will take place June 11-20, 2004, at Smithville Lake, MO. The theme centers around cooking during the medieval siege of a manor.

Ealdormere Crown Tourney Results

The new Prince and Princess of Ealdormere are Malik and Genevieve

16th Century Map Surprisingly Modern

A 1539 map by Swedish cartographer Olaus Magnus surprises scholars with its depiction of the North Atlantic Ocean.

May 15th

New Exhibit on Islamic Spanish Art at the Sackler

''Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain'' will be on display at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, through October 17.

Musketeers Buried in Dutch Garden?

An unassuming Dutch garden may be the final resting place of seven musketeers according to the town of Maastricht police, who have handed the investigation over to the experts.

May 14th

Clan Blue Feather Invites Interested Gentles to Join Email List

Clan Blue Feather, an informal organization of SCAdians interested in gay and lesbian life in the Middle Ages, welcomes others interested in this topic to join their e-mail discussion list.

Deforestration Threatens Pandas... and Fighters

Deforestration is threatening not only rare animals, but also bamboo plants, the source of the world's rattan, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Program.

Blacksmith Condemned by Investigative Reporting

WCBS-TV: Cheryl Fiandaca, a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York, has uncovered the "secret" of blacksmith Steven Licata of Garfield, N.J.: he makes weapons!