Archive - Aug 2004

Pennsic XXXIII A&S Photos Online

Kayleigh McWhyte shares photos of the Pennsic XXXIII A&S display.

Genghis Khan as Scholar?

Mongolian historian Tengus Bayaryn believes that conqueror Genghis Khan was not only literate but a scholar of Taoist philosophy.

"Perfume of Capri" has Medieval Origins

Carthusia Perfumes, the "perfumes of Capri," are a collection of scents that date back to the 14th century.

Pennsic Blood Drive a Success!

Angelique d'Herrison reports the results of this year's Red Cross blood drive at Pennsic XXXIII.

Rapier Fighter Completes 1000 Victory Quest at Pennsic XXXIII

Baron Raphael di Angelo successfully completed his quest for 1000 wins at Pennsic XXXIII.

The Medieval Book Revealed

Columnist David Rapp looks at illuminated manuscripts, their history, and their place in medieval life in an article for Haaretz.com.

August 30th

Pennsic Independent web edition for August 21

The final Pennsic 33 web edition of the Pennsic Independent is now available on the publication's web site.

An Interview with Wolgemut

Their name means "to be in a good mood", and that is certainly the feeling they have brought to many a gentle at Pennsic. Pennsic.net has an exclusive interview with Michael, one of Wolgemut's members.

Ireland On-Line: Viking find in Ireland ''extremely significant''

Archaeologists have uncovered the grave of a woman who died around 900AD and was buried (near what is now north Dublin) with a collection of artifacts, including a stunning oval brooch from Scandinavia.

Pennsic Pictures of the Sir Vargas knighting and the Midlands

Midrealm's Sir Ix shares photos of a recent knighting and of Midlands (Illinois) fighters at Pennsic XXXIII.

August 29th

Remembering the Dream: Collecting the Oral History of the SCA

Lady Lile Dubh inghean ui Mordha, of the East Kingdom, plans to chronicle the SCA's history by collecting stories.

24 Hour Museum: Medieval History of England's Battle Abbey Uncovered

Researchers from Archaeology South East have uncovered a number of links to Battle Abbey's medieval past during a recent dig including an arrowhead and the remains of a monastery.

Viking vessel ready to raid Dublin

A replica Viking ship, based on a 9th century ship constructed in Dublin, is in the final stages of preparation at the Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde in Norway.

Renaissance Fair insurer backs out

Popular activities, including archery and thrown weapons, have been cancelled at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, since the fair's insurance was terminated due to a "recent high rate of claims."

August 28th

Castle for Sale on eBay

Diana's Castle in Amsterdam, NY is for sale on eBay. The current bid is nearing $600,000.

Owain Glyn Dwr and Wales - Great Battles in Britain

"Great Battles in Britain" looks at important English battles including the Battle for Wales.

Serious Disaster Preparedness

Tech columnist Glenn Harlan Reynolds suggests that re-enactors, including SCA members, have an interest in older technology.

Exhibition of rare, original documents and books

Exhibition of 30 rare, original documents and books on loan from The Remnant Trust August 24-December 15, 2004, Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio.

August 27th

New Baron and Baroness of Rowany Announced

Keridwen the Mouse, Baroness of Rowany in the Kingdom of Lochac, has announced that Hrothgar aet Gytingbroce and Helene du Puy will be the next Baron and Baroness of Rowany.

Medieval Graves found in Oslo Old City

A Statsbygg (Directorate of Public Construction and Property) project to improve drainage around old Olavskirken (Olav's Church) led to a shallow ditch being dug along one wall, leading to the discovery of approximately 44 skeltons.

Pennsic XXXIII Photo Album Online

Lord Ossen Kollisvanr of Merkiborg in the Kingdom of Calontir has posted a large album of hundreds of photographs taken at Pennsic XXXIII.

7th Century Scottish Book Bag Found

The earliest example of a book bag has been found in Scotland.

August 26th

SCA, Inc., responds to Schragger conviction

The SCA's Assistant VP for Media Relations has issued a public statement regarding the conviction of Ben the Steward (mka Benjamin Schragger) on charges of child molestation.

Anglo-Saxon Princess On Display

The remains of a 6th Century Anglo-Saxon princess have been put on display as part of a £5m restoration of the Corinium Museum in Cirencester.

SCA Outreach at Worldcon

The Barony of Carolingia will be sponsoring SCA events at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) on Labor Day weekend. All members of the SCA who are attending the convention are invited to participate.

Stefan's Florilegium Updates for August

THL Stefan has provided a list of updates to the Florilegium for August 2004.

Day at the Liechtenauer Academy

On September 18th, Count Rhys of Harlech, fechtmeister of Die Schlachtschule ("The School of Battle"), will hold a seminar on halfsword and poleaxe techniques from medieval fechtbücher (fighting manuals) written by Johannes Liechtenauer, Hans Talhoffer, and Sigmund Ringeck, in addition to 'Le Jeu de la Hache.'

"In Its Own Light": A Night-Owl's View of Pennsic War XXXIII

Master Rowan's photos capture the look of Pennsic after dark, "when the SCA atmosphere is at its most effective and beautiful."

August 25th

Coopers Lake employee suffers fatal heart attack during Pennsic 33

Ray Selva, a permanent resident of Coopers Lake and a staff employee during War, died of a heart attack on August 20, 2004.

Pennsylvania Shire Rallies to Support Libraries

A Pennsylvania library, facing state funding shortfalls for the second year, got a boost from SCA members this spring.