Archive - 2004

December 23rd

Chemist Discovers Secret of Renaissance Translucence

A chemist working for Washington's National Gallery of Art may have discovered the secret to the bright, translucent colors of European Renaissance paintings: ground glass.

Geology Key to Great Beer

A new theory accounts for the differences in the flavor of beer. It all has to do with rocks.

December 22nd

Vikings Being... Vikings!

The Jomsvikings, a Viking re-enactment group, recreates the fighting and lifestyle of 10th century Scandinavian warriors in the southern Baltic.

Market Day at Birka

The winter months herald the onset of many gatherings, not the least of which is the annual Market Day at Birka.

New Subject for AEthelmearc

The Kingdom of AEthlemearc has a new subject with the birth of Rebecca Rose Lefkowitz.

London Times: Marginalia, Writing Between the Lines

Henry VIII used the margins of his books as a useful place to make notes and comments. Ben Macintyre of the London Times discusses marginalia, the propensity of scholars to notate in the margins of books.

December 21st

New exhibit on violent imagery in medieval artwork

"Images of Violence in the Medieval World" will be on display at the Getty in Los Angeles, CA, through March 13, 2005.

Medieval Alternatives to Holiday Recipes

Aoife's Links for Thanksgiving week were inadvertently overlooked because most of the SCAtoday.net staff were out of town for the holiday. We apologize for the delay in posting the above, and thank the kind person who alterted us to the omission.

Scottish Minister Proposes Ban on Swords

Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell hopes to crack down on the country's "knife culture" by restricting the sale and possession of blades.

Teaching Men to Shimmy

"Put your feet shoulder-width apart, stick your chin up, and bring your arms out sideways — it makes you look big, strong, and proud so you are ready for action."

Border War

Yes! Border War is running. Although there was a small hiccup with the venue, it has been resolved.

Italian Haire Affaire

Italian Haire Affaire, will be held on Jan. 15th at Wisconsin Rapids West High School.

Quest for Camelot VII

I would like to cordially invite you to attend Quest for Camelot VII to be held May 19-22, 2005 in Rapid City, SD, on the edge of the beautiful Black Hills.

Bright Hills Baronial Birthday

Come and join us, to either vend your wares, or celebrate as the Barony of Bright Hills begins its second decade Saturday, February 12, 2005.

December 20th

Wirral May be Site of Historic 10th Century Battle

The Battle of Brunanburh, fought in 937 c.e., saw the defeat of the Vikings by the Anglo-Saxons. Now researchers believe they can place the epic battle at Wirral in England.

Exhibit of manuscripts truly is character-driven

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews an exhibit of illuminated manuscripts at the Cleveland Museum of Art that demonstrates "the development of Christian imagery during the Middle Ages and early Renaissance."

Lord of the Bling: What's on YOUR Finger?

This week's edition of Aoife's Links focuses on jewelry — especially finger rings — of the Middle Ages.

New exhibit on Chinese ceramics at the Freer

"Black and White Chinese Ceramics from the 10th-14th Centuries" opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, on December 18, and will continue indefinitely.

December 19th

Medieval Cat Headstone Auctioned for £200,000

A carved stone bearing a relief of St. Peter and used as a cat's headstone was auctioned recently at Sotheby's, bringing UK£200,000.

Evening Star: 6th Century Jewelry Fragments Declared Treasure

A treasure trove inquest held recently in Great Suffolk, England, has declared a collection of jewelry fragments discovered by a metal detector to be treasure.

That Cwazy Beowabbit!

A newly-translated Anglo-Saxon epic casts a whole new light on noble warriors. Enjoy!

December 18th

Portrait of Thomas Howard Added to England's National Portrait Gallery

England's National Portrait Gallery has added a rare porait of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, to its collection. Howard was a powerful courtier during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Brueghel Painting Sells for $7 Million

The Kermesse of St. George, by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, was among the paintings auctioned at Sotheby's recently.

William Caxton Document on Display in London

Visitors to London will be able to see Britain's oldest printed document on display at the National Archives.

Kathimerini: Eleutherna Sheds Light on History of Crete

Archaeologists excavating the ancient city of Eleutherna on Crete are finding evidence of continuous occupation from the 9th B.C.E. until the 14th century C.E.

December 17th

Merrillville madrigals perform at Shire of Greyhope

The Post-Tribune describes an elementary school madrigal concert at which SCA members lent "an air of authenticity to the proceedings."

13 Days of Yule Contest

In the spirit of the Holiday Season New York Tolkien Society has created its second annual contest.

Google Announces Major Digitization Project

Buzz abounds about Google’s announcement of special agreements made with five leading research libraries to digitize their collections. An SCAtoday.net Reporter, Mistress Siobhan O'Neill, offers this in-depth look at Google's library initiative.

EDP: English Moat Medieval Swannery or Modern Duck Pond?

Archaeologists are trying to puzzle out the purpose of Paul Meale's duck pond. Was it a medieval swannery or a 19th century wildlife sanctuary?

December 16th

Burlap Lute to Perform

Four SCA musicians, collectively known as Burlap Lute, will give a performance December 18, 2004 at the Mine Street Coffee House in New Brunswick, New Jersey.