Archive - 2004

October 8th

Da Vinci Code Fans Flock to Historic Sites

Fans of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code are innundating sites in France in search of answers.

Byzantine architecture leaves its mark

Ian Campbell of the Scotsman looks at the history and influence of Byzantine architecture.

Plans Proposed to Make Antonine Wall World Heritage Site

Scotland's Antonine Wall, the most northernly reach of the Roman Empire in Britain, is the subject of a campaign to gain World Heritage status for the site.

Historical Fiction: How do medieval-themed restaurants get it wrong?

Seven myths about medieval food, and how medieval-themed restaurants, like the Medieval Times restaurant chain and the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, get them wrong.

October 7th

Had trouble creating an SCAtoday.net account?

If you have had trouble creating a personal profile account on SCAtoday.net, it is probably because you mistyped your email address, and the system couldn't send out your new password. All is not lost, though...

"Aoife's Links" moving to new e-mail list on SCAtoday.net

Dame Aoife, publisher of the weekly "Aoife's Links" collection of interesting web resources for the Current Middle Ages, will be publishing the links on a list server provided by SCAtoday.net.

Thorvald Halvorsen and Svava Thorgeirsdottir Crowned in the East Kingdom

Liam St. Liam has posted an album of photos from the recent Coronation of Thorvald Halvorsen and Svava Thorgeirsdottir in the East Kingdom.

Genghis Khan's mausoleum found

A team of Japanese and Mongolian archaeologists have found what may be the palace of Genghis Khan on a steppe 150 miles east of Ulan Bator.

Outlands Minister of Lists resigns amid Crown Tourney investigation

Lady Danica Leah, who has served as Minister of the Lists in Outlands, has resigned that position, posting a resignation letter on the kingdom email list.

October 6th

Kingdom Crusades

Scouts are reporting skirmishes are taking place on the border between Atlantia and the East! Their Royal Majesties of both kingdoms are amassing their troops. This can only mean one thing…. WAR!

New Calontiri Citizen Born

Lyse De la rosa from Coeur d' Ennui in the Kingdom of Calontir, has announced the birth of her son, Samuel Ensley Gardner.

Search for Missing Church Statues

Local villagers in Cley, Norfolk are launching a search for 13 statues, which were removed from the local church during the Reformation led by Henry VIII.

The Mirror: Ealdormere Goes to Pennsic

Janis Leering, a reporter for the Mirror, which serves Barrie, Ontario and the surrounding area, looks at local SCAdians who attended this year's Pennsic War.

Mystery of Royal Mistress' Death

Historians are using DNA and modern forensic technology to investigate the death of Anges Sorel, mistress to Charles VII of France.

Cook's Collegium

We invite you to attend the first Cook's Collegium in the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands (Pittsburgh, PA) on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Mt. Lebanon Christian Church, Cedar Boulevard at Hollycrest, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228.

Neiman Marcus Hawks Custom Armor

Just in time for the holidays: Neiman Marcus is selling a custom-fitted suit of armor.

October 5th

Was Owain Lowgoch really an Englishman?

New evidence may show that Wales' great hero, Owain Lowgoch, was born in Surrey, England.

Barony of Atenveldt Investiture

On October 2, 2004 at court at Estrella Mountain Park, the Barony of Atenveldt saw its outgoing Baron and Baroness honored and the new Baron and Baroness installed.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to be Published

Here's a riddle: What has 62.5 million words, over 60,000 pages and includes biographies of people who never existed? It's the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Twelfth Night Coronation

The Canton of Hukka invites you to Twelfth Night Coronation, held in the northern barony of Aarnimetsä on January 7-9, 2005.

Octoberfest and Baronial Championship

Come, join us at one of TE Brandt and Kelta's last events as Baron and ban Bheran Wealdsmere for a day of revelry and tournament sport to long be remembered!

An Tir Coronation & 12th Night

Come join the celebration. The Shire of Shittimwoode invites you to attend as AnTir's Royal Majesties Thorin and Dagmaer pass on the Coronets and Thrones of AnTir in time honored fashion to their heirs, Their Royal Highness Skeggi and Taisiia.

October 4th

Ansteorran Crown Tournament Results Online

Earl Ulsted the Unsteady, fighting with the inspiration of the lovely Countess Cateau, was victorious over Earl Aaron MacGregor this past weekend in the Ansteorran Crown Tournament, hosted by the Shire of Trelac.

Saltare 2005

Saltare is the annual dance event held by the Saltare Guild of the Kingdom of Meridies. Every year we teach dance classes in multiple tracks, including both European and Middle Eastern styles.

Company of the Duke's Leopards Invites SCAdians to Spring Show Camp

Julian Wilson of the Company of the Duke's Leopards has announced that the Companie will sponsor a three-day Spring Show Camp May 28-30, 2005 and would like to invite SCA members to participate.

The Power of Cheese

This week Dame Aoife, a self-avowed "Cheesehead," writes about one of her favorite topics: Cheese!

Dragon's Laire Baronial Bardic Championship

I am very pleased to announce the very first Dragon's Laire Baronial Bardic Championship! It will be held at our annual Yule Feast on December 4, 2004 at the Longbranch Improvement Club; 4312 Key Peninsula Hwy S., Longbranch, WA 98351.

October 3rd

First Cistercian Nunnery in Scotland Excavated

St. Leonard's, the oldest Cistercian nunnery in Scotland, is the site of a new excavation that has delivered on its promise of impressive artifacts.

Sabrina Welserin's Wine Pudding

Original(c) Valoise Armstrong 1998:

44. To make a wine pudding Take grated bread crumbs, brown them in fat until they become crisp, put in good wine and egg yolks in it and sweeten to taste.

Redaction (and it's to die for, even with non-alcoholic wine!)

The simplicity of this recipe belies its exquisite taste. We made some changes to the original to appeal to modern diners: The bread was cut into irregular chunks rather than as crumbs, since one gets a pasty baby food texture otherwise (as evinced by a previous redaction). Also, we finished it in the oven with a small sprinkling of sugar to make the dish look as appealing as it tasted. The overall appearance was thus more of a rustic bread pudding, which was more acceptable to the diners. For strict authenticity, however, the crumbs should be used, and the Wine Pudding should be served without the finishing steps below. Be sure to use a good wine, slightly sweet and preferably German.

On the stove top in an oven-proof pan:

Melt butter. Add breadcrumbs and allow the bottom layer to brown. Stir once, and allow to brown carefully again. The browning adds an important flavor element and great texture contrast, but it's easy to burn the cubes. Add 2 1/2 cups of wine, sugar, and egg yolks. Stir well to mix but don't break up the bread cubes. Cook over low heat briefly to set the yolks. Remove from heat, sprinkle with perhaps 2 tbsp sugar and place under the broiler (set to a low broil) to brown, watching carefully that it doesn't burn. When browned on top, serve warm.

Oerthans Gather at Old Buzzard Inn

Herr Wilhelm von Düsseldorf, autocrat for Old Buzzard Inn, reports on the festivities at this year's event.