Archive - 2004

December 16th

Knights' Oaths Needed for Research Project

Signora Sofia Matriani della Tempesta, a doctoral student at Oregon State University, is researching knights' oaths and seeks help from SCA sources.

Oertha's Pirates' Revel Photos Online

Caoimheall Dubheasa DerAlcan has posted photos from the Principality of Oertha's Pirates' Revel.

Drachenwald Spring Crown Tournament

It is the pride of the Shires of Turmstadt and Isengau, and of the Stronghold of Nebelwald, to announce to the populace the hosting of Spring Crown Tourney 2005.

Performers Entertain at Kris Kinder

One of the highlights of Calontir's Kris Kinder event is a choral concert organized by THL Brice Le Raton.

New Yorker: History of the Crusades Explored

Two new books on the Crusades have hit the shelves. New Yorker writer Joan Acocella does the review.

December 15th

Iranian Warrior was Female

DNA tests have shown the remains of a 2,000-year-old warrior in an Iranian tomb are those of a woman.

"Clan Tynker" performer paralyzed, friends seek assistance and well-wishes

A rare medical condition has suddenly left Sam Tynker, a performer in the SCAdian band Clan Tynker, paralyzed from the waist down. Friends and family are seeking donations to help defray mounting medical expenses.

al-Barran Midwinter Event

"Christ-mass in the Time of the Troubadours"
http://www.al-barran.org/midwinter04/

Statistical Breakdown of SCA Groups in the Known World

Jehan l'Utile de Bretagne, Seneschal, Shire of Drachentor in the Kingdom of Atlantia, recently tabulated an unofficial breakdown of SCA groups in the Known World.

Researchers find the real face of Father Christmas

According to forensic research conducted for a BBC2 documentary, "The Real Face of Santa," Saint Nicholas was short, olive-skinned and had a broken nose.

Newbie Collegium

Come join us for Newbie Collegium in Shire Lagerdamm.

December 14th

Roman Fort to Become English Heritage Site

The Cumbria County Council has transferred management of the Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall to English Heritage.

Tournaments Illuminated Seeks Content for 40th Anniversary Issue

Sheik Omar Mohammud Mirzazadeh, Editor of Tournaments Illuminated, is currently accepting articles for a special 40th anniversary issue of the magazine.

Season of the Wolf XIII

Oyez!! Oyez!! Season of the Wolf XIII is on its way.

Oertha Residents Celebrate Yule in Style

Kirstin has posted photos from the recent Eskalya Yule: Christmas in New Spain event.

Exhibit on Flemish engravings on display in Minneapolis

"Flemish Fantasia: Invention and Imagination in Sixteenth Century Flemish Engravings" is on display at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts through February 27, 2005.

December 13th

Chester Chronicle: Viking Treasure Discovered in Yorkshire, England

A metal detector enthusiast has discovered a hoard of Viking-era jewelry near Huxley, England.

Iran "Cradle of Board Games"

Iranian archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old backgammon set, thought to be the world's oldest, making the country the "cradle of board games."

Chicago Tribune article features friendship of the SCA

The Chicago Tribune ran a feature article about the SCA in the December 12 edition.

Atenveldt Duke plays role in Regia Anglorum re-enactment of Hastings

Duke Arthur of Lockehaven was featured in a History Channel program about the Battle of Hastings. His Grace has provided SCAtoday.net with a behind-the-scenes peek at the filming of "Command Decisions".

December 12th

University Offers Intensive Turkish Study Opportunity

An intensive summer school seminar co-sponsored by University of Washington, Seattle and Harvard University will offer a number of classes designed to aid scholars in Turkish and Ottoman studies.

"A Condensed History of Iceland"

Want to know all about Iceland, but don't have time to read a history book? Check out the cartoon version.

Lefties have the Upper Hand in Fights

Right-handed fighters beware. According to a new study by the University of Montpellier, left-handers are "better in fights."

"Crusades: Myths and Realities" to Travel to Four Countries

An exhibition, funded by the European Union, of arts and artifacts from the Crusades has opened at the Municipal Arts Centre of Nicosia in Cyprus.

Seattle Art Museum Features Renaissance Exhibits

The Seattle Art Museum is currently running several exhibits of interest to medieval and renaissance researchers including Spain in the Age of Exploration 1492-1819.

December 11th

Roman "Rest Stops" Captivate Historians

Archaeologists working on a site near Neuss, Germany have discovered the remains of a Roman rest stop, including a service station, restaurant and a hotel.

Site of Greek-Roman Battle Discovered

A Greek farmer recently discovered a stone monument marking the 1st century B.C.E. battle between Mithridates VI and Roman forces.

Knowne World Youth Newsletter Available Online

Lady Gwenlian from the Kingdom of Caid is now publishing Libellus, the Known World Youth Newsletter, filled with advice and information on youth activities in the different kingdoms.

December 10th

Konrad Seusenhofer, Master Armourer

As part of its Almanac series, the History Channel will present "The Master: Konrad Seusenhofer--Master Armourer."

Straight Dope: Did Vikings Have Horns?

An article on the Straight Dope website discusses the use of horns on Viking helmets and why they are depicted as such.