Archive - 2004

March 19th

Atlantia Kingdom A&S Competition Winners Announced

James of Middle Aston, King Minister of Arts & Sciences for Atlantia, has announced the winners of the recent Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival.

Real Gladiators Ate Barley!

News.telegraph: Cemetery research has discovered that the diet of the Roman gladiator consisted mainly of barley and beans.

March 19th

Welsh Sword of State to be Unveiled May 1

IC Wales: On May 1, 1421, the last of the Welsh freedom fighters surrendered. Now the day will commemorate the unveiling of the new Welsh Sword of State being created to honor Owain Glyndwr's coronation.

Outlands Heirs Determined

Baron Giovanni di Sienna defeated Duke Johann von Balduinseck to secure the Coronet for his lady, Countess Cainnleach Uiseir of Glendalough.

Elvish Language Courses Offered in England

Omaha World Herald: Students at Turves Green Boys' Technology College in Birmingham, England have a rare opportunity: the chance to study conversational Elvish.

Finnish Saga Inspiration for "Lord of the Rings"

National Geographic: The Kalevala, the Finnish national epic poem, may have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" according to researchers.

March 17th

Uffizi Museum to be Renovated

The Palazzo degli Uffizi, an art museum in Florence, Italy which has stood since 1575, is about to get its first face-lift in several decades. The Uffizi is world-renowned for having one of the single greatest art collections, and is home to several priceless works of the Renaissance.

Be a Hero, Save a Life at Pennsic War

Lady Angelique d'Herisson has announced that a blood drive will be held at this year's Pennsic War.

Henry VIII and the Royal Football Shoes

Textile expert Maria Hayward has found evidence that Henry VIII's extensive wardrobe contained a pair of football shoes which cost him four shillings.

March 16th

Free Northshield! Cartoon Epic Chronicles the "Real" Story of a New Kingdom

Sales of a fictional comic-book story of Northshield's quest for independence will help fund the new Kingdom's first regalia.

Roman Paris Located West of Modern City

Expatica: New research has determined that Lutetia, the Roman precursor of modern Paris, was located not on the Ile de la Cite but ten kilometers west near the modern suburb of Nanterre.

Chairman Announces Achievement of Membership Milestone

According to Linda Moore, SCA Inc. Chairman, the SCA has experienced a phenomenal period of growth, and in the past twelve months has "added more members in one year all of the years combined from 1993 - 2003."

Board of Directors Seeks Commentary on Branch Membership Requirements

The SCA Board of Directors is seeking commentary from the populace on proposed changes to the number and type of members required to create, advance, or sustain the status of branch groups.

Chamber President Checks Out the SCA at Estrella

Palo Verde Valley Times: The Palo Verde Valley Times reports that Mark Fulton of the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce made the trek to the Estrella War to check out the possibility of sponsoring an SCA event in his city.

Another Estrella War Photo Gallery Online

Cassandra Tomei of Tomei has professional photos of the recent Estrella War 2004 online.

Weavers Start Work On Major New Tapestry

Historic Scotland: Weavers Louise Martin, Louise Trotter and Laura Mar from the West Dean Tapestry Studio have begun work on a three-year project to create a modern interpretation of the third tapestry from the Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries.

March 15th The Articles Just Keep Coming In

Sword is a web site devoted to teaching fighters about combat in the SCA; some of these fighters happen to be women. Their web site has recently added a number of new articles.

Chirurgeon-General Elevated to Order of the Pelican

Friar Galen of Ockham, Society Chirurgeon-General, was elevated to the Order of the Pelican recently at Une Fete d'Amour in Midewinde (Principality of Northshield, Midrealm).

SCA in Israel Off to a Good Start

Yehoshua ben Haym haYerushalmi, Seneschal of the Incipient Shire of Beit Aryeh in Jerusalem, has posted photos of recent shire activities.

March 14th

Hitting the Target with Crossbows

Dame Aoife offers links for information and discussion on crossbows in this week's column.

Conference Set to Address Issue of Thornborough Henge

A conference to discuss the fate of the Thornborough Henge, which is threatened by sand and gravel quarries, will take place in late March in Northallerton, England.

Roman Treasure Discovered in Bulgaria

Novinite: A hoard of gold Republic-era coins dating to the 2nd century BCE has been discovered in the Lozyata Region of Bulgaria.

March 13th

Calontir's Fyrd Mom Celebrates Belated 70th

Baroness Finola O'Clary, Fyrd Mom of Calontir, turned 70 last year, but celebrated the occasion at Coronation March 6, 2004.

English Translation of 14th Century Greek Poem Published

Oswego Daily News: Columbia University has recently published "An Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds: Translation and Commentary," originally written around 1370 during the decline of Byzantium.

Murphy's Laws for the SCA

Over the years Baron Steffan ap Kennydd of the East Kingdom has been collecting truisms concerning SCA dynamics. He has compiled them into a list of 101 he calls "Silverwing's Laws."

March 13th

Fourth panel of "Nastagio degli Onesti" to be Exhibited

The Sydney Morning Herald: For the first time in decades, the fourth panel of Botticelli's "The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti" series will be on public display, at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

The Coronation of Siridean and Sile

Jenna of Southwind has written an extensive report on the March 6, 2004 Coronation of Their Majesties Siridean and Sile of Calontir. (Also don't miss Mighel's photos from the Kingdom's incredible Cope Project.)

Lecture Series Focuses on Medieval Russia

The University of New Mexico's spring lecture series this year will explore the medieval history of the Russian culture.

Lilia Discovered Along Antonine Wall

The Herald: The discovery of defensive pits known as lilia, which were lined with sharp stakes, along Scotland's Antonine Wall has given insight into Roman warfare on the Empire's borders.

March 11th

Medieval Gardens

As a special bonus, Dame Aoife shares links that are most appropriate for spring. Her topic is medieval gardens, with an emphasis on herb and knot gardens.