Archive - Nov 2005

November 24th

Mongolia Tourist Site Treasure Trove of Information

The Mongolian Department of Tourism offers a wealth of information about the people, culture and history of their country on the department's official website.

Silent Letters "Ghosts of Linguistic History"

Silent letters embedded in English words have long been the hobgoblin of non-native English speakers. In an article for the Hartford Courant, writer Rob Kyff explores the history and meaning of the lurking consonants.

November 23rd

Historic Lochac Photos Posted

Thorfinn has announced that a set of photos from a 1993 Lochac Coronet have been posted.

DNA Test of Jamestown Skeleton Inconclusive

DNA tests conducted on a 400-year-old Jamestown, VA skeleton have failed to prove that the remains are those of Jamestown founder Bartholomew Gosnold.

Binge-drinking an age-old problem

Experts have uncovered evidence that 12th century Londoners drank ale by the gallon, starting at breakfast time, due to poor quality drinking water.

Winter Solstice Court

The campaign season has ended, the Harvest War has been fought and a time of relative peace has entered the realm. The mother bear has laid down to rest and will not be seen till spring and even the mighty Gryphon has spoken and said "Geeze! its cold!"

A Regular Event in the Cleftlands

Come join the Barony of the Cleftlands for a day of tournements and classes celebrating the arts of romance and chivalry!

Ealdormere A&S Tourney Photos Online

Alexander Gladstone has posted photos from the recent Ealdormere Kingdom A&S Tourney on the Two Ravens website.

November 22nd

American President Greeted by Mongol Horde

During a recent trip to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, President Bush was greeted by Mongol warriors in full armor.

11th Night: Summits Winter Investiture

The warm fires of the winter hearth welcome you to the Investiture of the new Prince and Princess. Join the Shire of Coeur du Val, and the glorious Principality of the Summits, in welcoming the new holders of the Alpine thrones. Great will be the tales told on that day and generous will be our hearts to the far-traveller.

Feast of the Hare Photos Online

Alexander Gladstone reports that he has posted photos from the recent Feast of the Hare event in the Barony of Skraeling Althing in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are available on the Two Ravens website.

Citadel 12th Night: The Italian Renaissance

Buon Giorno one and all. The time is 1564 and Italy is seeing a change for the better. Michelangelo completed the dome of St. Peter's Church in Rome, Galileo Galilei was born near Pisa, the municipal palace of Genoa was built, and Francesco de' Medici became Duke of Florence. It is truly a time to rejoice and celebrate even here in the Citadel of the Southern Pass as we invite all to Citadel's 12th night - The Italian Renaissance.

Women's Combat Symposium

Dear Women fighters and fighters of Aethelmearc: As has long been my ambitions, I am finally able to offer a special day of fighting geared to female fighters in the kingdom!

British Youth Attend "Knight School"

British police are now giving youngsters a lesson in medieval virtues at "knight school." The kids learn how chivalry can be applied to modern life.

November 21st

Labor of Love Restores Medici Tapestry

Four restoration specialists at New York's Metropolitan Museum have taken on the backbreaking effort of restoring "The Gathering of Manna," a 16th century Medici tapestry, one stitch at a time.

Ealdormere Finds a New Arts and Sciences Champion

There were quite a lot of amazing things to be seen at the Ealdormere Arts and Sciences Fair, held on Saturday, November 19 in the Canton of Bryniau Tywynnog. Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton was there, and she brings us this report.

Exhibit on medieval Novgorod comes to Baltimore

"Sacred Arts and City Life: The Glory of Medieval Novgorod" is on display at the Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, through February 12.

November 20th

Early Pagan Well to be Restored

A stone well, in the Welsh city of Llanllyfni, near Caernarfon, has been scheduled for restoration as part of footpath project.

Pennsylvania to Legalize Atlatl Deer Hunting

The State Game Commission of Pennsylvania is drafting regulations to allow hunters to use atlatls, wooden spear throwers first utilized by early man.

Industrial Size Duct Tape

Tyco Plastics has announced the production of "Nashua Big Fix," an extra-wide roll of duct tape big enough to patch even the largest armor.

Crumbling Roman Walls May Affect Italian Tourism

The collapse of a wall in the ancient Forum in Rome has travelers concerned for their safety. The incident happened at the time when the Italian government is considering cuts to cultural programs.

November 19th

Masque of Courtly Love 9.1: Medieval Science Fair

The Marche of Alderford is pleased to present "Masque of Courtly Love 9.1: A Medieval Science Fair" on February 18, 2006, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in North Canton, Ohio.

http://alderford.org/events/masque2006

Mists Tournament Circuit

Duchess Megan has announced the results of the Mists Tournament Circuit which concluded recently in the Kingdom of the West. The idea for the Circuit was based on one used in the Kingdom of Artemesia and adapted by His Highness of the West.

Position Announcement: Society Exchequer

The SCA is looking for candidates to fill the position of Society Exchequer. Applications are due by March 1, 2006.

November 18th

Forensic Scientists Help Solve Mystery of Copernicus' Grave

Archaeologists believe that they have found the grave of 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus including a skull and partial remains.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Ancient and Modern

The sparkling, new library in Alexandria, Egypt has an enormous reputation to live up to. The original, built by Alexander's general Ptolemy I Soter, became known as the greatest library in the world.

The Few, the Proud, the Medievalists!

Pfc. Samuel D. White of the Marine Corps took a step back in time recently when he interviewed Lord Wolfgan (Staff Sgt. Brian Neldner) at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training in New River, North Carolina. His story appears on the website for the Marine Corps.

Trew Love! A History of Pants

Dame Aoife "trew" us a curve this week, and you might think it "inseamly" of her to have inflicted such punnery. But these links will leave you "panting" for more, and singing "hems" of praise to Dame Aoife!

November 17th

Northshield Artisans to Shine at Boar's Head

Ban tigherna Aine ingen MaelPatraic has announced that Caer Anterth Mawr will host an Artisan's Row at the upcoming Boar's Head event in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Winter's Gate Yule

Come one, Come all and join together in the spirit of merriment at the annual celebration of the Yule Season. Come dressed to have fun and be silly. This is a time to relax and have a great deal of fun!