Archive - Mar 2005

March 13th

Scottish Schoolchildren Strive to Save Antonine Wall

A new campaign to have Scotland's Antonine Wall declared a World Heritage Site is being spearheaded by the country's schoolchildren. The campaign includes an educational pack that teaches about the country's Roman history.

Merchant of Venice Comes to Film

Baron Tibor of Rock Valley recently attended the latest film version of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and wrote a review.

Turkish Daily News: Istanbul History 101

Byzantium, Contantinople, Istanbul, New Rome...whatever historical name it has gone by, the city on the Bosporus has always been the gateway between Europe and Asia. This article gives a short history of the city.

March 12th

SCAtoday.net moves to new server

SCAtoday.net (including the web site plus all email lists in this domain) has just moved to a new web server, which should be quite a bit faster than our old server. Please excuse any bumps along the way.

Are You Wearing Woolies? Medieval Knitting, Nålbinding

Nature surprised Dame Aoife with a blast of late-season winter, and her response is a bevy of links about knitting and naalbinding warm winter clothes.

Archaeologist Killed on Site of Roman Dig

An Austrian archaeologist was killed when the pit he was excavating collapsed.

An Tir Heraldic Symposium

The College of St. Giles in the Barony of Seagirt invites those gentles with an interest in things heraldic to attend the An Tir Heraldic Symposium on June 25th to 26th of this year 2005 in our good barony.

Kingdom of Northshield's First Tournament of Chivalry

The Shire of Korsvag invites you to the Kingdom of Northshield's First Tournament of Chivalry.

Gathering of the Clans

A SCOTTISH CLAN GATHERING IS CALLED! Let all come to enjoy the hospitality, intrigues, and the spirit of Scotland and the Highland Clans.

Alnwick Castle's Poison Garden

The Duchess of Northumberland has a black thumb, at least when it comes to her celebrated poison garden.

March 11th

West Sussex Castle to Display Medieval Documents

A permanent display of documents dating to the Middle Ages is being hosted by England's Arundel Castle.

Stefan's Florilegium Additions for March 2005

THLord Stefan li Rous offers additions to the Florilegium for March 2005.

Photos from Ealdormere's Winter War Online

Eirik Andersen has announced that photos taken by Iago of Ben Dunfrith at Ealdormere's Winter War are now available online.

March 10th

Feast of St Catherine of Siena

The Canton of Falcon Cree welcomes you, one and all, to this year's wonderful Feast. The prevailing theme for this year's endeavor is an age old piece of advice; "Speed Kills." The day will be filled with numerous competitions to determine how well you perform under the pressure of time. The annual Palio races of Siena, Italy will provide the backdrop for this year's competitions and Feast.

Northshield War College

A day of serious training in the art of battle. Nothing but directed, intense helm-time. Detailed explanation and philosophy will be published for after-event consumption, but will not take up the day's field time. Come learn and take the lessons home.

Passage to Damascus

In the Middle Ages, Damascus was a center for cultural interchange and learning as pilgrims traveled from all over to one of the oldest cities in the world. Come join the Shire of Roxbury Mill for our second annual Library Demo: Passage to Damascus (Maryland. Help promote a love of history and reading among children of all ages.

Our poet of Renaissance alta cucina

The Los Angeles Times discusses Italian renaissance cooking with Luigi Ballerini, the former chair of UCLA's Italian department and author of an introduction to The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookbook.

The Age: Loves Letters Found?

A new controversy involving the love letters of Abelard and Heloise has members of the literary and academic communities buzzing.

The lepers are coming

Leprosy was eradicated from Britain in the 17th century, but "lepers" (aided by costume and makeup) will return in a torchlight procession through the town of Torrington.

March 9th

Gunpowder Plot Descendents Bury the Hatchet

Descendents of the major parties involved in England's Gunpowder Plot of 1605 have shaken hands, a reconciliation marking the 400th anniversary of the event.

Headless Romans Stump Experts

Archaeologists working on a Roman cemetery in the Mount area of York are baffled at the discovery of 36 decapitated bodies.

New exhibit on cameos opens at the Met

"Cameo Appearances" will be on display at the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Special Exhibitions Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through October 30, 2005.

March 8th

Jerusalem Post: Acre Crusader Site to be Opened to the Public

Sections of an 800-year-old archaeological site in the city of Acre have been scheduled to open to the public in June of 2005.

Pennsic attendees bid fond farewell to Ed Wilver

Baron Ed Wilver, a member of the staff of Cooper's Lake Campground where Pennsic is held each year, died on March 4 at the age of 72.

New film showcases SCA at Estrella War

Underachiever Films has just released Estrella XX (A Beautiful War), a feature-length documentary about the SCA. The documentary was filmed on location at Estrella XX, held in Atenveldt in February 2004.

Queen Elizabeth II bestows honorary knighthood on Bill Gates

Bill Gates, the multibillionaire founder of Microsoft Corporation, has been named a Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Blogger Suggests that Marco Polo did not Reach China

In his blog, teacher and Asianist Jonathan Dresner discusses the myth of Marco Polo, whether or not he really made it to China, and where to go to get the facts.

March 7th

Storms Expose Orkney Burial Site

A team of archaeologists are working to preserve a medieval burial site uncovered recently by winter storms in the Orkneys.

Colonel Jenna Goes to War

Colonel Jenna of the Kingdom of Calontir writes to non-SCA friends around the world about her experiences at the recent Estrella War.

Snowed Inn IV photos online

Eirik Andersen's photos from Snowed Inn are now available on Tworavens.org.