Archive - 2005

December 5th

13th Century Frescoes Being Restored in Italy

In Italy, 13th century frescoes in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, which were damaged in a 1997 earthquake and thought to be irreparable, are now being restored with the help of computers.

13th Century Well, Pottery Shards Found

An 800 year-old well was uncovered in the center of the town of Sheffield, England. The well was discovered on the land surrounding Carmel House, a 13th century manor house which is being converted into shops.

Sweet! Medieval Candy, Cookies, and Cakes

Just in time for the holidays, Dame Aoife offers a collection of links with tasty treats guaranteed to ravage your waistline, but in a very authentic way!

Known World Rattan Symposium 2005 (The DVD)

Lord Siridean (Sheridon Glenn) has announced the production of a DVD from the 2005 Known World Rattan Symposium which took place in the Kingdom of Calontir. The DVD is available for purchase in limited quantities.

Hanukkah

Welcome one and all to Eskalya's first ever Hanukkah event being held on January 7th! Come light the menorah and give cheer during this festival of lights.

Granite Mountain Yule

The season of the sun is at an end and gentle white blanket of winter prepares to claim its place in the cool pines surrounding the Shire of Granite Mountain. All are invited to draw nigh and sit by the warm hearth of friendship and witness the challenges of the day.

December 4th

Roman Remedies

During this fly season, James Le Fanu of the Telegraph takes a look at Roman medicinal remedies, including some from the Materia Medica by Pedanius Dioscorides.

Italian Leader Hopes to Reopen Pilgrim Road

Former European Commission president Romano Prodi, who is running for election as Italy's prime minister next year, says if elected he will try to revive the 1,200-mile Via Francigena, a medieval pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome dating back to the 10th century.

Tomb of Edward the Confessor Found

Experts believe that they have discovered the 700-year-old tomb of England's King Edward the Confessor beneath the floor of Westminster Abbey.

December 3rd

Annual Audit Finds British Historical Buildings Falling Apart

An annual report of historic properties in the British countryside revealed that thousands of buildings are falling into ruin.

Mead popular with SCAdians, not so popular with muggles

Corina Zappia, a food and wine critic for the Village Voice (New York City), tried mead for the first time at Mugs Ale House and found it to be, well, not exactly to her liking.

Roman Calçada Road Found in Portugal

A small stretch of Roman road has been discovered near Tavira, Portugal by historian Luís Fraga da Silva. The road originally connected the cities of Ossónoba and Balsa to Pax Júlia and dates to the 2nd century C.E.

December 2nd

Search for Abbey Once Home to Knights Templar Continues

Bisham Abbey, actually a manor house dating back 800 years, was once home to some of the Knights Templar. The Earl of Salisbury and his family also inhabited the facility for many generations, and Queen Elizabeth I was imprisoned there by Queen Mary.

12th Century Icelandic Coins Discovered

Two Icelandic coins dating from the 11th century were found at an archaeological excavation at Háls at Kárahnjúkar.

Are you feeling funny? Medieval humor

Aoife's Links this week brings us a fine cure for the Wintertime Blues, with links full of the humor (not the humours) of the Middle Ages.

Eastrealmers Shed Clothes for Royal Travel Fund

Lady Zaneta Gavlinne Angiolieri has announced that the Northern Shores Royal Travel Fund has produced a medieval lingerie calendar to raise money for the East Kingdom Travel Fund.

December 1st

Castle Built by William the Conqueror Up for Sale

Rougemont Castle, an 11th century structure located in the town of Exeter, England, is for sale. Although no price is listed, bids are believed to be going as high as 1.5 million pounds Sterling.

Globe Theatre's Mark Rylance on Farewell Tour

Mark Rylance, the artistic genius behind London's Globe Theatre, is planning to leave his position as Artistic Director. His vision to rebuild the Globe and produce period plays there has been rewarded with great success.

Rivenoak Yule

Gentle reader, rejoice in the knowledge of the Rivenoak Yule feast I now offer to you: The hall for the Rivenoak Yule Feast on Saturday, December 10th will now open for attendees at 4:30pm, when some simple country dances will be taught until 6pm.

Hunting for Ghosts at Pengersick Castle

A team of ghost investigators spent the night at Pengersick Castle on November 12, 2005 to try and find evidence of a haunting.

November 30th

Tournament of the Wolf Moon

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howl hungrily throughout the land. A lone rider comes with a missive from the Company of the Azure Rose in the fairest kingdom Trimaris far to the south where alas the sun still shines.

Why We Document

Bridgette Kelly MacLean, from the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, relates a story about two weavers, a forgotten book and the importance of documentation for the future.

Kingdom War Practice (Scots/Welsh)

The Kingdom War Practice (the event commonly known as Scots/Welsh) is January 13, 14 and 15th. Once again at Rybolt, and once again with Heavy Weapons, Light Weapons, Archery and more.

Pentamere Twelfth Night

The Pentamere Twelfth Night this year is being hosted by the Canton of Ealdnordwuda (sponsored by the Barony of Northwoods) on January 7 at Everett High School in Lansing, MI.

Yule Feast

'Tis the Season for celebration! The Barony of Vulkanfeldt welcomes the populace of An Tir to our annual, but first Baronial, Yule Feast.

North of the Border: Rapier Fest III

Yes, it's happening again! A total weekend devoted to the Arte of Rapier Combat. Spread over two days will be training sessions, a tournament or two, melee sessions and a rapier game, a relaxed weekend of fencing and feasting. Lunch is served on both days, with a feast of simple foods on the Saturday night. Billets, booking and information can be arranged by contact with the Steward.

New film made by SCA members in the West Kingdom

A recently-completed horror film, Waning Solstice, features a number of SCAdians from the West Kingdom.

Ma'ale Giborm in the news

A reporter visited with the members of Ma'ale Giborim at their second birthday event held in a Crusader-era hall in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem.

November 29th

Barony of Brendoken welcomes Thanksgiving-day bundle of joy

As mother THL Sofia Tyzes says, "what a way to spend...Thanksgiving!" Benjamin Gould entered the world and became the newest Midrealm subject on Thanksgiving Day, November 24.

Royal Shakespeare Performance of The Canterbury Tales

The Royal Shakespeare Company will perform "The Canterbury Tales" in Chester, February 14-18, 2006.