Archive - 2005

February 27th

David I: Scotland's Unappreciated Monarch

A new study by Richard Oram of the University of Stirling in Scotland depicts Scotland's King David as a great state-builder who had a major impact on British history.

11th Century English Castle to be Preserved by English Heritage

Northumbria's five-sided Mitford Castle, built in the 11th century, burnt by King John and sacked by Robert the Bruce, will find new life thanks to a grant from English Heritage.

Sultan's Pool Celebrated Marriage

A 14th century swimming pool has been unearthed under the Mameluke Palace in Cairo, Egypt.

February 26th

Remains of Cape Cod Explorer to be Verified

Researchers are hoping that DNA tests will confirm the identity of Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, privateer, explorer and namer of Cape Cod.

New email discussion group for fans, critics of historic films

For persons who are interested in discussing historic films — primarily their accuracy — Baron Folo of the Middle Kingdom announces the formation of a new mailing list, called HistoricFilms.

Daily Record: Erotic Murals Discovered in Ikea Excavation

The remains of a Roman brothel dating to the 5th century B.C.E. have been discovered during excavation for an Ikea store.

College of Brymstonne Teaches Hands-On History at Arizona State

Katie Kelberlau, a reporter for the Web Devil of Arizona State University, looks at life in the College of Brymstonne, the university's local SCA group.

February 25th

Heloise and Abelard Still Inspire Lovers

An essay in the New York Times by Cristina Nehring discusses five books on Heloise and Abelard.

Students Serve for Northshield A&S Competition

The Pierre, South Dakota Capital Journal recently covered an SCA feast held during an A&S competition served by local high school students.

Freydis Thorfinnsdottir to Head Drachenwald Embroiderers' Guild

Lady Freydis Thorfinnsdottir will be the new Guildmistress for the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Tourney of Ymir Photos Online

Lady Rhiannon of Crannog Mor and Lord Gavius Allectus have posted photos from the recent Tourney of Ymir which took place February 12, 2005 in the Barony of Windmasters' Hill in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

February 24th

More on memorial arrangements for Midrealm's Duchess Anne

Lady Veronica of Seldome Rest, eldest daughter of Duchess Anne who passed away recently, has provided additional information about memorial arrangements and where to send sympathy cards or condolences.

Da Vinci Fingerprint May Solve Mystery

The restoration of a renaissance painting, "The Adoration of the Christ Child," may have solved a mystery by revealing a fingerprint and stylistic touches that could tie the work to Leonardo Da Vinci.

Heroes and Heroines

Bring your sword, shield, spear, axe, bow and be ready to go “a-viking

"Da Vinci Code" Put on Trial

A museum in Lornardo Da Vinci's hometown Vinci, Italy, is holding a trial to sort out the facts from fiction in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code.

To Strive for a Sword: An Event Report from Snowed Inn IV

On February 19, the Canton of Ardchreag again hosted a grand tournament of arms, to see who would walk away with the Sword of the Company of the White Hart. Only the Ladies of the Gallery could say who that would be. Laird Colyne Stewart offers a detailed report.

Arizona reporter savors the sights of Estrella War

Writing for the West Valley View, an Arizona newspaper, reporter Justin Doom says that trying to explain the Estrella War to someone who has never been there is like trying to explain color to a blind person.

February 23rd

Elegance befitting the station: Sumptuary Law

Sumptuary laws, that is, laws regulating the use of special clothing, jewelry, or other symbols of rank or station, is the subject of Aoife's Links this week.

Tourney of Ymir Welcomes Newcomers

Rose Donnchaidh, a resident of the Stronghold of Raven's Cove in the kingdom of Atlantia, describes the wonders of the recent Tourney of Ymir.

Rencester Celebration of Spring

"Whan that aprill with his shoures soote / The droghte of march hath perced to the roote... / Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages...€

An Tir July Coronation

Join us July 15-17 for the Coronation of the successors to the Sable Throne of An Tir!

Drachenwald Welcomes the Incipient Shire of Eresborg

Barcsi Janos, Chatelain and New Groups Coordinator for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, has announced the formation of the Incipient Shire of Eresborg, the first chapter in Denmark.

Known World Heraldic Symposium 2005

Please allow us to extend the hospitality of the Outlands to heralds and scribes everywhere. Join us this July for the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium.

February 22nd

Times: Author claims St. Patrick took bribes from Christian converts

In his book Secret Sights II: Unknown Medieval Ireland, author Rob Vance accuses St. Patrick of taking bribes from his wealthy female patrons.

Photos from Break the Back of Winter

Photos from Break the Back of Winter, in the Canton of Greyfells, Kingdom of Ealdormere have been posted.

Japan to permit female succession

Lacking a male heir, the Japanese government is creating a new law to allow a woman to succeed to the Imperial throne for the first time in two centuries.

Rent a Don III

The Shire of Mynydd Gwyn is proud to announce the continuation of Rent a Don.

Novices' Day

The Shires of Rokeclif and Shattered Oak and the Canton of Coille Stoirmeil invite all newcomers to the SCA to Novices' Day, May 7, 2005 at the Taylor Community Center in Taylor Wisconsin. (The snit site.) Site opens at 9AM.

Northern Oaken Regional Arts & Sciences Faire

The Northern Oaken Regional Arts & Sciences Faire is scheduled for April 30, 2005 in the city known mundanely as Upper Sandusky, Ohio (about halfway between Columbus and Toledo, Ohio). It will be hosted by the Incipient Shire of Caer Byrbryd, sponsored by the Marche of Three Towers.

February 21st

Norway's Oldest Church Discovered

Norwegian archaeologists are excited by the discovery of what is probably the country's oldest church. Located in the city of Skien, the church is believed to have been built in the 11th century.