Archive - Dec 2007

Sir Daniel announces the 6th Annual 12th Knight Auction in An Tir

Sir Daniel of the Kingdom of An Tir has posted information on the 6th Annual 12th Knight Auction. This year the auction will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies.

Create your Dark Ages character

The History Channel online lets you create your own Dark Ages character - complete with your face! Have fun designing a noble, Viking, cleric or peasant.

Otfrid Ammerthaler to be elevated to Pelican in AEthelmearc

At Their recent Court at Baronial Coronation in Rhydderich Hael, Their Majesties Duncan and Ilish offered Lord Otfrid Ammerthaler elevation into the Order of the Pelican.

December 30th

Yule Toy Tourney photographs

Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce has posted an album of photos from the recent Yule Toy Tourney in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Medieval Mappa honoured by UNESCO

A famous 13th century map of the world has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register.

The pride of Gleann Abhann

A slide show showcasing the glories of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann has been created by THL Rose Eriksdottir using photos taken by THL Barbara Staring. The slideshow is accompanied by rousing music.

December 29th

Magna Carta sale brings more than US$21.3 million

An early copy of the Magna Carta, sold recently at auction, has brought over US$21 million. The documents was purchased by David Rubinstein, a founder of the Carlyle Group.

Six medieval bishops identified in Scotland

Radiocarbon dating was used recently to help identify the remains of six bishops found buried in at Whithorn Priory in Galloway, Scotland. The skulls dated from between 1200-1360 CE. (photos)

Holiday Tragedy in Midrealm

The family of Tim Coy, known in these Current Middle ages as Lord Cedric Westbrooke, Squire to Sir Alan Culross, suffered a horrible tragedy when his wife Lady Audrey Westbrooke (MKA Lisa Coy) died in a house fire early on the morning of Christmas Eve.

December 28th

Middle Kingdom says sad farewell to Teresa Calderon

On Thursday, December 20, Teresa Calderon, who was 20 years old, passed away due to a tragic accident. She was a member of The Crows Nest household founded by Garvin the Slow. She was also a lapsed member of the Barony of Cleftlands and the shires of Alderford and Gwyntarian, in the Middle Kingdom.

"Reclaming the Blade" to be released in the Summer of 2008

Reclaiming the Blade, a new film celebrating the art of the sword, is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2008. Narrated by John Rhys-Davies, the film "explores both European and Asian historic swordplay and offers an in-depth look at the fascinating world of stage combat on the silver screen."

December 27th

“Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!” called "giggle-worthy"

"I itch in the cathedral; When I pray upon my knees: God, You saved us from damnation; Now save us from the fleas!" writes Laura Amy Schlitz in Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village, a new children's book reviewed by John Schwartz for the Sunday New York Times.

A Wodwo in Camelot

According to reviewer Edward Hirsch, a Wodwo is a "raw, spooky, elemental," a Middle English word meaning “half-man, half-animal spirit of the forests” which appeared in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Hirsch reviews a new translation by Simon Armitage.

Want to get fit? Try the Authenticity Diet!

Need to take off a few pounds or kilograms from the holiday feasting? Eat like your persona! A Shropshire physician claims that Europeans in the Middle Ages were in some ways much healthier than modern people.

Photos from First Annual Trimaris Inter-Kingdom Equestrian Tournament

Lady Hilary of Marcaster, Historian/Chronicler for the Trimaris Equestrians, has posted albums of photos from the recent 1st Annual Trimaris Inter-Kingdom Equestrian Tournament.

December 26th

Captain Kidd's ship found

A team of archaeologists believes it has discovered the remains of the Quedagh Merchant, a ship captained by William Kidd, off Catalina Island, a small island near the Dominican Republic.

Ulric Wulfricson, bastion of Pennsic Tech Services, enters Valhalla

The Kingdom of AEthelmearc and the SCA grieve for the loss of THL Ulric Wulfricson, who entered Valhalla on December 16. Ulric was known for his extensive service, including keeping the lights running for the A&S and performance tents at Pennsic War as part of the Technical Services team.

Weather doesn't hamper fun at Bardic Madness South

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of Northshield recently braved the weather and traveled south for Bardic Madness South which took place December 15, 2007 in the March of Loch Morrow (Macomb, IL). She reports and shares photos.

SCA Inc. Announcement on Background Checks

Patrick Anderson, President of the SCA Inc., has made a brief announcement concerning the implementation of background checks for certain officials of the organization.

Peter Jackson to produce The Hobbit

After much deliberation, Peter Jackson, the Academy-Award-winning director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has partnered with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios to produce the Tolkien prequel: The Hobbit.

December 25th

16th century monastery built on spice

Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal was built on spice. Actually, it was funded with taxes raised from eastern spices brought back by the country's famous explorers.

Estrella War XXIV Interactive Event Map/Camping Map Page

The Event Coordinators for Estrella War XXIV (Feb 12-18, 2008) are pleased to announce that a new "Event Site Maps" page has been added to the website.

Michelangelo's last sketch found in the Vatican

A red chalk sketch of the dome of St Peter's Basilica, believed to be the last work of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo, has been discovered in the Vatican archives. The sketch dates to 1564.

December 24th

V & A treasures at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will host Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum May 20, 2008 – August 17, 2008.

Camelot Project offers Arthurian research sources

The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester is an online research source which includes searchable texts for images, texts, bibliographies and basic information on King Arthur.

Was Leonardo da Vinci an Arab?

Based on a single fingerprint preserved in one of his paintings, scientists have speculated on the ethnicity of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and believe he may have had Arabic heritage.

December 23rd

Known World Academy of the Rapier report and photos

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports on and shares photos from the recent Known World Academy of Rapier which took place in the Kingdom of Northshield November 30-December 2, 2007.

Medieval Islamic cookbook available

A new cookbook, Medieval Cuisine Of The Islamic World: A Concise History With 174 Recipes by: Zaouali, Lilia; Translated by M.B. DeBevoise, has been published by the University Of California Press.

Important English historic site may be sold for preservation reasons

When members of the Northamptonshire County Council bought Chester Farm near Irchester several years ago, they never dreamed they might need to put the historic site up for sale to keep it from falling into disrepair, but now that may be necessary.

Feasting with Chaucer

Just in time for the holidays, Darla Goodroad reports on feasting in the time of Chaucer in an article for Chivalry Sports: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Holiday feasting in Chaucer's Time.