Archive - Apr 2008

April 30th

French Templar tomb found

The remains of a Templar knight have been discovered in a tomb near Rennes-le-Chateau, France along with a cache of gold and coins. The mummified body wore the still-recognizable shroud of the order. (video)

Syr Deotrich laureled in the Outlands

Mistress Leonora, Vicar of Unser Hafen, reports that Their Majesties Alrik and Slaine of the Kingdom of the Outlands offered Syr Deotrich elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

10th century Temple of Lord Vishnu discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a 10th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the village of Hathigan near Purva Khas in Karchana, India. "With the invaders having destroyed temples during the time, it is indeed rare that a beautifully carved plinth (from the temple) is still existing," said Dr DP Dubey of Allahabad University's Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology.

AEthelmearc Coronation photos online

Barbary Rose of Endless Hills has posted an album of photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc on her Flickr account.

April 29th

Best medieval movies?

The List Universe blog offers an annotated list of the "9 Great Historically Accurate Medieval Movies," some of which may be unfamiliar to most casual film buffs.

Estrella War XXV date change

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity for Estrella War XXV, has announced a date change for the War.

“Illuminating the Medieval Hunt” at the Morgan Library

Karen Rosenberg of the New York Times reviews an exhibit of medieval manuscripts depicting the art of the hunt at the Morgan Library & Museum. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the museum's copy of Le Livre de la Chasse, a lavishly-illuminated volume depicting hunt scenes.(photos)

Ansteorra Crown Tourney photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that an album of photos from the recent Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Ansteorra taken by himself and his Lady Pyro are now available to view online.

April 28th

Canada's Red Bay Project proves Basque whalers visited Labrador in the 16th century

A new report by the Canadian government gives a detailed picture of Basque whaling and shipbuilding in 16th century Red Bay, Labrador. The report discusses artifacts discovered on the San Juan, a galeon sunk in 1565 and recently excavated.

Photos and video from the Coronation of Sinclair and Kari

Lidia has posted a video from the recent Coronation of Sinclair and Kari in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Royal Mint introduces heraldic coin designs

A new series of British coins will feature the heraldry of the monarch. Each coin in the six-coin set will feature an aspect of the coat of arms with the £1 piece depicting the complete shield.

West Kingdom scholar wins Fulbright Scholarship

Pachomius Oneshoe reports that West Kingdom resident Lady Gabriela D'Avila (Mary Curtis) has won a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study in Spain.

April 27th

Tibetan Arms and Armor at Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will host Tibetan Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection through fall 2009 in the Arms and Armor Galleries, 1st floor, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gallery.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for April 2008

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for April 2008.

Denmark and Cyprus pay tribute to 12th century king

The countries of Denmark and Cyprus recently banded together to honor a 12th century Danish king who died on the island during the First Crusade.

Thief rips off 288 pages from Scottish Catholic Archives

A man posing as a student was caught stealing pages from archives in London. He admitted that he stole them from the Catholic Church in Edinburgh as well.

April 26th

Cod bones tell tales

"Fish heads, fish heads..." A recent study of European cod bones shows that "cod were exploited in the Middle Ages from many, often distant, fishing grounds, with an international trade in dried stockfish." The fish were much larger in medieval times, and began to began to be traded around the year 1000 C.E.

[EAL] Rapier War College

Rapier War College (Where fencers learn melee fighting skills)

Saturday May 3, 2008

Scholar's Hall
888 Trillium Dr.
Kitchener, Ontario

9:30 Doors Open, coffee & snacks
10:00 In class session
11:30 Pizza Lunch
12:30 Armour up & fence
~6:00 Doors close

Autocrats: Sir Edward the Red and Countess Rylyn Buchanan Mark and Beth Patchett Location:
Canton of Bryniau Twywnnog (Kitchener, Ontario)

[ART] Venture the Silk Road

Merchants, soldiers, horsemen, princesses, monks, courtesans, artists and thieves alike had to survive during their travels across this ancient route. Many adventures were had and many tales were told. If your persona was to make the journey, how would you dress, hunt for your meals and tell your story? In other words, how would your persona live daily life while on caravan?

Their Excellencies invite you to display and demonstrate your Location:
Barony of Arnhold (Mountain Home, Idaho)

[AET] War College

The Shire of Misty Highlands is proud to host a day long of martial activities at AEthelmearc War College on June 7, 2008 at Mason Dixon Park, 61 Buckeye Road, Core, WV 26529. There will be pick-up fights and authorizations starting in the morning, with classes beginning at noon. Battles in the afternoon till all are satisfied or ready to partake in the delicious feast prepared by Don Anias Finn ( Please make reservations early, as feast is limited to 48. Location:
Shire of Misty Highlands (Core, West Virginia)

[OUT] Baronesses Gambit

The great Baroness of Caerthe, Mary of Blackthorn has spent this long, cold winter dreaming of the great fighters of her realm. She sent a missive to the beautiful Baroness of Dragonsspine, Lydia of the Pines, to challenge her to a chess match at the first thaw. At the behest of their Excellencies, fighters will meet on the chessboard of battle to support their most excellent Baronesses. Each move on the chessboard by the baronesses will be fought on the tourney field by their fighters. Location:
Barony of Caerthe (Franktown, Colorado)

[ATL] Sapphire Joust IX

Please join us as we bid warm welcome to the incoming Baron and Baroness of Caer Mear. We will be celebrating throughout the weekend with a display of Gules and Azure about your person in anyway you feel might enrich the occasion for all. For most, this means clothing in a heraldic fashion, but we welcome all dsiplays of the Mighty Blue and Red.

Site: Tom Scott Park, 8740 Otterburn Road, Amelia, VA 23002 Location:
Barony of Caer Mear (Amelia, Virginia)

[ART] Kingdom Arts and Sciences

Good Gentles, please join Their Majesties and the assembled nobility in Loch Salann on May 3rd for the Kingdom Arts and Sciences competition.

The Champion Competition will be a minimum of 5 items and a maximum of 7 entries in 3 different grand categories. The score for all entries will be totaled and divided by the number of entries to give the "average" score. The artisan with the highest average score will be declared champion. All entries MUST have documentation to be judged in the competition. Further competition information will be posted on this website, or you may contact Baroness Casamira, the Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences, directly. Location:
Barony of Loch Salann (South Salt Lake, Utah)

Book lust!

Readers, librarians, lovers of the book, cast your eyes upon this website which features wonderfully alluring photos of books and libraries. A feast for any bookworm!

SCA Board seeks comments on proposed Society Web Minister change

Patrick Anderson, President of the SCA, Inc., has announced that the Board of Directors is considering a change to Corpora related to the office of Society Web Minister.

Momote Shiki: Japanese Archery Ritual

Those interested in medieval Japanese archery will want to take a look at the OhmyNews website which has a feature on Momote Shiki: Japanese Archery Ritual including photos and a film clip.

April 25th

10th century gold and glass ring found in Yorkshire

A gold ring with a glass setting found by metal detector Colin Ashton near Wetherby, Yorkshire, has been declared treasure. The ring dates to the 10th century. (photo)

SAAD photos online

Antonio Felluci reports that he has posted an album of photos from a slightly wet Southern Atlantia Archery Day.

Calontir Crown Combatants announced

Their Majesties Anton and Isabeau of the Kingdom of Calontir have announced the list of combatants in Their upcoming Crown Tournament. The list has been posted on the Kingdom website.

AEthelmearc Crown Combatants announced

Her Excellency Countess Caryl, Seneschal of the Kingdom of AEthlemearc, has announced the list of fighters who will be competing in the upcoming Crown Tournament.