Archive - 2008

March 4th

New Judith Herrin book offers "Byzantine surprise!"

A jaded den of deceit and treachery is the common perception of the medieval Byzantine Empire, but a new book by Judith Herrin offers a different interpretation, one that includes a rich cultural and religious life. M.M. Bennetts has the review for the Christian Science Monitor.

Gulf Wars armored combat descriptions online

The Kingdom of Ansteorra Marshalate has posted detailed descriptions of various battles to take place at the upcoming Gulf Wars.

March 3rd

Pennsylvania may end "Beer Case Law"

Moderate drinkers at Pennsic take heart. The end of Pennsylvania's beer "case law," which requires purchase of an entire case of beer at a time, may be at hand.

Archaeologists closer to discovering Scottish palace

Medieval texts have called the palace of Kenneth MacAlpine, the first king of a united Scotland, a stone building, but modern researchers believe it would have been wooden. Now recent discoveries lead the experts to think they may be close to zeroing in on the location.

Medieval scandals in three new books

Medieval scandals are the hot reads of the day according to London Times reviwer Nicholas Vincent who reviews three new books dealing with powerful men - and women - of the Middle Ages.

Photos from 2008 Tourney of Ymir

Skorri Einarsson shares photos from the recent Tourney of Ymir in the Kingdom of Atlantia on his SmugMug website.

March 2nd

12th century Cypriot monastery excavated

The excavation of a 12th century Georgian monastery in Paphos, Cyprus is bringing residents of the Mediterranean island and the country of Georgia together, according to reports from the Cyprus Mail. Hope is that the Monastery of Panagia Chrysogialiotissa will become an important archaeological site and tourist attraction.

March 1st

Viking blood common in northwest England

Science Daily reveals that a new study by The University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester and University College London proves that Viking bloodlines are still common in the residents of Northwest England.

Making MEaD at Dartmouth

Taylor Campbell, SCA member and the president of MEaD, the Medieval Enthusiasts at Dartmouth, submitted to an interview by a reporter from the Dartmouth Mirror about life as a medieval reenactor.

Early 17th century Japanese village discovered in Cambodia

Researchers working on a site near Phnom Penh in Cambodia believe they have discovered the remains of a Japanese village dating to the 17th century. Artifacts found include ceramics and kilns.

SCA Equestrians lead the charge in California

Equestrians from the Kingdom of Caid prepared for the Estrella War at a practice near Camarillo, California recently. Sylvie Belmond of the Moorpark Acorn had the story.

February 29th

Time Team finds ancient gate

The BBC's Time Team believe they have discovered the 'Great Gate' of Langthorne Abbey in West Ham, England. The Abbey itself may lie beneath rail lines.

West Kingdom's 12th Night Photos

Aine deLacey shares an album of photographs from the West Kingdom's Twelfth Night celebration.

Shakespeare meets Don McLean

Set down your beverage and celebrate Leap Day by answering the musical question, "What would you get if you crossed William Shakespeare and Don McLean?"

SCA hinders mead's popularity, according to Slate article

Nicholas Day of Slate online magazine discusses the renewed popularity of mead among foodies and others interested in unusual alcoholic beverages, linking it to the current interest in bees and honey. The article quotes mead-maker David Myers who feels that the drink's popularity within the SCA is detrimental to increasing mead's commercial sales.

February 28th

Cloudcroft Renaissance Faire

description:
Mountain forest area 9,000 feet above stress level with large field for all types of combat. Free space for demonstrations and performers. Camping and Ale House. Web: http://skylinecyberworld.com/. Fun for the whole family. Vendors and performer applications taken till April 15th. Location:
13 Miles past Cloudcroft, New Mexico at mile marker 30 near Mayhill. 25 minutes from Alamagordo.

Korean national treasure destroyed by fire

Police in Seoul, Korea believe arson was responsible for the destruction of a 600-year-old gate considered to be Korea's most important national treasure.

Drachenwald Nordmark University IV Photos online

Lia de Thornegge reports that she posted her pictures and "a bit of lovely choral singing" video from the recent Nordmark University event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

February 27th

Trebuchet

Questioning the relevance of your hobby to the real world? Then this comic from XKCD will give you a chuckle.

Viking women had sex appeal

Recent discoveries in a 10th century gravesite in the Russian town of Pskov, Novgorod lead researchers to believe that Viking women dressed more provocatively than previously believed. New research may show that women's garments were open at the front, revealing an underdress with a train in the back.

Patrick Stewart stars in modern Macbeth

A "good and nasty interpretation of Macbeth" starring Patrick Stewart is being performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music through March 22, 2008. Ben Brantley of the New York Times has a review.

Ealdormere Kingdom A&S photos online

THL Eirik Andersen has posted an album of photos from the recent Kingdom A&S event in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Two Ravens website.

February 26th

Arab scientists filled Dark Ages with light

Writing for The Guardian, Jim Al-Khalili sheds light on the contributions of Arab scientists in the Middle Ages.

Aviculture Classes Announced for BBM EKU

Lady Biya, guildmistress of the Company of Medieval Aviculturists, is pleased to announce she will be teaching three classes this year's East Kingdom University at Barony Beyond the Mountain on April 5th.

January Calon Scrolls: Home and Family Life

The January '08 issue of the Calon Scrolls, which is Calontir's quarterly online Arts and Sciences newsletter, is now available for your enjoyment.

Cynaguan Winter Investiture Photos

Lady Aine DeLacey shares her photos from the Cynaguan Winter Investiture, in the West Kingdom.

February 25th

SCA Barbie

The Shire of Ravensweir in An Tir has posted a brilliant "advertisement" for SCA Barbie, a doll who comes with a variety of accessories, friends and equipment.

Domesday Book online

For the first time, those wishing to do research on medieval England online will have access to one of the best resources, William the Conqueror's Domesday Book.

Ansteorra Candlemas photos online

Caelin on Andrede has posted photos from the recent Candlemas 2008 event on Flickr.

February 24th

Pictish stone carvings cleaned up

High-tech laser technology has been used to record and conserve one of the finest collections of Pictish carved stones in Scotland.