Archive - May 19, 2009

Tulips brought to Europe by the Turks

New research by experts at the University of Cordoba and the School of Arabic Studies seems to indicate that the first tulips in Europe were brought to Islamic Spain by way of Byzantium. The bulbs could then have been brought to Holland, where they became the country's symbol.

How to use your heraldry

Once you have registered your arms in the SCA, what should you do with them? Herald Coblaith Muimnech took this concept as a challenge and researched "50 ways to use your arms." He hopes to inspire others to use their heraldry more freely.

Peacock and pomegranates subject of Byzantine painting

An archaeological team working near Salqin, Syria have discovered a large painting dating to the Byzantine era. The work depicts a large peacock (a symbol of the early church), two pomegranates, a small bird and olive trees. (photo)

Sleeping like a king in your camp

Planning on sleeping in style this camping season? The Greydragon Furniture website offers illustrations of period beds as well as plans to build a rope bed.