Archive - Jul 2009

July 16th

Vatican tomb declared that of St. Paul

Remains discovered in 2006 beneath the Vatican have been declared to belong to St.Paul, according to Pope Benedict. The tomb bore the epigraph Paulo Apostolo Mart (Paul the Apostle and Martyr).

July 15th

Barony of Stromgard demo featured in video

Television station KGW was on hand to videograph members of the Barony of Stromgard as they played musical instruments, repaired armor, and fought tournament combat.

Master Godfrey's photos from Fabric Wars

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels reports that he has created an album of photos from the recent Fabric Wars event in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Connecticut's 5th Century Christian Church

A researcher believes a site in Connecticut is an early Christian church, built by Byzantine monks who fled from North Africa during the 5th Century, in the wake of the Vandal invasions.

July 14th

Blackberries in disguise: Making a girdle book slip-cover

Looking for a way to disguise your modern devices (cellphones, blackberries, etc.)? Consider making a girdle book, a period leather cover used to attach books to a belt. Crispin Sexi (Jaysen Ollerenshaw), offers instructions online on how to make one.

"A sense of magic" in the Province of Mooneschadowe

"The tennis shoes and the duct tape go away and you are in battle," said Cisco Cividanes at a recent demo at the Payne County Expo Center (Stillwater, Oklahoma). "When the shields clash and the arrows fly over your head, you are there." Cividanes spoke with Darka Slipke of the News Press (photo)

Come visit the "SCA Godmother" on Facebook

A web page on Facebook now offers SCA folk help and advice, under the name "SCA Godmother".

July 13th

Rare Anglo-Frisian Solidus coin brings UK£9,000

A rare 9th century Anglo-Frisian Solidus coin found in a field in near Salisbury, England, has brought UK£9,000 at auction. (photo)

Palace of the Khan discovered by satellite

A Russian information satellite may have located the remains of the palace in the the ancient Bulgarian capital of Volga-Kama Bolghar. The city existed from the 7th through 13th centuries, until the empire was overthrown by the advance guard of Genghis Khan's army.

SCA: a good fit "if you like armor and tents"

A hot day at the regatta on the Snake River in Burley, Idaho brought out the usual cheering, beer drinking crowds. This year it even brought out guys in armor as members of the local SCA group presented a demo. Damon Hunzeker of the Times-News has the story. (photo)

July 12th

Axemoor Investiture photos online

Danielle has created an album of photos from Axemoor Investiture which took place last spring in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. The photos are posted on her SmugMug website.

SCA fighting discussed on Tuscaloosa News video

Karl Hamner discusses the SCA in a video produced by Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News. The short film includes a description of armored combat in the Society. (photo)

British mother and son find US$400,000 treasure

Years of metal detecting have paid off for Mary Hannaby and her son, Michael of Hemel Hempstead, England. The two recently discovered a piece of gold, believed to be part of a reliquary or pendant buried four inches below the surface of a field in Hertfordshire.

July 11th

Estrella War positions available

Reynier de Vriere, Estrella Internal Media Deputy reports that deputies are still needed for several Estrella War positions.

"The Middle Ages with penicillin and toilet paper"

"I was a history major in college," said Tom Nadratowski, who also is known as Zygmunt Nadratowski. "I would go to museums as a kid, and I always wanted to be able to touch the exhibits. I wanted my kids to be able to touch history ... so I made a suit of chainmail." Nadratowski, of the Shire of Talonvale (Jackson, Michigan) , spoke to reporter Erik Holladay of the Jackson Citizen Patriot. (photo & video)

Vara Sigurdsdottir elevated to Pelican in Ansteorra

Master Modius von Mergentheim reported in April that, at Defenders of the Rose event, Their Majesties of Ansteorra placed THL Vara Sigurdsdottir on vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Pelican,

July 10th

Local currency vs. the coin of the realm

How did the modern currency system develop? Ann Althouse of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life Inc., discuss the medieval origins of money in a short video from The New York Times.

14th century village discovered in Finland

Archaeologists have found the remains of houses dating to the 14th century in the Espoo district of Mankby, Finland. The discovery has excited the archaeological community, since late medieval villages are a rare discovery in the country.

Before "Ye Olde Wal-Mart": Okeborne Keep Shire demo in Meridies

The citizens of Northport, Alabama were promised a day of "blacksmithing, baking and armored men sword-fighting" recently as members of the Okeborne Keep Shire of the Society for Creative Anachronism came to town. Brian Reynolds of the Tuscaloosa News has the story.

July 9th

Tips and tools for tablet weavers

Those interested in tablet or card weaving will want to visit Guntram's Tabletweaving Page, a website which provides pattern design tips and tools and links to articles on tablet weaving.

2000 year anniversary of Battle of Teutoburg Forest to be celebrated

Tourists in western Germany who have an interest in history may want to seek out the site of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, or Varusschlacht, as it is called in German, a 1st century epic fight between an alliance of Germanic tribes and Roman legions. The site is located near Osnabrueck.

"One of the most important early medieval sites in Wales" threatened by development

The discovery of a tiny sword stud beneath a shop in Monmouth, Wales has archaeologists excited - and worried. The stud has led to the discovery of evidence of a 10th century Anglo Saxon settlement in the area, a discovery now threatened by commercial development.

[DRA] Brot,Wurst and Horseredish I

The Shires Aventiure and Bärennau invite you to Brot,Wurst and Horseradish I.

Attend this Weekend with Games and War and fight with your own fabulist skills ! Fight for one side : Horseredish tasty or not !

July 8th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for July 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous offers new articles and updates to Stefan's Florilegium for July 2009.

[MER] Universitatis Meridies

Universitatis Meridies July 17-19, 2009 Georgia Southwestern State University - 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive Americus, Georgia 31709

[DRA] Störtebeker's Sons - The Revenge

The Shire of Two Seas invites the noble Ladies and Gentlemen of Drachenwald to a weekend with pirates and merchants, fighting and feasting and a lot of fun to take part in!

Last year, the reckless pirates took the prize, but this year the angered merchants prepare to strike back.

Fox-Davies now free online

A staple reference book for SCA heraldry is now available for free download. A Handbook to English Heraldry by Fox-Davies can now be accessed on GoogleBooks.

[GLE] Barbarian Brawl

The Incipient Canton of Southtower Presents Barbarian Brawl July 24, 25, and 26, 2009

[MID] Middle Kingdom 40th Year Celebration

The Incipient Barony of Ayreton presents Middle Kingdom 40th Year Celebration Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd – 4th, 2009 A celebration of the History and Legends of the Midrealm

Photos from Bardic Roundhouse online

Robin McCauley has created an album of photos from Bardic Roundhouse which took place June 26-28, 2009 in the Shire of Eastwatch (Middle Kingdom).