Archive - Aug 2009

August 21st

[DRA] Passage of Arms

House Brandenberg invites you to a Passage of Arms – join us in an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the times of Charny and Du Guesclin, with Men-at-Arms meeting at a certain time and location to test their skills. Thus, the event will begin in the morning and end at sunset and camp will be kept small to emulate a journey environment.

SCAdian finds opportunity in "Napa Valley of mead"

For years, Adam Kittel made mead in his garage before perfecting his product. Now, the Loveland, Colorado SCAdian has opened Bacchus Meadery in "the Napa Valley of mead." Shelley Widhalm of the Loveland Reporter-Herald reports. (photo)

Eastwatch prepares for Pennsic War

In late July, members of the Shire of Eastwatch prepared for Pennsic 38 with a fighter practice/demo at the Fairport Harbor VFW Park. Erich Hiner of the News-Herald (Painesville, Ohio) has the story. (photo)

Castle builders "go medieval" in France

A group of medieval enthusiasts in Burgundy in France are building a castle using only medieval tools and techniques. An MP3 version of the radio story is available to download online.

August 20th

Nice legs!

The latest fashion look for the Spring/Summer 2010 season: Warrior Chic! Armored jeans feature shiny metal plates on the knees, shoulders and elbows.

August 19th

Recession forces Chivalry Sports to move to online-only format

In late July, Chivalry Sports, well known supplier of clothing, armor, and weapons to the SCA and Renaissance Faire communities, closed the doors of its store in Tucson, Arizona for the last time. Phil Villarreal, reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, has the story.

Byzantine angel revealed

Concealed for more than 100 years behind plaster, a mosaic angel dating to the 14th century has been revealed in the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul.

Pennsic XXXVIII A&S and Opening Ceremonies photos online

Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh has posted some wonderful photos taken at Pennsic XXXVIII including pictures of the procession and Opening Ceremonies, which, due to rain, took place in the Barn.

August 18th

4th - 6th century Silla Dynasty armor discovered in Hwango-dong

From paintings, researchers know about the armor worn by Silla Dynasty cavalrymen, but now they will be able to study it first hand. The remains of a set of armor, dating from sometime between the fourth and sixth centuries, has been discovered in an ancient tomb in the Jjoksaem District of Hwango-dong, Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang. (photos, diagrams)

Hawking bell found by teasure hunter in Derbyshire, England

"I have found quite a lot of treasure items over the years and have a few reference books so as soon as I scraped off the mud I knew it was a hawking bell," said metal detectorist Adam Staples last year when he discovered the 500-year-old bell in a Melbourne, England field. "It's a lovely object."

Living the life of luxury at Pennsic 38

THL Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh has posted an album of photos taken at Pennsic 38 featuring "Lifestyles of the Pennsic Rich and Famous." The album, available on Photobucket, offers a tour of the "stately homes" of a number of Pennsic attendees.

August 17th

Tram workers discover skeletons on Leith Walk

Construction workers in Edinburgh, Scotland have discovered the site of a medieval graveyard at the junction of London Road and Elm Row. An archaeological team has been sent in to catalog and remove the remains.

Drachenwalder photos from Pennsic XXXVIII

Aryanhwy of the Kingdom of Drachenwald reports that she has created an album of photos from Pennsic War XXXVIII. The photos are available on her Facebook page.

Cooper's Lake to host Brewfest

Those interested in homebrewing may want to attend Brewfest at Cooper's Lake Campground August 21-23, 2009. The non-SCA event will be a gathering of homebrew enthusiasts to discuss their favorite hobby.

August 16th

10th century Icelandic cowshed discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved cowshed dating to the 10th century on a farm near Keldudalur in Skagafjördur, Iceland.

Ventotene shipwrecks excite world of Roman archaeology

The discovery of the wrecks of five 3rd - 5th century Roman shipwrecks off the coast of the Italian island of Ventotene has excited the world of Roman-era research. "It is like an underwater museum," said one expert.

August 15th

SCA: "An excellent hobby"

Oklahoma couple Isabel Barton and Karl Ludoph (Charles Lydolph and Tracy Garner) enjoy "bringing history to life" in their local SCA group. Steve Biehn, staff writer for the Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Oklahoma) interviewed them recently for a feature story. (photo)

[EAL] A Kid in King Roak’s Court

Come join us for a day of medieval classes and entertainment for kids and parents alike at A Kid in King Roak’s Court a.k.a. The Children’s Event

BrewFest

On August 22, 2009, Fred Brezel will host Brewfest at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, the site of the Pennsic War.

[GLE] Slay the Hydra

Come with us as we celebrate an ancient time. The time of the gods. A time of myth and legend. As we celebrate the mighty civilization of the Mediterranean. Compete in the Greek Olympias. Slay the deadly Hydra to hear your name echoed threw the ages. Win the favor of Zeus by collecting the tokens of the gods. Compete in Gladiator combat to win your freedom.

[LOC] St Catherine's Faire

Come One, Come All, to the beautiful surrounds of Camp Sladdin in the bounteous Barony of Ildhafn as we celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron Saint.

Come prepared for a weekend of tournaments, wars, sumptuous comestibles, arts and sciences classes, market, and divers entertainments.

Their Majesties Gabriel and Constanzia will be in attendance so this promises to be a great

[OUT] Newcomers Festival 2009

As the warm summer breezes give way to the crisp clear days of fall, come join us for a day of all the best of SCA activities and festivities!

Nuns a-plenty

Obsessed with nuns? Looking for good research sources? Or just interested in a good read with ecclesiastical flair? The New Yorker Magaine's Book Bench looks at seven essential books about nuns.

[MID] Melee at Roswell 2009

Pennsic may be over, but there is still plenty of summer fun left! Join us for this weekend of camping at a beautiful site just northeast of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Melee at Roswell has classes, merchants, archery, rapier and armoured combat, thrown weapons, and our famous “potluck picnic” on Saturday night.

[NOR] Coronation of Seigfried & Elizabeth

The Shire of Korsvag is proud to present the Royal Coronation of Seigfried von Kulmbach & Elizabeth of Bright Sands

August 14th

Photos from summer 2009 Drachenwald events

Edricus reports that he has created two albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. Both albums are on Flickr.

Archaeologists search for the tomb of Suleiman I

A team of Hungarian and Turkish experts has begun the search for the tomb of Suleiman I, the Lawgiver, who died in Hungary in 1566.

August 13th

Cooking with the ancients

Looking for ideas for a new appetizers? Try a recipe from the past - way past - with The Philosopher’s Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Greece and Rome for the Modern Cook by Francine Segan.

Photos from the An Tir/West War 2009 posted online

Miyake Nobuhiro reports that he has created several photo sets of the recent An Tir/West War.

BBC Radio 4 presents "Tales Before the Stave"

A thirty-minute podcast from BBC Radio 4 features the story of the Winchester Troper, a seminal musical book created around 1030 CE in Winchester, England.