Archive - 2009

October 25th

[WES] Barony of Selviergard's Yule

The Barony of Selviergard invites you celebrate the joyous season of Yule in the Baron's favorite hunting lodge! Bring your devices and banners to display them proudly. There will be plenty of contests and activities, including the 7th annual Rock, Paper, Scissors contest to decide the Lord and Lady of Misrule! The prize is a haute couture hat designed by Heleyne and the winners gets sit at High Table for Feast!

Freer Gallery of Art acquires 13th century Japanese tea jar

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art has acquired a rare 13th-14th century tea jar "widely revered as an icon of Japanese tea culture." The jar, originally made in China, has been used to store tea for over five centuries. (photo)

[DRA] November Nights

The Shire of Polderslot is proud to announce its 20th anniversary. What better way to spend the chilly autumn evenings on such a joyous occasion then with reminiscing old times and filling the evening with stories of days gone by? Therefore we would like to invite you all to come and join us for these November Nights. Our cooks will prepare a glorious feast, inspired by the traditional Polderslot recipes of times of yore.

Photos of Midrealm's Vikings Come Home event online

Cathryn of Chester has created an album of photos from the Vikings Come Home event which took place September 9, 2009 in the Barony of Donnershafen (Kalaseum, Kalkaska, MI). The album is posted on Flickr.

October 24th

Mona Lisa: After hours....

It's quiet in the Louvre at night... too quiet. What does Mona Lisa -- she of the enigmatic smile -- do to pass the time? Piffie the Puffin has the answer.

G.I. Joe goes regimental

Have you ever wanted to learn to wrap a great kilt? Or... do you have a G.I. Joe action figure in need of Scottish garb? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you'll want to visit the Fabrics of Time and Space website for a tutorial.

Empire of Medieval Pursuits offers discussion opportunities on medieval topics

The website and discussion forum, Empire of Medieval Pursuits, offers opportunities for those interested in the Middle Ages to share their interests in the "realities, myths, and legends of the Ancient to Medieval world."

Malcolm and Tessa to return to AEthelmearc Thrones

Alaxandair reports that Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn defeated Sir Magnus Tindal in the finals of the October 17, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. (photos)

October 23rd

[GLE] Samhain 2009

Late in the fall of the year the final battle for control of the Barony of Grey Niche will be fought.The armies of the Cross will meet the armies of the Crescent on the field of battle on during the last weekend of the 10th month of the year.

Minnesota professor to receive grant for medieval globalization research

University of Minnesota professor Susan Noakes has received a US$70,000 grant for two years for a project entitled “Globalization of the Middle Ages.” The research will be funded by the university's Imagine Fund.

Photos from AEthelmearc's Siege of Harlech Castle online

Byron and Ariella have created several albums of photos taken at the Siege of Harlech Castle, held in spring of 2009 in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

Hear Shakespeare's music online

The cast album for the recent production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, starring Audra McDonald and Anne Hathaway, is available to hear online.

Scholars hope to give John Dee a make-over

For centuries, John Dee, royal wizard to Queen Elizabeth I, has gotten a bad rap. Now a group of scholars wants to restore his image by showcasing his accomplishments. The group met in September, 2009 in Cambridge for a two-day conference.

October 22nd

Decapitated skeletons may have been Viking raiders

New studies of the recent discovery of 51 decapitated skeletons found in an old quarry at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth, England, may show that the young men were captured Viking raiders who were executed and buried in a mass grave.

Combat (and more) in Peace Park

SCA members from the Kingdom of Calontir spent the afternoon of October 17 at Peace Park, on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri. Dan Brenner of the Columbia Missourian was on hand to chronicle their armoured fighting and the more peaceful scribal crafts.

Tournament of the Phoenix to draw international jousters

For the third straight year, jousters from around the world will gather for the Tournament of the Phoenix, a weekend-long event to be held October 23-25, 2009 in Poway California. The event is being held in conjunction with the Festival of History, a living history event featuring re-enactors from Roman times to the Renaissance.

7th Century Anglo-Saxon Jewelry Remain in Northumberland

An Anglo-Saxon Royal treasure will remain in the North East part of England after a cash donation allowed its purchase.

October 21st

Amateur treasure hunter finds 'seven figure' haul of Anglo-Saxon gold

The largest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found has been discovered by a metal detector enthusiast on farmland in Staffordshire, it was revealed recently.

Duct tape holding up Canterbury Cathedral

How can you tell when the economic crisis has reached epic proportions in great Britain? When the marble pillars of Canterbury Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican Church and site of the murder of St. Thomas a Becket, are being held together with duct tape.

Building It Medieval-The Ozark Medieval Fortress in Arkansas

Most of us have dreamed of building a castle, but these people are actually doing it. Starting in the spring of 2010 the Ozark Medieval Fortress is open.

October 20th

Bosphorus tunnel project creates "Indiana Jones-type" archaeological dig

When construction workers for Istanbul's overwhelmed subway system opened up a tunnel running under the Bosphorus Strait, they expected to begin a process to relieve the traffic congestion. Instead, they uncovered the lost Byzantine port of Theodosius, complete with "an ancient armada: 34 Byzantine ships ranging from dating between the 7th and 11th centuries AD."

Roman skeleton really Goth

The 5th century skeleton of a man, discovered in 1972 in Gloucester, England, has been identified as a Goth, originating from east of the Danube River. Experts feel that the man was most likely a Roman soldier.

Pictures from Northshield Fall 2009 Crown Tourney

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield's Kingdom Chronicler, reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament. The album has been posted on the Northshield Gallery.

October 19th

Two elevated to Pelican at Riverwar

Cateline la broderesse shares photos from Riverwar, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The event saw the elevation of Mistress Jehannine de Flandres Janine and Master Ryan Mac Faoitigh (Ryan McWhyte) to the Order of the Pelican.

Dazzling, dizzying Lyon

Nestled between the Rhône and the Saône rivers in east-central France, the city of Lyon offers visitors 2,000 years of history. Tourists are encouraged to visit by Andrea Bolitho in a recent blog forFrance Today.

2009 Drachenwald Fall Crown Tourney photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos taken by Lia de Thornegge from the 2009 Drachenwald Fall Crown Tourney and posted it on the Two Ravens website.

October 18th

US Army construction site unearths Roman settlement

A team of archaeologists from Mainz University have discovered what they believe is a 3rd century Roman settlement near Wiesbaden, Germany. The site was found during excavations for a new US$133 million Army Corps of Engineers housing project.

Viking combat expert to speak in Syracuse area

William Short, SCA member and author of the book Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques, will speak at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY, on, October 29, 2009. The presentation will include a discussion of Viking fighting techniques and weapons.

October 17th

Sir Radagaisus Vidigoia Balthi Victorious in Middle Kingdom Crown Tourney

Sir Radagaisus (Rutgur) Vidigoia Balthi has proven victorious in the Middle Kingdom Fall Crown Tournament. Prince Radagaisus fought for the honor of his lady, Baroness Ceinwen ferch Elidir O'Denbigh.

Sir Tom Tinntinnabulum victorious in Northshield Crown Tournament

Adeliz reports that Tom Tinntinnabulum, inspired by Sigrid de la Mare, was the winner of the October 10, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.