Archive - 2009

December 15th

Mural shows that Koreans visited 7th century Uzbekistan

A mural, discovered in 1965 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, may prove that envoys from Korea visited the country in the 7th century. A replica of the original mural, now destroyed, is on display at the National Museum of Korea.

Helga Ball comes to Estrella War XXVI

Estrella War XXVI will feature a new activity: Helga Ball, a ladies-only full-contact sport based on a Viking game. Rules for the game are available on the Estrella War XXVI website.

"1415: Henry V's Year of Glory" shows new Henry V

For centuries, Englishmen have revered King Henry V as "the greatest man that ever ruled England,” but 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory, a new book by Ian Mortimer gives a new view of the king. Dominic Sandbrook of The Telegraph has a review.

December 14th

15th century vervel may have royal connection

A 15th century vervel, used to connect leather jesses attached to a hawk's legs to the bird's block, with a possible royal connection, has been found in Eaton Bray, England. (photo)

Shakespeare's New Place to be excavated

Archaeologists in Stratford-upon-Avon are preparing to excavate the New Place, the remains of Shakespeare's last home.

SCA folk march in 2009 Fayetteville Rotary Christmas Parade

At 11:00 a.m., 12 December 2009, Members of the Canton of Attillium and the Barony of Windmaster's Hill participated in the 2009 Christmas Rotary Parade. This year two horses complete with armored riders, barding, lance and shield were introduced.

December 13th

Elizabeth I and Dudley miniatures fetch UK£72,000

A pair of miniatures, painted by Nicholas Hilliard, and depicting Elizabeth I and her favorite, Robert Dudley, were auctioned recently for UK£72,000. The portraits were believed to have been painted around 1575. (photo)

Pictish throne marks beginning of early Scottish research project

A throne, commissioned by distillers Glenmorangie and National Museums Scotland, and patterned after stone designs by the ancient picts, has become the symbol of a new research project to study Scotland's early history (photo)

Jesus studied with the Druids, according to new film

Gordon Strachan, a minister for the Church of Scotland, believes Jesus may have visited England and studied with the Druids at Glastonbury. His research is featured in a new film, And Did Those Feet.

December 12th

Medieval Jewish books focus of Bodleian Library exhibit

From December 8, 2009 to May 3, 2010, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University will host Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures, "which tells the story of how Jews, Christians and Muslims have together contributed to the development of the book as an object of great cultural importance."

Northern Toys for Tots Pictures

Lord Domin d'Alsace has created an album of photos from Toys for Tots and posted them on Flickr. The event took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Give an SCA gift for the holidays

The Stock Clerk for the Society for Creative Anachronism reports that gift certificates, which can be used for SCA publications, are available from the SCA, Inc.

December 11th

Pre-registration open for Gulf Wars XIX

Master Gottfried von Koln, Lead Autocrat-Gulf Wars XIX, has announced that registration is now open for Gulf Wars XIX

Ealdormere Fall 2009 Crown Tournament photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos from the Fall 2009 Crown Tournament which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

[EAS] East Kingdom Twelfth Night

Their wise and gracious Majesties Konrad and Brenwen, King and Queen of the East, recognize that when the winter solstice has passed in the land of the Northern Star, the snows will deepen, the winds will howl like wolves and the populace burdened with the hardship of winter will be in sore need of some good cheer.

[AET] AEthelmearc Kingdom 12th Night

As the holiday season culminates in a final celebration, the Barony of Thescorre invites one and all to the Kingdom Twelfth Night Celebration, Saturday January 9th, AS XLIV (2010 CE) at the St. Mary Autocephalous Orthodox Ukrainian Church Hall, 3176 Saint Paul Blvd, Rochester, NY 14617

Same-sex marriage in the Middle Ages

Historians believe they have evidence of same-sex marriage in late antiquity and early Middle Ages. One piece of evidence is a monastic icon depicting the marriage of two male saints with Jesus officiating. (photo)

December 10th

[ANS] Guardian of the Gauntlet and Yule Revel

The Barony of Bryn Gwlad, the Shire of Ffynnon Gath, and the Incipient Stronghold of Hellsgate present Guardian of the Gauntlet and Yule Revel December 12, 2009

[ART] Bronzehelm 12th Night

January 9, 2010, Bronzehelm will be hosting it's Birthday Party.

[MER] Barony of the Southdowns 12th Night

The Barony of the Southdowns invites you to attend an afternoon/evening of social celebration. Bring out your POMP and dress in your finest for our annual 12th Night Celebration. Display your heraldry and help us decorate the hall with your banners. Come enjoy the Games, Dancing and general Merry Making!!!

"Lost Fort" discusses use of siege engines in fiction

Author Gabriele Campbell has created The Lost Fort, a blog designed to discuss historical fiction, especially of the medieval era. One page is devoted to the discussion of using trebuchets in historical fiction.

[DRA] Medieval foodstuffs shopping

On Saturday, January 23, 2010, Meisterinne Stella Seraphine, sometime of Leuchtenberg, shall be teaching a hands-on class on shopping for medieval foodstuffs in the modern world.

[EAS] A Celebration of Squamifer's Fortune

Join us this day in our quest to find the Heart of the Court. Inspiration, Love, Chivalry, Courtesy, Honor, and Passion all reside in the heart of the Dragon. We will celebrate not only those ideals we hold dear, but also the happy occasion of the Anniversary of our Baronial Investiture.

[ATL] Sagas Of The Stone

Welcome Friends! The Halls of Middlegate have much to offer you on this winter’s day. We wish to fill the hall with sounds of “Sagas” new and old. Step inside and get a cup of cider, and a bite to eat. There will be dancing and songs, and stories to pass the time. Competition of skill for warrior and artisan alike.

[ANT] Spring Grand Ithra

Yes, it's still winter, but it's not too early to think about Spring!

[CAL] Queen's Prize Tourney

Please come and enjoy with us on this day that honors our benevolent Queen and Her artisans as we display what amazing talent our populace has to offer to our kingdom.

[OUT] Plattefordham 12th Night

Please come and join the Shire of Plattefordham (Casper, Wyoming) for a delectable feast and celebration on January 9, 2010, in honor of 12th night at St Stephens Episcopal Church.

Pictures and videos from Midrealm's Bardic Madness

Northshield Kingdom Chronicler Viscountess Elashava bas Riva shares photos and video from Bardic Madness, an event which took place recently in the Shire of Eastwatch, Barony of the Cleftlands in the Midrealm.

[LOC] Festival of Birds

The Lionheart Company Presents: The Festival of Birds St Valentine's Day Tourney and Feast: Saturday 13 February 2010

[ATL] Ymir XXXV

Their Excellencies Girard and Guenievre and the Barony of Windmasters' Hill invite you to join us the weekend of February 12-14, 2010 for Ymir XXXV at the Betsy Jeff Penn 4H Center in Reidsville, NC. We hope you will mark your calendar and plan on being a part of our Barony's Annual Celebration of the Great Frost Giant!