Archive - Nov 2010

November 21st

Medieval stained glass: the light of God

Writer and science teacher Andy Connelly finds inspiration in the stained glass of medieval cathedral. He discusses the science of stained glass in an article for The Guardian.

Ognissanti Crucifix determined a genuine Giotto

For centuries, a 14th century, painted cross, housed at the Ognissanti church in Florence, was considered to have been produced in a workshop, but prolonged restoration efforts have proven that the five-metre-high cross is a genuine Giotto. (photo)

Wedding site of Pocahontas and John Rolfe located

Experts believe they have discovered the site of the church where Pocahontas married tobacco farmer John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia in 1614.

Inner courtyard discovered at Wakehurst Place

Excavations at Wakehurst Place, home of the Kew country garden in West Sussex, England, have revealed the existence of an Elizabethan-era south wing which would have completed an enclosed courtyard.

November 20th

"Impressive" Roman finds hold up clinic construction in Scotland

Residents of Musselburgh, Scotland may have to wait a little longer for their health care while city officials and archaeologists decide how to proceed with the excavation of "human remains, the bones of horses and weapons and culinary tools" dating to the Roman era.

Tall al-Shir dig reveals centuries of construction

Workers at the Tall al-Shir archaeological dig in Syria have so far uncovered three layers of history dating back to the Roman and Greek eras. A recent find including walls from the late Byzantine period.

Bird interrupts restoration of medieval bird house

Reconstruction of Sharlston Dovecote, a 14th century medieval pigeon house, is being planned around the property's resident barn owl. The owl likes to shelter there in the summer, so construction work will only proceed in the winter months.

V&A adds YouTube channel

The Victoria and Albert Museum has created a serious of videos on their YouTube channel entitled Reflections on Medieval & Renaissance Objects.

November 19th

Nonesuch painting to be auctioned

No trace of Henry VIII's Nonesuch Palace remains except a rare 16th century watercolor by Joris Hoefnagel, and now that is to be auctioned by Christies. The watercolor is expected to bring as much as 1.2 million UK pounds (US$1.9 million).

Modern world heraldy in Canada

Canadians who wish to own their own official heraldry may apply directly through the Canadian government rather than going through the British heraldy offices.

November 18th

Havordh Ættarbani victor of Gleann Abhann Fall 2010 Crown Tourney

Egil reports that Sir Havordh Ættarbani was the winner of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. Havordh was inspired by Morgana.

Dunster cobblestones "extremely dangerous”

Once part of the Luttrell family estate, the village of Dunster, England could lose its medieval cobbled streets due to injuries caused by the cobbles' poor condition.

Duncan and Larissa new Heirs to Trimaris

Séaghdha mac Roibeaird reports that Earl Duncan Arthur Ross the Black and Duchess Larissa Alwynn Clarewoode are the new Heirs to the Throne of the Kingdom of Trimaris.

Designing with Duct Tape

Scotch® Tough Duct Tape has teamed up with Instructables.com for the Duct Tape Tough Contest, a challenge to create a project for Instructables involving duct tape in some way. Contest deadline is November 28, 2010.

November 17th

[ART] Twilight in Valhalla

By special arrangement with the Gods, the Shire of Castelleone Nuovo invites you to attend "Twilight in Valhalla."

[EAL] Kingdom 12th Night

Please join us for a day of fun and revelry! There will be outdoor games, indoor games, dancing, singing, feasting, and merriment for all. There will be skating, skiing and snowshoeing possible. Please bring your own equipment.

[TRI] Road to Bethlehem

Join the Barony of Oldenfeld, Friday, December 10 at 5:00pm - December 12 at 11:00am at  Camp Indian Springs, 2387 Bloxham Cut-Off Road., Crawfordville, FL

[WES] Twelfth Night Coronation 2010

West Kingdom Twelfth Night and Coronation January 7, 8, and 9, 2011 Golden Rivers (Sacramento CA)

[EAS] Duello 2010

With winter approaching and the victory of the Pennsic War safely in hand, we must not sit idle and let newly acquired or honed skills atrophy! One of the main tools that led to our victories in the field was the ability of our commanders and experienced fighters to strategize. We must also recognize the important contribution of the many new combatants who helped us win the rapier war points.

[AET] Baronial Twelfth Night

The Twelfth Night Celebration for the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands is soon to come! Many hands are working together to make this Twelfth Night full of fun and merriment.

[CAI] Lyldenholt/Lyondemere Yule

As winter is closing in, two great baronies come together at the crossroads between their lands to celebrate the Yule season. There stands a sturdy inn to shelter friends and distant travelers alike. Hearty foods, games, and delightful entertainment will fill our hearts with joy. Welcome, one and all.

[ANT] An Tir 12th Night

An Tir 12th Night January 07, 2011 to January 09, 2011 - Adiantum Eugene, OR

[DRA] Yuletide University X

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, yet again winter draws nigh and the shire of Glen Rathlin is once more hosting Yuletide University. Could anybody that is willing to teach please contact the autocrat.

[ANS] Wiesenfeuer's Yule Revel

The time for CHOCOLATE, I mean The Barony of Wiesenfeuer's annual Yule Revel is just around the corner, being Saturday December, 4, 2010 at camp DaKaNi in Oklahoma City, OK. This will be our Barony's twentieth anniversary and we want to make it uniquely special.

Want to see medieval relics? Try Niagara Falls.

Known for weddings and a monumental waterfall, Niagara, New York also boasts one of the largest collections of Catholic relics in the United States.

Feminist Guinevere on Hulu

Guinevere, the 1994 retelling of the Arthurian legend with a feminist twist, is now available to download and view on Hulu.

Rock star treatment for a Renaissance mural

An elaborately painted 16th century chapel damaged during the Second World War is being restored not with paint but with light.

November 16th

Craftsmen produce giant medieval carpet made of flowers

Craftsmen in Belgium have created Tapis de Fleurs, the world’s largest carpet of flowers. Flower carpets have been made in Belgium since 1971 in order to promote Belgium's flower industry.

Review of the new Known World Handbook

Mistress Emma de Fetherstan, of the Kingdom of Ansteorra, offers a review of the new edition of the Known World Handbook, available through the SCA Stock Clerk.

Mona Lisa's childhood home discovered

Did the enigmatic smile of da Vinci's Mona Lisa hide sad memories of an impoverished childhood? A video clip from Discovery News looks at the childhood home of the famous model.