Archive - May 2010

May 5th

[ANS] Lady of the Lake

We invite all good gentles to come and celebrate the grace and beauty of our ladies!

Magna Carta to stay longer in New York

New Yorkers and visitors to the city will have an unusual opportunity to see the Magna Carta throughout May at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan.

[NOR] Mermaid's Attacks XVII

Shire of Turm an dem See presents Mermaid's Attacks XVII ; We're Tired of Retreating Plus
Eastern Regional War Practice & Chivalry Invitational June 4th-6th 2010

[DRA] Northern Frankmark Fighter Practice

The Shire of the Two Seas cordially invites all fighters to the next Northern Frankmark Fighter Practice (or NFFP).

[LOC] November Crown 2010

November Crown 2010, Nov 5-7th 2010 hosted by the Barony of Aneala, with aid from Colleges and Southern Shires as offered.

Renaissance Faire

his is the 16th year that Cote du Ciel is hosting a Renaissance Faire to benefit the community center where we have our weekly practices.  This Faire is one of the ways in which we "pay" for our use of the building. This is NOT an SCA event.

[ATL] St. Aiden's Melee College

Heroic warriors, prepare for a day of glory, battle, blood, and fun! The Order of St. Aiden has teamed with the Barony of Storvik, Jewel of Atlantia, to host a day of melees. Bring your band of brothers and test them against the Order of St. Aiden! Classes and authorizations start at 10:00am with combat at 12:30 onward.

Cave scanning project includes Robin Hood dungeon

The dungeon where, according to tradition, the Sheriff of Nottingham held Robin Hood captive is to be laser scanned as part of a new project. Archaeologists at the University of Nottingham will scan all the caves in the area during the two-year Nottingham Caves Survey. 

Medieval tent documentation and construction

Stephen Bloch and Deborah Peters have created a website to discuss the creation and documentation of medieval pavilions. The website, Deborah and Steve's Plausibly Medieval Pavilions, chronicles the pair's construction of medieval tents, as well as sources used for research on period tents.

May 4th

Brighid Og inghean Oneill elevated to Laurel in the Outlands

Monika von Zell reports that on April 3, 2010, Their Majesties Bela and Anna of the Kingdom of the Outlands elevated Brighid Og inghean Oneill to the Order of the Laurel.

Artist inspired by medieval and SCA themes

Canadian artist and SCA member Dani Lachuk shows the influence of the Middle Ages and the Society for Creative Anachronism in her paintings and portraits. Examples of her work are available to view online.

Create your own wax seal

On her blog RageHaus, Kim documents the process of creating a wax seal using a wooden dowel. The how-to guide includes complete descriptions and large photos.

Viking Home Companion hits the road

Hersir Torvaldr Torgarson of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc reports that his Viking Home Companion show will be traveling to a number of locations throughout AEthelmearc and Atlantia during the month of May 2010.

May 3rd

Photos from March Crown Tourney in the West Kingdom

Duchess Megan reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. The photos are available on her Flickr website.

"Long lost language of the Picts" identified

Long thought to be artistic images of hunters and animals, the engravings on the famous Iron Age Pictish Stones are now believed to be the written language of the Pictish people, an ancient language recognized by the Venerable Bede.

"Dante's inferno", a new take on Hell

The marketers of Electronic Arts' videogame Dante's Inferno had an unusual rollout plan: self-protest the game, based on Dante Alighieri's 14th century work, as an evil, anti-Christian entertainment to drum up publicity for the game. Reviewers found Inferno to be less hellish and more of a dud. Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times has the story.

May 2nd

Colosseum display brings Roman arena to life

Ancient gladitorial artifacts, preserved at Pompeii, will share display space with modern reconstructions of plumed helmets and silk tunics for a new exhibit at Rome's Colosseum entitled Gladiatores now through October 2, 2010.

The Battle of 6th Street

Cars drove a little more slowly on 6th Street in Great Falls, Montana, as they goggled at members of the Shire of Stan Wyrm, Kingdom of Artemisia, practicing their armored combat moves. David Sherman of KRTV News has the story. (photos & video)

12th century monastic music found in England

Medieval music specialists are excited by the discovery of a 12th century fragment from a priestly missal found among the papers of the Rutherford family of Knowesouth, England. Experts feel that the rare manuscript will shed light on what is "arguably the central feature of medieval spiritual life."

Modern take on knightly virtues

It's popular in today's world of Twitter and Facebook to believe that the knightly virtues are stuff of history books or fairy tales. The website Chivalry Today thinks otherwise.

May 1st

Youth Arts & Sciences Exhibition at Pennsic War 39

Mistress Safia al-Khansaa', Coordinator of the Known World Pennsic Youth Arts and Sciences Display at Pennsic War 39, invites young SCAdians to participate in the exhibition, and all others to attend.

Robin Hood: the Man, the Myth, the Movies

In a wide-ranging feature article, Stephen Moss discusses the development of the Robin Hood legend, its possible historical bases, and the new film starring Russell Crowe.

Joan of Arc letter online

On November 9, 1429, Joan of Arc dictated a letter addressed to the citizens of Riom, hoping to recruit reinforcements for the Siege of La Charité. A scanned image of her letter, complete with translation, is available on the Letters of Note website.

16th century manuscript centerpiece of Saint Wenceslas exhibit

The Life and Suffering of Saint Wenceslas, a 16th century manuscript, is the centerpiece of a small exhibit of celebrating the life of the Czech Republic's patron saint, Prince Wenceslas, at the National Museum until May 2, 2010.

Robin Hood: "creature of the media"

In October of 2009, Robin Hood fans and foes gathered for the International Association for Robin Hood Studies, a three-day conference at the University of Rochester in New York. The conference "featured a series of events that highlighted Robin Hood’s status as a creature of the media."