Archive - Jun 2010

June 6th

Face of a 14th century knight revealed

State-of-the-art technology has been used to reconstruct the face of a medieval knight whose skeleton was discovered beneath Stirling Castle in Scotland. (photo)

West Kingdom Crown Tourney videos online

Aeschine reports that she has posted a number of videos from the March 2010 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of the West. The videos are available on YouTube.

June 5th

Medici collection sculpture to be sold

An antiquity once owned by Lorenzo de Medici will go on sale at Sotheby's June 11. 'Il Magnifico' laid claim to Three Satrys Fighting a Serpent shortly after its excavation in 1489.

Library of Congress explores the origins of medieval coastal maps

The Library of Congress recently played host to "Re-Examining the Portolan Chart: History, Navigation and Science.", an academic conference dedicated to the history and origins of medieval coastal maps.

"Treasure" badge likely belonged to Richard III's retainer

A silver-gilt boar badge representing Richard III and found last year at Bosworth Field has been declared treasure. The badge probably belonged to a member of the king's inner circle and may indicate the spot where he fell.

Katherine Kerr to enter Order of the Laurel in Lochac

Their Majesties Bran and Lilya of the Kingdom of Lochac have placed Mistress Katherine Kerr on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

“Nothing beats a friend like a foam sword”

“We’re out to kill our friends, not hurt them,” said Phillip Gossman at a recent gathering of Dagorhir fighters in Warrensburg, Missouri. Matthew Steingraber of the Sedalia Democrat visited the event and has the story. (photos)

Caid Spring 2010 event photos online

Fausta reports that she has created two albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Caid. The photos chronicle Voyagers' May Day and Heatherwyne Anniversary.

June 4th

Medieval glass at Corning Museum

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning. NY will present Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants from May 15, 2010 through January 2, 2011 in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery.

[DRA] Feohte of Broders

The wind from the east has brought ships from our brother principality in the north and with them comes war to Insulae Draconis. Nordmark now tries to invade ID; the Prince will not allow this to go unanswered. The Prince calls all warriors to make ready and rally to defend ID!

Pictures from Hawkwood Birthday/Investiture online

Mistress Rhiannon ui Neill reports that she has created an album of photos from Hawkwood's Birthday and Baronial Investiture which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia. The photos are available on Flickr.

[DRA] Ffair Rhaglen VI

The Shire of Mynydd Gwyn is pleased to host one of the premier events in Insulae Draconis: come to fight, fence, shoot and dance to your heart's delight, on the grounds of a 15th century Welsh Borders castle.

[AET] Southern Regional Muster

To prepare more for the coming war, The Southern Regional Army will again meet in the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands to prepare our army for it's duty. We invite all fighters to our Summer Fighting Site at the intersection of Washington Blvd and Allegheny River Blvd.

Can Botticelli make you high?

A plant in Botticelli's Venus and Mars resembles the hallucinogen Datura stramonium. Blogger Jonathan Jones speculates that the artist intended the painting to affect the viewer like taking a love potion.

July 2010 Quarterly Meeting Announcement

Leslie Luther-Fulton reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism will hold its Third Quarter Meeting on July 17, 2010 in Indianapolis IN.

The Middle Ages' favorite corn chip

Filmmaker, actor, and student at the University of Hertfordshire, Josh Bower recently submitted his own version of snacking in the Middle Ages in an online Doritos ad contest. (video)

June 3rd

"Living history and experimental archaeology" in Tuscaloosa, AL

Residents of Tuscaloosa, Alabama got a taste of the Middle Ages recently at a demo sponsored by the Shire of Okeborne Keep, where they learned about combat, pottery and blacksmithing. Brian Reynolds of the Tuscaloosa News has the story. (video)

East Kingdom Crown Tourney pictures

Marion del Okes has created an album of photos from the May 8, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on Flickr.

Music of Trimaris on CD

Vivat! Trimaris, Volumes 1 and 2, bring together the bards of the Kingdom of Trimaris in an effort to "preserve the rich musical culture of the Current Middle Ages." Both albums are available to purchase or download from CDbaby.

Murals and icons from St. Nikita's Monastery online

Professor Michael J. Fuller has created a website featuring murals and iconography from Saint Nikita's Monastery, an 11th century Macedonian church rebuilt in the 13th century by the Serbian King Milutin.

Spanish pilgrim shrine blesses the Holy and the Digital

Don't have time to visit the shrine of Santiago de Compostela? Log in instead. "Armchair pilgrims" who cannot make the journey themselves now have the opportunity to light an electronic candle -- for a fee -- through a third-party website.

June 2nd

Would-be thieves find "clone of Stone of Scone" not a workable plan

In a caper worthy of Donald E. Westlake, a group of robbers carried out a careful plan to swap a 500-pound replica Stone of Destiny for the one in Scone Palace, Perthshire, only to discover they had stolen -- a replica.

Medieval Sock Wars at West/AnTir War

This year's West/AnTir War will feature a unique competition: Medieval Sock War, a contest to create knee-length, SCA period style stockingsduring the event.

Ullr Amaranthson winner of Midrealm Crown Tourney

His Grace Duke Palymar of the Middle Kingdom reports that Jarl Ullr Amaranthson was the winner of the May 30, 2010 Midrealm Crown Tournament. Jarl Ullr was inspired by Countess Annelyse van Gavere.

Computer science project uses new tech in service of ancient art

Computer scientists at the University of Kentucky will turn their attention to a pair of medieval manuscripts this summer.

June 1st

Viking clothing bright and provocative says Swedish expert

Historical films and fiction have always depicted the Norse as dour fellows, dressed in earthtones and furs, but new evidence seems to show otherwise.

"Uneasy Lies The Head" hits bookstores

S. P, Hendrick, in the SCA Morgaine from the Kingdom of Caid, has announced the release of her book Uneasy Lies the Head by Pendraig Publishing.

Topic suggestions for Renaissance Magazine stories sought

Tamara Nicolai, a freelance writer who contributes an ongoing column about the SCA to Renaissance Magazine, is asking SCA members for suggestions of topics for upcoming columns.