Archive - Jul 2010

July 5th

El Niño may have caused famine in medieval Europe

A new study by a team of scientists from the University of Miami finds that El Niño and La Niña may have caused cooling in the central Pacific, leading to drought in medieval Europe.

Lucia Piazetta elevated to Laurel in Ansterorra

Iago reports that at the Kingdom of Ansteorra's Elfsea Defender, HL Lucia Piazetta was placed on vigil by Their Majesties Jean Paul and Gilyan.

Teen Party at Pennsic XXXIX

Baroness Leonete D'Angely reports that there will be a Pennsic Teen Party at the East Kingdom Royal Encampment Monday, August 9, 2010 from 7:00-11:00 p.m.

July 4th

Real Vikings eat fish for breakfast

Refr Fiachson of the Kingdom of An Tir knows how Vikings eat, and he shares his knowledge of Norse cooking on his blog, The Viking Food Guy - Recreating the food and drink of the Viking Age (and others).

Northern Oaken War Manuevers photos online

Baroness Milesent of the Cleftlands reports that two albums of photos by photographer Allen Clark from the recent Northern Oaken War Manuevers in the Midrealm are available to view online.

Bloggers diss "fugly medieval"

The blog Go Fug Yourself, allows garb critics to vent about "fugly" medieval and Renaissance costuming they have found online.

July 3rd

Cooking like a Viking

Daniel Serra, a PhD student in archaeology studying Viking age food culture, has created a blog, Eldrimner - a blog about medieval and viking age food, on which he shares his experiences with cooking at a Norse historical village.

Shakespeare thief goes to trial

A book dealer is on trial in England for stealing a valueble first edition foilio of Shakepeare's plays. The book, which was stolen from Durham University, dates to 1623 and once belonged to Bishop of Durham John Cosi.

"Living the Dream" at Baronial Border War

Jon Szerlag of the Ionia Sentinel-Standard (Ionia, Michigan) got an up-close and personal view of the SCA when he attended the recent Baronial Border War XXVII at Bertha Brock Park. Szerlag's article and video are available online. (video)

Living with volcanoes

Inspired by his plane's detour to avoid the Icelandic ash cloud, historian David Cannadine looks at ways that volcanoes have affected human life throughout history.

July 2nd

Sothebys to auction manuscripts and miniatures

Sothebys Auction House in London is auctioning a collection of manuscripts and miniatures July 10, 2010. A catalogue of the collection is available to view online. (photos)

Fabric War Melee immortalized in video

Godfrey von Rheinfels has posted a video of the climatic Fabric War Melee, which took place in the Barony of Sun Dragon, Kingdom of Atenveldt, on June 19th, 2010.

Geek accused of boffer terror at G20 in Toronto

Brian Barrett of the fantasy role-playing group Amtgard was on the way to an event bearing the tools of his trade - boffer swords, nerf arrows, and homemade armor - when he was waylaid by authorities enforcing security at the G20 conference. Police searched him at gunpoint and confiscated his armor, weapons, and shields.

A&S in the SCA: "a labor of love"

Those who strive to make beautiful and practical items in the SCA often refer to their projects as "labors of love." So said Lady Asha Vati at the recent A&S Collegium held in the Barony of Mons Tonitrus. Jacon Petersen of the Sierra Vista (AZ) Herald/Review has the story. (photos)

Medieval church carvings give hints about ancient animals

Turkish researchers have completed a survey of the animals depicted on the walls of the Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

July 1st

[NOR] Youth Get A Castle, The Adults Get A Tent

Caer Anterth Mawr's Youth Event The Youth Get A Castle, The Adults Get A Tent! Oct 15th to 17th, 2010

Sixteenth Century Courtly Dancing Seminar

Margaret Roe will be presenting a two-day dance seminar, July 10-11 at Loriella Park in Fredericksburg, Virginia, focusing on courtly dancing in sixteenth-century Europe.

[DRA] Nibelungen War XII

In memory of this great story of the “Nibelungenlied,” the Shire of Meadowmarsh invites you to the twelfth Nibelungen war.

[ANT] Dragon’s Down

The Shire of Fire Mountain Keep invites one and all to join us at Dragon’s Down! Compete in the Shire Championship Heavy and Rapier Tourneys. There will be an Archery Tournament for adults and children as well competitions in Brewing /Vinting, and Siege Cooking.

[ATL] Sacred Stone's Baronial Birthday

Sacred Stone's Baronial Birthday August 27-29, 2010 Kings Mountain State Park, SC

Coppertree Challenge photos online

The folks from the Sleepy Unicorn report that photos from Coppertree Challenge: Battle on the Border 2010 are now available to view on their website. The event took place recently in the kingdom of AEthelmearc.

[WES] Mad Science Madness

It's westermark Madness!- it's time for fun!

[ANS] Laurels' Prize

Join us among the towering trees of Ft Hood's BLORA for Laurels' Prize, an opportunity for the Artisans of Ansteorra to display their works and discuss them with the Laurels of our Stellar Kingdom.

[ANT] Stranded Mermaid

The Beautiful Stranded Mermaid invites you to a family fun event with great competitions for all.  We shall have A&S for young and old, heavy combat, archery, and of course bardic.

[ANT] Fibers and Fletching

Do you want to work on your archery? Perhaps you want to learn a new fiber art? Or maybe work on your fighting or cooking skills. Come to the Canton of Bearwood's Fibers and Fletching, where there will be workshops and classes on Fibers, Fletching, Food, and of course, Fighting. Come work on your draw arm, embroidering with style, cook up a storm, or just have fun beating upon one another!

[NOR] Mad Dogs and Englishmen

The Shire of Border Downs presents Mad Dogs and Englishmen, August 20-21, 2010.

13th century heraldic badge found in Coventry

A copper badge bearing three heraldic lions has been found in a stone wall in Coventry, England. The badge probably came from a horse harness.

Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball in Los Angeles

The worlds of Faerie and Renaissance Venice collide July 16-17, 2010 at the Labyrinth of Jareth XIII Fantasy Masquerade Ball. The event will be held at the Park plaza in Los Angeles, CA.