Archive - 2010

December 24th

Helena von Eltz elevated to Laurel in Drachenwald

Judith de Northumbria reports that Their Majesties UlfR and Caoimhe of the Kingdom of Drachenwald have chosen to offer Helena von Eltz entry into the Order of the Laurel.

Stunning Afghan treasures to go on display in England

Over 200 objects, including a 1st century 'collapsible' gold crown, on loan from the National Museum of Afghanistan, will go on display for the first time at the British Museum. The traveling exhibit, Afghanistan: Crossroads Of The Ancient World, will be in London March 3 to July 3 2011. (photos)

December 23rd

Photos from Alphonso X online

Matilda reports that she has created a small album of photos from Alphonso X, an event which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Literary and historical treasures of Cambridge on the web

Alisoun in the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, Cambridge University, and Stanford University have teamed up to bring an important collection of early English manuscripts and historical documents to the internet.

Baronial tournament wins praise in Okinawa

In October, 2010, members of the Barony of the Far West met in the Stronghold of Battle Rock (Okinawa) to witness the tournament which would determine their new Baron and Baroness. Regie Cantu of Stars and Stripes Okinawa has the story. (photos)

Feast of the Pheasant celebrated in podcast

The Harmonia Early Music website has posted a podcast of a program regarding the 15th century Feast of the Pheasant, a lavish banquet intended to kickoff a crusade against the Turks in Constantinople. The program features entertainment at the banquet.

December 22nd

French manuscripts at Getty Center through January 2011

Now through February 6, 2011, the Getty Center will offer visitors a trip to France's medieval past by hosting Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500, a manuscript exhibition describing "how these lavish books contributed to the development of French art and the French nation."

Knights Templar in London subject of new book

The 13th century Temple in London, the headquarters of the Knights Templar in the city, is a round church, but it has also served as a bank and document storage facility. Christopher Howse of the Telegraph looks at a new book on the Templars, The Temple Church in London.

Author reappraises the use of torture in the Middle Ages

"All brutality aside, the criminal law of the day was also concerned with the salvation of the convicted criminal," writes German legal scholar Wolfgang Schild in his new book Purification Through Pain: A Fresh Look at Torture in the Middle Ages.

Tom Wujec explains the astrolabe

The modern meets the medieval when software designer Tom Wujec explains the astrolabe. The video is available to view on the blog Ted Talks. (video)

December 21st

100 Minutes War photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from 100 Minutes War, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

SCA Announce: No attachments in comments

Leslie Luther-Fulton, EA SCA, Inc., requests that those wishing to send comments to the Board of Directors should refrain from using attachments in email.

Stonework sheetwall process

Anyone interested in creating a stonework look for sheetwall should visit a gallery of photos by Isabelle Le Charpentier.

Looted Viking hoard recovered in Sweden

Swedish authorities have recovered over 1,000 silver coins illegally excavated in Gotland. The coins were part of a hoard of over 2,000 coins from the 11th century of Danish, German, and English origin.

December 20th

Sir Vitus Polonius calls the Popular Company of Sojourners to fight under Drachenwald's banner at Estrella

Unto All those members of the Popular Company of Sojourners, and eke those members of the Ancient and Honourable Principality Company of Sojourners, From Prince Vitus of Drachenwald, Greeting.

Yule Toy Tourney 2010 Pictures online

Antonio Felluci reports that he has created an album of photos from the recent Yule Toy Tourney in the Canton of Saint Georges. The photos are available on the Psaltery Dreams website.

3D imaging of Nottingham's caves

Laser imaging has been used to create 3D models of the cave system beneath Nottingham, England. The study includes views of the "Robin Hood" caves beneath the city's castle. (photos)

Vivat to HG Alaric of Bangor, Drachenwald's newest companion of the Laurel

At Yule Ball in the first week of December, their Majesties Ulfr and Caoimhe called their noble Order of the Laurel to attend them, and seek out the next suitable candidate to be invited to vigil.

December 19th

Maps from Piri Reis to Katip Çelebi' at Vatican

An exhibition of maps from the Ottoman Empire will be on display at the Vatican this winter. The Ottoman Worldview from Piri Reis to Katip Çelebi', a traveling exhibit, was created in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Katip Çelebi'.

Bronzino portraits at the heart of first solo exhibition

For the first time, 16th century Florentine artist Agnolo Bronzino will be the subject of a monograph exhibition of his paintings. The exhibit will take place at Palazzo Strozzi and will include 80 pieces from more than 40 collections.

Genetic links may show Vikings brought Americans to Iceland

According to new research, Viking explorers brought a Native American woman to Iceland in the 11th century, an act borne out by evidence of Native American genes in 80 modern Icelanders. Results of the study by Spain's Centre for Scientific Research will be published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

December 18th

15th century apprentices leave their marks on nunnery walls

A plaster wall in the former St. Katherina Church near Langerwehe, Germany, bears the pictographic signatures of 15th century workers during a building renovation. (photos)

Stonehenge bluestones moved with aid of ball bearings?

A new study suggests that the massive "bluestones" at Stonehenge may have been moved into place with the help of ball bearings.

Chinese settlement may show evidence of lost Roman army.

In the 1990's, archaeologists were surprised to discover evidence of early western settlers in a remote town in China's Yongchang County on the edge of the Gobi desert, including a Roman style fort and nearby residents with blonde hair and green eyes.

December 17th

Hidden Treasures at Wisconsin museum

From December 18, 2010 through February 27, 2011, the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin will present Hidden Treasures: Illuminated Manuscripts from Midwestern Collections, an exhibition of "rarely seen ornate handmade books from university libraries, museums, and private collections in seven states."

Isabelle Le Charpentier's photos from Danelaw Feast

Isabelle Le Charpentier, of the Kingdom of Atenveldt, reports that she has created an album of photos from Danelaw Feast, a non-SCA event, which took place recently in Arizona. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Papers and artifacts of Richard II found by National Portrait Gallery archivist

Krzysztof Adamiec, the assistant archivist at the National Portrait Gallery, was given the assignment of cataloguing the papers of the Gallery’s first Director Sir George Scharf when he discovered something amazing: fragments and artifacts from the tomb of King Richard II.

Cúchulainn film in production

The Celtic gods will get their day when the story of Cúchulainn, Ireland's greatest warrior, comes to movie theaters. The film will be part of a "multi-platform project planned to include a documentary series, stage show, educational programming and graphic novel."

December 16th

Chicago Swordplay Guild on the march

The 2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago included more than just the usual festive floats and marching bands. This year the Chicago Swordplay Guild, a live steel fighting organization, took part. WGN Television offers a video clip of their participation.

Three to be elevated in Northshield

Baron Maol Mhichil mac Ghiolla Pheadair reports that at Their Stellar University of Northshield session, held in the Barony of Nordskogen, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne have placed three of Their citizens on vigil to contemplate elevation to peerages.