Archive - 2010

December 8th

Medieval jewelry and ornamentation discussed on website

On his website Dress, Jewels, Arms and Coat of Arms: Material Culture and Self-Representation in the Late Middle Ages, Gerhard Jaritz has posted a manual of basic information on medieval jewelry and ornamentation.

December 7th

Estrella Special Events Deadline / A&S Categories information

Katrina von Rosenberg, the Special Events Coordinator for Estrella War XXVII and THL Raven Mayne, Atenveldt Minister of Arts & Sciences, have posted information about the upcoming War.

Tomb of medieval warrior found in Russia

Archaeologists have found the tomb of a 14th century soldier in the Adygeya region of Russia. The body was found with a saber and arrows along with other ornate grave goods.

Byward Angel scanned by medical imaging technique

A team of researchers is using Optical Coherence Tomography, a medical imaging technique, to study the Byward Angel, a well-preserved wall mural in the medieval section of the Tower of London. Expert believe the painting dates to the late 14th century. (video)

December 6th

Viking potter finds market in the SCA

British potter Kate Phillips wanted to go to art school. Instead she became a nurse. Now, nearly 50 years later, Phillips has found her muse in hand-thrown Viking pottery, which she often sells at SCA events.

Roman soldier tweets hopes and fears for school kids

If they had had them, the Romans would have used them -- cell phones, that is. Now a group of British schoolchildren will have the chance to follow the "hopes, fears and experiences of a fictional 26-year-old Roman soldier called Marcus" on Twitter.

Modern Humours Yahoo Group

Mistress Christianna MacGrain reports on the formation of the Modern Humours Yahoo Group, a discussion forum "open to all persons interested in historical reenactment while dealing with food sensitivities."

December 5th

Study of 1510 pandemic may help modern researchers

A new study of the 1510 influenza pandemic by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases may help modern doctors plan for preventing, controlling and treating such diseases.

"Last Judgment" models found in Turkish bathhouses?

The writhing, muscular figures in Michelangelo's Last Judgment fresco in the Sistine Chapel may have been inspired by men encountered by the artist in Rome's gay brothels and bathhouses according to Elena Lazzarini, whose new book Nudity, art and decorum: aesthetic changes in the art of the 16th century explores the theory. (photo)

Viking necklace found in cave a mystery

Archaeologists are puzzled over the spring 2010 discovery of a rare 9th century Viking necklace consisting of "71 glass beads covered with gold foil." The necklace was discovered during an excavation of Glencurran Cave in the Burren National Park. (photo)

December 4th

Headless gladiator mystery continues

Archaeologists are still debating the meaning of the burial of 46 decapitated men in a Roman cemetery in northern England. The remains, most of which originiated from far-flung localities, were buried with honor in a prestigious cemetery.

Medieval religious building reflects modern conflict

In the 8th century, the caliphs of Cordoba, Spain constructed the magnificent great mosque. After their conquest, 13th century Christians rechristened the building a cathedral. Now the two cultures have begun to clash again over tourist signs.

SCAdian couple shows off skills to Fort Morgan Times

Martha Monsson's talents include knitting, chrocheting, spinning, and weaving. Equally impressive is her collection of histric textile tools, ranging from 19th century spinning wheels to an authentic Roman distaff.

December 3rd

Photos from Caid's Coronation and Queens Champion online

Kitta reports that a large album of photos from Caid Coronation and Queen's Champion are now available to view online. The photos were taken by Earl, and are available on SmugMug.

SCA "bad citizen" opens coffee shop in Missouri

SCA member Mark Abbott is a bad citizen, at least according to a Hallsville, Missouri Alderman, when the local lawyer applied for a permit to open a bar in town. Jodie Jackson Jr. of the Columbia Daily Tribune has the story.

History of spectacles

Corrective lenses have a long history. Glasses filled with water and gems were used by Romans in the 1st century, while the Chinese developed spectacles in the 13th. In an article for the Telegraph, Victoria Ward looks at the history of eyeglasses.

December 2nd

[OUT] Crossroads 2011

The Year: 1241, during the reign of King Bela IV of Hungary. The Place: The cities of Buda and Pest, on the banks of the Danube. The Theme: The Europeans vs. the Mongols. The Feast: A wonderful Hungarian repast provided by the Caerthan Cook's Guild.

Harry Potter flies into the classroom

With Quidditch teams forming on college campuses, it was only a matter of time before Harry Potter entered the classroom. This year, universities in the United States and England are offering a variety of classes based on the popular series.

SCA Membership Fees to Increase

The SCA Board of Directors has announced changes to membership fees beginning January 1, 2011.

Newly discovered photographs shed light on Sutton Hoo excavation

A box of 400 photographs of the 1939 Sutton Hoo excavation has recently been found, hiding in storage at the Sutton Hoo Visitors Centre. The photographs were taken by two school teachers who seemed to have unlimited access to the site.

Tudor labyrinth revealed by Luftwaffe photo

In 1944, a Luftwaffe cameraman photographed a ruined house in Northamptonshire, but what was revealed in the photo was much more important. The house was surrounded by an elaborate garden containing a Tudor labyrinth, a symbol of the owner's Catholic faith. (photo)

December 1st

Chaucer entertains at Utah dinner theater

The knight, the pardoner, the miller and the wife of Bath all made appearances recently when ren faire enthusiast Phil Tomassian presented the Canterbury Tales as dinner theater at his Murray Theater, Utah Dinner Show. Austen Diamond of the Salt Lake City Weekly has the review.

Child finds medieval gold in England

A 4-year old using a metal detector with his father has unearthed as 16th century gold pendant which depicts the Virgin Mary and other Christian symbols.

Rare Norman castle to receive tourism boost

Residents of Doncaster, England hope that improvements to Conisbrough Castle, one of the few Norman castles left in the country, will attract more tourists to the area. To that end, they have been awarded UK£60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

November 30th

The massacre of St Brice’s Day

Experts believe they have solved the puzzle of the mass Viking grave discovered in 2008 beneath St John’s College, St Giles, England: Ethnic cleansing.

Insert Tab A into Slot B

Anyone who has tried to assemble a piece of furniture from Ikea or Wal-Mart knows that describing the instruction manual as "medieval" is far too kind. However, a researcher at the University of Warwick in England thinks medieval builders had a superior system for conveying construction information on everything from Gothic churches to Tudor houses.

Armor and calligraphy tutorials online

The Age of Armour website offers detailed tutorials on how to make a variety of historically-inspired armor pieces, and a couple of Gothic font designs.

November 29th

Knit Your Bit for WWII vets

The Knit Your Bit knitting program was established by the National World War II Museum to provide warm, handmade scarves for WWII veterans in veterans homes across the country. All needleworkers are encouraged to participate.

Some Assembly Required: SCA Gifts to Make and Give

Good Afternoon. Although it has been several years since I was last able to write a Links List, I am giving it a go one more time. Hopefully my system will remain safe and deadly bug-free this time around. I have missed my readers, and hope the feeling is mutual.

"Horrible Histories" on YouTube

What happens when Monty Python meets music video? Dame TSivia of the Kingdom of Ealdormere shares links for hysterical video clips from the BBC Horrible Histories available to view on YouTube.