Archive - 2010

February 5th

The Lions Road podcast due to return in March

Dan Christensen, the creator and one of the hosts of the podcast "The Lions Road", has stated in a blog post on Sonnetoptics that he intends to resurrect the "The Lions Road" and start posting again in March 2010.

February 4th

Helicopter crash claims SCA member

Tragedy struck the Fresno office of the California Department of Fish and Game January 5, 2010 when a helicopter carrying three of the office's four wildlife specialists clipped a power line and crashed, killing the three men and their pilot. Among the three was SCA member Tom Stolberg, known in the Current Middle Ages as Thomas of St. Brendans.

[CAL] Clothier's Seminar XXV

Clothier's Seminar XXV Hosted by Cúm an Iolair Feb. 6, 2010

[OUT] Feast of Fools

Feast of Fools Hosted by the Barony of Dragonsspine March 27, 2010

Viewers challenged to "Name that movie!"

The SyFy Channel is offering viewers a chance to name a film set in the Middle Ages. The winner will receive an "amateur filmmaking kit," including camera, computer and software.

[ANT] Carnival Feast and Masquerade Ball

To all! A heartfelt invitation to join Fire Mountain Keep for this years: Carnival Feast and Masquerade Ball  February 20, 2010  Shire of Fire Mountain Keep Napavine, WA

[MER] Meridian Maneuvers

The Shire of Ravenwood presents: Meridian Maneuvers February 26-28 2010 Camp Okitayakani Hwy 82 Shellman Ga. 39886

[WES] Fantastic Fairytale Fete

The Shire of Pavlok Gorod (Kodiak, Alaska) is pleased to announce the seventh annual Fantastic Fairytale Fete!

Nikolaos Demetriou Offered Pelican in Outlands

On the 30th of January 2010, Their Majesties of the Outlands traveled to the Barony of Unser Hafen for the annual Winter Oasis, a middle eastern themed dancing event. During Their court King Bela and Queen Anna called Nikolaos Demetriou ho Toxhotes forward and offered him admittance to the Order of the Pelican.

February 3rd

Sun Dragon War Practice photos online

Christmas Martin reports that she has created an album of photos from War Practice in Sun Dragon which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. The photos have been posted on Flickr.

Mona Lisa suffered from high cholesterol

Vito Franco of the University of Palermo thinks Mona Lisa is sick, that is, she suffered from "worryingly high levels of cholesterol." Franco bases his observations on a "xanthelasma – a subcutaneous accumulation of cholesterol – in the hollow of the Mona Lisa's left eye, and a tell-tale lipoma, a fatty tissue tumour, on one hand."

Aleksandr Yaroslavovich Vyetcikov placed on vigil in Calontir

Juelda reports that Syr Aleksandr Yaroslavovich Vyetcikov has been invited into the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties of Calontir.

February 2nd

1602 map shows China at the center of the world

In 1602, when he created the first Chinese map to name the Americas, Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit missionary living in Bejing. His map is currently on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. (photo)

Pennsic War 39 brings schedule change for merchants

Merchants will open a day earlier, and close a day earlier, at this year's Pennsic War than they have in years past.

February 1st

Pictures from Nordskogen's 12th Night

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Chronicler of the Kingdom of Northshield, shares photos and memories from the recent Twelfth Night celebration.

European museum tour photo albums online

Shadow has posted several albums of photos taken during a recent European trip featuring closeups of artifacts in various museums. The photos are available on her SmugMug website.

January 31st

Atlantian 12th Night photos online

Isolda Jourdan reports that she has created an album of photos from the Atlantian 12th Night which took place January 9, 2010 in the Canton of Falconcree. The photos have been posted on PicasaWeb.

New book looks at four months in the life of Anne Boleyn

The Lady in the Tower, a new book by Tudor scholar Alison Weir, looks at the last four months in the life of Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn. Janet Maslin of the New York Times has the review.

Diane de Poitiers, victim of own vanity?

Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henry II of France, was known for her youthful looks, which kept the interest of the king, twenty years her junior, but did her vanity and desperation lead to her death? Experts believe they did.

January 30th

SCA armor subject of Judge Judy show

A dispute over loaned  SCA armor was the subject of a recent Judge Judy television show.

January 29th

300 early medieval graves found near Paris

Archaeologists working in Noisy-le-Grand, a suburb of Paris, have discovered two burial grounds dating to Merovingian and Carolingian times. The site is believed to contain more than 300 graves.

The history of skiing

In an article for the physorg.com website, Traci Thomas looks at the origins of skiing, from the swift Norse god Ullr to its depiction in an 11th century Swedish rune stone.

Position Available: Society Chronicler

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Chronicler. The current Society Chronicler’s warrant ends in August 2010. In order to ensure a smooth transition, applications for the position of Society Chronicler are now being accepted.

January 28th

Last chance for a classic!

As of Feburary 1, 2010, for a limited time only, the third edition of the Known World Handbook is available for only US$10!

[ATE] Estrella War XXVI

Estrella War is a week-long, annual event hosted by the Kingdom of Atenveldt, one of 19 Kingdoms (regional chapters) of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a not-for-profit educational organization that studies western European history by recreating the "best" pastimes and crafts of the Middle Ages.

Strength of medieval women verified by bone study

Recent analysis of skeletons from Wharram Percy, a village on the Yorkshire Wolds, shows that the thick bones of the medieval women demonstrated a life of hard labor which built up their strength.

January 27th

Was Shakespeare a "secret Catholic?"

What did Shakespeare do during the "lost years?" Father Andrew Headon, the vice-rector of the Venerable English College in Rome believes the playwright spent the years in the Eternal City and was a "secret Catholic."

13th century cross may have served as Christian advertisement

A 13th century stone cross, once thought to be a gatepost in Dartmoor, England, may have served as a signpost for parishoners to attend church, according to Win Scutt of City College Plymouth. The cross was constructed from a two-meter long block of granite.

January 26th

Lochac Kingdom Twelfth Night photos online

Maeve shares an album of photos from the recent 12th Night Investiture 2010 in the Kingdom of Lochac. The photos are available on her Flickr website.

Robin Hood movie scheduled to premiere in May 2010

The latest film version of the Robin Hood saga is scheduled to debut in theaters May 14, 2010. The film is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.