Archive - Mar 2011

March 6th

Children's author Brian Jacques dies in England

The animal residents of Redwall Abbey are in mourning over the death of their creator, Brian Jacques, who died of a heart attack in Liverpool, England at the age of 71. Jacques wrote 21 novels in the Redwall series.

Viking/Iron Age shoe tutorial

On the Earth & Living blog, "Body Therapist and Former Art Student," Therese offers a tutorial for making a pair of Viking/Iron Age shoes.

Medieval siege in Cairo?

The recent political protests in Egypt have brought together strange bedfellows, some of whom must have included engineers, according to photographer David Degner, who caught a group of protesters using a siege engine.

March 5th

Early Byzantine church discovered in Israel

Israeli archaeologists are excited over the discovery of a 6th century Byzantine church in the desert southwest of Jerusalem. The small basilica features "exquisitely decorated" mosaic floors.

Putting a literary foot forward

Knitters looking for a cool project - or readers looking for warm feet - will want to take a look at a sock pattern by Gryphon Perkins featuring "a reproduction of the introductory text in the oldest surviving manuscript of Beowulf." (photo)

March 4th

[ANT] Honor War 2011

Honor War 2011 is April 15-17th...is your calendar marked yet? If not, please consider attending this event with the folk of Lyonsmarche in Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho.

[EAS] Feste de l'Investiture XI

The Barony of Havre des Glaces is happy to celebrate its XIth anniversary with all the populace of the Kingdom and of the Crown Principality of Tir Mara.

[ATE] Aurora's Feast

The College of Sankt Vladimir sends greetings and warmth to the populace of Atenveldt. Our College is happy to invite the whole Kingdom of the Sun to join us in celebration and memory. This year is the 10th anniversary of Aurora's Feast. While we started with heavy hearts we now gather to remember and celebrate the glory of life.

[ATL] Roxbury Arts and Sciences Collegium

Shake off winter doldrums and come to a day of classes!

SCAtoday.net adds anti-spam measure to account creation

With regret for the inconvenience, we have added an extra approval step to account creation in order to combat increasingly aggressive spam attempts. This affects only new accounts, not existing ones.

[WES] Fantastic Fairytale Fete VIII

My Lords and Ladies, join us as we celebrate the eighth annual Fantastic Fairytale Fete.

[MER] Northern Regional War Practice

Northern Regional War Practice. Hosted by the Shire of Easaraigh

East Kingdom Kings and Queens Arts & Sciences Champions photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Kings and Queens Arts and Sciences Champions which took place February 5, 2011 in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

[MID] Three Saints and the Coronation of Arch and Runa

Three Saints and the Coronation of Arch and Runa, Constellation Regional Arts & Sciences Competition, Kingdom War Practice April 16, 2011 8:30 am - 11:00 pm

Taking to the veil

Many women in the SCA report that they have trouble wearing a veil or making it look authentic. On her website Virtue Ventures, Cynthia du Pré Argent (Cynthia Virtue) offers instruction on how "to look really nice in a veil."

The SCA as part of the gaming revolution

In an article for PRI radio program The Best of Our Knowledge, the SCA is included in a discussion of gaming as a worldwide phenonmenon. Tom Chatfield, the author of Fun Inc., Why Gaming Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century.

March 3rd

Step back in time to Birka

When archaeologists excavated the Viking village of Birka near Stockholm, Sweden, they never imagined that filmmakers Mikael Agaton and Lars Rengfelt would make it possible to walk through the town as it was in the Middle Ages.

Cornish pasty wins E.U. protection

The ubiquitous Cornish pasty - a tough filled pastry with its roots in the middle ages - has been given official protection under the European Comission. It now has "protected geographical indication" status.

March 2nd

Constructing a Scottish arisaid

Looking for a female equivalent to the male Scottish kilt? Consider the arisaid, a patterned, wrapped garment worn by women. The website eHow includes instructions for constructing an arisaid.

Young Viking raiders bring shock and awww to English town

In honor of the 26th annual York Viking Festival, local school children have put on their Viking gear and invaded the festival, spreading fear and cuteness throughout the land.

"Roman Town" allows children to experience archaeology through a computer game

Suzi Wilczynski knows what it is like to work on a dig in the hot Israeli sun. Now she has used her experience to create an adventure computer game aimed at children which allows them to learn about the Romans and the life of an archaeologist.

March 1st

Celtic warfare

While most authors concentrate on the structured battles and armored knights of medieval Europe, Katherine Simms, in Warfare in the Medieval Gaelic Lordships, looks small, private wars in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and at less formal combat methods.

Russian icons at Boston museum

Lady Zabava reports that the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts will present a "stunning, major exhibition of 37 paintings and artifacts from Moscow’s Andrey Rublev Museum—most never shown before in the U.S—" from now until July 25, 2011.

English and Scots squabble over William Wallace letter

In 1300, William Wallace was purportedly given a safe conduct letter from King Philip IV of France to visit the Pope. The letter was confiscated when Wallace was captured by the English and has remained in their hands since. Now the Scottish government wants the note back.

Pennsic XL University instructor registration open

Lady Helena Sibylla, Chancellor for the Pennsic University, reports that registration for instructors for the Pennsic XL University is now open.