Archive - Feb 2012

February 16th

Cynehild Cynesigesdohtor invited to Laurel in Oertha

Kara, Queen of the West, has announced that She and her Lord King Uther have offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Their subject Cynehild Cynesigesdohtor. The announcement was made at the January West Kingdom Coronation.

Shipwrecks reveal lives of medieval Swedes

Experts from the Swedish Maritime Museum are thrilled by the discovery of five shipwrecks dating to the 16th through 18th centuries, found during a quay renovation in central Stockholm. The ships, some measuring 20 meters (66 feet), are in good condition.

New botany rules jetison Latin

New rules, approved by the International Botanical Congress in July, will no longer require Latin descriptions of new species for publication in online academic journals and books. The change will be implemented to "speed up the process of officially recognizing new plant species."

February 15th

Grant awarded to search for Viking "court circle" in Sherwood Forest

Several years ago, the Friends of Thynghowe, an amateur history group, was instrumental in discovering a Viking Thing in England's Sherwood Forest. Now the group has received a grant to search a wider area.

Errata sheet available for new Known World Handbook

The SCA Inc. has released an errata sheet, available for free download, for the fourth edition of the Known World Handbook.

Historians use tree rings to find old buildings in Wales

A building being used as a cow shed in Wales may date to the 1300s, making it the oldest domestic building in Wales. The date is being determined by studying the tree rings in the roof rafters.

No White Glove Treatment at British Library

The British Library nixes the “requirement” that white gloves are necessary in order to handle historical manuscripts, saying that it is “in fact a modern phenomenon, and one that has little scientific basis.” Gloves can actually be a detriment to manuscripts, they claim.

Roman mosaic corridor to go on display in Gloucestershire

Victorian excavations at the site of the Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, England led to some surprises, including a 35m (115ft) long Roman mosaic floor, "one of the longest in-situ corridor mosaics in the country." Soon the mosaic will be displayed for the public. (photo)

February 14th

Iarlles Branwen ferch Rhael made Peer in Calontir

Lord Miklos Farma, Anser Pursuivant to the Barony of the Lonely Tower in the Kingdom of Calontir, reports that Iarlles Branwen ferch Rhael has been elevated to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Ostwald and Kaye.

Merchant shares memories of An Tir Twelfth Night

On her Rural Revolution blog, merchant Patrice Lewis discusses  - and shares photos from - her recent attendance at An Tir 12th Night in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Patrice and husband Don sold handmade tankards from a "pushcart."

SCA: “4H for Medieval Enthusiasts”

Caylie Sadin, a reporter for NewCity, "Chicago’s only locally owned and operated cultural weekly," recently spent a day at Twelfth Night, an SA event in the Middle Kingdom. Her observations and interviews with SCA members are recorded in a January 27, 2012 article.

February 13th

Soldiers, medieval and modern, in Kildeen, Texas

The Kildeen Daily Herald visited members of the Stronghold of Hellsgate as they displayed their fighting skills, armor, and other aspects of the SCA.

Henry VIII Decapitated...in Painting

Why was Henry VIII’s face replaced in the painting “Field of the Cloth of Gold”?  The facial image of him on horseback is not the original, and theories abound as to why he was “decapitated”.

Phantom Time Hypothesis wipes out 300 years of the Dark Ages

The debate among historians of the Middle Ages over the years 600–900 CE has come to a boil with the Phantom Time Hypothesis (PTH), a chronological theory that contends that the 300-year period was created by Holy Roman Emperor Otto III.

February 12th

SoulPad tents offer alternative to pavilions

Looking for an alternative to the large, traditional medieval pavilion? Ckeck out SoulPad, a company which provides "a sturdy type of tent whose walls are held up by a single central pole."

Historical Japanese mathematics website online

The National Diet Library of Japan has created a website for the study of Wasan, the mathematics that developed in Japan before the Edo period with text written by Mr. Sato Ken’ichi, Associate Professor, University of Electro-Communications, and Orita Hiroharu, Library Counsellor of the National Diet Library.

Erotic Tudor love poem discovered in West Virginia library

English gentlewomen of Tudor times, especially, married Catholic women to Protestant scholars, were not supposed to pen love poems to men, but this did not deter Lady Elizabeth Dacre, whose work was recently discovered in a 16th century copy of Chaucer.

February 11th

Grant awarded to preserve 15th century "deadly sins" paintings

The devil is in St Cadoc's church in Llancarfan, Wales, and officials from the Heritage Lottery Fund have decided to award the church UK£500,000 to keep him there. (photos)

Gulf Wars XXI volunteers needed

THL Kendra Dey, Volunteer Point Coordinator for Gulf Wars XXI, makes a good case for Volunteering at the upcoming War.

Past meets present at Jousting exhibit

The popularity of "extreme jousting" programs such as the History Channel's Full Metal Jousting have prompted comment from a number of organizations such as the SCA. Jeffrey Forgeng of the Valley Advocate (Springfield, Massachusetts) offers his take.

February 10th

New comedy film features four Monty Python alumni

The new film Absolutely Anything, which begins shooting in the UK this summer, will feature Monty Python alumni John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, but it is a science fiction comedy, not Monty Python reborn.

[AET] Donnan Party

Fencers of Æthelmearc, hear our call to arms! It is that time of year again! Time to wish our Cryptid Masta-Don a Whappy Birthday as you take out your fencing frustrations on him personally!

Medieval Fair of Norman

Come. Journey to a time of kings, queens, and knights and shining armor at the Medieval Fair.

[ART] Spring Thaw

Pray tend all! The time has come for the rebirth of our precious world and the battle for freedom from its icy tomb. Come friends and join the Shire of Twae Linnes on April the 21st, 2012 in celebration of this event.

[MID] Quest for No Man's Land & Midlands Regional A&S Faire

In the wild and as yet untamed lands within the Midlands, a spark is struck. Will you help it grow? In the waning of winter, all are invited to venture forth from their warm hearths to test their mettle both with weapons of strengths and honor, and by wit and skill in the arts and sciences.

Ealdormerian celebrates generosity in song

Inspired by the generosity of those donating to help fund the SCA's lawsuit settlement, THL Asa Gormsdottir of the Kingdom of Ealdormere has written a lovely song to honor their spirit.

[NOR] Bardic Madness XXII

The Shire of Rokeclif is calling all bards, scalds, jongleurs, troubadours, poets, lutenists, choristers, tootlers, and patrons to a day of performance arts. Saturday, March 24, 2012 is the date.

[ANT] Twelfth Night Coronation

The Barony of Three Mountains of the Society for Creative Anachronism is proud to host the Kingdom of An Tir's 31st Twelfth Night Coronation on the weekend of January 11-13, 2013. 

[ATE] Mixed Weapons War

The dogs of war are howling!! Grab your shields, your weapons, your horses and your armor for three days of fighting hosted by the Barony of SunDragon!

Lawsuit Donations

The Board of Directors would like to express its gratitude for the generosity of the good people of the SCA.  We know many of you are holding fund-raisers and seeking ways to donate to the Society, thank you. We deeply appreciate all your efforts. We have had many e-mails, telephone calls and messages asking about donations.  Here are some guidelines for donating or sending money to SCA Inc.