Archive - May 2012

May 18th

[ATE] Kingdom Arts and Sciences Collegium

Share your knowledge at the next- FREE ADMISSION- Kingdom A&S Collegium being held on JUNE 9-10, 2012, in the Barony of March of Monstonitrus 

[OUT] Crafting the Flower

Crafting the Flower: Lessons Learned Along the Way, Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fighting threatens historic Timbuktu

Fighting following a military junta in northern Mali is threatening the historic architectural and cultural center of Timbuktu, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. The city's 60 private libraries are a repository for over 700,000 ancient Islamic manuscripts.

Championshipship archery on YouTube

Archery enthusiasts may wish to watch a video clip, posted on YouTube, of the 2012 Indoor Archery World Championships in Las Vegas.

May 17th

A walk through Birka

The PBS NOVA series has posted a website featuring short video clips on various aspects of Viking village life. The site focusses on "Birka, a medieval Viking village that archeologists recently excavated near modern-day Stockholm."

AEthelmearc Spring 2012 Coronation photos online

Alaxandair O'Conchobhair reports that he has created an album of photos from the Spring 2012 Coronation of Andreas and Kallista in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on his public Facebook page.

Danish ship information to go online

Records from more than 1.8 million ships that sailed through the Danish sound will go online in May 2012. The records date from the mid 15th century to 1857.

May 16th

King James Bible featured at Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas

The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford are sponsoring the exibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence February 28 - July 29, 2012 at the Harry Ransom Center of the university of Texas in Austin.

Met exhibit marks Constantinople's first "Arab Spring"

The recent Arab Spring, in North Africa and the Middle East, was not the first, according to a Deborah Amos report on NPR. The first was the conflict of culture between the Byzantine Empire and the new Islamic religion in the seventh century to the ninth centuries.

Baronial Investiture and Sworded Affaire photos online

THL Evain Macrae, of the Barony of Fontaine dans Sable in the Outlands, reports that she has created two albums of photos from the recent Baronial Investiture and Sworded Affaire. The photos are available on her public Facebook page.

May 15th

Balfar's Challenge 2012 photos online

Hugh Tauerner reports that he has created an album of photos from Balfar's Challenge which took place April 7, 2012 in the Kingdom of the East.

Travel the Roman roads, Google-style

The Roman road network, renowned for its scope and efficiency, has now gotten even easier to travel thanks to an online application from Stanford University.  ORBIS is a geospatial network model that covers hundreds of land and sea routes in the Roman Empire circa 200 CE.

May 14th

Tudor costumes and weapons stolen from Northampton re-enactor

The education of school children in Northampton, England will be poorer after the theft of a van containing costumes and equipment belonging to re-enactor Steve Parish. Parish, who runs Past Alive, teaches children about English history.

"King size" bed returns to Ware, England

Since 1931, the Great Bed of Ware has been a beloved feature of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The three metres wide bed was built in 1590 by Hertfordshire carpenter Jonas Fosbrooke. (photo)

Map corrections may help solve mystery of missing colonists

Theories about the fate of the "Lost Colony", a group of English colonists who founded a settlement in coastal North Carolina (USA), have ranged from disease to alien abduction. New evidence found on an English map may finally answer the question.

Lochac website showcases work of Kingdom scribes

The Provost of Scribes for the Kingdom of Lochac, Caristiona nic Beathain, reports that new content has been placed on the Lochac College of Scribes website, showcasing the marvelous work of the Kingdom's calligraphers and illuminators.

May 13th

Pyramus and Thisbe, Beatle-style

In celebration of Shakespeare's 400th birthday, the Beatles perform the Pyramus and Thisbe play from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The 1964 performance is from a DVD called The Beatles Explosion.

16th century Spanish pattern book available online

The World Digital Library has posted a digital version of the Book on Geometry, Practice, and Patterns by Juan de Alcega. Published in 1580, the book offers techniques for ordering lengths of fabric based on the measurement of the "ell."

"Reluctance to change" helped medieval Icelanders survive

Most medieval societies faced with plague or natural disasters relied on flexibility to save their cultures, but new research shows that the "people of medieval Iceland survived disaster by sticking with traditional practices."

May 12th

Cataloging Elizabethan drunks

Drunkenness in Elizabethan England was not a rare occurance, to the extent, in fact, that satirist Thomas Nashe cataloged eight specific types. The website Lists of Note published Nashe's piece Eight Kindes of Drunkennes.

UK£49,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant may bring fame to Epiacum

Many travelers to England are familiar with the country's famous Roman forts, but Elaine Edgar is hoping that a UK£49,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant will help bring fame and visitors to a lesser-known site, Epiacum.

From harem belt to horse harness

Joyce Mueller, SCA and Das Pferde Hall member, recently had the opportunity to examine and recreate a piece of authenic horse armor, a leather and metal strap worn around the horse's neck, once thought to be a harem girl's slave belt. Her project to recreate the piece is online.

May 11th

Drachenwald blog showcases treasures of the Kingdom

The Treasures of Drachenwald blog celebrates the creativity and talent of the gentles of the Kingdom by allowing them space to post discussion and photos of their work.

Cateline la broderesse's photos from East Kingdom Coronation

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from the Spring 2012 Coronation in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Saxon glass industry at Glastonbury Abbey

A researcher examining excavation reports from Glastonbury Abbey has found that the glass fragments and glassmaking remains found there date to the 680's, much earlier than previously thought.

May 10th

Swan Hellenic cruises are a history geek's dream come true

The cruise ship Minerva offers more than just sun and sea. With on-board historians, a 5,000 volume library, and obscure port locations, the cruise line offers dream vacations for history buffs who have time and a lot of money to spare.

New Peers created at Lochac's Rowany Festival

The Lochac Kingdom email list was brimming recently with news of Peers made and tapped at this year's Rowany Festival.

Knitting Day at Artisan's Row, Pennsic War XLI

SCA knitters attend! A knitting day will be held on Artisan's Row at Pennsic War XLI on Thursday, August 8, 2012.

Folding chair has ancient roots

Future filmmakers of movies about barbarians may have to trade their traditional rock-and-fur decor for a Coleman camping stool.

May 9th

Wiki for time travelers

Morgan reports that Mistress Eithni has created a new wiki for travel recommendations targeting the historically minded. The wiki includes travel tips, discussions, and a page for photos and videos.