Archive - Jun 2012

June 26th

Japanese tomb yields Roman jewelery

Glass beads found in a 5th century tomb near Kyoto, Japan probably originated somewhere in the Roman empire. The beads were made between the 4th and 1st centuries CE.

Cateline la broderesse's photos from War of the Roses

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has posted an album of photos from War of the Roses which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

June 25th

Trepanned skulls found in Spain

Two skulls were found in Spain with holes drilled in them. The skulls were found in a cemetery that dates to the 13th and 14th centuries.

Ansteorra's Beltane 2012 pictures online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted photos from Beltane, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

Queen's jewelery found in medieval toilet

Archaeologists excavating a latrine at the site of a palace outside of Paris, France have found a hair pin belinging to 16th century French queen Catherine de Medici.

June 24th

British Library announces plan to digitize Persian documents

The PARSA Community Foundation is teaming up with the British Library and others to provide online access to the Library's 11,000 Iranian manuscripts, one of the largest and best known in the world. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

Pennsic Hastings Battle 2012

The year 1066 was a turning point in history, and for the last two years at the Pennsic Hastings Battle, the Saxons managed to turn the tides of history back upon themselves, defending the Saxon lands from the Norman invaders!

"Historic" Byzantine site discovered in Israel

Israeli archeologists believe they may have discovered the site of a 6th century Byzantine church and stone quarry mentioned in a text by historian Procopius of Caesarea.

June 23rd

Oertha armored combat and rapier videos online

Merewyn of Ynys reports that she has posted video of bear pit and rapier tourneys from the recent Eskalyan Changeover in Anchorage, Alaska, Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West. The videos are available on YouTube.

Restoration of famed "Gates of Paradise" complete after 33 years

Restoration is complete for Lorenzo Ghiberti's masterpiece, the bronze and gilt doors that he created for the Florence Baptistry in 1452. Michaelangelo called them the Gates of Paradise.

Glassmaking at Glastonbury dated to Saxon era

Experts from the University of Reading now believe that glass-making around England's Glastonbury Abbey may be some of the industry's earliest in Great Britain. Chemical analysis will be used to date the glass, which believed to be from the 680s, the time of the Saxon King Ine of Wessex.

June 22nd

Welsh castle fails to deflect 80's TV star

Knight Rider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has been visiting castles in Wales. Welsh news outfit the Caerphilly Observer tracked the star as he visited Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle, and Castell Coch.

Wearing a wimple

Helsinki resident and SCA Laurel Elina has created a blog entitled Neulakko, devoted to arts and crafts of the Middle Ages. One blog entry gives detailed instructions on how to put on a wimple and veil. The article is in Finnish and English.

Annual Tuchux Charity Tournament

Each year during war week, the Tuchux tribe gathers to sponsor a tournament to raise money for charity. This year the tournament is scheduled to take place on the Tuesday of war week immediately following the bridge battles.

June 21st

1000 years of London's records in new book

A new book by David Pearson looks at 1000 years of records for the city of London. London 1000 Years: Treasures from the Collections of the City of London is reviewed by Paul Lay on the History Today website.

Caelin on Andrede's photos of Steppes Warlord 2012

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted two albums of photos from the 2012 Steppes Warlord which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

O Fortuna: What you think you heard

OK, it isn't period to the Middle Ages, but we all love O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, right? It's the soundtrack from Excalibur, after all. But do you know the lyrics? Or only think you do...

Stefan's Florilegium updates for June 2012

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for June 2012.

June 20th

[GLE] BarBEARian Brawl 2012

Get grubby with the peasants for a day of fun in the sun at Barbarian Brawl Featuring: Tournaments • spear throwing a high-falutin' Regional A&S competition with additional sponsored awards • and just downright dirty fun!

[LOC] A Night in Palermo

The Guilds of Middle Eastern Dancing and Cookery invite one and all to "An Evening in Palermo"

New book studies distortions of First Crusade histories

In a recent article for the New York Times Sunday Review, author and director of the Center for Byzantine Research at Oxford, Peter Frankopan,  discusses his new book The First Crusade: The Call From the East.

[MID] A Simple Day in the Country

The Barony of Sternfeld is proud to present... A Simple Day in the Country. Friday, July 13, 2012 to Sunday, July 15, 2012

[LOC] Cold War VI and Guild Day

Once more into the breach! Cold War VI is coming!

[AET] Bog Three Day Event

War is fast approaching, the drums are calling and the Kingdom is busy making preparations for what promises to be a memorable War. Take a break from those preparations to join the Barony of St. Swithin's Bog for our Annual Three Day Event to send our warriors off to battle.

[ATL] Middle Atlantian Archery Day

The enemy is at the Tower gates and the King calls all archers to arms. Defend the Castle then track the enemy thru the woods, down the long path to their own Castle and make our attack! Along the way, you'll fight with bow, knives, axes and Atlatl.

[LOC] Eric & Enid Tourney

Come All true men of worth to this once in a decade tourney. The winner of the prize for the day will be the noble combatant who brings the fairest maid to the tourney and proves it by right of arms.

"All's Well" with Thomas Middleton

A pair of professors from Oxford University believe they have confirmed William Shakespeare's collaborator, at least for the comedy All's Well that Ends Well. They believe it is Thomas Middleton, who worked with the Bard on Timon of Athens.

"Twelve Knights of Atlantia" online

Lady Merwenna de Rannowe reports that the Twelve Knights of Atlantia, an illuminated book commissioned by Duchess Seonaid, with original poetry by Maitresse Maaline Renard and illuminated by Lady Merwenna, is now available to view online.

Team USA: Their hobby is an art

For SCA member Edward Lindey of Mobile, Alabama, joining Team USA and traveling to Poland gave him a chance to learn and use grappling techniques, something he can't do in the SCA. Roy Hoffman of the Press-Register has the story. (photos)

June 19th

Thieves steal crusader statue from church window

Sometime between May 13-16, 2012, thieves chiseled the small stone statue of a knight from a window frame in St Michael's Church in Castle Frome, near Ledbury, England. The little knight is thought to commemorate a knight in the Crusades.