Archive - 2012

March 6th

Position Announcement: Society Exchequer

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Exchequer. This position reports to the SCA Corporate Treasurer.

Duties and responsibilities:

March 5th

SCA Forms Potential Fourth Peerage Exploratory Committee

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has announced that the Board will form a committee to consider establishing a fourth SCA peerage for Rapier and Cut-and-Thrust Combat.

SCA Electronic Newsletter Website Online

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, posted an announcement frm the Society Publications Manager that the electronic newsletter facility is now online.

Thomas and Ilora new Heirs to Atenveldt Throne

Katharine of Cate Hall reports that Lord Thomas d'Revel, fighting for Mistress Ilora von Neunhoff, was the winner of the March 3, 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Baroness Vera Veshniakova on vigil at West Kingdom March Crown Tournament

Eliska z Jihlava reports that Baroness Vera Veshniakova will sit vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican at the upcoming March Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West.

March 4th

William Wallace letter to be display at Scottish Parliament

Historians in Scotland have long hoped to reclaim a letter written by the French king giving safe conduct to William Wallace to speak with Pope Boniface VIII. Now the 700-year-old letter will be loaned to the National Records of Scotland for display at the Scottish Parliament.

British library offers eBooks for iPhones

iPhone and iPad users may spend a chill, winter day curled up with a Shakespeare first folio, a Medieval Beastiary, or Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an. The eBook editions are available for download on eTeasures.com.

"Young Warrior's" grave reveals links to Kyivan Rus king

National Geographic's website offers a slideshow of artifacts discovered recently in eastern Europe. Among them are the remains from a grave in Poland dubbed the "Young Warrior."

March 3rd

The economics of Viking raiding

For those who want to mix economics with blood and gore, Mary Valante has posted a paper presented at the Fourth Annual Appalachian Spring Conference in World History and Economics (2009).

"Unscrupulous foxes:" Contemporary views of medieval military orders

In the 12th and 13th centuries, European military orders such as the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitaller were powerful and rich. Did their contemporaries love them or hate them? Helen Nicholson of History Today does the research.

Will linguistic research pinpoint 9th century battlefield?

Keith Briggs, a visiting research fellow in linguistics at the University of the West of England, believes he has discovered Hægelisdun, the site of the 869 CE battle between the East Anglians and the Vikings which led to the death of St Edmund. His research involves the use of linguistics.

Photos from Market Day at Birka 2012

Cateline la broderesse and Brita report that they have created albums of photos from Market Day at Birka 2012 which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. Cateline's photos are available on PicasaWeb. Brita's photos are available on Kodak Gallery.

March 2nd

“I was a geek at school, but now I am a geek with a sword”

Dan Pearce is a self-proclaimed geek. He recently spoke with a reporter from the Daily Liberal in Dubbo, NSW, Australia, about his participation in the SCA where he says he is now "a geek with a sword."

Viking Longship presentation at Toledo Museum of Art

"Dragons of the North: The World of Viking Longships" is the title of a presentation being given at the Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio on March 16 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

March 1st

York Mystery Plays to Be on Internet

As part of the York 800 celebrations, the York Mystery Plays will be streamed live on the Internet during the weekend of August 11 and 12. (Yes, it's the last weekend of Pennsic.)  The plays will be set in the Museum Gardens with the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey as their backdrop.  They were last performed in 1988.

Orlaith Ballach Inghean Fhlain vigiled in Northshield

Owen reports that Their Majesties Vladimir and Petranella of the Kingdom of Northshield have placed Orlaith Ballach Inghean Fhlain on vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Laurel.

Tales and Ceremonies at the Tower of London

Go behind the scenes at the Tower of London. Learn about the "Oldest Ceremony in the World"; read about the "bribe" ships pay to traverse the Thames; see photos of the graffiti carved into the very stones of the cells of the Tower!

February 29th

The one-hour yurt

In a short, time-lapse film posted on the 109.com website, videographer Dan Grossman shows how one Mongolian family can construct a yurt (or ger) in slightly more than one hour.

Knight of the Spreadsheet

Come tax season, many of us feel like we are going into armored combat. This is easy for Duke Maynard von dem Steine, featured in an advertising campaign for accounting firm Freed Maxick.

February 28th

Period embroidery resources online

On her embroidery website, Kathryn Goodwyn (C. Kathryn Newell) shares articles and period resources for embroidery done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Baroness Uta Boucht Drachenwald's newest Laurel

Meisterinne Katheryn Hebenstreitz reports that Their Majesties Sven and Siobhan of the Kingdom of Drachenwald recently offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Baroness Uta Boucht.

Touring Hampton Court Palace

Historic Royal Palaces has a YouTube site which includes a video for school children who will be visiting Hampton Court Palace.

Photos from Atlantia’s Kingdom Arts and Science Festival

Lord William “Cookie” Barfoot shares his photo album from Atlantia’s Kingdom Arts and Science Festival.

February 27th

Hampshire dig produces evidence of 12th century settlement

The Reverend James Bruce of St Michael and All Angels in Lyndhurst, England wanted a new driveway for the church, and allowed archaeologists to excavate the mound on which the church stands. Under the church, they discovered nearly 100 bits of medieval pottery.

[WES] March Crown Tournament

Come bear witness and join Their Majesties, Uther and Kara, as They hold the tournament to determine who shall be Their heirs with a weekend of fighting, arts, sciences, dance, music, competitions, revelry and more.

[WES] Eskalyan Collegium

March begins the long, slow stretch into spring, so let's start with stretching our minds and learning new things!

[NOR] Feast of Fools

The Shire of Korsvag invites you to join us for Feast of Fools 2012! This will be a relaxing event with plenty of opportunities to catch up with old and new friends after a long Northshield winter.

[NOR] Lamb to Loom

The Shire of Turm an dem See presents Lamb to Loom

[ATE] Crown Tournament

With the blessing of Their Radiant Solar Majesties Craven and Elzbieta, the Barony of Twin Moons invites one and all to join in the lands of the Lunatic Barony to bear witness to the spectacle that is Crown Tournament! 

[ATL] Siege of the Black Tower

A lone black tower stands near the riverfront beside the King’s road. This tower is a major point of river defense to the south of fair Atlantia. As spring approaches, invasion of our lands by our enemies is once again possible.