Archive - 2012

February 13th

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.

Guinea pig joins the ranks of favorite medieval pets

Was there a guinea pig sitting in the cage of a 16th century classroom? A new archaeological find proves it's possible. The 3rd ever early European guinea pig skeleton has been found in Belgium. Experts believe it was buried like a pet.

February 9th

Mona Lisa Has a Twin

The Prado Museum in Madrid recently announced that it has what is thought to be the earliest copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.

[DRA] Double Wars 25th anniversary

Attemark is once again hosting the great Double Wars, this time for the 25th time and it is with great pleasure that we invite You to celebrate this joyous occation with us.

[ANT] Winter's End

The Barony of Terra Pomaria invites you to our Winter's End celebration. There will be fighting, feasting and revelry.

[AET] Feast of Bacchus

Come one, come all to Endless Hills and help us celebrate the Fest of Bacchus, Roman God of wine! This wondrous event will be filled with Greek and Roman themed activities.

[ATL] Team Wench's Privateer Feast

Team Wench will hold its eleventh annual Privateer Feast on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Earleigh Heights VFC in Severna Park, Maryland.

[CAL] Chieftains Tournament

Come join the Barony of Three Rivers in our annual Chieftains event! This year's theme is the early Tudor dynasty, Henry VII and Henry VIII. There will be food, fighting, arts and sciences, and a whole lot of fun!

[ATE] Practicum of the Sword VI

Come join us in the Barony of Starkhafn, and partake of our famous hospitality in the desert, as we once again engage in a weekend of classes with an emphasis on sword combat in SCA armored, unarmored and rapier formats, with an eye on the historical use of the weapons, and other matters of import to the well-rounded swordsman and swordswoman!

Video captures tournament action in Canton of the Golden Playne

Ii Toonishinokami Katsumori reports that a video is available on YouTube of armored combat at the January 7, 2012 Tourney of Skyhawk in the Canton of the Golden Playne (Thailand).

13th century Scotland is closer than you think

Medieval Scotland can be closer than you think...in New York, for instance. A home inspired by a 13th century Scottish castle is up for sale in New City, New York, just an hour north of Manhattan.

February 8th

Scholar thinks original Robin Hood may be from Kent, England

An English scholar and author has put forth the theory that Robin Hood was originally William of Keynsham, a bailiff who led a group of archers against the invading French in the woods near Sussex and Kent in 1216.

Same-Gender Consorts: Proposed Corpora Change

Ariel de Courtenay, from the Inspirational Equality consortium, offers her analysis of the Board's recent proposal for a change in Corpora related to same-gender couple in Royal Lists.

February 7th

Roman brothel coin first of its kind found in Britain

London pastry chef Regis Cursan must have been surprised by his discovery of an ancient coin near Putney Bridge in West London, especially since the coin "depicts a man and a woman engaged in an intimate act." (photos)