Archive - 2012

February 3rd

[WES] Gaston Phebus - Hunt and Picnic

Come on out and enjoy an Equestrian Event and Cooks Play Day.

[LOC] Radburne War VI

The sound of beating hooves are in the distance, the drums echo through the fog - there is an army on the rise led by the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Are you prepared for the coming storm?

[WES] War Collegium

War Collegium is a fighting event to get the Kingdom of the West ready to fight in the Wars for the year.

[CAL] 15th Annual Bobbin & Weaving

Bring your latest project and join us for a weekend of fun. A number of people have offered to teach just about anything you would like to learn, such as bobbin lace, kumihimo, tablet weaving, netting, spinning, needle felting, felting, knitting, nalbinding, sprang, etc.

[ATL] Spring Coronation

The Barony of Raven's Cove is honored to host the Coronation of Bryan of Sacred Stone & Brianna O'Duinn. Come all and help make their day one to remember. The beautiful lands of Raven's Cove await you!

Applicants sought for position of Society Webminister

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Webminister.

Applicants sought for position of Compleat Anachronist Art Director

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Compleat Anachronist Art Director. The Compleat Anachronist is a monograph series, published four times a year, with each 56- to 60-page issue focusing on one topic.

February 2nd

Juliana Foxcroft elevated to Laurel in Northshield

Master Andrixos reports that THL Juliana Foxcroft has been placed on vigil to join the Order of the Laurel by Their Majesties Vladimir and Petranella of the Kingdom of Northshield.

Ogle Castle up for sale for nearly UK£2m

Those with an extra UK£1.79m may wish to purchase Ogle Castle, near Ponteland in Northumberland, England, one of the oldest inhabited buildings in the country. Bo Boanas, owner of the castle, says he doesn't believe the building is haunted, despite its violent past. (photo)

Medieval mystery writer researches by doing

Writer Jeri Westerson of Menifee, California loves the Middle Ages, particularly the world of Crispin Guest, her "ex-knight turned detective on the mean streets of fourteenth century London." Scott Butki, of the Seattle P-I has an interview.

February 1st

Historical Christmas celebrations in London

Countess Alys Katharine reports that two sets of photos of Christmas interpretations, taken by British photographer and historical interpreter "spiral_tower," are available on Flickr.

Board of Directors seeks nominations for new Directors

Service takes all forms in our Society.  The Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism is asking for your assistance in nominating qualified candidates for a very special kind of service - that as a member of the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors.

[ATE] Estrella War XXVIII

The Kingdom of Atenveldt is pleased to announce that next year's Estrella War will be held at a new site (Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, AZ), and will be scheduled later in the year than prior wars (March 27- April 2, 2012).

Board of Directors seeks comments on same-gender consort proposal

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has published an announcement requesting comments on a proposed change to the Governing Documents that would allow same-gender couples to enter Royal Lists.

Ancient stone may hold the fate of modern London

The Stone of Scone and the Tower Ravens may have some competition. A fight has broken out over the fate of London's Stone of Brutus. A development company wants to relocate the stone, while tradition holds that, "So long as the Stone of Brutus is safe, so long will London flourish."

January 31st

Emma Dansmeyla placed on vigil in Ealdormere

Martin reports that Their Majesties Quilliam and Dagmar of the Kingdom of Ealdormere have placed Emma Dansmeyla on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel. The announcement was made at Septentrian 12th night.

"Cumbrian Dragon" may have belonged to a knight

A stunning miniature of a 15th century knight slaying a dragon has been found in Carlisle, England. The cast silver gilt piece is of high quality and thought to be a piece of jewelery rather than a pilgrim's badge.

NH Make-A-Wish Foundation builds castle for young boy

The Make-A-wish Foundation (New Hampshire) built a castle - in his backyard - for young David Marasco, who "has a rare disease called desmoid fibromatosis."

January 30th

The Queen's Servants: a review

On the blog KimikoSews, the author offers a detailed review of the book The Queen's Servants by Caroline Johnson which focusses on clothing of the serving class in Tudor England.

Medieval Barn Is Saved

Built in 1426 to store grain, the medieval Harmondsworth Barn is as large as a cathedral nave, and still has the marks from the carpenters and masons who constructed it. English Heritage has added it to its national collection which includes Stonehenge and parts of Hadrian's Wall.

January 29th

Rappin' to Chaucer with Baba Brinkman

Canadian Baba Brinkman is a performer - and a scholar of medieval literature. He combined both in a recent one-man show, The Canterbury Tales Remixed, which set the Chaucer’s 14th-century work to original hip-hop songs. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times, has a review.

“Ornament of the World” depicted in video on Moorish Spain

A medieval German traveler once described Granada, in Moorish Spain, as the “Ornament of the World.” A video posted on the Moroccan Design website showcases the beauty and enlightment of the region.

The glorious Sistine Chapel

Long to travel to Italy to study its Renaissance Art, but can't afford the travel expenses? Take a trip to the Vatican and see the wonders of the Sistine Chapel - virtually.

January 28th

Silver coins reveal previously unknown Viking ruler

The coroner in Lancashire, England has declared a hoard of Viking silver "treasure." The hoard, discovered by a metal detector enthusiast, consists of 201 coins, including some identifying a previously unknown Viking ruler of northern England, as well as jewelry. (photo)

"Bruises and bloody noses are part of the deal" at Trier's gladiator school

Residents of Trier, Germany's oldest city, have become accustomed to the sounds of battle cries and metal on metal as more and more citizens join the city's gladiator school in its 2000-year-old Roman arena.

Early Christian art on display in New York

Visitors to New York City with an interest in Byzantine or Early Christian art may want to pay a visit to the Onassis Cultural Center in Midtown Manhattan to view Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd – 7th Century AD, a display of 170 pieces of art from museums in Greece and Cyprus.

January 27th

Royal Shakespeare Company to create "portable" theater for London performances

Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Company is hoping to construct a "flatpack replica" of famous theater for use in large productions in London. The theater interior would be reconstructed inside an existing building.

Eumathios Philokales reveals two Byzantine churches in Cyprus

The Eumathios Philokales project, which focuses on Byzantine monuments, has announced that excavations at two churches have revealed earlier religious buildings dating to the 7th and 11th centuries.

January 26th

Wall collapse leads to archaeological opportunity at Stirling Castle

It was good news and bad news for officials at Stirling Castle in Scotland. A wall retaining late 15th century garden terraces collapsed, but the collapse now affords the opportunity to investigate remnants of gardens made for James IV.

Pope Benedict to Canonize Hildegard of Bingen

The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will appoint Hildegard of Bingen as a Doctor of the Church in October of 2012. The 12th century German Benedictine nun is also expected to be canonized in 2012. (video)