Archive - 2012

November 17th

[MID] Christmas Tourney XLI

Barony of the Flame presents Christmas Tourney XLI on December 15, 2012

Bayeux Tapestry captured in crystal

The 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Battle of Hastings, measures an impressive 70m (230ft). Now an artist from Somerset, England has engraved the entire piece onto a crystal bowl. (photo)

British MP calls for hunt for the remains of Henry I

England's Reading East MP Rob Wilson has been paying attention to the possible discovery of te remains of Richard III, and would like to have the same experience in his district. King Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, founded Reading Abbey in 1121 and is thought to have been buried there in 1135.

November 16th

Facebook site for SCA bards

Drake Oranwood reports that a site for SCA bards in now available for those with Facebook accounts.

Medieval well found beneath 17th century house

In June 2012, the 17th century Cupola House, home of the Strada restaurant, burned, but treasure has come from tragedy. During the restoration of the house, experts discovered a medieval well predating the later house.

Royal Ontario Museum goes "BIG" with costume display

Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum adds to its Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume with BIG, "a stunning display, exclusively drawn from the ROM's collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes. The exhibit opens November 3, 2012.

First Court of Edward and Thyra in East Kingdom Gazette

Catrin reports that commentary and photos from the first court of Edward and Thyra of the East Kingdom are now available on the East Kingdom Gazette.

November 15th

Zaid al-Fallah Haji offered elevation in the Kingdom of the West

Duchess Megan reports that at Their recent Crown Tourney, Their Majesties Roger and Zanobia offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Zaid al-Fallah Haji.

15th-century prayer book highlights "the grandeur of Spanish-Jewish artwork"

A Jewish prayer book, created in 15th century Spain, is a survivor. The book includes liturgies for the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement and managed to survive both the Inquisition and the Holocaust.

Artemisia Kingdom Collegium 2012 photos online

Jerilyn of Vert Silva reports that she has posted an album of photos from Kingdom Collegium which took place recently in the Kingdom of Artemisia. The photos are available on her Google photos site.

Death-dealing Viking Swords for Sale

Actual medieval and Viking weapons will be sold in London on November 28.

November 14th

Archaeologists ask for police help to uncover Bannockburn story

Stirling Council archaeologist Murray Cook has made an unusual request of the Central Scotland Police headquarters at Randolphfield, Stirling to allow experts to search the police grounds for evidence of the location of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Cateline la broderesse's photos from East Kingdom Fall 2012 Coronation

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created two albums of photos from the Fall 2012 Coronation of Edward and Thyra which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on her PicassaWeb site.

"Beautifully carved" Roman sarcophagus found in English garden

An eagle-eyed art expert is responsible for the discovery of a 2nd century Roman sarcophagus overgrown with plants in a Dorset, England garden. The "rare and beautifully carved" sarcophagus is expected to sell at auction for UK£50,000. (photo)

Rahil al-Sirhaan to join Order of the Laurel in Calontir

Jorunn reports that THL Rahil al-Sirhaan has been invited by Their Majesties Hirsch and Magdalena of the Kingdom of Calontir to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

November 13th

Two new Peers in Drachenwald

At Their recent Court at Crown Tourney, King Paul and Queen Aryanhwy of the Kingdom of Drachenwald offered admittance to the Peerage to two of Their subjects: Baron Gottfried Killianus and Count Lief Wolfsson.

Psychological profiling by the Vikings

Dr Tarrin Wills, from the Centre for Scandinavian Studies, believes that Vikings used their understanding of human psychology to "profile" possible trouble-makers. He recently presented his research at the British Science Festival.

20 Reasons to buy an SCA Membership & Renew if you Play

Duchess Katerina O'Callaghan of the Kingdom of Atenveldt offers 20 reasons those who play in the SCA should purchase a membership.

Pyro's photos from Ansteorra Fall 2012 Coronation online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos taken by Pyro at the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

November 12th

Mystery of the Roman die solved

Over forty years ago, a little ivory cube was discovered in Frocester near Stroud, England. The cube was soon identified as a Roman die, and now, a mystery surrounding it has been solved: The game piece was crafted from elephant ivory. (photo)

Air New Zealand: the airline of Middle Earth

The folks at Air New Zealand prove their connection to Middle Earth and their sense of humor in a new safety video created to coincide with the release of the film The Hobbit.

Archers to the Wald 2012 photos online

Augusto G reports that he has created an album of photos from Archers to the Wald 2012 which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on Photobucket.

November 11th

Roman cemetery could rewrite history of Roman Banwell

Construction on a UK£3.6million main between Banwell and Hutton, England is being held up while archaeologists investigate an unearthed Roman cemetery, possibly linked to a villa, containing a huge hoard of artifacts. (photos)

East Kingdom Fall 2012 Crown Tourney photos online

Brita reports that photos from Crown Tournament, which took place October 27, 2012 in the Shire of Endewearde, are now available to view online. The photos are posted on her Shutterfly website.

Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers placed on vigil in AEthelmearc

Maistir Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc have placed Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

November 10th

London burials surprise archaeologists

The discovery of over 500 skeletons, some dating to the Middle Ages, has halted plans for the construction of a UK£20m leisure centre in south-east London. BBC London's Nick Beake has a video report.

Elizabethan tapestry reveals surprises

The recent cleaning of an Elizabethan tapestry map of the English Midlands has revealed some surprises including the Neolithic Rollright Stones and "cottages nestled among the trees." The tapestry will be used as part of the British Museum's Shakespeare: Staging the World. (photo)

November 9th

Archaeologists find evidence from "one of the saddest hours in Scottish history"

An archaeology team in Stracathro, Scotland were working on a Roman fort when they discovered something very interesting: The possible ruins of the church where John Balliol abdicated his throne to Edward I in 1296.

Amos and Ysabela new Prince and Princess of Atlantia

The news has come down that Amos the Pious was the victor of the November 3, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Ysabela.

Free Renaissance eBook

Once per month, the University of Chicago Press offers a free eBook download. The book for November 2012 is How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians by Rudolph M. Bell (c. 1999).