Archive - Apr 2013

April 30th

SCA: “They just don’t get to read about history. They get to do it.”

“I love seeing how people can really get into their character and become someone from the Middle Ages,they just don’t get to read about history. They get to do it.” said Isabella Beatrice della Rosa (Melissa Wobig) to reporter Chris Mueller of The Daily Republic (Mitchell, South Dakota) about SCA members. Mueller covered the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Northshield. (photo)

Medieval burial shows love that outlasts death

Two skeletons in a grave in Romania have been found buried together holding hands. The skeletons were probably buried between 1450 and 1550.

MetPublications offers free armor books

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is featuring twelve books celebrating arms and armoring on its MetPublications website. Some of the books are available to download, and others are readable online.

April 29th

SCA members create "Medieval Day" at Bruce County Museum

On April 21, 2013, the Middle Ages came to the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre with the help of local members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The demonstration was covered by the Saugeen Times (Saugeen, Ontario). (photos)

Work begins on Cardigan Castle restoration project

For years, officials at Wales' 12th century Cardigan Castle have dreamed of raising funding to restore the castle and turn it into a heritage center and site for open-air concerts. The castle is believed to be the birthplace of the eisteddfod,  a festival of poetry and music, dating to the 12th century.

North Yorkshire claims Richard III

"Why should we trust them? They misplaced him for 500 years," says Conservative Councillor Tom Fox of the Scarborough Borough Council about his objection to Richard III's burial in Leicester, England. (video)

April 28th

Hunt to find Boudicca

The latest subject of interest for royal remains hunters is Boudicca, the warrior queen, who fought the Romans to defend Britain, who may lie beneath a Birmingham McDonalds or platform eight, nine or 10 at King's Cross Station.

Scots mercenary tradition

Since the Middle Ages, Scottish men have been involved in military pursuits, often on foreign soil. Fierce fighters, especially from the western islands, were particularly prized by the armies of Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and France. Steven McKenzie of the BBC looks at their history.

Experts debate age of York sapphire ring

A group of experts convened recently at the Yorkshire Museum to debate the age of the beautiful Escrick Ring, found in a field near York, England. The ring was believed to date from the 12th through 16th centuries, but some now think as early as the 5th century. (photo)

April 27th

Greetings from the incoming SCA Inc. President

Leslie Vaughn, the incoming President of the SCA Inc., has published an open letter of greeting to the populace, including a farewell letter from outgoing President, Thomas Hughes.

Does Sudeley Castle conceal Roman ruins?

The recent discovery of a Roman column and the discovery last year of a stone relief of Roman god Cunomaglos have archaeologists calling for an investigation of Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, England. Experts believe the castle may conceal a temple and a villa.

Richard on the couch

Now that Richard III's body has been identified, experts are probing his mind. In a paper presented March 2, 2013 at the University of Leicester, Professor Mark Lansdale and forensic psychologist Dr Julian Boon offered an analysis of Richard III's character.

Generous donors complete funding for the Mary Rose Museum

The final UK£35,000 needed to complete the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, England's Historic Dockyard has been raised thanks to a plea by the Mary Rose Trust. Museum officials are "putting the finishing touches" on the museum's interior, including filling cases with artifacts receoved from Henry VIII's flagship. (photo)

April 26th

The Roman hairstyle debate continues

According to the article On Pins and Needles: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head, Janet Stephens is a hairdo archaeologist. She has recreated Roman hairstyles, and in the article, she discusses her research - and her critics.

"Knights" bring history to California middle schoolers

It was a day when history came to life recently at Lompoc Valley Middle School when students were treated to a display of armored combat and other lessons from the Middle Ages courtesy of members of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. (photo)

Kent church: "Reputed to be the tomb of Richard Plantagenet"

A derelict church in Eastwell, Kent, England, may hold the final resting place of Richard Plantagenet, illegitimate son of King Richard III. A grave in St Mary's churchyard is marked with the inscription: "Reputed to be the tomb of Richard Plantagenet". Now scientists want to know the truth.

April 25th

A tour of the Border Abbeys

Planning a trip to Scotland? You may want to visit the four Border Abbeys, Melrose, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Kelso, founded by King David I of Scotland in the 12th Century. A recent BBC article looks at the history of the religious sites in a troubled area. (photos)

[LOC] Politarchopolis Winter A&S Collegium

Join us in the beautiful Barony of Politarchopolis for a fully catered, no-garb weekend of A&S classes, demonstrations and workshops. Learn from the most renowned teachers in Lochac, with classes available in a huge range of topics, aimed at a variety of skill  levels.

[LOC] Midwinter Camp

Let it be known that the newly forming group in Dunedin, tentatively known as the people of Wildmoor, are holding a relaxed camping event in early July and wish to extend a warm invitation to join us.

Estrella War 2013 Lost and Found List Posted

Lady Bethia Somers of the Atenveldt Sheriff's Office reports that a lost and found list for Estrella War 2013 is now available online.

Animal Day at Pennsic 42

Katla Ulfhedinn, Medieval Animal Day Coordinator, Pennsic 42, reports that the Pennsic Artisans Row will feature an Animal Day.

April 24th

[EAL] Septentrian Fight Practice

So, what's it all about? Authorized Fighters, are you looking for a place to put on kit and fight?-COME TO THE PRACTICE! Unauthorized Fighters, are you looking for a place to put on kit and fight?-COME TO THE PRACTICE!

Great Lakes Fiber Show 2013

Now in it’s 18th year, the Great Lakes Fiber Show will be held May 25 and 26, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, Ohio. The hours are 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. New this year will be activities going on under the grandstand.

[MID] Northern Oaken War Maneuvers

The Barony of the Cleftlands and the Shire of Falcon’s Quarry welcome you to the 17th Annual Northern Oaken War Maneuvers held in Wellington, OH on June 7 – 9, 2013. The site is open to the populace and furry friends on Friday, June 7 at 3 PM through Sunday, June 9 at 3 PM. This is a dog-friendly event, but please review the pet  policies regarding their attendance prior to arrival on site.

[ATL] Sergeants & Scholars

Roxbury Mill invites scholars of all disciplines to our pastoral setting in the DC metro area. Please join us for a day of both Martial and Arts & Sciences learning, and pick up a new technique or try out a new skill at Sergeants & Scholars.

[ATL] Hornwood-Guard Inn: Archery Festival

The Shire of Hornwood and The Scarlet Guard invite you (and challenge you) to a weekend of flying fletching, sharp shots, tricky targets, and fantastic food and fellowship! Fill the first weekend of June with all things archery.

[LOC] Axe and Sword Inn

On the 25th of May, the famous Axe and Sword Inn will be open again!

[WES] Oerthan Summer Coronet & Investiture

Their Highnesses Kennric and Tama, Prince and Princess of Oertha, welcome one and all to bear witness to the selection of Their Heirs by right honorable combat at Their Coronet Tournament, July 20, 2013 and the Investiture of the victors on July 21st.  Additional opportunities for fighting include a rapier tournament and rapier and armored Roses Tournaments. 

[GLE] Gleann Abhann Symposium

Come for a day of Classes! There will be officer tracks for those holding & those interested in holding local offices. There will also be classes touching on many aspects of our Society. These include, but not limited to Protocol & Precedence, Being a Consort, serving as an Event Steward and many others.

[EAL] Murder Melee XXX

Once again we put the MELEE into "Murder Melee" with competitions being organized for every martial activity! We’re organizing competitions in Rapier and Armoured combat, Youth combat, Thrown weapons and Archery! We are extremely excited about our gorgeous new site!