Archive - 2013

August 27th

Photos: Steppes Artisan and Pennsic 2013

Caelin on Andrede, from the Kingdom of Ansteorra, reports that he has created several albums of photos taken by Pyro and himself from Steppes Artisan in Ansteorra and Pennsic XLII. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Machiavelli gets the sack; civilization gets The Prince

Civil servant Niccolo Machiavelli flourished at government work, but his fall from grace came in 1512 when he was fired and imprisoned for his involvement in a conspiracy against the Medicis, leading to the creation of his greatest work, The Prince. Sarah Dunant has the feature for the BBC.

Bartel fitz Neel elevated to Laurel in Northshield

At Their recent St Radegund's Fair, Their Majesties Morgan and Lusche offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Bartel fitz Neel.

August 26th

Making iron at WW

Lord Gerald Loosehelm, of the Barony of Jararvellir in Northshield, reports that he has posted a number of videos on iron smelting from the recent Warriors and Warlords event. The videos are available to view on YouTube.

Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (APEC)

At the July 2013 Board Meeting, the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (APEC) proposed that the Board of Directors create a new Patent-bearing Peerage Order parallel to the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. This Rapier Peerage would be for the related martial arts of rapier and all forms of cut and thrust combat in the SCA.

Sit, Nosewise, sit!

Choosing a name for a pet can be a difficult process, especially for a history buff, but documents have left evidence that medieval people also put some thought into their pets' names such as Little Hammer for a dog and Nettle Gray for a cat. Smithsonian.com has the story.

August 25th

Shava's WW photos and new video online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has posted photo and video from Double Wars, which too place recently in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on Flickr, while the video can be found on YouTube.

Viking voyages to southern Newfoundland proved

"Provocative" new evidence shows that Vikings may have sailed south from their settlement in northern Newfoundland to Notre Dame Bay, where they may have encountered native inhabitants of the island.

August 24th

Polish church may hold remains of Grunwald knights

Scientists and employees of the Museum of the Battle of Grunwald have completed a survey using ground penetrating radar (GPR) with hopes of establishing the burial site of fallen knights from the battle. The search is centered around a parish church in Stębark near Grunwald, Poland.

Carolina dad builds "Doomsday Castle"

Retired Army officer Brent Bruns Sr has constructed a "Doomsday Castle" in the foothills of South Carolina. Bruns is the subject of a new television series on the National Geographic Channel. Douglas Main of LiveScience spoke to the patriarch on a recent blog.

Lord Miles Warde joins SCANZ Committee

Melissa Muckart, Chair, SCANZ, reports that Dillon Burke (Lord Miles Warde) has been chosen to join the SCANZ Committee.

August 23rd

Stefan's Florilegium updates for August 2013

THLord Stefan li Rous has released updates to Stefan's Florilegium for August 2013.

SCA author seeks backing to create tailoring series

SCA member and author Allan Mathew Gnagy has created a kickstarter campaign to publish the first of a series of period tailoring manuals devoted to men's tailoring of the early 17th century. The first volume focuses on doublets.

New Knights in Ansteorra

Detlef reports that at Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Lochlann and Gwen of the Kingdom of Ansteorra offered admission to the Order of the Chivalry to several of Their subjects.

August 22nd

New insurance FAQ updates for SCA Ltd. (Australia)

Tiffany Brown, Chair, SCA Ltd., has posted updates on the SCA Ltd. Insurance FAQ (frequently asked questions) on the Lochac Announce list.

The East’s Pennsic Rapier Champions

The East Kingdom Gazette has posted a video album from the East Kingdom's bouts during the Rapier Champions war point bouts at Pennsic 42.

Portrait of Renaissance children with guinea pig is a first

A painting of three Elizabethan children is believed to be the first to show a pet guinea pig. The portrait dates to 1580. Guinea pigs were brought to Europe by Spanish merchants in the late 1500s, but proof they were kept has pets has only been found recently.

Ostrich Egg Globe Is Oldest with New World

The oldest known depiction of the New World has been found carved onto a 500-year-old ostrich egg.

August 21st

The faces of Mary, Queen of Scots

In conjunction with a new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, the BBC has created a website which offers a gallery of portraits and artifacts relating to Mary, Queen of Scots, including portraits, her tomb, and the document demanding her death.

Photos from NRWC 2013 online

Lady Albreda Aylese and Hugh Tauerner report that they have created albums of photos from Northern Region Warcamp, held in the East Kingdom's Shire of Glen Linn (Warrensburg, NY), July 4-7, 2013.

Reenactor creates replica of Bayeux Tapestry

A medieval reenactor in England has completed a 2:1 scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. The embroidery is 40 feet long and took 18 years to complete.

August 20th

Aethelmearc Court at Pennsic 42 photos online

Mistress Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh reports that she has created an album of photos from Aethelmearc Court at Pennsic 42. The photos are available on PhotoBucket.

Medb ingen Brain elevated to Pelican at Pennsic

Baroness Glynis Gwynedd reports that Their Majesties Amos and Ysabella have elevated Medb ingen Brain to the Order of the Pelican.

August 19th

Morgan Library offers online exhibit of Islamic art

In the fall of 2011, the Morgan Library and Museum hosted Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan, an exhibit of religious and secular works. An "online exhibition" was created in conjunction with the exhibit and is available to view on the library's website.

Learning about Protogothic script

On his blog, medieval book historian Erick Kwakkel discusses Protogothic script and how it transitioned from Caroline to Gothic, represented by a page from the Discorso di Leontio Artefice sopra la Sfera di Arato et Fabbrica di Quella. He also points readers to his book on the subject.

KWHSS 2013 Proceedings online

Cainder ingen hui Chatharnaig, Trillium Principal Herald for the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that the proceedings for the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (KWHSS), which took place the weekend of 28-30 June 2013 in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, are now available online.

Great Northeastern War 2013 photos online

Albreda reports that she has created an album of photos from Great Northeastern War which took place July 11-14, 2013 in the Shire of Malagentia in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

August 18th

The mysterious buildings of Longforth farm

Archaeologists working at Longforth farm near Wellington, England, are puzzled by the discovery of a group of substantial medieval buildings, apparently abandoned between the 12th and 14th centuries.

The mystery of the missing manor

Excavations at an archaeological site at Longforth Farm in Wellington, England have discovered a 900-year-old medieval manor that never existed, at least in historical records. What is the building, and why has it disappeared from the records? Inquiring minds want to know.

Latin alive and well in the cyber world

Latin, formerly known as the "dead language," seems to be alive and kicking in the digital age, according to a recent article in the Economist. Five words can often say more than ten English ones, notes David Butterfield, a Latinist at the University of Cambridge, making the language ideal for Twitter.