Archive - 2013

December 3rd

Shava's photos from Griffin Needle Challenge 2013

Shava reports that she has created an album of photos from Griffin Needle Challenge, which took place in October 2013 in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on Flickr.

December 2nd

Two placed on vigil at Northshield Crown Tournament.

Maol Mhichil mac Giolla Pheadair, Polaris Principal Herald, reports that at Their October 12, 2013 Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne offered elevation to the Order of the Chivalry to two of Their subjects.

Shakespeare: Women in tights

From Sarah Bernhardt to Helen Mirren, women have longed from - and won - the meaty male parts in Shakespeare's plays. New York Times columnist Alexis Soloski looks at women playing Shakespearean heroes in a recent article.

December 1st

Shava's photos from Northshield's Fall 2013 Crown Tourney

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield reports that she has created an album of photos from the kingdom's recent Crown Tournament. The photos are available on Flickr.

Now Accepting Applications - Vice President for Information Technology

The SCA Board of Directors is seeking to fill the position of Vice President for Information Technology for the SCA.

November 30th

Battlefield discovery inhibits rail construction

Riders of a English railways will have to wait a little longer for the HS2 line thanks to the discovery of a previously "lost" site of a Wars of the Roses battlefield. The site of the Battle of Edgecote between the Earl of Warwick and King Edward IV, fought July 26 1469 in Northamptonshire, lies along the route of the high-speed rail link.

Job Opening - Deputy Social Media Officer for Facebook / Emergency Deputy

The Society Social Media Officer is seeking a Deputy Social Media Officer for Facebook / Emergency Deputy.

November 29th

DNA study proves French relics not royal

Three years ago, French scientists identified a mummified head as that of the beloved French king, Henri IV, but now new DNA research proves that the relic did not belong to a royal. Henri IV ruled from 1589 to 1610.

Left-handers not barred from calligraphy

Some left handers may find that calligraphy is very difficult, since the hand tends to drag across the work, but Patricia Lovett may have the answer in a short video on her blog.

November 28th

Mead making a comeback

Over the centuries, mead, the "drink of kings and Vikings," has lost its place of honor to other alcoholic beverages, but now, the honey-based drink is making a comeback. Kim Gittleson, of the BBC, has the story.

Da Vinci mystery solved

Rumors of a portrait of Renaissance noblewoman Isabella d’Este by Leonardo da Vinci have circulated for centuries, but no art historian had actually seen it. Now a painting, believed to be by the master, has been discovered in a Swiss bank vault, possibly solving a 500-year-old mystery. (photo)

November 27th

Dagorhir rules at SMC

“This is the poor man’s SCA,” said Rob Nugent about the Dagorhir chapter at Southwestern Michigan College. “They fight in steel armor,” he said. “Foam is cheaper." The recent article appeared on the college's website. (photo)

Is the turkey leg period?

Turkey legs, a staple of "Ye Olde Renaissance Faire," have often been the subject of debate among cooks and researchers of the time period. The topic returns in the food section of the Kansas City Star in an article by Tim Engle.

November 26th

Cheapside Hoard scores dedicated exhibition at the Museum of London

In 1912, a tenement building in Cheapside, in the heart of London, was demolished, unearthing one of the rariest treasures in the city's history. Vivienne Becker, of the Telegraph, offers a feature on the Cheapside Hoard, currently on display at the Museum of London. (photos and video)

Bryn Gwlad 2013 photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Bryn Gwlad which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

November 25th

Shoshana Drakere made Laurel in Atenveldt

Mistress Anya Sergeeva reports that Their Majesties Ivan and Ian'ka of the Kingdom of Atenveldt offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Her Ladyship Shoshana Drakere.

Oldest wine cellar discovered

Israeli and American archaeologists have uncovered what may have been the world's oldest wine cellar in the Galilee, Business Standard reports. The cellar is estimated to be about 3,700 years old and to have held up to 2,000 liters of strong, sweet wine.

November 24th

Archaeologists ponder Swedish "murder mystery"

"It's like Pompeii: Something terrible happened, and everything just stopped," said Helene Wilhelmson, a researcher from Sweden's Lund University about the recent discovery of a well-preserved fort on the island of Öland, just off the Swedish coast, which contained a number of skeletons.

Donna Page joins SCA Ltd Board of Directors

Laurence Cooke/Paidin MacLorkan, SCA Ltd. Secretary (Australia), reports that Donna Page/Lady Gabriella Borromei has been named to the Board of Directors of SCA Ltd.

November 23rd

Roman skulls unearthed by "lost" London river

The Walborn River used to run through London until it was paved over in the 15th century. Recently the river made it's presence known when 20 skulls, dating to the 3rd or 4th century, were discovered washed from a Roman burial site.

SCAdian joins the crew for Pirates of The High Seas Festival

Marcel Hildebrand is a pirate, or at least he was recently when he participated in the Pirates of The High Seas Festival at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. Scott Carroll of the News Herald spoke to Hildebrand and Steve Bailey, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, when he visited the festival. (photo)

November 22nd

Mathematics used to measure sociability of the Vikings

Pádraig Mac Carron and Ralph Kenna from Coventry University's Applied Mathematics Research Centre recently published an article in the European Physical Journal on the social relationships of Vikings, showing them to have more complex social networks than previously believed.

Adhemar and Sorcha new Heirs to Throne of Meridies

Jerusha reports that Lord Adhemar was the winner of the October 12, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Meridies. The new prince was inspired by His new princess Sorcha.

November 21st

Horse and rider return to Mildenhall

In 1997, the remains of an Anglo Saxon warrior and his horse were discovered, along with over 400 other graves, at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England. Now the horse and rider have come home for display at the Mildenhall Museum.

"History Lives" in The Dalles

Visitors to City Park in The Dalles, Oregon were met by people from another time when they encountered members of the Society for Creative Anachronism's "History Lives" demo. A reporter from The Dalles Chronicle has photos and video.

November 20th

15th century "pop-up" book

On his Tumblr page, Dutch book historian Erik Kwakkel features a 15th century "pop-up" book, complete with a three dimensional illustration of the phases of the moon. (photo)

Northern Horde invades New Zealand

Usually Tauranga, New Zealand's Northern Horde can be found on Sunday afternoons at Memorial Park, but for one Sunday, they opened their practice to the public and let everyone play. The Horde’s Captain Charlie Tapsell has participated on New Zealand's team in the international Battle of the Nations. (photo and video)

November 19th

Duke Martino Michele Veneri wins Calontir Fall 2013 Crown

Catrijn reports that Duke Martino Michele Veneri, fighting for Duchess Ariel of Glastonbury Tor, was the victor of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Cross fragment leads to search for Anglo Saxon village

The discovery of part of a stone cross, dating to Anglo Saxon times, has excited archaeologists from Altogether Archaeology excavating St Botolph’s field in Frosterley in Weardale, England. “This is not the kind of thing that happens every day," said Paul Frodsham, historic environment officer at the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for November 2013

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for November 2013.