March 2nd, 2014
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-03-02 19:37
Sweyn Forkbeard, England's shortest-reigning monarch, is mostly forgotten today, due mainly to his short time as king (less than five years) and his "murderous character." Sweyn declared himself King of England on Christmas Day 1013 and established Gainsborough as his capital.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-03-02 14:34
Gus Paterson and Derek McLennan of Ayrshire, Scotland have made their hobby of treasure hunting pay off. They recently discovered over 300 medieval silver coins, the biggest collection of medieval silver coins ever found using metal detectors in Scotland, in a field at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-03-01 15:20
In 937, a deciding battle was fought which changed the course of British history forever. The Battle of Brunanburh, one of the UK's bloodiest, was fought between the Scots and the Saxons, establishing England's identity. Unfortunately, no one knows where the battle took place.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-03-01 10:31
The six "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries, housed by the Musée National du Moyen Age in Paris, were showing their age with dust and sagging linings taking their toll, but the 16th century Flemish masterpieces were recently given new life with a complete restoration of the linings and a special vacuuming. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-02-28 17:39
Announcing Old Time Patterns' 2nd Annual Historical Costume Contest. No purchase necessary. Cash prizes. 8 time period categories to enter.
Submitted by Sean-Patrick O'... on Fri, 2014-02-28 15:45
Oyez! Oyez! Gulf Wars XXIII approacheth! Remember, for those that have competed before, we have the 7th annual Gulf War's War Bard
Competition on Wednesday starting at 6:00 p.m.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-02-27 23:12
Hey, everyone knows that medieval people drank beer because they couldn't drink the water, right? "Wrong," says blogger chezjim on Les Leftovers.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-02-27 18:35
In the 10th century, Zaballa, Spain was a quiet village that cultivated vineyards on terraces. Then the rich folks arrived in the form of a manor monastery which created a "highly significant rent-seeking system," and then a "veritable factory, a specialised estate in the hands of local lords who tried to obtain the maximum profits possible." The town was abandoned in the 15th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-02-26 19:43
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from WinterKingdom 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-02-25 19:11
It's been a momentous year for experts at Stonehenge, as well as those who visit the Neolithic monument, including the grand opening of its new visitor center. The Culture24 blog offers a wrapup of 2013 for the world Heritage site. (photos, map)
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2014-02-25 10:43
The SCA Board of Directors is directing the Society Seneschal to develop and implement a new Deputy Society Seneschal Office and accompanying kingdom level infrastructure to deal with broad-based event support services.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-02-24 19:01
Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has posted an album of photos from It's Only a Flesh Wound which took place January 25, 2014 in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-02-24 14:53
Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at Their Masquerade in the Bog event, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to two of Their subjects.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-02-24 11:00
The CPQBB (Committee for the Preservation of Quality Banana Bread) will once again host the Annual Estrella War Banana Bread Bakeoff on Thursday evening at the war. This ancient and venerable competition will continue to evolve as we learn from previous years, so please note the details and changes below.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-02-24 00:12
"I mean, how often do you get to walk through a city of tents at night as the lantern lights dance and the fog starts to drift in? Most people can only dream of that," said Baroness Juliana of the Barony of Black Diamond in Atlantia about her experience in the SCA. Alicia Petska of the News & Advance (Lynchburg, Virginia) visited with Julie and Allen Foster to learn more about the couple's "weird hobby." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-02-23 21:05
Mistress Jennet of Tewkesbury offers an invitation to artisans to participate in the Gulf Wars Open Art and Sciences day on March 14, 2014.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-02-22 15:41
Crusaders still exist on the islands of Malta, where reporter Elisabeth Eaves of the New York Times spoke with one for a feature article.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-02-22 10:00
For the last one hundred years, scholars have been digging their way through documents in order to create the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, "the most comprehensive study ever" of medieval Latin vocabulary. The 16th and final volume of the dictionary was completed in early December 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-02-21 12:42
A series of auctions will raise funds to pay for a fireworks display at Lilies War in 2014.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-02-20 13:47
In 1587, settlers from England arrived in what is now North Carolina to establish a colony at Roanoke Island. By 1590 they were gone. What happened to the colony has long been a mystery for historians, but experts are now getting "closer" to finding out what happened to the lost colony. Tanya Basu of National Geographic has the feature story.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-02-20 10:21
Baronessa Francesca di Pavia reports that at Their Caerthen Twelfth Night, Their Majesties Alrik and Salomea placed Don Randal Carrick on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-02-20 02:44
For several years, biological anthropologist Giuseppe Vercellotti of The Ohio State University has led a field school in the Badia Pozzeveri Churchyard in Altopascio, Italy, where he and his students unearth and study the skeletons hoping "to read the history written in the bones." Of particular interest was a mass grave covered with a layer of lime. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-02-19 10:42
"When you show up, people are in their armor and beautiful garb, and silk flags are raised, and arrows are flying. If you’ve ever been interested in that, here is your chance to live that dream,” Kerry Kennedy told Dylan Walker of The Crimson White (University of Alabama) during a recent interview about the Society for Creative Anachronism. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-02-18 21:16
Workers constructing a new visitor center at Harlech Castle in Wales were surprised to find the remains of three people, possibily dating to the time of the Wars of the Roses. Medieval foundations were also discovered, which may mean the site was once a churchyard.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-02-18 18:30
When he was a teenager, Sean McMillan witnessed armored combat in the SCA and said, "I want to fight like that." Now, twenty years later, he is doing exactly that. Bill Sheets of the Everett, Washington Herald caught up with McMillan and others from the Kingdom of An Tir at the recent Ursulmas Medieval Faire. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-02-17 14:27
Master Raven Mayne reports that several Known World events for the Society for Creative Anachronism have been scheduled for 2014.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-02-17 07:10
The iconic Ogham stones of Ireland are being digitized in 3D using Artec Studio 9 software thanks to the partnership of The Discovery Programme and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. The stones, bearing the Irish Ogham alphabet, will now be available to view in 3D online. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-02-15 17:41
The National Library of Wales has announced that it has made the 13th century Book of Aneirin available online. The manuscript, scribed by monks onto animal skin, is regarded as one of the most important books in the Welsh language.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-02-15 10:22
Baron Khevron reports that Sir Kenric Maur was the victor of the January 2014 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West. Kenric was inspired in His endeavor by Dagmar.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-02-14 16:23
Four years ago, the walls of 12th century Barnard Castle's came tumbling down, but no one has accepted the responsibility for their collapse. Now, with the help of a UK£50,000 grant, a structural survey of the Durham, England site has been scheduled.