Archive - 2003 - Story

January 19th

Introductory Medieval Combat Workshop

The Armory Sword Guild will offer a hands-on introduction to medieval martial arts at a one-day workshop January 26, 2003.

January 18th

Swedish University Offers Online Viking Classes

Gotland University in Sweden is offering two Internet-based courses on Viking history. The courses are free except for the texts and related literature.

Caid Mourns Passing of Talanque, Founding Baron of Calafia

Talanque, founding Baron of Calafia in the Kingdom of Caid, passed away on January 17 after a period of illness.

January 17th

Insurance Certificate Ordering Instructions Online

A PDF file of the instructions for ordering the Insurance Certificates is now available on the SCA website.

Oldest Black Sea Shipwreck Found

In Sofia, Bulgaria, explorers have located the remains of an ancient ship that may provide clues to the culinary habits of ancient Greeks.

Miguel and Conal Crowned King and Queen of Ansteorra

The Medieval Times reports that Miguel de Oporto and Conal Alexandria O'Riordain have been crowned King and Queen of Ansteorra.

TRH of the East and Middle Respond to Pennsic Great Court Controversy

Their Highnesses Darius and Roxane of the East and Pieter and Nan Astrid of the Middle have written a letter in response to the cancellation of Great Court at Pennsic 32.

Monument Proves Existence of Jews in China

In 1489, the descendants of a group of Jewish merchants who travelled to Kaifeng, China, left evidence of their existance on a stone marker now displayed in the Municipal Museum of Kaifeng.

Modern Knights Templar Still Searching for Grail

independent.co.uk: A group of Knights Templar are using modern technology to search Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh for the Holy Grail.

Auto Accident Victim Improves

Gisela vom Kreuzbach, who earlier in the week was involved in an automobile accident with Master Thorgrim Steinarsonn, reports on his condition.

January 16th

Battle Chariots Found in China

smh.com.au: Excavations for an expressway in China's Hubei Province have led to the discovery of a number of well-preserved, 2000-year-old chariots.

Society Treasurer Explains Need for Non-Member Surcharge

The $3.00 Non-Member Surcharge (or Member Discount) which has been levied on non-SCA members at events has caused a great deal of discussion. Master Tirloch of Tallaght, the Society Treasurer, explains why it was necessary.

Great Court Removed from Pennsic War Schedule

Great Court, long a tradition at the Pennsic War, has been removed from the schedule, according to Baron Devon, Mayor of Pennsic 32.

Shire of Two Seas to Advance to Full Status

Sovany Barcsi Janos, Chatelain and New Groups Coordinator of Drachenwald, has announced that the Shire of Two Seas will advance to Full Status at St. Mathieu's Tournament.

January 15th

Pennsic Schedules Posted

Several of the schedules for the Pennsic War XXXII have now been posted on the Pennsic website.

New Harry Potter Book Scheduled for June Release

Coming Soon!: It was announced today that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling, will be released June 21, 2003.

"Regent" Title Clarified in East Kingdom

His Majesty, Andreas, King of the East, has announced that the term "Regent" will not be the title used for Baron Dietrich von Ulm.

Fifth Century BCE Thracian Aristocrat Received Rich Burial

Novinite.com: Archaeologists in Bulgaria have discovered the burial site of a wealthy Thracian member of the Cult of Orpheus.

Ancient Artifacts Found at Irish Construction Site

4NI: Excavation on the Toome Bypass in Northern Ireland has unearthed archaeological finds from 7,000 BCE through the 19th century.

January 14th

Members of Legio IX Hispana Deploying to Active Duty

Several members of Legio IX Hispana, an SCA-wide Roman re-enactment household headquartered in Caid, have been called to active duty by the US Marine Corps.

Newswire Celebrates Ten Thousandth Story Read

SCAtoday.net's newswire reached a statistical milestone today, with our ten thousandth read of a news story.

East Kingdom Twelfth Night Bids Farewell to His Majesty

In a touching moment at East Kingdom Twelfth Night, attendees bid farewell to their King.

East Kingdom Names Regent

His Majesty, Andreas, of the East Kingdom, who is stepping down to serve the United States Armed Forces, has named a Regent.

Royal Archery Champion Sends Call to Midrealm Archers

Grey Oddsson, Middle Kingdom Royal Archery Champion has pledged his support to defend the Kingdom and calls for other archers to do the same.

Two SCAdians Injured in Auto Accident

Lady Gisela vom Kruezenbach and Master Thorgrim Steinarsonn were injured in a head-on collision Saturday, north of Allentown, PA while driving to East Kingdom 12th Night.

January 13th

Youth Marshals to be Trained in AEthelmearc

Baron Daniel Lightfoot, Chancellor of the Youth Martial Academy of Aethelmearc, has put out a call for Youth Marshal trainees.

William Shakespeare's "The Tragedie of Frodo Baggins" Online

Shakespearean scholars will want to study a lost work of the great master, "The Tragedie of Frodo Baggins."

Book of Kings and Queens of Drachenwald Nears Completion

Baron Gorlan of the Red Lands has announced that the task of updating the Book of Kings and Queens of Drachenwald is almost complete.

His Majesty of the East, Andreas, Called to Active Duty

In an announcement Saturday, January 11, 2003, His Majesty Andreas of the East reported that he has been called to active duty and will be stepping down as King.

Tolkien Translation of Beowulf Found

Wheaton College professor Michael Drout discovered 2000 pages of handwritten material by J.R.R. Tolkien in a box of papers at Oxford's Bodleian Library.