Archive - Dec 2004 - Story

Allegheny News: Reporter Gets Taste of the Middle Ages

Staff reporter Laura Dean of the Allegheny News recently visited the Polar Bear Ball in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

History Book of the Year Nominees Announced

History Today's nominees for History Book of the Year include several relating to the Middle Ages.

"Save the Psalter" Campaign Still Needs Donations

A fund-raising campaign by England's National Art Collections Fund to attempt to keep the 14th-century Macclesfield Psalter in the country has fallen short by UK£100,000.

Medieval villagers 'passed human TB on to their cattle'

Tuberculosis may have passed from humans to animals, and not the other way around, according to new DNA research conducted on bones from an abandoned medieval village in the Yorkshire Wolds.

December 30th

"Medieval Festival and Beastly Beast" demo/fundraiser stands out in modern community

The Savannah Morning News listed the "Medieval Festival and Beastly Feast," held by the SCA and Friends of Oatland, as one of the five festivals which "stood out in 2004," and they are "already looking forward to seeing each again in '05."

Sentence reduced for man convicted in Leicester archaeology case

Raymond Tebble, a man recently convicted of "going equipped for theft" to an archaeological site in southern England, has reported to SCAtoday.net that he is a free man, after winning a court appeal that reduced the penalty to a moderate fine.

An Tir Book Arts College to Form Guild

Lady Aelana of the Kingdom of An Tir has announced plans for the Antir Book Arts College to be recognized as a guild at the upcoming Twelfth Night event.

December 29th

"Kingdom of Heaven" Trailer Released

A trailer previewing Ridley's Scott's epic film on the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven, has been released online.

List of Orgazations to Aid Tsunami Victims Online

Will Campion of the LegioDraconis staff has posted a list of sites where donations to tsunami relief organizations can be made.

Æthelmearc peers suffer serious house fire

On the night of Monday, December 27, 2004, the home/apartment building owned by Viscount Master Sir Haakon was ravaged by fire.

H.M.S. Dumbledore

Harry Potter and Gilbert and Sullivan fans rejoice! You can have the best of both worlds in a new musical by Caius Marcius.

Prince Alaric and Princess Noelle of the Midrealm United in Marriage

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Alaric and Princess Noelle of the Midrealm were joined in marriage mundanely on Saturday, December 18. Katerin ferch Gwenllian has provided this report of the festive occasion.

December 28th

An Tir Travel List Created

Baroness Khalja, An Tir Campmaster for Estrella 2005, reports that a discussion list for out-of-kingdom travel has been created.

NPR's Sunday Edition Features Medievalist

On Sunday December 26, 2004, NPR commentator Sheilah Kast interviewed author Eric Jager about his book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.

Times Online: Amazon Warriors Fought with Roman Army

Archaeologists have identified remains found in a cemetery in Cumbria, England as belonging to two Amazon warriors, proving that women fought with the Roman army.

December 27th

New Zealand Calligrapher Creative Force Behind Film Artifacts

Artist Daniel Reeve has found himself up to his ink-stained elbows in work. As the calligrapher and cartographer for the Lord of the Rings films, he is now very busy with many new projects.

Ireland's Seat of Kings Threatened

Plans to build a highway close to Ireland's historic Hill of Tara have caused controversy.

Medieval Holiday Celebrations

Aoife's Links this week are all about holiday celebrations from the Middle Ages.

December 26th

"Gullgubber" Discovered in Norway

Eleven small, golden reliefs, called Gullgubber or golden old men, have been discoverd in eastern Norway. The objects date to the 7th century CE.

eircom.net: 17th Century Curtain Wall Found at Carrickmines Castle

The 80-metres-long remains of what is thought to be a curtain wall has been discovered at Ireland's Carrickmines Castle.

24 Hour Museum: Man Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Artifacts

Raymond Tebble of South Shields, England, was convicted of "going equipped for theft" to an archaeolical site in Leicestershire, England, and was sentenced to one month in prison. His metal detector was confiscated.

December 25th

Estrella War Raffles Lunch with Meg Baron

THL Hrefna karsefni, Raffle Coordinator for Estrella XXI, has announced that this year's War will feature a raffle to win lunch with SCA President Meg Baron.

Leeds Today: Roman Infantryman's Sword Acquired by Royal Armouries

A 2,000-year-old Roman infantry sword "autographed" by its original owner, has been added to the collection of Great Britain's Royal Armouries.

Early Medieval Buildings Discovered in Winchester

An archaeological dig at Northgate House in Winchester, England has unearthed well-preserved remains of several early medieval buildings.

December 24th

Next Hastings Re-Enactment to be in 2006

English Heritage has announced that the next re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings will take place in October 2006, coinciding with the 950th anniversary of the battle.

Toys for Tots

A photo in the Durango Herald featuring members of the Shire of Rio de las Animas, and their donation for Mercy Medical Center.

December 23rd

Chemist Discovers Secret of Renaissance Translucence

A chemist working for Washington's National Gallery of Art may have discovered the secret to the bright, translucent colors of European Renaissance paintings: ground glass.

Geology Key to Great Beer

A new theory accounts for the differences in the flavor of beer. It all has to do with rocks.

December 22nd

Vikings Being... Vikings!

The Jomsvikings, a Viking re-enactment group, recreates the fighting and lifestyle of 10th century Scandinavian warriors in the southern Baltic.

New Subject for AEthelmearc

The Kingdom of AEthlemearc has a new subject with the birth of Rebecca Rose Lefkowitz.