Archive - 2004 - Story

November 21st

The Alchemist: Magician or Metallurgist?

Archaeology looks at the medieval alchemist as chemist rather than magician.

Newswise: Laptops to Replace Picks?

University of New York at Buffalo geophysicist Gregory S. Baker believes laptops may be more effective tools for archeologists than picks and trowels.

Rabbits Threaten Scottish History

Rabbits are threatening Roman historical sites in Scotland by burrowing beneath their foundations.

In Memory of Misty

Lord Karl Teransson of Atenveldt shares a tribute to his friend Marcella Tom, known in the SCA as Misty des Etoiles et Starfire.

November 20th

Photos from the Coronation of Phalen and Mariana

Sir Phelan Ó Coileáin has been crowned King of Atenveldt, and has crowned his good lady, Lady Mariana Vivia de Santiago, as his Queen. Lady Ianuk Raventhourne brings photos for all to enjoy.

Libraries to Feature Medieval Reading Club Theme

SCA librarians across the United States are warning groups to expect to be inundated with requests for programs this summer when many facilities will feature the theme "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds."

"Day at the Races" Photos Online

Edonea MacKay has announced that there are now many photos from Atlantia's recent "Day at the Races" event online.

November 19th

Remembering Lord Duff MacKellar of Vatavia

Lord Duff MacKellar the Blacksmith of Vatavia, a resident of Northshield and then of Calontir, was killed in a motor vehicle accident on November 9.

Trimaris Coronation photos now online

Niall Dolphin has posted his photographs from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Trimaris.

Kingdom Crowns Highlighted in Website

Wonder what Kingdom regalia looks like throughout the Known World? An unofficial SCA website entitled A Guide to the Crowns and Coronets of the Known World lets you see.

Photos and an original pantoum from Mists Investiture

It's not a misshapen creature that haunts an opera house! A pantoum is a 15th century Malaysian poetry form, and Sir Balthazar has written one in honor of Princess Quentyn of the Mists. Balthazar has also published his photos from the Investiture.

Daily Herald: Utah Group Sponsors Medieval Festival to Benefit Kids

The Shire of Arrows' Flight in the Kingdom of Artemisia (Provo, Utah) sponsored a medieval festival recently to benefit the "Toys for Tots" program.

November 18th

Medieval handgonnes and related weapons

This week's Aoife's Links List is on the subject of Medieval Handgonnes, Cannon, Arquebus and Matchlokkes.

Email list brings medievalist hunters and fishers together

The newly-created "Fur and Scales" email list was created as a resource for anyone interested in hunting, fishing, falconry, and related activities in the Middle Ages.

East Kingdom Discussion List Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Yelizaveta has announced that November 18, 2004 is the 10th anniversary of the founding of the East Kingdom Discussion List.

November 17th

History Channel to Use Re-Enactors to Recreate Battle of Hastings

The History Channel will present "The Battle of Hastings," part of its Command Decisions series on Saturday November 20 at 8:30 a.m. (EST)

Remembering Duke Gyrth Oldcastle

Duke Finnvar of the Middle Kingdom speaks of the loss of His Grace Gyrth, saying we have lost "a fine man" who was also "one of the best trainers of fighters around."

William Blackfox Award Winners Announced

Mistress Nicolaa de Bracton, Society Chronicler, has announced the A.S. 38 William Blackfox Award winners. The Blackfox Awards are given for excellence in chronicling.

Duke Gyrth Oldcastle laid to rest today

His Grace Gyrth Oldcastle of Atlantia has passed on into death last weekend and is being laid to rest today. The news of His Grace's passing came from Countess Elizabeth Beaufort around 4:45 p.m. last Saturday.

In praise of Dungeons & Dragons™

How many of us medieval enthusiasts owe our fascination with the Middle Ages to role-playing fantasy games played as a child? Peter Bebergal, writing for the Boston Globe, celebrates D&D's 30 year anniversary.

November 16th

Jacquelyn Christine Born in Calontir

Thordr Tjorvason of the Kingdom of Calontir writes about the birth of his daughter Jacquelyn Christine on November 13, 2004.

Ealdormere’s Eastern Border Secure

Laird Colyne Stewart, our newest staff Reporter, brings us this event report from the Feast of the Hare and Border Spat, November 13, 2004.

Falconers to Meet in Kansas

Friederich Von Blumenkamp has announced that the North American Falconers Association will hold its annual field meet November 21-26, 2004 at the Plaza Hotel in Garden City, Kansas.

November 15th

THL Kolfinna kottr to become Caid's first female Knight

THL Kolfinna kottr was asked by Caid's outgoing Majesties Brand and Nuala to join the order of the Chivalry this last Saturday.

Stefan's Florilegium Updates for November 2004

The Honorable Lord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for November 2004.

Baroness Eleri of Caerleon to be Elevated to Pelican

Broinnfinn has announced that THL Eleri of Caerleon, Baroness of Axemoor, will be elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

November 14th

A Telling of the Outlands Crown Tournament, Fall 2004

Otagiri Tatsuzou was onhand to witness the refought Outlands Crown Tournament, and he shares his in-depth report of the noble deeds of arms.

Modern-day seige engineers compete in annual "Punkin Chunkin" contest

The 19th annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin was held last weekend near Millsboro, Delaware (USA). Thousands of people came to see modern "seige engines" (mostly powered by compressed air) hurl pumpkins across a cornfield.

Scottish Witches Pardoned

A township in Scotland celebrated Halloween by officially pardoning 81 people — and their cats — executed for witchcraft in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Sinclair Hawkins to be Knighted in Atlantia

Duke Sir Logan has announced that his squire, Lord Sinclair Hawkins, has been put on vigil for knighthood by Their Majesties of Atlantia.