Archive - Feb 2005 - Story

February 28th

More Estrella War photographs

Esmeralda of the Lakes has posted her photos from Estrella War at the Darkling Design web site.

Catholic News: Tomb of St. Paul Found?

The Vatican has announced that a team of archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the tomb of St. Paul in Rome's St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica.

Dame Eleanore Recalls the Lineage of Ealdormere's Order of the Pelican

Dame Eleanor Cadfan celebrates the elevation of Dame Sarra and relates the lineage of the Order of the Pelican in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Photos from Estrella War XXI Online

Arthur of Ballan Moor of the Kingdom of Calontir has posted photos from the recent Estrella War XXI.

February 27th

Medieval Cartoons, Graffiti and related items

Dame Aoife takes a walk on the medieval wild side this week, with links about the lighter side of scribal arts proving that people in the Middle Ages did have a sense of humor.

David I: Scotland's Unappreciated Monarch

A new study by Richard Oram of the University of Stirling in Scotland depicts Scotland's King David as a great state-builder who had a major impact on British history.

11th Century English Castle to be Preserved by English Heritage

Northumbria's five-sided Mitford Castle, built in the 11th century, burnt by King John and sacked by Robert the Bruce, will find new life thanks to a grant from English Heritage.

Sultan's Pool Celebrated Marriage

A 14th century swimming pool has been unearthed under the Mameluke Palace in Cairo, Egypt.

February 26th

Remains of Cape Cod Explorer to be Verified

Researchers are hoping that DNA tests will confirm the identity of Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, privateer, explorer and namer of Cape Cod.

New email discussion group for fans, critics of historic films

For persons who are interested in discussing historic films — primarily their accuracy — Baron Folo of the Middle Kingdom announces the formation of a new mailing list, called HistoricFilms.

Daily Record: Erotic Murals Discovered in Ikea Excavation

The remains of a Roman brothel dating to the 5th century B.C.E. have been discovered during excavation for an Ikea store.

College of Brymstonne Teaches Hands-On History at Arizona State

Katie Kelberlau, a reporter for the Web Devil of Arizona State University, looks at life in the College of Brymstonne, the university's local SCA group.

February 25th

Heloise and Abelard Still Inspire Lovers

An essay in the New York Times by Cristina Nehring discusses five books on Heloise and Abelard.

Students Serve for Northshield A&S Competition

The Pierre, South Dakota Capital Journal recently covered an SCA feast held during an A&S competition served by local high school students.

Freydis Thorfinnsdottir to Head Drachenwald Embroiderers' Guild

Lady Freydis Thorfinnsdottir will be the new Guildmistress for the Dragon's Needle Embroidery Guild in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Tourney of Ymir Photos Online

Lady Rhiannon of Crannog Mor and Lord Gavius Allectus have posted photos from the recent Tourney of Ymir which took place February 12, 2005 in the Barony of Windmasters' Hill in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

February 24th

More on memorial arrangements for Midrealm's Duchess Anne

Lady Veronica of Seldome Rest, eldest daughter of Duchess Anne who passed away recently, has provided additional information about memorial arrangements and where to send sympathy cards or condolences.

Da Vinci Fingerprint May Solve Mystery

The restoration of a renaissance painting, "The Adoration of the Christ Child," may have solved a mystery by revealing a fingerprint and stylistic touches that could tie the work to Leonardo Da Vinci.

"Da Vinci Code" Put on Trial

A museum in Lornardo Da Vinci's hometown Vinci, Italy, is holding a trial to sort out the facts from fiction in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code.

To Strive for a Sword: An Event Report from Snowed Inn IV

On February 19, the Canton of Ardchreag again hosted a grand tournament of arms, to see who would walk away with the Sword of the Company of the White Hart. Only the Ladies of the Gallery could say who that would be. Laird Colyne Stewart offers a detailed report.

Arizona reporter savors the sights of Estrella War

Writing for the West Valley View, an Arizona newspaper, reporter Justin Doom says that trying to explain the Estrella War to someone who has never been there is like trying to explain color to a blind person.

February 23rd

Elegance befitting the station: Sumptuary Law

Sumptuary laws, that is, laws regulating the use of special clothing, jewelry, or other symbols of rank or station, is the subject of Aoife's Links this week.

Tourney of Ymir Welcomes Newcomers

Rose Donnchaidh, a resident of the Stronghold of Raven's Cove in the kingdom of Atlantia, describes the wonders of the recent Tourney of Ymir.

Drachenwald Welcomes the Incipient Shire of Eresborg

Barcsi Janos, Chatelain and New Groups Coordinator for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, has announced the formation of the Incipient Shire of Eresborg, the first chapter in Denmark.

February 22nd

Times: Author claims St. Patrick took bribes from Christian converts

In his book Secret Sights II: Unknown Medieval Ireland, author Rob Vance accuses St. Patrick of taking bribes from his wealthy female patrons.

Photos from Break the Back of Winter

Photos from Break the Back of Winter, in the Canton of Greyfells, Kingdom of Ealdormere have been posted.

Japan to permit female succession

Lacking a male heir, the Japanese government is creating a new law to allow a woman to succeed to the Imperial throne for the first time in two centuries.

February 21st

Norway's Oldest Church Discovered

Norwegian archaeologists are excited by the discovery of what is probably the country's oldest church. Located in the city of Skien, the church is believed to have been built in the 11th century.

Middle Kingdom Knight undertakes quest of endurance for the sake of ladies' health

Sir Dilan Mac AnTsaier of the Midrealm plans to fight 200 bouts in four hours, accepting pledges to raise money in the fight against breast cancer, on behalf of Her Majesty Rebekah.

Gold torc found in Nottinghamshire farmer's field

A Newark (England) farmer equipped with a metal detector has uncovered an exquisite solid gold torc worth a small fortune.