Archive - Mar 2005 - Story

March 23rd

Science News: Art Historian Discovers Secret of Venetian Color

Researchers have now verified the secret that made Venetian Renaissance paintings "appear to glow." Art historian Louisa Matthew discovered that artists traded ideas and materials with dye and glass-makers.

March 22nd

Archeologists Find Base for Norwich Market Cross

A 15th century cross that once graced the market square in medieval Norwich, England was torn down in 1732 and sold for UK£125. Now archaeologists have uncovered the cross' foundations.

German club in Pittsburgh recreates authentic Schlachtfest

Marlene Parrish, reporting for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, describes how the 150-year-old Teutonia Mannerchor club performs an authentic Schlachtfest (Slaughter Festival) on the north side of Pittsburgh.

Who Would YOU be in the 14th Century?

An online quiz lets you discover who you would have been in the year 1400 C.E.

Writer Andre Norton Dies at Age 93

The first exposure many SCA members have had to fantasy and science fiction stories was from author Andre Norton. She died March 17, 2005 at the age of 93.

March 21st

Ealdormere Honours Her Newest Knight

Ealdormere correspondent Laird Colyne Stewart brings us a vivid, in-persona recounting of the elevation of Kasimir of Stargard to the Order of Chivalry.

England to Name Champion Fighters

The summer of 2005 will see a return of knights of old to the tourney field when English Heritage sponsors a series of knightly competitions. Listen to the story.

Sir Cadogan and Mistress Eufemia, heirs of Drachenwald

Genevieve la flechiere, Schwarzdrachen herald in Drachenwald, provides a detailed report on the noble contest to determine the new Royal Heirs in that fair Kingdom.

Photos from Lochac's Canterbury Faire Online

William de Cameron has posted photos from Lochac's Canterbury Faire which took place February 11-15, 2005 in Waipara, New Zealand.

March 20th

Medieval Spring Celebrations

Aoife is just in time this week, with an Aoife's Links edition devoted to Spring Equinox rituals and customs and other celebrations of the season.

How the Plague Changed the World

New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani looks at The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time, a new book by John Kelly.

March 19th

Farmer's Field Reveals 14th Century Secret

Ten feet beneath a farmer's field near Linlithgow, Scotland lies a secret: a network of 14th century sandstone tunnels.

British Museum Returns Treasure to Sutton Hoo - Temporarily

A 1500-year-old hanging bowl is being loaned to Sutton Hoo for an exhibit which takes place at the Anglo-Saxon ship burial site beginning in March, 2005.

March 18th

Black Plague has Effect on HIV

A recent medical study by researchers at the University of Liverpool concludes that the Black Plague of the Middle Ages may have increased modern Europeans' resistance to HIV.

Lend Me Thine Ears: Medieval Poetry

Are you a "poet and don't know-et?" This week, Dame Aoife takes us on a poetic journey through this fine art that has been the choice of lovers, leaders, and lechers since time immemorial.

More Photos from Atlantia's Ymir Tourney

Tankred Bras-de-Fer has posted new photos from Atlantia's Ymir Tourney.

March 17th

Does Ides of March worry modern Julius Caesar? Not really, he says.

A modern-day man from western Germany, whose legal name is Cajus Julius Caesar, says people want to know what kind of precautions he takes on the "Ides of March".

Gulf Wars in the News

The Hattiesburg Amercian ran an article on the SCA's Gulf Wars in a recent edition of the newspaper, including a short interview with the King of Calontir.

Y'ain't Nuthin' but a hound dog

The hound dog may not be a fancy breed, but they've been lovable and faithful friends of Mankind for centuries. This week, Dame Aoife takes a look at the humble but helpful hounds.

Reporter Learns About the Middle Ages at Northshield Event

Judy Juenger of the Monroe, Wisconsin Times visited the Middle Ages recently with members of the Canton of Wolfhome when she attended the group's spring A&S event.

March 16th

Codex Sinaiticus to be Digitized

The Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest copy of the New Testament, is scheduled to be digitized and published on CD-ROM.

Vienna exhibit features working models of Da Vinci's inventions

The Vienna Art Centre offers a new Leonardo da Vinci exhibit featuring 62 working models (some full-scale and some miniature) of his mechanical inventions.

Photos from Atlantia's Arts & Sciences Festival Online

Dame Hróðný Rognvaldsdóttir has posted a number of photos from the recent Atlantia Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival.

March 15th

"Lord of the Rings" Exhibition to Tour World

An exhibition of props, jewelry, armor and costumes from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films will be touring many of the major cities of the world in the next few months.

SCA Research Undertaken

THL Aryanhwy merch Catmael is seeking information from the various kingdoms regarding the elevation of peers from apprentices and proteges.

Bardic Madness Photos Online

Lady Mechthild zur Drachenhoehle has posted photos from the Kingdom of Northshield's recent Bardic Madness event.

March 14th

Early Music Festival features music from the British Isles

This year's Amherst Early Music Festival will be centering on the "Music of the British Isles: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque". Two week-long sessions will be held at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont July 10-17 and July 17-24.

Guild Fanucci Presents "Iron Bard"

Do you have the mettle to claim the iron? Guild Fanucci wants to know!

Photos from L'Ile du Dragon Dormant's First Investiture Online

Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen has posted photos from the recent Investiture of Pellandres dit le Frere and Valeria Laskaris in the Barony of L'Ile du Dragon Dormant (Montreal).

March 13th

Scottish Schoolchildren Strive to Save Antonine Wall

A new campaign to have Scotland's Antonine Wall declared a World Heritage Site is being spearheaded by the country's schoolchildren. The campaign includes an educational pack that teaches about the country's Roman history.