Archive - Aug 2005 - Story

August 12th

Stonehenge Tunnel Estimate Jumps to £470m

The British government has re-evaluated plans to build a traffic tunnel under Stonehenge when a new estimate of £470m was announced.

August 11th

Colloden Nearly a Tossup?

A new study of the Battle of Culloden shows that the Highlanders were closer to winning than previously thought. New excavations of the 1745 battlefield show that Jacobite fighters nearly broke the English lines.

August 10th

Instructors Needed for Autumn Melees

Lady Kasinda is seeking A&S instructors for Autumn Melees to be held November 18-20, 2005 in Colmesniel, Texas, Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Devotional Art Focuses on Pain of the Plague in Italy

New York Times reporter Holland Cotter reviews the exhibit "Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800," which is on display at the Worcester (Mass.) Art Museum through September 25, 2005.

15th Century Ottoman Maps Put to Modern Use

Several countries in the Middle East have recently requested copies of 15th century Ottoman maps to help determine modern border disputes.

August 9th

Roman Gladiator Beaten in England

Authorities in Cheshire, England are looking for the culprits who seriously beat a man dressed as a Roman gladiator as he walked home from a costume party.

SCA Helps Church Members Understand Martin Luther

Residents of the Midrealm were on hand to help celebrate Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church's 100th anniversary with period contests, archery and a depiction of Martin Luther by the church's pastor.

Anglo-Saxon Burial Site Discovered Near London

Archeologists have discovered the remains of an Anglo-Saxon settlement on Coulsdon's Farthing Downs near London, England.

August 8th

History Channel to Explore Roman Engineering

On September 5, 2005 at 9:00 p.m., the History Channel is scheduled to present Rome: Engineering an Empire, a program highlighting the empire's use of engineering skills to build the phenomenal works of construction that we know today.

Great Western War Updates

Mattheus Faelen Reyner, Publicity Director for Great Western War IX, has posted a update containing a number of announcements pertaining to the War which takes place October 5-11, 2005 in Chino, California.

Welcome to Cinderbury: Iron Age Theme Park

Visitors to the Iron Age village of Cinderbury in England can step back in time and spend a night - or a week - living in the village.

August 7th

Library's Medieval Festival gives audience a little taste of days gone by

The Hickory Daily Record describes the goings-on at the inaugural Medieval Festival at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

Rabid Yale Slain in Northshield

Berenice Calvina reports on comic moments from Coldedernhale's Rabid Yale Hunt held recently in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Fish, Polar Bears and Global Warming Lead to Modern Viking Raid

In 2003, A Danish frigate sailed into Canadian waters challenging Canada's claim to Hans Island, off the northwest corner of Greenland. The modern day Vikings may even have landed troops on the small island, sparking protest by the Canadian government.

August 6th

Elizabeth I to Tour the U.S.

Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend, a traveling exhibition co-sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will by touring the United States between October 2003 and March 2006.

Western Martial Arts Workshop

September 9-11, 2005, the Chicago Swordplay Guild will present the 6th International Western Martial Arts Workshop.

"Italy's Most Beautiful Garden" to be Restored

The Gardens of Ninfa, once thought to be one of the most beautiful in Italy, are being restored, thanks to the efforts of three generations of women.

August 5th

"Knights Next Door" Author at Pennsic

Mael Patraic (Patrick O'Donnell), author of The Knights Next Door: Everyday People Living Middle Ages Dreams, will be attending this year's Pennsic War.

"Omigoditsverysilly" Bardic at Pennsic War

Justinian, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, has announced that there will be a "Omigoditsverysilly" Bardic around the Fools Rest Fire on Sunday, August 14 at Pennsic 34.

Armored Combat in the Hills of Greensboro

Lee Adams of YES! Weekly describes SCA heavy weapons combat activities in the Canton of Hindscroft (Greensboro, North Carolina.)

August 4th

AEthelmearc Fencing Laurel Vigil and Elevation at Pennsic

Baron Quinn Kerr will be sent to vigil to contemplate his elevation to the Order of the Laurel at the end of Opening Ceremonies at the Pennsic War, on Sunday morning, August 14.

The Barony of the Far West Comes to Pennsic!

Ysabelle d'Angiers, Palatine Baroness of the Far West, has announced that the Barony of the Far West will be represented for the first time at Pennsic 34.

The Fight For Hope Comes to the Pennsic War!

Hugo Van Halle has issued a challenge to join him on the field of combat at Pennsic 34 in order to raise awareness and funds for Fisher House.

Grad Course in Education for Pennsic

Lord Tobyn Kembold of Dragon's Heorth has announced that the University of Rhode Island Education Department will offer graduate-level credit for attending the Pennsic War.

Exhibit on medieval illuminated manuscripts opens at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge University Library

"The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West," featuring over 200 illuminated manuscripts dating from the sixth to the sixteenth centuries, will be on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge University Library through December 11.

August 3rd

Prevent the Pennsic Plague: Kill a Fly!

Lady Sophia the Orange (Lara Coutinho) offers suggestions for dealing with the fly problem at the Pennsic War.

Thasta Mare X Again Photos Online

Arnbjorn has posted photos from the Highland Games from the Thatsa Mare X event held in June 2005 in the Shire of Mare Amethystinum (Kingdom of Northshield).

August 2nd

"Original" Shakespeare Dialect has a Southern Twang

This summer, the Globe Theatre in London will perform an "original production" of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida using 16th century dialect as close as possible to what the Bard would have spoken.

Science Program Looks at Plague in England

A transcript of "The Plague in Britain," from The Science Show discusses the gruesome visit of the plague in 1665 to the village of Eyam, England with author Robert Lacey.

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