Archive - 2005 - Story

October 11th

Construction of Old Boats: Pre-Renaissance Methods of Ship Design

On October 18, 2005, the Dubner Institute for the History of Science & Technology will present "Conceptualization and Construction of Old Boats: Pre-Renaissance Methods of Ship Design".

October 10th

Drafn War Band Helps Celebrate Viking Times in Caid

Members of the Drafn War Band participated recently in a celebration of Norwegian culture at the third annual Viking Festival at Norway Hall in Vista, California.

Meridies Fighters Showcased in University Article

Trevor Williams of the University of Georgia's Red and Black speaks with members of the Barony of Bryn Madoc at a recent fighter practice

Tasmanians Learn of SCA at Tulip Festival

Members of the The Barony of Ynys Fawr and the University of Tasmania Medieval Society took part in the annual Tulip Festival at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens October 2, 2005. The event was covered by the Sunday Tasmanian.

October 9th

Photos from a Day of Arbeau II: Dance 'til You're Dead

Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Northshield, has posted photos from "A Day of Arbeau II: Dance 'til You're Dead" held recently in the Shire of Rockwall.

Origin of White British Cattle Still a Mystery

A rare and mysterious breed of white British cattle has been traced to the Bronze Age where there were an important part of pre-Roman pagan rituals, but how the cattle came to Britain is still a mystery.

Medieval African Manuscripts on Display

A collection of 16 manuscripts from medieval Timbuktu will go on display in Johannesburg, South Africa this month for the first time. The works are part of a 30,000 manuscript discovery from the city which was founded in the year 1100.

October 8th

Mary Rose Figurehead Found

Alex Hildred, Excavation Director for the Mary Rose project, believes that they may have discovered the tudor rose figurehead for the ship. The paddle-shaped, decorative piece of oak was uncovered recently in a planned attempt to raise one of the ship's main beams.

Homer's Ithaca Found?

British amateur archaeologist Robert Bittlestone believes he has found the location of Odysseus' fabled Ithaca as part of the Greek island of Cephalonia.

Trimaris Fighters Featured in Article

Interviews with members of the Shire of Vaca del Mar were featured recently in an article in the Orlando Sentinel. The group was holding fighter practice at Tuscawilla Park when reporter Erin Ailworth and a staff photographer visited.

October 7th

Plank from "Mary Rose" to be Raised

Maritime archaeologists have announced plans to raise an 11-meter timber from the bow of the warship Mary Rose.

Need practice in Welsh language? Try playing Scrabble™

So, how many points is "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch" worth, anyway? The Welsh language, native tongue of half a million people, now has its own version of the popular Scrabble™ board game.

Hot Item at the Benefit Auction -- Tarts!

The Calontir Online Auction, benefitting Medieval Hurricane Relief, is now in full swing, with the donation deadline extended and enthusiastic support from donors and bidders. Colonel Jenna has an update.

October 6th

Bestselling German Medieval Group to Make US Debut in October

One of Europe's best-known and most popular medieval groups (they had a Top 20 album in Germany last month), Corvus Corax, will make their US debut at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire for two weeks in mid-October.

AEthelmearc Crown List Announced

Their Majesties Robin and Isabeau of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc have announced the combatants for the upcoming Kingdom Crown Tournament.

Ffair Raglan photo album online

"We came, we saw, we raided!" Enjoy this photo album from the Ffair Raglan event, hosted by the Shire of Mynydd Gwyn at Raglan Castle in Monmouthshire, in September.

Gleann Abhann Coronation Rescheduled

Master Stephan of Durham, the Seneschal of Gleann Abhann, says that the new Kingdom's first Coronation has been rescheduled for November 5, 2005 at a site in Louisiana. The milestone event had been postponed indefinitely due to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina.

October 5th

SCA demo takes over Fish and Game Club

Kate Everson of the Community Press, an Ontario, Canada newspaper, reports on the SCA’s medieval faire at the Frankford Fish and Game Club on October 1.

Sorrow in Ansteorra as Lazarus of the Steppes passes on

Lord Lazarus Dragonrider has passed away in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. A friend, Lord Robin of Gilwell, offers his tribute to Lazarus.

New exhibit at the Getty on Titian and Alfonso d'Avalos

"Titian and the Commander: A Renaissance Artist and His Patron" will be on display at the Getty, in Los Angeles, through February 5.

October 4th

Duke Fabian Victorious in West Kingdom Crown Tourney

Catherine Lorraine reports that Duke Fabian Arnett von Schwetzingen was the winner of the recent West Kingdom Crown Tournament. He was inspired by Eliška z Jihlavy.

Pirates Raid the Shores of Ealdormere

The infamous pirate captains, Bloodfox and Willow, once again raided the coasts of Ealdormere! "Cap'n" Colyne Stewart was aboard one o' yer Jolly Roger ships, an' lived to tell the tale. Arrrr!

Manuscripta Conference at Saint Louis University

On October 14-15, 2005, Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, will host a two-day medieval manuscript conference featuring speakers from all over the world.

October 3rd

Arm Wrestling, Heavy Combat at "It's All Greek To Me!"

It's SCA 1, Mother Nature 0 as Signore Giudo di Niccolo Brunelleschi reports on goings on at the "It's All Greek To Me!" event held recently in the Shire of Deodar, Kingdom of Calontir.

Cowgate Proves to be Extremely Rich Medieval Site

The 2002 fire which devasted part of Edinburgh's Cowgate district opened up a treasure trove for archaeologists with the discovery of hundreds of 15th century artefacts, making the site on a par with medieval sites in London and York.

Battle of Hastings Re-enactment Photos Online

Lord Halv (Robert L. Schuster) has posted several albums of photos from the Battle of Hastings re-enactment held in Jefferson City, Missouri in September 2005.

October 2nd

The Shakespeare Code

Da Vinci wasn't alone. Now Shakespeare appears to have a "code", according to a new book Shadowplay by Clare Asquith.

Italian illuminations from the Getty now on display at the National Gallery of Art

"Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscript Illumination from the J. Paul Getty Museum" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through January 2.

Medieval Monks May have Held Secrets of Diet Pill

An herbal remedy used by 12th century Scottish monks may be resurrected as a modern appetite suppressant.

October 1st

English Heritage to Save Doddington Stronghouse

A 16th century stronghouse, built during Northumbria's border wars with the Scots, will be saved thanks to an UK£80,000 grant from English Heritage. The structure is located on a working farm near Doddington, England.