Archive - 2006 - Story

Santa's sleigh or Thor's chariot?

"The idea of St Nicholas got very much mixed in with Thor's transport when it comes to the sled with flying reindeer," said Helge Soerheim of the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger. On December 21, 2006, IC Wales explored the idea of how Vikings might have celebrated the Christmas season.

School of Scottish Studies offers folklore and song

The School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland has created a website to share historical songs and traditions about the country. The downloadable contents are categorized by subject.

Snorri Sturluson was wrong

A new investigation of the cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, has revealed that Icelandic literary hero Snorri Sturluson had been wrong in his documentation of the cathedral’s history.

December 30th

Viking swordplay in Iceland

Members of Rimmugýgur, a club dedicated to the research of Viking culture and sword fighting founded in 1997, show off their prowess with sword and shield for a reporter from the Iceland Review.

Chau Daddy!

Hip hop artist Baba Brinkman has found inspiration for his music in an unusual place: the works of 14th century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

Brawny Academy Trains Renaissance Men

Brawny men joust on tricycles over a mud pit for the sake of a lady fair, and later learn to dance in Episode 4 of the Brawny Academy, an on-line series of videos promoting the Brawny brand of paper towels.

December 29th

SwordMaiden.com: 2006 Update

SwordMaiden.com is a web site devoted to helping female warriors from all kingdoms to achieve their best possible proficiency. Here is a list of all major updates from 2006.

Celtic music presents unique challenges to audio engineers

The December 2006 issue of Live Sound International, a trade journal for professional audio engineers, explains that instruments such as bagpipes require special care in microphone placement, mixing, and equalization, and that many audio engineers used to working with rock bands need to learn new skills for "the wonderful world of Celtic music."

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits 'Christ ist geboren' - illumination and yule

Since the first of December a new interesting exhibition is on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: Christ ist geboren - Prachthandschriften zum Weihnachtsfest. The exhibit runs until 14 January, 2007.

December 28th

Ljubljanica River gives up gifts

In an excerpt from the December 2006 issue of National Geographic Magazine, Carol Kaufmann looks at the reasons why Romans, Celts and others dumped their precious treasures into the Ljubljanica River in Slovenia.

Renaissance Faire puzzles Pennsylvania student

In an editorial for the Kutztown University Keystone, journalism student Nate Carrick ponders what makes human beings turn to fantasy as an escape after a visit to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

Montessori students "kings for a day"

Children at Garfield Montessori School in Decatur, Illinois were recently given the chance to discover the wonders of medieval life through the efforts of their teacher Baroness Mor (Mary Kearney) who is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Valerie Wells of the Herald and Review had the story.

December 27th

"Stop and stretch" in memory of Count Sarnac

Countess Jolecia of Litchfield, wife of Count Sarnac Kir, has voiced a request in memory of her husband who died recently of a blood clot: stop and stretch!

Today in the Middle Ages: December 27, 537

The Emperor Justinian dedicated the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople on Devember 27, 537 C.E.

Couple build fairy tale castle in Pittsburgh

SCAdians Char Branstetter and Cara McCandless longed to live their dream of owning a real castle, so they built one — in Pittsburgh! Patterned after Bodiam castle near Hastings in southern England, the structure includes wooden framing with a stone veneer.

December 26th

Kilt shortage in Scottish military

The failure to finalize a contract with garment-makers has left more than 5,000 Scottish soldiers out of uniform. As many as fifteen soldiers have been forced to share each ceremonial kilt.

Undead Mummies Endangered by Modern Crowding

The Onion reports on factors diminishing the numbers of walking mummies traditionally found among Egyptian tombs.

SCA equestrain website updated

Donwenna La Mareschale has announced that Society Equestrian Officer, Mistress Yaasamiinaan, has updated the equestrian website and is seeking to link the individual kingdom sites to the updated version.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2006

THL Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2006.

December 25th

Christian meets Celt in Scottish mythology

Scotland's place in world mythology is explored in an article by Diane MacLean for the Scotsman. Was King Arthur a Scot? Is the blood of Jesus in Scotland, and is Scotland really the lost city of Atlantis?

Singing sheep send seasonable sentiments

The Baarmy Sheep of the Lake District in Cumbria, England have garnered so many hits on the Cumbria Tourism's website with last year's Christmas songs that the organization was forced to offer a free download.

Today in the Middle Ages: Christmas Legends

In addition to the birth of Jesus, Christmas Day is associated with many other period beliefs and tales.

December 24th

Early Christian graves discovered in the Ukraine

Early Christian burials dating to the 11th and 13th centuries have been found in Chernihiv in the Ukraine. Experts believe that the 30 tombs prove that the city was important in early Russian history.

Today in the Middle Ages: December 24, 1166

The future King John of England was born on Christmas Eve 1166 C.E. in Oxford, England to Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II. One wonders what his mother thought of her Christmas bundle.

Estrella War offers something for everyone

Baron Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXIII, has released a "short" list of activities that will take place at the upcoming War.

December 23rd

Estrella War Hospitality Corps in need of donations

Frederick Buchanan, Deputy for the Hospitality Corps in charge of donations for Estrella XXIII, addresses the need for donated items at the upcoming War.

Volunteering at Troll for Estrella XXIII

Lady Katrina has announced that volunteers are needed for Troll at Estrella War XXIII. Estrella takes place February 13-19, 2007 at Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Arizona.

Egyptian Diversity Reached Top of Society

Ethnic diversity in ancient Egypt appears to have existed in all levels of society, even the highest.

December 22nd

Midrealm Adds Citizen

Santa delivered a Christmas package early to Lady April and Lord Gabriel de Porte of the Marche of Alderford (Canton, Ohio). Cameron Floyd Hetrick was born December 19, 2006.

Armor for Kitty?

Metal sculptor Jeff de Boer has a number of interesting pieces featured in his online gallery. Among them are complete suits of armor - for cats and mice.