Archive - Nov 2006 - Story

November 7th

Political Ads of Ancient Rome

"The mid-term campaigns have offered up perhaps the most venomous volleys of political advertising in U.S. history....Yet as Americans ponder how much of it is true and how much pure vindictive blather, we might note that we're rather backward compared to the pointed, frank and refreshingly honest political ads of the Romans more than 1,900 years ago."

Position Available: Press Officer of the SCA, Inc

The Vice President of Operations is currently accepting applications for the position of Press Officer of the SCA Inc. This is an unpaid position requiring approximately 10-15 hours per week.

President's Report of the October 2006 Board Meeting

Interim SCA, Inc. President Patrick Anderson has published a President's Report from the October SCA Board of Directors Meeting held in Memphis, Tennessee.

Valharic Caligula Aurelius Victorious in Atlantia Crown Tourney

Violante de Sant Sebastian reports that Count Valharic Caligula Aurelius was the victor of the November 4, 2006 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia. Count Valharic was inspired by Arielle the Golden.

November 6th

Lochac Crown results

Jarl Alfar of Attica was victorious in the Kingdom of Lochac's November Crown Tourney held in the Barony of Ynys Fawr this weekend. He fought for Mistress Gudrun, and defeated Sir Asbjorn Pedersen (fighting for Mistress Marienna Jensdottir) 2-0 in the final. Sir Asbjorn was the only combatant to reach the finals without sustaining a defeat.

Tir Ysgithr Members Help Each Other in Tucson

Members of the Barony of Tir Ysgithr recently hosted "Dragon's Horde," an annual event at Himmel Park in Tucson, Arizona, where they spoke about what makes the SCA special. Davida Larson of the AZ Wildcat Online had the story.

Viking Era Coins found on Isle of Gotland

On the Swedish Isle of Gotland, Edvin and Arvid Sandborg were helping a neighbor with his garden when they began to dig up old coins, one of them a 1,100 year-old arabic coin.

Pillage on the Plains Photos Online

Jocosa has posted photos from the recent Pillage on the Plains III event in the Kingdom of Meridies.

November 5th

A Thousand and Two Nights, the Barony of Bright Hills was a Middle Eastern Dream!

Lady Martelle von Charlottenburg reports on "A Thousand and Two Nights", a Middle Eastern themed event held annually in the Barony of Bright Hills in Atlantia.

Gunther Bärenjäger Victorious in Cynagua Coronet

Lady Jóra in Irska reports that Gunther Bärenjäger and Julianna of Avon are the new Prince and Princess of the Principality of Cynagua in the Kingdom of the West.

Photos & Video from Catteden's "Pounce"

Hauptmann Konrad Mailander of the Midrealm has posted photos and video from the Pounce event which took place in the Canton of Catteden on September 23, 2006.

Close Up: the Unicorn Tapestries

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has provided an online source for viewing their famous Unicorn Tapestries. The website invites visitors to zoom in for close up details of the designs.

November 4th

Jews in the Court of Tudor England?

Roger Prior, a Shakespearean scholar, is convinced that many of the musicians of the Tudor Court, including the Bard's own "Dark Lady," may have been Separdic Jews.

Medieval Scandinavian Discussion List Created

Maestarinna Sigrid Briansdotter has created a list for discussion of topics of interest pertaining to post-Viking Scandinavia.

War Of The Wings 2006 Photos

Lord Skorri Einarsson has posted photos from the recent War Of The Wings event in the Kingdom of Atlantia on the Smug Mug website.

Viking ship found in Larvik

Archaeologists found the remains of a ship from the Viking Age recently, in a burial mound on a farm outside the coastal city of Larvik.

November 3rd

Estrella Gatebook Art Contest

M'Lady Brenna Aine Bisset, Estrella XXIII Gatebook Autocrat, has announced that a contest will take take place to choose the best design for the gatebook cover art.

MU Medieval Re-enactment Society Brings Middle Ages to Central Missouri

Originally created as a liaison between the University of Missouri and the Shire of the Standing Stones in Calontir, the MU Medieval Re-enactment Society "dedicates itself to the celebration of the Renaissance and Middle Ages through research and historical re-enactments." Lindsay Toler of The Maneater reports.

Mosaics Highlight Roman Villa Discovery

Archaeologists have discovered "evidence of a substantial Roman villa with a mosaic floor in the main room" in the Quantock Hills of Somerset, England. The site is one of the most westerly Roman villas yet found in England.

Battle of Hastings Video Online

Several video clips from the 2006 Battle of Hastings reenactment have been posted on the Living History website.

November 2nd

Donal O'Brien Laureled in Caid

Broichan has announced that photos from the recent elevation of Master Donal O'Brien to the Order of the Laurel are now available to view online. The elevation took place at the Dreiburgen Anniversary in the Kingdom of Caid.

Letter From Catherine of Aragon for Sale

A letter from Catherine of Aragon pleading for help to preserve her marriage to England's King Henry VIII will be offered at auction in New York in December.

More Battle of Hastings Photos Online

Martin of Rivenstar recently attended the Battle of Hastings reenactment and shares photos taken by Lady Johanna.

Insulae Draconis Viceroy Tourney - Shire of Flintheath

Lady Melisende Fitzwalter would like to advise gentles that a short sequence from the recent Insulae Draconis Viceroy Tourney in the Shire of Flintheath can be found on the YouTube website.

Science Helps Understand "Ultramarine Sickness"

Two chemists have discovered the reason why the lapis-lazuli-based blue pigment prized by medieval painters fades so drastically over time. Ultramarine, more precious than gold, was often used for portrayals of the robes of the Virgin Mary, and Michelangelo used it in the Sistine Chapel.

November 1st

Castra Romana: Pompeii, The Day Before Vesuvius

On February 2-4, 2007, Vesuvius will errupt all over again...well, almost. Castra Romana-Pompeii, a Roman Era Re-enactment, will hold an event recreating the day before the catastrophic events of August 24, 79 C.E.

Outlands Event Photo Albums Online

Arwen has posted a series of photos albums from events in the Kingdom of the Outlands for 2005. The events include Outlands 20th Year, Estrella 2005, Straight and Narrow 2005, Stag's Con 2005 and Queen's Prize 2005.

Rome -- the Eternal Source Material

An entertaining new essay by Allan Massie explores the continuing fascination of Rome for fiction writers and moviemakers -- and their audiences.

An Tir Man is a Master of Chainmail

Washington State University student Matt James scorns the usual college activities for a hobby creating chainmail and fighting in the SCA. Lisa Waananen of the Daily Evergreen has the story and slide show.