Archive - Dec 2006 - Story

December 22nd

New translation of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" on BBC Radio 4

Unable to view the original manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the British Library, Simon Armitage decided to make his own translation. In an article for the Guardian, Armitage discusses the work and provides an excerpt.

Celibacy Requirement for Priests May Be Reconsidered

In the Middle Ages, celibacy for the clergy was not universally enforced. Now a Roman Catholic Cardinal suggests that the Church might take a fresh look at the issue.

December 21st

Dragons come to Springfield Museums

Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism will be on hand December 26-30, 2006 when the at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts present a Medieval Faire.

Today in the Middle Ages: December 21, 1494

The city of Naples reported an outbreak of a new disease on December 21, 1494 C.E. Its modern name: syphilis.

Wal-Mart says it will not remove fabric department

In an article dated December 4, 2006, Anita French of the Morning News reports that the retail giant Wal-Mart will not be closing the fabric departments in 80% of its stores by April 2007, as has been reported on a number of blogs.

December 20th

Novel of Crusader Period Reviewed

A new novel reviewed in the Los Angeles Times allows readers "to vicariously experience the drama and political intrigue of the Middle Ages."

Amsterdam Exhibit Recreates Ottoman Bazaar

A medieval church in Amsterdam is housing a walk-though exhibition that captures "all facets of daily life in Istanbul between the 15th and 20th century."

Satan Getting Press: New Books about the Devil

"As anybody who has seen the recent Meryl Streep movie The Devil Wears Prada knows, Satan is back in vogue. It is unsurprising, then, that some of the Devil’s sparkle has rubbed off in Western universities."

December 19th

Today in the Middle Ages: December 19, 960

On December 19, 960 C.E., the citizens of Kyoto, Japan began to rebuild the city after it was ravaged by fire.

President's Report of the December 2006 Board Conference Calls

Patrick Anderson, Interim President of the SCA Inc., has published his report from the two most recent conference call meetings of the SCA Board of Directors.

Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Dame Aoife returns to us after her job-induced hiatus, just in time to offer a collection of clever gift ideas for the holidays!

Joan of Arc Relic Authenticity in Doubt

A piece of bone and fragment of blackened cloth preserved in France since the fifteenth century may not be authentic relics of St. Joan. A new scientific examination of the items raises questions.

December 18th

Merchanting at Canterbury Faire

Lord Bartholomew has posted information regarding merchanting at the upcoming Canterbury Faire in the Barony of Southron Gaard (New Zealand). The Faire takes place February 1-6, 2007.

Laurels United In Caid

On December 3, 2006, in the Kingdom of Caid, Mistress Huette and Master Hroar (Timothy Whitcomb and Pat Lammerts) exchanged wedding vows.

Alasdair and Kateryn to Lead Caer Anterth Mawr

Their Majesties Siegfried and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of Northshield have announced that Alasdair Calum Montgomery and Kateryn of Cornwall will be the new Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

December 17th

England's First Printed Page

A photography of an indulgence printed by William Caxton in 1476 is available to view on the website of the UK National Archives. The page was the first printed in England.

CelticRadio.net Offers Medieval Discussion Forum

Edward DeWitt of Atlantia reports that CelticRadio.net is offering a "Medieval Gateway" to its Celtic discussion forum.

Historic Ealdormere Photos Online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has posted historic photos from the collection of Mistress TSivia bas Tamara V'Amberview on the Two Ravens website. The photos deal with people and events in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

December 16th

SCA appoints interim Society Chirurgeon

Viscountess Kaellyn macDermott (mka Kim McAuley) has been appointed interim Society Chirurgeon until January, following the resignation of Dame Eleanor Isabeau du Coeur (mka Dr. Beth Hart-Carlock) due to health reasons.

New Citizen in Drachenwald

Racaire reports that Ulrich Oswald Ragnulf was born December 1, 2006 in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Stonehenge Visitor Centre Still Under Debate

Representatives from local government and English Heritage are meeting for a two-week public inquiry on the fate of the proposed visitor centre for Stonehenge. The controversial centre would be built two miles from the monument.

December 15th

Saint Paul's Tomb Found?

Archaeologists in Rome believe that they have discovered the tomb of St. Paul the Apostle. A sarcophagus, which may contain the remains of the saint, was unearthed at the St. Paul Outside the Walls basilica.

Surname Profiler Project

University College London has created an online project to share research on the distribution of surnames throughout Great Britain. The project traces the history of family names as well as their geography.

Shire of Arenals 2006 Shire Championship Slideshow

Domingos reports that a slideshow showing photos of the championship in the Shire of Arenal (Pensacola, Florida) is now available to view online. The group is located in the Kingdom of Meridies.

December 14th

The Fine Art of Mushroom Dyeing

Dorothy M. Beebee shares her research on the history and art of using mushrooms for fabric dyeing.

SCA family sues over banned yearbook photo

The mother of the high school senior whose yearbook banned his photo in SCA armor and sword has sued on her son's behalf. The Rhode Island ACLU is supporting the suit, which seeks to prevent the publication of the yearbook without the picture.

Feast of the Hare Photos Available to View Online

Eirik Andersen has posted photos from the recent Feast of the Hare which took place in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos may be viewed on the Two Ravens website.

December 13th

Every young Viking will want one

Need a gift idea for a young Viking lad or lass? A toy enthusiast has used the Playmobil™ play figures and some ingenuity to create a surprisingly-realistic "Vikingtown" in miniature.

Sword-Wielding Resident Thwarts Home Invader

A victim of home invasion in Memphis, Tennessee defended himself and gave police a solid lead in solving the crime when he lopped off the assailant's finger with a sword.

Gryphon's Lair to Hold Fifth Annual 12th Knight Auction

Sir Daniel has announced that the Barony of Gryphon's Lair in the Kingdom of Artemisia will once again hold a charity auction, this year to benefit the northwest Chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation. The auction will take place January 6, 2007 at the Twelfth Night celebration.