Archive - Jan 2006 - Story

January 7th

Portuguese Priest Solves Mystery of Porto's Jews

A medieval ark hidden behind a false wall tells the tale of a secret 16th century synagogue concealed by the city's persecuted Jews.

Roman Road Used Throughout Medieval Period

Archaeologists working on a section of Roman road in Wiltshire, England have found horseshoes and conclude that the road was in use in the medieval period.

6th Century Seal Bears Image of Christ

A seal bearing what is thought to be an image of Christ and a cross has been unearthed in Tiberias, Israel. The seal has been dated to the 6th century.

January 6th

Vikings on the BIG Screen

IMAX theaters around the Uunited States are currently showing a new film entitled Vikings: A Journey to the New World.

10th Century Graveyard Uncovered in Republic of Ireland

Volunteers in the village of Nobber have uncovered a 10th Century cemetery, 12th Century church and concrete graves in the shape of Celtic crosses.

January 5th

Boxing Day: A Day for Giving

Vincent Fernandes of the Daiji World looks at the origins of Boxing Day from its roots at the feast of St. Stephen to a day celebrating donating to charity.

Pope Joan in the News Again

ABC News takes a new look at one of the oldest controversies of the Catholic Church: Pope Joan, a 9th century woman who, according to legend, disguised herself as a man to serve as Pope.

Silent Heralds Needed to Aid Chirurgeons at Pennsic

Lady Sara de Lindley, Aethelmearc Chief Silent Herald, has put out a call to all Silent Heralds to take part in a special program to work with the Pennsic Chirurgeonate. In a continuation of last year's successful program, Silent Heralds are being asked to aid hearing-impaired patients at the War.

Centuries-Old Books Comment on Gift-Giving

Proverbs, a book of sayings compiled by English playwright John Heywood in 1546, contains a number of pithy quotations relevant to the holiday gift-giving season, as do Homer and Virgil.

January 4th

"Tristan and Isolde" Trailer Online

A trailer for the upcoming film, Tristan and Isolde, is now available on the Moviefone website.

Mona Lisa Mostly Happy

A team of Dutch scientists has determined that the expression of the face of Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa is "83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted."

Skimpy Civvy Adorns G-String Gladiator

Divers working on a river site near a Roman fortress in England have discovered a bit of pottery depicting the rear portions of a g-string clad gladiator.

Robin Netherton to Lecture in An Tir

Oriana of Myrtlewood, Chancellor of Rivers Ithra, has announced that noted costuming expert Robin Netherton will be presenting lectures on March 25, 2006 in Forest Grove, Oregon.

January 3rd

Michael of Rhodes Website Online

15th century Venetian sailor Michael of Rhodes is the subject of a website which chronicles his works on astrology, navigation and calendrical computations.

Happy 114th Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien!

J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of the Middle-Earth books including the Lord of the Rings epic, was born on January 3, 1892.

Master Alexander de Seton Named Midrealm Bard

At the recent Bardic Madness Event held in Indianapolis, IN, Alexander de Seton was named the Midrealm Kingdom Bard.

January 2nd

Sutton Hoo Research Project Archive Online

Prof Martin Carver and the Sutton Hoo Research Project are pleased to announce the launch of a new digital archive: The Sutton Hoo Research Project (1983-2001) Archive. The ten volume study of the archaeological site is available online.

Medieval Gastronomy

View the history of dining in the Middle Ages through beautifully-illustrated miniatures.

Painted-Over Italian Fresco Restored

"The Separation of Night and Day," a rare Italian fresco by Guido Reni, has had the coat of paint removed that has hidden the work from view for 150 years.

Kilt Causes Controversy at High School Dance

Nathan Warmack, who wore a traditional kilt to a high school dance, has asked for dress codes to be changed after he was forced to change his clothes by a school official.

January 1st

Newest Western Subject

Their Majesties of the West welcome Their newest subject. Jackson Tomas Patrick Stack was born to Viscountess Kalida Rudyah December 16, 2005.

Estrella DVD Available Online

Estrella XX: A Beautiful War is available from Underachiever Films. The 90 minute film was produced by SCA members in 2004.

Special Events to Enhance Estrella XXII

Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Estrella War XXII Internal Publicity Deputy, has annouced that several special events will occur at this year's War.