Archive - May 2006 - Story

Today in the Middle Ages: May 31, 1223

Genghis Khan's warriors first engaged the Rus on May 31, 1223 in the Battle of the Kalka River.

Mona Lisa is 500... Maybe

She doesn't look a day over 300. Art historians have long believed that Leonardo Da Vinci's famous work was painted in 1506, but that may just be a guess.

Calontir Crown Tourney Video Online

Jean Paul de Sens has posted videos of the recent Crown Tournament which took place in the Kingdom of Calontir.

SCA Makes "Ripley's Believe it or Not"

The SCA received a brief mention in the online version of Ripley's Believe it or Not for May 29, 2006.

Unprecedented Brooch Find near Hadrian's Wall

A remarkable brooch, probably the property of a very senior Roman legionary, has been discovered in Northumberland. The object is outstanding for its size and workmanship and also because it is marked with two personal names.

May 30th

Today in the Middle Ages: May 30, 1265

Premier Italian poet Dante Alighieri was born on (or about) May 30, 1265. In his writings, he mentions that he was born under the sign of Gemini.

Photos from the Principality of the Mists Spring Investiture

Martin of Rivenstar has posted photos from the recent Spring Investiture in the West Kingdom's Principality of the Mists.

News from Ealdormere Crown Tourney

Duke Roak of Ealdormere, who fought for the honour of Lady Jocea of Ealdormere, defeated Count Sarnac Bahadur in the finals of Ealdormere's Crown Tournament on Saturday, May 27.

Gladiator: The Musical?

We know Russell Crowe can sing rock music, but how would he measure up in a musical version of Ridley Scott's Gladiator?

May 29th

Today in the Middle Ages: May 29, 1453

Orthodox Christian Constantinople fell to the Turks on May 29, 1453, a date that some historians consider the end of the Middle Ages.

East Kingdom Crown Tournament, May 6, AS XL (2006)

Laird Colyne Stewart reports on the recent Crown Tournament which took place in the Eastrealm.

Bardolf Defeats Lutr in Midrealm Crown Finals

Count Bardolf, fighting for Countess Brigh, defeated Sir Lutr Ulfskald, fighting for Lady Tessa of Wight, in the first and last bouts of the Middle Kingdom Crown Finals this weekend.

May 28th

New Middle Kingdom A&S Champion Named

Lady Antiontte Martel of the Barony of Northwoods won the Middle Kingdom Arts and Sciences Pentathalon today and was named the Middle Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion.

Northshield Crown Tourney Photos & Report Online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal for the Kingdom of Northshield, reports on and has posted photos from the Kingdom's recent Crown Tournament.

"Compendium of Scottish Silver" Online

Metalsmiths and researchers of Scottish silver will be glad to know that the Compendium of Scottish Silver is now available online in a fully-searchable format.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 28, 1291

On May 28, 1291, during the Siege of Acre, the temple of the Knights Templar was destroyed. With it went the crusading Knights' last foothold in the Holy Land.

Terry Jones Seeks to Bust the Barbarian Myth

Ex-Pythoner Terry Jones hopes to dispell the myth of barbarism in his new book Terry Jones' Barbarians. The London Times provides a preview.

May 27th

Large Roman Cemetery Found in Gloucestershire

A large Roman cemetery, containing at least 100 skeletons, has been discovered near Fairford in Gloucestershire, England.

"Da Vinci Code" Renews Interest in the Grail

The popularity of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has sparked interest in grail legends, according to scholars. An MSNBC article looks the various ways the grail has popped up in literature over the centuries.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 27, 1218

On May 27, 1218, the first ships of the Fifth Crusade reached Egypt.

Photos from Double Wars XIX

Edricus has posted photos from the recent Double Wars XIX event in the Kingdom of Draconwald. This is the Kingdom's largest annual event.

May 26th

"Treasures" Found in Jamestown Well

A recently-discovered well in Jamestown, Virginia has turned out to be a treasure trove of artifacts from the area's early residents including tobacco seeds, shells, fish bones, and a child's leather shoe.

Boooooooo!

Sonia Smith of Slate magazine looks at the origins of heckling from the ancient Greeks to medieval hooters.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 26, 1583

William and Anne Shakespeare's firstborn child, Susannah, was baptized on May 26, 1583.

Met Show Features Tibetan Arms and Armor

A current exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art features Tibetan weapons, armor, and other war gear from the 13th to the 20th century.

May 25th

Today in the Middle Ages: May 25, 735

On May 25, 735, the Venerable Bede ended his peaceful, learned life in the Northumbrian monastery where he had lived over fifty years.

Calontir War College Featured in Press

A photo taken at the recent War College near Jefferson City, Missouri was featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Food Network Seeks Iron Chefs

The Food Network has requested groups planning Iron Chef competitions to contact them. In some cases, the network has sent film crews to tape the event.

East Kingdom Spring 2006 Crown Tourney Photos Online

Lady Gavlinne has posted photos from the recent Crown Tournament that took place in the Eastrealm.

May 24th

White Monks May Have Pursued Alchemy

An alembic found at a remote North Yorkshire monastery may be evidence that Cistercian monks were involved in the arcane quest to make gold from base metal.