Archive - Sep 2006 - Story

September 8th

Beocat vs. Grendel's Dog

Beocat, fearless feline of the Saxon north, takes on Grendel's dog, a Great Dane of course, in Grendel's Dog, from Beocat, a delightful poem by Henry Beard.

Clan Tynker Performs at Pennsic Video

Fans of the performance troupe Clan Tynker will want to tune in to a YouTube video of the group taken at Pennsic 35.

New Society Marshal's Handbook Online

A new, downloadable version of the Society Marshal's Handbook is now available on the SCA, Inc. website.

Worldcat Helps Locate Books Worldwide

Gillian Durham reports that the "world's largest library catalog", WorldCat, is now available to search free online.

September 7th

Good Grooming Shows in Irish Bog People

A study of Irish bog burials shows that the well-preserved bodies were well-groomed at the time of their internment, with manicured fingernails and gelled hair.

Count Sir Phelan O'Coilean Victor in Atenveldt Crown Tournament

His Excellency, Count Sir Phelan O Coilean, fighting for Her Excellency, Countess Elzbieta Rurikovskaia, defeated Elzbieta's brother, His Excellency, Count Sir Eduard Gostomski, fighting for Her Grace, Duchess Asa Hrafnsdottir in a pitched battle of titans lasting nearly 30 minutes.

Photos from Kolfinna's Festival of the Rose 2006

Ciar and Eilidh have posted photos from Kolfinna's Festival of the Rose 2006 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid.

William Blackfox Award Winners Announced

SCA Society Chronicler Mistress Nicolaa de Bracton announced the winners of the William Blackfox Awards for excellence in newsletter publication at Pennsic 35.

This means war! The legions of Oregon's Society for Creative Anachronism meet for a mighty clash of arms in Lebanon.

The Oregon City News reports from Tryggvi's War, at Cheadle Lake Park.

September 6th

Teachers Sought for Known World Costume Symposium

Baroness Eithni ingen Talorgain is looking for instructors for the upcoming Known World Costuming Symposium which takes place November 26, 2006 in the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, Wisconsin).

Photos of Atenveldt Crown Tourney Online

Mistress Magdalen Venturosa has posted her photo album from Atenveldt Crown Tournament.

International Jousting Association to Hold Event in Canada

On September 9-11, 2006, the Canadian chapter of the International Jousting Association will be holding its first event, the IJA-Canada 2006 National Championships. The event will be held in conjunction with the Severn Bridge Fall Fair in Washago, Ontario.

Judith de Northumbria Elevated to Laurel

Sir Gerhardt von Wuestenburg has announced that Judith de Northumbria was placed on vigil by Their Majesties Michael and Moira of the Kingdom of Drachenwald to contemplate acceptance into the Order of the Laurel.

"Weekend Warriors" Battle in Largo Park

Members of the Shire of Marcaster (Tampa Bay area) in the Kingdom of Trimaris gathered recently at Largo Central Park to teach modern folk about life in the Middle Ages. Steve Kornacki of the Tampa Tribune was there to cover the story.

September 5th

French Castle Being Built in Medieval Fashion

Welcome to the modern Middle Ages! Researchers and craftsmen are working together to construct an authentic medieval castle in the forests of Burgundy, France. Ten years into the project, Guedelon Castle is about 1/3 completed.

"Image of Irelande" Depicts 16th Century Irish Life

Plates from John Derrick's 1581 book The Image of Irelande are available on the Edinburgh University website. The woodcuts show examples of Irish costume of the time.

Pennsic A&S Exhibit Photos Online

A small album of photos from the Arts and Sciences Exhibition at Pennsic XXXV are available to view on the Kodak Gallery website.

Medieval Documentary on Australian TV

SBS in Australia will broadcast Lost Worlds: Europe in the Middle Ages, a four-part series investigating the Middle Ages and its links to modern life, beginning September 3, 2006.

Scotland Hopes to Crack Down on Crime and Violence by Banning Swords

Scottish Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson has announced that the new ban on the sale of knives and swords in the United Kingdom will help stem knife violence in the country. So far, over 12,000 blades have been turned in to authorities.

September 4th

Devonshire Tapestries Get Face Lift

One of only three full sets of surviving Flemish or French tapestries has been taken down from display at the Victoria and Albert Museum for cleaning and restoration.

Gout may have Forced Abducation of Charles V

Medical researchers working with the 500-year-old pinky of Emperor Charles V of Spain report that the mummified finger shows signs of debilitating gout which would have caused great pain. Charles V abdicated in favor of his brother at the age of 56.

Southeastern Medieval Association Conference to Present "Beginnings and Endings"

The SouthEastern Medieval Association will host the 2006 conference at The University of Mississippi October 12-14, 2006. The conference will feature Giles Constable of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and Roberta Frank of Yale University.

"Heartwarming" Times at Artemisia Event

Karma M. Fitzgerald for the Magic Valley Times News in Wendell, Idaho learned about life in the SCA when she visited “Hearthwarming,” an event at Niagara Springs State Park.

September 3rd

SCA on-line encyclopedia boasts 3,593 articles

Cunnan, a Wiki-style encyclopedia, now has almost 3600 articles available and more are added daily. First put on-line in 2003, Cunnan offers "information for re-enactors of the Middle Ages and Renaissance with a heavy slant towards members of the SCA."

Saxon Belt On Display For First Time

A rare, copper alloy Saxon belt buckle, dated to between 600 CE and 720 CE has gone on display for the first time.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 3, 1189

Richard I of England, called the Lion Heart, was crowned king in Westminster on September 3, 1189. The crusading king never learned to speak English and spent all but six months of his reign abroad.

Stefan's Florilegium Updates for August 2006

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates for Stefan's Florilegium for August 2006.

September 2nd

Gleann Abhann Crown Combatants Announced

Their Majesties of Gleann Abhann have announced the participants and their consorts for Their upcoming Crown Tournament.

Irish Road Bowling Alive & Well in West Virginia

The rattle of metal on asphalt could be heard recently as the North American Region Championships of Irish Road Bowling came to Turkey Run Road in Buckhannon West Virginia. The ancient sport consists of tossing a metal ball along winding, country roads.

SCAdian Musicians Perform in Powell River

Members of the local SCA chapter in Vancouver, British Columbia participated in a musical evening at Powell River's Boxwood Cottage garden recently where they presented a program of medieval music.