Archive - 2006 - Story

October 3rd

New Position: Liaison for International Affairs

Jason WIlliams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc., has announced that the Society is seeking to fill the position of Liaison for International Affairs.

New Ansteorran Crown

The new Prince and Princess Of Ansteorra are Prince Romanius Vesperianus and Princess Deanna.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 3, 1470

The readeption of previously deposed King Henry VI of England occurred on October 3, 1470. The mentally ill king had to be led by the hand during the celebratory parade.

War 2, Archaeology 0

Recent bombing and a resulting oil spill in Lebanon have damaged two World Heritage sites, says an inspection team from UNESCO. Roman remains at Tyre and a medieval tower at Byblos are in urgent need of repair.

October 2nd

Armor Stolen in Principality of the Mists

Faelan ua hEogain (Michael McPartland) reports that his armor was stolen from his vehicle on Saturday September 30, 2006 in Sunnyvale, California.

New museum explores legend, science of amber

Elektron, anbar, bernstein, Baltic gold -- by any name, amber has been treasured since ancient times. The Polish city of Gdansk, a world center for amber crafting, recently acquired a new museum devoted to studying the world's most prized sap.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 2, 1535

On October 2, during his second voyage to North America, Jacques Cartier came to a town which he renamed "Montreal."

Meridies Fall 2006 Coronation Photos Online

Jerusha has posted photos from the Kingdom of Meridies' recent Fall 2006 Coronation.

October 1st

Brits are All Celts Under the Skin

According to a recent study of the genetic makeup of Britain's population, nearly all residents are descended from the Celts. "If one thinks that the English are genetically different from the Scots, Irish and Welsh, that's entirely wrong," said Professor Bryan Sykes, a human geneticist at Oxford University.

Northshield Fall 2006 Coronation Photos

Northshield Kingdom Seneschal, Elashava bas Riva, has posted an album of photos from the Kingdom's recent Fall Coronation.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 1, 1478

On October 1, 1478, plague returned to the city of Florence.

Roman Villa Discovered in Turkey

A 3rd century Roman villa has been discovered in the ancient city of Laodiceia near Denizli, Turkey. Archaeologists believe the home, which contains mosaic floors, may have belonged to a rich farmer.

September 30th

Baron Rory ua Riada to be Elevated to Peerage

Master Erik of Telemark has announced that Baron Rory ua Riada will be elevated to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties of Gleann Abhann on October 7, 2006.

Red Tower Photos

THL Roger Luc Besson of the Barony of the Southdowns in the Kingdom of Meridies has posted photos from the recent Red Tower event.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 30, 1139

Matilda, also called Maud, the daughter of Henry I, landed in England to claim its crown on September 30, 1139. She was the first woman ever to rule the kingdom of England.

List of contenders for the Drachenwald Fall Crown Tourney available

The list of contenders for Crown Tournament on October 13th - 15th, 2006, at Limberg Castle in Austria, is available now at the Fall Crown Tournament Homepage of the Shire Ad Flumen Caerulum.

September 29th

Alvar Pacheco de Cadiz to be Knighted in the West

Alvar Pacheco de Cadiz has announced that he will sit vigil to comtemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry on September 30, 2006 following Crown Tournament.

National Geographic: The Joy of Shoes

The online version of the September 2006 issue of National Geographic Magazine includes an article on "The Joy of Shoes." The article includes photos and references to modern and historic shoes.

Medieval sculpture exhibit opens at the Met

Over eighty medieval sculpted heads, half from the Met's collection and half from other American and European collections, are on display in "Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture," a new exhibit at the Robert Lehman Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Kinder, Gentler Vikings

Dr Andrew Heald, the Later Iron Age and Early Historic Curator at the National Museums of Scotland, tries to lay to rest myths about the cruelty of Vikings in an article for The Scotsman.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 29, 1513

Vasco Núñez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean on September 29, 1513.

September 28th

More Photos from Outlands Fall 2006 Crown Tourney

Arwen has posted photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Early Stuart needlework exhibit at the Fitzwilliam

"Figures on Fabric" will be on display at the Octagon Gallery of the Fitzwilliam Museum (at the University of Cambridge, in England) through December 30.

Tourney of the Diamonds Photos Online

Antonio Felluci has posted photos from the Kingdom of Atlantia's Tournament of the Diamonds.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 28, 551 BCE

September 28, 551 BCE is the traditional date for the birthday of Confucius (K'ung-fu-tzu). Although not a medieval figure, Confucius exercised a profound influence over the subsequent development of Chinese culture in all periods.

September 27th

Happy New Year 5787!

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, last week brought us into Anno Mundi (Year of the World) 5787. But Jews have only figured the calendar from the Creation since the 9th century C.E.

SCAdians Offer Fun and Educational Opprotunities at Pennsylvania Faire

The Middletown Grange Fairgrounds in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania were the seen of the recent seventh annual Village Renaissance Faire where the public was invited to learn about the Middle Ages, take part in activities and have a lot of fun. Aleea S. Slappy of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 27, 1540

The Pope issued a bull establishing Ignatius Loyola's new Society of Jesus (the Jesuit order) on September 24, 1540. The Society was and still is answerable directly to the Pope himself.

Three Bears: Old Norse Style

Bluejo has posted a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears written as an Old Norse saga. The poem was published on LiveJournal.

September 26th

Heraldry: Alive and Well in the U.S. Army

Think heraldry is an activity for creaky, old SCAdians in dusty libraries? Think again. The United States Army has The Quartermaster Heraldic Section and the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry.

A website with examples of military heraldry and a history of heraldry in the American Army is available to view online.