Archive - 2006 - Story

December 13th

Four Frightened to Death by Fairies in Lamplugh

Life in 17th century England was dangerous, if the death records from the town of Lamplugh can be believed. Causes of death listed ranged from "Sleep coughing" to "Broke his neck robbing a hen roost" to "Frighted to Death by faries." Sarah Getty of the London Metro has the story.

December 12th

Palatine Hill excavation in Rome yields artifacts from deposed Emperor

The Emperor Maxentius was defeated by Constantine I in a battle in the year 321 C.E., but his followers apparently concealed his scepter, ceremonial weapons, and other regalia from Constantine's forces by burying the items. Archaeologists excavating Palatine Hill in Rome have located the cache, which is notable for the condition of the objects.

Prince Charles Shares Royal Recipes

Britain's Prince Charles shares family recipes dating back to the time of Henry VIII in a new cookbook. The Duchy Originals Cookbook will feature such delicacies as "Maids of Honour Tarts," said to have been given to Anne Boleyn by the King.

"Catherine Called Birdy" Teaches About Medieval Life

Paula Laurita, Library Sciences Editor for BellaOnline, has created a website to help librarians and educators teach children learn about the Middle Ages.

December 11th

Tana à l'Esprit Fort Placed on Vigil in Outlands

A vigil in honor of Tana à l'Esprit Fort will be held Saturday December 16, 2006 at al-Barran's Midwinter celebration. Tana is to be offered entry into the Order of the Laurel.

Swedish Christmas Goat - Centuries Old Tradition

Each year for the last 40 years, the centuries-old symbol of Christmas in Sweden, a huge straw goat, has been built in Gavle, Sweden. Only 10 of them have seen the new year; the rest have been torched, run over by cars, knocked over or otherwise destroyed by vandals.

Photos from the Known World Costuming Symposium Online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Northshield, shares her memories and photos of the recent Known World Costuming Symposium which was held recently in the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, Wisconsin).

December 10th

Estrella War to hold Roses Cancer Tourney

Countessa Mariana Vivia de Santiago of the Kingdom of Atenveldt has announced that she will host a Roses Cancer Tournament at Estrella War XXIII. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Instructors Needed for Gulf Wars XVI

Miramah, Collegium Director for Gulf Wars XV1, is seeking A&S instructors for the upcoming War which will take place March 11-18, 2007 in Lumberton, Mississippi.

December 9th

Shire of New Exeter demonstrates rebated steel combat

The Adrian Empire's Shire of New Exeter, in modern-day Jefferson City, Missouri, was the site of a live-steel combat demonstration that attracted the attention of Michelle Brooks, a reporter for the Jefferson City News Tribune.

"From the Hands of Scribes" at the Sackler Gallery

On December 15-17, 2006, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution will present demonstrations by London-based calligrapher Satwinder Sehmi who will discuss "the world of the scribes who created the Bibles on view in the exhibition In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000."

The Rede of Sarnac

Master Aaron Faheud Swiftrunner of the Stone Keep has written this touching tribute to Count Sir Sarnac, who passed away earlier this week in Ealdormere.

Shire of Grey Gargoyles subject of feature article

Don't tease the gargoyles! Members of the Shire of Grey Gargoyles, in modern-world Chicago, Illinois, say they occasionally are thought odd for their hobby, but that onlookers can't help but respect the weaponry. Blake Rachowin of the Chicago Maroon has the story.

December 8th

Evidence of Norsemen in the Roman Legions

"It is a well known fact that people from so called barbaric tribes like the German tribes up north, were recruited into the Roman legions." Now, new finds in Norway demonstrate that the northern lands had closer ties to the Roman Empire than previously believed.

Farewell to Count Sir Sarnac, of Ealdormere

Count Sir Sarnac Kir (Ba'adur), eighth King of Ealdormere, died on December 4 after a brief illness. Friends in Ealdormere, the Midrealm, and elsewhere this week must say farewell to a Knight who will be fondly remembered.

December 7th

College of St. Artemas featured in news article

Part of the Barony of Calafia, the College of St. Artemas is a small group located at the University of California San Diego campus. A recent article by Katie McLaughlin in The Guardian, a campus newspaper, featured the history and activities of the group.

SCA joins with University Library in Toys for Tots drive

Thieves who stole Toys for Tots toys from a Salvation Army facility couldn't dampen the generosity of SCA members and Michigan University Library staff and patrons, who collected hundreds of toys. Mistress Siobhan O'Neill reports on the collection at Toys for Tots in Three Hills tournament.

Today in the Middle Ages: December 7, 1539

On December 7, 1539, Martin Luther granted Philip, Landgrave of Hesse a confessor's dispensation to marry a second wife, although his first wife was still living and not divorced. Christine of Saxony, described as "unattractive and sickly," apparently favored her husband's plan to marry again.

December 6th

Burial Site Discovery Pushes Back Date of Christianity in Britain

A Christian grave discovered near St-Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London, indicates that Christianity may have come to Albion much earlier than previously supposed.

Estrella War XXIII Early Arrival Regulations

Maestro Diego de Marulanda al Nadil, Miastreas Deborah Inis Glas, and Mistress Alexandra de Le Mer Vert, autocrats for Estrella War XXIII, have announced that early entry to the War site will be limited to those authorized by their volunteer department heads.

Curse Tablet Expands Knowledge of Roman Britain

Archaelogists from the University of Leicester have found a fragment of lead that greatly adds to their knowledge of the city's Roman past. The "curse tablet" bears a list of 18 names; until now, only a few names of Roman residents of the city were known.

December 5th

"Explore Roman Britain" Online

The University of Oxford (England) has announced that an online, continuing education program entitled Exploring Roman Britain is now accepting students.

Historic Ealdormere Photos and Documents Sought

Eirik Andersen of Tworavens.com is looking for photos and articles that document the Kingdom of Ealdormere's past.

December 4th

Knighting in Gleann Abhann Photos

Mistress Anyeta has posted photos from the recent knighting ceremony of Sir Uther in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. Sir Uther is the Kingdom's first knight.

Carenza's Caravan Brings Middle Eastern Dance to Muncie, Indiana

When Carenza bint Asya (Diana Eckart) became involved with the SCA, she was given the choice of pursuing a Viking persona or that of a belly dancer. She chose the dancer. Now, six years later, she owns a dance studio and heads a troupe of dancers. Thomas Fraley of the Ball State Daily News has the story.

High School Yearbook to Ban SCA Sword

Portsmouth High School senior and SCA member Patrick Agin may appear in the school yearbook wearing his chainmail, but the broadsword over his shoulder must go, say school officials. Bruce Burdett of the East Bay, Rhode Island newspaper reports.

December 3rd

Lochac A&S Photos Online

Art has announced that photos from the recent Feast of Four Winds event in Colles Ardorum (New South Wales) are available to view on the group's website.

KWCS Proceedings Available

Did you miss out on attending the Knowne World Costuming Symposium and now are sad that you didn't get a chance to take all those lovely classes? Never fear! The Proceedings are now available for purchase!

Medieval Healing Icon to be Displayed in Bulgaria

A sacred icon depicting Saint Kliment Ohridski, dating from the Middle Ages, will be on display in Sofia, Bulgaria November 25, 2006.

Estrella War XXIII to Feature Artisan's Showcase

Baron Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXIII, invites artisans from the Known World to participate in the War's Artisan's Showcase.