Archive - 2006 - Story

December 2nd

Estate of Retired Librarian Includes Lost Fra Angelicos

Several paintings of saints created by 15th century monk and artist Fra Angelico have been discovered in England and are scheduled to be auctioned. The sale is expected to bring nearly US$2 million.

Viking Longhouse to be Constructed in North Dorset

Researchers in North Dorset, England have contracted to build a replica of a Viking longhouse. The building will be part of a living history museum.

Odescalchi Castle has Rich History

Odescalchi Castle, the site of the November 18, 2006 nuptials of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, is a 15th century residence with a great deal of history including the family of Pope Innocent XI and a murderous noblewoman.

December 1st

Peers Created/Offered in Atenveldt

At Southern Crusades, in the Kingdom of Atenveldt, TRMs Phelan II & Elzbieta II elevated Carhoo of the Barony of Atenveldt to the position of Knight of the Society.

Royal University of the Midrealm (RUM) cancelled due to weather

Due to severe winter weather, dangerous roads, and a power outage, the fall session of the Royal University of the Midrealm (RUM) has been cancelled.

Charlemagne Story Filming in Europe

Love and Virtue, a film about Charlemagne based on The Song of Roland and Orlando Innamorato, will feature an all-star cast including John Malkovich, Peter O'Toole, Stephen Dillane and Darryl Hannah.

November 30th

Photos from Caid Coronation Online

Broichan has posted photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Caid including "2 Laurelings, 1 fresh Pelican, 2 new Court Barons, waning Crowns, waxing crowns, garb to die for, and on and on and on..."

Scientists at last understand ancient calculating device

After many years of study, scientists at last can fathom the works of a calculating device from ancient Greece, which some researchers consider more valuable than the Mona Lisa due to its unique historical value.

November 29th

Children's Play Castle for Christmas?

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that little prince or princess? How about a personal "play castle?"

Road Workers Discover Tran Dynasty Altar

Construction workers in Hanoi, Vietnam have discovered what is believed to be an ancient altar from the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400) as well as glassware dating to the same period.

Burglary at the SCA Corporate offices

During the recent holiday weekend, the SCA corporate office in Milpitas, California, was burglarized. Aaron Swiftrunner, Society Seneschal (mka George Reed, Vice President of Operations) has released a detailed report on the incident.

Outlands Fall 2006 Coronation Photos

Arwen Southernwood reports that photos taken at the recent Fall 2006 Coronation in the Kingdom of the Outlands are now available to view online.

November 28th

West Virginia family finds SCA fun together

In Barboursville, West Virginia, the archery interest of one child led the entire family to discover the SCA, and now they're thoroughly hooked! The Herald-Dispatch sent reporter Rachel Gensler, who did a nice feature story on the family and the Tavern at Kingdom's Edge event in AEthelmearc.

Web preview created for Caidan fundraising calendar

A web site has been created for the highly-successful "Benedictions: A Caidan Calendar of Chivalry and Sainthood". The calendar's sales are a fundraiser to benefit Caid's kingdom coffers, which suffered substantial losses due to the cancellation of this year's Great Western War.

Darter's Pennsic 35 Photos Online

Darter the Chronicler (Ron Lutz II) has posted his photo galleries from Pennsic 35 (2006). Darter is the photographer who produced the wonderful 2006-2007 Pennsic War calendar.

Jewish History Becomes High Priority in Spain

Over five centuries after expelling the Jews from their country, the Spanish have developed an interest in Judaica, especially through archaeology or the restoration of period documents.

November 27th

Photos from Le Pas D'Armes de L'Arbre D'Or

Baroness Adriana la Bretonne of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that photos from Le Pas D'Armes de L'Arbre D'Or are now available to view online.

Sir Edward the Red to Become Pelican

At the recent Day of the Troubadours in the Kingdom of Ealdormere, Sir Edward the Red was asked to enter the Order of the Pelican.

Pennsic Site Fees Increased

Due to the rise in Pennsylvania's minimum wage, the Coopers have been forced to increase the gate fee for Pennsic 36. Adult member fees (without pre-registration) will be increased to $130 for those attending both weeks.

Virtual Armoring Exhibitions Online

The Higgins Armory Museum and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have created a series of virtual exhibitions dealing with the martial arts in Medieval and Renaissance Europe with an emphasis on armor and fighting techniques.

November 26th

Viking Ship to Sail Next Summer

A dream will come true next summer for a group of would-be Vikings who have volunteered to sail the Danish ship Havhingsten on a seven-week, 1,000-mile voyage.

Estrella War XXIII A&S Collegium Instructors Needed

Mistress Elspeth von Bremen, A&S Collegium Steward for Estrella War XXIII, is requesting instructors to participate in the Collegium at the upcoming War.

Arts on Display at the Tavern at Kingdom's Edge

Garry and Pamela Dick of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc shared their bookbinding skills recently at the Tavern on the Edge of the Kingdom event in Barboursville, West Virginia. The event was covered by Rachel Gensler for the Herald-Dispatch.

November 25th

Feast of the Bear Photos Online

Eirik Andersen has announced that he has posted photos from the recent Feast of the Bear event on the Two Ravens website. Feast of the Bear took place November 4, 2006 in the Royal Citie of Eoforwic (Kingdom of Ealdormere).

Soper Lane

A group of women in London have joined together to study and re-create the working lives of their counterparts in the 15th century. Soper Lane, named after the silkweaving district in London, offers information on textiles, costuming and other activities.

Roman Coins Offered to Placate the Gods?

Archaeologists working near the city of Cuijk in the Netherlands have discovered a cache of 3rd century Roman coins and other treasures, apparently as an offering at the spot where a bolt of lightning had struck.

More Atlantian Crown Tourney Photos Online

Lidia de Ragusa has posted photos from the recent Fall 2006 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

November 24th

Optics Scholar Offers Discussion of Use of Projectors by Renaissance Painters

Dr. David G. Stork, Chief Scientist of Ricoh Innovations, heads up a discussion of a theory by David Hockney that painters, as far back as 1420, used projection devices to enable them to trace images onto canvas.

Queen's Collegium Photos Posted

Simon Drake has announced that he has posted photos from the Barony of Dragonspine's Queen's Collegium which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Early Byzantine Costume Research Papers Online

Meghan Elphinstone, Arts & Sciences Champion for the Barony of Marinus in Atlantia, has posted her extensive research on early Byzantine costuming. The two papers are available in PDF format.