Archive - 2006 - Story

October 18th

Period Pewter Collection to be Auctioned

The pewter collection of the late Stanley Shemmell, including objects of Roman origin and vessels from the Spanish Armada, will go on sale at Bonham's auction house on October 26. The items in the collection represent over a thousand years in the history of pewter-making.

October 17th

"Have Armor, Will Travel"

Karl M. Kindt III has found a way to combine his ideals and the work he loves with his profession: he makes himself available as a "Knight for Hire."

Inter-Kingdom Exchange List Created

Lady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir has announced the creation of the Inter-Kingdom Exchange, a Yahoo group to share information and resources across the Kingdoms of AEthelmearc, Atlantia and the East.

"Machiavelli" Now Off Broadway in NYC

Machiavelli, a new play by Richard Vetere, has opened off Broadway in New York City. The comedy has been called "snappy, surprising, stimulating, and all together satisfying" by critics.

English Monastery Nominated for World Heritage Status

The Venerable Bede's monastic home has been put forward as a possible UNESCO World Heritage Site. If selected, it will gain that status in 2009.

October 16th

Heirs to the Drachenwald Thorne

The Drachenwald Crown Tournament was fought the 14:th of October. The new Crown Prince and Crown Princesses are Sir Maximilian von Brandenberg and his lady wife Margerite von Buchholtz.

Lafayette Public Library to Offer Chaucer Program

The Lafayette Public Library in Lafayette, Louisiana will present "The Life and Times of Geoffrey Chaucer," a free teacher workshop, on November 11, 2006.

Arthurian Scholar Norma Lorre Goodrich Dies in California

Writer, professor and Arthurian Scholar Norma Lorre Goodrich died September 19, 2006 at her home in Claremont, California. Goodrich was known for her sometimes controversial theory that King Arthur was Scottish rather than English or Welsh.

October 15th

Hans Holbein at the V&A

Artist Hans Holbein, best known for his portraits of royal personages of the Tudor court, is the subject of a new exhibit at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The large collection of paintings will be on display 28 September 2006 through 7 January 2007.

Brion of Bellatrix and Ysabella Dolfin New Heirs to the Mists

Lord Hirsch reports that Brion of Bellatrix, inspired by Ysabella Dolfin, was the victor of the recent Coronet in the Principality of the Mists (Kingdom of the West).

In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., in association with the Bodleian Library, will present In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 15, 1518

On October 15, 1518, Martin Luther was summoned before a Papal legate in Augsburg, Germany, but refused to recant his 95 Theses.

Domesticated Animals of the Iron Age

A British website offers an historic view of the breeds of animals which shared their lives with Iron Age people. These included sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, horses and fowl. The article includes photos of these breeds' ancestors.

October 14th

Caid's "Merry Gamester" Shares Expertise

Lord Wat of Coombe (Walter Nelson), of the Kingdom of Caid, has released his book, The Merry Gamester: A Practical Guide to the English Speaking World's Most Popular Card Games, Dice Games and Divers Amusements from Ancient Times to 1900, a work on historical gaming, for general use. The book is available in PDF format.

Living in the Mongolian Lap of Luxury

Interested in a nomadic existence - but with all the comforts of home? Consider visiting the Colorado Yurt Company where you can own a yurt complete with refrigerator, range and deck.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 14, 1066

The Battle of Hastings was fought on October 14, 1066 between William the Bastard's Norman forces and the Saxon defenders under King Harold II. It changed forever the culture and language of the British Isles.

Nano-Grecian Formula One?

New research by French scientists seems to suggest that the techniques used by Greeks and Romans to dye their hair had results in common with today's nanotechnology and were comparable to modern products.

October 13th

Renaissance Store Offers Articles Archive

The Renaissance Store (AKA Chivalry Sports) has created an archive page of articles from past electronic newsletters covering such topics as games, recipes, courtly love, children, and the renaissance community's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Warren, Michigan, exempts SCA from new fighting ban

Members of the Barony of Roaring Wastes were successful in persuading the city council of Warren, Michigan to exempt SCA fighter practices from a new law banning fighting in city parks.

Fighter's Collegium Photos

Gawin der Fuchs has posted photos from the recent Fighter's Collegium in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

"Hound of Hartlepool" Baffles Experts

The 600-year-old bronze silhouette of a snarling dog has stumped experts who are trying to puzzle out its use. Weathervane? "Beware of Dog" sign? They aren't sure what to make of the crudely cut image, unearthed by Tees Archaeology.

October 12th

Fiat Lux campaign urges SCA to reinstate non-contact combat roles

In Lochac, a web-based public action campaign has been launched to preserve non-contact combatant in the SCA, after a new edition of the SCA Marshal's Handbook began requiring standard heavy-combat armour for siege crews and combat archers society-wide.

Salute, Cheers and Slainte!

Charged with the honor of giving the toast at the next feast? Why not learn to say "Cheers" in a new language? The Alternative Whisky Academy has published a website with toasts in many different languages.

"Murthly Hours" Online

The National Library of Scotland has posted an online version of the Murthly Hours, a richly decorated manuscript written in Paris in the 13th century.

Pre-Registration for Estrella War is Open

Baron Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXIII, has announced that pre-registration for the event is now open.

Artemisia Resident "One-woman Whirlwind"

According to Shelby (Montana) Promoter reporter Barbara Simonetti, Adrienne Cotterell is a "one-woman whirlwind" who teaches belly dancing, helps organize local SCA activities and works as a manicurist at the Corner Beauty Shop. Her teaching of belly dancing has won her a devoted following.

October 11th

BBC offers live webcast of Hastings 2006

On October 14 and 15, the annual Battle of Hastings reenactment will be webcast live by the BBC. The reenactment of the famous 1066 battle between King Harold the Saxon and William the Norman takes place on the very site of the original event, which gave William the Conqueror his nickname.

Oslo Garbage Dump Yields Medieval Treasures

A garbage dump dating from the 13th or 14th century has been discovered in Oslo, Norway. The massive collection of discarded items includes over 1,000 shoes.

Readstan Pas d'Armes Photos Online

Lady Arwen and Lord Guillaume have posted photos from the the Incipient Canton of Readstan's Pas d'Armes which took place recently in Denver, Colorado (Kingdom of the Outlands).

Metea Renaissance Faire Brings Fun to Fort Wayne

“At a Renaissance festival, the stage spills over into the lanes – much like interaction with characters at Disneyland – and you become part of the show. Without that interaction, a renfest would just be a craft and food show with people in funny clothing talking in bad accents,” said Allen Huffman, software engineer and ren faire enthusiast. Steve Penhollow covered the story for the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette.