Archive - Oct 2007 - Story

October 25th

Elin the Timid to be elevated at Ansteorra Coronation

Master Philip White reports that the Honorable Lady Elin the Timid will be elevated to the Order of the Laurel at the upcoming Ansteorra Fall Coronation.

October 24th

The Passing of Viscount Sir Gaius Marcellus Librus Auklandus

Viscount Sir Gaius Marcellus Librus Auklandus, OL, OP, passed away from an apparent heart attack last week. He was living in the Kingdom of the West at the time, but had lived in many kingdoms over the course of his SCA life, including Atlantia, Meridies, Ansteorra, the East and Caid.

CAPTCHA used to help decipher manuscripts

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that an anti-spam tool called CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) can be used to help computers read hand-written manuscripts.

Diabetes Fundraiser in honor of Gyrth Oldcastle

Sophia the Orange invites SCA members to join her for the American Diabetes Association's fundraising walk October 27, 2007 in Washington D.C. in memory of Duke Gyrth Oldcastle of Ravenspur. Others may donate online.

Hard-Fought Victory in Midrealm Fall Crown

In last weekend's fall Crown Tournament, Sir Lutr Ulfskjald, fighting for Lady Tessa of Wight, prevailed over Sir Jocelyn le Jongleur, fighting for Sir Logan MacCoinnich of Kintail, to win the Crown of the Middle Kingdom. Justin shares photos of Crown Tournament and the Court that followed.

October 23rd

FAQs about volunteering at Estrella War XXIV

THL Eden Blacksmith, the Volunteer Coordinator for Estrella War XXIV, has posted a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about volunteering at the War.

Vicipaedia Latina

Bored with the usual blog gossip sites? Want something with a little more challenge? Try Vicipaedia Latina, the Latin version of Wikipedia, a "labor of love for a small group of Latin buffs and weekend philologists whose motto might well be 'What would Julius do?'"

SCA author to sign books at Chapters

Author Lorina Stephens (Leonora), the author of Shadow Song and Recipes of a Dumb Housewife, will be signing books at Chapters book store in Ontario throughout the month of November 2007.

Queen's Prize Photos

Rothin, from the Kingdom of the Outlands, has posted an album of photos from the recent Queen's Prize event.

October 22nd

Mobile Renaissance Faire invites SCA participation

BlackAdder has announced that SCA members are invited to attend the Mobile Renaissance Faire November 17-18, 2007 in Mobile, Alabama. SCA members in garb may attend for free with a valid membership card, and merchants are offered a discount on vending fees.

Archaeologists find Viking Norwich

Archaeologists working in Norwich, England have discovered city walls dating back to Viking times. “Our finding gives us the old geography of the city and lets us look at the history of the defensive mechanisms used in Norwich at the time," said Andy Hutcheson, archaeology manager for NAU Archaeology.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age - An SCA review

THL Charles de Bourbon recently attended a showing of the new film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He shares his review.

October 21st

Lampworking with the young in Northshield

At a recent Young Artists Conference at Southwest Minnesota State University, Garret Bitker (Gevehard in the SCA) taught middle school students the art of bead-making. Cindy Votruba of the Independent (Marshall, Minnesota) has the story.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for October 2007

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium fort October 2007.

Participants in Ealdormere Crown XX

Hrólfr has posted the names of the combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Legio Draconis website.

Freer Gallery of Art celebrates Rumi anniversary

The Freer Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of Sufi poet Mevlana Jalal-ad-Din Rumi with a special presentation on October 27, 2007: Poetry in Song: Rumi's Mystical Journey.

October 20th

16th century Spanish ship found off Florida coast

Divers are examining the remains of a ship which sank off the coast of Pensacola, Florida during a hurricane in 1559. The ship is believed to be one of several Spanish ships sent to colonize the area. A previous ship was discovered 15 years ago.

Lutr and Tessa new heirs to the Middle Kingdom

SCAtoday.net Publisher Maistor Justinos Tekton reports that Sir Lutr Ulfskjald, inspired by Lady Tessa of Wight, was the victor of the Midrealm Fall Crown Tourney, which took place October 20, 2007 in the Barony of the Middle Marches.

Pirate U.

Are you a pirate who feels unappreciated? Perhaps you need a degree from St. Augustine Pirate University where you can complete "the course of study [in which] we will assist you in the reaffirmation of your knowledge by recognizing your achievements with the granting of a diploma in your chosen field of Pirateology."

St Teilo's Church opens after relocation

The Archbishop of Canterbury has opened a 13th century church which was relocated from its original site in Pontarddulais near Swansea, Wales to the National History Museum in St Fagansa.

Duke Sven Gunnarsson victor of Drachenwald Crown Tournament

Eleanora reports that the new Crown Prince in the Kingdom of Drachenwald is Duke Sven Gunnarsson.

October 19th

Viking clothing found in Pskov, Russia

Peter Beatson has published an extensive online report detailing the work of researchers E. Zubkova, O. Orfinskaya, D. Likhachev on the discovery of Viking-age textiles in three chamber graves in Pskov, Russia in 2006.

Sculptural weaver Lenore Tawney dead at 100

Lenore Tawney, a weaver who "helped create the genre of fiber art" died September 24, 2007 in her home at the age of 100. Holland Cotter for the New York Times remembers her and her work.

An interview with ex-Python and scholar Terry Jones

Colin Covert interviews Terry Jones, Monty Python alum and medieval scholar for the Star-Tribune about Chaucer book, and his BBC television series.

Medieval carnival brings British community together

Organizers of a medieval carnival to celebrate the renovation of Hulton Abbey in Stoke-on-Trent were delighted to find that it brought various community groups together.

October 18th

Marco Polo's Zipangu really the Philippines?

A new study by author Setsuko Matoba proposes the theory that the island of Zipangu made famous in The Travels of Marco Polo may not have been Japan, as believed, but the Philippines.

Gregor Von Leipzig's intro to the SCA

Gregor Von Leipzig has posted a video introduction to SCA life including heavy fighting, archery and A&S on YouTube.

New little princess in Ansteorra

Fattiopap Laszlo has announced the birth of Madison White to Their Graces Duchess Chiara della Luna and Duke Kerold Hoegaarden in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Knights entertain, teach at Georgia Medieval Festival

Armored knights were one of the draws at the recent Medieval Festival, a fundraiser for the Oatland Island Wildlife Center near Savannah, Georgia. The activities included an armored combat demonstration, chainmail-making, Middle Eastern dancing and jugglers.

“The Wedding at Cana” returns to Venice

In 1797, Napoleon's army confiscated the masterpiece the “Wedding at Cana” from the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice and took it back to France. Now the painting has returned home - sort of...