Archive - Jan 2007 - Story

January 16th

Dante's True Face

Dante Allegheri, the Italian poet whose work, The Divine Comedy, is almost required reading for SCAdians, has been depicted in the past with a classical profile, his nose straight. A team of forensic archeologists is challenging that picture with a reconstructed face of the poet, featuring a flattened nose.

Stefan's Florilegium update for January 2007

THLord Stefan li Rous has released updates for Stefan's Florilegium for January 2007.

Drachenwald Twelfth Night Coronation Photos Online - Part II

Baroness Estrid has posted photos from the recent Twelfth Night Coronation event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (5th - 7th January).

Reenactors to gather in Illinois

Folo Watkins reports that reenactors of many different timelines are invited to participate in the Forest Glen Preserve Timeline Event April 28, 2007.

January 15th

Bard of Caid Competition at Caidan 12th Night

The second Bard of Caid competition was held at Caidan 12th Night on Saturday January 6, 2007. THL Eilidh Swann shares her photos from the event, and from the Bardic Competition.

Craft and art combine for Calontir armorer

SCA member Andy Ward of Avoca, Arkansas combines craft and artistry when he creates armor for his business Ward Metal. Becca Bacon Martin interviewed him for an article in the Morning News.

Artes Draconis goes digital

Editor Baroness Katarina Peregrine has announced that the latest issue of Artes Draconis, the A&S newsletter for the Middle Kingdom, is now available in digital format.

Drachenwald Twelfth Night Coronation Photos Online

Lady Anna von Silvenhain has posted photos from the recent Twelfth Night Coronation event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (5th - 7th January).

January 14th

Are you royal?

Advertisements in newspapers throughout England, Australia, the United States and Europe are asking the question: "Can you trace your family tree back to 1066? Might your ancestors have claimed the English throne?"

Bianca da Ravenna, Artemisia's newest Laurel

Caryn reports that Bianca da Ravenna, Baroness Gryphon's Lair, was elevated to the Order of the Laurel at Gryphon's Lair Twelfth Night by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Artemisia.

British Museum Purchases Gold and Garnet Anglo-Saxon Sword Hilt

The British Museum purchased a set of gold, garnet enchrusted Anglo-Saxon sword fittings. They were discovered by a metal detectorist in 2002 near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. The fittings are a unique find for Anglo-Saxon England.

Odysseus's Home Identified?

British researchers believe that boreholes and seismic imaging prove they have pinpointed the homeland of Homer's hero Odysseus.

January 13th

Estrella War XXIII Announcements

Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXIII, has announced that the Estrella website has been updated. He has also released several announcements regarding facilities at the War.

Meadmakers to gather in Florida for Meadllennium

On January 27, 2007, meadmakers across the nation will diverge on Orlando, Florida for Meadllennium, the longest-running meadmakers convention in the United States. The convention is open to all home-brewers and includes judgings, prizes and the announcement of the coveted "Best of Show" award.

Science proves Shakespeare good for the brain

Medical research by University of Liverpool scientists has proved that reading Shakespeare can increase brain activity. Science Daily has the story.

Canterbury Cathedral in crisis

England's Canterbury Cathedral has launched an international fundraising campaign in a effort to raise more than UK£50m necessary for urgent repairs.

January 12th

Combat cookery at Estrella

This year's Estrella War will once again offer a Combat Cookery Contest in which Kingdoms may sponsor teams to prepare a period meal for four people using their own utensils and ingredients unknown to them before the competition.

Grendel on Sci Fi Saturday

On Saturday 13, 2007, the Sci Fi Channel will present the world premiere of Grendel, a Sci Fi original movie "based on the classic legend of Beowulf and Grendel."

Ansteorran coronation postponed due to weather

The central United States is being pounded by a major ice storm today, causing Ansteorra to cancel their upcoming Coronation for this weekend.

Mysterious rings puzzle archaeologists at the tomb of Chinese empress

Chinese archaeologists are confounded by a group 10 huge rings at the site of the tomb of the country's only empress, Wu Zetian. The rings, ranging from 30 to 40 meters in diameter, were discovered when aerial photos were taken.

Ancient texts of interest to modern medical researchers

A new report from the Mayo Clinic, reported by Science Daily, shows how researchers at the Clinic used data-mining techniques to discover new cures from ancient texts. The reports cites the anti-bacterial properties of the Atun tree as discussed by Dutch herbalist Georg Eberhard Rumpf in his mid-17th century work Ambonese Herbal.

Literary cookbook

On its website, the University of Chicago Press reviews Aguecheek’s Beef, Belch’s Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections: literature, culture, and food among the early moderns by Robert Appelbaum.

January 11th

USA Today Profiles Lawsuit Teen

The recent lawsuit bewteen a SCAdian and a Rhode Island school has raised the Society's media profile. USA Today gives a positive overview of our activities and purposes.

Treasures from Kremlin Armoury Museum on display in London

Britannia & Muscovy: English Silver at the Court of the Tsars, an exhibit of rare Elizabethan and Stuart silver and gold from the collections of the Kremlin Armoury Museum, will be featured at London's Gilbert Collection until January 28, 2007.

Chinua al-Naran to be knighted at Estrella

Their Majesties of the Outlands have offered THL Chinua al-Naran admittance to the Order of the Chivalry. Chinua will sit vigil at Estrella War XXIII.

Free Library of Philadelphia introduces digital manuscript collection

The Free Library of Philadelphia has announced a new digital collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts available to be viewed on its website. The collection includes both complete manuscripts and single leaves with information about the work.

Chivalry in the modern world

The website Chivalry Today offers discussions of the necessity of a Code of Chivalry in a 21st century world. The site includes online discussions and podcasts on a number of topics such as "Influential People," "Women and Chivalry" and "Today's Heroes."

January 10th

Saint Nicholas honored by exhibit in Bari, Italy

An exhibition of artwork depicting Saint Nicholas will be on display in Bari, Italy, the saint's resting place. Saint Nicholas, Art Masterpieces in East and West is jointly organized by the Bari Municipality, the district of Puglia, the Bari University, the local Department of Archaeology, the Archbishopric of Bari and the metropolitan church of Saint Nicholas in Bari, and will be on display until May 6, 2007.

Bones probably not those of Joan of Arc

Eighteen experts, working to determine if a rib bone and a piece of cloth belonged to St. Joan of Arc, have not completely finished their task but now feel that "there is relatively little chance that the remnants are hers."

Epact offers catalog of medieval and renaissance scientific instruments

A digital catalog of scientific instruments from the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence, the British Museum, London, and the Museum Boerhaave, Leiden is now available to view online. The instruments are described and include photographs.