Archive - Sep 2007 - Story

September 10th

"Mongol" to be released in September

Mongol, a new film by Russian director Sergei Bodrov, is scheduled to be released September 21, 2007. The film covers the early life of Genghis Khan.

You can help find missing Steve Fossett, uncle of SCA member

Mistress Medb Renata (mka Renata Fossett), niece of Steve Fossett, the pilot who has been missing in the Nevada desert since September 3, seeks volunteer help from fellow SCAdians to find him. Anyone with a web browser can help, using a special satellite image system set up by Amazon.com.

Sneak Peek of the Upcoming Tournaments Illuminated

Do you get Tournaments Illuminated? You can get the very next issue if you call Member Services BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15TH!

Birkana Coded Decimal Slide Rule

A web page blending modern-ish mathematics with period writing systems will amuse the technically-inclined among us: the Birkana Coded Decimal Slide Rule.

Clovenshield Brass Band entertains at Pennsic XXXVI

meliketrolleys has posted a video clip on YouTube of the Clovenshield Brass Band playing on the battlefield before the river battle at Pennsic XXXVI.

September 9th

Icelandic dig to be subject of Discovery Channel program

Filmmakers from the Discovery Channel are working with archaeologists to produce a series focusing on "findings in Hringsdalur and in Skriduklaustur, an old monastery in east Iceland." The series is scheduled to air in 2008.

1,500 plague victims found in mass grave on Venice "Quarantine" Island

National Geographic reports that a mass grave containing the remains of over 1,500 victims of the plague has been discovered on Venice's Lazzaretto Vecchi, an island used to quarantine the sick.

Skorri makes mead

Skorri Einarsson shares his mead-making techniques in humorous how-to videos posted on YouTube.

Tourney of the Foxes photos and video online

Sara van der Goes has posted a photo album and video from the recent Tourney of the Foxes event in the Kingdom of Meridies.

September 8th

Baby Viking hat

For the knitters out there: Bella Knitting is selling patterns for an infant's knitted Viking hat -- complete with braids!

Axes and swords flash in Iowa sun

"Rays of sun glinted off dented helms as two knights squared off on a grassy knoll. Lord Ciaran O'Heildhe, a 15th century Irish knight, armed with sword and shield, faced Lord Hamer Ulfsson a 10th century Viking with a sword clenched in one hand and a bardiche, or great ax, clenched in the other." Nicholas Bergin of the Burlington, Iowa Hawk Eye was there to cover the action.

Vintner honors Italian ancestors with castle

Daryl Sattui, a Napa Valley, California winemaker, has spent 13 years and over US$30M to build a castle, complete with towers and dungeons, to honor his Italian ancestors.

Mideast Feast videos online

Grainne the Red has posted a series of videos from the recent Mideast Feast in the Kingdom of Atenveldt on YouTube.

September 7th

Scientists still studying mystery of medieval skulls

Archaeologists from English Heritage have yet to formulate a theory about the change in shape of medieval skulls between the 11th and 13th centuries. The shape changed from a long, narrow head to a rounder shape.

Reporter visits as Philadelphia shire prepares for Scottish Irish festival

Helen I. Hwang of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently visited a fighter practice for the Shire of Harshorn-dale. Members are scheduled to participate in the area's annual Scottish Irish Festival.

Fruits of Our Labour photos online

Thorolfr has posted photos from Ealdormere's Fruits of Our Labours event which took place recently in the Barony of Ramshaven.

September 6th

English Warbow website created

A new website "dedicated to the revival of the great English warbow" offers articles, photos and links for those interested in the art of English archery.

Vikings and Their Enemies: a call for papers

ARC Network for Early European Research will present a symposium at the University of Melbourne November 24, 2007 entitled Vikings and Their Enemies. Proposals for papers are being accepted until October 1, 2007.

Rainn Wilson to create ren faire comedy

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that actor Rainn Wilson of The Office fame will co-write the script for a movie with fellow actor Matt Ross based on Renaissance faires.

One knight's quest achieved

Sir Brand deux-Leons of the Kingdom of An Tir offers an update on his quest to raise funds in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

September 5th

Loch Salaan members hold fighter practice in the park

Members of the Barony of Loch Salaan (Salt Lake City, Utah) gathered recently in Sugarhouse Park for an evening of fighter practice. Cathy Free of theDeseret Morning News covered the practice.

Luttrell Psalter film project

WAG Screen is creating a film based on the Luttrell Psalter, an illuminated manuscript from 14th century Lincolnshire. The film will combine images from the manuscript with live actors to produce a work which will be shown at The Collection, Lincoln’s new museum.

Embroidery Challenge II: Son of Embroidery Challenge

THL Anya Mstyslavyaya and Lady Racaire have started a blog for the second embroidery challenge "Something to keep you warm..." - the new challenge will begin on Sept. 1st 2007.

Purgatorio 2007 photographs online

Gelis has published an album of photos from the recent Purgatorio 2007 in the Kingdom of the West.

September 4th

Myths about volunteering at Estrella

Duchess Katerina O'Callaghan, SCA Internal Media/Website Content Coordinator, debunks myths about what it takes to volunteer at Estrella War.

Eduard & Asa New Heirs in Atenveldt

Count Sir Eduard Gostomski and Duchess Asa Hrafnsdottir are the new heirs to the thrones of Atenveldt.

Gay civil unions may have 600-year precedent

In an upcoming article for The Journal of Modern History Allan A. Tulchin cites the study of documents and grave sites as evidence for homosexual civil unions in 15th century France.

Master William Blackfox Award Winners for AS 41

Outgoing Society Chronicler Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton has announced the Master William Blackfox Award winners for AS 41.

September 3rd

ReenactorClassifieds.com gives web sites of living history a free boost

Tom Higgins of ReenactorClassifieds.com has announced the creation of a website to help reenactors of various living history groups to connect online. (press release)

Sea Stallion reaches Ireland

After several serious set-backs, the Viking ship Sea Stallion has reached Dublin, Ireland. The ship, with its 65-member crew, left Denmark on July 1, 2007 for the historic voyage.