Archive - 2007 - Story

October 20th

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...

October 17th

Ymanya Murray to be elevated in the Outlands

Bennet reports that The Honorable Lady Ymanya Murray was offered entry into the Order of the Laurel by Their Majesties of the Outlands at Their recent Crown Tournament.

Bloggers compared to the printing press

In the blog Cabinet of Wonders, Heather McDougal compares the free discussion of bloggers to the dissemination of information after the creation of the printing press.

Scientists looking for Columbus' origins with DNA

Spanish scientists are trying to learn more about Christopher Columbus' early years by studying the DNA samples taken from those bearing the explorer's name.

Drachenwald Autumn Crown Tourney - Film of Final

Lady Melisende Fitzwalter has kindly provided a video recording of the final round of the Kingdom of Drachenwald Autumn Crown Tourney between Graf Gerhardt von Wustenburg and Duke Sven Gunnarsson.

Sir Gemini takes West Kingdom Crown Tourney

Elspeth Bouchannane of the Principality of Oertha reports that Sir Gemini, fighting for Konitissa Mari, was the winner of the October 13, 2007 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West.

October 16th

Ansteorra Crown Tourney photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Fall Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

London's got talent: "Matt & Greg, Midieval Fighters"

London (Ontario) radio station FM96 is holding a talent contest. Among the participants are SCA fighters Matt and Greg who show off their armored expertise.

Trotting in the footsteps of Genghis Khan

Australian Tim Cope recently completed the journey of a lifetime: to follow in the footsteps of Mongolian leader Genghis Khan. Cope's three-year trek took him from Mongolia to Hungary, a 10,000 km trip.

Sir Caspar victorious in Meridies Crown Tourney

Lady Flannait of the Shire of Beau Fort reports that Sir Caspar, inspired by Lady Cecilia, was the victor of the October 13, 2007 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Meridies.

Pictures from Bryn Gwlad's Fall Baronial event

Lord Collwyn O'Snowdon has announced the publication of an album of photos from Bryn Gwlad's fall baronial event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

October 15th

Sotheby's to host auction of Islamic art

On October 24, 2007, Sotheby's Auction House will hold an auction of Islamic art, carpets, textiles and more, many items dating to the Middle Ages. (photos)

Vatican publishes documents from Knights Templar heresy trials

The Vatican is finally publishing Processus Contra Templarios, the report from the heresy trials of the Knights Templar that was lost in the Vatican secret archives for 700 years due to a filing error.

Lars and Mary new Heirs to Northshield

Astrid of the Yellow Rose reports that Sir Lars, inspired by Countess Mary, was the victor of the october 13, 2007 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Countess Lailiane Asenina: Gleann Abhann's newest Pelican

Maistir Rory has announced that Countess Lailiane Asenina has become the 5th Companion of the Order of the Pelican in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

October 14th

Djurhamn sword brings smiles to archaeologists

The discovery of an early 16th century sword has brought smiles to the faces of Swedish archaeologists Katarina Schoerner and August Boj. The sword was found with a metal detector August 30, 2007 near the Harbour of the Sheaf Kings. (photos)

"Archaeological textiles from Northern Europe" lecture in London

The Medieval Dress and Textile Society has announced the topic for its Autumn Meeting to be held October 27, 2007 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London.

A Day in Medieval Life photos online

Antonio Felluci has posted an album of photos from the recent Brockshire Abbey demo "A Day in Medieval Life." The demo took place in the Kingdom of Atlantia.