Archive - Oct 2008 - Story

War of the Wings III youth fighting pictures and video online

Solange of Nottinghill Coill shares an album of youth photos taken at the recent War of the Wings III event in the Kingdom of Atlantia. She also has posted a number of videos of the youth fighting on YouTube.

Known World Persona Writing Month

As an offshoot/amalgam of both NaNoWriMo and NaBloWriMo, a group of SCA folk are sponsoring an SCA A&S 50 version called the Known World Persona Writing Month.

Sacred sounds in New York City

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin recently rang with the sounds of choral polyphony when the Tallis Scholars, led by Peter Phillips presented a program of Spanish Renaissance music as part of Columbia University's early music series. Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has a review.

Fifty years of "Medieval Archaeology" available online

In honor of their fiftieth anniversary of publication, the scholarly journal Medieval Archaeology has made fifty years of articles available on the web in scanned-page format, free for nonprofit research and educational purposes.

October 30th

Neiman Marcus offers jewelry "fit for a queen"

Just in time for Christmas, retail giant Neiman Marcus is offering a collection of extremely rare original medieval and Renaissance rings dating from the 10th century through the late Renaissance, and costing US$25,000 and up. (photo)

An Tirian Duke Fills Role In Indie Film

SCA Duke Tjorkill Kanne of An Tir, modernly known as Jon Krausch, adds acting to his many martial skills as he plays a leading role in Black Mountain Madman, a horror-comic-slasher film currently in production the back hills of Oregon.

Combatants announced for Atlantia Crown Tourney

Baroness Bianca has announced the list of Combatants and their Consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Abbey Library of St. Gallen manuscripts to go online

Gwynedd reports that "One of the oldest and most valuable collections of handwritten medieval books in the world, housed in the magnificent baroque halls of the library in this town's abbey (St. Gallen, Switzerland), is going online with the help of a US$1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation."

October 29th

Roric and Syele new Lord and Lady of the Mists

Hirsch reports that Roric Skogan and Syele von der Rosen are the new Prince and Princess of the West Kingdom's Principality of the Mists.

Meridies Fall 2008 Crown List photos

Muirghein reports that an album of photos taken by Lord Gregor Wilhemson of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Meridies is now available to view online.

Lions Road podcast features SCAtoday.net founders

Please pardon the shameless plug, but we had so much fun doing this that we had to share! SCAtoday.net founders THL Milica of Varna and Maistor Justinos Tekton were interviewed last week for the Lions Road weekly SCA podcast.

October 28th

Which wife are you?

Have you lost sleep at night wondering which wife of Henry VIII you most resemble? Well, help is on the way in the form of a quiz on the OKCupid website.

Vindolanda site receives funds for museum upgrade

The Roman fort of Vindolanda in northern England will receive UK£4M from the Heritage Lottery. The money will be used to upgrade the museum allowing them space to display many of the Roman site's spectacular discoveries.

Chinese Chess

Looking for a new period game - or an interesting A&S project? How about Tangut Chess, a game popular by the end of the Northern Song (960-1127) dynasty. The 32-piece set can be made from bronze or pottery.

Middle Kingdom Fall 2008 Coronation photos online

Professional photographer Kent Ashley has posted an album of photos from the recent Coronation of Their Royal Majesties Ullr and AnneLyse in the Middle Kingdom.

October 27th

"Manuscript sleuths" try to crack secrets of ancient Jewish books

Detective work comes in all forms, including those willing to intensely study ancient Jewish manuscripts looking for clues to the past. This work is chronicled in the recent novel People of the Book.

Henry VIII biography marks king's 500th anniversary

Henry: Virtuous Prince by David Starkey, a two-volume biography of Henry VIII, will mark the 500th anniversary of Henry's ascent to the throne of England. John Guy of the London Times has the review.

Calontir event photos online

Eowyth reports that she has posted an album of photos from the recent Autumn Arrows event hosted by Calanais Nuadh in Rolla, Missouri (Kingdom of Calontir)

"Forbidden Pennsic" DVD and CD now available

The production DVD and the soundtrack CD are now available for the Known World Players' premier of Forbidden Pennsic, performed at Pennsic 37. Lord Abel Frölicher has a brief review of the newly-released DVD.

October 26th

10th century timber-lined cellar found in York

Archaeologists working on excavations at the site of the new Hungate development in York, England, have discovered what they believe is the basement of a two-story Viking house. The structure has been dated to mid 10th century. (photo)

Arr-veh!

Author Edward Kritzler, author of a new book Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom — and Revenge has probably heard all the jokes about Jewish pirates, but he has the last laugh. Benjamin Ivry of the Jewish Daily Forward has a review.

Photos from Citadel's Silver Anniversary event online

Geillis has posted several albums of photos from the recent 25th anniversary celebration in the Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass (El Paso, Texas) in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Henry VIII-era chain of office set for auction

On November 6, 2008, the only known surviving chain of office from the time of King Henry VIII will be auctioned at Christie's in London. The chain is expected to bring at least UK£300,000. (photo)

October 25th

Newport ship remains displayed in Wales

Pieces of the 15th century ship discovered in 2002 on the River Usk went on display recently at Unit 22, Maesglas Industrial Estate in Newport, South Wales. Timbers from the ship are being removed individually from the site with hopes of future restoration.

"Gateway to the Roman invasion" found

New excavations in Kent, England have uncovered the hard surface of the country's coastline during the first Roman invasion (43 C.E.). The coast would have been two miles from the current coast. Also found: a Roman wall and a medieval dock.

AEthelmearc Fall 2008 Crown Tourney photos online

Maria Christina de Cordoba reports that photos taken by Alaxandair at the recent AEthelmearc Crown Tournament are now online.

WebPress blog covers Early Medieval Scotland

Senchus: Notes on Early Medieval Scotland is a WordPress blog devoted to articles on early Scottish life and history. It is the ongoing project of Tim Clarkson, an “independent scholar” with a PhD in medieval history.

October 24th

SCA members win Aurora Jack-o-Launch

Forrester reports that five valiant SCAdians took first place in the Trebuchet Division at the Aurora, Colorado Jack-o-launch. The competition was documented by Channel 4, the CBS affiliate, which provides a video of the event.

Raven's Faire photos online

Meisha reports that an album of photos taken by Al Green of the recent Raven's Faire event in the Kingdom of the Outlands is now available to view online.

Pirate hoard found in London

Arghhh! There be pirates in London. Or at least there once were according to experts excavating the Narrow Street area of Ratcliff, near Limehouse. The site included the homes of 17th century sailors and pirates.