Archive - Nov 2008 - Story

November 30th

Grave of d’Artagnan found?

Musketeer expert Odile Bordaz believes she has discovered the final resting place of Charles de Batz de Castelmore d’Artagnan, made famous in Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Three Musketeers, who died during the Siege of Maastricht in the Netherlands in 1673.

Cistercians in Yorkshire Project

The Cistercians in Yorkshire Project, a UK£50 million UK-wide digitalization program, is "designed to enable the learning materials and resources currently contained in galleries, communities, libraries, museums, universities and other centres of excellence, to be directly accessible to homes and communities via the internet."

Lochac November 2008 Crown Tourney photos online

Maeve reports that she has posted an album of photos from the recent November Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac.

14th century silver mount discovered in County Durham, England

A metal detector hobbyist has discovered a 14th century silver mount, believed to have been used "as a decorative item on leather clothes," near Barnard Castle, County Durham, England. (photo)

November 29th

Ancient Celtic coins found in Dutch cornfield

A cache of 1st century gold and silver coins was found recently by a metal detectorist near the city of Maastricht, Netherlands. The mix of Germanic and Celtic coins. The Celtic treasure is believed to have been minted by a tribe called the Eburones.

"Modern Medieval and Fantasy Madness" discussion group created

Sir Rhydderch has created a Yahoo discussion group dealing with his favorite things: medieval and fantasy based games, toys, TV shows, and movies. The forum is called Modern Medieval and Fantasy Madness.

Gleann Abhann Fall 2008 Crown Lyste photos online

Viscountess Danielle shares photos from the recent Crown Lyste in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

Latin to be banned in official British documents

Classical scholars in Great Britain are appalled by the recent decision by some local councils to ban the use of Latin words and phrases from official documents. The bureaucrats say that Latin is no longer widely understood.

November 28th

Kubb tournament draws interest to the Viking game

Kubb, "a modern imitation of an old Viking game," is a combination of chess, horseshoes and bowling. It was also the focus of the October 26 Kubb 2008 Championship of the Carolinas in Salisbury, NC. Brent Johnson of the Salisbury Post was there to catch the action.

Traditional & Folk Music Hour features SCAdian musicians

Melandra of the Woods (Melinda Lafevers), Producer and Host of the Traditional and Folk Music Hour reports that the latest program features SCA-connected musicians and groups. The program aired November 29, 2008, but is available online by clicking on "original article" below.

Lord Vail Visconti new Baron of the Palatine Barony of the Far West

Friar Jak Graeme, Seneschal of the Palatine Barony of the Far West, reports that Lord Vail Visconti was the victor of the recent Coronet of the Palatine Barony of the Far West in Tokyo, Japan. Photos online.

Drachenwald Kingdom University photos online

Vrank has posted photos from the recent Kingdom University event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

The lost art of hedge-laying returns to England

The art of hedge-laying pre-dates Roman Britain, a fact documented by Julius Caesar who wrote in 55 BCE, "It was fashioned of slender trees, bent over so that many branches came out along the length...so that it could not be penetrated or even seen through." Modern life has been hard on the hedges, but new interest may save the ancient craft.

November 27th

Atlantia Fall 2008 Crown Tourney photos online

Lidia de Ragusa has posted an album of photos on her Flickr website from the Fall 2008 Crown Tournament which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Scottish medical history display debuts in Edinburgh

A new exhibit at the library of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh features 400 years or more of medical artifacts and books, some being publicly exhibited for the first time.

5th century church discovered in Syria

Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the largest ancient church ever discovered in Syria. The remains of the 5th century structure were found recently near Palmyra in central Syria.

November 26th

Estrella War - upcoming deadlines

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reminds War attendees that a number of deadlines are fast approaching.

"1066: the Movie" awaiting release

1066: the Movie, a film starring Gary Daniels and Martin Klebba, was scheduled for release in September 2008, but has yet to hit theaters. The website includes production information, a blog, a gallery and a really great poster.

Undergraduates given access to rare books

Medievalists and students of rare books tingle at the thought of getting a close look - let alone actually touching - a period manuscript, but now history students at the University of Pennsylvania are getting the chance to do just that: touch the books.

Lochac May and November Crown Tourney Photos

Photos of Lochac's May and November crown tournaments are available online.

November 25th

Sotheby's auction catalogue offers delights

On December 8, 2008, Sotheby's Auction House in London will be auctioning a number of western and oriental manuscripts. A catalogue of the items with closeups and descriptions is available to view online.

Moravian College to host Medieval Conference in December

Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will host an Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies December 6, 2008. The day-long program offers students an opportunity to showcase their "papers or performances related to art, history, English, music, philosophy, religion, and other disciplines dealing with the medieval and early modern eras."

Digging up dirt on Martin Luther

German scientists are taking an unusual approach to studying the domestic life of 16th century churchman Martin Luther. They are digging through his garbage.

Baroness TSivia placed on vigil for Pelican

Their Majesties Etain au Naval and Valfreya Greenspeare recently called Baroness TSivia bas Tamara v'Amberview, O.L., veteran Chirurgeon and Bard, into Their court to be placed on vigil for the Order of the Pelican.

November 24th

Book-a-Minute: Beowulf

Don't have time to read a classic? Here's the ultimate Book-a-Minute version of Beowulf!

The spiritual life of the Vikings

Recent discoveries of Viking burial sites have led researchers to rethink previously-held beliefs about the lives of the Norse, especially in regard to their spiritual life.

Cynagua Fall 2008 Coronet Photos

Lady Aine de Lacy reports that she has published an album of photos from the recent Fall 2008 Coronet in the Principality of Cynagua (Kingdom of the West).

November 23rd

Junior knights' gear - now with sound!

For your young fighter - who needs his or her own sound effects - here is a foam sword and shield which makes actual sounds! Just in time for a headache-filled Christmas!

Gold ring may have belonged to Norman royalty

British metal detector enthusiast Peter Beasley was intrigued recently when he pulled a heavy gold ring from the ground near Petersfield, England. Now experts believe that the ring may have belonged to Robert, the eldest son of William the Conquerer. (photo)

Crimson Sands photos online

Rizardo has posted an album of photos from the Crimson Sands event which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.