Archive - Dec 2008 - Story

Estrella War - Youth Combat Activities

Dame Anita de Challis, Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reports on Youth Combat opportunities at the upcoming War.

Videos of Holiday Faire choral group

Lidia de Ragusa shares several videos shot recently at the Kingdom of Atlantia's Holiday Faire. The videos feature the choral group which performed at the event.

December 30th

Raymond von dem Löwengrab to be elevated in the West

Na'arah bat Avraham of the Kingdom of the West reports that Their Majesties, Uther and Kara have placed Raymond von dem Löwengrab on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Wreckreation Nation premiere features Dagorhir battle

The premiere episode of the Discovery Channel's Wreckreation Nation will feature an epic Battle of Badon Hill as created by Dagorhir in Somerset, Pennsylvania. The first show will air January 6, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. est.

Grief in An Tir

It is with the very greatest sadness that we note the unexpected passing of David of Moffat. He died on Sunday, December 21, 2008 of complications of diabetes at the much-too-tender age of 45, and by his long-known request there will be no memorial service.

Axemoor Christmas Revel photos online

Stefan MacMorrow has posted two albums of photos from the recent Axemoor Christmas Revel which took place in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

December 29th

Final Fencing Master’s Exam given at San Jose State

Puck Curtis of the West Kingdom shares photos on his blog from his final exam given by the Fencing Master’s Program at San Jose State University on December 13, 2008. This will be the last year that the exam will be given at San Jose State University.

Moraig Anne Drummond placed on vigil in Northshield

Viscountess Shava reports that at the recent Boar's Head event, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Northshield placed Moraig Anne Drummond on vigil to contemplate entry into the Order of the Pelican.

Dante inspires video game

Dante Alighieri's 14th century masterpiece The Divine Comedy has now inspired a video game. Electronic Arts Inc. has announced that it is working on a new game based on Dante’s Inferno.

Photos from Atlantia's Yule Toy Tourney online

Adam Ingram has posted an album of photos on the Psaltery Dreams website from the Yule Toy Tourney, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

December 28th

Correggio makes comeback in Parma

Correggio, one of the great masters of Renaissance Italy, has been overlooked for the past century, but is now finding new appreciation through a full-scale retrospective at various venues in his favorite city, Parma, Italy. (video)

Research photos from Amsterdam's Historisch Museum online

Racaire has posted a small album of photos taken recently at the Amsterdam Historisch Museum.

Rosalind Mihrimah placed on Vigil in Gleann Abhann

Mistress Jennet of Tewkesbury reports that Their Royal Majesties Havordh and Mary Grace of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann have chosen to place Rosalind Mihrimah (Roz) on Vigil for her elevation into the Order of the Laurel.

December 27th

Outlands War Practice photos online

EllaAnne de Kari, Unser Hafen Chronicler, reports that she has posted an album of photos from the December 7, 2008 War Practice event in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Clan Blue Feather Known Worlde Forum

Genjiro Tenmakutsukuri reports on the creation of the Clan Blue Feather Known World Forums, whose goal is "to make collaborating online easier for our Blue Feather family so that we might better keep in touch when we are not face to face, and offer a place for our new members to join in."

Remains of 3 Teutonic Knights found in Poland

The silk-wrapped remains of three grand masters of the Teutonic Knights have been found by archaeologists in a cathedral in Kwidzyn, Poland. The Order of the Teutonic Knights was founded in the late 12th century to aid German pilgrims in the Holy Land.

December 26th

Longsword combat on YouTube

Two RealGladiators clips on YouTube demonstrate techniques for fencing with a longsword by costumed fighters.

SCAdian artist featured on "Weekend America"

California artist, gamer and SCA member Ben Jackel was featured recently on American Public Media's Weekend America program. Jackel, who lives in Los Angeles, spoke about his garage studio where he crafts such treasures as an enormous Swedish battle ax and an Italian renaissance war helmet. (slideshow)

Weavolution: a social network for handweavers

Weavers of all ilks will want to drop by Weavolution a weaver's blog created to give weavers a place to discuss their work, share patterns and post information on their projects.

December 25th

Kris Kinder pictures

Eowyth has posted a photo album from the recent Kris Kinder event in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Lost church of Bix Gibwyn found in Oxfordshire

Archaeologists are hoping that they have found the location of the "lost" church of Bix Gibwyn, an 800-year-old structure that was abandoned in the late 16th century. The research team has discovered three medieval graves which could pinpoint the site of the church.

December 24th

Happy Holidays from SCAtoday.net

Milica and Justin, the Editor and Publisher (respectively) of SCAtoday.net, would like to wish you and yours a happy holiday season, whichever of the various holidays you choose to celebrate.

8th Olde World Bardic Festival at Estrella War

Genevieve reports that Their Excellencies Otto and Lisabetta of Atenveldt Do Hereby Formally Challenge The Known World To A Contest Extraordinaire: the 8th Olde World Bardic Festival at the 2009 Estrella War.

Jay O'Dell looks at the origins of Christmas traditions

Former history teacher Jay O'Dell looks at the origins of some of our favorite Christmas traditions in an article for the Huntington, West Virginia Herald-Dispatch.

Re-created Israeli village teaches history to children

In the village of Kfar halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, children learn about Israel of 2,000 years ago and the Hanukkah story with the help of historic re-enactors. The village also features activities for kids such as harvesting olives and making oil.

December 23rd

Do women buy male-narrated fiction?

On her blog Nan Hawthorne's Booking the Middle Ages, Nan discusses a study by certain publishers of whether women readers of historical fiction will buy book narrated by male characters.

Barony of the Steppes enjoys annual Christmas party

The Barony of the Steppes, Kingdom of Ansteorra, held its annual Christmas Party at Populace Friday, December 19, 2008 at the home of Master Robin of Gilwell and Mistress Serena Lascelles.

Divers seek treasure-laden Armada ship

Marine archaeologists, led by a Scottish royal, are searching the silt of Tobermory Bay near Scotland's Isle of Mull for the wreck of a Spanish Armada ship reputed to have carried a hoard of treasure.

December 22nd

Battling for cheese

You've heard of "Bowling for Dollars?" In England, it's battling for cheese, a publicity stunt to determine who claims bragging rights for the best bleu cheese between representatives of France's Saint Agur and Britain's Stilton.

Time Team finds bishop's palace in Ross, England

A medieval mystery has been solved with the discovery by the Time Team of Bishop’s Palace at Ross-on-Wye, England. The location of the famed palace has been lost for over 300 years.