Archive - Jan 2008 - Story

January 22nd

Choral sounds from the Male Choir of St. Petersburg (Russia)

A video on YouTube features the Male Choir of St. Petersburg, Russia, an a capella choir of 25 singers who will be making their American debut in 2009.

January 21st

Life aboard a Viking ship

Nathan Williams of the BBC's Timewatch discusses his voyage on the Viking ship Sea Stallion, which sailed from Denmark to Dublin during the summer of 2007. (photos and diagrams)

DunDraCon needs you!

Margrethe Astrid Ravn reports that DunDraCon, a gaming convention that runs from February 15-18, 2008 in San Ramon, California, is looking for SCA members to serve as experts and offer demos.

West Kingdom 12th Night photos online

Gelis of Balweary has posted an album of photos on the SmugMug website from 12th Night in the Kingdom of the West.

January 20th

Edinburgh is archaeologist's treasure trove

Joanna Vallely of the Edinburgh Evening News takes a look at archaeological projects in the city, including excavations at the Grassmarket, Newbridge and the Scottish Parliament.

Lochac 12th night photos

Lady Isibeal and Mette Boesdatter have posted photos from the recent 12th Night event in Heathcote in the Kingdom of Lochac.

The Curmudgeon's Tale

On the premise that "snarky ranting is period," Baron Master Louis-Philippe Mitouard announces a new SCA-oriented discussion group called The SCA Curmudgeon.

January 19th

“People of the Book" filled with "danger, oppression and high drama"

In a review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin discusses People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, a novel about book preservation that revolves around the discovery of a medieval Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript which describes the Jewish Passover Seder.

Roman bridge reconstructed in Northumberland

A 2nd century Roman bridge, which originally crossed the Tyne River in Northumberland, has been reconstructed on the river's bank. The original was one of the largest bridges in Roman Britain.

Western States Folklore Society seeking conference papers

Michael Adams has announced that the Western States Folklore Society is seeking papers for two panels at the upcoming conference to be held Apri; 11-12, 2008 at the University of California, Davis.

January 18th

Phillipos the Skeptic to be laureled in Atenveldt

The populace of the College of Brymstonne report that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have offered Lord Phillipos the Skeptic entrance into the Order of the Laurel.

The appeal of the armorer's craft

In an article for The Guardian, James Fenton looks at the armorer's craft and its continuing appeal to museum visitors.

Ansteorra Coronation photos online

Caelin on Andrede has posted a large album of photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Ansteorra on his Flickr website.

January 17th

North Wales Celtic "Land of the Dead?"

A 19th century map may be the key to a Celtic mystery: the location of the legendary Land of the Dead. According to the map, it may be in the Ruabon and Halkyn Mountains in North Wales.

Build yourself a yurt

Raoul, St. Florian de la Riviere, of the Kingdom of Lochac, has posted instruction on how to build a yurt or gher.

Two offered peerages at Caerthean 12th Night

Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the Outlands recently offered peerages to two members of Their populace, Seuilla de Cordoba and Deotrich Hiltipard, at Caerthean 12th Night.

January 16th

Bard of Caid competition photos online

Eilidh Swann reports that her photos from the 3rd Annual Bard of Caid competition, which was held recently at Caid's Kingdom 12th Night, are now available to view online.

Stanford professor helps to preserve Gregorian chant

Stanford University Professor William Mahrt has dedicated his life to the study and preservation of Gregorian chant as director of the the St. Ann Choir of at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto, California.

Spirited Away: Art Thieves Target Europe's Churches

An article from Time and CNN reports on the large number of works of art stolen from houses of worship each year, a tragic loss of irreplaceable items that represents a lucrative business for thieves.

January 15th

15th century Flemish masterpiece still inspires

The Portinari Altarpiece, a three-part Flemish religious painting created by Hugo van der Goes in the late 15th century, was sent as a gift to the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. Martin Gayford looks at the importance of the painting for The Spectator (photo)

Estrella War Battlefield Clean-up Crew (EWBCC) Needed!

Duchess Katerina O'Callaghan reports that volunteers are neede for the Estrella War Battlefield Clean-up Crew (EWBCC).

Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2008

THLord Stefan li Rous provides updates to Stefan's Florilegium for January 2008.

January 14th

8th century kiln found in Vietnam

Archaeologists working in Vietnam's central province of Quang Ngai have discovered an ancient brick kiln dating to the 8th century CE.

Caid 12th Night Photos

THLady Eilidh Swann has uploaded photos from the third Bard of Caid competition, held Saturday January 5, 2008 in the Barony of Dreiburgen (Hemet, CA).

Oxford study: England's Later Medieval Queens

A course being taught at Oxford University, through the Berkeley Extension program, covers the history and role of England's later medieval queens from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Elizabeth Woodville.

January 13th

ThinkWell promotes deep discussion

Mistress Ælflæd of Duckford has created a blog for the purpose of deep discussion of a number of topics of interest to SCA members including the SCA, the peerages, A&S and knightly virtues.

Popping the cork with style

Amaze your friends! Learn how to open a champagne bottle with a sword! No kidding, WikiHow has the instructions.

Nicola Barker's "Darkmans" reviewed

Nick Owchar of the Vancouver Sun offers a review of the new novel by Nicola Barker, Darkmans, which tells the story of "a long-dead king's jester, a precocious child and the debris of history that keeps floating to the surface."

January 12th

Arms and Armor from Imperial Austria to be displayed in Cleveland

February 24, 2008 – June 1, 2008 the Cleveland Museum of Art will host Arms and Armor from Imperial Austria, an exhibit of over 200 pieces of armor from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Maryland man claims kingship of Isle of Man

David Howe of Frederick, Maryland was recently crowned king of the Isle of Man, a fact that might be surprising to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England. Howe, who became King David of Mann in March, 2007, has filed a claim for the island with the British government.