Archive - Mar 2008 - Story

March 12th

Shava's pictures from Fighters' School

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports on and shares photos from the recent Fighers' School in the Barony of Windhaven (Northshield).

March 11th

Built to Spill offers soundtrack to medieval life

Without uttering a single word, the rock group Built to Spill captures the drama and reality of the modern medieval life in a video on YouTube.

Heraldrydiculous hits 100!

Baron Khevron of the Principality of Oertha in the West Kingdom reports that his heraldry-related comic Heraldrydiculous has passed the 100 mark (104 at last count.)

Teribus to perform in Midrealm

Teribus (featuring Midrealm drummer Nevik) will be performing their first concert within the borders of the Barony of Fenix in the Middle Kingdom on March 22, 2008.

March 10th

Lizapalooza! A weekend of learning with Drea Leed

CostumeTalk.com is pleased to welcome Drea Leed, independent scholar and owner of the most extensive Elizabethan and Tudor costuming reference on the Web, The Elizabethan Costume Page (www.elizabethancostume.net), as our speaker April 12-13, 2008, in Eugene, Oregon. Two full days of lectures capped off with two hands-on, limited attendance workshops!

The origins of the skirt

The skirt has been a staple of women's wear for centuries, but, according to Kass McGann in an article on the Fabrics-store.com website, "Skirting the Issue," it was not always an outer garment.

Donald Trump in dutch with Scottish heralds

American millionaire businessman Donald Trump is being investigated for his plan to use the Trump heraldry to promote his golf resort in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

March 9th

Reminder: Iron Chef: Marshin Fayne and 6th Annual Goods and Services Auction

This is a reminder that on Thursday, March 13 at Gulf Wars XVII, Clan Marshin Fayne will be hosting to incredible events filled with food, fun, and Charity.

Ronja Jordis Ulfhild born in Drachenwald

Racaire informs us that a new addition has been welcomed to the Shire of Ad Flumen Caerulum in Austria. Young Ronja Jordis Ulfhild was born to shire member Arnulf der Zeilner on February 23, 2008.

Royal children subjects of Columbus exhibit

Lady Faoileann reports that the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art will sponsor a special exhibit Great Expectations: Aristocratic Children in European Portraiture through June 8, 2008.

March 8th

Da Vinci Code fame brings financial boon to Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel, the 15th century C.E. Scottish church featured in The Da Vinci Code, reports a UK£1.35m budget surplus due to the stream of visitors who came to see the building depicted in the book and film.

Purloined map returned to Spain

A rare 15th century Ptolemy world view map stolen in 2007 from the National library of Spain has been discovered in a Sydney, Australia art gallery and returned to Spain.

Lupercalia in Northshield

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva recently attended Lupercalia in the Shire of Rivenwood Tower (Northshield). Her photos are now available online.

March 7th

Pennsic included in Google Maps

Jeff Morton reports that the Pennsic War has been captured by the cartographers of Google Satellite Maps.

"Beowulf, Lay of the Last Survivor" reading online

The recent release of the animated film Beowulf has rekindled interest in the epic poem. Harper's Magazine provides a stanza from the poem, read in Old English, as well as a great photo of a jeweled brooch.

Racaire shares photos from Wien Museum

Lady Racaire from Vienna, Austria, recently visited the Wien Museum with her camera. She shares her large album of research photos on her Flickr website.

Learn chess with Leonardo

Experts are speculating on whether the illustrations in a newly-discovered manuscript on chess were drawn by Leonardo da Vinci. De ludo scacchorum was discovered last year in a private collection.

March 6th

Phelan Ó Coileáin victorious in Atenveldt Crown Tourney

Edane van Tielwasser reports that Duke Phelan Ó Coileáin was the victor in the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. Marceau de Valcourt contributes video from the event.

Three elevated to Pelican in Atlantia

At Her Court at the recent Barony of Bright Hills Baronial Birthday, Her Majesty Rowan elevated three gentles to the Order of the Pelican.

Shroud of Turin to be retested

Professor Christopher Ramsey, the director of the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, is hoping to run new tests on the Shroud of Turin. He believes that tests run in 1988 to date the relic may have been contaminated.

March 5th

Islamic food on the Splendid Table

The March 1, 2008 edition of American Public Media's The Splendid Table features a discussion of Islamic cooking with Charles Perry, historian of Arab cuisine.

The Other Boleyn Girl "more slog than romp"

"According to this oddly plotted and frantically paced pastiche — written by Peter Morgan, directed by Justin Chadwick — the girls were more or less the Paris and Nicky Hilton of the Tudor court," writes reviewer Manohla Dargis for the New York Times.

Riding to rescue vital record of English Medieval Knights

A Culture Minister in England has temporarily blocked export of the Dering Roll, the earliest English roll of arms, in order to "provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the roll in the United Kingdom."

700-year-old Magna Carta to be displayed at the National Archives

Starting March 12, 2008, a handwritten copy of the Magna Carta will go on display at the West Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington DC.

March 4th

Lagerdamm Newbie 2008 photos online

David Backlin has posted an album of photos from the recent Lagerdamm Newbie event in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

Gary Gygax, "Father of D&D", dies at age 69

For many in the SCA and other Middle Ages living history organizations, the first introduction to acting the part of someone from a medieval culture was a game of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of D&D more than 30 years ago, died today after several years of declining health.

New Judith Herrin book offers "Byzantine surprise!"

A jaded den of deceit and treachery is the common perception of the medieval Byzantine Empire, but a new book by Judith Herrin offers a different interpretation, one that includes a rich cultural and religious life. M.M. Bennetts has the review for the Christian Science Monitor.

Gulf Wars armored combat descriptions online

The Kingdom of Ansteorra Marshalate has posted detailed descriptions of various battles to take place at the upcoming Gulf Wars.

March 3rd

Pennsylvania may end "Beer Case Law"

Moderate drinkers at Pennsic take heart. The end of Pennsylvania's beer "case law," which requires purchase of an entire case of beer at a time, may be at hand.

Archaeologists closer to discovering Scottish palace

Medieval texts have called the palace of Kenneth MacAlpine, the first king of a united Scotland, a stone building, but modern researchers believe it would have been wooden. Now recent discoveries lead the experts to think they may be close to zeroing in on the location.