Archive - May 2008 - Story

Beltane photos online

Gelis of Balwery shares her photos from the recent Beltane event in the Kingdom of the West on her SmugMug website.

Peers made in AEthelmearc

At Their recent Court at AEthelmearc War Practice, Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn elevated Constance Waite to the Order of the Pelican, and placed Hrefna in heppna Thorgrimsdottir on vigil for the Order of the Laurel.

Macedonia's Skopje Stone Bridge restored

Originally built by the Romans over the Vardar River in Macedonia, the Skopje Stone Bridge has been rebuilt and restored over the centuries, and described by travels throughout the Middle Ages. Last year parts of the bridge fell into the river, forcing the most recent reconstruction.

Was Shakespeare really a Jewish woman?

Shakespeare expert John Hudson has a new theory about who authored the Bard's plays: a Jewish woman named Amelia Bassano Lanier, the first woman to publish a book of poetry.

May 30th

St. Albans: "Beating the Bounds" since 1250!

The English city of St. Albans takes its history seriously and celebrates yearly with the Beating of the Bounds, a procession dating to the mid 13th century which marks the boundaries of the town.

Owen ap Morgan to be elevated in the West

Owen ap Morgan of the Kingdom of the West has announced that he will be keeping vigil on Friday June 13, 2008 before Kingdom Arts & Sciences to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Pictures from Northshield's 35th Anniversary Celebration & Educational Collegium

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva shares photos and a report from the recent 35th Anniversary Celebration in the Barony of Jararvellir in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Westminster Abbey's "carpet of stone" revealed

A two-year restoration project has revealed the breathtaking details of a medieval mosaic pavement, depicting the end of the world, in the floor of London's Westminster Abbey. The floor was originally constructed in the 1260s by Henry III>

May 29th

Owain op Einar winner of An Tir Spring 2008 Crown Tourney

Fearga reports that Owain op Einar of the Principality of Tir Righ was the winner of the May 17, 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of An Tir.

Thorstenn and Zephyrine new Heirs to Trimaris Throne

On the Armour Archives list, Brekke reports that Count Thorstenn was the victor in the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Trimaris.

Midrealm Crown 2008 Photo Album

Nevik Demonovich has posted a photo album from the Middle Kingdom's May 25 Crown Tournament, held in the Barony of Fenix.

May 28th

Lord Oliver and Lady Kate Dogberry to be new Baron and Baroness of Calafia

Their Excellencies David and Adelicia, Baron & Baroness of Calafia in the Kingdom of Caid, have announced that They will be succeeded by Lord Oliver and Lady Kate Dogberry.

Feast of Saint Eramus photos online

Antonio Felluci reports that he has posted his album of photos from the recent Feast of Saint Erasmus in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Practice Latin on the Vatican website

An ancient tongue gets a modern boost with the creation of Sancta Sedes, a Latin section of the Vatican's website which features papal texts and religious works.

May 27th

Pre-registration for Great Western War XI begins June 1, 2008

The Honorable Lord Matheus Reyner, Publicity Deputy for Great Western War XI, has announced that pre-registration for the event will begin June 1, 2008. Other announcements are included in the message.

Collegium Cantorum to present concerts in Washington, D.C.

Collegium Cantorum, under the direction of Timothy Kendall, will present two performances of "DuFay: A Concert of Sacred Polyphony by the Preeminent Master of the Early Renaissance" on May 31 and June 1, 2008 in Washington D.C.

Report and photos from Altavia Anniversary/Investiture

Barony of the Angels Roving Reporter Catharine Hawkwod and photographer Sheikh Yusuf have captured the fun of the recent Altavia Anniversary and Investiture event in the Kingdom of Caid.

May 26th

Ealdomere gains Heirs

On a perfect May afternoon a small but distinguished list of eight fighters came to vie for the right to crown their lady Princess of Ealdormere.

May 25th

Midrealm Crown Produces Heirs

Sir Ullr Vindstygge defeated Duke Edmund of Hertford in the second of two Crown Tourneys fought on May 25, 2008, to gain the right to name his inspiration, AnneLyse, as Princess of the Midrealm.

Middle Kingdom Succession Ensured

“The law says he must fight for his crown. I say he has done so. Standing before me is a true King. I will not raise my weapon against Him.” With these words, Duke Dag Thorgrimsson ended the Middle Kingdom Crown Tournament and, for the second time in five weeks, Lutr Ulfskjald was crowned King of the Middle.

Fettburg's Championship Photos

Aine de Lacy has posted an album of photos from the recent Barony of Fettburg's Championship in the Kingdom of the West.

Wigan, England once Roman Coccium?

Children from the Ince CE Primary School in Wigan, England are helping archaeologists from the Wigan Archaeological Society to investigate the remains of a Roman road in their town which once linked the village to Manchester.

May 24th

Double Wars XXI (2008) captured in online albums

A number of photographers and videographers captured the happenings at Double Wars XXI which took place in April 2008 in Tyringe Sweden. Jonas Evertsson gathered together the various albums from the event.

The Soldier in later Medieval England

An innovative new research project, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will look at the life of the professional soldier in England from 1369 to 1453.

Go a-viking in a real Viking ship!

With gas prices at record highs, why not spend the summer on a different type of vacation? Why not go a-viking? Hugo and Hein Partners is selling a real 75 ft. (20 metre) Viking longship of the Gokstad type (which also runs on diesel fuel).

SCA Heavy Cavalry

Sir Morgan of the Kingdom of Ansteorra has announced that he has created a new discussion list for motorcycle enthusiasts in that Kingdom. The SCA Heavy Cavalry is on Google Groups.

May 23rd

"I came for the fighting... I stayed for the friends"

SCA fighting is addictive. “I tried it, and I’ve been hooked. I came for the fighting and competition,” said Arthur Donadio, 40, a former football player who saw his opportunities for sport dwindling as he aged. “You stay for the friends you make and the opportunity to keep it going and teach other people.” John Ramsey of the Fayetteville Observer has the story.

SCA gear stolen in West Kingdom

Moira O'Connor reports that her vehicle containing SCA gear was stolen May 14, 2008, and asks that gentles in the SCA community keep an eye out for the stolen property.

Armor stolen in Meridies

Benedict Longsword of Monmouth reports that armor was stolen from the vehicle of Michael Ward (Ian Lowery) in Montgomery, Alabama during the weekend of May 10-11, 2008. Lord Benedict hopes that SCA members will be on the lookout for it.

Farewell to Yang the Nauseating, mka Robert Asprin

Yang the Nauseating, modernly known as Robert Lynn Asprin, was a well-known science fiction and fantasy author. In the SCA, he was one of the early members and was the founder of the Great Dark Horde. Asprin, born in 1946, died peacefully on May 22 at his home.