Archive - May 2008 - Story

May 22nd

Lochac Crown Tourney Fall 2008 video online

Kotek has posted on YouTube a video taken at the recent Fall 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac.

Viking sword find wows experts on Isle of Man

Dan Crowe and Rob Farrer of the Manx Detectorists Society have found artifacts with their metal detectors before, but nothing quite as dramatic as fragments of a Viking sword, a rare find on the Isle of Man. (photo)

A history of the humble fork

Everyone knows that Byzantines (being superior creatures) used forks as early as the 10th century, while other Europeans struggled at stabbing their beef with a knife. The California Academy of Sciences offers a History of Kitchen Utensils, including the fork, on their website.

The Ancient History of the Barony of Loch Salann

Once upon a time, when the Great Salt Lake was part of the Kingdom of Atenveldt, a new chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism was formed: Loch Salann. Read the "Ancient History" of this Artemisian barony online.

May 21st

Photos from Gleann Abhann's Beltaine

Danielle shares photos from the recent Beltaine event in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

“Put down your lance, Vance!”

Security was tight for the April 1, 2008 meeting of U.S. President George W. Bush and Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko, as captured by Reuters photographer Grigory Dukor, who observed security's reaction to guys in armor.

Vyncent atte Wodegate to join Order of the Laurel

Master Geoffrey Matthias has announced that his apprentice Lord Vyncent atte Wodegate has been placed on vigil for elevation to the Order of the Laurel by Their Majesties Eilis and Titus of the Kingdom of the West.

Innilgard Divest-Invest photos online

Mette Boesdatter has posted an album of photos from Lochac's Barony of Innilgard's Divestiture/Investiture event which took place 26 April 2008.

May 20th

The evolution of Roman garb

The textile and fashion website Fibre2fashion takes a look at the progression of Roman garb in a lengthy article. The piece analyzes the history of Roman clothing and textiles and discusses how it has influenced modern fashion. Includes references.

Three to be elevated at Lilies War

Master Andrixos reports that three subjects of the Kingdom of Calontire have been placed on vigil by Their Majesties Anton and Isabeau at Their Crown Tourney with elevation to take place at the upcoming Lilies War.

Pictures from Northshield's Bardic Madness

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva shares photos and memories from Bardic Madness XVIII which took place April 25-27, 2008 in the Shire of Mistig Waetru.

"Forbidden Pennsic - the (Filked) Musical" pokes fond fun at the event

Shlomo Korobeinik reports that the Known World Players will be presenting "Forbidden Pennsic - the (Filked) Musical" at Pennsic XXXVII. Lord Shlomo is the author of the musical/comedy.

May 19th

Portrait of Shakespeare's patron discovered

Experts believe they have discovered a portrait of Henry Wriothesley, Shakespeare's only known patron, under a later portrait of his wife, Elizabeth Vernon. The painted-over image was discovered using X-ray technology. (photo)

Havordh and Mary-Grace to hold Gleann Abhann Throne

At the May 17, 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, His Grace Sir Havordh Aeterbanni won the honor of becoming Crown Prince.

Announcement concerning the Crown of the Middle Kingdom

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. has released the following announcement concerning the Crown of the Middle Kingdom.

May 18th

Scottish Parliament Archive launched

An online archive of the proceedings of the original Scottish Parliament from its first surviving act of 1235 to its dissolution in 1707 has been launched.

A birth in AEthelmearc

Lord Calvert reports that Emma, third child of Sir Matthias Sean Cameron and his wife Averill was born May 9, 2008 in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

Midrealm to hold rare double Crown Tournament

On May 25, the Middle Kingdom will host two Crown Tournaments to establish first a current Sovereign and Consort, then the Royal Heirs, after a Board action in accordance with Corpora cut short the reign of Lutr and Tessa.

May 17th

Irish town emerges as Viking trade center

Excavation for a highway by-pass have unearthed evidence of a Viking trading center in Woodstown in County Waterford, Ireland. Over 5,000 artifacts have so far been discovered dating to the year 860.

This season's fashion hit: gladiator sandals!

Gladiatrices and warrior-wannabes will find themselves in style this spring with new lines of sandals from designers such as Dolce & Gabbana based on Roman patterns. Derek McCormack of the National Post has the story. (photos)

Swords clash in Wisconsin park

The sound of sword on metal drew visitors away from their little league games recently in Appleton, Wisconsin when members of the Barony of Windhaven showed off their medieval chops. Steve Wideman of the Appleton Post-Crescent has the story. (photo and video)

May 16th

Beach books, medieval style

Are you a fan of medieval historical fiction? Don't know what to read next? Take a look at Nan Hawthorne's Medieval Novels website for ideas.

Alabama Welsh Society calls for the return of Madoc's historic marker

The Alabama Welsh Society wants a plaque reinstated marking the supposed arrival of Prince Madoc ap Owain in the U.S. three centuries before Columbus. The legend has it their two ships dropped anchor at what is now Mobile Bay, Alabama, in 1169 or 1170.

Japan's Gosashi tomb opened to scholars

A 5th century royal Japanese tomb has been made accessible to scholars for research and study for the first time. Koji Takahashi, a Toyama University archaeologist, was one of the experts allowed into the Gosashi tomb, which "is revered as the resting place of Empress Jingu, the semi-legendary wife of the country's 14th emperor."

Midrealm event photos online

Master Philip the Pilgrim shares two albums of photos from recent events in the Middle Kingdom on his Flickr website.

May 15th

Sir Siridean Maclachan victor of Lochac Crown Tourney

Count Sir Siridean Maclachan defeated Lord Miles de Colwell in the finals of the Fall 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac.

Drachenwald Spring 2008 Crown Tourney video online

Himiltrude fan Austrasia reports that videos from the recent Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Drachenwald are now available to view online.

Raito and Æsa new Heirs to Northshield Thrones

Kitakaze Tatsu Raito, inspired by Æsa Gilsdottir, was the victor of the May 10, 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

May 14th

From banker to warrior: the transformation of Sergio Iacomoni

What makes an Italian banker decide to gird his lions and become a Roman gladiator? "One day, we were talking. We had played enough tennis, worked out with enough sports. So we decided: OK, now we'll be gladiators," said Sergio Iacomoni, who now calls himself Nerone.

Did smallpox kill Gloucester Romans?

Experts working on the recently-discovered mass Roman grave in Gloucester, England will be using DNA tests to determine what killed over 90 individuals. A first look at the remains points to a 2nd century smallpox outbreak that swept across Britain.