Archive - Aug 2008 - Story

August 22nd

Winchester Pilgrimage photos

Asbiorn has posted a wonderful album of photos from the Winchester Pilgrimage event which took place in July 2008 in the Kingdom of Drachenwald on his Facebook website.

SCAdians King and Queen of Balingup

The Balingup Medieval Festival has new royalty: King Simon and Queen Ally, a romantic duo who are also members of the SCA. The Donnybrook-Bridgeport (Australia) Mail interviewed the couple for a recent article.

Henry VIII collar found

A complete double-S collar presented as a reward for exceptional service by Henry VIII to Edward Montagu, then Lord Chief Justice, has been found in the family home of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

August 21st

Liam's photos from Pennsic XXXVII

Liam St. Liam has posted over 700 photos from Pennsic 2008 on his FLickr website.

Great Western War announcements

THL Matheus Reyner, Publicity Deputy for Great Western War XI, advises that there are updates relating to merchants, A&S, combat, equestrian, and other activities at the War.

Faintheart - coming soon to a theater near you...

A romantic comedy set in the world of Viking re-enactment? It's true. The film is Faintheart and it's scheduled for release in the UK in September 2008. View a trailer online.

August 20th

King of Norway Knights Penguin

Nils Olav, a king penguin residing at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, was knighted by the King of Norway for his long service to the military.

Old Norse News to cover Scandinavian Studies

Chris Abram of the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London has created a website to cover news and resources in the field of Medieval Scandinavian Studies.

The passing of Mikal the Ram

As posted by Master Eadweard Boicewright to the Calontir E-mail list on Monday, August 18, 2008.

DVD Being Assembled from Pennsic 37 Show

The Pennsic 37 debut of "Forbidden Pennsic -- The (filked) Musical" was recorded by several individuals, and these recordings are presently being edited into a DVD.

August 19th

Pennsic 37 battle videos

olafvikingr has posted a number of videos of battles from Pennsic 37 (2008) on YouTube™.

"Heraldic Graphics" website created

Katrine Witan Runa has created a website for SCA Heralds to share graphics. The site is hosted by Yahoo Groups.

Canterbury Astrolabe Quadrant bought by British Museum

The British Museum recently raised UK£350,000 to buy a rare 14th century astrolabe discovered in Kent, England in 2005. The Canterbury Astrolabe Quadrant is one of only eight such instruments in the world. (photo)

August 18th

Message from the editor of the "Compleat Anachronist"

Rae L. Hadley, Editor, The Compleat Anachronist has announced that missing pages from Compleat Anachronist, #137: "Hygiene of the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Volume 2 - Domestic Arrangements" by Jeniffer Heise are scheduled to be mailed to subscribers.

Web site offers SCA-focused video clips

What happens when medieval living history meets a modern concept like YouTube™? SCA-video.com offers linked and locally-hosted video clips with an SCA-centric focus, ranging from serious and useful to outrageously funny.

"Forbidden Pennsic" charms lords and ladies at Pennsic 37

The Known World Players brought Pennsic 37 to a humorous end with the premier performance of "Forbidden Pennsic", an original musical comedy based on the annual "Forbidden Broadway" from the modern world.

August 17th

Queen's Champion photos online

Lady Brenna MacDonald reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Queen's Champion event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Roman spa discovered in Serbia

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Roman spa in Prokuplje in southern Serbia during reconstruction work at a local church. The spa is believed to be of "monumental proportions."

Alabama teacher brings pottery to Pennsic

Cottondale, Alabama art teacher and potter Kerry Kennedy spent the past year preparing to merchant her wares at the annual Pennsic War. Ashley Boyd for the Tuscaloosa News had the story.

August 16th

Pennsic 37 aviculture class available as podcast

Biya Sama Fujin (Lady Biya), guildmistress and founder of the Known World Avilculturists (formerly the Company of Medieval Aviculturists), is pleased to announce the first of her aviculture classes available in podcast format for those who cannot attend them in person at East Kingdom University.

Magna Carta exhibit to help fund cathedral restoration

The Lincoln Magna Carta, a once forgotten original 1215 version of the document, will be placed on exhibit at the Fraunces Tavern Museum on Pearl Street in New York City for three months as part of a fund-raising effort by England's Lincoln Cathedral.

Textile resource from Burgos Cathedral available online

Bridgette reports that The Report on the Textiles from Burgos Cathedral, Madrid, Spain is now available online in PDF format.

August 15th

Renaissance humor explained

Dr. Sarah Knight, a lecturer in Renaissance literature, explains Renaissance humor in an interview for the BBC.

"Mommy, it's a joust!"

The SCA "'lets people see history in three dimensions,' said Kevin Reid, whose alter ego, Sir Ragnarr, had quite a day with the victories (and a few deats)" at a demo in Wesselman Park. Rebecca Coudret of the Courier Press (Evansville, Indiana) had the story. (photo).

A Few Moments With His Majesty of the East

HRM Konrad of the East Kingdom made the unprecedented decision to concede all 37 war points at the beginning of Pennsic War. Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, of the Pennsic Independent, interviewed King Konrad to discuss the reasons for his decision.

August 14th

Trimaris' King readies troops for Pennsic combat

It was raining in West Palm Beach, Florida, but that didn't stop King Mittion of the Kingdom of Trimaris from leading a fighter practice at a local park to prepare for the Pennsic War. Paul Quinlan of the Palm Beach Post was on hand for the story. (Photos and video)

Ansteorra Summer 2008 Coronation Pictures

Collwyn reports that he has published an album of photos from the King's Champion Tourney at the Kingdom of Ansteorra's Summer 2008 Coronation.

Four elevated to peerages at Oertha Coronet

At the recent Court of Their Majesties of the West at Oertha Coronet, four citizens of the Principality were elevated to peerages.

August 13th

Gunthar Jonsson victor of Ansteorra Crown

Mistress Xene announced on July 26, 2008 that Sir Gunthar Jonsson was the victor of the Summer 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 42 announced

Herr Otto von Schwyz, Society Chronicler, has announced the winners of the A.S. 42 (2008) William Blackfox Awards. These awards are given for excellence in the fields of newsletter publication.