Archive - Sep 2008 - Story

September 14th

Leaveth Anne Boleyn alone!

It just had to happen! A parody of Chris Crocker's [in]famous "Leave Britney Alone" video is available to view on YouTube, this time with a distinctly Tudor flair.

September 13th

The last of the Cagot people traces her roots

No one seems to remember why the French repressed the Cagot people for nearly one thousand years. Now Marie-Pierre Manet-Beauzac, the last of the bloodline, is attempting to uncover the truth about a persecuted people. Sean Thomas of the Independent has the story.

16th century mechanical doll at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna website features a 16th century mechanical, wooden doll which "plays the cittern, turns its head and seems to mince along with tiny steps while in fact running on wheels." (photo)

St. Bogdacious Summer Camp video online

Bailey Rose has posted a video made from her photos taken at the recent St. Bogdacious Summer Camp in the Barony of Axemoor, Slidell, Louisiana, on YouTube.

11th C Fatimid Rock Crystal auction after misidentification

A rare Islamic rock crystal ewer is reclassified after being sold as post-industrial French antique for about UK£200. It will auction at Christie's London this October for more than UK£3 million. It is one of eight known extant rock crystal ewers from the period. (picture)

September 12th

One Knight Made, One Tapped in Atenveldt

At Atenveldt's Crown Tournament on September 6, 2008, Their Majesties, Phelan III & Amirah, knighted Brian the Pious, squired to Sir Tighearnain the Hound, on the field after the first round.

Middle Ages re-enactors practice medieval battle techniques

Down by the river bend, a man with a notepad and a tape recorder stands by while watching two warriors engaged in fierce combat. Casey Phillips of the Chattanooga Times Free Press was there to record the story.

"Grave Goods" on display at Woodstock Museum

Grave Goods, an exhibit of the work of contemporary artists and craftsmen with a medieval theme, will be on display through November 1, 2008 at the Woodstock Museum in Woodstock, Ontario.

SCA at 1968 Worldcon

Photos from the earliest days of the Society for Creative Anachronism are available on FANAC, the Fan History Project website. The photos date to 1968.

September 11th

Jewelry finds help illustrate history of Jamestown

The recent discoveries of a small pendant depicting a Virginia native American, and several other pieces of jewelry, will help historians understand more fully the history and life in the Jamestown colony.

Pop-up makeover adds medieval look to modern tents

Interested in making your modern pop-up sun screen more medieval-looking? Randall Whitlock can help. His article, How To Disguise Your Portable Pavilion for Renaissance Faires and Medieval Events is available online.

14th century cemetery found in Berlin

Workers at a building site in central Berlin have stumbled across a huge medieval cemetery containing 2,000 bodies dating to the 14th century. Many of the remains are those of children.

September 10th

Caelin on Andrede's photos from Pennsic 37

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted his photos from Pennsic XXXVII on his Flickr website.

"Unrivaled" Roman villa revealed on Isle of Wight

Archaeologists are marveling over the scope of a 2nd century Roman villa revealed recently on the Isle of Wight in England. The Brading Roman Villa is as "big as an Olympic swimming pool," and includes ornate decorations. (photo)

SCA Announce: Comments sought for Board of Directors nominees

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, says the Board is requesting comments from the populace on the current slate of nominees.

September 9th

Steppes Artisan pictures online

Dietrich von Greyssen has posted an album of photos from the recent Steppes Artisan event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Early medieval inscribed finger ring found in England

Antiquities specialist Brett Hammond was impressed with a medieval finger ring discovered by a metal detector from Hinckley, England. "It was clearly an important item of treasure. It is a gold ring possibly containing a rare black diamond," he said. (photo)

British metal detector finds 5th century pendant

Metal detector enthusiast Andy Sales, from Deal, England, was fortunate recently to uncover a 5th century "gold tremissis bearing the image of the Byzantine emperor, Anastasius the First." (photo)

September 8th

Walrick and Cecilia Heirs in Atenveldt

Sir Walrick de Blakeney and Mistress Cecilia Mowebray, O.L., are the new Crown Prince and Princess of Atenveldt.

Downloads of books on traditional crafts available online

A British website, Countryside Agency Archive, offers free, downloadable books on a number of traditional crafts including blacksmithing, thatching, saddlery, wheel making and furniture design.

Tudor paneling recovered from cow shed

A large, carved panel celebrating the Earldom of Charles Somerset, stolen from Raglan Castle during the English Civil War in the 17th Century, has been returned to the castle. The piece was found in a cowshed in Monmouthshire during the 1950s by an antique dealer. (photo)

West Kingdom June Crown 2008 photos online

Esmeralda of the Lakes has posted a nice gallery of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West.

September 7th

Hungarians still seek “Raven King's” library

Hungarians are still searching for their own "Holy Grail," the lost library of Matthias Corvinus, a 15th century king who assembled more than 50,000 hand-copied volumes of religious texts, war stories and biographies, only to have them stolen by raiding Turks.

Castell Aberlleiniog to be rescued in Wales

"For over 20 years I have observed the progressive deterioration of this site as the mound suffered from erosion by livestock, and the masonry became increasingly unstable and overgrown by vegetation," said Mike Yates of Cadw, the Welsh historic monuments' agency, about Castell Aberlleiniog near Llangoed, which is being rescued from further deteoration.

Atenveldters at Pennsic XXXVII

Bertana of Cissanbyrig has posted several albums of photos from Pennsic XXXVII on her Flickr website, some dedicated to citizens of the Kingdom of Atenveldt who attended the War.

Medieval synagogue speaks of Jewish history in Vienna

The 15th century forced conversion of Vienna's Jews led to the community's expulsion from the city, but now archaeologists have discovered the remains of the walls and foundations of the Viennese Synagogue destroyed in 1421.

September 6th

Westermark Madness 2008 photos

Lizabeth has posted an album of photos from the recent Westermark Madness event which took place recently in the Kingdom of the West.

Female remains found in Newcastle Roman sarcophagus

Archaeologists working on a burial site near Newcastle, England, have opened a pair of sarcophagi, one containing the remains of a child, and the other the remains of a woman. The site is believed to have been a former chapel near Hadrian's wall dating to the 4th century C.E. (video)

Two from AEthelmearc elevated at Pennsic 37

Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc elevated two of Their citizens, Baroness Ekaterina Volkova and Daedez of the Moritu (Baroness Daedra McBeth a Gryphon) at Their Court at Pennsic 37.

Extras needed for "Soldiers of Christ"

Clint Buckner from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem is looking for a few extras for a short film he is producing. The film will be shot the weekends of November 8-10 and November 15-17, 2008.