Archive - Oct 2009 - Story

October 24th

Malcolm and Tessa to return to AEthelmearc Thrones

Alaxandair reports that Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn defeated Sir Magnus Tindal in the finals of the October 17, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. (photos)

October 23rd

Minnesota professor to receive grant for medieval globalization research

University of Minnesota professor Susan Noakes has received a US$70,000 grant for two years for a project entitled “Globalization of the Middle Ages.” The research will be funded by the university's Imagine Fund.

Photos from AEthelmearc's Siege of Harlech Castle online

Byron and Ariella have created several albums of photos taken at the Siege of Harlech Castle, held in spring of 2009 in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

Hear Shakespeare's music online

The cast album for the recent production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, starring Audra McDonald and Anne Hathaway, is available to hear online.

Scholars hope to give John Dee a make-over

For centuries, John Dee, royal wizard to Queen Elizabeth I, has gotten a bad rap. Now a group of scholars wants to restore his image by showcasing his accomplishments. The group met in September, 2009 in Cambridge for a two-day conference.

October 22nd

Decapitated skeletons may have been Viking raiders

New studies of the recent discovery of 51 decapitated skeletons found in an old quarry at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth, England, may show that the young men were captured Viking raiders who were executed and buried in a mass grave.

Combat (and more) in Peace Park

SCA members from the Kingdom of Calontir spent the afternoon of October 17 at Peace Park, on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri. Dan Brenner of the Columbia Missourian was on hand to chronicle their armoured fighting and the more peaceful scribal crafts.

Tournament of the Phoenix to draw international jousters

For the third straight year, jousters from around the world will gather for the Tournament of the Phoenix, a weekend-long event to be held October 23-25, 2009 in Poway California. The event is being held in conjunction with the Festival of History, a living history event featuring re-enactors from Roman times to the Renaissance.

7th Century Anglo-Saxon Jewelry Remain in Northumberland

An Anglo-Saxon Royal treasure will remain in the North East part of England after a cash donation allowed its purchase.

October 21st

Amateur treasure hunter finds 'seven figure' haul of Anglo-Saxon gold

The largest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found has been discovered by a metal detector enthusiast on farmland in Staffordshire, it was revealed recently.

Duct tape holding up Canterbury Cathedral

How can you tell when the economic crisis has reached epic proportions in great Britain? When the marble pillars of Canterbury Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican Church and site of the murder of St. Thomas a Becket, are being held together with duct tape.

Building It Medieval-The Ozark Medieval Fortress in Arkansas

Most of us have dreamed of building a castle, but these people are actually doing it. Starting in the spring of 2010 the Ozark Medieval Fortress is open.

October 20th

Bosphorus tunnel project creates "Indiana Jones-type" archaeological dig

When construction workers for Istanbul's overwhelmed subway system opened up a tunnel running under the Bosphorus Strait, they expected to begin a process to relieve the traffic congestion. Instead, they uncovered the lost Byzantine port of Theodosius, complete with "an ancient armada: 34 Byzantine ships ranging from dating between the 7th and 11th centuries AD."

Roman skeleton really Goth

The 5th century skeleton of a man, discovered in 1972 in Gloucester, England, has been identified as a Goth, originating from east of the Danube River. Experts feel that the man was most likely a Roman soldier.

Pictures from Northshield Fall 2009 Crown Tourney

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield's Kingdom Chronicler, reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament. The album has been posted on the Northshield Gallery.

October 19th

Two elevated to Pelican at Riverwar

Cateline la broderesse shares photos from Riverwar, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The event saw the elevation of Mistress Jehannine de Flandres Janine and Master Ryan Mac Faoitigh (Ryan McWhyte) to the Order of the Pelican.

Dazzling, dizzying Lyon

Nestled between the Rhône and the Saône rivers in east-central France, the city of Lyon offers visitors 2,000 years of history. Tourists are encouraged to visit by Andrea Bolitho in a recent blog forFrance Today.

2009 Drachenwald Fall Crown Tourney photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos taken by Lia de Thornegge from the 2009 Drachenwald Fall Crown Tourney and posted it on the Two Ravens website.

October 18th

US Army construction site unearths Roman settlement

A team of archaeologists from Mainz University have discovered what they believe is a 3rd century Roman settlement near Wiesbaden, Germany. The site was found during excavations for a new US$133 million Army Corps of Engineers housing project.

Viking combat expert to speak in Syracuse area

William Short, SCA member and author of the book Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques, will speak at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY, on, October 29, 2009. The presentation will include a discussion of Viking fighting techniques and weapons.

October 17th

Sir Radagaisus Vidigoia Balthi Victorious in Middle Kingdom Crown Tourney

Sir Radagaisus (Rutgur) Vidigoia Balthi has proven victorious in the Middle Kingdom Fall Crown Tournament. Prince Radagaisus fought for the honor of his lady, Baroness Ceinwen ferch Elidir O'Denbigh.

Sir Tom Tinntinnabulum victorious in Northshield Crown Tournament

Adeliz reports that Tom Tinntinnabulum, inspired by Sigrid de la Mare, was the winner of the October 10, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Contenders for East Kingdom Crown announced

Legio Draconis has posted the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the East.

October 16th

Deadliest Warriors needed

Count Sir Balin of Tor, who has appeared on Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior program, has announced that producers are seeking "warriors who can portray and demonstrate the techniques of the historical warriors" portrayed on the program.

Ealdormere Fall 2009 Crown List announced

Nigel and Adrielle, King and Queen of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, have announced the list of Their combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament. The list has been published on Legio Draconis.

Thorvaldr and Fiona new Heirs to Drachenwald

Lady Odindisa Bragisdottir reports that Thorvaldr, inspired by Fiona, was the winner of the October 10, 2009 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

"Missouri farmer" creates western martial arts school in Tokyo

Longtime SCA member Jay Noyes, a 40-year-old self-described "farmer from Missouri," had a dream. He wanted to bring the medieval combat he remembered from his days in the SCA to Japan, where he moved in 1991. To accomplish this, he created Avalon, a medieval history group, and started Castle Tintagel, a school for western martial arts in Tokyo. Edan Corkill of the Japan Times has the story.(photos)

October 15th

Midrealm Fall 2009 Coronation pictures online

Hilla Hamasdohtor has posted an album of photos from the October 3, 2009 Coronation of Dag and AnneMarie in the Kingdom of the Middle.

Bones of unidentified saint found in Bulgarian cathedral

Archaeologists working at the site of a medieval church, part of the fortress of Perperikon in Bulgaria, have discovered a bronze cross bearing remains dating to the 5th-7th centuries C.E. "These are broken and decayed bones, most definitely of a saint," Professor Ovcharov said.

A newcomer's view of Slay the Hydra

Thomas Willoughby of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, loaned his camera to a new fighter of his acquaintance who was attending his first event, Slay the Hydra, with the instruction, "take a picture of ANYTHING that he found interesting." The results can be seen in an album of photos posted on Flickr.