Archive - Oct 2009 - Story

October 15th

Translations of classic fencing texts released

Richard, from the Kingdom of Lochac, reports that two classic fencing manuals are now available for study. A new translation by Ken Mondschein of Camillo Agrippa's manual of 1553, the earliest Italian rapier text, is available for purchase, while the English translation of Ettenhard's manual from 1675 can be read online.

October 14th

Gwynna Emrys elevated to Pelican at Meridies Coronation

Yves de Fortanier, Clerk of Precedence for the Kingdom of Meridies, reports that at Their recent Coronation, Their Majesties Boru and Deirdre elevated Viscountess Gwynna Emrys to the Order of the Pelican.

The St. Albans Psalter to be displayed in Germany

The St. Albans Psalter, one of the world's best examples of manuscripts from the Romanesque period, is a cherished possession of the the Dombibliothek Hildesheim in Hildesheim, Germany. The removal of its binding has enabled the Dom-Museum Hildesheim to display individual leaves from the book in a special exhibit which will run December 9, 2009 until January 24, 2010. (photos)

Mongolian games celebrate "manly sports"

An annual festival dating to the 13th century is considered the Mogolian "Olympics." The event features the "manly sports" — horse racing, wrestling and archery. Louisa Lim of NPR has the story. (audio)

Slay the Hydra photos

Gleann Abhann Historian Baroness Barbara Sterling reports that she has posted an album of photos from the Slay the Hydra event which took place September 26, 2009 in Vogelburg.

October 13th

Kingdom of Acre medieval festival video online

Julie O'Grady has created a video highlighting events at the recent Sands Point Medieval Fair hosted by the Kingdom of Acre (Medieval Scenarios and Recreations, Ltd.). The video is available on YouTube.

"Zombies" attack Gleann Abhann Royals

The recent Coronation of William II and Onora II was not without incident as Their Majesties' retinue was overcome with a fit of zombie-ism. The frightening event was chronicled by Kingdom Historian Baroness Barbara Sterling in a missive to Baroness Morgana of the Mists.

October 12th

7th century Islamic manuscripts from the J.J. Marcel collection online

In 1864, the Imperal Library of Russia acquired the "collection of ancient Kufic Qur'ans on parchment bought from Mme Desnoyer, heiress of Arabist Marcel who was among the members of the learned French expedition to Egypt equipped by Bonapart," a magnificent set of about 2000 parchment leaves in Arabic, illuminated in full color and gold.

Barony of Atenveldt 40th Anniversary photos online

Hrefna has created an album of photos from the recent 40th Anniversary event in the Barony of Atenveldt. The photos have been posted in PhotoBucket. Godfrey von Rheinfels has also posted a video from the event as well as an album on Flickr.

West Kingdom victor offers romantic proposal

West Kingdom herald Caoilinn Rose Maddox gives a "herald's point of view" of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. The Tourney was won by Sir Uther Schiemann der Hunt, inspired by Kára Báreksdóttir, who received a romantic proposal. (photos)

October 11th

Visitors invited to view processing of Anglo-Saxon grave finds

Visitors to the town of Sittingbourne, England have a rare opportunity to watch the processing of artifacts from an Anglo-Saxon burial site. (photos and video)

New performances on CalonSound

Mathurin reports that several new Jubilee performances have been added to the CalonSound project website.

War of the Pearls photos online

The Gleann Abhann Historian, Baroness Barbara Sterling, has posted an album of photos from the Kingdom's recent War of the Pearls event.

October 10th

SCA: "like adults playing dress up and getting away with it"

The Barony of Ravensfort, in the Houston, Texas area, turns 20 this year. They celebrated the anniversary at their annual event, Defender of the Fort. Matthew Jackson of the Huntsville Item spoke recently with Seneschal Lady Giovanna Lena Caronna (Carolyn Pace) about SCA life.

Abbasid Period village found in Qatar

A joint team of French and Qatari archaeologists is excited about the discovery of a 9th century town, "a remarkable village of 220 houses, two forts and two mosques," buried for centuries beneath the sands of northwest Qatar.

Murder or execution in Venta Icenorum?

"This is an abnormal burial," said archaeologist Will Bowden of the University of Nottingham, about the discovery of a male skeleton, buried with his hands tied behind his back. "It could be that the person was murdered or executed, although this is still a matter of speculation." (photo)

October 9th

Tudor life at Hampton Court Palace

Dame Alys Katharine of the Midrealm reports that the Hampton Court Palace website includes a series of short videos celebrating Tudor times, cooking, and the life of King Henry VIII.

Midrealm Fall 2009 Crown List announced

Their Majesties Dag and AnneMarie, King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, have announced the list of combatants for Their Crown Tournament which will take place October 17, 2009 in the Barony of Illiton.

Daman MacMillan victorious in Artemisia Crown Tourney

Lady Sine Fergusson of Kintyre reports that Daman MacMillan, inspired by Darcie MacMillan, was the winner of the October 3, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia. (photos)

October 8th

Estrella War News You Can Use

Dame Katharine of Cate Hall of the Estrella War XXVI Media Office has the latest updates on the upcoming War.

Dagorhir Ragnarok 2010 at Cooper's Lake Campground

Ragnarok will be held at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, PA, the week of June 13th-20th, 2010.

October 7th

Calontir Fall 2009 Coronation photos online

Eowyth da Sidend reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Fall 2009 Coronation in the Kingdom of Calotir. They are posted on her Picasa website.

SCA Begins in Thailand

As of the West Kingdom's October Crown, the Society for Creative Anachronism officially has members and an incipient Canton in a country where it has never existed before: the modern Kingdom of Thailand.

October 6th

Kells beauty "in the (crossed) eyes of the creators"

The intricate and precise artwork of the manuscripts of 7th and 8th century England and Ireland, including the Book of Kells, has amazed artists and scholars for centuries. Now paleontologist John Cisne believes he knows how it was done. (photo)

12th century sgraffito pottery found in Bulgaria

Archaeologists working on excavation of a fortress on Trapezita Hill in the central Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo have discovered a fragment of a 12th century vessel using the sgraffito technique. The very rare fragment bears the name and image of a person.

Midrealm college students to establish Medieval Society at Bowling Green

Bowling Green State University students in Bowling Green, Ohio have a long history of involvement with the Society for Creative Anachronism in the local community. Now, to bring medieval life back on campus, a group of students hope to create the BGSU Medieval Society. Michelle Olmstead of the BGViews has the story.

October 5th

Jugglers, knights and dragons draw crowds at Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Ren met SCA at the recent Santa Fe Renaissance Fair held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas in New Mexico, where members of both communities entertained the crowds. Staci Matlock of The New Mexican visited the Fair and reports. (photos)

Austrian museum photos online

Racaire reports that she has posted a number of albums of photos from her recent museum excursions on her Flickr website.

Spider silk tapestry unique creation

It took weavers in Madagascar four years to complete a golden 11-by-4-foot tapestry made completely of spider silk. The only one of its kind in the world, the tapestry is kept safe in a glass case in the American Museum of Natural History. Christopher Joyce of NPR has an audio story.

October 4th

Roman military camps found on Austrian amber road

The discovery of three Roman military camps "will rewrite the history of the Romans in Austria," said Stefan Groh, the leader of the Austrian Archeological Institute team which discovered the camps near Strebersdorf. The sites were found on the amber road, the ancient trading route which runs through the country.