Archive - Nov 2009 - Story

November 12th

Research photos from the Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde

Racaire of the Kingdom of Drachenwald reports that she has created an album of photos from her recent visit to the Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde in Vienna, Austria. The photos are on her Flickr website.

The inspiration of flowers

Jehan, Giles, and Yseult of the he Royal College and Confraternity of Scribes and Illuminators of the Kingdom of Lochac have created a marvelous website to inspired scribes to use symbolic flowers and plants in their artwork. An Introduction to Floral Symbolism in Manuscript Illumination features illuminated flowers and short descriptions of their symbolic meanings.

November 11th

Raptor War 2009 photos online

Darius reports that he has created a large album of photos taken by himself and others from Raptor War 2009, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

Gulf Wars Needs Teachers!

Lady Charmayne D'aix-la-Chapelle reports that teachers and artisans are needed for the 2010 Gulf Wars.

A history of alcoholic beverages in Russia

Russians are known for their love of vodka, but in the Middle Ages, the Russians displayed great talent at creating other alcoholic beverages including mead. Later, in the early 16th century, monks developed the first recipe for vodka.

November 10th

17th century Iberian greatsword treatise online

Toshikage reports that the Memorial of the Practice of the Montante by Diogo Gomes de Figueyredo (1651), translated by Eric Myers, is available to download in PDF format on the Oakeshott Institute website.

Three Queens A&S photos online

Mistress Hanna von Dahl has created an album of photos from the Arts & Sciences display at the recent Three Queens event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. They have been posted on her Flickr website.

500 years of astronomy at Texas museum

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, will present Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works through January 3, 2010. The exhibit will showcase "some of the most important astronomical discoveries of the last 500 years."

November 9th

"Pattern and Loom" available online

Morgana de Mont-St-Michel of the Barony of Black Diamond in the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that Donald B. Wagner, co-author of the weaving book Pattern and Loom, has made the book available to download in PDF format.

Happy birthday, Asterix!

On October 29, 2009, Gaul's most famous denizon, Asterix, celebrated his Lth birthday. (That would be 50 to the Roman-numerically-challenged.) The comic book character was created in 1959 by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.

Video of Fall 2009 Drachenwald Crown Tournament final bout on YouTube

Nerissa has posted a video of the finals taken at the recent Fall 2009 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Drachenwald on YouTube.

Warriors' Naadam 2009 photos online

Elizabet Marshall has created an album of photos from Warriors' Naadam 2009 which took place October 10 in The Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on Flickr.

November 8th

Beowulf-era ceremonial hall discovered in Denmark

Archaeologists in Denmark are puzzled over the discovery of a large building "littered with bits and pieces of exquisite golden jewellery, glass and bronze broaches, high quality artifacts, such as drinking glasses and ceramics, which all seem to have been deliberately smashed in some ritual."

Two offered Peerages in Artemisia

Baron K. Braden von Sobernheim reports that two citizens of the Kingdom of Artemisia were offered Peerages by Their Majesties at the recent Feast of St. Esabell.

Controversial Wallace statue returned to creator

For more than ten years, a 13-foot, sandstone statue of William Wallace held a place of honor at the Wallace Monument in Stirling, Scotland, but last year it was returned to sculptor Tom Church "to make way for a new visitor centre." (photo)

AEthelmearc Fall 2009 Crown Tourney finals video on YouTube

Sir Olafr reports that he has posted a video of the final bout between Duke Malcolm and Sir Tindal at the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

November 7th

Experts look to art for new information on the Crusades

The discovery of two Crusader-era murals in a church in Syria may offer archaeologists insight into the history of Christianity during the Middle Ages. The murals are the first found in the Middle East which depict heaven and hell as subject matter.

Gaming like it's 1066

1066, an online game produced by the BBC's Channel 4, allows players to recreate the "English vs Vikings" battles of 1066.

Northshield Fall 2009 Coronation and Caer Anterth Mawr 30th Anniversary photos online

Elspeth O'Leary has created two albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Northshield and has posted them on the Northshield Gallery website.

From the Quarter: Whack-a-Peer

The Quarter strikes again with a very silly - but fun - game of "Whack a Peer" in which players are encouraged to whack, poke at, or in some way annoy Peers of the Kingdom of Trimaris for points.

November 6th

Qulliam and Dagmar new Heirs to Ealdormere Throne

Liadin Chu reports that TH Lord Quilliam, inspired by Baroness Dagmar Halvdan, was the victor of the October 31, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. (video)

Experts assess condition of Scotland's cliff-bound Old Wick

An archaeologist and a stonemason recently risked life and limb to investigate the ruins of the Old Man of Wick, a 12th century Scottish castle believed to have been built by Harald Maddadsson, the Earl of Orkney. The castle is perched precariously on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea.

Countess Esabell Grant elevated to Pelican in Artemisia

At the recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia, Their Majesties Sean and Nisa placed Countess Esabell Grant on vigil for elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Sir Edward Grey of Lochleven victorious in East Kingdom Crown

Baroness Aurelia Rufinia of the Barony of Carolingia reports that Sir Edward Grey of Lochleven was the winner of the October 31, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the East. Sir Edward fought for the honor of Lady Marguerite Ingen Lochlainn.

November 5th

Houston museum to exhibit props from the "Chronicles of Narnia"

The Houston Museum of Natural Science will present an exhibition of props from the recent film version of the Chronicles of Narnia October 3, 2009 - January 18, 2010.

Pink is period!

How many times have you been told by SCA members, "Pink isn't period?" If the answer is more than two, you may want to take a look at a website created by Lady Louise which disputes this claim and offers historic images as evidence.

What kind of warrior are you?

If you would have become a medieval warrior, what kind would you have been? has a quiz to find out.

Photos from Great Western War 2009

Fausta has posted an album of photos from Great Western War 2009 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid.

November 4th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for October 2009

THL Stefan li Rous has released his monthly article for October detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.

Friederich von Augsburg created Pelican in Northshield

Baron Maol Mhichil mac Ghiolla Pheadair of the Kingdom of Northshield reports that Friedrich von Augsburg has been welcomed into the Order of the Pelican.