Archive - Dec 2009 - Story

December 21st

Yuletide feasting in Geneva-on-the-Lake

"Good friends, with praise and thanksgiving to the God who sent his son, we wish for each of you a blessed Christmas!" says the Queen and the feasting commences at the Elizabethan Yuletide Feaste in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Sarah Crump of the Plain Dealer was on hand for the festivities. (photos)

Happy Solstice from Jethro Tull, from 1976

It isn't exactly news, but it's appropriate to the day! YouTube has a video posting of a rare promotional video for Jethro Tull's "Ring Out Solstice Bells", from 1976. It's decidedly medieval in theme, and quite amusing.

December 20th

Bergental Yule 2009 photos online

Brangwyne has posted an album of photos from the Yule 2009 event which took place recently in the Barony of Bergental in the East Kingdom. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

Merry Christmas from Wales

A Christmas card, in the form of a wonderful rendition of the Gower Wassail by Welsh traditional folksinger Phil Tanner, accompanied by a museum-quality video of the Ewenny Wassail Bowl, is available on YouTube.

Swords stolen in Atenveldt

Konot reports that several swords and schlagers were stolen December 11, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

December 19th

SCA Recipes discussion list created

Like to cook? have a recipe to share? A new Yahoo Group has been formed to share recipes loved by SCA members, especially those that can be cooked onsite.

A survey of English cathedrals

In an extensive history article, which looks at major cathedrals in England, the BBC considers several grand houses of worship and their importance in British life.

Position opening soon: Society Chirurgeon

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., reports that the SCA is now seeking applicants for the position of Society Chirurgeon.

December 18th

Estrella War News You Can Use - December 14, 2009

As we prepare for Estrella War XXVI, there is lots of news we’d like you to know about, but we don’t want to clog up your e-mail or overburden the lists, so we are bundling many messages in each Estrella War News You Can Use release.

The Holy Days of December

The Got Medieval website offers information on saints whose days fall in the month of December, including St. Nicholas, St. Lucia, and St. Stephen, all of whom have a place in Christmas tradition.

12th century shipyard found on Skye

Boat timbers dating to 1100 have been discovered at Loch na h-Àirde, Scotland, leading experts to believe that the loch was "almost certainly the focus of crucial maritime work, whether boat building, repair and maintenance or as an inland harbour."

December 17th

Mists investiture videos on YouTube

A series of videos, created by rogansax, from the recent Investiture in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the West, have been posted on YouTube.

A short walk through England's cathedrals

Can't afford a ticket to Great Britain this winter? Take a minute to tour England's glorious cathedrals in a short slideshow from the BBC.

Waldseemüller Map featured in Smithsonian Magazine article

The December 2009 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features an article on the Waldseemüller Map, an early 16th century chart which "changed the way people thought about the world."

December 16th

Latin students create wiki for the "Study of Ancient Gaul and Ancient Celtic Culture"

Students of the John Carroll School Latin 2 class found themselves dissatisfied with their textbook depiction of ancient Celts and Gauls. Their solution? Create a wiki of online links relating to the subject. (map)

Wassail in Wales

Morris dancers and revelers gather in Wales for celebration of the New Year. Video clips of the revelry have been posted on YouTube by SteveWurzel.

Raphael: undone by passion?

Renaissance master Raphael died at the age of 37, at the height of his career. For centuries, historians have blamed his early death on his passion for his mistress, La Fornarina. Jonathan Jones has the story on The Guardian's Art Blog.

December 15th

Heian Period makeup kit found in Japan

A makeup kit, which includes scissors and tweezers, dating to the Heian Period (794-1192), has been discovered in a tomb in Nishiwaki, Japan. (photo)

Mural shows that Koreans visited 7th century Uzbekistan

A mural, discovered in 1965 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, may prove that envoys from Korea visited the country in the 7th century. A replica of the original mural, now destroyed, is on display at the National Museum of Korea.

Helga Ball comes to Estrella War XXVI

Estrella War XXVI will feature a new activity: Helga Ball, a ladies-only full-contact sport based on a Viking game. Rules for the game are available on the Estrella War XXVI website.

"1415: Henry V's Year of Glory" shows new Henry V

For centuries, Englishmen have revered King Henry V as "the greatest man that ever ruled England,” but 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory, a new book by Ian Mortimer gives a new view of the king. Dominic Sandbrook of The Telegraph has a review.

December 14th

15th century vervel may have royal connection

A 15th century vervel, used to connect leather jesses attached to a hawk's legs to the bird's block, with a possible royal connection, has been found in Eaton Bray, England. (photo)

Shakespeare's New Place to be excavated

Archaeologists in Stratford-upon-Avon are preparing to excavate the New Place, the remains of Shakespeare's last home.

SCA folk march in 2009 Fayetteville Rotary Christmas Parade

At 11:00 a.m., 12 December 2009, Members of the Canton of Attillium and the Barony of Windmaster's Hill participated in the 2009 Christmas Rotary Parade. This year two horses complete with armored riders, barding, lance and shield were introduced.

December 13th

Elizabeth I and Dudley miniatures fetch UK£72,000

A pair of miniatures, painted by Nicholas Hilliard, and depicting Elizabeth I and her favorite, Robert Dudley, were auctioned recently for UK£72,000. The portraits were believed to have been painted around 1575. (photo)

Pictish throne marks beginning of early Scottish research project

A throne, commissioned by distillers Glenmorangie and National Museums Scotland, and patterned after stone designs by the ancient picts, has become the symbol of a new research project to study Scotland's early history (photo)

Jesus studied with the Druids, according to new film

Gordon Strachan, a minister for the Church of Scotland, believes Jesus may have visited England and studied with the Druids at Glastonbury. His research is featured in a new film, And Did Those Feet.

December 12th

Medieval Jewish books focus of Bodleian Library exhibit

From December 8, 2009 to May 3, 2010, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University will host Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures, "which tells the story of how Jews, Christians and Muslims have together contributed to the development of the book as an object of great cultural importance."

Northern Toys for Tots Pictures

Lord Domin d'Alsace has created an album of photos from Toys for Tots and posted them on Flickr. The event took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Give an SCA gift for the holidays

The Stock Clerk for the Society for Creative Anachronism reports that gift certificates, which can be used for SCA publications, are available from the SCA, Inc.