Archive - Feb 2009 - Story

February 28th

Estrella XXV "lost and found" list

The Powers-That-Be for Estrella War XXV have posted an extensive list of "lost and found" articles from the War on the Estrella website.

Colchester Roman circus for sale

Townhouses may soon cover the track of the only known Roman circus in Britain. The developer, Taylor Wimpey, has decided to sell the land which includes the historic starting gate and Sergeants' Mess in Colchester, England.

Combatants announced for Atenveldt Crown Tourney

Baronessa Isabeau della Farfalla, Seneschal for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, has announced the list of combatants for the upcoming Crown Tournament in that Kingdom.

February 27th

Ealdormere 10th Anniversary Pictures

Joleicia shares her photos from the recent 10th Anniversary celebration in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on her Photobucket website.

Two elevated at AEthelmearc's Steltonwald 12th Night

THL Matilda Bosvyle de Bela Acqua, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen created two new peers at Their recent Court in the Canton of Steltonwald.

Unknown Tolkien work to be published in spring 2009

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, an unpublished book by J.R.R. Tolkien, has been scheduled to be released in May 2009.

February 26th

Pictures from It's Only a Flesh Wound II

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva has posted her photos from the recent It's Only a Flesh Wound II event which took place in the Barony of Jararvellir (Kingdom of Northshield)>

Quest for the holy G

Gatorade has taken on an ambitious project: create an online parody of Monty Python and the Holt Grail complete with NBA star Kevin Garnet as King Arthur, a basketball-shooting wizard and a talking goat.

SCA members make an impression on Bangalore reporter

Arun Bhatia of Bangalore "saw something weird" on a visit to Virginia. What he encountered was an activity by the local SCA group complete with armored combat. Bhatia's story appears in the Deccan Herald.

February 25th

"Macclesfield Alphabet Book" images on CR Blog

On the CR (Creative Review) Blog, Patrick has posted an illustrated discussion of the British Library's Macclesfield Alphabet Book, a pattern book "filled with designs for different styles of script, letters, initials and decorative borders."

Multiple SCA photo galleries displayed online

Lord Nevik Demonovich, from the Barony of Fenix in the Midrealm, has uploaded a series of photo galleries from various SCA events to his website.

February 24th

Stefan's Florilegium newsfeed now available on

Now that Stefan's Florilegium has a syndicated RSS news feed, we have added it to the available choices on Registered users on can optionally add this as a block on their customized home page.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for February 2009.

"Land of the Tusk" members grab notice of Arizona reporter

Members of the Barony of Tir Ysgithr, "Land of the Tusk," the Tucson, Arizona chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, recently captured the notice of Arizona Daily Star reporter Gerald M. Gay, who visited the group in a local park as members prepared for the Estrella War.

February 23rd

To Canterbury they wende...

Just when we thought the SCA was irrelevant to the modern world, a trio of rappers brings us the Canterbury Tales Rap. Watch it on YouTube.

Einar and Maerwynn New Baron and Baroness of Brendoken

On Saturday, February 21, Their Highnesses Eikbrandr and Runa, acting in regency for Their Royal Majesties Ullr and AnneLyse, invested Sergeant Einar Blakklar and Lady Maerwynn of Warwick as the new Baron and Baroness of Brendoken, located in the North Oaken region of the Middle Kingdom.'s Milica and Justin offer their photo albums from the event.

From the Board of Directors - Financial Announcement

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., discusses the steps taken by the Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. to deal with the modern world economic down turn.

Folding chairs in history has created a website dedicated to the history of the folding chair from ancient times through the Renaissance. The website includes illustrations.

February 22nd

Medieval chainmail for sale on eBay

An authentic chainmail hauberk is being offered for sale on eBay. According to the description, the 14th to 15th century piece is "of highest quality and in perfect condition of preservation," although it appears to be missing one sleeve.

Rare face-mask jug found in Scotland

An archaeological dig at the site of the former Rothesay Council Chambers in Scotland has unearthed a rare 13th century ceramic jug. (photo)

Video of Oertha Winter 2009 Coronet on YouTube

Merewyn of Ynys Taltraeth has posted several videos of the recent Winter 2009 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West, on YouTube.

February 21st

Midrealm 12th Night photos online

Demetrious the Undecided has posted an album of photos taken at the recent 12th Night event in Chicago on his Photobucket website.

SCAdian is "lyrical rocker"

Shava of Northshield reports that SCA member Thora Hrafnsteinn Ornolfsdottir, known in the modern world as Andrea Potts, has produced an album of "original alternative lyrical rock."

Manx language enjoys revival

Manx Gaelic, an off-shoot of Old Irish, thought to have died out in the 19th century, is being revived thanks to the efforts of Manx scholar Jennifer Kewley Draskau, who has published "Practical Manx, a guide to the grammar and morphology of the language."

February 20th

Love letters in the 12th century

Karin Larsdatter provides advice for the lovelorn in a translation on her Medieval Material Culture Blog. The entry looks at a 12th century handbook of letter writing recently discovered at the Biblioteca Capitolare di Verona.

German penny brings 34,000 Euros

A tiny silver penny, minted in the time of King Pippin III of the Franks, was recently sold at auction for EU€34,000.

Ianuk shares photos from Atenveldt events

Posadnitsa Ianuk has posted several albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

America's oldest free library may close

Out of our time period, but a sad commentary on the financial crisis in the United States: Delaware County's Darby Free Library (Pennsylvania) is one of eleven libraries destined to close their doors due to lack of funding. The library "is believed to be the oldest continuously operating public library in America."

February 19th

Mystery of "lost" Japanese kingdom continues

Archaeologists in Japan have long known about the existence of the ancient Yamatai kingdom, but they have never been able to find it. Now they are seeking the help of history buffs to solve the mystery.

Petrarca V pictures

Anna Syveken reports that photos from the Petrarca V Ramble, which took place recently in Bad Staffelstein, Germany, are now available online.