Archive - Feb 2009 - Story

February 19th

Medieval stone coffin moved to Bosworth Field museum

A medieval stone coffin, once used in a water garden and reputed to have belonged to King Richard III, has been installed as an exhibit in the visitor's center of Bosworth Field, the site where Richard was killed in 1485.

SCA Media Officer Change

SCA President Patrick Anderson, on behalf of VP Operations George Reed, has announced that the SCA has appointed a new Assistant Vice President for Press and Media Relations.

February 18th

Benedictine nuns victims of Black Death

The remains of several Benedictine nuns from the Sainte-Croix Abbey near Poitiers, France have shown evidence that the sisters died of the plague, probably while caring for other victims of the disease. Their deaths have been dated to the early 17th century.

Combat archery website

Her Grace Tessa the Huntress has created a new website to collect information on combat archery. Tessa is looking for suggestions for content for the page.

Interbaronial 12th Night photos online

Tannis reports that photos from the recent Interbaronial 12th Night in the Kingdom of Atlantia (Barony of Tir-y-Don) are now available to view online.

Medieval Facebook

Researchers working with land documents dating to the 13th century have discovered Facebook-like social networks that tied together ten villages in southwest France.

February 17th

"Marvelous discovery" of 1500-year-old Saxon graves in Sussex

"It was a bit scary at first because we were unsure if it was a murder scene," said metal detectorist Bob white who, with his friend Cliff Smith, recently discovered a 1,500-year-old Saxon burial ground in Sussex, England.

Rosemund of the Misty Meadows elevated in An Tir

Mästarinna Ula Brennasdottir, Head of Retinue to Their Royal Majesties Vik and Inga of the Kingdom of An Tir, reports that Rosemund of the Misty Meadows has been elevated to the Order of the Pelican.

Historic sword and knife photos online

Thorpe shares an album of his photos of knives and swords taken at the Metropolitan Museum on his Photo Bucket website.

Treasures found in 2008

Have metal detector, will travel? It's amazing what can be found with patience and practice, as WTF? Place reports: 10 great archaeological finds for the year 2008.

February 16th

Morris dancing subject of new British film

Media experts are scratching their heads over the word-of-mouth success of the new British film Morris: a Life with Bells On, a comedy, shot in documentary style, about a group of Morris dancers. See the trailer online.

Breakfast under siege!

Does your morning repast need a little more excitement? Perhaps you should consider Ivo Vos's Trebuchet Toaster which will launch "the finished product to your plate."

Renaissance Magazine to cover Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire

BlackAdder reports that Renaissance Magazine will be covering the 8th Annual Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire on March 7-8, 2009.

February 15th

Henry VIII's armor shows king was "larger than life"

New research by the Royal Armouries in Leeds looks at the progression of Henry VIII's girth through the study of his armor. The various suits of armor have been reunited into one place for the study for the first time since the Tudor era.

Keowee Chamber Music offers early music festival

The the second year, the Keowee Chamber Music is sponsoring the Echo Early Music Festival now through the end of February 2009 at various locations in Asheville, North Carolina.

Official Monty Python YouTube channel

Learn all about the legend of King Arthur, the story of Brian, how to avoid killer rabbits, and even the Meaning of Life on the official Monty Python channel on YouTube.

February 14th

Minnesota Center for Book Arts to offer bookbinding workshops

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota will offer several workshops of interest to scribes and bookbinders including A Modern Variation on the Medieval Book, which will take place on Mondays March 2-23 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Morgan AEthelwulf to sit vigil at Estrella

Sir Tristan Dragonheart reports that his squire, Lord Morgan AEthelwulf, has been placed on vigil by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atenveldt to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

Archaeologists ponder Pagan mosaic found under cathedral

Three mosaics of tiny tiles, featuring naked people possibly performing pagan rituals, have been unearthed underneath the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia in Italy.

February 13th

"Good" penny returns to Malmesbury Abbey

An 11th century silver penny stolen from Malmesbury Abbey has come home. The coin was stolen in June 2008 from a display case in the abbey. unscheduled outage

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Mists Investiture Pictures

Lord Martin of Rivenstar reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Principality of the Mists Fall 2008 Investiture.

Coins from the Eburones tribe found in the Netherlands

A metal detector hobbyist has discovered a hoard of over 100 Celtic coins dating to the 1st century B.C.E. in a corn field near Maastricht, Netherlands. The coins are believed to have been created by the Eburones, a Germanic tribe.

Two offered elevation at St Swithin's Bog 12th Night

THL Matilda Bosvyle de Bela Acqua, Silver Buccle Herald of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that His Majesty Christopher chose to offer peerages to two of His subjects at the recent St Swithin's Bog 12th Night event.

February 12th

Request for Comment-Survey received by the Board

The Board of Directors and President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., have received an independent survey regarding potential changes to the Peerage Orders. Following our procedures for receipt of this type of information, The President and Board of Directors are seeking your comments and opinions.

Submerged island and sunken galley may hold clues to Venetian dominance

Italian archaeologists are undertaking a project to raise an entire island which has been submerged in the lagoon of Venice since the 16th century. Among the artifacts they hope to recover is a remarkably preserved 13th century wooden galley.

Gulf Wars Open Arts and Sciences Faire

Once again the Kingdoms of Gleann Abhann and Meridies are pleased to host the Gulf Wars Open Arts and Science Faire. This event is opened to artisans of all skill levels from all kingdoms in the Knowne World.

Known World Handbook to be updated

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that a project is underway to rewrite the Known World Handbook.

February 11th

The Scottish Prospero

A recent study by Scottish amateur historian Brian Moffat theorizes that Shakespeare's Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan from "The Tempest," may have been inspired by Francis Stewart, the Fifth Earl of Bothwell, an eccentric Scottish earl who lived an extraordinary life.

St. Francis prayer of modern origin

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith,” is a prayer long attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. But a recent article dates the prayer to the beginning of the 20th century.