Archive - Apr 2009 - Story

April 30th

Under Armour recalls athletic cups, citing potential injury hazard

Under Armour, manufacturer of a line of athletic garments popular with SCA martial participants, has recalled over 200 thousand athletic cups because they may break under stress and cause injury.

SCAtoday.net back online after a rough night

SCAtoday.net is back online after an extended outage due to a failure of our colocated server. The hosting provider expedited new hardware for us, and we worked through the night to get everything up and running. A few loose ends remain, however.

April 29th

Ianuk's photos from Atenveldt's Spring 2009 Crown Tournament

Ianuke has posted several albums of photos taken at the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. The album have been posted on her Kodak Gallery website.

Pennsic Choir Online Registration Open

Attention all choristers! You are cordially invited to join the Known World Choir at Pennsic 38, also known as the Pennsic Choir.

SCAtoday.net server going offline for emergency maintenance

Due to a data storage problem, the SCAtoday.net server will be going offline for hardware replacement some time within the next 24 hours. Until this is completed, things are going to be very...interesting. (UPDATE STORY TO FOLLOW)

Medieval Astronomy from Melk Abbey on APOD

An medieval manuscript page from the notes for an astronomy lecture by Magister Wolfgang de Styria offers a glimpse at pre-Renaissance thinking in the astronomical field.

April 28th

How To Cook For Festival Like Mistress Yseult

Mistress Yseult de Lacy of the Kingdom of Lochac recently experienced the daunting task of cooking for Rowany Festival. She chronicled the experience on the Lochac Kingdom list and has agreed to share it.

Position Opening Soon: Compleat Anachronist Editor

The Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Editor for The Compleat Anachronist. The Compleat Anachronist is a journal published four times a year. Each issue is approximately 60 pages long and focuses on a single topic relevant to the time period 600 C.E. to 1600 C.E.

April 27th

"Harken to Me" Late Middle English romances online

A special edition of Medieval Forum offers translations of late Middle English romances, "accompanied by brief commentaries on issues raised in the poems." The site also includes a bibliography and material on the various poems.

Queen of the East in the news

Allison Hewett isn't Queen anymore, but that's OK with her. Known until recently in the East Kingdom as Queen Alethea Eastriding, Hewett was interviewed by Keith Whitcomb Jr., a staff writer for the Bennington (NY) Banner about what it is like to be Queen of a "fantasy kingdom," and what it is like to give up your throne.

Was Henry VIII's Tyranny the Result of a Brain Injury?

A new theory suggests that Henry VIII underwent a personality change as the result of a head injury he suffered while jousting.

April 26th

Metal Detectorist Finds Silver Hoard in Denmark

A hobbyist with a metal detector discovered a thousand-year-old hoard of Viking-era silver on the Danish island of Funen.

Gulf Wars XVIII galleries online

Lady Brenna MacDonald reports that she has posted a number of photo and video albums from the recent Gulf Wars XVIII on her SmugMug website.

Praise God and Pass the Tartar Sauce?

The early Christians of Rome ate a diet including much more fish than their pagan neighbors, according to a new analysis of catacomb burials.

April 25th

Calontir event photos online

Eowyth has created several albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Calontir on her Picasa website. Included is an album of photos from Calontir's 25th Anniversary celebration.

New Norse clothing book to be published

David Brown Book Company has announced that advance orders are being taken for Medieval Garments Reconstructed: Norse Clothing Patterns by Else Ostergard, Anna Norgard and Lilli Fransen, translated by Shelly Nordtorp-Madson.

Hebrides Scots linked to Irish invaders

A new DNA study may prove a 10th century historical source which states that the western islands of Scotland were invaded by the Irish in the early 6th century. The new evidence shows "a significant Irish genetics component in Scots' ancestry." The study may also prove that the invasions occurred earlier than the 6th century.

April 24th

Magna Carta Viewer offers in depth look at England's historic past

Visitors to the British Library's Treasures in Full: Magna Carta website are invited to enjoy an in-depth look at the document through the use of Magna Carta Viewer, a Shockwave plugin, which can be downloaded free from the Adobe website. The site also includes a simple, clickable website that allows viewers to zoom in for a closeup look.

New Dig at Bodiam Castle

The need for better sewage facilities to deal with visitors has created an opportunity for a dig at Bodiam Castle in Sussex, England. The 14th-century building is considered an outstanding example of a late medieval moated castle.

Position Opening Soon: President, SCA. Inc.

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that the SCA Board of Directors is now accepting applications for the position of President of the SCA Inc.

April 23rd

Registration deadline for Pennsic University instructors approaches

Pennsic University Class Scheduler, THLady Fiadnata, reminds prospective teachers for this year's War that the deadline for Teacher Registration is May 1, 2009. After that date, classes will not be included in the Pennsic Site Book.

Rowan de la Garnison a Quadruple Peer

On Saturday, April 18, A.S. XLIII, at the Coronation of Maynard and Liadain in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, Kingdom of AEthelmearc, Duchess Rowan de la Garnison was elevated to the Order of the Laurel by the outgoing Monarchs, King Christopher Rawlins and Queen Morgen of Rye.

Dog Skeletons Indicate Medieval Custom of Sacrifice

A discovery of multiple buried dog skeletons in a medieval town outside Budapest suggests that the custom of animal sacrifice was much more widespread in early Christian Hungary than previously thought.

April 22nd

Da Vinci to be subject of cultural theme park

Was Leonardo da Vinci, "poet, musician, philosopher, engineer, architect, scientist, mathematician, anatomist, inventor, architect and botanist," the true Renaissance man, or was he just a "frustrating dilettante?" Curators of the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, France, da Vinci's last home, are betting on the former and hope for the success of their "world's first "intellectual and cultural theme park."

Tir Ysgithr Investiture photos online

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels has posted an album of photos from the recent Investiture of Tighearnain and Sabiha as the new Baron and Baroness of Tir Ysgithr in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 22, 1370

On April 22, 1370, the first stones of the Bastille were laid in Paris. Initial construction of the fortress was completed in 1382.

April 21st

Landscape tells historical story in English countryside

A spring walk in the English countryside can be a history lesson for careful observers. The Time Team's resident landscape archaeologist, Stewart Ainsworth, offers hints on "How to read landscapes like an archaeologist."

New York celebrates Henry Hudson's discovery of New Amsterdam

In commemoration of the Henry Hudson's 400th discovery of the City of New Amsterdam, the Museum of the City of New York will present “Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson,” an exhibition of 275 artifacts housed in a replica of the hull of Henry's triple-masted ship. The exhibit runs through September 2009.

Silver Buccle Herald issued Writ for Pelican

On Saturday April 18th at Their Coronation, Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain of AEthelmearc issued a Writ to THL Matilda Bosvyle de Bellaqua, Their Silver Buccle Herald, for elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

April 20th

Mysterious message of the Alhambra decoded

Researchers and lovers of the Alhambra, the 14th century palace in Castile, Spain, have long puzzled and marveled at the Arabic inscriptions which cover the walls and arches of the building, wondering "What are these walls telling me?" Now Juan Castilla, from the School of Arabic Studies at Spain's Higher Scientific Research Council, has produced a video which claims to translate 3,116 of more than 10,000 inscriptions carved around the building.