Archive - May 2009 - Story

May 24th

East Kingdom's Winter War XII video online

Seigneur Christophe de Frisselle has posted a series of videos on YouTube from the Shire of the Northern Outpost's Winter War event in the Kingdom of the East. In addition to fighters from the East Kingdom, the event was visited by His Majesty of Ealdormere and other fighters from that Kingdom.

Dorcas Whitecap offered elevation at Spring Fling

Ines Alfon reports that Their Majesties of Calontir offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Dorcas Whitecap at the recent Spring Fling event.

Photos of Calontir March 2009 Coronation online

Hrothgar reports that he has created an album of photos from the March 2009 Coronation in the kingdom of Calontir.

May 23rd

Debate continues over Michelangelo crucifix

A EU3.3 million wooden crucifix, bought recently at auction by the Italian government, may or may not have been created by Michelangelo. The newly-purchased piece made its debut in December at the Italian Embassy to the Holy See, and was visited by the Pope.

"Lost" 12th century church found in Swyddffynnon, Wales

A team of archaeologists using a geophysical survey have discovered what is believed to be Capel y Groes, a grange chapel built in 1165 and connected to nearby Strata Florida Abbey. The church was last recorded on maps in the mid 19th century and considered "lost" since that time.

Pope commemorates bravery of Swiss Guard during Regime of Terror

Pope Benedict XVI recently commemorated the bravery of the Swiss Guard, who helped save the city of Rome from an army of mercenaries in 1527, by swearing in the latest batch of recruits.

Justine wows Ice Dragon fashion show

Justin Lymner of the Barony of Delftwood in AEthelmearc has posted a video clip taken at recent Ice Dragon event featuring the fashion stylings of his "sister" Justine.

May 22nd

Verrocchio sculptures by student da Vinci?

Were two of the sculptures in Andrea del Verrocchio's silver altar panel Beheading of the Baptist actually created by the artist's student assistant Leonardo da Vinci? Gary M. Radke, a professor of the humanities at Syracuse University, thinks so. The work will be on exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.

Elizabet McKenzie Du Ross elevated to Pelican in Meridies

It was announced on the Tavern Yard list that Elizabet McKenzie Du Ross was placed on vigil by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Meridies to contemplate elevation to the order of the Pelican.

Historic photos from the Principality of Ealdormere online

Eirik Andersen of the Kingdom of Ealdormere has announced that he has been permitted to scan an album of photos from Countess Tangwystl chronicling the early years of the Principality of Ealdormere. The photos have been posted on the Two Ravens website.

May 21st

Photos from the 2009 Hidden Mountain Baronial Birthday A&S

Lidia de Ragusa has created an album of photos from the 2009 Baronial Birthday celebration in the Barony of Hidden Mountain (Kingdom of Atlantia).

Inbreeding may have led to the demise of the Hapsburgs

A new study by geneticists from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain shows that inbreeding may have weakened the male line and brought about the end of the Hapsburg dynasty. The last king, Charles II of Spain, died in 1700 without male heirs.

May 20th

Estrella War Youth Center and School Tours Volunteers Needed

Estrella War XXVI needs volunteers to run the Youth Center and to lead School Tours at the war. These are positions that do not require the volunteers to attend pre-war planning meetings so long as the volunteers can maintain communication through e-mail or by telephone.

Photos from the creation of Ansteorra

A page on the Kingdom of Ansteorra History Wiki takes readers back to the first day of the new Kingdom, June 16, 1979, when King Theor of Atenveldt officially passed governance to King Jonathan DeLaufyson.

Largest Roman coin to be auctioned

The largest known silver Roman coin, dating to the 4th century C.E., will be auctioned in late May 2009 in the United States. The coin weighs 104.30 grams.(photo)

Pennsic Troll announces changes

Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy, Public Information Deputy for the Pennsic War 38, has announced a change in gate entry policy for this year's War.

May 19th

Tulips brought to Europe by the Turks

New research by experts at the University of Cordoba and the School of Arabic Studies seems to indicate that the first tulips in Europe were brought to Islamic Spain by way of Byzantium. The bulbs could then have been brought to Holland, where they became the country's symbol.

How to use your heraldry

Once you have registered your arms in the SCA, what should you do with them? Herald Coblaith Muimnech took this concept as a challenge and researched "50 ways to use your arms." He hopes to inspire others to use their heraldry more freely.

Peacock and pomegranates subject of Byzantine painting

An archaeological team working near Salqin, Syria have discovered a large painting dating to the Byzantine era. The work depicts a large peacock (a symbol of the early church), two pomegranates, a small bird and olive trees. (photo)

Sleeping like a king in your camp

Planning on sleeping in style this camping season? The Greydragon Furniture website offers illustrations of period beds as well as plans to build a rope bed.

May 18th

Britain' Queen participates in ancient Easter custom

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain recreated a custom dating to the 13th century recently by handing out "Maundy Money," a tradition of doling out coins to pensioners. (video)

Mysteries of Moctezuma revealed at the British Museum

In the last exhibit of a series on emperors, the British Museum will present Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler which reveals elements of the mysterious life of the last emperor of the Aztecs. The exhibition will run 24 September 2009 to 24 January 2010. (photos)

Beowulf meets Alien in "Outlander"

The Outlander, a film released in January 2009, follows the wreck of an alien space craft in 8th century Norway, releasing a futuristic soldier and a bloodthirsty monster into the Viking world. The trailer is available on YouTube. (video)

NPR series follows path of modern Canterbury pilgrims

A recent multi-part NPR series retraces the steps of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales pilgrims in modern England from London to Canterbury. The site includes an interactive map of the journey.

May 17th

Illuminated pages "looking at the innards of a bejeweled watch"

Single illuminated pages from medieval manuscripts often end up as single exhibits in museums, or worse, stuck in a drawer, unviewed and unappreciated, but a new exhibit Heaven on Earth: Manuscript Illuminations From the National Gallery of Art showcases these single pieces as the gems they are. Paul Richard of The Washington Post has a review.

Medieval treasures in Nashville until June 7, 2009

Residents of Nashville, Tennessee have the rare opportunity to view "some of the finest medieval art in the United States" when the Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art now through June 7, 2009.

"The Secret of Kells" brings illumination to life

A 12-year-old boy fights off Vikings to help complete the Book of Kells in a new animated adventure from Cartoon Saloon. The film was scheduled for release late winter 2009.

Pub evacuated due to Holy Grenade of Antioch

The bomb squad was recently called to a pub in Shoreditch, east London when workers from the water company discovered a suspicious object. Such an evacuation is not an unusual occurrence in today's terrorist-conscious world, but these workers must not have been fans of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

May 16th

Matilda Bosvyle de Bela Acqua placed on vigil in AEthelmearc

At Their April 18, 2009 Coronation in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain placed THLady Matilda Bosvyle de Bela Acqua on vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Pelican.

Palace of the Great Khan may lie beneath Khara Khorum

In the 13th century, Kublai Khan, grandson of the great Genghis Khan, moved the ruling city of China to Beijing, but prior to the time, the Mongolian capital, Khara Khorum, was an international city of great renown. Now archaeologists believe they know the whereabouts of the Palace of the Great Khan.