Archive - May 2009 - Story

May 7th

LOL in the SCA

No one ever said people in the SCA didn't have a sense of humor. Now the Middle Ages meets the Age of Twitter with I Can Haz Anakronizum? on LiveJournal. (PG-13 for language).

How Galileo changed the way we view the universe

Galileo Galilei was not the first to make a telescope, nor the first to use it to observe the heavens, but his observations of the moon and stars are widely regarded as a seminal event in the history of astronomy and religion.

May 6th

Photos from Balfar's Challenge 2009 online

Broom has announced that he has created an album of photos from the recent Balfar's Challenge in the Kingdom of the East.

Exhibit shows "true colors" of Tudor tapestry

Light analysis was used to determine the original colors of a huge tapestry commissioned by Henry VIII. The tapestry is now on display at Hampton Court until January 3, 2010 in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the king's accession to the throne.

Beowulf - now with klezmer!

Just when you think you've seen - or read - it all, comes this review by New York Times theater critic B Neil Genzlinger of Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, a new production by Jason Craig, at the Abrons Arts Center, accompanied by klezmer music.

May 5th

Mediaeval Bæbes release 6th album

Fans of the classical crossover group Mediaeval Bæbes will be happy to learn that the female sextet have released their sixth album, Illumination.

Invitation to the Enchanted Ground

His Grace, Duke Cariadoc of the Bow, offers an invitation to visit the Enchanted Ground at Pennsic, a place which states at its border: "within these boundaries the twentieth century does not exist."

May 4th

Viewing Giotto through modern eyes

An article on great works of art for the UK's paper The Independent discusses how works of art from the past are viewed through modern eyes. Included is The Lamentation of Christ by 14th century Italian master Giotto, whose angels seem to zoom about like jet planes. (photo)

World Digital Library launches with 1,200 documents

The World Digital Library, Unesco's project to "promote curiosity and understanding across cultures," has launched its website with 1,200 documents ranging from a" 1,000-year-old Japanese novel to the earliest known map to mention America by name."

Pennsic War may lose post office

Mistress Zaynab Yasmine bint Hasan, and other members of the Spalding Abbey Philatelic Society, report that the United States Postal Service may cut costs by eliminating the Pennsic Station. For years, this service has been a Pennsic landmark, appreciated by merchants and the populace alike. Mistress Zaynab is asking for help to try to save the station.

May 3rd

Huge cache of 17th century beads found in Georgia

A recently discovered large collection of glass beads dating to the 17th century proves that global trade had reached the shores of North America. The 70,000 beads, which included Venetian, Dutch, French and Chinese glass beads, were found at an excavation at the Santa Catalina de Guale Mission. (photo)

Sir Gabriel de Beaumont victorious in Lochac Crown Tournament

Godric of Twynham reports that Sir Gabriel de Beaumont, fighting for Mistress Constanzia Morales y de Zamora, was the winner of the May 2, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac.

May 2nd

Danegeld Tor Championship and Mini-Collegium photos online

Áine de Lacy reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Championship and Mini Collegium which took place recently in the Shire of Danegeld Tor, Kingdom of the West.

Mark S. Weiner receives Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Iceland

Law professor and legal history scholar Mark S. Weiner, who currently teaches at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, has received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and undertake research at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. The fellowship will begin in the fall of 2009.

Estrella War 2010 department heads needed

Master Ritchyrd McUath and Mistress Ealasaid nic Suibhne, Stewards for Estrella War XXVI (2010), have requested volunteers to help with next year's War.

May 1st

Court photos from Grand Tournament of the Unicorn

Master Philip the Pilgrim has posted a small album of photos from the April 4, 2009 Grand Tournament of the Unicorn event which took place in the Kingdom of the Middle.

East Kingdom Crown Tourney combatants announced

Master Phillip the Facetious, East Kingdom Seneschal, has announced the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Spring 2009 Crown Tournament.

Pope creates two new medieval saints

Among the five new saints created recently by Pope Benedict were a 14th century Portuguese friar and an early 14th-century Sienese aristocrat. The saints were canonized in a ceremony at the Vatican.