Archive - Aug 2009 - Story

August 21st

Eastwatch prepares for Pennsic War

In late July, members of the Shire of Eastwatch prepared for Pennsic 38 with a fighter practice/demo at the Fairport Harbor VFW Park. Erich Hiner of the News-Herald (Painesville, Ohio) has the story. (photo)

Castle builders "go medieval" in France

A group of medieval enthusiasts in Burgundy in France are building a castle using only medieval tools and techniques. An MP3 version of the radio story is available to download online.

August 20th

Nice legs!

The latest fashion look for the Spring/Summer 2010 season: Warrior Chic! Armored jeans feature shiny metal plates on the knees, shoulders and elbows.

August 19th

Recession forces Chivalry Sports to move to online-only format

In late July, Chivalry Sports, well known supplier of clothing, armor, and weapons to the SCA and Renaissance Faire communities, closed the doors of its store in Tucson, Arizona for the last time. Phil Villarreal, reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, has the story.

Byzantine angel revealed

Concealed for more than 100 years behind plaster, a mosaic angel dating to the 14th century has been revealed in the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul.

Pennsic XXXVIII A&S and Opening Ceremonies photos online

Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh has posted some wonderful photos taken at Pennsic XXXVIII including pictures of the procession and Opening Ceremonies, which, due to rain, took place in the Barn.

August 18th

4th - 6th century Silla Dynasty armor discovered in Hwango-dong

From paintings, researchers know about the armor worn by Silla Dynasty cavalrymen, but now they will be able to study it first hand. The remains of a set of armor, dating from sometime between the fourth and sixth centuries, has been discovered in an ancient tomb in the Jjoksaem District of Hwango-dong, Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang. (photos, diagrams)

Hawking bell found by teasure hunter in Derbyshire, England

"I have found quite a lot of treasure items over the years and have a few reference books so as soon as I scraped off the mud I knew it was a hawking bell," said metal detectorist Adam Staples last year when he discovered the 500-year-old bell in a Melbourne, England field. "It's a lovely object."

Living the life of luxury at Pennsic 38

THL Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh has posted an album of photos taken at Pennsic 38 featuring "Lifestyles of the Pennsic Rich and Famous." The album, available on Photobucket, offers a tour of the "stately homes" of a number of Pennsic attendees.

August 17th

Tram workers discover skeletons on Leith Walk

Construction workers in Edinburgh, Scotland have discovered the site of a medieval graveyard at the junction of London Road and Elm Row. An archaeological team has been sent in to catalog and remove the remains.

Drachenwalder photos from Pennsic XXXVIII

Aryanhwy of the Kingdom of Drachenwald reports that she has created an album of photos from Pennsic War XXXVIII. The photos are available on her Facebook page.

Cooper's Lake to host Brewfest

Those interested in homebrewing may want to attend Brewfest at Cooper's Lake Campground August 21-23, 2009. The non-SCA event will be a gathering of homebrew enthusiasts to discuss their favorite hobby.

August 16th

10th century Icelandic cowshed discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved cowshed dating to the 10th century on a farm near Keldudalur in Skagafjördur, Iceland.

Ventotene shipwrecks excite world of Roman archaeology

The discovery of the wrecks of five 3rd - 5th century Roman shipwrecks off the coast of the Italian island of Ventotene has excited the world of Roman-era research. "It is like an underwater museum," said one expert.

August 15th

SCA: "An excellent hobby"

Oklahoma couple Isabel Barton and Karl Ludoph (Charles Lydolph and Tracy Garner) enjoy "bringing history to life" in their local SCA group. Steve Biehn, staff writer for the Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Oklahoma) interviewed them recently for a feature story. (photo)

Nuns a-plenty

Obsessed with nuns? Looking for good research sources? Or just interested in a good read with ecclesiastical flair? The New Yorker Magaine's Book Bench looks at seven essential books about nuns.

August 14th

Photos from summer 2009 Drachenwald events

Edricus reports that he has created two albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. Both albums are on Flickr.

Archaeologists search for the tomb of Suleiman I

A team of Hungarian and Turkish experts has begun the search for the tomb of Suleiman I, the Lawgiver, who died in Hungary in 1566.

August 13th

Cooking with the ancients

Looking for ideas for a new appetizers? Try a recipe from the past - way past - with The Philosopher’s Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Greece and Rome for the Modern Cook by Francine Segan.

Photos from the An Tir/West War 2009 posted online

Miyake Nobuhiro reports that he has created several photo sets of the recent An Tir/West War.

BBC Radio 4 presents "Tales Before the Stave"

A thirty-minute podcast from BBC Radio 4 features the story of the Winchester Troper, a seminal musical book created around 1030 CE in Winchester, England.

August 12th

Positions Open: Grant Writing Committee Members and Committee Chair

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, reports that volunteers are being sought to serve on a grant-writing committee for the SCA Inc.

Memorial Site for Yehudah of Nuremburg Online

In Atenveldt, Master Yehudah of Nuremburg (mka Larry Baum) passed away on August 8 due to a heart attack. A memorial web page, with information about remembrance services upcoming in the next several days, has been created by friends and family.

Arthur legends inspired by Carausius, say experts

A Roman cavalry lance head may prove that the legends of King Arthur were inspired by Roman soldiers and sailors. The contos head, dating to the 3rd century, was discovered in Norfolk County, England.

August 11th

Positions Open: SCA Census 2010 Committee Members and Committee Chair

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, reports that the SCA Inc. is seeking committee members and a chairperson for the SCA Census 2010 Committee.

Database catalogs soldiers' records from Hundred Years War

A new web site provides searchable databases of the detailed service records of 250,000 medieval soldiers, including archers who served with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt.

August 10th

Monastery of the Bulgarian Patriarch and French ring found in medieval capital

A team of archaeologists, led by Professor Nikolay Ovcharov, has discovered the walls of what they believe is the the Monastery of the Bulgarian Patriarch in the 13th century in Veliko Tarnovo, the country's medieval capital.

TV sitcom scores with "Medieval Fight Club"

The ABC sitcom Better Off Ted, which focuses on regular guy who works for company with questionable ethics, combines Fight Club with a fictional living history group for an episode entitled "You Are the Boss of Me."

August 9th

Norse Life and Culture Seminar slated for 2010

Banbharun Siobhan has announced that there will be a Norse Life and Culture Seminar held april 10, 2010 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The event will feature a day of classes and lectures for those interested in Viking/Norse personas.

August 8th

Pictures and video from Warriors and Warlords XVI

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has posted photos and video from the recent Warriors and Warlords XVI in the Kingdom of Northshield.