Archive - 2009 - Story

September 20th

UK£138,000 English Heritage.grant saves 14th century chapel

Matthew Saunders, honorary director of The Friends of Friendless Churches in Mundon, England, reports that the organization has received a UK£138,000 grant from English Heritage to preserve St Mary's Church, the medieval chapel of a manor house. (photo)

Renaissance Magazine offers special rate until November 15, 2009

Lady Janet of Renaissance Magazine reports that the magazine's special SCA member offer of six issues for US$24 has been extended to November 15, 2009.

September 19th

Duke Bela Kos victor of Outlands Crown Tournament

Bantiarna Sáerlaith inghean Robeaird, Outlands Minister of the Lists, reports that Bela Kos was the undefeated victor of the recent Fall 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Hadrian's Wall - a hike worth taking.

When he decided to walk the 84 miles of Hadrian's Wall across northern England, reporter Len Barcousky of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wasn't sure what he was letting himself in for, but the experience left him feeling like a "king of the world."

September 18th

Genetic studies show crusaders influenced religion in Lebanon

A new study shows that some Lebanese men carry genes traceable to Western Europe, a heritage, say researchers, from Crusaders who established settlements and castles in the country in the 11th through 13th centuries.

Photos from Calontir's Cattle Raids A&S Competition online

Lady Sabi Constance, Falcon Signet for the Kingdom of Calontir, has posted an album of photos from the A&S Competition at the recent Catle Raids event.

Heating system confirms Korean settlement of Russian province

A large "ondol," under floor heating system, dating to the 10th century, was discovered recently at an excavation in the Russian town of Kraskino. The discovery confirms that the Russian maritime province was settled by Koreans.

September 17th

Reporter searches for allure of archaeology in Clunia, Spain

According to Mark Piesing of The Guardian, volunteering on the late Roman archaeological site in Clunia, Spain leaves one feeling more like Gil Grissom than Indiana Jones, yet volunteering for digs is more popular than ever. Piesing set off to find out why.

Volunteers find rare tiles at Woking Palace

More than 100 volunteers recently made an amazing find at Woking Palace, near Old Woking, England: rare tiles, crafted in Valencia, Spain in the late 15th century.

Great Western War: Late breaking news

The organizers of Great Western War, October 6-12, 2009 at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area in Taft, California, have announcements regarding the upcoming War.

September 16th

Showing your best side: transparent armor

In an August 2004 web article, Will Segerman, British artist and engineer, discusses his project for his final show for his fine art degree at Sheffield Hallam: two suits of transparent Gothic armor. (photos)

Photos from Valor XXX online

Seaghdha mac Roberd and Ruaidhri of the Kingdom of Calontir have created two albums of photos from the recent Valor XXX event.

September 15th

Big Viking hoard in Britain may rewrite the history books

Metal detectorists in England have found a new Viking treasure hoard that is thought to be the most important discovery of this type in 150 years.

Pop tab chainmail

Instructables member "quixotiCfluX" has posted an online tutorial on how to create "a genuine European 4 in 1 chainmaille weave using only pop tabs." (photos)

September 14th

Old Norse manuscripts online

The website Wikimedia Commons has digital images of several Old Norse manuscripts available to view online. The site also has brief information about the documents.

Modern "global cities" inspired by patterns in the Middle Ages

In an article for Der Spiegel Parag Khanna, director of the Global Governance Program at the New America Foundation in Washington discusses how the current transition process toward global governance began in the rise of Europe's city states during the Middle Ages.

Storming the castle - Russian style

A group of Russian medieval re-enactors "had fun storming the castle." The photos are posted on the English Russia website.

September 13th

Duke Edward victorious in Atenveldt Crown Tournament

Alianora reports that Edward and Asa are the new Heirs to the Throne of Atenveldt. The tournament took place September 5, 2009 in Fort Huachica, Arizona. (photos)

Photo Request for the Estrella War XXVI Calendar

Lady Arianna Marie Della Luna, Estrella War XXVI Calendar Editor, is requesting photos from Estrella XXV to be included in the upcoming calendar 2010 edition of the calendar. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2009.

Owain ap Einar victor in An Tir Crown

On the Armour Archive, Duke Brannos reports that Jarl Owain ap Einar, inspired by Adwen Wrenn, was the winner of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of An Tir.

September 12th

BBC's "Tudors" historically inaccurate but addicting says historian

Historians seem to have a love/hate relationship with the Showtime series The Tudors, which has been recently sold to the BBC. Some say it "distorts history for dramatic effect" but has "undoubtedly stimulated interest in British history."

Sweden's oldest burial ship found

Archaeologists working on a site near Sunnerby on the island of Kållandsö in Lake Vänern in central Sweden have discovered a 7th century burial ship, the oldest yet uncovered in Scandinavia. The discovery includes animal sacrifices and burial gifts.

Amateur archaeologists drawn to Vindolanda

For over 200 years, archaeologists have been digging at Vindolanda, the 3rd-4th century Roman fort in the north of England. Now volunteers can try their hand at archaeology -- and still find artifacts. (audio)

September 11th

Barony of Mons Tonitrus displays martial skill in Sierra Vista

"Saturday was a day for using nonlethal weaponry — great and broad swords and maces, none sharp or heavy enough to do bodily harm. But in the right hands, a well-delivered, telling and glancing blow could be struck, as some of the contestants learned," writes reporter Bill Hess of the Sierra Vista Herald/Review of the fighters of the Barony of Mons Tonitrus.

Renea Bishop to bring hula to the SCA

In western Pennsylvania, Renea Bishop has finally found the passion of her life: bringing the hula alive for local residents. Joanne Braun of the Sewickley Herald has the story.

Quant la Doulce Jouvencelle called a "magnifique interpretation"

Posted on YouTube is a video clip of the medieval music duo performing Quant la doulce jouvencelle. The performance is in French.

September 10th

Debunking medieval map myths

In a 2002 article for the website Strange Horizons, Michael Livingston looks at three modern myths about medieval maps, and discusses what medieval maps truly were.

Grainne the Red to sit vigil at Atenveldt's Chocolate Revel

Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have placed Lady Grainne the Red on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

5th century Byzantine cathedral and human remains found in Syria

An early Byzantine cathedral, complete with columns and stairs, has been discovered by the excavation team in Tal Al-Hasaka site in north eastern Syria. Also found was the "skeleton of a human who died of torture."

September 9th

Dig shows Irish monks strove to be "green"

Archaeologists working on a dig at the Cistercian Bective Abbey in Co Meath, Ireland believe they have evidence of the country's first environmentalists. The abbey monks, dependent on handouts from their neighbors, worked hard to become as self sufficient as possible.