Archive - 2009 - Story

February 3rd

Jean I: Rightful King of France

In a strange footnote to the Hundred Years' War, a Sienese merchant named Giannino di Guccio came to believe that he was actually King Jean I of France. A new book, translated from Italian, he Man Who Believed He Was King of France by Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri, tells the story.

Lion and Lily concert clips on YouTube

Galeran Chanterel reports that video clips from the performance of Lion and Lily at Atlantian Twelfth Night are now available on YouTube.

February 2nd

Light show marks 800th anniversary of Cambridge University

The home to "some of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in history - including the splitting of the atom and the discovery of the structure of DNA," Cambridge University in England celebrates its 800th anniversary with worldwide events and an "exuberant" atmosphere.

Animal bones used in construction of Spanish walls

Archaeologists studying the chemistry of 14th century Moorish architecture have found that burnt animal bones were mixed with other materials to create a protective covering for walls. Analysis of the walls, coupled with the discovery of a 14th century brick oven, have led to the conclusion.

February 1st

Experts theorize Tycho Brahe may have been murdered

For centuries experts believed that Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe died from a "twisted" bladder, but recent studies have shown a high concentration of mercury in the astronomer's hair, leading to the theory that Brahe was murdered. Now a "group of conservators, chemists and physicians" wants to open the grave and find out the truth: was Tycho Brahe murdered, and "who done it?"

Extras needed for Highlander fan film

Lady Jelena Alexejevna reports that actors are needed to participate in a Highlander fan film to film this summer in Trier, Germany.

Ansteorra Winter 2009 Crown Tournament photos online

Michael Dudley has posted an album of photos from the recent Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Ansteorra>

January 31st

In the footsteps of Boudicca

Travel writer Charlie Connelly of the Daily Mail takes an interesting side trip with an article about his journey to retrace the steps of Iceni chieftain Boudicca who led a rebellion against the Romans in 60 C.E.

Arrienne Lenorra Ashford vigiled in the Midrealm

Philip White reports that the Honorable Lady Arrienne Lenorra Ashford was recently placed on vigil by Their Majesties Ullr and AnneLyse to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Edinburgh University Press journals online

Philip Cromwell reports that for the next two months, the Edinburgh University Press will allow full access to its journal library, including the Scottish Historical Review and the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.

January 30th

Bernard Cornwell, author of "Agincourt," interviewed

National Review Online has posted an interview with author Bernard Cornwell discussing his new book Agincourt. The interview is in MP3 format.

Westminster Chapter House to undergo renovation

The Chapter House of Westminster Abbey is crumbling, its stonework decaying and pocked with WWII shrapnel scars, its stone carvings damaged, but there is relief in sight in the form of a £2m restoration program to repair the 13th century octagonal building.

Pictures from Newcomer's Event

Xavier has created an album of photos from the recent Newcomers' Event in the Shire of Lagerdamm, Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

January 29th

Photos and video from Atenveldt War Practice

Adriana has posted photos on Photobucket from the recent 12th Night and War Practice events in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. She has also uploaded video onto YouTube.

Digitized Gutenberg Bible to grace Morgan library website

The New York Times reports that the Morgan Library and Museum in New York plans to create a digital copy of one of its Gutenberg Bibles and post it on the library's website.

Two tapped for peerage at Northshield's 12th Night

Gwyneth reports that at the recent 12th Night event in the Kingdom of Northshield, two new peers were chosen by Their Majesties of Northshield.

January 28th

"Man for All Seasons" auditions to be held at Birka

Lorcan reports that auditions for the Pennsic production of "A Man for All Seasons" will be held by Masquerade Medieval on the Saturday afternoon of the East Kingdom's Market Day at Birka event, January 31, 2009 in the Barony of Stonemarche (Manchester, New Hampshire).

Viscount Matheus Bane offered entrance to the Order of Chivalry in An Tir

This past Twelfth Night, Their Royal Majesties, King Vik & Queen Inga offered entrance to the Order of Chivalry to Viscount Matheus Bane.

Myth-busting the Middle Ages

Among its numerous topics of discussion, List Universe includes "Top 10 Myths About The Middle Ages," an illustrated, annotated selection of myths modern people often believe about the Middle Ages.

January 27th

Special events at Estrella XXV

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, would like to remind everyone of a number of special events which will take place at this year's War.

West Kingdom Twelfth Night 2009 photos online

Martin of Rivenstar has posted an album of photos from the recent West Kingdom Twelfth Night on his SmugMug website.

Codex Wallerstein longsword techniques demonstrated online

The Medieval European Martial Arts Guild demonstrates a number of longsword techniques from the Codex Wallerstein on YouTube.

January 26th

"Locks of Love" accepting donations of hair

SCAdians: Thinking of cutting your long hair? If you plan to cut 10 inches or more of your hair, consider donating it to Locks of Love, a "public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis."

January 25th

Estrella War - Youth and Teen activities

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reports on the myriad of youth and teen activities available at this year's War.

Mary Blakthorn offered entrance into the Order of the Pelican

Matilda Seton reports that Her Excellency Mary Blakthorn, Baroness of Caerthe in the Kingdom of the Outlands, has been offered entrance into the Order of the Pelican.

Atenveldt 12th Night photos online

Godfrey von Rheinfels has created an album of photos from 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

January 24th

Volunteers still needed for Estrella War XXV

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reports that volunteers are still needed for the upcoming War.

Fathir and Etain new Prince and Princess of Oertha

Rutger reports (by way of Baroness Margery) that the victor of the January 17, 2009 Coronet in the Principality of Oertha (Kingdom of the West) was Master Fathir. Fathir was inspired by Lady Etain.

CPR and first aid classes at Estrella XXV

Caissene ingen Scandail reports that she will be teaching CPR and first aid classes at the upcoming Estrella War XXV.

January 23rd

Chemical warfare in Roman times

It was a very bad day for 3rd century Roman soldiers who tried to defend a fortress by way of a cramped tunnel. Dead soldiers were doused with toxic substances and set on fire, causing the Romans to retreat.