Archive - 2009 - Story

January 23rd

Ravehenge? Not!

Stonehenge experts are less than thrilled by recent depictions of the monument as a venue for prehistoric raves. “It has undoubtedly been put to the press in an eye-catching way with the use of the word rave and all that sort of thing,” laughs Dave Batchelor, archaeologist at Stonehenge, reflecting on the report by Huddersfield University’s Dr Rupert Till.

Hrafn Olafsson victor of Ansteorra Crown Tourney

Master Phelim Gervase called Pug, Kingdom Seneschal, reports that Hrafn Olafsson, inspired by Elizabeta di Valore della Rosa, was the victor of the January 10, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

January 22nd

Caerthe 12th Night photos online

Meisha has posted an album of photos from Caerthe's 12th Night event which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Heather Dale listed as "best holiday gift 2008"

Canadian folk singer -- and SCA member -- Heather Dale was recently mentioned as a Staff Pick for the Onion's A.V. Club "Best holiday gifts 2008."

Estrella War XXV early registration now closed

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, has announced that early registration for the War is now closed.

January 21st

Roman temples discovered in England

British Channel Four's Time Team has discovered the remains of four Roman temples near Redbourn, England. The temples may have been built to worship water gods, according to experts, since there are springs and a river in the area.

Lucrezia Borgia: businesswoman

New research by an American historian, Diane Yvonne Ghirardo, may show that Lucrezia Borgia was falsely accused of the murder of her husband, and that she may have been more involved with business than with intrigue.

A New Knight in An Tir

Einar Knutson (also known as Einar Leifsson) of the Barony of Blatha An Oir has been placed on vigil by Their Majesties for entrance into the Order of Chivalry.

January 20th

DNA testing may unlock secrets of medieval manuscripts

Taking advantage of the fact that many medieval manuscripts were written onto animal skins, scientists are using the remaining DNA from these skins to help identify manuscripts that were created near one another in time and space.

Oldest extant Medieval Roll of Arms bought by British Library

Hrolf Jamesonreports that the British Library has acquired the the Dering Roll, the "oldest extant Medieval Roll of Arms." The document was purchased for UK£194,184.

Vivat for Sir Vitus Polonius, first native East German knight of Drachenwald

This past 12th night Coronation, Baron Vitus Polonius was elevated to the Order of Chivalry of Drachenwald.

January 19th

Pictures from 12th Night Coronation

Lord Edricus has posted an album of photos from the recent 12th Night Coronation which took place in the Shire of Avienture.

The etymology of the hangover

On the blog Proof for the New York Times, Iain Gately ponders the history of hangovers and the euphemisms used to deal with them.

January 18th

Researchers use church records to reconstruct weather patterns

A team of Spanish researchers are using records of agricultural rites kept by the Cathedral of Toledo to reconstruct a pattern of droughts that plagued the country between 1506 and 1900.

Life in Roman Britain through the eyes of garrison wives

One of the most important aspects of the excavations at England's Vindolana archaeological site is the insight given to everyday life at the fort, especially through the preserved letters of those stationed there. Australia's Couriermail.com has a feature.

Simon the Wanderer Elevated to the Order of the Pelican in Meridies

On December 6th, 2008 at Magna Faire, it was announced that the THL Simon the Wanderer had been brought into the most esteemed Order of the Pelican.

January 17th

Biography of England's mightiest river

“This river looks so broad and vast, so murky and silent, seems such an image of death in the midst of the great city’s life,” wrote Charles Dickens. Now Peter Ackroyd takes on the daunting history of the river with a new book Thames: The Biography. Jeremy Kutner of the Christian Science Monitor has a review.

Baby wrapping

No, silly, it's not about infants doing rock music! It's all about the history of baby clothes and how infants were dressed in the 15th century. The article An Infant’s Clothing – Swaddle, Gown, Shirt, and Coif is by Charlotte Johnson (Lady Mathilde Bourette)

freecreditreport.com renfaire commercial

The hapless freecreditreport.com guys are reduced to playing at a renaissance faire in their latest commercial, which can be viewed online.

January 16th

Lions Road SCA Podcast Expands to Live Webcast

Lions Road, the first weekly SCA podcast, has begun offering a live webcast.

Celts in Eastern Europe

The discovery of an early Celtic village near Krakow, Poland (3rd century BCE) sheds light on the history of the Celtic peoples in Europe. The village is unique in Poland.

West Kingdom 12th Night photos online

Brigit has posted an album of photos from the recent 12th Night celebration in the Kingdom of the West.

January 15th

Lionheart shines at Metropolitan Museum of Art

The early-music vocal sextet Lionheart recently offered a program of Christmas music of 13th through 16th-century Italy in the Medieval Sculpture Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Allan Kozinn of Medievalists.net has a review.

International banking - medieval-style

A team of researchers from England's Reading University are studying the credit crunch -- not the recent one, but the "medieval credit crunch" from the time of England's King Edward I.

Some Vikings stung by fake swords

"Buyer Beware" is an ages-old concept, one that was even true for Viking purchasers of "designer swords." Dr Alan Williams, an archaeometallurgist and consultant to the Wallace Collection, discusses the problems some Norseman encountered when commissioning new weapons.

January 14th

Salisbury inspires medieval moments

Travelers to London looking for a day trip may want to consider Salisbury in Wiltshire, a medieval city complete with impressive cathedral, museums and historic houses, and restaurants and pubs. Jennifer Conlin of the New York Times has a travel review.

Labour Party blamed for England's crumbling treasures

Macer Hall, Political Editor of the Daily News reports that England's Labour Party is being blamed for the sorry state of many of Britain's historic buildings and sites, some of which are considered “at risk” by experts.

Congratulations Sir Terry Pratchett!

Science fiction author Terry Pratchett says he is “flabbergasted” over his recent knighting by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Pratchett, who authors the popular Discworld series, was among those honored January 1, 2009.

January 13th

Discussion list for SCA Laurels

Mistress TSivia reports on the existence of the SCA Laurels List, an online discussion group for members of the Order of the Laurel in the SCA.

St Emmeram Codex music heard for the first time in 600 years

A collaboration of academics in England and Germany, working on the St Emmeram Codex, have recorded a CD of polyphonic music from the manuscript, the first time this music has been heard since the 15th century.