Archive - 2009 - Story

January 12th

Lilies XXIII brewing competition: Sweets IV

Michael L Wilson reports that this summer's Lilies War XXIII will feature another brewing competition: Sweets for the Sweet IV.

Calculating Roman-style

Puzzled by Roman numerals? Always in a dither about how to write the latest SCA year? Maybe Scienceblog's Good Math, Bad Math website can help. The site explains the Roman numeral system and how to do calculations with them.

New work on early medieval sexuality

German Studies professor Albrecht Classen of the University of Arizona has published a new book consisting of "articles written by scholars and historians in disciplines that include sociology, literature, art, music, history, religion and spirituality" on the subject of sexuality in the early Middle Ages.

January 11th

10th century Viking ring found in Sedbergh, England

Two farmers digging in a muddy drainage channel were surprised to see the glint of gold recently and even more surprised to discover a 10th century CE gold Viking ring.

Art Wars at Atheneum II

Kenna reports that the upcoming Athenaeum II, which will take place April 17-19, 2009 in the Shire of Tor an Riogh (Kingdom of Gleann Abhann) will feature an Art War.

Early Highland Warror Clothing

Writer Jennifer Hudson Taylor discusses the medieval clothing worn by Scottish highlanders, citing research she conducted for an upcoming novel.

10th century Russian tabletweaving featured in "Archaeological Textiles Newsletter"

Ingvild of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that the December 2008 issue of the Archaeological Textiles Newsletter includes an article by Kirill Mikhailov, "New Finds of Viking Age Textiles in Ukraine and Russia" which discusses the 10th-century, brocaded, tabletwoven bands.

January 10th

Central Regional 12th Night photos online

Dietrich von Greyssen reports that he has posted an album of photos from Ansteorra's Central Regional 12th Night on his website.

Armored teddy

Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? How about a teddy bear for your sweetie, armored in chainmail? (photo)

Mystery of Stirling Castle medallions to be studied

As part of a UK£12M renovation of Scotland's Stirling Castle, historians plan to study 33 wooden carved medallions seeking to discover who the carvings depict and why they were carved.

Scottish reporter soaks up German history in Aachen

Take a tour of Aachen, Charlemagne's 8th century capital, with a reporter from the Inverness Courier, from the city's nasty-tasting hot spring water to Frederick Barbarossa's 12th century chandelier.

January 9th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for January 2009.

East Kingdom 12th Night date moved due to weather

Lady Rosamund d'Alwareton reports that the East Kingdom 12th Night event will be moved to January 17, 2009 due to predicted snow.

2009: International Year of Natural Fibres

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome has declared 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres. Such natural fibers as cotton, wool, silk, jute and flax are being promoted for their efficiency and sustainability, and to "contribute to a greener planet."

January 8th

Boar's Head photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has posted photos from the recent Boar's Head event in the Kingdom of Northshield on her Flickr website.

Cooks create "Feast of the Centuries"

Mistress Huette, Dame Selene and Baroness Asakura no Mashi (Mercy the Potter) have created a blog for cooks called Feast of the Centuries, an "Historical Mission to share food goodness wherever possible."

Dagorhir on Wreckreation Nation

According to the Discovery Channel's website, the episode of Wreckreation Nation featuring Dagorhir is scheduled for January 20, 2009.

January 7th

Historical remnants drive design of Leicester shopping center

Remains of a 15th century church and a Roman townhouse have changed architectural plans for a UK£30 million, nine-storey, 2,000-space car park at the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester, England. The contemporary parking garage has been redesigned to protect the ancient treasures.

Mongolia-focused SCA group gains international attention

In New York, computer professional Luigi Kapaj has created the Silver Horde, a reenactment group focused on Mongolian culture within the SCA. The UB Post, an English-language newspaper in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, recently published a feature-length article about the group.

January 6th

Jarl Boleslav Ragnarsson to be knighted at Estrella XXV

Lady Kathryn reports that Jarl Boleslav Ragnarsson was offered admittance to the Order of the Chivalry by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the Outlands at the recent al-Barran Midwinter event.

Roman lamp depicts gynecological exam

Spanish archaeologists have discovered a rare 1st century ceramic lamp depicting a gynecological exam. The lamp was found near the city of Leon in northern Spain.

Discovery Channel's "How Beer Works"

The Discovery Channel's "How Things Work" recently ran an episode on beer. As an added resource, the network's website includes additional information on the beverage including "Beer Myths" and "How Beer Can be Good for Your Heart."

Proposed Corpora Change -- Royalty memberships

Patrick Anderson, President of the SCA Inc., has forwarded an announcement from the Board of Directors regarding requests-for-comment on a proposed change to Corpora related to membership requirements for competitors and consorts in Crown Tournaments.

January 5th

Advanced techology restores Madonna and Child to splendor

When the Renaissance masterpiece Madonna and Child With Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint Sigismund by Neroccio de' Landi arrived at Washington's National Gallery of Art conservation lab 18 months ago, it had faded paint and damaged gilding. Now the work shines, thanks to the careful handling of restoration experts. (photos)

The Watch, Keeping You Safe at Estrella War XXV

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reports on The Watch, "a group of volunteers that ensure the safety attendees, staff, merchants, and the general public by monitoring activity during the event and making sure that site rules and SCA policy are being observed."

Dolan Madoc placed on vigil for Order of the Laurel

Eleanor Deyeson reports that the HL Dolan Madoc was recently placed on vigil by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Calontir. His Lordship is being recognized for his accomplishments in the fields of archery and bardic arts.

Catalogue provides digital access to medieval manuscripts

UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has created a Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts to provide "a simple and straightforward means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web."

Photos from Christmas Revel online

April and Steve have posted a large album of photos from the recent Christmas Revel in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann on their SmugMug website.

January 4th

16th century Spanish military tent

Rhys Terafan Greydragon has posted photos of an elaborate military pavilion, once owned by Carlos V of Spain, on his website. The photos were taken at the Museo del Ejercito in Madrid, Spain.

American reforestation may have led to "Little Ice Age"

A new study by Stanford University researchers suggests that the reforestation of areas in the Americas following the collapse of pre-Columbian population centers may have triggered the Little Ice Age which occurred from 1500 to 1750.