Archive - 2009 - Story

November 22nd

Estrella War News You Can Use

As we prepare for Estrella War XXVI, there is lots of things we’d like you to know about, but we don’t want to clog up your e-mail or overburden the lists, so we are bundling many messages in each Estrella War News You Can Use release.

November 21st

Fighting and festivities at Agincourt

Master Huon reports that a video of activities at the October 24, 2009 Agincourt event is now available to view on YouTube. The event took place in the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands (Kingdom of AEthelmearc).

Got Viking questions? She's got answers!

Want to know about agriculture in medieval Scandinavia? Ask the Viking Answer Lady. Have a question about Norse astronomy? The Viking Answer Lady knows.

Samurai armor at the Met

Fighting heroically, while looking good and living well, seems to be the theme of an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868 runs through January 10 , 2009. (photos)

Great Western War XII photos online

Bannthegn Lisabetta shares an album of photos taken by herself and Lady Arianna at the recent Great Western War in the Kingdom of Caid. The album has been posted on the Picasaweb website.

November 20th

US in better shape than Rome, says Cornell professor

"Almost everything that has happened [in the United States] over the last year has happened in some deviation before in the period that I study, which is essentially the equivalent of 2008 for the Roman Empire," said said Kim Bowes, Cornell assistant professor of classical archaeology at a recent lecture.

Fashions of the Mary Rose to go on display

Years after its discovery, the Mary Rose, the famous Tudor warship, continues to excite researchers. The latest items to be displayed show that the 16th century sailor was very conscious of his appearance.

Dealing from the Meridian deck

Lord Wulf cu Battell of the Kingdom of Meridies has created a set of playing cards based on a 15th century deck.

Son of Hawkwood Howl photos online

Adam Ingram has posted an album of photos from the Son of Hawkwood Howl which took place October 24, 2009 in the Barony of Hawkwood, Kingdom of Atlantia, on his Psaltery Dreams website. An additional set of photos by Baroness Adeliza is also available.

November 19th

For newcomers: SCA Online Demo

New to the SCA? Want to know information about the Society and what activities are available? Check out the SCA Online Demo, a collection of articles and photos relating to activities in the SCA.

Quills & Swords photos online

Hrothgar has created an album of photos from Quills & Swords an event which took place recently in the kingdom of Calontir. The photos have been posted on Flickr.

Royal proposal at Trimaris Crown Tournament

Bran reports on Legio Draconis that Duke Thorstenn the WrongHand was the victor in the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Trimaris. Thorsten was inspired by Duchess Zephyrine.

William Castille elevated to Pelican in Lochac

Glynyhavr reports that Their Majesties Gabriel and Constanzia, King and Queen of Lochac, have elevated William Castille to the order of the Pelican.

November 18th

Ravensfair photos online

Meisha has created an album of photos from Ravensfaire, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The album is posted on Flickr.

4th century Roman temple found in Tuscany

A rectangular stone and marble temple, built using the opus testaceum technique, has been discovered near Marina di Alberese in central Italy. The existence of the 4th century temple may suggest a larger settlement in the area.

November 17th

Experts believe software proves Shakespeare collaborated

Sir Brian Vickers, an authority on Shakespeare at the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, is a believer in the theory that the Bard did not write all of his plays alone. Now a software program called Pl@giarism may help his case.

Icelandic Althing photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Icelandic Althing event which took place recently in Eoforwic, Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are available on the Two Ravens website.

A feast for the orgy

In an article for Remembrance of Meals Past, Corky White remembers the time she was asked to prepare a Roman feast for a Harvard professor.

November 16th

Agincourt redux

The Battle of Agincourt took place on St. Crispin’s Day, October 25, 1415, and the details of the victory of the English over the French has been debated since that time. In a recent article for the New York Times, James Glanz looks at the controversy which continues to this day.

Notes on Agincourt

Agincourt Computing has created a website chronicling the history and literature surrounding the Battle of Agincourt, the 1415 battle between the French and the English near Calais.

Benefit concert to feature Heather Dale and Mary-Florence Bartley

On November 28, 2009, Marian of Heatherdale and Mary Hannah Le Moyne will present a "special concert to raise money for the Elisabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County" (Barrie, Ontario)>

TRM Northshield place two on vigil, including Gabriel Andvaka, current President of the Society

Their Stellar Majesties Siegfried and Elizabeth, King and Queen of Northshield, placed two gentles on vigil for peerages at the Stellar University of Northshield (SUN) on 7 November 2009.

November 15th

Tsunami unearths early Islamic evidence in Indonesia

Experts have long held that the Islamic religion did not reach into southeast Asia until the 13th century, but new evidence found near Ache, Indonesia, may dispute that claim.

Hadrian's Wall: cultural melting pot

Research shows that the Roman guards who occupied Hadrian's Wall came from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, from northern to eastern European. Recently, evidence has shown that a fair number came from the Middle East.

Pictures from Griffins Needle Challenge

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Chronicler, shares photos from her visit to the Griffins Needle Challenge event, where participants created magnificent garments in a mere 20 hours.

Maighstir Thegn Bran na torcdubh mac Brude winner of Lochac Crown Tournament

Lord Benedict of Askerigg reports, by way of Katherina Weyssin on the Lochac email list, that Maighstir Thegn Bran na torcdubh mac Brude, fighting for Shayka Lilya bint Hizir, was the winner of the November 14, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac.

November 14th

Information about minstrels, troubadours, jongleurs, and trouveres sought

Professor of medieval literature at Troy University, Richard Nokes, has created Unlocked Wordhoard, a website to discuss topics of interest to medieval scholars. One of the recent discussions deals with minstrels, troubadours, jongleurs, and trouveres.

Lilies War battlefield moving

Mistress Meadhbh inghean ui Shuibhne, Lilies War Chair, has announced that the battlefield at Lilies War will be moving to a new location.

BBC looks "Behind the Book of Omens"

On its website, BBC America has posted a series of videos on the Freer and Sackler Galleries exhibit Falnama: Behind the Book of Omens, the exhibit, which runs through January 24, 2010. The exhibit focuses on "a group of rare and unusual manuscripts that were once used to explore the unknown through divination in 16th- and 17th-century Iran and Turkey."

Lochac rapier photos and video online

Emilio has posted photos and video from the recent Crescent Fence rapier event in the Barony of Ildhafn in the Kingdom of Lochac. The photos are posted on Webshots.