Archive - 2009 - Story

October 28th

Shava's pictures from the Midrealm 40th Anniversary and Coronation of Dag and AnneMarie

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, shares her photos, video and memories from the October 3, 2009 Middle Kingdom 40th Anniversary celebration and Coronation of Their Majesties Dag and AnneMarie.

Martha Stewart learns maskmaking from SCAdian artist

Artist and SCA member Andrea Masse-Tognetti (Meredith the Maskmaker) joined Martha Stewart on October 7, 2009 to demonstrate how to make a leather unicorn mask.

George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" coming to HBO

HBO has acquired the rights to produce a fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire & Ice books. The first films, A Game of Thrones is scheduled to film in late October 2009 in Northern Ireland.

Skirmish Magazine covers historical re-enactment around the world

Skirmish Magazine, a British publication dedicated to providing information to the living history community, accepts submissions for articles "on historical re-enactment and living history from around the world, covering all historical periods."

October 27th

Constable of the Tower of London installation ceremony online

On October 7, 2009, General Sir Richard Dannatt was installed as the 159th Constable of the Tower of London. Sir Richard's Installation ceremony is available to view on the Historical Royal Palaces website.

Jousting with Henry VIII

Henry VIII was known for his love of spectacular jousts. Now visitors to the Hampton Court website can share in his favorite pastime by playing Joust for Henry VIII.

Photos from the Pennsic 38 Known World Chivalry Tournament

Ursus of Anglesey reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Pennsic XXXVIII Known World Chivalry Tournament.

Facebook adds Latin

Hebrew? Persian? Pirate Speak? Now Latin is the latest translation to be added to Facebook's Translations application.

October 26th

Leohtulf of the Silver Hills new Lord of the Mists

On the West Kingdom list, it was reported that Leohtulf of the Silver Hills defeated Loy Schiemann der Klein in the finals of the recent Coronet Tournament in the Principality of the Mists. Leohtulf was inspired by Gillian Trenowyth. (video)

Thomas and Elisenda new Heirs to Meridies

Hrólfr has posted a report from Gwen on Legio Draconis that Sir Thomas Blackmoore defeated Sir Mordan Peresenchenev in the final round of the October 10, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Meridies. Thomas was inspired byu Elisenda.

Atlantia Crown Combatants named

Their Royal Majesties Vladimir and Kalisa of the Kingdom of Atlantia have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament.

October 25th

Caer Anterth Mawr 30th Anniversary celebration photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, shares photos from the recent 30th Anniversary celebration in the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr on the Northshield Gallery website.

Blade Society offers combat training at the University of Southern Maine

Sullivan Gym is a place for students of the University of Southern Maine to lift weights, play basketball, or sometimes practice medieval warfare through a program offered by the Blade Society, a student-run organization affiliated with the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Joel Neill of the Free Press has the story. (photos)

Freer Gallery of Art acquires 13th century Japanese tea jar

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art has acquired a rare 13th-14th century tea jar "widely revered as an icon of Japanese tea culture." The jar, originally made in China, has been used to store tea for over five centuries. (photo)

Photos of Midrealm's Vikings Come Home event online

Cathryn of Chester has created an album of photos from the Vikings Come Home event which took place September 9, 2009 in the Barony of Donnershafen (Kalaseum, Kalkaska, MI). The album is posted on Flickr.

October 24th

Mona Lisa: After hours....

It's quiet in the Louvre at night... too quiet. What does Mona Lisa -- she of the enigmatic smile -- do to pass the time? Piffie the Puffin has the answer.

G.I. Joe goes regimental

Have you ever wanted to learn to wrap a great kilt? Or... do you have a G.I. Joe action figure in need of Scottish garb? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you'll want to visit the Fabrics of Time and Space website for a tutorial.

Empire of Medieval Pursuits offers discussion opportunities on medieval topics

The website and discussion forum, Empire of Medieval Pursuits, offers opportunities for those interested in the Middle Ages to share their interests in the "realities, myths, and legends of the Ancient to Medieval world."

Malcolm and Tessa to return to AEthelmearc Thrones

Alaxandair reports that Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn defeated Sir Magnus Tindal in the finals of the October 17, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. (photos)

October 23rd

Minnesota professor to receive grant for medieval globalization research

University of Minnesota professor Susan Noakes has received a US$70,000 grant for two years for a project entitled “Globalization of the Middle Ages.” The research will be funded by the university's Imagine Fund.

Photos from AEthelmearc's Siege of Harlech Castle online

Byron and Ariella have created several albums of photos taken at the Siege of Harlech Castle, held in spring of 2009 in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

Hear Shakespeare's music online

The cast album for the recent production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, starring Audra McDonald and Anne Hathaway, is available to hear online.

Scholars hope to give John Dee a make-over

For centuries, John Dee, royal wizard to Queen Elizabeth I, has gotten a bad rap. Now a group of scholars wants to restore his image by showcasing his accomplishments. The group met in September, 2009 in Cambridge for a two-day conference.

October 22nd

Decapitated skeletons may have been Viking raiders

New studies of the recent discovery of 51 decapitated skeletons found in an old quarry at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth, England, may show that the young men were captured Viking raiders who were executed and buried in a mass grave.

Combat (and more) in Peace Park

SCA members from the Kingdom of Calontir spent the afternoon of October 17 at Peace Park, on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri. Dan Brenner of the Columbia Missourian was on hand to chronicle their armoured fighting and the more peaceful scribal crafts.

Tournament of the Phoenix to draw international jousters

For the third straight year, jousters from around the world will gather for the Tournament of the Phoenix, a weekend-long event to be held October 23-25, 2009 in Poway California. The event is being held in conjunction with the Festival of History, a living history event featuring re-enactors from Roman times to the Renaissance.

7th Century Anglo-Saxon Jewelry Remain in Northumberland

An Anglo-Saxon Royal treasure will remain in the North East part of England after a cash donation allowed its purchase.

October 21st

Amateur treasure hunter finds 'seven figure' haul of Anglo-Saxon gold

The largest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found has been discovered by a metal detector enthusiast on farmland in Staffordshire, it was revealed recently.

Duct tape holding up Canterbury Cathedral

How can you tell when the economic crisis has reached epic proportions in great Britain? When the marble pillars of Canterbury Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican Church and site of the murder of St. Thomas a Becket, are being held together with duct tape.

Building It Medieval-The Ozark Medieval Fortress in Arkansas

Most of us have dreamed of building a castle, but these people are actually doing it. Starting in the spring of 2010 the Ozark Medieval Fortress is open.