Archive - Jan 2010 - Story

Atlantian 12th Night photos online

Isolda Jourdan reports that she has created an album of photos from the Atlantian 12th Night which took place January 9, 2010 in the Canton of Falconcree. The photos have been posted on PicasaWeb.

New book looks at four months in the life of Anne Boleyn

The Lady in the Tower, a new book by Tudor scholar Alison Weir, looks at the last four months in the life of Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn. Janet Maslin of the New York Times has the review.

Diane de Poitiers, victim of own vanity?

Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henry II of France, was known for her youthful looks, which kept the interest of the king, twenty years her junior, but did her vanity and desperation lead to her death? Experts believe they did.

January 30th

SCA armor subject of Judge Judy show

A dispute over loaned  SCA armor was the subject of a recent Judge Judy television show.

January 29th

300 early medieval graves found near Paris

Archaeologists working in Noisy-le-Grand, a suburb of Paris, have discovered two burial grounds dating to Merovingian and Carolingian times. The site is believed to contain more than 300 graves.

The history of skiing

In an article for the physorg.com website, Traci Thomas looks at the origins of skiing, from the swift Norse god Ullr to its depiction in an 11th century Swedish rune stone.

Position Available: Society Chronicler

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Chronicler. The current Society Chronicler’s warrant ends in August 2010. In order to ensure a smooth transition, applications for the position of Society Chronicler are now being accepted.

January 28th

Last chance for a classic!

As of Feburary 1, 2010, for a limited time only, the third edition of the Known World Handbook is available for only US$10!

Strength of medieval women verified by bone study

Recent analysis of skeletons from Wharram Percy, a village on the Yorkshire Wolds, shows that the thick bones of the medieval women demonstrated a life of hard labor which built up their strength.

January 27th

Was Shakespeare a "secret Catholic?"

What did Shakespeare do during the "lost years?" Father Andrew Headon, the vice-rector of the Venerable English College in Rome believes the playwright spent the years in the Eternal City and was a "secret Catholic."

13th century cross may have served as Christian advertisement

A 13th century stone cross, once thought to be a gatepost in Dartmoor, England, may have served as a signpost for parishoners to attend church, according to Win Scutt of City College Plymouth. The cross was constructed from a two-meter long block of granite.

January 26th

Lochac Kingdom Twelfth Night photos online

Maeve shares an album of photos from the recent 12th Night Investiture 2010 in the Kingdom of Lochac. The photos are available on her Flickr website.

Robin Hood movie scheduled to premiere in May 2010

The latest film version of the Robin Hood saga is scheduled to debut in theaters May 14, 2010. The film is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.

January 25th

Computer technology to be used to read inscription on Roman altar

Two experts from the University of Mainz in Germany are using the latest computer technology to try to decypher the "invisible" inscription on a 3th century Roman altar. The stone was discovered in the River Tyne in 1672, but has never been legible. (video)

Broken pipes wreak havoc with medieval remains in York

A broken water main near the medieval burial site in York city centre washed human remains into the street on Christmas Day. The flooding occurred next to All Saints Church, where parisoners have been buried since the Nomrna Conquest.

Kainin Tepesa offered elevation in Ansteorra

Brian O'hUilliam reports that, at the recent Steppes 12th Night event, Kainin Tepesa was offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Owen and Ginevria of the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

January 24th

Stonehenge site of midwinter feast

A recent study of pig and cattle bones found near Stonehenge has led researchers to believe that it was the site of huge winter solstice feasts. Experts believe animals were herded to the site and then slaughtered to feed celebrants.

Pomegranate part of healthy Roman diet in England

Romans may have brought more than forts and paved roads to England during their occupation. They may have brought a healthy diet. (photo)

January 23rd

Baron Dolan Madoc of Harlech elevated to Laurel in Calontir

Master Andrixos of the Kingdom of Calontir reports that Their Majesties have elevated Baron Dolan Madoc of Harlech to the Order of the Laurel.

LibraryThing offers "virtual book club" for SCA folk

Billing itself as the "world's largest book club", the LibraryThing web site offers a venue to share your latest bibliophilic discoveries. In the History section is a group devoted to SCA folk.

January 22nd

Kennric and Rolynnda new Prince and Princess of Oertha

Bjarn Eðwarðarson í Jórvík reports that Lord Kennric Maur, inspired by Mistress Rolynnda of the Azurestone, was the victor of the recent Coronet Tournament in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West.

Archaeologists may have found Princess Eadgyth's body

If tests support their suspicions, experts from Bristol University have identified the oldest remains of an English royal. She was Eadgyth (pronounced "Edith"), sister to Athelstan, effectively the first king of all of England, who won a decisive battle circa 937 against the Scots and Irish.

January 21st

Pre-registration deadline for Estrella War extended to January 25

Dame Katharine of Cate Hall of the Estrella War XXVI Media Office, requests that those considering attendance at the upcoming War take heed of the words of Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Drachenwald scribe offers insight into Book of Kells techniques

A recent paper by Cornell paleontologist John Cisne on the repeating patterns in the Book of Kells so intrigued Duchess Nerissa de Saye, who commented on Drachenwald's Dragon Scribes blog, that she asked her father to help "translate" the article into layman's terms.

January 20th

Portraits from Caerthen 12th Night

Justin Cragin reports that he has posted an album of portraits taken at the recent 12th Night celebration in the Barony of Caerthe, Kingdom of the Outlands. The album has been posted on Flickr.

Swords ring in Blackmoor Keep

"It's like a brand new style of martial arts. It really is fun. It's great," said Kelly Jenkins of the Shire of Blackmoor Keep (Kingdom of Gleann Abhann) to Brandon Richards of KPLC Channel 7 (Lake Charles, Louisiana). Richards interviewed various shire members at a demo at a downtown park.

January 19th

4th century Roman grave found in Hungary

A team of archaeologists have discovered a grave dating to the last period of Roman occupation in the northwest Hungarian province of Pannonia. The age of the grave was determined by a bone comb found in it.

Armour Archive pattern archive

Looking for armor patterns? The Pattern Archive of the Armour Archive website offers a large selection of patterns created by SCA fighters. The site also include essays on how to use the patterns to make armor.

January 18th

Vikings attacked in self defense, says Norse scholar

The latest effort to revamp the reputations of the Norse come from Robert Ferguson in an article for the December 2009 issue of BBC History Magazine. Ferguson writes that Vikings raided in reaction to a threat to Denmark by Emperor Charlemagne.

Vivant to Insulae Draconis' two newest Peers

Genevieve la flechiere reports on happenings at Drachenwald's kingdom Coronation at 12th night.