Archive - Oct 2010 - Story

October 16th

Caspar and Cecilia new Heirs to Meridies Throne

Cathal reports that Duke Caspar was the victor of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Meridies.

October 15th

Morgan Olander winner of Northshield Fall 2010 Crown Tournament

As reported on the Kingdom list, Morgan Olander fighting for the honor of Lusche della Casiago, was the victor of the October 9, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

East Kingdom Crown Combatants announced

Master Phillip Reed the Facetious, Seneschal of the East Kingdom, has announced that the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming East Kingdom Crown Tournament is now available to view online.

Pan Vitus Polonius and Meisterenne Eleanora von Ratzeburg new Heirs to the Kingdom of Drachenwald

Lord Aylwin de Renham reports that Pan Vitus Polonius was victorius in the Kingdom of Drachenwald's Autumn Crown Tournament, held in the Shire of Eplaheimr, in the Principality of Insulae Draconis.

SCA entertains crowd in Keokuk

Members of the SCA joined forces with actors to participate in the first Mrs. Ippy Dam Renaissance Faire held recently at Hubinger Landing in Keokuk, Iowa. Jeff Hunt of The Hawk Eye has the story. (photos)

October 14th

"Rare and exquisite" Roman lantern found in England

21-year-old metal detectorist Danny Mills delighted local archaeologists when he discovered an extremely rare 1st - 3rd century Roman lantern near Sudbury, England. The bronze lantern is believed to be the only one of its kind in Britain. (photo)

Scott Farrell discusses modern chivalry on "These Days on KPBS"

On September 9, 2010, Maureen Cavanaugh interviewed Scott Farrell, AKA Duke Guillaume de la Belgique, about chivalry in the modern age for the radio program These Days on KPBS. Farrell is a contributor to the new book Martial Arts and Philosophy.

Fairies and pirates at Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

14th century Spain was the setting for the recent Santa Fe Renaissance Fair where costumed performers and members of the SCA welcomed the public to step back in history and become a "pirateer or a nobleman." Phaedra Haywood  of the Santa Fe New Mexican has the story. (photos)

October 13th

Estrella War Gatebook Advertising

The organizers for the 2011 Estrella War have announced that they are now accepting advertising content for the event's Gatebook.

12th century leather mask found in Novgorod

Victor Singh, of the Veliki Novgorod archaeological project in Russia, has announced the discovery of a pagan mask, cut from the top of a leather boot, in the 13th Troitsky Pit. (photo)

Wanted: People who make their own armor

Photographer E.F. Kitchen wanted to find "people who make or collect their own armor." She found them in the SCA and documented their work in her book Suburban Knights. Claire O'Neill of NPR's The Picture Show has the story. (photos)

Midrealm Fall 2010 Coronation photos online

Baron Einar Blakklar reports that he has created an album of photos from the Fall 2010 Coronation of Their Majesties Ullr and AnneLyse, which took place recently in the Barony of the Middle Marches (Middle Kingdom). The photos are available on Flickr.

October 12th

Jousters hope to make their martial art a first-tier professional sport

Two professional jousters, currently working at the Ohio Renaissance Festival northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), hope to take their skills from Renaissance Faires to the world of professional sports. [photo]

Mary Rose artifacts on display for the first time

In late 2009, previously unseen artifacts found on the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship, were put on display at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The artifacts will be included in the exhibits at the new Mary Rose Museum scheduled to open in 2012. (photos)

Medieval find not really very significant

A large horde of coins and other artifacts in England turned out to be of little use to researches or the general public. In fact, it has left some wondering why people back then kept burying all their money in the ground and forgetting about it.

From a falcon's eye view

Ever wish you could fly like a falcon? Now you can, with a little help from technology and the internet. Experts for the BBC have attached tiny cameras to the backs of a Peregrine Falcon and the Goshawk. The resultant video is amazing. (video)

October 11th

Are blue jeans period?

Are blue jeans period? A new study dates the modern clothing basic to at least 17th century Italy as shown in the paintings of Italian artist dubbed the "Master of the Blue Jeans." (photo)

SCAdians bring Middle ages to Maine

Knights and maidens stormed a different type of castle recently when members of the SCA took part in a medieval fair at Fort Knox, Maine. Station WABI-TV5 has a video preview.

Welsh folklore for the iPhone

iPhone users and British folklore enthusiasts may want to download the iPhone app for the Mabinogion, a cycle of Welsh legends collected in the 14th century Red Book of Hergest.

13th century paper recipe online

Medievalists.net reports that Adam Gacek has published a paper describing a thirteenth century recipe for Arabic papermaking. The recipe states that the paper was made from the bark of fig trees, rather than hemp or flax.

October 10th

Lost Viking settlement of Linn Duchaill may have been found

A team of archaeologists believes it has found Linn Duchaill, Ireland's lost Viking settlement, near the village of Annagassan, 70 kilometers north of Dublin. The outpost was mentioned in the Annals of Ulster, a 15th century account of medieval Ireland.

Ansteorra summer 2010 event photos online

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted several albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Ansteorra on his Flickr website.

Artifacts tell story of early colonial life

The website Virtual Jamestown includes a gallery of photos of artifacts found at the Jamestown site. The gallery includes large images and rotating clips of each of the artifacts in the collection.

SCA and Markland at Village Renaissance Fair

The citizens of Wrightstown, PA interacted with Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while members of the SCA and the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia offered demonstrations of medieval combat and crafts at the recent Wrightstown Library Village Renaissance Faire. Manasee Wagh of the Bucks County Courier Times has the story.

October 9th

Pelican and Phoenix portraits hope to solve mystery of royal painter

For the first time in 25 years, art experts will be able to study two portraits of Queen Elizabeth I with hopes of discovering the works' mysterious artist. The paintings will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London from September 13 to 19, 2010.

Oslaf of Northumbria to sit vigil in Atenveldt

Imma of the Kingdom of Atenveldt reports that a vigil will be held for Lord Oslaf of Northumbria to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

Morgan d'Antioche winner of the Fall 2010 Crown Tourney in Artemisia

Alan reports that Morgan d'Antioche was the winner of the October 2, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia. Morgan was fighting for the honor of Esebell Grant.

Jade and Catherine new West Kingdom Royals

Duchess Megan nic Alister of Thornwood reports that Duke Jade of Starfall was the victor of the October 2, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired by Countess Catherine Lorraine.

October 8th

AEthelmearc Fall 2010 Crown Tourney combatants announced

Their Majesties Duncan and Ilish of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for Their Upcoming Crown Tournament.

Masterpieces online: Like looking at a painting "with a giant magnifying glass."

Until January 29, 2011, art lovers and historians have the opportunity to study six masterpieces from the Uffizi gallery in Florence in minute detail on the Haltadefinizione company website. The site allows visitors to zoom in on high-resolution images.