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October 8th

Midrealm Chivalry Calendar available online

The Honorable Lady Tyzes Sofia called Zsof reports that the 2011 Midrealm Chivalry Calendar is now available to order online from ArtFire.com. The calendar features photos of knights representing the Middle Kingdom's four regions.

October 7th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for October 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for October 2010.

Ancient chess pieces found in China

10 chess pieces dating to the 3rd century have been found in a tomb in Pingshan, China.

James the Holy and Alysia Gabrielle de Fougeres new Baron and Baroness of Grey Niche

Sheik Dagan al-Mahdi ibn Yushuf ibn Hilal and Sheikah Layla bint Rashid ibn Hilal al-Mashhadiyya (Dagan and Masheed) will be stepping down as Baron and Baroness of Grey Niche.

Ealdormere Fall 2010 Crown Tournament contenders announced

Their Majesties Etain and Valfreya of the Kingdom of Ealdormere have announced the list of combatants and their consrts for Their upcoming Crown Tournament.

October 6th

Advice from an "old redneck"

Curt Booth is administrative secretary in the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. The Honorable Lord Fergus DeBotha is an archer in the SCA. Steven Kwan of the Arizona Daily Wildcat interviewed them both (the same person, actually) for a recent piece in the student paper.

Two given peerages in AEthelmearc

At Her recent Summer's End event in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, Her Majesty Tessa of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed THL Cigfran o Gaer Walch and THL Dagonell Collingwood of Emerald Lake on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Test your Viking knowledge

The Viking History website offers a quiz to test your knowledge of Viking lore. The quiz includes simple and difficult questions.

Traditional Chinese weaving techniques endangered

The UNESCO website features traditional Li textile techniques of spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering as employed by women of the Li ethnic group of Hainan Province, China. The site includes photos and video.

October 5th

"The White Stag" premieres in the Outlands

The White Stag, an original song by Lord Cilléne mac Conghalaigh, was debuted recently at Caerthe's Three Stags event in the Kingdom of the Outlands. A video of the song has been posted on YouTube.

Vivat to Sir Dorotea Weberin, knighted in Drachenwald

On Friday evening, 3rd October, at Civil War in the Shire of Juneborg in Nordmark, Baroness Dorothea Weberin, sometimes known as Raven, was sent to Vigil for Knighthood by their Majesties UlfR and Caoimhe.

Calontir's Metal and Glassworkers Symposium photos online

Hrothgar reports that he has created an album of photos from the Metal and Glassworkers Symposium 2010 which took place in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Guide for a True Knight

The Imperial Constantinian Military Order of Saint George, which follows principles dating back to the Emperor Constantin, seeks to bring their ideals into the 21st century. One way is through the "Quest," the Thirteen Rules of Chivalry.

October 4th

Medieval archery and the nobility

Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf (John R Edgerton) of the West Kingdom has written an extensive document on the use of archery by members of the upper classes during the Middle Ages. War Archery & Social Status is available to read as a PDF online.

British Monarchy now on Flickr

The British Monarchy has established a new Flickr account to share photographs online There are numerous sets, most of which have fewer than 30 photos.  Particularly impressive is the set for the Queen's Robe of State and the dining set-up at "Behind the scenes at a State Banquet".

eBook sizes linked to sheep

In a recent article, Wired Magazine's Tim Carmody ponders the reason that eBooks, and other electronic gadgets, are the size that they are. His conclusion: Sheep.

October 3rd

Persian masterpiece on display at the Sackler Gallery

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. offers the exhibit Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings October 23, 2010 - April 17, 2011. The rare paintings of kings, heroes and mythological creatures are from the Shahnama, Iran's national epic.

Duke Tarrach Alfson elevated to Pelican in Northshield

Bridget reports that His Grace Tarrach Alfson, of the Kingdom of Northshield, was elevated to the Order of the Pelican at the recent Barony of Castel Rouge 40th Anniversary event.

Accessing the English broadside ballad

Bards doing research on period music will want to take a look at EBBA, the English Broadside Ballad Archive, a project of the Early Modern Center in the English Department at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Met to present Burgundian/Dutch Renaissance exhibit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will present Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance October 6, 2010 - January 17, 2011, the "first major exhibition in forty-five years devoted to the Burgundian Netherlandish artist Jan Gossart (ca. 1478-1532)."

October 2nd

Rare Tibetan and Mongolian books online

A new project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, seeks to give digital access to rare Mongolian and Tibetan manuscripts to scholars around the world.

Jousting in Ontario

The Fight Network, which covers combat sports around the world, recently filmed a piece on the International Jousting Association Canada National Championship in Ontario. The film is available on YouTube.

Three "new" shipwrecks give insight into the evolution of maritime technology

Three shipwrecks have been found in the Mediterranean Sea dating from 1400 to 1600. One is probably a large English merchant ship and the other two are small and probably of local origin.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for September 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates for Stefan's Florilegium for September 2010.

October 1st

Poor had healthier diet in the Middle Ages

"Interestingly it was the peasant class, whose diet would class today as healthy," said Dr Iona McCleery, a lecturer in medieval history at Leeds University, who heads a program which uses history to encourage children to eat better.

Anglo-Saxon ring centerpiece of BBC archaeology program

An exceptional gold ring, sporting "four beasts' heads with inlaid blue and yellow glass eyes" will be featured on a new BBC program Digging for Britain, focussing on Bristol, England and Berkeley Castle. (photo)

A "snappy" tale of Pennsic XXXIX

Master William, of the Kingdom of Meridies, relates a tale of danger and salvation from Pennsic XXXIX involving a snapping turtle and a tent stake. Master William shares the tale on his blog, Will's Miscellanous Musings.

Gaius Appuleius Diocles best paid athlete ever

The astronomical sponsorship deals amassed by modern athletes are dwarfed by prize money earned by an illiterate Roman charioteer named Gaius Appuleius Diocles, according to University of Pennsylvania classical studies professor Peter Struck.