Archive - Nov 2010 - Story

November 30th

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Anyone who has tried to assemble a piece of furniture from Ikea or Wal-Mart knows that describing the instruction manual as "medieval" is far too kind. However, a researcher at the University of Warwick in England thinks medieval builders had a superior system for conveying construction information on everything from Gothic churches to Tudor houses.

Armor and calligraphy tutorials online

The Age of Armour website offers detailed tutorials on how to make a variety of historically-inspired armor pieces, and a couple of Gothic font designs.

November 29th

Knit Your Bit for WWII vets

The Knit Your Bit knitting program was established by the National World War II Museum to provide warm, handmade scarves for WWII veterans in veterans homes across the country. All needleworkers are encouraged to participate.

Some Assembly Required: SCA Gifts to Make and Give

Good Afternoon. Although it has been several years since I was last able to write a Links List, I am giving it a go one more time. Hopefully my system will remain safe and deadly bug-free this time around. I have missed my readers, and hope the feeling is mutual.

"Horrible Histories" on YouTube

What happens when Monty Python meets music video? Dame TSivia of the Kingdom of Ealdormere shares links for hysterical video clips from the BBC Horrible Histories available to view on YouTube.

November 28th

Drachenwald Kingdom University photos online

Vrank reports that he has created an album of photos from the Kingdom University which too place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on Flickr.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for November 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous has released updates to Stefan's Florilegium for November 2010.

Vikings go on "Online Tour"

The British Museum offers a series of Online Tours featuring photos and text describing artifacts from different eras. One of the most interesting is the Viking Age with closeup photos of such interesting objects as an antler comb in a case.

November 27th

Middle Ages featured at the Cleveland Museum of Art

In addition to its famous medieval Armour Court and manuscript collections, the Cleveland Museum of Art will host Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe now through January 17, 2011.

New Known World Handbook Table of Contents

A list of articles and their authors included in the 2010 edition of the Known World Handbook has been released. The new edition is available from the SCA Stock Clerk.

Norse Horse equestrians to appear in Ocala Christmas parade

The Norse Horse Medieval Equestrian Group, many of whose members are also in the SCA, will appear again this year in the 2010 Ocala Christmas Parade.

November 26th

East Kingdom Artisans Challenge photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Artisans Challenge in Hartshorndale, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East.

‘Bringing Houses to Life’ project draws criticism of England's National Trust

In an effort to make British museum more accesible to visitors, the National Trust has created the Bringing Houses to Life project which employs costumed actors, opened up roped-off areas, and recreated historical scenes, all of which have brought criticism to the organization.

Glamping: the new trend in tent camping

Those who enjoy luxury in their camping may want to take a look at the Tiny House Blog which discusses "glamping," the new term being used for upscale — or glamorous — camping. (photos)

November 25th

Plague orignated in China

Several new studies of the Bubonic Plague, which devasted Europe in the Middle Ages and the 17th century, have led researchers to the conclusion that the disease originated in China and was carried west over the Silk Road.

Ishmala Hatun bint Yuhannah to be elevated in Calontir

Maestra Suzanne de la Ferté of the Barony of the Lonely Tower in Calontir reports that THL Ishmala Hatun bint Yuhannah has been placed on vigil by Their Majesties Ashir and Maerwynn.

10th century Viking lady's cap pattern online

On the Genevieve.net website, Baroness Genevieve d'Aquitaine shares a pattern for a lady's Viking silk cap, pattered after one found in the Coppergate excavations. Her pattern is based on research by Mistress Isabel Ulfsdottir and Mistress Thora Sharptoot.

November 24th

Two to be elevated in AEthelmearc

At Her Court on November 13, 2010, Ilish, Queen of Aethelmearc, placed two of Her subjects, Baroness Teresa Gabriella de Montoya y Sevilla and Lady Alianor de Ravenglas, on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Peerage.

Wulfwen atte Belle to become Laurel in the Midrealm

Duncan Sinclair reports that his lady wife THL Wulfwen atte Belle has been placed on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Stained glass for kids

On the That Artist Woman blog, Gail shares plans on how to design a stained glass rose window project for children using white glue and acrylic paint.

November 23rd

Youth Combat at Estrella War

John Ailewrde, Youth Combat Coordinator for Estrella War, reports on plans for youth combat activities at the upcoming war.

Midrealm Kingdom Craft Person's Faire photos online

Cathryn reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Craft Person's Faire held in conjunction with Crown Tournament in the Middle Kingdom.

Ealdormere Fall 2010 Crown Tourney finals on YouTube

Video from the final rounds from the Fall 2010 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Ealdormere are now available to view on YouTube.

Resources for period Middle Eastern music online

Those interested in Middle Eastern music and dance may want to visit George Dimitri Sawa's website, which offers information and links on period Arabic musical instruments and dancing.

November 22nd

Top ten list of things that are more expensive than going to Estrella

Lord Alystyr Stewart, whose charge is promoting the Estrella War for 2011, has created a "Top Ten" list of things more expensive than goint to Estrella War.

The "romantic and intoxicating" world of the SCA

"It's impossible to just sit and watch - the more you get involved, the more of the timeless skills you begin to appreciate and learn for yourself. You realize how amazing and self-sufficient people were in this period of history," said Michelle Wagner in an interview for an article by Dana Larsen for the Pilot-Tribune (Storm Lake, Iowa).

Medieval scholar focuses on modern romances

Most professors of medieval English literature read Chaucer or Boethius, but one scholar is setting her sights on a far more mundane subject: the world of modern "bodice-rippers".

Equestrians in the SCA

Equestrian activities in the Society for Creative Aanachronism are on the increase. In an article for The Mid-South Horse Review, Laura Lecher explains how horses have become common participants at SCA events.

November 21st

Medieval stained glass: the light of God

Writer and science teacher Andy Connelly finds inspiration in the stained glass of medieval cathedral. He discusses the science of stained glass in an article for The Guardian.

Ognissanti Crucifix determined a genuine Giotto

For centuries, a 14th century, painted cross, housed at the Ognissanti church in Florence, was considered to have been produced in a workshop, but prolonged restoration efforts have proven that the five-metre-high cross is a genuine Giotto. (photo)