Archive - Nov 2010 - Story

November 13th

John Stow's history of London online

The Centre for Metropolitan History has made available the 1603 edition of John Stow's A Survey of London, edited by C. L. Kingsford. The work chronciles the history of the city from the 13th through the 16th centuries.

November 12th

Time is Running Out for SCA Census

The SCA 2010 Census Committee reminds SCA members that December 1, 2010 is the deadline for filling out the SCA Census.

Revised edition of "Known World Handbook" available

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board, has announced that the 2010 edition of the Known World Handbook, a compendium of articles about many aspects of the historical and the current Middle Ages, is now available for purchase from the SCA Inc. Stock Clerk.

Duke Michael of Bedford winner of Fall 2010 Crown Touney in Atlantia

Baroness Bianca the Inquisitive reports that Duke Michael of Bedford was the victor of the November 6, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

East Kingdom Fall 2010 Crown Tourney photos online

Cateline la broderesse reoirts that she has created an album of photos from the October 23, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

November 11th

"Weirdest claim about the Middle Ages" contest winner announced

In October 2010, the Got Medieval blog ran a contest to discover the "Weirdest claim about the Middle Ages on Wikipedia." The winner has been announced.

Controversy continues over alleged theft of SCA member's article

Dona Illadore de Bedegrayne, mka Monica Gaudio, received a partial apology from Cooks Source magazine editor Judith Griggs, but the firestorm continued amid allegations (by others) of a pattern of bad behavior. A deeper apology followed, and Cooks Source has changed its editorial policy as a result of the incident.

12th century Royal Court possibly found in Abergwyngregyn

Archaeologists working on a site in Abergwyngregyn, North Wales may have discovered the remains of a Royal Court dating to the 12th century. The area has links to Prince Llewellyn.

Takeshi Reikoko winner of Cynagua Fall 2010 Coronet

Leohtulf reports that Takeshi Reikoko was the victor of the October 30, 2010 Coronet in the Principality of Cynagua, Kingdom of the West.

November 10th

Shortage of raw glass forces recycling in Roman Britain

Glass was a common commodity in Roman Britain until the 3rd and 4th centuries C.E. when a shortage of raw glass forced recycling. A new study of Roman clear glass appears in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Berwyn AEthelbryght of Ackley to become Pelican in Northshield

Maddalena reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Northshield have chosen to elevate Baron Berwyn AEthelbryght of Ackley to the Order of the Pelican at Their upcoming Stellar University of Northshield event.

Where are the Viking helmets?

In "The Mystery of the Missing Viking Helmets," a 2000 article for Neurosurgery, physician and Viking historian Knut Wester explores the subject of Viking helmets through artifacts and in Norse literature, including the difficulty of finding any existing examples.

Advanced technologies planned to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls

Thanks to several major gifts, the Israel Antiquities Authority plans to digitize the entire Dead Sea Scrolls collection and "make the images freely available and accessible to anyone anywhere in the world on the internet."

Three vigiled at AEthelmearc Crown Tournament

THLord Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc reports that, at Their Autumn 2010 Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Duncan and Ilish recognized the skill and service of three of Their citizens by placing them on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Peerage.

November 9th

Lochac hails new Royal Heirs

Sir Gabriel de Beaumont and Duena Constanzia Morales y de Zamora the new Crown Prince and Princess of Lochac.

"Vision" celebrates life of Hildegard von Bingen

Vision, a new film by German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta, tells the story of 12th-century Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen and her "her frequent skirmishes with the male-dominated Catholic hierarchy." V. A. Musetto of the New York Post has a review.

SCA Grand Council reports on social media policy and newsletters

Heather reports that the Grand Council, advisory board to the SCA Board of Directors has published its 3rd quarter report which deals with Social Media Policy and Newsletters.

Far West Fall Coronet AS XLIV: A look back

Ii Katsumori of the Palatine Barony of the Far West relates happenings at the recent Far West Fall Coronet.

November 8th

Longtime SCA member pens romance novel set in SCA

Romance author Jamaica Layne (the pen name of journalist and playwright Jill Elaine Hughes, who is known in the SCA as "Lady Marissa de Courette") has written a contemporary romance novel set in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Sir Terry Pratchett granted Arms in England

The Armorial Bearings granted to Sir Terence David John Pratchett of Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, Knight, OBE by Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 28 April 2010 are illustrated in the September 2010 Newsletter of the College of Arms.

Mona Lisa now buried in garbage dump

Thirty years ago, the city of Florence, Italy converted the Sant'Orsola convent, the final resting place of Lisa Gherardini, the model of da Vinci's Mona Lisa, into barracks for the city's Guardia di Finanza. The graves and tombs from the site were dumped into 'Case le Passarini', the rubbish tip near Florence.

November 7th

Léot mac Grigair elevated to Laurel in Atenveldt

At Their Court at Twin Moons Defenders, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atenveldt offered Lord Léot mac Grigair admittance into the Order of the Laurel.

La Regale de la Chasse photos online

Séaghdha mac Roibeaird reports that he has created an album of photos from the Grimfells La Regale de la Chasse - A Celebration of the Hunt event, which took place October 16, 2010 in the Kingdom of Calontir.

November 6th

Russia hopes to attract tourists to medieval city

Centuries before St. Petersburg, Velikiy Novgorod was a European-wide trading center and Russia's gateway to the West. Now Russian officials are hoping to attract history-loving tourists to the country's oldest Slavic city.

Pictures from Jararvellir's Harvest Moot

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Kingdom Chronicler of Northshield, reports on and shares photos from the recent Harvest Moot in the Barony of Jararvellir. The photos are available on the Northshield Gallery.

November 5th

SCA author alleges theft of article by print magazine

In 2005, Monica Gaudio wrote an article entitled A Tale of Two Tarts for Ice Dragon and allowed it to be published on the Godecookery.com website. Recently the entire article was published without permission in Cooks Source Magazine, producing an explosion of commentary on the Internet.

More photos from Great Western War

Miyake Nobuhiro reports that he has created an album of photos from Great Western War which took place recently in the Kingdom of the West. The photos are available on Flickr.

Medical specimens of yore

Examining bodily fluids to determine ailments is a practice with roots going back to ancient times, as described in an article by Cristina Luiggi in The Scientist magazine.

"Caucasian Stonehenge" found in Russia

Russian archaeologist Andrey Belinskiy believes he has discovered a "Caucasian Stonehenge" built by a Bronze Age civilization around 1600 BCE. The well-preserved ruins are located in the North Caucasus mountains.

Marian of Heatherdale receives Pegasus Award

Dame TSivia of the Kingdom of Ealdormere reports that Mistress Marian of Heatherdale (MKA Heather Dale) was a winner of a 2010 OVFF Pegasus Award for excellence in filking.