Archive - Dec 2010 - Story

Battle cries in Cornerstone Park

Melee combat was the plan for the day at a recent fighter practice in Cornerstone Park as members of the local SCA group gathered to fight and socialize. Tom Munds of the Littleton (Colorado) Independent visited the park to learn more. (photos)

Kraé Glas achieves baronial status

Lord Yves de Lyle, Seneschal for the Shire of Kraé Glas, reports that Their Majesties, King Edmund and Queen Leonore of Lochac have announced that the shire has fulfilled all the necessary conditions to become a barony.

Gulf Wars XX registration now open

Duchess Mary Grace of Gatland, Co-Autocrat Gulf Wars XX, reports that registration for Gulf Wars XX is now open.

December 30th

Curator's favorites from British Museum online

James Robinson, Curator of of Late Medieval Collections at the British Museum, shares photos and information on some of his favorite pieces on the International Center for Medieval Art's online exhibition.

Objets d'Art documented at the Art Institute of Chicago

In October 2010, Rohesia Anven of Thessalonica, from the Kingdom of Atlantia, visited the Art Institute of Chicago and documented many of the museum's period objects in an amazing collection of photographs. Her album is available on Picasaweb.

In praise of the mushroom

On the Coquinaria website, Christianne Muusers shares knowledge and recipes pertaining to the use of mushrooms in the Middle Ages.

December 29th

Piffaro explains medieval wind instruments

On their website, the early music group Piffaro offers a wonderful video demonstration of renaissance wind instruments.

Dancing horses

Do you appreciate the beauty of equestrian dressage? If so, you will want to view a brief video of incredible horsemanship on YouTube. Some of the moves, including the "Airs Above the Ground" shown at the conclusion of the film, are holdovers from medieval war techniques.

Determining the date of Christmas

For many centuries, western Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, while those of the Eastern Orthodox faiths have celebrated it a week later. How did experts determine the date? Andrew McGowan of Biblical Archaeology Review has some answers.

December 28th

Rock solid homes

Looking for cozy a home with climate control where you never have to fix the roof? Try a cave! This article discusses 10 residential cave complexes, several originating in the 12th-13th centuries.

Website covers opening of tomb of Tycho Brahe

Aarhus University has created an extensive website covering the 2010 opening of the tomb of 16th century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. The site includes photos and video about the project.

Historic occupations as surnames

Those searching for period names may wish to visit the Rootsweb website, which includes an extensive list of period occupations with descriptions, many of which have become surnames.

December 27th

Gwenhwyfar Yweinon newest Pelican in Atlantia

Evan da Collaureo, Sackbut Herald for the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that at Her recent Holiday Faire, Her Majesty Brianna placed Lady Gwenhwyfar Yweinon vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Pelican.

Medieval chess

On her website, Hamill Indexing, Carol Hamill shares extensive information about the history and play of medieval chess from its origins in India and Persia to its western medieval forms.

Papyrus manuscripts offer glimpse of "ordinary life at the dawn of Islam"

Scholars have debated the existence of the Prophet Muhammad, but Petra Sijpesteijn, professor of Arabic language and culture at Leiden University, believes proof exists on Egyptian papyrus manuscripts.

December 26th

13th century flood wall in England to be repaired

In a move that could only embarrass the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a government agency in England has ordered repairs to a river levy that has started to fail...after 800 years.

Pieta model found in moldy box?

Most people would not have given a second look to the junk in a moldy box in an antique shop, certainly not a small terracotta statue covered in paint and scotch tape. But an Italian art collector did look a second time and may have discovered the model for Michelangelo's Pieta. (photos)

December 25th

Camaraderie: best thing about the SCA

"Chivalry is a big part of the club.," Shire of Darkstone (Kingdom of Northshield) member Will Lulham said recently in an interview with Madison Carlson of the Ashland, Wisconsin Daily Press. "There is a lot less drama than you might find in other clubs." (photo)

Shava's photos from Boar's Head

Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, shares photos and memories from Boar's Head which took place recently in the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr.

December 24th

Helena von Eltz elevated to Laurel in Drachenwald

Judith de Northumbria reports that Their Majesties UlfR and Caoimhe of the Kingdom of Drachenwald have chosen to offer Helena von Eltz entry into the Order of the Laurel.

Stunning Afghan treasures to go on display in England

Over 200 objects, including a 1st century 'collapsible' gold crown, on loan from the National Museum of Afghanistan, will go on display for the first time at the British Museum. The traveling exhibit, Afghanistan: Crossroads Of The Ancient World, will be in London March 3 to July 3 2011. (photos)

December 23rd

Photos from Alphonso X online

Matilda reports that she has created a small album of photos from Alphonso X, an event which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Literary and historical treasures of Cambridge on the web

Alisoun in the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, Cambridge University, and Stanford University have teamed up to bring an important collection of early English manuscripts and historical documents to the internet.

Baronial tournament wins praise in Okinawa

In October, 2010, members of the Barony of the Far West met in the Stronghold of Battle Rock (Okinawa) to witness the tournament which would determine their new Baron and Baroness. Regie Cantu of Stars and Stripes Okinawa has the story. (photos)

Feast of the Pheasant celebrated in podcast

The Harmonia Early Music website has posted a podcast of a program regarding the 15th century Feast of the Pheasant, a lavish banquet intended to kickoff a crusade against the Turks in Constantinople. The program features entertainment at the banquet.

December 22nd

French manuscripts at Getty Center through January 2011

Now through February 6, 2011, the Getty Center will offer visitors a trip to France's medieval past by hosting Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500, a manuscript exhibition describing "how these lavish books contributed to the development of French art and the French nation."

Knights Templar in London subject of new book

The 13th century Temple in London, the headquarters of the Knights Templar in the city, is a round church, but it has also served as a bank and document storage facility. Christopher Howse of the Telegraph looks at a new book on the Templars, The Temple Church in London.

Author reappraises the use of torture in the Middle Ages

"All brutality aside, the criminal law of the day was also concerned with the salvation of the convicted criminal," writes German legal scholar Wolfgang Schild in his new book Purification Through Pain: A Fresh Look at Torture in the Middle Ages.

Tom Wujec explains the astrolabe

The modern meets the medieval when software designer Tom Wujec explains the astrolabe. The video is available to view on the blog Ted Talks. (video)

December 21st

100 Minutes War photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from 100 Minutes War, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.