Archive - Jan 2010 - Story

January 17th

Jean Paul de Sens victor of Ansteorra Winter 2010 Crown Tourney

Sir Jean Paul de Sens, inspired by Gilyan Alienora Clonmacnoise, was the winner of the January 9, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

SCAtoday.net: New! Improved! Now with flavor!

You won't notice major changes in the look of the site, though we are working on a cosmetic refresh in the near future. But we have added some features that we think our readers and contributors will find useful. UPDATED 2010-01-17 22:40 EST

Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2010

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

More photos from Guardian of the Gauntlet online

Elisava Illiesca reports that she has created an album of photos taken at Guardian of the Gauntlet, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

January 16th

Scheduled downtime for software upgrade

Assuming final testing goes well, SCAtoday.net will be offline for a while on Sunday, January 17, for a software upgrade.

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski

What if William Shakespeare had written The Big Lebowski? Humorist Adam Bertocci has an idea in his Two Gentlemen of Lebowski.

Pennsic War 39 Pre-Registration Is Open

Pre-registration is now open online and by mail for Pennsic War 39. The event runs from July 30 through August 15, 2010.

January 15th

Estrella War News You Can Use 01/11/10

Dame Katharine of Cate Hall of the Estrella War XXVI Media Office, offers updates on the upcoming War.

Ostwald and Kaye new Heirs to Calontir Throne

On the Legio Draconis website, His grace Brannos reports that Sir Ostwald von Riesetoten was the victor of the January 9, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir. Sir Ostwald was inspired by THL Kaye of Gordon.

Estrella War News You Can Use - 01/04/10 Countdown to War!

Dame Katharine of Cate Hall of the Estrella War XXVI Media Office offers updates on the upcoming War.

January 14th

Gulf Wars still needs Teachers!

Solveig Eiriksdottir, coordinator for the Artisans Row at Gulf Wars XIX, reports that January 15, 2010 is the deadline to submit classes and have them listed in the site booklet for the upcoming War.

Bhakail Yule photos online

Broom reports that he has created an album of photos from Bhakail Yule which took place recently in the kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Alexander the Great's Linen Armor

Researchers have found that Alexander the Great probably wore armor made of laminated linen fabric, rather than metal, and that the multiple glued layers functioned similarly to modern flak jackets.

January 13th

Known World Dancer-Musician Compendium created

Lady Jane Milford of the East Kingdom reports that she is attempting to create a website to "bring the Dance & Music Communities closer together and make both dancers and musicians more accessible within the SCA and the world at large."

Living History Podcast: "a dialogue between many different areas of the reenacting community"

On her blog I'm Living History, Alena has announced the creation of a new Living History Podcast to discuss topics of interest to reenactors. A recent interview was with Mike Bollow, organizer of Reenactorfest.

January 12th

Two offered peerages in the Outlands

At recent events in the Kingdom of the Outlands, Their Majesties Bela and Anna offered peerages to two of Their subjects, Jeanne-Marie Dubois of Caer Galen and Davin Drakere.

Tarnmist Yule photos online

Zinaida the Horsegal reports that she has created an album of photos from Tarnmist Yule, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the West. The album is available to view on Flickr.

January 11th

Duchess Mary Grace of Gatland chosen as Mrs. Louisana International 2010

Nancy-Ellen Martin, known in the Society as Duchess Mary Grace of Gatland, 2nd, 4th and 7th Queen of Gleann Abhann, has been chosen as Mrs. Louisiana International for 2010.

January 10th

Renaissance portrait gallery highlights jewelry

Illusion Jewels, a retailer of medieval and renaissance jewelry, has created an online portrait gallery featuring classic paintings from the 15th - 17th centuries that feature jewelry.

Yule Toy Tourney photos on Psaltery Dreams website

The folks at Psaltery Dreams have posted photos from the Yule Toy Tourney, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia. The event raised money for Country Santa, and there were over 220 toys donated.

January 9th

Website offers detailed photos of Novgorod leather

From Legio Draconis: a website with photos of the amazingly-preserved leather from Novgorod, Russia including sheathes, pouches and incredibly, whole boots and shoes, dating to the 12th and 14th centuries.

Belles Heures to be displayed at the Cloisters

Beginning March 2, 2010, the Belles Heures (1405–1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a lavishly-illustrated manuscript, will be on display at the Cloisters Museum in New York. The unbound leaves will remain on display until June 13, 2010. (video)

January 8th

Sprang discussion group online

Franco Rios invites those interested in the textile art of sprang to visit the Sprang List Yahoo discussion group. New members to the list are moderated until determined to be on topic.

Cod, not elephants, brought down Greenland settlements

For the past ten years, Norse scholars have debated whether the breakdown in trade of walrus ivory brought down the Norse settlements in Greenland during the 15th century. In a new article, scholar Kirsten Seaver disputes the theory and offers her own: English cod fishing.

Guardian of the Gauntlet photos online

Lady Brenna MacDonald has created an album of photos from the recent Guardian of the Gauntlet event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

January 7th

Brits balk at paying Henry's "Deer Tax"

500 years ago, merchants abutting Bushy Park in London were required to pay a "deer tax," a compensation for any deer which left the park. Today, the tax is still in effect and taxpayers are getting restless.

Boar's Head 2009 photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, and Elspeth O'Leary share photos and video from the recent Boar's Head 2009 event.

Laurel Office Request for Feedback on the Rules

Olwynn ni Chinneidigh, Laurel Queen of Arms of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and Juliana de Luna, Palimpsest Herald, are seeking feedback on policies and procedures for heraldic submissions within the SCA. Deadline in January 31, 2010.

January 6th

Lycanthropy and the Byzantines

Apparently the Byzantines had a werewolf problem, according to a new article by four scholars from the University of Athens. "Lycanthropy in Byzantine times ([CE] 330–1453)," looks at how doctors in the Empire dealt with patients who believed they were werewolves.

SCA Afghanistan discussion list

By long tradition, members of the SCA have served overseas in the military. For those currently serving in Afghanistan, a Yahoo Groups discussion list has been created.