Archive - Feb 2010 - Story

February 7th

12th century poem calls French "arrogant cowards"

A century after the Norman Conquest, the relationship between the French and the English was anything but cordial, if you can believe a 396-line poem written by an Anglo-Norman cleric.

Is Star Trek more authentic than the SCA?

From RealLifeComics... authenticy in Star Trek... or for that matter, in the SCA.

February 6th

Birka photos online

Baronne Cateline la broderesse and Master Broom report that they have created several albums of photos from A Market Day at Birka which took place recently in the east Kingdom. Both albums are available on PicasaWeb.

Announcement of a New Subsidiary Corporation; SCA Illinois Inc.

The Board of Directors of the SCA Inc, announces the creation of a new subsidiary corporation; SCA Illinois, Inc (SCA IL).

February 5th

Illora von Neunhoff to sit vigil at Estrella XXVI

Mistress Magdalen Venturosa reports that Lady Illora von Neunhoff will sit vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican February 13, 2010 at Estrella War XXVI.

Joan of Arc "relics" trace to ancient Egypt

Devotees of Joan of Arc were disppointed recently to learn that relices of Joan of Arc, overseen by the Archbishop of Tours in Chinon, France, are not only fake, but actually the "bones of a human and a cat tracing back to ancient Egypt."

The Lions Road podcast due to return in March

Dan Christensen, the creator and one of the hosts of the podcast "The Lions Road", has stated in a blog post on Sonnetoptics that he intends to resurrect the "The Lions Road" and start posting again in March 2010.

February 4th

Helicopter crash claims SCA member

Tragedy struck the Fresno office of the California Department of Fish and Game January 5, 2010 when a helicopter carrying three of the office's four wildlife specialists clipped a power line and crashed, killing the three men and their pilot. Among the three was SCA member Tom Stolberg, known in the Current Middle Ages as Thomas of St. Brendans.

Viewers challenged to "Name that movie!"

The SyFy Channel is offering viewers a chance to name a film set in the Middle Ages. The winner will receive an "amateur filmmaking kit," including camera, computer and software.

Nikolaos Demetriou Offered Pelican in Outlands

On the 30th of January 2010, Their Majesties of the Outlands traveled to the Barony of Unser Hafen for the annual Winter Oasis, a middle eastern themed dancing event. During Their court King Bela and Queen Anna called Nikolaos Demetriou ho Toxhotes forward and offered him admittance to the Order of the Pelican.

February 3rd

Sun Dragon War Practice photos online

Christmas Martin reports that she has created an album of photos from War Practice in Sun Dragon which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. The photos have been posted on Flickr.

Mona Lisa suffered from high cholesterol

Vito Franco of the University of Palermo thinks Mona Lisa is sick, that is, she suffered from "worryingly high levels of cholesterol." Franco bases his observations on a "xanthelasma – a subcutaneous accumulation of cholesterol – in the hollow of the Mona Lisa's left eye, and a tell-tale lipoma, a fatty tissue tumour, on one hand."

Aleksandr Yaroslavovich Vyetcikov placed on vigil in Calontir

Juelda reports that Syr Aleksandr Yaroslavovich Vyetcikov has been invited into the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties of Calontir.

February 2nd

1602 map shows China at the center of the world

In 1602, when he created the first Chinese map to name the Americas, Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit missionary living in Bejing. His map is currently on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. (photo)

Pennsic War 39 brings schedule change for merchants

Merchants will open a day earlier, and close a day earlier, at this year's Pennsic War than they have in years past.

February 1st

Pictures from Nordskogen's 12th Night

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Chronicler of the Kingdom of Northshield, shares photos and memories from the recent Twelfth Night celebration.

European museum tour photo albums online

Shadow has posted several albums of photos taken during a recent European trip featuring closeups of artifacts in various museums. The photos are available on her SmugMug website.