Archive - Apr 2010 - Story

April 23rd

Author looks at fantasy and role-playing underground

Author Ethan Gilsdorf has produced a new book entitled Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms, which looks at the role-playing and fantasy culture, including the SCA. (video)

Early medieval church and graves stops construction in Bulgaria

The discovery of an early medieval church and graves dating to the 5th-12th centuries, has temporarily stopped construction of a subway line in Sofia, Bulgaria.

April 22nd

Edward of Yarbourgh elevated to Pelican at Gulf Wars XIX

Dame Fianna reports that Edward of Yarbourgh was elevated to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Boru and Deirdre of the Kingdom of Meridies.

Aerial photos of Gulf Wars XIX online

The Wish You were Here Pics website hosts aerial photos of events, including some from the recent Gulf Wars XIX.

Crusaders: Villains or saints?

Historians have long debated the motives and actions of the medieval crusaders who took the Holy Land by force in the 11th century. New York Times reviewer Eric Ormsby has a review.

Shakespeare scholar takes on authorship issue

Author James Shapiro, whose 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, delighted the literary world, has a new book, this time investigating whether the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon actually wrote his plays. Robert McCrum of The Observer has a review.

April 21st

Saxon artifact puzzles experts

Microscopes, X-rays and CAT scans have, so far, been used to identify a recent discovery of a Saxon object from an archaeological dig at The Meads in Kent, with no results. The circular silver, bronze and wooden disk is believed to be a mount, but no one is sure. (photos)

Ultra-violet rays reveal Giotto treasures in Florence chapel

Restoration experts using ultra-violet technology have rediscovered details of 14th wall paintings by the Italian master Giotto in the Peruzzi Chapel at the Santa Croce Church in Florence, Italy. (photo)

Furukusu Tatsujirou Masahide to be elevated in the Outlands

Mistress Francesca di Pavia reports that a vigil will be held for the Honourable Lord Furukusu Tatsujirou Masahide, who will be elevated to the Order of the Laurel at the Investiture of the next Baron and Baroness of Caerthe.

Keep Off the Wall

Walkers along Hadrian's Wall are being urged to respect the ancient structure and help to protect it.

Ice Dragon 2010 photos online

Dragos reports that he has created an album of photos from Ice Dragon 2010, which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available to view on Picasaweb.

April 20th

Mary Rose carpenter's dog honored with museum display

In 1545, the Mary Rose sank during the Battle of the Solent. Trapped inside the carpenter's cabin was a dog, probably kept to catch rats. Now the skeleton of the animal, nicknamed "Hatch," is on display at the Mary Rose Museum at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Google to digitize Italian libraries

Google has signed an agreement to digitize one million books, written before 1868, from libraries in Rome and Florence. The books will be free on Google Books.

Climate cause of tough times for Norse settlers

New geochemical research by the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada shows that Norse settlers in 9th century Greenland and Iceland faced enormous challenges. The study followed temperature changes through analysis of mollusk shells.

Debate over Initial Settlement of Iceland

Who were the first European settlers to come to Iceland? Were they truly Ingólfur Arnarson his wife Hallgerdur Fródadóttir, as told in Íslendingabók (Book of Icelanders)?

April 19th

Creating medieval magic in Maine

For the children of Bangor, Maine, the Middle Ages came to life recently as members of the Shire of Endewearde (East Kingdom) created a magical, medieval world at the Maine Discovery Museum. Reporter Meg Haskell, of the Bangor Daily News, spoke with both re-enactors and their mesmerized guests. (photo & video)

Graveyard of ships found in Baltic Sea

Workers constructing a gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany have discovered a graveyard of a dozen shipwrecked vessels, some dating to the Middle Ages.

Why the Classics Still Matter

"What good does it do the reader to know that before battle the Romans often consulted a pullarius, a chicken-feeding augur? Such texts say nothing about modern life, critics say....But that's precisely the point."

Outlands Spring 2010 Crown Tourney photos online

Geillis reports that she has created an album of photos from the Spring 2010 Crown Tournament which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The photos are posted on her Flickr website.

April 18th

Starz TV to produce series based on Arthurian legend

In the spirit of the successful TV series The Tudors, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht will take on the Arthurian legend. The 10-episode Camelot is scheduled to premiere in early 2011.

Three offered Peerages in Ansteorra

It was reported on the Kingdom list that Their Majesties Owen and Genevria of the Kingdom of Ansteorra have recently offered elevation to three of Their subjects.

New da Vinci code predicts end of the world

Vatican researcher Sabrina Sforza Galitzia believes that Leonardo da Vinci worked out a code predicting the world to end on November 1, 4006.

Gyldenholt/Calafia Friendship Tournament 2010 photos

Fausta reports that she has created an album of photos from the Gyldenholt/Calafia Friendship Tournament 2010. The event took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid.

April 17th

Keeping Alive the Language Jesus Spoke

In the village of Maaloula, Syria, the ancient language Aramaic is still spoken but endangered.

Kieran Hunter knighted on Gulf Wars battlefield

Gisela Neried reports that on March 19, 2010, after the Gulf Wars Field Battle, His Majesty Vladimir of Atlantia offered elevation to the Order of the Chivalry to the Honorable Lord Kieran Hunter.

Marc and Patricia new Heirs to the Mists

Rachael Zavala and Hirsch report that Marc d'Arindel, inspired by Patricia, was the winner of the recent Coronet in the Principality of the Mists  in the West Kingdom. (photos)

April 16th

SCA Board Meeting - Venue Change

Leslie Luther-Fulton reports that the site of the April 17, 2010 SCA Board of Directors meeting has been changed.

Photos from St Urho’s Tourney

Several photographers report that they have created albums of photos from the St Urho's Tourney event which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

New Syrian Excavation Offers Light on Inventors of Writing

At Tell Zeidan in Syria, a few hours' drive from Aleppo, archaeologists believe they will find rich discoveries about the culture that flourished there before the first cities appeared further south. 

Song of the Skywalkers

On his blog, Tattúínárdœla saga, Norse scholar Jackson Crawford discusses the "complicated textual tradition that lies behind George Lucas’s “Star Wars,” which few outside the scholarly community realize is a modern rendition of an old Germanic legend of a fatal conflict between a father and his treacherous son."