Archive - Apr 2010 - Story

April 15th

Whiteshield photos online

Ghislaine has created an album of photos from Whiteshield 2010, an even which took place recently in the West Kingdom. The photos have been posted on her SmugMug website.

Irish discoveries give insight into Norman archery

The discovery of “bows and parts of bows, arrows and arrow fragments and an array of arrowheads” in an Irish bog dating to the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland may give insight into the types of equipment used by the Normans.

Vivant to Ulfr and Caoimhe, Prince and Princess of Drachenwald!

HE Sir Ulf Bloodfoot Fallgrson, fighting for the honour of his lady Viscountess Caoimhe ingen Domnaille, has beaten Sir Vitus Polonius, who fought for the honour of Meisterin Eleanora von Ratzeburg for the Crown of Drachenwald.

Music of women troubadours concerts in Cleveland April 22 and 25 - UPDATED

On April 22, 2010, Rossignol (Robin Snyder and Peter Cama-Lekx), will present La Domna Ditz: Songs of the Women Troubadours, a concert of medieval music, at Amasa-Stone Chapel on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. (Sunday location change)

April 14th

Kings' and Queens' Arts and Sciences Championship photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from the Kings' and Queens' A&S Championship, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos may be found on her Picasaweb site.

"Dead Cities" offer glimpse into Byzantine life

The "Dead Cities" of northern Syria, actually suburbs of Antioch, were deserted in the 7th-10th centuries after continual natural disasters and warfare. Now the remains of over 100 small towns are giving insight into life in the Byzantine Empire.

Gift subscriptions to CA and TI

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the SCA Inc. Board of Directors, has published a reminder about subscriptions to several of the SCA's informational publications.

April 13th

SCA Inc. second quarter 2010 Board meeting

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board, offers a reminder about this weekend's quarterly Board meeting.

Bidar fort excavations reveal escape tunnels and soldiers' quarters

Excavations at the 15th century Bidar Fort constructed by Sultan Ahmed Shah of the Bahamani Dynasty in Bidar, India have revealed an extensive series of royal escape tunnels, wells and soldiers' quarters.

Not reenacting, re-creating

What's the difference between reenacting and re-creating? That's the question asked by reporter Winston Ross of the Eugene, Oregon Register-Guard when he visted the recent 18th annual Frontier Heritage Fair.

Italian village hosts annual 13th century reenactment

A small town in central Italy stages an annual festival, lasting ten days, in which residents divide into four neighborhoods and compete to see who can best reenact life in that town in the 13th century. (video)

Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth to be mini-series

In July 2010, Starz Entertainment will premiere an 8-hour mini-series basis on Pillars of the Earth, the novel by Ken Follett which chronicles the construction of a cathedral in 12th century England.

April 12th

Campaign to save Colchester's Roman Circus a success

Officials from the Colchester (England) Archaeological Trust report that they have reached their goal of raising UK£200,000to buy and preserve the only Roman chariot-racing circus ever found in Britain.

Students, scholars and SCA join for medieval experience

Students from Presque Isle Middle School in Maine learned about the Middle Ages March 23 by taking on the role of a medieval villager. Reporter Jen Lynds of the Bangor Daily News has the preview.

Grand Council seeks applicants

Katrionna MacLochlainn (Lori Campbell), of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Grand Council Nominations Committee, has announced that nominations for membership on the committee are being accepted.

A visit to Jewish China

A New York Times article by Matthew Fishbane tells the story of the author's trip to Kaifeng in search of remnants of of one China's medieval Jewish communities.

April 11th

9th-10th century architectural discoveries made at Prague Castle

Archaeologists working at Prague Castle have discovered a moat dating to the 9th century, and a castle rampart dating to the 10th or 11th century, as well as a "unique schematic depiction of some Prague Castle buildings."

14th century "piedfort" leads to prosecution of British woman

The controversy over the prosecution of a Ludlow, England woman who failed to report the discovery of a 14th century piedfort, a ceremonial coin, has led to claims of being "heartless authoritarians" against the officials. (photo)

April 10th

Plea made to acquire Staffordshire Hoard

In January 2010, a public appeal was made to raise money to build buy the Staffordshire Hoard, considered the "most important find ever" from the Anglo-Saxon era. The appeal was made to raise UK£3.3m to pay the finder of the Hoard and the owner of the land.

Preview issue of BBC History Magazine available online

Jane Stockton reports that BBC History Magazine is offering a free 14-page digital preview drawn from the March 2010 issue of the magazine.

Pennsic 39 Artisans Row: An Invitation

TH Lady Fiadnata ó Gleann Àlainn, Dean of the School of Applied Arts & Sciences (Artisans Row) for Pennsic University 39, invites Pennsic attendees to display their skills at the War's Artisans Row.

April 9th

Vigils to be held for three Chivalry candidates in Oertha

Caitriona reports that vigils will be held at her home on April 16, 2010 for Kennric Maur, Viresse de Lighthaven, and Soren j'Alborg to contemplate their elevations to the Order of the Chivalry.

Lewis Chessmen ad campaign angers Scottish politicians

An ad campaign by the British Museum in which the famous Lewis Chessmen are referred to as "Norwegian" has angered Scottish Members of Parliament.

"Line of light" spans Hadrian's Wall

As a kickoff for British Tourism Week, 500 volunteers illuminated the 84-mile Hadrian' Wall across norhtern England with a "line of light." (video)

April 8th

The "sensual experience" of the "Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry"

For many years, visitors to the Cloisters in New York were treated to a glimpse of one of the museum's most precious artifacts, the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry, a 14th century manuscript, opened to only one page. Now, with the book unbound, they can gaze at all all 172 illuminations. (photos)

Walters Art Museum to Digitize Medieval Manuscripts

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD plans to digitize 105 medieval manuscripts from its 38,000 page collection. The project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will take approximate 2 1/2 years to complete.

Erwin Tomash Library offers insight into history of computing, geometry, and mathematics

A casual interest in the history of computing led Erwin Tomash, who started his career in computer engineering in the 1940s and became one of the pioneers of the information age, to compile an encyclopedic, illustrated catalog of primary source references dating back to the 12th century CE. The catalog is available online for free access.

April 7th

Baba Marta photos online

Michael reports that photos from the recent Baba Marta event in the Shire of Flint Marsh, Kingdom of Meridies, are now available on his Livejournal website.

SCA: "Creating its own legends"

In an extensive feature article on the SCA, Matthew Lickona of the San Diego Reader writes of his visit to a tournament in Lakeside, California's El Monte Park and discusses the organization with various prominent SCA members.

Brain of a medieval child found in France

Scientists have found a 13th century preserved brain, complete with intact neurons and brain cells, inside the skull of an 18-month old child found in northwestern France.