Archive - Aug 2010 - Story

August 21st

Photographer captures "glint of light off hand-made armor"

Venice, California photographer E.F. Kitchen has had her photos displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now she captures the "glint of light off hand-made armor" in her book Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages. Scott Timberg of the Los Angeles Times has a review.

Silver hoard found in Bulgaria

Archeologists have discovered a cache of 166 silver coins hidden in a jar in the floor of a medieval home. The home is within the fortress of Kastritsi.

August 20th

Medieval skeletons found underneath parking lot

Archaeologists working in Bawtry, South Yorkshire, England, have unearthed dozens of skeletons dating to the 14th century. The skeletons are of all ages and are thought to be interred in a formal cemetery, possibly belonging to a hospital that was once thought to exist on the site.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for August 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates for Stefan's Florilegium for August 2010.

"Convivencia" explored in Second Life

In 2007, Rita J. King and Joshua Fouts collaborated to create Al-Andalus, a virtual Alhambra, on Second Life, in order to explore the concept of Convivencia, the "Spanish term for the harmonious 'living together' of Muslims, Christians and Jews in the southern Iberian Peninsula during the Islamic caliphat." (photos)

August 19th

Raptor War 2010 photos online

Darius reports that he has created an album of photos from Raptor War which took place recently in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

Tittivilus Strikes Again

Tournaments Illuminated Editor Mistress Doria Tecla reports that there is a correction to the Marc Drogin TI interview in the current issue of the publication.

Pennsic XXXIX Woods Battle video online

Mark Piszczor, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center, has created a shot video shot during the Pennsic XXXIX Woods Battle as research footage for a student project called Ethereal. The footage is available on YouTube.

August 18th

Rare roof finial found in the Thames

A roof finial shaped like an animal has been found along the river Thames during a Museum of London archaeological survey. [photo]

SCA brings 16th century to Southeast Alaska State Fair

The Shire of Earngyld provided a public SCA demonstration, including armoured combat, at the recent Southeast Alaska State Fair. Richard Radford, a reporter for the Capital City Weekly, interviewed participants at another demo preceding the fair.

The best - and the worst - medieval historical films

On his website Medieval History in the Movies, Professor Paul Halsall provides a comprehensive list of movies with medieval themes. The site includes "best" and "worst" lists of historical films.

August 17th

Making a simple medieval tunic

Genevieve la flechiere of Thamesreach in Insulae Draconis reports that Dame Cynthia Virtue has posted an article on how to construct and size a simple tunic on her Virtue Ventures website. A Practical Worksheet for Tunic Construction is just one of a number of SCA garb basics on the site.

East Kingdom wins Pennsic War 39

A very hot and humid Pennsic 39 is over, and the East Kingdom has claimed overall victory of this year's War.

Pennsic Artisans' Row coordinator seeks missing bag with records

Lady Fiadnata ó Gleann Àlainn is offering a reward for the safe return of a missing tote bag containing important Pennsic records from Artisans' Row.

August 16th

SCA 2010 Census online now

The SCA 2010 Census Committee reports that the SCA Census is now live. The Census is designed to help the SCA Board of Directors to understand key issues that affect everyone's experiences in the organization. The survey is anonymous.

Europe's forgotten castles

Travel writer and television host Rick Steves offers his thoughts on castles to vists that are off the beaten path. The castles are in ruins and offer a dramatic charm all their own. [photo]

Medieval monks meet 21st century "vellum"

Guttenberg on the iPhone? Really? The Bavarian State Library has released an iPhone app that allows users to download and view rare manuscripts. (photo)

August 15th

Raid or Trade photos online

Calontir Deputy Historian Vilhelm Lich reports that he has created an album of photos from the recent Raid or Trade event. The photos are available on Flickr.

Ansteorra July 2010 Crown Tourney photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted an album of photos from Summer 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Medieval Sock Wars at West/AnTir War a success

Dame Christian de Holacombe from the Shire of Windy Meads in the Kingdom of the West reports on Medieval Sock Wars at the recent West/An Tir War. (photos)

August 14th

Reenactors gather in Poland to commenorate Battle of Klushino

During the weekend of July 3-4, 2010, reenactors from around the world converged on the banks of the River Vistula in Warsaw, Poland to celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Klushino in 1610.

Heraldrydiculous Comics achieves 200

Khevron's Heraldrydiculous Comics, which feature SCA heraldic puns and other historical humor, passed #200 recently, and the author reports, "inspiration continues (for good or ill -- ymmv)."

Medici "murder" solved

For centuries, it was theorized that Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and his second wife, Bianca Cappello were murdered, but new evidence shows that their deaths were from natural causes.

August 13th

"It's a chance to see just what you're made of"

The citizens of Joplin, Missouri (USA) were treated to an afternoon of knights in armor recently when members of the Shire of Crystal Mynes presented a demo. Bonney Bowman of FourStates.com has the story. (video)

Getty Center to host "Fashion in the Middle Ages"

From May 31 until August 21, 2011, the Getty Center in Los Angels will play host to the exhibit Fashion in the Middle Ages.

Actress stumbles (literally) across medieval burial chamber

An amateur actress rehearsing for a show at St. Mary's Church in Redgrave, England got more than a sore ankle when her foot went through a flagstone near the altar. She inadvertently discovered a long-lost burial chamber.

August 12th

Oliver of Harjuwalcea knighted in Drachenwald

His Majesty UlfR of the Kingdom of Drachenwald reports that at His Evening Court at Cudgel War in Aarnimetsä on July 18th, 201, Oliver of Harjuwalcea was offered elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

Codex Manesse to be displayed in Heidelberg, Germany

In celebration of the 625-year anniversary of the University Library of Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Germany, the Codex Manesse, one of the most important manuscripts of the Middle Ages, will be exhibited at the library 26 October 2010 - 20 February 2011.

Combatants educate in Barie, Ontario

Fighters offered an introduction to the SCA's armored combat at a recent public demo in Barrie, Ontario. Lance Holdforth of the Barrie Examiner has the story. (photos)

August 11th

Early Tamil incscription found

A 13th century grain jug unearthed near Ranipet, India has the earliest example of Tamil script on a clay vessle. The 3-foot tall jug, called a granary, also depicts an elephant, a cow, and a scene of a woman giving birth.