Archive - Aug 2010 - Story

August 2nd

16th century violin joins South Dakota collection

The National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota boasts instruments ranging from gamelans to medieval mandolins. Now the museum has added a 400-year-old Amati Brothers violin. Gary Ellenbolt of NPR has the audio story.

Pennsic Featured in Broad Street Review

Kristen Eaton has written a column on Pennsic for the mundane arts and culture site Broad Street Review.  "To me," she writes, "[Pennsic is] a cross between a university history department, a theater, a really great pub, and a really bad frat party."

Medieval German lawbook found in Swedish cellar

Experts were surprised to find a handwritten copy of a medieval law book in the cellar of the Sundsvall Library in northern Sweden. The copy of the Sachsenspiegel is only the second known copy of the 12th century legal code.

August 1st

Magnus Sigmarsson new Prince of Oertha

Baron Stephen de la Bere and Baron Fathir von Trier report that Viscount Magnus Sigmarsson, fighting for the honor of Viscountess Esperanza Maria Ahaleena Diego, was the victor of the recent Summer 2010 Coronet in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West.

Diana Listmaker's "Ten Commandments of the SCA"

In 1972, Mistress Diana Listmaker authored the "Ten Commandments of the SCA" for the Known World Handbook. The instructive, anotated list is available online in PDF format.

12th century children's bow found in Russia

A small bow, believed to have been a toy for a child, was found in an excavation in Staraya, Novgorod Region, Russia. A tiny arrow was also found nearby.

Florentine Codex gives insight into Mexican culture

During the New World plague of the 16th century, a group of artists and intellectuals barricaded themselves in the Colegio de Santa Cruz de Santiago Tlaltelolco to produced the Florentine Codex, a massive encyclopedia handwritten in three columns and two languages. The work has been restored and digitized.