Archive - 2010 - Story

October 5th

Calontir's Metal and Glassworkers Symposium photos online

Hrothgar reports that he has created an album of photos from the Metal and Glassworkers Symposium 2010 which took place in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Guide for a True Knight

The Imperial Constantinian Military Order of Saint George, which follows principles dating back to the Emperor Constantin, seeks to bring their ideals into the 21st century. One way is through the "Quest," the Thirteen Rules of Chivalry.

October 4th

Medieval archery and the nobility

Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf (John R Edgerton) of the West Kingdom has written an extensive document on the use of archery by members of the upper classes during the Middle Ages. War Archery & Social Status is available to read as a PDF online.

British Monarchy now on Flickr

The British Monarchy has established a new Flickr account to share photographs online There are numerous sets, most of which have fewer than 30 photos.  Particularly impressive is the set for the Queen's Robe of State and the dining set-up at "Behind the scenes at a State Banquet".

eBook sizes linked to sheep

In a recent article, Wired Magazine's Tim Carmody ponders the reason that eBooks, and other electronic gadgets, are the size that they are. His conclusion: Sheep.

October 3rd

Persian masterpiece on display at the Sackler Gallery

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. offers the exhibit Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings October 23, 2010 - April 17, 2011. The rare paintings of kings, heroes and mythological creatures are from the Shahnama, Iran's national epic.

Duke Tarrach Alfson elevated to Pelican in Northshield

Bridget reports that His Grace Tarrach Alfson, of the Kingdom of Northshield, was elevated to the Order of the Pelican at the recent Barony of Castel Rouge 40th Anniversary event.

Accessing the English broadside ballad

Bards doing research on period music will want to take a look at EBBA, the English Broadside Ballad Archive, a project of the Early Modern Center in the English Department at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Met to present Burgundian/Dutch Renaissance exhibit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will present Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance October 6, 2010 - January 17, 2011, the "first major exhibition in forty-five years devoted to the Burgundian Netherlandish artist Jan Gossart (ca. 1478-1532)."

October 2nd

Rare Tibetan and Mongolian books online

A new project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, seeks to give digital access to rare Mongolian and Tibetan manuscripts to scholars around the world.

Jousting in Ontario

The Fight Network, which covers combat sports around the world, recently filmed a piece on the International Jousting Association Canada National Championship in Ontario. The film is available on YouTube.

Three "new" shipwrecks give insight into the evolution of maritime technology

Three shipwrecks have been found in the Mediterranean Sea dating from 1400 to 1600. One is probably a large English merchant ship and the other two are small and probably of local origin.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for September 2010

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

October 1st

Poor had healthier diet in the Middle Ages

"Interestingly it was the peasant class, whose diet would class today as healthy," said Dr Iona McCleery, a lecturer in medieval history at Leeds University, who heads a program which uses history to encourage children to eat better.

Anglo-Saxon ring centerpiece of BBC archaeology program

An exceptional gold ring, sporting "four beasts' heads with inlaid blue and yellow glass eyes" will be featured on a new BBC program Digging for Britain, focussing on Bristol, England and Berkeley Castle. (photo)

A "snappy" tale of Pennsic XXXIX

Master William, of the Kingdom of Meridies, relates a tale of danger and salvation from Pennsic XXXIX involving a snapping turtle and a tent stake. Master William shares the tale on his blog, Will's Miscellanous Musings.

Gaius Appuleius Diocles best paid athlete ever

The astronomical sponsorship deals amassed by modern athletes are dwarfed by prize money earned by an illiterate Roman charioteer named Gaius Appuleius Diocles, according to University of Pennsylvania classical studies professor Peter Struck.

September 30th

Three Stags 2010 photos online

Rothin in flamska has created an album of photos from the Three Stags Autumn Battle and Fair which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands. The album is available on the Webshots website.

New Peers created in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc

At various Courts throughout the Pennsic war XXXIX, Their Royal Majesties Malcolm and Tessa, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, have created several new Peers in Their Kingdom.

Ancient winery found at Byzantine fortress

A two-room winery, dating from the time of the Byzantine Emperors Anastasius I (491-518 CE), and Justinian I (527-565 CE), has been discovered at the Byzantine fortress near the town of Byala on the Black Sea.

Oertha Summer Coronet Tourney 2010 videos online

Merewyn reports that she has posted a series of videos from the Principality of Oertha's (Kingdom of the West) Summer Coronet Tourney. The videos are available on YouTube.

Two new Pelicans in the Kingdom of Northshield

Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, reports that, at Their recent Coronation, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne placed two of Their subjects of vigil to contemplate entry into the Order of the Pelican.

September 29th

Holy graffiti

Experts in Fife, Scotland believe a cross carved into the wall of a farm could be "holy graffiti" created by a 13th century pilgrim on his way to the tomb of Saint Margaret. The stone was later used to build the farmer's wall.

UC Riverside Libraries creates permanent SCA archival collection

The SCA is pleased to announce that the University of California Riverside Libraries will be opening a permanent Society for Creative Anachronism Special Collection and Archive in 2011.

September 28th

Pre-Viking settlement found on Isle of Man may have "international importance"

Archaeologist Harold Mytum believes that a pre-Viking settlement at Port y Candas on the Isle of Man was probably the home of an important leader who could "support the craftsmen who would have worked making tools, weapons and bronze jewellery."

Arabian silver hoard found in Germany

82 silver coins dating from the 7th to 9th centuries have been found in Germany near the Baltic Sea. The coins originate from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and northern Africa and indicate strong trade between Europe and the Middle East at that time.

Ancient Bulgarian burial mound found

Archaeologists have unearthed a burial mound they suspect belongs to pre-Christian Bulgars of the Pliska period. Little is known about the people of this time and place.

Lions Road podcast returns for Season 2

Bringing the known world together on-line the Lions Road  continues podcasting its weekly show about the SCA, history and fun.

As before, the podcast remains free, independent, non-commercial, and non-profit.

Combatants for Northshield Crown Tournament announced

Their Majesties Hrodir and Ann of the Kingdom of Northshield have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for Their upcoming Crown Tournament.

September 27th

Large medieval treasure found in Kastritsi floor

Bulgarian archaeologists are thrilled by the discovery of "one of the largest medieval treasures in recent times" embedded in the floor of a building in the medieval city of Kastritsi in Euxinograd.