Archive - 2010 - Story

December 2nd

SCA Membership Fees to Increase

The SCA Board of Directors has announced changes to membership fees beginning January 1, 2011.

Newly discovered photographs shed light on Sutton Hoo excavation

A box of 400 photographs of the 1939 Sutton Hoo excavation has recently been found, hiding in storage at the Sutton Hoo Visitors Centre. The photographs were taken by two school teachers who seemed to have unlimited access to the site.

Tudor labyrinth revealed by Luftwaffe photo

In 1944, a Luftwaffe cameraman photographed a ruined house in Northamptonshire, but what was revealed in the photo was much more important. The house was surrounded by an elaborate garden containing a Tudor labyrinth, a symbol of the owner's Catholic faith. (photo)

December 1st

Chaucer entertains at Utah dinner theater

The knight, the pardoner, the miller and the wife of Bath all made appearances recently when ren faire enthusiast Phil Tomassian presented the Canterbury Tales as dinner theater at his Murray Theater, Utah Dinner Show. Austen Diamond of the Salt Lake City Weekly has the review.

Child finds medieval gold in England

A 4-year old using a metal detector with his father has unearthed as 16th century gold pendant which depicts the Virgin Mary and other Christian symbols.

Rare Norman castle to receive tourism boost

Residents of Doncaster, England hope that improvements to Conisbrough Castle, one of the few Norman castles left in the country, will attract more tourists to the area. To that end, they have been awarded UK£60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

November 30th

The massacre of St Brice’s Day

Experts believe they have solved the puzzle of the mass Viking grave discovered in 2008 beneath St John’s College, St Giles, England: Ethnic cleansing.

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Anyone who has tried to assemble a piece of furniture from Ikea or Wal-Mart knows that describing the instruction manual as "medieval" is far too kind. However, a researcher at the University of Warwick in England thinks medieval builders had a superior system for conveying construction information on everything from Gothic churches to Tudor houses.

Armor and calligraphy tutorials online

The Age of Armour website offers detailed tutorials on how to make a variety of historically-inspired armor pieces, and a couple of Gothic font designs.

November 29th

Knit Your Bit for WWII vets

The Knit Your Bit knitting program was established by the National World War II Museum to provide warm, handmade scarves for WWII veterans in veterans homes across the country. All needleworkers are encouraged to participate.

Some Assembly Required: SCA Gifts to Make and Give

Good Afternoon. Although it has been several years since I was last able to write a Links List, I am giving it a go one more time. Hopefully my system will remain safe and deadly bug-free this time around. I have missed my readers, and hope the feeling is mutual.

"Horrible Histories" on YouTube

What happens when Monty Python meets music video? Dame TSivia of the Kingdom of Ealdormere shares links for hysterical video clips from the BBC Horrible Histories available to view on YouTube.

November 28th

Drachenwald Kingdom University photos online

Vrank reports that he has created an album of photos from the Kingdom University which too place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on Flickr.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for November 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous has released updates to Stefan's Florilegium for November 2010.

Vikings go on "Online Tour"

The British Museum offers a series of Online Tours featuring photos and text describing artifacts from different eras. One of the most interesting is the Viking Age with closeup photos of such interesting objects as an antler comb in a case.

November 27th

Middle Ages featured at the Cleveland Museum of Art

In addition to its famous medieval Armour Court and manuscript collections, the Cleveland Museum of Art will host Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe now through January 17, 2011.

New Known World Handbook Table of Contents

A list of articles and their authors included in the 2010 edition of the Known World Handbook has been released. The new edition is available from the SCA Stock Clerk.

Norse Horse equestrians to appear in Ocala Christmas parade

The Norse Horse Medieval Equestrian Group, many of whose members are also in the SCA, will appear again this year in the 2010 Ocala Christmas Parade.

November 26th

East Kingdom Artisans Challenge photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Artisans Challenge in Hartshorndale, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East.

‘Bringing Houses to Life’ project draws criticism of England's National Trust

In an effort to make British museum more accesible to visitors, the National Trust has created the Bringing Houses to Life project which employs costumed actors, opened up roped-off areas, and recreated historical scenes, all of which have brought criticism to the organization.

Glamping: the new trend in tent camping

Those who enjoy luxury in their camping may want to take a look at the Tiny House Blog which discusses "glamping," the new term being used for upscale — or glamorous — camping. (photos)

November 25th

Plague orignated in China

Several new studies of the Bubonic Plague, which devasted Europe in the Middle Ages and the 17th century, have led researchers to the conclusion that the disease originated in China and was carried west over the Silk Road.

Ishmala Hatun bint Yuhannah to be elevated in Calontir

Maestra Suzanne de la Ferté of the Barony of the Lonely Tower in Calontir reports that THL Ishmala Hatun bint Yuhannah has been placed on vigil by Their Majesties Ashir and Maerwynn.

10th century Viking lady's cap pattern online

On the Genevieve.net website, Baroness Genevieve d'Aquitaine shares a pattern for a lady's Viking silk cap, pattered after one found in the Coppergate excavations. Her pattern is based on research by Mistress Isabel Ulfsdottir and Mistress Thora Sharptoot.

November 24th

Two to be elevated in AEthelmearc

At Her Court on November 13, 2010, Ilish, Queen of Aethelmearc, placed two of Her subjects, Baroness Teresa Gabriella de Montoya y Sevilla and Lady Alianor de Ravenglas, on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Peerage.

Wulfwen atte Belle to become Laurel in the Midrealm

Duncan Sinclair reports that his lady wife THL Wulfwen atte Belle has been placed on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Stained glass for kids

On the That Artist Woman blog, Gail shares plans on how to design a stained glass rose window project for children using white glue and acrylic paint.

November 23rd

Youth Combat at Estrella War

John Ailewrde, Youth Combat Coordinator for Estrella War, reports on plans for youth combat activities at the upcoming war.

Midrealm Kingdom Craft Person's Faire photos online

Cathryn reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Craft Person's Faire held in conjunction with Crown Tournament in the Middle Kingdom.

Ealdormere Fall 2010 Crown Tourney finals on YouTube

Video from the final rounds from the Fall 2010 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Ealdormere are now available to view on YouTube.