Archive - 2010 - Story

April 6th

"Song of the Sea" pages reunited in Jerusalem

Two fragments of a 7th century biblical manuscript of the Song of the Sea, a triumphant hymn to the destruction of the Egyptian Army and the freeing of the Israelites, have been reunited for an exhibit at Israel's national museum.

The history of coffee

Do you take that morning cup of coffee for granted? Do you think coffee has always been there? Not so! According to the website of the Roast & Post Coffee Company, coffee was "not discovered until around 600 CE in the Middle East and only came into Europe in the 16th Century."

Known World Children's Fete volunteers needed

Herrin Emeludt Hansler, Youth Coordinators for the Kingdom of Atlantia, is seeking volunteers to help with this year's Known World Children's Fete at Pennsic 39.

April 5th

Edric Aaron Heartwood elevated to Pelican in Caid

Paul Cook-Giles reports that Edric Aaron Heartwood of the Kingdom of Caid has been "offered, and accepted, instantly, elevation to the Order of the Pelican."

"Modeling Devotion" showcases Renaissance sculpture

A new exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusets, focusses on the largely-overlooked field of painted Renaissance terracotta sculptures.

Armor misconceptions at the Met

In a lecture published on YouTube, Dirk H. Breiding, Assistant Curator for the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses misconceptions about armor. (video)

April 4th

Photos from bardic Kavehane online

Llewelyn reports that he has created an album of photos from the bardic Kavehane (coffee house) at various events in the Midrealm. The album is available on his Flickr website.

1,000 years of Byzantium's history at Bonn museum

More than "600 historically meaningful exhibits and important artefacts from collections and archaeological excavations" around the world will highlight Byzantium -Splendour and Everyday Life, an exhibit at the Federal Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn, Germany. (photo)

Feature-length "Rome" in the works

Bruno Heller, creator of the hit TV series Rome, has announced plans for a feature-length film.

April 3rd

Steel, stamina - and some good duct tape!

Mithila Mangedarage staff reporter for the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Reporter recently learned about one of the university's most unusual student activities: the College of Rivenwood Tower.

Pictures from That Moot Thingy X posted

Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, shares her photos from the Kingdom's recent "That Moot Thingy" event.

Lasers to be used to clean historic paintings

Long used to clean metal and stone, lasers may be the new tool of choice for cleaning famous works of art. The technique is the same used to remove tattoos.

April 2nd

Forum centers on Hundred Years War

The Hundred Years War Underground is a  new forum created "for those interested in exploring the history of the Hundred Years War."

Morgana of the Mists elevated to Pelican in Gleann Abhann

Their Excellencies Charles and Martha, Baron and Baroness of Axemoor, report that Baroness Morgana of the Mists has been selected by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann for entry into thje Order of the Pelican.

The Honorable Caedmon of Jorvik to be Elevated to the Order of Chivalry at Beltaine

It was announced at Gulf Wars during Gleann Abhann Court that The Honorable Lord Caedmon of Jorvik, squire to Viscount Michael of the Mace, will be placed on vigil and elevated to the Order of the Chivalry at Beltaine in Grey Niche.

April 1st

Crucifixion nail found in Templar stronghold

Archaeologists working at a fort on Ilheu de Pontinha, just off the coast of Madeira, have discovered a carefully-preserved nail dating to the first or second century CE, leading to speculation that it might be a relic related to Christ.

Publisher of medieval hobbyist newspaper purchases Gannett Inc. for US$2.2 billion

The owner of an obscure chain of medieval recreation hobbyist publications has purchased all the assets of media giant Gannett Inc. in an unsolicited, hostile takeover bid that included cash, letters of credit from half a dozen "kingdoms" in which she publishes, and an unspecified quantity of "chocolate Chaucers," apparently some kind of alcoholic beverage.

Society Chirurgeon, Exchequer, and Board deadlocked over healthcare reform

At the organization's capital in Milpitas, California (USA), several corporate-level officers of the Society for Creative Anachronism and members of its Board of Directors are in a heated debate about healthcare reform, and tempers are flaring on all sides.

March 31st

Ealdormere's Baronial Birthday Bash photos online

Eirik Andersen reports that he has created an album of photos from the 2009 Baronial Birthday Bash in the Barony of Rising Waters, Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are posted on the Two Ravens website.

British ponder mystery of Richard II

A visit to Westminster Abbey will show visitors the tomb of King Richard II - or will it? Researchers are wondering if tests on remains found at a former Dominican friary in Stirling, Scotland might determine them to be those of the 14th century king.

Hidden bee hive found at Rosslyn Chapel

As workers carefully dismantled several roof pinnacles at Rosslyn Chapel during a UK£13M renovation project, they found that one of the pinnacles was deliberately hollowed out during its fabrication to make a beehive.

James "Hawk" Galloway elevated to Pelican in East Kingdom

Their Majesties Konrad von Ulm and Brenwen the Faire have elevated James "Hawk" Galloway to the Order of the Pelican for his long service to the Chirurgeonate in the East Kingdom, Pennsic, and Known World.

March 30th

Calontir's Chieftains photos online

Cathus and Constantia Kaloethes report that they have each created an album of photos from the recent Chieftains event in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Silver cap pin declared treasure in Britain

A silver pin in the shape of a bird, believed to have been a cap pin dating to the 16th century, has been declared treasure in Lynn, England. The pin was found by metal detectorist David Cockle in Stoke Ferry.

Pennsic Performing Arts information

Sisuile Buitilier, Director, Pennsic Performing Arts, and Mihri Deniz Yetim, House Manager, Scheduler, for Pennsic Performing Arts, reports on peparations for the upcoming Pennsic War.

March 29th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for March 2010

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

The perfect fit

On her website, Tasha Kelly McGann shares secrets of how to fit and create a pattern for a fitted medieval gown.

Gulf Wars XIX photos online

A large number of photo albums from Gulf Wars XIX, offered by multiple photographers, are now available to view online.

March 28th

Stolen trailer in West Kingdom

Viscount Leon reports that his trailer containing SCA gear was stolen from his home in Santa Clara, California on March 26, 2010.

Human catapult stunt ends in injury

A day of adventure at the Dangerous Sports Club near Bridgewater in Somerset, England, turned into near-tragedy when Stella Young was launched from a medieval-style catapult made by her boyfriend.