Archive - 2010 - Story

March 28th

Alfar and Kiffany new West Kingdom Royals

Vlasta reports that Viscount Alfar Uthersson, fighting for Kiffany of Canale, was the winner of the recent Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of the West.

March 27th

Magdeburg excavation reveals remains of Barbarossa's adviser

Excavations at Magdeburg Cathedral have revealed the grave which experts believe is that of Archbishop Wichmann von Seeburg, a key adviser to Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbaross, who died in the late 12th century. (photo)

The fleur-de-lis: not just for the Saints

Many Americans recognize the fleur-de-lis only as the team logo of the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints, but the symbol has a long, rich history.

Photos from "A Late Period, Who Knew?" online

Lady Magdelena Grace Vane reports that she has created an album of photos from "A Late Period, Who Knew?" an event which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

March 26th

DNA may help solve 16th century murder

Gaetano La Fata, Mayor of Carini, Italy, has an extremely cold case on his hands: the murder of Baroness Laura Lanzaand her lover Ludovico Vernagallo, killed in 1563 when caught in bed together.

Hoernersburg: mighty Lego castle

Learn about the Middle Ages - with a little help from Lego - at Hoernersburg, a "mighty make-believe Lego castle" complete with descriptions of life in medieval times.

Fighters Collegium photos online

Danielle reports that she has created an album of photos from Fighters Collegium which took place recently in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. The photos are available on her SmugMug website.

March 25th

2500 Viking Ships Sail to Wal-Mart

In a true medieval/modern oddity, 2500 Viking ships are arriving at Wal-Mart stores across the U.S. as part of a promotion of the film How to Train Your Dragon.

SCA named in civil suit in Pennsylvania

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has published an official announcement concerning a civil lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania against the SCA, Inc.

An Tir event brings together medieval and modern

The shire of Ambergard in An Tir hosted its War in the Oasis event recently, attracting almost 200 armoured combatants for a day of melee fun. Mike Irwin, from the Wenatchee World newspaper was on hand to observe the battles.

March 24th

Medieval fortress rising in Ozark hills

Amateur archaeologist and inventor Michel Guyot, the master-mind behind the renovation of Château of Saint Fargeau in France, is constructing a medieval fortress in Lead Hill, Arkansas. The project's web site has updated photos.

York's "Ivory Bangle Lady" of African origin

Recent analysis of a Roman burial in the city of York show that the remains belonged to a "high status" woman of African origin. Dubbed the "Ivory Bangle Lady," the woman was buried in the late 4th century along with "items including jet and elephant ivory bracelets, earrings, beads and a blue glass jug." (photos)

Golden Rivers Championship photos online

Aine de Lacy reports that an album of photos taken at the recent Golden Rivers Championships in the Kingdom of the West have been posted on the Cynagua gallery website.

March 23rd

Knots-of-Love brings smiles to cancer patients

Knitters and crocheters looking for a project may want to check out Knots-of-Love, an organization that provides "crocheted and knitted caps for chemo patients and others facing life-threatening illnesses and injuries."

KWDS-2009 Dance Notes online

Dance Notes from the 2009 Known World Dance Symposium are now available to download in PDF format.

March 22nd

Pre-registration open for West An Tir War 2010

Viscountess Ysabella Dolfin, Autocrat, reports that pre-registration is now open for West An Tir War 2010

Nikolaos Demetriou ho Toxotes placed on vigil for Pelican

Master Adam Stedefast of the Kingdom of the Outlands reports that Their Royal Majesties, Bela and Anna, have placed THLord Nikolaos Demetriou ho Toxotes on vigil to contemplate entry into the Order of the Pelican.

Drachenwald backlog scrolls in search of rightful homes

HL Aryanhwy ferch Catmael, deputy to Drachenwald's signet, has recently scanned all the outstanding completed backlog scrolls held by the Signet. (photos)

March 21st

How to speak like a medieval person

THL Justinian Clarus, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that he has created a website for his class Speaking Forsoothly for Newcomers.

British Museum to host York treasures

A stunning collection of artifacts from the Yorkshire Museum will be given a place of honor at the British Museum in London for the exhibition The Treasures of Medieval York: England’s Other Capital until summer 2010.

Ballad to Thomas "Donsbane"

What happens when a new SCA fencer encounters a number of Dons at Canterbury Faire and his exploits come to the notice of bard Lord Luan an Fael? Watch the YouTube video to find out.

March 20th

Flowers on the menu

Amy Barclay de Tolly and Peggy Trowbridge of the Home Cooking Guide website offer information on edible flowers including which of the plants are safe to eat.

Two elevated to Pelican in AnTir

Constance Davies, Head of Retinue for Their Royal Majesties Owain and Wrenn of the Kingdom of AnTir, reports that two subjects were elevated to the Order of the Pelican at the Festival of the Red Lantern in the Shire of Dregate.

Early Christian brooch found in Irish turf

A zoomorphic penannular brooch dating to the 7th century has been discovered in a clump of turf cut for burning in Mantara, Ireland. The Brooch is believed to have belonged to an early Christian clergyman. (photos)

March 19th

Beheaded Vikings found at London Olympics site

Excavation work in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London has uncovered the bodies of 51 Vikings who were beheaded and thrown into a mass grave.

Eden Blacksmith offered Pelican at Estrella

Katharine of Cate Hall reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have placed Lady Eden Blacksmith on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Byzantine Wine Press found in Israel

Archaeologists working near Tel Aviv, Israel have found a wine press whose size and advanced design are exceptional for its period.

15th century mourners march to New York City

Thirty-seven statues of mourners from the 15th century tomb of John the Fearless and his wife Margaret of Bavaria are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

March 18th

Medieval shipwreck found in Baltic Sea

Twelve shipwrecks, including some that may date back as far as 800 years, have been found by a gas company building an underwater pipeline in the Baltic Sea.

SCA President's announcement regarding the SCA Grants Committee

SCA President Denise Leeson-Provost has published an announcement concerning the SCA's Grants Committee.