Archive - 2010 - Story

February 25th

Bronzino: most influential 16th century painter in Florence

In the mid 16th century, Agnolo Bronzino was the most respected portraitist in Florence. Now a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Drawings of Bronzino, offers 59 of his works on paper. (slideshow)

Armor for Afghanistan

Zack reports that he has begun collecting armor for use by those stationed in Afghanistan who would like to begin SCA-style armored combat training.

Curling: Quirky, Cordial...and Period

To many Americans, the sport of curling is a mystery of complex scoring and opaque strategies. A deeper look reveals a sport that dates back to the later SCA period and whose participants have much in common with SCA martial competitors.

February 24th

Social networking boon to re-enactors

Devotees of past eras have found a blessing in a number of social networking websites such as Living History World Wide. Henry Hanks of CNN has the story.

General Meeting of the Society of Creative Anachronism Australia Ltd to be held at Rowany Festival

Andrew Ross-Gowan, Chair of the Society of Creative Anachronism Australia Ltd, reports that the Annual General Meeting of the SCAA will take place at Rowany Festival, April 2, 2010.

February 23rd

Open A&S at Gulf Wars XIX

Countess Gwendolen Isabella Stewart of Meridies brings news of the Open A&S competition to be held at this year's Gulf Wars.

Dark Ages really more "gray," say economists

In a recent story for NPR's All Things Considered, Madeleine Brand discusses new theories about the Dark Ages, the medieval spice trade, and the Black Plague with Chana Joffe-Walt and Adam Davidson.

Jousting fever in Escambia County, Florida

There were no damsels in distress at the recent Southeast United States Jousting Champion at the Escambia County Equestrian Center, just competitive jousters vying for the title. Rebecca Ross of the Pensicola News Journal has the story.

February 22nd

"How serious can you be dressed in a kilt?"

Bystanders came face to face with the Middle Ages recently at Machado Elementary School in Lake Elsinore, California. Justin and Ashley Katz of San Jose decided to give the activities a try. "I've never used a bow before, but it's just something I've always wanted to do," Justin said. "It seems fun and the people are extremely nice. I think I'll be back." The Morgan Hill Times has the story.

10th century Viking ingot found in England

A cigar-shaped, silver ingot dating to the 10th century has been discovered in Shenstone, England. The ingot, thought to be Scandinavian in origin, is believed to have been used as currency.

Photos from Clothier's Seminar online

Hrothgar reports that he has created an album of photos from the Clothiers' Seminar which took place February 6, 2010 in Cúm an Iolair in the Kingdom of Calontir.

February 21st

Da Vinci resume online

In a letter to the Duke of Milan, Lenoardo da Vinci outlines his qualifications as an engineer and an artist. A scanned version of the resume with translation is available online.

"Some people fish on the weekend, I'm a 12th Century Catalan knight"

The SCA is graying. Now members, some of whom have been affiliated with the Society for over 20 years, are seeking new blood - sometimes using offbeat tactics such as Craig's List. Reporter Josh Shaffer of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer has the story.

February 20th

Winterwear for Vikings

The Wychwood Warriors Wiki offers an article on the history and design of coats and overtunics for early Germanic cultures and Vikings. Included are resources, with links, for Eastern Viking and female coats.

Ealdormere's St. Valentine's Massacre photos online

Bethóc reports that an album of photos taken at St. Valentine's Day Massacre in the Kingdom of Ealdormere is now available to view online.

Leicestershire artifacts help tell story of pilgrims' lives

Lead flasks, discovered by metal detectorists, are helping historians understand the history of medieval pilgrims in Leicestershire, England dating from the early 13th century through to the 16th century.

February 19th

Calontir winter 2010 event photos online

Cathus reports that he has posted two albums of photos taken at recent events in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Two offered elevation to Pelican in AEthelmearc

At the Royal Court of Their Majesties Henri and Elena of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc January 29, 2010, two gentles were offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican. The Court took place at Twelfth Night in the Canton of Steltonwald.

February 18th

Three placed on vigil for Pelican at Ymir

Baron James of Middle Aston of the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atlantia placed three of Their subjects on vigil for the Order of the Pelican at Ymir XXXV.

Bog People subject of new book

In a review for The Telegraph, Philip Hoare looks at Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination, a book by University of California, Berkeley professor Karin Sanders.

Financial announcement from the SCA, Inc.

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has released a financial announcement on behalf of the Board.

February 17th

Oertha Winter 2010 Coronet video online

Merewyn has posted several videos from Winter 2010 Coronet in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West. The videos are available on YouTube.

Brave SCAdians attempt to save life of fire victim

THL Sofia Tyzes (Zsof), reports on the attempt by two members of the Barony of the Cleftlands (Cleveland, Ohio) to save a neighbor from a house fire. Fox 8 New's Autumn Ziemba has the story. (video)

Dancing and fighting SCA-style at the University of New Mexico

It was a typical Monday night in the Student Union Building of the University of new Mexico as members of the local SCA group learned Amoroso dance steps from instructor Laura Smalley. Reporter Candance Hsu of the university's Daily Lobo stopped by to learn about the SCA.

February 16th

Scots do not regard "Scots" as a language

A recent Scottish campaign to restore the Scottish language is meeting with some resistance - from the Scottish people.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for February 2010.

February 15th

"Pseudo-medieval spectacles" in Ocala forest

Residents of Ocala, Florida are being educated in the arts and fighting of the Middle Ages by way of members of the Shire of Amugorod. Michael Oppermann, correspondent for Ocala.com, recently met with members of the group to discuss the SCA. (photos)

Molinillo discovery proves use of chocolate in 16th century St. Augustine

The discovery of a molinillo, a stick used to mix chocolate, in a well in St. Augustine, Florida leads experts to believe that chocolate was enjoyed in the 1500s in the city.

Medieval scroll text layout

The Got Medieval blog offers a tutorial on laying out a scroll text by a graduate student of medieval studies. The tutorial is done in a very lighthearted way.

February 14th

Drachenwald 12th Night/Coronation photos online

Arienwan verch Arthur has posted an album of photos from the recent 12th Night/Coronation that took place in the Shire of Flintheath (England) in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.