Archive - 2010 - Story

February 14th

Mel Gibson considers film about Norse warriors

For his next project, filmmaker Mel Gibson may be returning to a childhood dream. "The very first idea that I ever had about making a film, my first thought ever about being a filmmaker was when I was 16-years-old, and I wanted to make a Viking movie," Gibson told journalists at a press event.

Scottish reporter finds Latin mass a "chilling experience"

"There was no heating in the Sacred Heart RC church in Bridgeton, a vast 100-year-old building in the bosom of a parish first established in 1873. Perhaps that was because there were only 31 of us in the congregation, but being freezing cold certainly helped focus the mind. After all, they do say austerity is good for the soul," writes reporter Cate Devine of the Herald Scotland after attending a recent Latin mass.

February 13th

New merchant: Paternoster Ladies opens its doors online

Paternoster Ladies recently opened their new online shopping portal, using the Etsy e-commerce hosting provider.

Renaissance shoes on display in Toronto

The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is playing host to On a Pedestal: From Reniassance Chopines to Baroque Heels, an exhibit that "explores two of the most extreme forms of footwear ever worn in Western fashion, the outrageous platform chopine and its eventual replacement, the high heel." (photos)

Medieval headcovering research online

On his website, Some Clothing of the Middle Ages - Hoods, Chaperons and Liripipes, I. Marc Carlson shares research, patterns and advice on the construction of medieval hoods and liripipes.

February 12th

Pennsic 39 classes

Baroness Aldermoureis Ventzke, Class Scheduler, TH Lady Fiadnata ó Gleann Àlainn, Artisan's Row, and Baroness Catherine Aimee Le Moyne, Chancellor for Pennsic University 39, report that registration is now open for instructors to teach classes at this year's War.

Spartans battle pikemen at Wyoming college

Jerry Spaulding, who goes by the name Agamedes within the SCA, "got hooked" on the Middle Ages at the age of 15. Now he is a founding member of the SCA group at Eastern Wyoming College. Carson LeMahieu of the Torrington (Wyoming) Telegram has the story.

Roman bones show life of "disease and hard labour"

The discovery of a Roman grave in Weston-super-Mare, England last year has given experts insight into the life of 2nd-4th century Roman inhabitants of Britain. This particular man, aged between 36 and 45,  lived a life "defined by disease and hard labour."

February 11th

Call for Teachers for Norse Life and Culture Seminar

Banbharun Siobhan O'Neill, Event Autocrat for the Norse Life and Culture Seminar in the Canton of Three Hills (Kalamazoo, Michigan) on April 10, 2010, is seeking teachers for the seminar.

Position Announcement: Society Exchequer

The SCA Board of Directors has announced that it is seeking applicants for the position of Society Exchequer.

The dark origins of Valentine's Day

Nearly everyone celebrates Valentine's Day, but many are not familiar with the origins, some rather dark, of the holiday for lovers. Ngonidzashe Dzimiri of the Sunday Standard offers a history.

February 10th

SCA President announces new appointments

Denise Leeson-Provost, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that several new appointments have been made by the SCA Board of Directors.

SCA BoD: Join us at the April Board meeting

The Society for Creative Anachronism: Strong honorable knights locked in armored combat; Beautiful ladies in soft flowing gowns; Amazing craft work; Delicious feasts; The very best of the Middles Ages - Normally...

Late medieval walls found below Edinburgh esplanade

Construction on new viewing stands for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has revealed two structures dating to the late medieval period. The walls were believed to have formed part of the defense of the castle.

February 9th

Picture restoration: "an archaeological problem"

Martin Wyld, chief restorer for the British National Gallery knows that restoring paintings is a difficult job. John McEwen of the London Times walks the galleries with the expert in a recent interview.

Robert Magnus to be knighted at Gulf Wars

Duke Wolfgang Grothe de Verron reports that Lord Robert Magnus will be knighted by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the Outlands at Gulf Wars. Lord Robert was placed on vigil at Caerthe's 12th Night celebration.

February 8th

Gothic text found in Salisbury Cathedral

Experts working on restoration of the Henry Hyde monument in Salisbury Cathedral have discovered remnants of Gothic text beneath whitewash on the cathedral wall.

Calontir 12th Night photos online

Séaghdha mac Roberd reports that he has created an album of photos from 12th Night, which took place recently in the Barony of Lonely Tower, Kingdom of Calontir.

Marguerite Dinard vigiled for Pelican in Ansteorra

Sara Penrose reports that Mistress Marguerite Dinard has been offered entry into the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

February 7th

Secret Vatican documents published

A collection of 105 documents, some dating back over 1,000 years, has been published in book form by the Vatican. The Vatican Secret Archives features a such diverse documents as a letter from the grandson of Genghis Khan to a 1550 note from Michelangelo demanding payment.

12th century poem calls French "arrogant cowards"

A century after the Norman Conquest, the relationship between the French and the English was anything but cordial, if you can believe a 396-line poem written by an Anglo-Norman cleric.

Is Star Trek more authentic than the SCA?

From RealLifeComics... authenticy in Star Trek... or for that matter, in the SCA.

February 6th

Birka photos online

Baronne Cateline la broderesse and Master Broom report that they have created several albums of photos from A Market Day at Birka which took place recently in the east Kingdom. Both albums are available on PicasaWeb.

Announcement of a New Subsidiary Corporation; SCA Illinois Inc.

The Board of Directors of the SCA Inc, announces the creation of a new subsidiary corporation; SCA Illinois, Inc (SCA IL).

February 5th

Illora von Neunhoff to sit vigil at Estrella XXVI

Mistress Magdalen Venturosa reports that Lady Illora von Neunhoff will sit vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican February 13, 2010 at Estrella War XXVI.

Joan of Arc "relics" trace to ancient Egypt

Devotees of Joan of Arc were disppointed recently to learn that relices of Joan of Arc, overseen by the Archbishop of Tours in Chinon, France, are not only fake, but actually the "bones of a human and a cat tracing back to ancient Egypt."

The Lions Road podcast due to return in March

Dan Christensen, the creator and one of the hosts of the podcast "The Lions Road", has stated in a blog post on Sonnetoptics that he intends to resurrect the "The Lions Road" and start posting again in March 2010.

February 4th

Helicopter crash claims SCA member

Tragedy struck the Fresno office of the California Department of Fish and Game January 5, 2010 when a helicopter carrying three of the office's four wildlife specialists clipped a power line and crashed, killing the three men and their pilot. Among the three was SCA member Tom Stolberg, known in the Current Middle Ages as Thomas of St. Brendans.

Viewers challenged to "Name that movie!"

The SyFy Channel is offering viewers a chance to name a film set in the Middle Ages. The winner will receive an "amateur filmmaking kit," including camera, computer and software.

Nikolaos Demetriou Offered Pelican in Outlands

On the 30th of January 2010, Their Majesties of the Outlands traveled to the Barony of Unser Hafen for the annual Winter Oasis, a middle eastern themed dancing event. During Their court King Bela and Queen Anna called Nikolaos Demetriou ho Toxhotes forward and offered him admittance to the Order of the Pelican.