Archive - 2010 - Story

October 21st

Vikings raid southern Maryland

The Calvert Marine Museum in Maryland (USA) had some unusual guests when a company of Vikings - longship and all - sailed into port. The Longship Company sailed their ship, the Sae Hrafn, to the museum's boating basin for a day of education and entertainment.

SCA and MSR members extras for "Running Wilde"

Several SCA and MSR (Medieval Scenarios and Recreation) members were on hand recently to serve as extras at Sands Point Preserve in New York for a filming of the Fox television series Running Wilde. Farrah Weinstein of the Port Washington Patch has the story. (photos and video)

Cædmon's Hymn in Old English online

On his blog, Unlocked Wordhoard, Richard Nokes, professor of medieval literature at Troy University, has posted video of a performance of Cædmon's Hymn, an early piece of West Saxon poetry, recorded by Bede in the 7th century.

October 20th

16th century Scottish archway destroyed in vehicle crash

An historic, 16th century stone archway on the grounds of Scone Palace in Perthshire was destroyed recently when a van driven by a contractor crashed into it.

Calontr's Grand Melee photos online

Cathus reports that he has created an album of photos from Grand Melee which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontire. They are available to view on Flickr.

2nd century Roman waterwheel found in Cumbria

A team of volunteer archaeologists has discovered a rare Roman waterwheel dating to the first or second century C.E. near Cockermouth, an ancient market town in Cumbria, England. (photos)

Cider League Stoolball

Cú Allaidh Dona of the Kingdom of Ealdormere reports that he is interested in forming a Stoolball team, and invites others to join him.

October 19th

East Kingdom Fall 2010 Coronation photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from the Coronation of Gryffith and Aikaterine which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on her Picasa website.

Silver coins prove global trade in 8th century Germany

"The discovery of Arabic coins at the coast of the Baltic sea proves that there was global trade more than 1,200 years ago," said Greifswald historian Fred Ruchhoeft about the discovery of 82 Arabic coins in a northern German field.

24 August 410: "the 9/11 of the ancient world"

On August 24, 410, Imperial Rome was sacked by an invading force of Visigoths from northern Europe, an event that has been compared with September 11, 2001 in the United States.

Atlantia issues three Peerage Writs

Their Majesties of Atlantia, Bryan & Brianna issued three Peerage Writs at War of the Wings V, held in the Barony of Sacred Stone.

October 18th

Madoc ap Llewellyn to join Calontir Pelicans

Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Calontir have placed Madoc ap Llewellyn on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Worlds Upon Worlds: An Illustrated Talk by Toby Lester

Lecture given by Toby Lester -- a longtime editor and writer for The Atlantic, and the author of The Fourth Part of the World (2009) -- about the Waldseemüller world map of 1507.

Having fun storming the castle

The sad life of a lone castle guard is depicted in a short animated film from Bird Box Studio.

October 17th

Estrella War Gatebook art

The organizers of the 2011 Estrella War are seeking artwork for the event's gatebook.

Dig hopes to uncover bones of 14th century Scottish bishop

A team of archaeologists is hoping to find the remains of Bernard of Kilwinning, the 14th century Scottish bishop who drafted the Declaration of Arbroath. The team is excavating a medieval monastery in the Ayrshire town of Kilwinning.

Debora of Durham elevated to Laurel in Ansteorra

Mistress Radegund reports that her apprentice Debora of Durham has been elevated to the Order of the Laurel by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

October 16th

BBC articles on Scottish history listed

Scottish history buffs with time on their hands will want to check out the BBC Scotland's website which features a links list of stories and videos relating to Scottish history.

Syeria Caminante to be elevated in Artemisia

At Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Artemisia placed Syeria Caminante on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Caspar and Cecilia new Heirs to Meridies Throne

Cathal reports that Duke Caspar was the victor of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Meridies.

October 15th

Morgan Olander winner of Northshield Fall 2010 Crown Tournament

As reported on the Kingdom list, Morgan Olander fighting for the honor of Lusche della Casiago, was the victor of the October 9, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

East Kingdom Crown Combatants announced

Master Phillip Reed the Facetious, Seneschal of the East Kingdom, has announced that the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming East Kingdom Crown Tournament is now available to view online.

Pan Vitus Polonius and Meisterenne Eleanora von Ratzeburg new Heirs to the Kingdom of Drachenwald

Lord Aylwin de Renham reports that Pan Vitus Polonius was victorius in the Kingdom of Drachenwald's Autumn Crown Tournament, held in the Shire of Eplaheimr, in the Principality of Insulae Draconis.

SCA entertains crowd in Keokuk

Members of the SCA joined forces with actors to participate in the first Mrs. Ippy Dam Renaissance Faire held recently at Hubinger Landing in Keokuk, Iowa. Jeff Hunt of The Hawk Eye has the story. (photos)

October 14th

"Rare and exquisite" Roman lantern found in England

21-year-old metal detectorist Danny Mills delighted local archaeologists when he discovered an extremely rare 1st - 3rd century Roman lantern near Sudbury, England. The bronze lantern is believed to be the only one of its kind in Britain. (photo)

Scott Farrell discusses modern chivalry on "These Days on KPBS"

On September 9, 2010, Maureen Cavanaugh interviewed Scott Farrell, AKA Duke Guillaume de la Belgique, about chivalry in the modern age for the radio program These Days on KPBS. Farrell is a contributor to the new book Martial Arts and Philosophy.

Fairies and pirates at Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

14th century Spain was the setting for the recent Santa Fe Renaissance Fair where costumed performers and members of the SCA welcomed the public to step back in history and become a "pirateer or a nobleman." Phaedra Haywood  of the Santa Fe New Mexican has the story. (photos)

October 13th

Estrella War Gatebook Advertising

The organizers for the 2011 Estrella War have announced that they are now accepting advertising content for the event's Gatebook.

12th century leather mask found in Novgorod

Victor Singh, of the Veliki Novgorod archaeological project in Russia, has announced the discovery of a pagan mask, cut from the top of a leather boot, in the 13th Troitsky Pit. (photo)

Wanted: People who make their own armor

Photographer E.F. Kitchen wanted to find "people who make or collect their own armor." She found them in the SCA and documented their work in her book Suburban Knights. Claire O'Neill of NPR's The Picture Show has the story. (photos)