Archive - 2010 - Story

October 13th

Midrealm Fall 2010 Coronation photos online

Baron Einar Blakklar reports that he has created an album of photos from the Fall 2010 Coronation of Their Majesties Ullr and AnneLyse, which took place recently in the Barony of the Middle Marches (Middle Kingdom). The photos are available on Flickr.

October 12th

Jousters hope to make their martial art a first-tier professional sport

Two professional jousters, currently working at the Ohio Renaissance Festival northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), hope to take their skills from Renaissance Faires to the world of professional sports. [photo]

Mary Rose artifacts on display for the first time

In late 2009, previously unseen artifacts found on the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship, were put on display at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The artifacts will be included in the exhibits at the new Mary Rose Museum scheduled to open in 2012. (photos)

Medieval find not really very significant

A large horde of coins and other artifacts in England turned out to be of little use to researches or the general public. In fact, it has left some wondering why people back then kept burying all their money in the ground and forgetting about it.

From a falcon's eye view

Ever wish you could fly like a falcon? Now you can, with a little help from technology and the internet. Experts for the BBC have attached tiny cameras to the backs of a Peregrine Falcon and the Goshawk. The resultant video is amazing. (video)

October 11th

Are blue jeans period?

Are blue jeans period? A new study dates the modern clothing basic to at least 17th century Italy as shown in the paintings of Italian artist dubbed the "Master of the Blue Jeans." (photo)

SCAdians bring Middle ages to Maine

Knights and maidens stormed a different type of castle recently when members of the SCA took part in a medieval fair at Fort Knox, Maine. Station WABI-TV5 has a video preview.

Welsh folklore for the iPhone

iPhone users and British folklore enthusiasts may want to download the iPhone app for the Mabinogion, a cycle of Welsh legends collected in the 14th century Red Book of Hergest.

13th century paper recipe online

Medievalists.net reports that Adam Gacek has published a paper describing a thirteenth century recipe for Arabic papermaking. The recipe states that the paper was made from the bark of fig trees, rather than hemp or flax.

October 10th

Lost Viking settlement of Linn Duchaill may have been found

A team of archaeologists believes it has found Linn Duchaill, Ireland's lost Viking settlement, near the village of Annagassan, 70 kilometers north of Dublin. The outpost was mentioned in the Annals of Ulster, a 15th century account of medieval Ireland.

Ansteorra summer 2010 event photos online

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted several albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Ansteorra on his Flickr website.

Artifacts tell story of early colonial life

The website Virtual Jamestown includes a gallery of photos of artifacts found at the Jamestown site. The gallery includes large images and rotating clips of each of the artifacts in the collection.

SCA and Markland at Village Renaissance Fair

The citizens of Wrightstown, PA interacted with Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while members of the SCA and the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia offered demonstrations of medieval combat and crafts at the recent Wrightstown Library Village Renaissance Faire. Manasee Wagh of the Bucks County Courier Times has the story.

October 9th

Pelican and Phoenix portraits hope to solve mystery of royal painter

For the first time in 25 years, art experts will be able to study two portraits of Queen Elizabeth I with hopes of discovering the works' mysterious artist. The paintings will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London from September 13 to 19, 2010.

Oslaf of Northumbria to sit vigil in Atenveldt

Imma of the Kingdom of Atenveldt reports that a vigil will be held for Lord Oslaf of Northumbria to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

Morgan d'Antioche winner of the Fall 2010 Crown Tourney in Artemisia

Alan reports that Morgan d'Antioche was the winner of the October 2, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia. Morgan was fighting for the honor of Esebell Grant.

Jade and Catherine new West Kingdom Royals

Duchess Megan nic Alister of Thornwood reports that Duke Jade of Starfall was the victor of the October 2, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired by Countess Catherine Lorraine.

October 8th

AEthelmearc Fall 2010 Crown Tourney combatants announced

Their Majesties Duncan and Ilish of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for Their Upcoming Crown Tournament.

Masterpieces online: Like looking at a painting "with a giant magnifying glass."

Until January 29, 2011, art lovers and historians have the opportunity to study six masterpieces from the Uffizi gallery in Florence in minute detail on the Haltadefinizione company website. The site allows visitors to zoom in on high-resolution images.

Midrealm Chivalry Calendar available online

The Honorable Lady Tyzes Sofia called Zsof reports that the 2011 Midrealm Chivalry Calendar is now available to order online from ArtFire.com. The calendar features photos of knights representing the Middle Kingdom's four regions.

October 7th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for October 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for October 2010.

Ancient chess pieces found in China

10 chess pieces dating to the 3rd century have been found in a tomb in Pingshan, China.

James the Holy and Alysia Gabrielle de Fougeres new Baron and Baroness of Grey Niche

Sheik Dagan al-Mahdi ibn Yushuf ibn Hilal and Sheikah Layla bint Rashid ibn Hilal al-Mashhadiyya (Dagan and Masheed) will be stepping down as Baron and Baroness of Grey Niche.

Ealdormere Fall 2010 Crown Tournament contenders announced

Their Majesties Etain and Valfreya of the Kingdom of Ealdormere have announced the list of combatants and their consrts for Their upcoming Crown Tournament.

October 6th

Advice from an "old redneck"

Curt Booth is administrative secretary in the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. The Honorable Lord Fergus DeBotha is an archer in the SCA. Steven Kwan of the Arizona Daily Wildcat interviewed them both (the same person, actually) for a recent piece in the student paper.

Two given peerages in AEthelmearc

At Her recent Summer's End event in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, Her Majesty Tessa of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed THL Cigfran o Gaer Walch and THL Dagonell Collingwood of Emerald Lake on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Test your Viking knowledge

The Viking History website offers a quiz to test your knowledge of Viking lore. The quiz includes simple and difficult questions.

Traditional Chinese weaving techniques endangered

The UNESCO website features traditional Li textile techniques of spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering as employed by women of the Li ethnic group of Hainan Province, China. The site includes photos and video.

October 5th

"The White Stag" premieres in the Outlands

The White Stag, an original song by Lord Cilléne mac Conghalaigh, was debuted recently at Caerthe's Three Stags event in the Kingdom of the Outlands. A video of the song has been posted on YouTube.

Vivat to Sir Dorotea Weberin, knighted in Drachenwald

On Friday evening, 3rd October, at Civil War in the Shire of Juneborg in Nordmark, Baroness Dorothea Weberin, sometimes known as Raven, was sent to Vigil for Knighthood by their Majesties UlfR and Caoimhe.