Archive - Oct 2011 - Story

Video of 1978 West Kingdom Crown online

Hirsch von Henford reports that the West Kingdom History site can now display videos. The first video posted online is from Hal Ravn, June Crown, 1978.

Own an ancient English Monument

For a mere UK£30,000, interested parties can purchase a two acre site in Driffield, England containing Moot Hill, where archaeologists believe an 11th century motte and bailey castle may have stood.

The search for the Stirling Roman road

The site of the new visitor center at Bannockburn, Scotland may hold more history than just the battlefield. Archaeologists are looking for evidence of a Roman road which is believed to have run through the site.

SCA Legal Committee calls for volunteer legal professionals

The SCA Inc.'s Legal Committee is seeking new volunteers from the modern-world legal profession.

Peerages offered at An Tir Crown Tournament

THL Angharad Albanes reports that several Peerages were offered and Peers made at the recent Crown Tournament of Their Majesties Thorin and Dagmaer of the Kingdom of An Tir.

Release #2 of the SCA Census is available

The Census Committee of the Society for Creative Anachronism has announced the second release of data from the 2010 Census.

October 30th

The William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 45

Society Chronicler, Countess Honor of Restormel , has announced the winners of the A.S. 45 William Blackfox Awards. The awards are given for excellence in the production of SCA newsletters.

Norman involvement in 11th century Spain

In his 2007 dissertation for the University of Nottingham, Norman and Anglo-Norman Participation in the Iberian Reconquista c.1018 – c.1248, Lucas Villegas-Aristizabal considers the contribution of the Normans, especially Crusaders, in the Christianizing of the Iberian Peninsula.

Introducing Clinton War

Spend seven minutes with some happy campers as Ronin of the Freehold introduces the eastern Kingdoms to the wonders of Clinton War, one of the largest SCA events in Canada. The video, on YouTube, is accompanied by music.

Estrella Acceps is Open

The Estrella War XXVIII Pre-Reg Staff has announced that Pre-Registration for Estrella War XXVIII is now available through ACCEPS.

October 29th

Ratan Champs photos online

Cateline la Broderesse reports that she has posted photos from MSS Ratan Champs, an event that took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

How's your English history?

The British publication, The Independent, challenges readers' historical knowledge in Are you a master of history? Answers are provided, but don't cheat!

Gleann Abhann's Barbara Sterling to be elevated to Pelican

Mistress Daphne of Colchester reports that Their Majesties, Ashi and Kimiko, King and Queen of Gleann Abhann, have placed Baroness Barbara Sterling on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Own a castle in California

Once a brewery, now a home, Albion Castle in Hunter's Point, San Francisco, California, complete with underground underwater cavern, is for sale for US$975,000. (photos)

October 28th

The scribes behind the Middle English masters

“The clerks of the London Guildhall form the invisible link between medieval authors like Geoffrey Chaucer and their first audiences, the original owners of the medieval manuscripts we study today,” said Professor Linne Mooney of the University of York.

Ajax and Uta new Lord and Lady of the Mists

Catherine Lorraine reports that Ajax Thermopylokles was the victor of the October 15, 2011 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the West. Prince Ajax was inspired by Üta Kathrina Felhamer.

West Kingdom October Crown 2011 photos online

Antonia reports that she has posted an album of photos from the October 2011 Crown Tourney which took place in Rancho Seco Park, Herald, California. The photos are available on Flickr.

October 27th

Life of Jewish patroness Benvenida Abravanel explored

In an article for The Jerusalem Post Magazine, writer and professor of Jewish history Renee Levine Melammed explores the life of Benvenida Abravanel, a 16th century resident of Naples and Ferrara, known for her philantrophy and patronage of David Hareuveni, the 16th century messianic claimant.

Edward the Red winner of Ealdormere Crown Tourney

Elrik the Bastard reports that Count Sir Edward the Red defeated THL Bjarn Aaronson in the final round of the October 22, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Sir Edward was inspired in his endeavor by Mistress Rylyn Buchanan.

"Arrogant Jewish woman" revisited by modern historian

In 1171, Pucellina, a Jewish moneylender with ties to Count Thibaut of Blois, France, was arrested, along with 40 other Jews, for the killing of a Christian child. Her execution by burning is now attributed to a witness' aversion to an "arrogant Jewish woman with the gall to consider Count Thibaut her patron."

October 26th

Important Viking site in Ireland confirmed

Archaeologists working on the excavation of a Viking village in Louth County, Ireland are calling it "one of the most important Viking sites in the world." The site is believed to be where the Vikings brought their long ships for wintering and repair.

Two placed on vigil in Artemisia

Osondrea and Lady Fiametta da Trastevere report that, at Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Ronan and Clare placed two of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Chinese archaeological excavation gives insight into Liao dynasty

For the first time, Chinese archaeologists are getting the opportunity to mount a large-scale investigation of the Upper Capital of the Liao dynasty. The first structure excavated was the Qiande Gate of the royal city.

October 25th

For lovers of blackwork

The Practical Blackwork blog offers visitors examples, designs, links and bibliographies to create beautiful blackwork projects.

President's Report on October Board Meeting

Thomas Hughes, President of the SCA Inc., has released his report from the Board of Directors meeting held October 15. UPDATED VERSION

Calontir Fall 2011 Coronation photos online

Vilhelm Lich reports that he has created an album of photos from Fall 2011 Coronation which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Flickr.

Thorsinn Vandringsmann to be elevated to Laurel in the Outlands

Their Majesties Bela and Anna have placed THL Thorsinn Vandringsmann on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

October 24th

Cultural Quirks of Fighting in An Tir, or, Musings on Why the Inspirational Equality Movement May Have Started Here

Ariel de Courtenay, one of the founders of the Inspirational Equality advocacy group, offers an opinion on what about An Tir's culture may have caused this movement to originate in that particular kingdom.

Prestwich family treasures found on York farm

Craig Best and Derek Greenwell struck paydirt in 2010 when the two metal detectorists discovered a gold signet ring and a pilgrim badge bearing the image of St George. The coat of arms on the ring indicated that it belongs to the Prestwich family of Hulme in Manchester. (photo)

Intricate silver and carnelian ring found in North Yorkshire

A 13th or 14th century ring was discovered near Ripon, England in 2010 by metal detectorist Lindsey Holland. The silver and carnelian ring is expected to be declared treasure, making it available to be acquired by a museum. (photo)