Archive - Nov 2011 - Story

November 14th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for November 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for November 2011.

Searching for the Holy Grail at the Penn Museum

Any lecture which begins with a clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail can't be bad. In a YouTube video, Dr. Richard Hodges, the Williams Director of the Penn Museum discusses "the legend of King Arthur, Camelot and the quest for the Holy Grail."

Duke Siridean winner of Spring 2011 Crown Tournament in Lochac

Caitalin reports that Duke Siridean was the victor in the November 4, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac. His Highness was inspired by Princess Margie.

Sing to the Hand!

Students of music in the Middle Ages would have learned their notes in a different manner than their modern counterparts. They would have learned the Guidonian Hand, a mthod in which "a map of notes  was arranged on the hand."

November 13th

Remains of fifteen Anglo-Saxons given Christian burial

Last year, fifteen skeletons dating to Angelo Saxon times were discovered during a construction project at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bicester, England. Recently the remains were re-interred in a church memorial garden. (video)

Viking treasures to be displayed in Yorkshire, England

In 2007, metal detectorists David and Andrew Whelan hit the jackpot when they discovered a huge hoard of Viking treasure in a field north of Harrogate, England. Now the Vale of York Viking Hoard will return to Harrogate for an exhibition at the Mercer Art Gallery.

Harvest Raids photos

Augusto G. reports that he has created an album of photos from Harvest Raids, which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on PhotoBucket.

New aviculture article site unveiled by Known World Aviculturists Guild founder

Lady Biya Fujin unveiled a new aviculture resource section on her web site.  The new "articles" section of Lady Biya Fujin's web site now features articles on a wide range of topics, mostly focused on medieval aviculture, presented for the first time as standard webtext.

November 12th

War of the Wings photos online

Rohesia reports that she has created an album of photos from War of the Wings which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Possible Roman Imperial shipyard discovered in Italy

Experts have discovered a huge building near the center of the complex at the ancient port of Rome which they believe was used for the maintenance of ships. If correct, the building would be part of the Roman Imperial shipyard, the "largest of its kind in Italy or the Mediterranean."

News views combat in AEthelmearc

Seneschal Brian Newman, Marcus Stendahl and Dorinda Courtine-White, of the Shire of Heronter in Western New York, introduce viewers of Time Warner Cable News 8 to the SCA in a three-part video magazine entitled VIP Chautauqua.

Location of 13th century seal puzzles experts

A large medieval seal dating to the 13th or 14th century has been discovered in a field in Surrey, England. The mystery of the seal is that it is believed to have originated at Stone Priory in north Staffordshire. (photo)

The cook's nightmare

SCA members are known for being amazingly adaptive in the worst of situations, but when the most unexpected happens with the kitchen, the situation can test the abilities of even the most skilled.

November 11th

Drachenwald's Garden of Earthly Delights photos online

Lia de Thornegge reports that she has posted an album of photos from the Garden of Earthly Delights event which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on Flickr.

SCA armor standards change as of November 5

The Society Earl Marshal has announced revisions to the equipment standards for armoured combat in the SCA, effective November 5.

16th century Spanish artifacts found in Georgia

Jewelry and other artifacts from the 1500s have been found in an excavation of a Native American village in Georgia (USA). The artifacts suggest that conquistador Hernando de Soto may have travelled far off course in his exploration of Florida and points west.

Nat Geo network debuts series on jousting

"Will full-contact professional jousting be the next extreme sport?" asks the National Geographic Channel in the promo for their new series Knights of Mayhem. The show will feature four professional jousters who compete in the full-contact sport. (photos and video)

Bryan and Brianna new Heirs to Atlantia Throne

It was reported on Atlantia's Merry Rose e-list that Bryan and Brianna are the new Prince and Princess of the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Coenric and Avelina new Prince and Princess of the East

A plethora of East Kingdom subjects have reported that Coenric of Warwick, inspired by Avelina Keyes of Lockwood, was the victor of the November 4, 2011 Crown Tourney.

November 10th

Diamond Wars photos online

Danielle reports that she has posted an album of photos from Diamond Wars which took place October 30, 2011 in the Barony of Small Grey Bear, Gleann Abhann. The photos are available on SmugMug.

An Tir subjects elevated at Emprise of the Black Lion

THL Alessandra da Montefeltro and THL Angharad Albanes report that Their Royal Majesties Thorin VII and Dagmaer II of the Kingdom of An Tir offered elevation to the Peerage to three members of Their populace at the September 17, 2011 Emprise of the Black Lion.

Art historian finds devil is really in the details

An art historian claims to have found an image of the devil in the fluffy clouds of a 13th century fresco by the early Renaissance artist Giotto. The fesco, in the Assisi Bascilica in Italy, depicts the death of St. Francis of Assisi.

Valizan changes bellydance stereotype in southern Ontario

Canadian bellydancer Rob Galbraith, known as Valizan in the SCA, considers himself a shy person, but those who watch his performance as a male bellydancer, complete with scimitar, would be surprised. Jeff Mahoney of the Toronto Star has the story.

November 9th

Northshield Fall Crown 2011 video online

Roisin has posted a number of videos of the Northshield Fall Crown held October 8, 2011. The videos are available to view on YouTube.

Michel and Bengta to be new Baron and Baroness of Gryphons Lair

Their Royal Majesties Ronan and Clair of the Kingdom of Artemisia have announced that Sir Michel the Lucky of Lancaster and Mistress Bengta Rolfsdotter will be the next Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Gryphons Lair.

November 8th

Traceable art for scribes

Scribes looking for heraldic images for scrolls, or heralds wishing to help newcomers choose charges, may wish to check out the Pennsic Traceable Art Project created by Ailis Linne.

November 7th

The history of print comes full circle

First there was the printing press. Then the printer. Then the PDF, and then the e-book reader. And then there was...the printing press?  The Sacramento Public Library is about to become one of the few libraries in the nation to operate an Espresso Book Machine.

Creating a Gothic fitted dress

In a September 2011 article on the Fabric-Store.com website, Nicole Novembrino discusses the history and structure of the Gothic fitted dress, featured prominently in images from the mid-1300s until the mid-1400s.

All things horse on display in Kentucky

The International Museum of the Horse is opening a new exhibit, aptly named 'The Horse", that looks at the relationship mankind has had with horses for the past 19,000 years.

Ansteorra's Queen's Champion photos online

Lady Sara de la Val reports that she has created an album of photos from Queen's Champion, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.