Archive - Feb 2011 - Story

February 28th

Toronto Exhibit celebrates King James Bible

A new exhibit at the University of Toronto's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Great and Manifold: A Celebration of the Bible in English runs until June 3, 2011. (photos)

Upholding the tradition of the fan

Among the 76 Livery Companies incorporated in London, is the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, a craft brought to England in the late 1500's by French Huguenot craftsmen.

Knights rock the fieldhouse at Nebraska Wesleyan University -- LINK FIXED

Apparently there were some surprised student faces on campus when members of the local SCA group staged their annual Winter War Maneuvers at the fieldhouse of Nebraska Wesleyan University. Reporter Brad Gilligan of the Reveille has the story. (photo)

February 27th

Viking artifacts links

Researchers of all things Viking may want to visit the Vikverir website which features a links page of museums throughout Scandinavia which have posted photos of their collections.

Dancemoot and Aberdour Castle photos online

Torrkil reports that he has posted an album of photos from Dancemoot which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The album also includes photos from a trip to Aberdour Castle.

Old Duchy Palace to be restored

Built in the 13th century, the Old Duchy Palace in Lostwithiel, one of the oldest buildings in Cornwall, may have new life thanks to a UK£200,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund.

February 26th

English jeweler proves love for craft of the Middle Ages

Jamie Hall, an apprentice jeweller from Derby, England, has something to prove. He wants to show that he is a really good jewelry-maker, one who can forego the technology of the present for the techniques of the past, specifically the early Middle Ages.

Staffordshire Hoard sheds light on Anglo-Saxon military

Now that parts of the Staffordshire Hoard are on display, scholars are pondering the meaning of the discovery. Unlike most finds, the Hoard seems to be made up of only military parephernalia. (video)

Late Roman shield patterns online

On his Ancient Military History Site Luke Ueda-Sarson provides links to a wealth of information on ancient Roman and Greek military subjects including section "Late Roman Shield Patterns taken from the Notitia Dignitatum."

Thank you from Estrella War

The organizers of the recent Estrella War XXVII send their thanks to all who attended the War.

February 25th

Wearable art comes to Arizona

Medieval and Renaissance costumers may want to dust off their best garb and enter the Fashion Fantastico, a wearable art show which will take place May 13, 2011 at the Avondale Sports complex in Avondale, Arizona.

Three new peers in Atlantia

Donal Mac Ruiseart, Conch Herald for the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that, at His February 5, 2011 Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival, His Majesty, King Brian chose to offer peerages to three of His subjects.

Footprint of Roman child found in England

2,000 years ago, a Roman child went skipping through the mud near a Roman fort in Yorkshire, England. In 2010, his or her footprint was found.

Assistance to our Friends in the Kingdom of Lochoc

Denys the Decadent, from the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that a website has been created to help those affected by recent flooding in Queensland, Australia.

Clarification on newsletter publication

Countess Honor of Restormel, Chronicler for the Society for Creative Anachronism, offers a brief clarification regarding electronic vs paper newsletters.

February 24th

Conquering armies brought climate change

Genghis Khan may have inadvertantly brought about climate change, believes Julia Pongratz, who, with her colleagues Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, have compared historical records with global carbon dioxide levels.

Victors in the Third Coronet Lists of Insulae Draconis

This Saturday past, the Principality of Insulae Draconis held its third coronet lists. All combatants met in a round robin tourney, facing each opponent for the best two of three bouts.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2011

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

February 23rd

Peepshi!

Those creative cooks out there will want to try the latest recipes for such gourmet fare is Peepshi or Peepza, both containing one major ingredient: peeps! (photos)

African soldier chose retirement in Stratford

Sometime in the 4th century, an Roman soldier of African descent picked Stratford-upon-Avon as a place to retire. The soldier's remains were discovered in 2009.

Rhodri ap Hywel to become Laurel in Calontir

Ines Alfon reports that Their Majesties Ashir and Maerwynn of the Kingdom of Calontir have offered Rhodri ap Hywel admittance to the Order of the Laurel. The vigiling took place at the recent Clothier's Seminar.

February 22nd

Lyondemere-Gyldenholt Yule and Unbelted 2011 photos online

Fausta reports that she has created photo album for Lyondemere-Gyldenholt Yule and Unbelted 2011 events which took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid.

Free "Archaeology of York" downloads

Several books in the Archaeology of York series are now available to download for free in PDF format. The books are out of print.

THL Vladimir Radescu placed on vigil in Northshield

Shava reports that Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne of the Kingdom of Northshield have placed THL Vladimir Radescu on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

Maybe it's not so good to be the king

A new study shows that being king gives one a 700 times greater chance of dying a violent death than being an ordinary subject. The research was carried out by Manuel Eisner, professor of comparative and developmental criminology at Cambridge, and a specialist in the study of violent crime.

February 21st

14th century tales of Jean Froissart online

Steve Muhlberger (Duke Finvarr de Taahe of the Kingdom of Ealdormere) of the Department of History at Nipissing University has posted several tales, in English, written by Jean Froissart in the 14th century. The stories, which include romance, poetry and history, were aimed at an aristocratic audience.

New film set to spark interest in Hadrian's Wall

The mystery of Rome's "lost legion" has mystified historians for centuries. Now a new young-adult film, along with a redesigned Roman museum, may revive interest in Hadrian's Wall.

Combatants announced for Atenveldt Crown Tournament

At the request of the Kingdom Seneschal, Seamus has posted the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

February 20th

Huge copy of the Koran to be digitized

A 500-year-old, handwritten copy of the Koran, owned by the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library, has been scheduled to be digitized and available online. The manuscript is the size of a large-screen television, and it is too fragile to be displayed. (photos)

Vikings live on in Northwest England

A team of British researchers has recently concluded that Vikings are "alive and well and living in the North West of England." The results of their study have been published in a new book, Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project.