Archive - Mar 2011 - Story

Forget Denmark! Hamlet's name was Irish!

Researchers have long traced the roots of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark to Amlethus in the History of the Danes, written around 1200, but a new study traces the name back even further, to 8th or 9th century Ireland.

Genetic blood disorder may explain tragedy of Henry VIII

According to a new study, multiple miscarriages and dramatic personality transformation may be linked to a genetic condition related to the blood group carried by King Henry VIII of England.

The villainous King John

In an extensive article for BBC News Magazine, Tom Geoghegan looks at what makes King John of England the classic "pantomime villain."

Quintavia Hafla: "What a party there was!"

“The Hafla is my favorite event because they get the sights and smells right,”  said  SCA member Janet Johnston about a recent event in the Shire of Quintavia (East Kingdom). Rebecca Alty of The Item spent the day at the Hafla and reported her experience.

March 30th

Three offered Peerages at Midrealm Candlemas

Duke Brannos O'Irongardail reports that at the recent Candlemas event, Their Majesties Ullr and Annalyse of the Middle Kingdom chose to offer elevation to three of Their subjects.

Medieval beaver to be reintroduced in Wales

The beaver, extinct in Wales since the 12th century, is being reintroduced to Machynlleth, Wales. The European beaver was prized for its fur and the medicinal qualities of its glands.

16th century defenses discovered at Stirling Castle

Renovation work for the gift shop at Scotland's historic Stirling Castle has unearthed the castle's 16th century defenses, which were built using the latest techniques around 1540. The defences were demolished during modernization in the 18th century.

Golden Rivers Championship photos online

Lady Aine de Lacy reports that she has created an album of photos from Golden Rivers Championships, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the West.

March 29th

"Strange Sports" in Billings, Montana

In an article in a series on "Strange Sports," Donna Healy of the Billings Gazette (Billings, Montana) discusses SCA armored and rapier combat. “It’s just who’s the toughest guy, but in the most chivalrous way,” said Jeffrey Ford, a marshal in charge of safety. (photo)

Baroness Eularia Trewe inducted into the Order of the Pelican

Baroness Eularia Trewe, Vicereine of the Crown Province of Ostgardr in the East Kingdom, was inducted into the Order of the Pelican at Mudthaw in the Barony of Settmour Swamp recently.

6th century Ethiopian manuscript identified in Minnesota

A theology student has discovered the second-oldest known Ethiopic Old Testament at Saint John’s University in Minnesota (USA). The manuscript dates to the 6th century.

March 28th

Alberta kids learn about the Middle Ages from library demo

"[Initially] it was really strange people who thought history was much more interesting than real life," said Mark Traub about the early SCA during an interview with William Stodalka of the Cold Lake Sun (Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada).

Chieftains 2011 photos online

Eowyth þa Siðend and Hrothgar report that they have created several albums of photos from Chieftains, which took place February 26, 2011 in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Picasaweb and Flickr.

Instructors needed for for AnTir/West War

Baroness Alina, Co-coordinator for Arts and Sciences for AnTir/West War is seeking instructors willing to teach at the upcoming War.

Backyard catapult

Instructables website offers parents the chance to be heroes to their kids by building a small, functional catapult in three hours from materials at the hardware store.

March 27th

Rainy day prompts "chance discovery" of Roman inscription

A rainy day visit by a family to Roman sites in northern England has led to the discovery of an inscribed sandstone fragment dating to Roman times. Lisa Langford spotted the stone after it had been uncovered by heavy rains.

Photos of Atenveldt A&S entries at Estrella War XXVII online

THLord Raven Mayne, Atenveldt Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences, reports that he has created an album of photos from the Estrella War XXVII A&S Competition.

Class submissions needed for Lilies War

Lilies War RUSH Regents HL Neathery de Safita and Mistress Comyn Hrothwyn af Guilden Acumen, reports that online registration for classes at the upcoming War is now available.

March 26th

"Magically gorgeous objects:" beginning of modern art

Understanding the medieval mindset that placed magical value on sacred objects, such as relics and talismans, may be difficult for the modern public, but no one can dispute the beauty of such works of art. (photos)

Marc and Patricia new Heirs to Western Throne

His Majesty King Jade reports that Viscount Marc de Arundel was the winner of the March 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired by Patricia.

Francis Bean elevated in Calontir

Fiondel reports that at Their Chieftains event, Their Majesties Ashir and Maerwynn, of the Kingdom of Calontir, invited Francis Bean into the Order of the Laurel.

March 25th

Carved altar stones shed new light on Roman Scotland

Two elaborately carved altar stones have been unearthed in East Lothian, Scotland. The stones are dedicated to the Roman god Mithras and is the northernmost location that evidence of Mithraism has been found.

Two placed on vigil for Pelican in Atenveldt

Mistress Magdalen Venturosa reports that Their Majesties Phelan and Amirah of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have placed Lord Mederic and Duchess Elzbieta on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Call for Applications - Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms

The SCA is seeking the next Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms.

March 24th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for March 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous has released updates to Stefan's Florilegium for March 2011.

An Historical Brief of Time

Pun intended -- sorry about that! Were you irritated that you had to change your SCAtoday.net settings for Daylight Savings Time? Or are you even more irritated that the times on story postings are nowhere close to correct for your timezone? If you are a registered user at SCAtoday.net, there is an easy solution.

Library of Congress places musical treasures online

The Library of Congress has launched the Music Consortium Treasures website which displays some of the world's most important music manuscripts online. The items date between the 15th and the 20th century.

Gulf Wars XX photos available

March 13-20, 2011 nearly 4000 Scadians descended on Southern Mississippi for the annual celebration of all things Medieval we like to call Gulf Wars. Viscountess Danielle de la Roche, from the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, offers her photo albums from this year's event.

March 23rd

Outlands A&S entries at Estrella War XXVII

Lijsbet, of the Kingdom of the Outlands, reports that she has created a small album of photos from the A&S Competition at Estrella War XXVII. The photos are available on Photobucket.

Making a drop spindle

The Joy of Handspinning website offers a short tutorial on how to make a drop spindle using wooden pieces from a craft or hobby store.