Archive - Apr 2011 - Story

April 20th

For the tiny knight who has everything

Jewlery designer T. Shamir has given the assasin's crossbow new meaning with these palm sized, fully functional crossbow and cannon.  The two videos depict the weapons in action.

Roman quarry "too obvious" for notice

Archaeologist Karl-James Langford believes historians may have overlooked a Roman quarry in Barry, Wales because it was just "too obvious."

Ice Dragon 2011 rapier photos online

Dragos Pelikanos reports that he has posted an album of photos from Ice Dragon which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

Two elevated at Ice Dragon

THLord Brandubh O'Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of Aethelmearc, reports that, at Their Courts at the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon, Their Royal Majesties Duncan and Ilish offered peerages to two of Their subjects.

April 19th

Late Roman graves discovered in Canterbury

Archaeologists have discovered a cemetery, dating to the late Roman period, is the St. Dunstan's area of Canterbury, England. They believe, due to the placement of the bodies and lack of grave goods, that the burials were Christian.

Calontir Spring 2011 Coronation photos online

Séaghdha mac Roibeaird reports that he has created an album of photos from Spring 2011 Coronation which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Leprosy, battle wounds found in early medieval cemetery

The scull of a leper who died fighting is one of several interesting burials identified at an Italian cemetery used between 500 and 700 CE. The cemetery likely contains remains of Germanic Lombards or Avars.

April 18th

Mudthaw photos online

Baroness Cateline reports that she has posted photos from Mudthaw which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on her PicasaWeb website.

"Senchus fer nAlban"

In the 7th century, seventy lines of text were created to record the number of men in western Scotland for the purpose of military service and tax collection. The Senchus fer nAlban (History of the men of Scotland) includes resources for the population of Dál Riata, the Kingdom of the Gaels on the west coast of Scotland. (photos)

Valhalla, the unattainable

In this fanciful, animated film, an old Viking warrior looks forward to eternity in Valhalla, but discovers that dying honorably in battle isn't as easily accomplished as he hoped.

April 17th

Medieval settlement discovered in Sudan

A three-year research project, sponsored by the Prehistory Institute of Poznan University and the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums of Sudan, has begun at the Hosh esh-Sheitan strongold in the Nile Valley. Archeologists have already found one or more medieval settlements.

Ansteorra Fall 2010 and Gulf Wars XX photos online

Lady Sara de la Val reports that she has created a couple of albums of photos from Ansteorra's Fall 2010 Coronation and from the 2011 Gulf Wars. The photos are available on Flickr.

Yahoo Group created for SCA Crossover fighters

Ceanntighern reports that a new Yahoo Group has been created as a place to meet for SCA fighters who enjoy both armored combat and rapier. The group is called SCA Combat Crossovers.

April 16th

Historic Cornwall pub destroyed by fire

"People come from all over the world to see the Pandora," said Mylor, England resident Cordelia Folland after a fire ripped through the 13th Century thatched Pandora Inn March 24, 2011.

Enchanted Ground at Pennsic

His Grace, Duke Cariadoc, has announced that the Enchanted Ground will again be open for campers and visitors at this year's Pennsic War.

Vinland the Good

A short documentary, entitled The Vinland Mystery, looks at the search for the "only known Norse settlement in North America - Vinland the Good."

April 15th

"As much historical research as your brain can handle"

“This is a great hobby and it’s a family-friendly event. You do as much historical research as your brain can handle, and that really makes this interesting,” commented Sir Gemini at a recent SCA demonstration in Manteca, CA. Jason Campbell of the Manteca Bulletin has the story. (photo)

SCA Thailand in the News

In early April, a reporter from the Bangkok Post went to cover the fighter practice of the Canton of Golden Playne, the first and only SCA branch in Thailand. The video is available at the Bangkok Post Website.

Students tweet Chaucer

Users of Twitter may wish to follow students from LMU's English 433 class as they tell stories on the way to Canterbury!

April 14th

Seeking photos of Countess Elaina for memorial

Countess Tamara Di Firenze has asked us to publish a request from Master Cerdic, for those SCA folk who may have photographs of Countess Elaina.

Ealdormere mourns Countess Elaina Oaklawn

Baroness TSivia bas Tamara v'Amberview reports that Countess Elaina Oaklawn, known to many as "Miss-Information" at Pennsic, has died in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Katrina von Rosenberg to become Pelican in Atenveldt

Lady Arianna reports that a vigil will be held at the upcoming Atenveldt Coronation for THL Katrina von Rosenberg to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

The sturdy skull of Simon of Sudbury

During the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, Simon Theobald, once Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded outside the Tower of London. Now his mummified skull is being given the scientific treatment.

Castle life at bargain price

The economic downturn has left many European properties, including castles, available for purchase at bargain prices. (photo)

April 13th

Two receive Peerages in the West

His Majesty Jade, King of the West Kingdom, reports that two of His subjects were offered peerages during a blustery Crown Tournament on March 19, 2011.

Rudiger and Alyenora to be fourth Baron and Baroness of Ildhafn

Their Majesties Gabriel and Constanzia, King and Queen of Lochac, have announced that Rudiger and Alyenora are to be the fourth Baron and Baroness of Ildhafn.

Early music recording climbing the charts in Britain

The latest "hit" on British pop music charts is not a rap song, but a 450-year-old Italian Renaissance mass recorded by the British vocal group I Fagiolini.

Anglo-Saxon plough found in England

Parts of a 7th century "heavy plough" have been found in Kent, England. This discovery pushes back the first known instance of heavy plowing in England by several hundred years.

April 12th

More Gulf Wars 2011 photos online

Danielle, of Tor an Riogh in Gleann Abhann, reports that she has posted photos from Gulf Wars 2011. The photos are available on SmugMug.

Brush up on Magna Carta history

In preparation for celebration of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the BBC offers information about the historic document.