Archive - Apr 2011 - Story

April 12th

Math text book by Fibonacci up for sale

The math treatise Liber Abaci by Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, aka Fibonacci, is going up for aution in New York. The book is a 15th century copy of a 13th century original.

SCA author publishes fantasy novel

Douglas Hulick (Master Simon Morcar of the Kingdom of Northshield) has published his debut fantasy novel Among Thieves, a Tale of the Kin.

April 11th

Shire of Dragons Bay achieves Full Status

Bartholomew Baskin, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Lochac, reports that the Shire of Dragons Bay has been recognized as a Full Status group of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Ronin and Clare new Prince and Princess of Artemisia

Alan reports that His Lordship Ronin was the victor of the April 2, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia. His Highness was inspired by Clare.

A joust in Washington

The latest advertisement for the Washington State Lottery is good enough to make you want to buy a ticket. (video)

Playing Seven-Sided Backgammon

Historical game expert Master Justin du Coeur shares a description and rules for Astronomical Tables, also known as "Seven-Sided Backgammon."

April 10th

SCAtoday.net moved to new server

Late Sunday evening, we completed migration to our new server.  If you are reading this, your ISP has found the new location.

Miles Fitz-Rauf winner of Spring 2011 Mists Coronet

Dame Christian de Holacombe reports that Miles Fitz-Rauf was the victor of the April 9, 2011 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of the Mists. Prince Miles was inspired in His endeavor by Dame Francesca von Hesse.

Lincoln Castle to remain home of the Magna Carta

The HM Courts Service reports that it has scrapped plans to move the Magna Carta from Lincoln Castle to another building inside the castle grounds now used by the crown court.

Fleas found guilty of spreading plague

A team of researchers, based at the University of Mainz in Germany, have confirmed that fleas were responsible for spreading the plague that wiped out over half of the population of 14th century Europe.

Great Western War 2010 photos online

Esmeralda of the Lakes reports that she has posted several photo albums from last year's Great Western War 2010. The albums are available on her website.

April 9th

New trends in Icelandic archeology

In a research paper for Scandinavian-Canadian Studies, Vol.16 (2005-6) Erin-Lee Halstad McGuire discusses new methodologies for studying the settlement and development of Iceland.

Leif and Morrigan new Heirs to Drachenwald Throne

The website for the Kingdom of Drachenwald has announced that Lord Leif Wulfsson and Lady Morrigan nic Temair are the new Prince and Princess after the April 2, 2011 Crown Tourney.

Cooking Thynge photos online

Cateline LaBorderesse has posted an album of photos from Cooking Thynge, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

April 8th

Welcome Incipient Shire of Villaleon

THL Thorvald Thorolfsson, Northern Deputy Kingdom Seneschalfor the Kingdom of the Outlands, reports that Their Majesties Boleslav and Astridr have recognized Villaleon as an Incipient Shire of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Historical mistakes in "The Eagle"

In an article for the Guardian, culture reporter Charlotte Higgins explores mistakes made in the recent film, The Eagle, based on the book The Eagle of the Ninth, about the search for the lost legionary standard of the Roman Ninth Legion.

April 7th

Atlantia's Spring Assessment 2011 videos online

Lord William de Faleston reports that he has posted several videos from Spring Assessment, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Irish archaeologists excited over discovery of medieval mill

Researchers working beneath Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin, have found what appears to be a medieval grain mill. "This find is very exciting. We’re really buzzing about it,” said Dermot McLaughlin, chief executive of Temple Bar Cultural Trust.

Sutton Hoo ship burial to be reconstructed

To enhance the visitor experience, the burial chamber at Sutton Hoo is being reconstructed. Richard Daniel, of the BBC, reports. (video)

April 6th

Photos from Caid's A&S Pentathlon 2011

Fausta reports that she has created an album of photos from Pentathlon 2011, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid.

Making a Viking tool chest

In a 2008 episode from the PBS series A Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill, Don Weber instructs viewers how to make a Viking tool chest.

Neighbours from hell, in the 14th century

BBC news magazine recently carried a 14th century 'Asbo' (English acronym for Anti-Social Behaviour Order) -- a complaint from one London neighbour against another about her 'creative' waste disposal,  that piped her privy straight into a nearby gutter.

April 5th

The Berry site: A Spanish "lost colony"

Did Spanish conquistadors first settle North Carolina? After discoveries in the 1980's along the Catawba River, where archaeologists found a Spanish fort, they just may have. The Berry Site is located near Morganton, North Carolina.

Teresa Gabriela de Montoya y Sevilla elevated to Pelican in AEthelmearc

At Their recent Court held at the Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins, Their Majesties Duncan and Ilish, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, invited Baroness Teresa Gabriela de Montoya y Sevilla into Their Order of the Pelican.

April 4th

A toast to a gallant announcer

Monty Python - or maybe pirate - fans will revel in the "Best race horse name ever!" in a race video posted to YouTube.

World chronicle digitized

An amazing fifty-foot (16 meter) long parchment scroll chronicling the history of the western world from creation through the year 1461 has recently been digitized by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The scroll is lavishly illuminated. (photos)

Mysterious Irish brooch has link to Greece

In 2011, a woman cutting turf in a family bog at Tullahennell North, Ireland, discovered what proved to be a 7th century brooch bearing the Greek symbol for Christ. Now researchers have linked the pin to a Christian community with ties to Greece. (photo)

Beowulf: It Was Epic!

A recent immersion event in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, East Kingdom, brought vividly to life the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf in a way seldom seen at SCA events.

April 3rd

Henry VIII is a doll!

Tudor parents and children will want to take a look at a charming set of felt dolls depicting the Court of King Henry VIII. The dolls were created by Deriana, and photos are posted on her Live Journal page. (photos)

"Runestone Red" wins praise for Viking scholar

Need the perfect wine for a Norse night, or a picnic on Runestone Hill? Why not try Runestone Red, a wine promoted on the Norse and Viking Ramblings blog.