Archive - May 2011 - Story

May 12th

Armor stolen in Calontir

Miriam von Schwarzwald reports that armor was stolen from Ruaidhri ua Ceallaigh's truck in the Midtown/Westport area of Kansas City, Missouri on May 9, 2011.

Combatants and consorts for Gleann Abhann Spring 2011 Crown Tournament announced

Havordh and Muirgen, King and Queen of Gleann Abhann, have announced the list of combatants and Their consorts for Their May 14, 2011 Crown Tournament.

Combatants and consorts for AEthelmearc Spring 2011 Crown Tournament announced

Brandubh, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for the May 14, 2011 Crown Tournament.

Realm of Venus sponsors Italian Ren costuming challenge

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the website Realm of Venus is sponsoring The Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge from April 21 to August 21,  2011.

May 11th

Combatants and consorts for Northshield Spring 2011 Crown Tournament announced

Their Majesties Morgan and Lusche of the Kingdom of Northshield have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament which will take place May 14, 2011 in the Shire of Korsväg  (Fargo, North Dakota).

Benefit concert to help Bethancourt family recover from fire losses

Master Ioseph of Locksley and his wife, who live in Atenveldt, recently lost their home to a house fire on April 30. They saved themselves, their pets, and his musical instruments, but lost all else. Fundraising efforts, including a May 14 benefit concert, hope to help them replace and rebuild what was lost.

Final flight of the Endeavour to carry Mary Rose artifact

John Lippiett, chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, is sending a piece of history into space: "a parrel, a three-inch wooden ball used as part of the mechanism to hoist the sails of Henry VIII's flagship." The artifact will be launched into orbit with the space shuttle Endeavour. (photos)

May 10th

Robert Marston to be elevated in AEthelmearc

THLord Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that at Their recent Coronation Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen placed THLord Robert Marston on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Tomb of St Francis of Assisi re-opens

A special Franciscan mass will celebrate the re-opening of the restored tomb of St Francis of Assisi in Umbria, Italy. The saint died in 1226. (photo)

Rainbows in a can

Alert: If you are a pre-teen girl, or are blessed by fairies, read no further! This story contains a discussion of...unicorn meat.

May 9th

Lusoria Rhenana set to sail in Germany

A group of Roman history enthusiasts in Germany have constructed a replica of a Roman military riverboat. The Lusoria Rhenana is scheduled to take her maiden voyage in the summer of 2011 near Woerth-am-Rhein.

Bath: "a knockout site"

On a recent tour of English Heritage sites, Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian visited the newly revamped Roman Baths Museum in Bath, England. She blogged her impressions.

SCA Archivist seeks historical material

Baroness Jocosa d'Auxerre, Chronicler of the Kingdom of Meridies, reports that Society Archivist, Master Aldred von Lechsend aus Froschheim, is seeking historical material for inclusion in the Archive.

May 8th

Large Roman "industrial estate" found in Rockingham Forest

A Roman industrial site has been discovered near Peterborough in the Rockingham Forest. The site is believed to be "one of the largest archaeological sites in England."

11th century "church musical manuscript" features Mozarabic plainchant

A recent blog entry for the BibliOdyssey website offers a close-up look at the amazing Visigothic Antiphonal, an 11th century church document packed with hymns, illuminations and circular calendars.

Roman spearmen found beneath Hyderabad Barracks

The remains of two Roman soldiers, dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, have been discovered beneath the former Hyderabad Barracks in Colchester, England.

May 7th

"Inscrutable" Lewis Chessman on display in Stornoway, Scotland

"The enigma of the Lewis Chessmen has intrigued and puzzled those who have viewed these inscrutable faces in the last 200 years or so," said Alex MacDonald, convener of Western Isles Council in Scotland about an exhibit of more than 30 of the game pieces.

Charcoal pits tell story of medieval Norwegian economy

Trondheim, once known as Bymarka, was the center of religious life in medieval Norway. Now the discovery of more than 500 charcoal pits in the area proves that the city was an industrial center as well.

Two offered elevation at Meridies Coronation

Fianna reports that at Coronation TRM Caspar and Cecelia announced the elevations of THLady Nuala to the Order of the Pelican and Countess Gwendolynn to the Order of the Laurel.

May 6th

A night of song

Mistress Gunnvor of the Kingdom of Ansteorra reports that she has created a playlist of music familiar and appealing to members of the SCA in hopes that more will learn the "old songs." The list is available on YouTube.

Photos from Northshield Spring 2011 Coronation

Bridget reports that she has created an album of photos from Spring Coronation 2011 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Coppergate woman "brought to life"

For the first time, the public will be able to look at the face of a Viking woman, complete with bonnet, whose skeleton was discovered 30 years ago at Coppergate in York, England. (photo)

May 5th

Medieval fools: to hat or not to hat?

On his blog Got Medieval, graduate student in Medieval Studies Carl S. Pyrdum, III spent his most recent April 1 contemplating the depiction of medieval fools and their headcoverings - or lack of them.

Combatants and consorts for Meridies Spring 2011 Crown Tournament announced

His Majesty Caspar of the Kingdom of Meridies has announced the list of combatants and their consorts for His upcoming Crown Tournament.

May 4th

Fighters needed for Pennsic Known World Children's Fete

Herrin Emeludt Haensler, Known World Children's Fete Coordinator, reports that fighters are needed for the Known World Children's Fete at Pennsic.

Drea Leed publishes Elizabethan costume book online

Costume historian Drea Leed has recently published the wardrobe inventories of Queen Elizabeth I. Her work is available online in a searchable format.

Caelin on Andrede's Gulf Wars photos

Caelin on Andrede of the Kingdom of Ansteorra reports that he has posted photos from Gulf Wars 2011. The photos are available on Flickr.

Visit Acre: "the crusaders' hip and happening capital"

Looking for the perfect summer vacation? Why not plan a truly period trip to the City of Acre. Robyn Young and Tom Hall of BBC History offer travel trips.

May 3rd

History beneath your feet

The planned construction of a new building at Lincoln College in Lincolnshire, England, has led to the discovery of a wealth of artifacts dating to Roman and medieval periods.

Roman poem object of climate change study

Medieval history professor Michael McCormick has spent a great deal of time investigating documentation of climate change in medieval records. Now he turns his attention to the late Roman Empire.