Archive - Jul 2011 - Story

July 24th

Youth activities at Pennsic XL

Baroness Clarice Roan, Youth Chancellor for the Kingdom of Aethelmearc, reports that the schedule for youth activities at Pennsic 40 are now available on the Pennsic XL website.

July 23rd

Chocolate milk might be better than water for athletes

Bring on the Pennsic chocolate milk! New studies by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have shown that a chocolate milkshake after a hard workout might be more beneficial than water or an isotonic sports drink.

Pennsic Warriors of History Tournament August 12, 2011

Wulfgaar Silverbraid reports that the 6th annual Warriors of History Tournament will take place at August 12, 2011 at Pennsic XL. The Tournament is hosted by the Cataphracts and Chivalry of Duchy Von Drachenklaue.

SCA Memberships and Pennsic

The SCA Membership Office encourages members planning to attend Pennsic War XL to check their membership card expiration dates before arriving at the War.

July 22nd

Known World Choir at Pennsic 40

The Known World Choir will host its 20th Pennsic Concert on Thursday of war week at 6 PM in the Performing Arts Pavaillion.

Pennsic XL Skate Up

Mana Borisova Tchekrygina is seeking a few good skaters for a Pennsic XL skate up to take place offsite during the War.

Pennsic 40 Party Calendar

David Vázquez de Valençia has posted a Party Schedule in Calendar format for those attending Pennsic War XL.

Peabody Essex Museum to host historic beer tasting

On August 11, 2011 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (US Eastern), the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts will host "A Pint of the Past," a tasting of historic beers whose recipes are based on "ancient and historic beers."

July 21st

Painted pottery at West Kingdom A&S

Tangwystyl reports that she has posted an album showcasing Spanish pottery painted at her class at A&S and June Crown in the Kingdom of the West.

Reading - and "dueling" - with knights

It was a “A Midsummer Knight’s Read” at Wauconda Area Public Library in Wauconda, Illinois when members of the Shire of Ravenslake visited the library to kick off its summer reading club program. (photos)

"Flood of people" settled England from Germanic lands

The British may have deeper German roots than previously believed. Archeologists and geneticists have recently shown that in post-Roman Britain, a few thousand German warriors may have overthrown the locals and replaced their Celtic languagewith their own.

July 20th

Same-gender couples welcomed to An Tir Champions Tourney Lists

Sunday morning, under an unseasonal July drizzle that brought mist rising from the hills, Viscount Sir William MacBrennan, inspired by Maestro Eduardo Francesco Maria Lucrezia and Mistress Ariel de Courtenay, fighting for her lady Sarah Patrick Stewart, Defender of the West, proudly entered the Champions list of An Tir.

Treadmill study shows fatigue from wearing medieval armour influenced battles

A British study that measured the effort it took to wear a suit of armor on a treadmill has determined that the suits were so exhausting to wear that it may have affected battle outcomes during the 15th century.

Banging heads in Asterix comics

European academics are concerned about the amount of violent brain traumas in the popular Asterix comics series, most dealt out by Asterix and Obelix themselves.

Round huts found at Vindolanda

The stream of interesting archaeological finds continues at Vindolanda, the Roman fort at Hadrian's Wall near Hexham, England, with the discovery of dozens of circular huts.

July 19th

In France, a man's home really is his castle

Sebastian de Varitault not only lives in a medieval castle, he lives in the castle that has been his family's home for 700 years. Chateau de Roquetaillade was built and expanded from the 11th through 14th centuries.

Known World Players founder offered Laurel

THL Tyzes Sofia, called Zsof, was placed on vigil for the Order of the Laurel at A Simple Day in the Country on July 16 by TRM Arch and Runa of the Midrealm.

Helewyse de Birkstad elevated at Baron Wars

Phillipe the Pilgrim reports that Their Majesties Arch and Runa of the Middle Kingdom have offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Mistress Helewyse de Birkstad.

Video project features "A Day in the SCA"

 "The SCA is about creativity, expression, education and community," Veronica Lacquement, known in the SCA as Domina Anastasia, explains in a new online video. Keith Shuman directed the seven-minute "A Day in the SCA" as his final project in a video production class at Portland Community College.

July 18th

Rowany Festival photos online

Thyri skjaldmaer, Webmistress for the Shire of Adora in Lochac, reports that she has posted an album of photos from Rowany Festival. The photos are available to view in PhotoBucket.

Peerages annouced at Lilies 25 Court

Master Andrixos, Co-Steward of Lilies War 25, reports that Their Majesties Anton and Isabeau placed four of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Peerage.

16th century Chinese bronze found in shipwreck off Mexico

A 16th century Chinese bronze in the form of a Foo Dog has been found off the Pacific coast of Baja, Mexico. The artifact is believed to come from the cargo of the galleon San Felipe which disappeared in 1576.

July 17th

Abe Akirakeiko and Ii Katsumori to be elevated at Pennsic

Otto and Katherine, Palatine Baron and Baroness of the Far West, have announced that Abe Akirakeiko and Ii Katsumori will be elevated to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the West at the upcoming Pennsic War.

Welsh castle receives grant for visitor center

In 1282, Earl Henry de Lacy began building a castle in Wales. Now Denbigh Castle will undergo an extensive facelift, complete with a new visitor center, thanks to a UK£600,000 grant. (photo)

Two newest knights of Drachenwald: Armand d'Alsace and Måns Knutsson Kotte

In the days before Whitsunday, AS 46, at Drachenwald's Double Wars, one of this kingdom's premier camping events, two noblemen from the lands of Nordmark (mka Sweden) were invested as members of the Order of Chivalry.

What will the sinking of Venice mean to the world?

"Venice has become a museum city, no longer a residential one," said a Unesco director recently about the city threatened by rising sea levels. Jack Watkins of The Independent discusses the fate of the city.

July 16th

Plans announced for visitor center at Camp Farm

Camp Farm in Maryport, Cumbria, England hopes to be the site of a world-class tourist attraction showcasing "the area’s strong Roman heritage and recent archeological finds." Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd has applied for UK£10.7m to build the center.

15th century ring found in Bulgarian monastery excavation

A team of Bulgarian archaeologists are engaged in the excavation of St. Peter and St. Paul monastery in Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. One of the finds is a silver ring dating to the 15th-16th centuries. (photo)

Relaxing with Latin over coffee

Students at Liberty Common High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, are not totally taking a summer break from their studies. Marques Kem's Latin class will meet over coffee to discuss The Aeneid by Virgil.

Bury Mount wins British renovation award

In the 12th century, Bury Mound, in Northamptonshire, England, held a castle. Now the vacant mound has become the country's best renovation project for 2011.