Archive - 2011 - Story

March 4th

SCAtoday.net adds anti-spam measure to account creation

With regret for the inconvenience, we have added an extra approval step to account creation in order to combat increasingly aggressive spam attempts. This affects only new accounts, not existing ones.

East Kingdom Kings and Queens Arts & Sciences Champions photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Kings and Queens Arts and Sciences Champions which took place February 5, 2011 in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

Taking to the veil

Many women in the SCA report that they have trouble wearing a veil or making it look authentic. On her website Virtue Ventures, Cynthia du Pré Argent (Cynthia Virtue) offers instruction on how "to look really nice in a veil."

The SCA as part of the gaming revolution

In an article for PRI radio program The Best of Our Knowledge, the SCA is included in a discussion of gaming as a worldwide phenonmenon. Tom Chatfield, the author of Fun Inc., Why Gaming Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century.

March 3rd

Step back in time to Birka

When archaeologists excavated the Viking village of Birka near Stockholm, Sweden, they never imagined that filmmakers Mikael Agaton and Lars Rengfelt would make it possible to walk through the town as it was in the Middle Ages.

Cornish pasty wins E.U. protection

The ubiquitous Cornish pasty - a tough filled pastry with its roots in the middle ages - has been given official protection under the European Comission. It now has "protected geographical indication" status.

March 2nd

Constructing a Scottish arisaid

Looking for a female equivalent to the male Scottish kilt? Consider the arisaid, a patterned, wrapped garment worn by women. The website eHow includes instructions for constructing an arisaid.

Young Viking raiders bring shock and awww to English town

In honor of the 26th annual York Viking Festival, local school children have put on their Viking gear and invaded the festival, spreading fear and cuteness throughout the land.

"Roman Town" allows children to experience archaeology through a computer game

Suzi Wilczynski knows what it is like to work on a dig in the hot Israeli sun. Now she has used her experience to create an adventure computer game aimed at children which allows them to learn about the Romans and the life of an archaeologist.

March 1st

Celtic warfare

While most authors concentrate on the structured battles and armored knights of medieval Europe, Katherine Simms, in Warfare in the Medieval Gaelic Lordships, looks small, private wars in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and at less formal combat methods.

Russian icons at Boston museum

Lady Zabava reports that the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts will present a "stunning, major exhibition of 37 paintings and artifacts from Moscow’s Andrey Rublev Museum—most never shown before in the U.S—" from now until July 25, 2011.

English and Scots squabble over William Wallace letter

In 1300, William Wallace was purportedly given a safe conduct letter from King Philip IV of France to visit the Pope. The letter was confiscated when Wallace was captured by the English and has remained in their hands since. Now the Scottish government wants the note back.

Pennsic XL University instructor registration open

Lady Helena Sibylla, Chancellor for the Pennsic University, reports that registration for instructors for the Pennsic XL University is now open.

February 28th

Toronto Exhibit celebrates King James Bible

A new exhibit at the University of Toronto's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Great and Manifold: A Celebration of the Bible in English runs until June 3, 2011. (photos)

Upholding the tradition of the fan

Among the 76 Livery Companies incorporated in London, is the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, a craft brought to England in the late 1500's by French Huguenot craftsmen.

Knights rock the fieldhouse at Nebraska Wesleyan University -- LINK FIXED

Apparently there were some surprised student faces on campus when members of the local SCA group staged their annual Winter War Maneuvers at the fieldhouse of Nebraska Wesleyan University. Reporter Brad Gilligan of the Reveille has the story. (photo)

February 27th

Viking artifacts links

Researchers of all things Viking may want to visit the Vikverir website which features a links page of museums throughout Scandinavia which have posted photos of their collections.

Dancemoot and Aberdour Castle photos online

Torrkil reports that he has posted an album of photos from Dancemoot which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The album also includes photos from a trip to Aberdour Castle.

Old Duchy Palace to be restored

Built in the 13th century, the Old Duchy Palace in Lostwithiel, one of the oldest buildings in Cornwall, may have new life thanks to a UK£200,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund.

February 26th

English jeweler proves love for craft of the Middle Ages

Jamie Hall, an apprentice jeweller from Derby, England, has something to prove. He wants to show that he is a really good jewelry-maker, one who can forego the technology of the present for the techniques of the past, specifically the early Middle Ages.

Staffordshire Hoard sheds light on Anglo-Saxon military

Now that parts of the Staffordshire Hoard are on display, scholars are pondering the meaning of the discovery. Unlike most finds, the Hoard seems to be made up of only military parephernalia. (video)

Late Roman shield patterns online

On his Ancient Military History Site Luke Ueda-Sarson provides links to a wealth of information on ancient Roman and Greek military subjects including section "Late Roman Shield Patterns taken from the Notitia Dignitatum."

Thank you from Estrella War

The organizers of the recent Estrella War XXVII send their thanks to all who attended the War.

February 25th

Wearable art comes to Arizona

Medieval and Renaissance costumers may want to dust off their best garb and enter the Fashion Fantastico, a wearable art show which will take place May 13, 2011 at the Avondale Sports complex in Avondale, Arizona.

Three new peers in Atlantia

Donal Mac Ruiseart, Conch Herald for the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that, at His February 5, 2011 Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival, His Majesty, King Brian chose to offer peerages to three of His subjects.

Footprint of Roman child found in England

2,000 years ago, a Roman child went skipping through the mud near a Roman fort in Yorkshire, England. In 2010, his or her footprint was found.

Assistance to our Friends in the Kingdom of Lochoc

Denys the Decadent, from the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that a website has been created to help those affected by recent flooding in Queensland, Australia.

Clarification on newsletter publication

Countess Honor of Restormel, Chronicler for the Society for Creative Anachronism, offers a brief clarification regarding electronic vs paper newsletters.

February 24th

Conquering armies brought climate change

Genghis Khan may have inadvertantly brought about climate change, believes Julia Pongratz, who, with her colleagues Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, have compared historical records with global carbon dioxide levels.

Victors in the Third Coronet Lists of Insulae Draconis

This Saturday past, the Principality of Insulae Draconis held its third coronet lists. All combatants met in a round robin tourney, facing each opponent for the best two of three bouts.