Archive - 2011 - Story

February 14th

Master Philip White vigiled in the Midrealm

At Their recent 12th Night event, Ullr and AnneLyse, King and Queen of the Midrealm, offered Master Philip White elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

February 13th

Hunting and falconry law changes proposed in Virginia

Britton reports that Delegate Harvey Morgan of the Virginia legislature has proposed a change to laws affecting the practice of falconry and hunting with dogs.

Gulf Wars Tapestry to debut at 2011 War

Mistress Daphne of Colchester reports that she plans to publish the Gulf Wars Tapestry, the first daily newspaper at Gleann Abhann's signature event, beginning in 2011.

3 offered peerages at Caerthen 12th Night

THL Anna MacTaggart, Blue Iris Herald, for the Kingdom of the Outlands, reports that Their Majesties Boleslav and Astriðr offered peerages to three of Their subjects at the January 8, 2011 12th Night celebration in the Barony of Caerthe.

February 12th

East Kingdom 12th Night photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from 12th Night in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Stirling Heads returned to castle ceiling

Copies of the famous Stirling Castle heads have been returned to their rightful place on the ceiling of the King's Inner Hall. A slideshow of the newly carved and painted heads is available on the BBC website. (photos)

February 11th

SCA corporate announcement on newsletter production stipends

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has posted an announcment about reimbursement to Kingdoms for newsletter production.

SCA crafters invited to participate in Pennsic 40 Artisans Row

TH Lady Fiadnata ó Gleann Àlainn, Dean of the School of Applied Arts & Sciences (Artisans Row) for Pennsic University 40, extends an invitation to all Known World artisans to participate in the Artisans Row project at Pennsic 40.

Renovation reveals Henry VIII mural

Most people renovating their homes find 1970's wallpaper, but a couple in Somerset, England, peeled back their old wallpaper and found an early painting of King Henry VIII.

February 10th

Washington DC area to host early music concerts

On March 5 and 6, 2011, Collegium Cantorum will present Anonymous 24: a concert of medieval chant and (mostly) sacred polyphony. The concerts will take place in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington D.C.

Estrella Update for Youth Activities and Airport Shuttle

Lord Alystyr Stewart, Promotions Deputy for Estrella War XXVII, has several announcements dealing with activities and services at the upcoming War.

Google Takes You to Museums Around the World

Art Project, a new venture, brings Google StreetView technology to some of the world's greatest museums. You can take a walk through the museum galleries, wandering from room to room.

February 9th

Fireworks banned at Estrella

Lord Alystyr Stewart, Estrella War Promotions Officer, discusses the status of fireworks use at the upcoming Estrella War XVII.

Ren Fair pioneer, Ron Patterson, dead at 80

If you enjoy wearing tights, playing a lute, eating turkey legs, and doing it all for paying crowds, you may have Ron Patterson to thank. Patterson, who created Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern California in 1963, is credited with having founded the modern Renaissance Fair.

Lindisfarne Gospels online for the first time

The British Library has announced that digitized copies of two "iconic treasures" from the Anglo Saxon era have been added to the library's Digitised Manuscripts site: the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Old English Hexateuch.

"Season of the Witch: a 14th-century road movie with 21st-century cuss words"

Season of the Witch, the new Nicolas Cage costume drama set in medieval Europe, tells the story of two crusaders and the witch girl they are hired to transport to her doom. Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times has a review.

February 8th

Luttrell Psalter available to view on British library website

Jasper C. of the Kingdom of Ansteorra reports that the entire Luttrell Psalter is available to view on the British Library website in Adobe Flash format.

Iago Cabrera di Cadiz elevated to Pelican in Ansteorra

Countess Margaret ny Connor reports that at Their morning Court at 12th Night, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Ansteorra offered Baron Master Iago Cabrera di Cadiz admittance to the Order of the Pelican.

Pitt's Medieval Interest Club partners with Carnegie Mellon groups and SCA

Like most interest groups, the University of Pittsburgh's Medieval Interest Group has had its ups and downs. Recently the group has had a drop in attendance, resulting in its partnershoip with members of the SCA and interested students from Carnegie Mellon. Katherine Sandler of the Pitt News visited the group to learn about its activities. (photo)

West Kingdom 12th Night photos online

Esmeralda of the Lakes reports that she has created an album of photos from 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of the West.

February 7th

9th century Viking fortress found in Ireland

Eamonn Kelly, Keeper of Antiquities with the National Museum of Ireland, reports that after years of research the Viking fortress of Linn Duachaill has been located 45 miles north of Dublin.

"Iron ring" tops list of British tourist attractions

During the Middle Ages, Edward I built his "iron ring" of fortresses to protect his kingdom from unrest in Wales. Now, these castles are bringing tourists to the country in record numbers.

Caerthen 12th Night photos online

Don Domin d'Alsace reports that he has created an album of photos from Caerthen 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Teacher finds 17th century Bible

While searching for historic baptismal certificates to share with her students, Wisconsin teacher Debra Court stumbled across an old book. Further research has shown the book to be a hand-illustrated, German Bible dating to 1670. (video)

February 6th

Two elevated to peerages in AEthelmearc

THLord Brandubh O'Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that Their Majesties Duncan and Ilish, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, have chosen to elevate two of Their subjects to peerages at Their recent 12th Night celebration.

"Clinking armor and furious fighting" marks Oertha Coronet

"Through a series of courts, battles, dances and feasts at the JACC, the people of Earngyld rang in the new year with clanging armor, unique devices, and flowing gowns," writes Richard Radford of the Capital City Weekly (Juneau, Alaksa) about the recent Coronet Tourney in Oertha. (photos)

Tree rings link political turmoil to climate changes

Ulf Buntgen, a paleoclimatologist at the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape, believes political history can be read in the trees. He is the co-author of a study which links the "rise and fall of past civilisations and sudden shifts in Europe's climate."

February 5th

17th century boundary wall dscovered at Edinburgh Castle

Construction of new viewing stands for the Edinburgh Tattoo at the Castle has revealed a previously unknown boundary wall.

Judges Needed for Estrella A&S

HL Raven Mayne, Kingdom Of Atenveldt Arts and Sciences Minister, and Mistress Lijsbet vande Visschereye, Laurel Representative to the Outlands War Council, report that A&S judges are needed for this year's War.

Gulf Wars Tapestry seeks memories

Do you have fond memories of happy or fun times at Gulf Wars? Would you like to share them? If so, Daphne of Colchester, Publisher of the Gulf Wars Tapestry, would like to hear from you.