Archive - 2011 - Story

January 16th

Ironbog Toys for Tots photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from the Ironbog Toys for Tots event which took place December 18, 2010 in the East Kingdom. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

Sahti: the drink of Viking champions

Some years ago, archaeologists discovered the remains of a Scandinavian ale called Sahti inside a barrel in a Viking ship burial. Now modern brewers are trying out the ancient recipe.

Henry to Anne: "Please to have some some remembrance of me"

In 1533, Henry VIII wrote a letter to the object of his desire: Anne Boleyn. The letter still exists, and was reproduced recently on the Letters of Note blog.

January 15th

Important Deadline for Equestrians at Estrella War (Horse Rental)

Mineko of Twin Moons, Deputy for Estrella War Promotions, has announced that the deadline for renting horses for the upcoming Estrella War XXVII is February 1, 2011.

Calontir Spring 2011 Crown Tournament Combatants

Her Majesty Maerwynn Qatan, Queen of Calontir, has posted a list of combatants and their consort for the upcoming Crown Tournament.

"Mirror of History" reunited at the Getty

Beware of loaning precious books! That should be the lesson learned by the King of France who, in 1413, loaned the 4 volume manuscript of the Mirror of History, a medieval history of the world from the Creation to the Middle Ages, to Duke Louis VII of Bavaria, who promptly lost them. (photos)

January 14th

Mongol history on Internet Archive

The Internet Archive has created a facsimile of the book History of the Mongols from the 9th to the 19th century by Major-General Sir A Cunningham. The nearly 800-page volume can be read as a book online.

SCA makes NPR's "50 Wonderful Things From 2010" list

On her NPR pop culture blog Monkey See, Linda Holmes relates the 50 Wonderful Things From 2010 she experienced including "The last 15 minutes of Lost" and a television episode involving the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Modern illumination

In recent years, it has become the vogue to learn calligraphy for special occasions. Now the medieval artform of illumination may also see a modern revival. (photos)

SCA group celebrates 12th Night in historic West Virginia church

Members of the Incipient Shire of Ballachlagan (Kingdom of AEthelmearc) recently teamed with students from Brooke High School to celebrate Twelfth Night at Olde St. John Episcopal Church in Wheeling, West Virginia. Warren Scott of the Herald Star attended the event.

January 13th

Estrella War Artisans Showcase

Lady Siobhan MacCumhal, Artisan Showcase Coordinator for Estrella War XXVII, offers information for the A&S community attending the upcoming War.

Lost scenes from Greek plays discovered in Syria

Scenes from ancient Greek plays written by the poet Meander have been found depicted in mosaics in Antioch, Syria. Meander was a comic poet of the 4th century BCE whose popularity in the Roman world was exceeded only by Homer.

West Kingdom "Deceived" at Twelfth Night

Those attending West Kingdom Twelfth Night were treated to a performance of The Deceived by the Golden Stag Players. A bawdy trailer video is available on Facebook for those who weren't able to see it live.

January 12th

Yule Ball 2010 photos online

Margaret de Mey reports that she has created a small album of photos from the recent Yule Ball 2010 which took place in the Shire of Flintheath, Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates for Stefan's Florilegium for January 2011.

Corpora Update - Grammar, Spelling and Format Corrections

The Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. has proposed changes correcting grammar and spelling to Corpora, By-Laws and Corporate Policies.

January 11th

Countess Kari Kyst to Become Pelican at Gulf Wars

At Twelfth Night on January 8th, Their Majesties Bryan and Brianna of the Kingdom of Atlantia gave notice to Countess Kari Kyst to contemplate induction into Their Order of the Pelican.

Bríg ingen Érennaigh newest Laurel in Atlantia

Their Majesties Bryan and Brianna of the Kingdom of Atlantia placed Bríg ingen Érennaigh on vigil during morning court at Twelfth Night on January 8th. She was elevated to Their Order of the Laurel during evening court.

Bangor Cathedral shares 14th century manuscript

In the first quarter of the 14th century, Anian 'Sais', the Bishop of Bangor in Wales, possessed a manuscript comprised of liturgical instructions and a substantial body of plainchant. Now, thanks to a collaboration between the University and Bangor Cathedral, the manuscript is available to view online.

January 10th

Brig ingen Erennaigh placed on vigil in Atlantia

Baron Lucien de La Rochelle, Gordin Knot Pursuivant for the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that at His Court at the Barony of Nottinghill Coill's Yule Toy Tourney, His Majesty Brian placed Baroness Brig ingen Erennaigh on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Tower of Pisa restored and slightly straightened

An 8-year restoration of the Tower of Pisa has ended with the tower returned to its 1838 position, 46 cm (18 inches) more vertical than it was before. Extensive stone cleaning and restoration were also completed.

Red Cross takes aim at Robin Hood

The British Red Cross has threatened a Scottish production of the pantomime show 'The Magical Adventures of Robin Hood" for placing a red cross on a nurse's costume.

January 9th

Persimmon dye from ancient Korea finds new foothold in modern world

Galot, fabric died with the juice of unripe persimmons, likely originated in Korea in the 15th century and became the mainstay clothing of farmers and fisherman. Largely lost to the centuries, a fashion designer is reviving the art on the resort island of Jeju.

Graz Armory photos online

Graz Armory, in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, is an amazing collection of late period arms and armor. On a trip to Austria, Dan Howlett spent some time photosgraphing the Graz collection, along with the Military Museum in Vienna. His results are available online.

Roman farm found in Suffolk

Archaeologists working on the site of a new school in Lowestoft, England, believe they have discovered the remains of a 1st century Roman farm where a family of 12 might have lived.

January 8th

Head of French king identified

A battery of tests by a Frenc team of forensic scientists have identified the embalmed head of King Henry IV of France. The head disappeared during the French Revolution.

Bhakail Yule photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Bhakail Yule which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

Was Columbus really Polish?

An international team of distinguished professors have a new theory on the origins of Christopher Columbus: the explorer was really the son of Vladislav III, an exiled King of Poland.

January 7th

Counting the days, Julian-style

On the website Some Notes on Medieval English Genealogy, Chris Phillips has posted a Julian calender, used in England from the 11th - 16th centuries, and it is organized either by historical year or by regnal year.

A bit of history for pop music lovers: Beowulf

What do you get when you mashup an eighth-century Anglo-Saxon poem with a twentieth-century antiwar pop song? A very amusing music video, sort of a "Cliff's Notes" version of the epic tale.