Archive - 2011 - Story

October 23rd

Cardigan Castle receives UK£4.5m lottery grant

For the past ten years, the Friends of Cardigan Castle in Wales have been hoping to raise money for restoration of the 12th Century building, the first stone castle built by the Welsh princes and the stronghold of Rhys ap Gruffydd. Now they have received an award of UK£4.5m European money.

Saxon cemetery may mark town of Hamwick

Excavations at a housing project in Southampton, England have uncovered what experts believe is the earliest cemetery for the Saxon town of Hamwick. Nine skeletons were discovered which are believed to date from the 7th through 9th centuries.

Touring Vlad Dracula's Romania

Writer Leif Pettersen, who is researching a book on Eastern Europe for Lonely Planet, offers a history and tour of Vlad Dracula's Romania, including a 1,480-stair climb of Poienari Citadel on the BBC travel page.

October 22nd

Shakespeare film sure to spark controversy

Anonymous, the new film by director Roland Emmerich which proposes that the plays of William Shakespeare were actually written by someone else, is causing controversy even before the film hits theater screens. James Shapiro offers his opinion in an op-ed for the New York Times.

Calontir Coronation photos online

Rhianydd reports that she has posted an album of photos from the September 17, 2011 Coronation in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

October 21st

A letter from the Board of Directors

The SCA Board of Directors offers a letter commenting on the recent meeting and some plans for the future.

Optional Steps to Take to Discontinue Your Paper Newsletter

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the SCA Board of Directors, has issued a memo concerning members' option of discontinuing paper copies of their kingdom newsletters starting March 2012.

SCA issues press release concerning allegations against Mr. Fremon Seay

The SCA Media Relations Officer has issued an official statement concerning the recent police allegations that a man in the northwestern U.S. used simulated medieval weapons to abuse his daughter.

Michelangelo's David heralds beginning of modern science

Most people viewing Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David admire its artistic beauty and proportion, but to Dr. Kelly Cline, the statue symbolizes something else: the birth of modern science. The article appears in the Independent Record (Helena, Montana).

Interactive history of the British house

The Guardian website offers an interactive history of the British house in its "British architecture guides" section. The site includes homes from the Saxon era to contemporary, with options to zoom in for more detail and description.

October 20th

Isabel d'Estella elevated to Laurel in Atenveldt

Anita Challis reports that Mistress Isabel d'Estella has been elevated to the order of the Laurel by Their Majesties Arthur and Gabriela of the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Caelin on Andrede's photos from Ansteorra Fall 2011 Coronation and Namron Protectorate

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted albums of photos from Fall Coronation 2011 and Namron Protectorate in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

Thomas de Revele knighted in Atenveldt

Their Majesties Arthur and Gabriella of the Kingdom of Atenveldt have elevated Their subject, Thomas de Revele, to the Order of Chivalry.

October 19th

Viking boat burial found in Scotland

An intact Viking boat burial has been found in the highlands of Scotland, the first burial of its kind found on the UK mainland. The artifacts found at the site indicate the man buried there may have been a high-ranking warrior.

Vilhelm and Agata new Baron and Baroness of Aarnimetsä

Baron UlfR and Baroness Eva of the Barony of Aarnimetsä in Finland have announced that they have stepped down from their positions as Baron and Baroness.

One medieval life tells story of change in14th century England

14th century England was a dark time, and a time of change in Britain. In a hour-long, online documentary, historian Michael Wood investigates changes in medieval life by following the family of peasant Christina Cok.

October 18th

Coronation of Their Majesties Cuan and Padraigin in Atlantia

William "Cookie" Barfoot would like to share with you the photos he took of the Coronation of Their Majesties Cuan and Padraigin to the throne of Atlantia.

Two East Kingdom subjects honored with Peerages

At Their Court held at the Feast of John Barleycorn / Viceregal Investiture in the Crown Province of Ostgardr, Their Majesties Lucan and Jana of the East Kingdom offered Peerages to two of Their subjects.

October 17th

SCA Board Rules on Same Gender Couples in SCA Leadership

On Saturday, October 15, the seven members of the Board of the Society for Creative Anachronism met in Seattle for the open session day of their quarterly meeting. While many items of business were on the agenda, the topic of highest interest for many was the issue of same-gender couple leadership in the SCA.

Royal Manuscripts to be displayed at British Library

"When we selected the manuscripts to go on display, we tried to pick those which were visually very strong and had a very strong art element," Kathleen Doyle, curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library, said about the exhibition, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination.

Dining during Thorrablot

"Imagine a rotten fish, and multiply that smell and taste by 97, and that is the smell and taste of this strange food," said Halldor Sigurdsson of Reykjavik, Iceland, CNN iReporter for Eatocracy about an authentic Viking fish stew. (video & photos)

Crusader sword pommel: "one of the most significant relics of the Middle Ages ever discovered in Scotland"

A metal detectorist has discovered the pommel of a 13th century sword in a farmer's field in Selkirkshire, Scotland. Experts believe the bronze pommel belonged to a Norman noble involved in the Last Crusade.

Harvest War XXII photos online

David B. Rossi reports that he has created an album of photos from Harvest War XXII, which took place September 17, 2011 in the Kingdom of Artemisia. The photos are available on PhotoBucket.

October 16th

Calontir Fall 2011 activity photos online

Hrothgar reports that he has posted two albums of photos from recent activities in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Savaric and Julianna new Midrealm Heirs

At the Crown Tournament of Their Majesties EikBrandr and Runa of the Middle Kingdom, Captain Savaric de Pardieu, inspired by Baroness Julianna de Pardieu, defeated Sir Ixtilixochitl Cacique, fighting for Maestra Margherita Alessia, in the final round.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for October 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for October 2011.

Topkapı Palace re-opened after renovations

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey was on hand recently for the re-opening of several sections of Istanbul's famous Topkapı Palace, including the 15th century weapons exhibit, the fourth courtyard and the kitchen.

October 15th

Duke Sven Gunnarsson victorious in Drachenwald Crown Tourney

Vicountess Susannah of York reports that Duke Sven Gunnarsson was the winner of the October 8, 2011 Crown Tournament in the kingdom of Drachenwald.

Andreas and Kallista to reign in AEthelmearc

Elisabeth reports that Andreas Martin was the victor of the October 8, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. He was inspired by Kallista Morganova. (video)

Sir Wulfgar Von Ostrand victor of Northshield Crown Tournament

Gunther Kegslayer posted the results of the Fall 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield on his Facebook page. The winner was Sir Wulfgar Von Ostrand, inspired by the Honorable Lady Devon Ffrench.