Archive - Jan 2012 - Story

January 21st

Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2012

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for January 2012.

January 20th

January Estrella War Digest

The Known World January Estrella War Digest has been published by the staff of the Estrella War.

Help with a quest: Battle of Nations Team USA

Bob Dionisio is funding for his attendance at the upcoming Battle of Nations where he will participate as part of Team USA.

January 19th

Cooking historian Constance Hieatt dies December 29, 2011

The University of Western Ontario Department of English reports that Professor Emeritus, Constance Hieatt, has died at her home in Essex, Connecticut. A medieval scholar and a pioneer in the field of medieval cookery, Hieatt had just completed her latest work, Cocatrice and Lampray Hay: Late Fifteenth-Century Recipes from Corpus Christi College Oxford.

Hrafn Olafsson victor of Ansteorra's Winter 2012 Crown Tournament

On Legio Draconis, Hrólfr reports that Hrafn Olafsson was the winner of the Winter 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Elizabeta di Valore della Rosawill.

Marius and Conna new Heirs to the Throne of Calontir

Armour Archive reports that Sir Marius Lucian Fidelis, fighting for Mistress Conna Ingen Ui Chearbhaill was the victor of the January 15, 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir.

January 18th

The Most Interesting Zanni in the World

Promoting their 20th Anniversary performance, The Alexandrian Tapestries, the Golden Stag Players offer a parody video of the Dos Equis beer commercials that feature "the most interesting man in the world."

Estrella War Collegium - - Teachers Needed

Whatever your art, skill, or special knowledge of the arts and sciences of the Middle Ages, you are cordially invited to join us for an hour (or longer) instructing a captivated audience at Estrella War XXVIII. Classes will be scheduled from Wednesday (3/28/2012) to Sunday (4/1/2012), starting each day at 9:00 am and ending at 6:00 pm.

SCA joins Roller Vixens for charity event

It's a "continuing partnership," said Morgantown Roller Vixen Brianna Lovell about Jingle Brawl, a recent charity event featuring three roller derby scrimmage games and an armored combat demo by the local SCA group. Reporter Alex Hines of WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, West Virginia has the story.

January 17th

"Monks Trod" permanently closed

A medieval byway between two Welsh Cistercian abbeys, and walked by monks in the 12th century, has been damaged by modern traffic. The city councils of Powys and Ceredigion have banned all access, even walkers, from the path to preserve the ancient track.

Jewish bread stamp found in Acre

In the Israeli city of Acre around 500 CE, Larry the Baker left his mark. A ceramic Byzantine bread stamp has been unearthed bearing the classic Jewish seven branch Menorah and the name "Laurentius" written out in Greek letters.

From hoodies and sneakers to armor and swords

Visitors to the first Antioch Invitational in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, were offered a glimpse of the Middle Ages when the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism demonstrated its skills at the Albion Fairgrounds. Reporter Mitch Thompson of the Maple Ridge Times has the story.

January 16th

Maria Vretmark and the mystery of the king's tomb

Maria Vretmark has a "fantastic story" to tell: Who is buried in King Magnus Ladulås' tomb? New DNA tests carried out by her team have determined that at least some of the bodies in the tomb in central Stockholm, Sweden are several centuries younger than the reign of Magnus, who ruled from 1275 until 1290.

Restored Roman helmet to go on display

A Roman helmet found in Leicestershire, England is going on display after a 10 year restoration effort. The elaborate helmet dates to the 1st century CE.

World class fencer Bob Anderson dies in England

For five decades, British sword master Bob Anderson graced the screen as fight director and stunt performer with such luminaries as Errol Flynn and Antonio Banderas. He played Darth Vader in fight sceens for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Anderson died January 1, 2012 in England at the age of 89.

January 15th

Five Peerages announced at al Barran's Midwinter event

Master Andrixos of the Kingdom of Calontir reports that five names were added to the Rolls of Peerage al Barran's Midwinter by Their Majesties Kynan and Gilliana of the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Search on for missing SCA member

Mark Allen Mussack, an SCA member from the Barony of Atenveldt has been reported missing. He was last seen December 31, 2011 when dropped off by his wife at a Greyhound bus station in Vernal, Arizona. Mussack was traveling to Denver, Colorado.

January 14th

Will skeletons tell story of Norwegian town?

The people of Stavanger, Norway are on a quest to discover the exact year their town was founded. A good starting place may be with the huge collection of human bones dating to the Middle Ages found beneath their cathedral.

The day of wine and board games

Consider this: a day lolling around a winery, a glass of wine or mead in your hand, and a game of Primero or Hnefatafl laid out before you. Such a day will be possible when the local SCA group invades Virginia's Hilltop Berry Farm for Medieval Games Day on January 28, 2012. Rebekah Carter of the NewsLeader (Staunton, Virginia) has the story.

British Museum given "gifts to the gods"

Curators at the British Museum are happy to accept a collection of "over 3,000 objects including coinage, jewellery, furniture fittings and pottery vessels" thrown in the River Tees at Piercebridge in Roman times as gifts to the gods. (photos)

Special Deputy for Family and Youth Programs

Thomas W. Hughes, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, discusses changes to the position of Society Children's Officer Coordinator.

January 13th

Inventory of Catherine Howard's jewels online

The Art History News blog has published the full transcribed inventory of Catherine Howard's jewels, from the manuscript in the British Library. The transcription was done by Tudor historian Alasdair Hawkyard and compiled by Nicholas Bristowe, who was clerk of the King's wardrobes.

Teaching at Gulf Wars 21

Mistress Elizabet de Ross, Department Head for Artisan's Row at gulf Wars 21, is seeking instructors for classes at the upcoming War.

January 12th

Roman wine not to be opened before its time

Curators at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany know they have a well-aged wine, but are unwilling to crack open the bottle for a taste. The vintage in question is a 4th century wine found in a Roman grave, which has stood in the same spot in the museum for 100 years.

Carolus and Isolda new Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael

The recent Court of Their Majesties Isenwulf and Rosalinda, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, held at the Rhydderich Hael Baronial Investiture, was a busy one with the investiture of the new Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael and the creation of two new Peers.

January 11th

Bill mandates that New Hampshire laws cite Magna Carta

Laws in the United States are supposed to take their legal precedent from the Constitution of the United States, but a new law proposed by Republicans in New Hampshire would require all legislation find its origin in the 800-year-old Magna Carta.

Geek fun for 2012

KTVQ TV in Billings, Montana knows how to tempt a geek with a list of serious geeky dates and activities for 2012. Included in the list: ComicCon and the Pennsic War.

January 10th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates for Stefan's Florilegium for December 2011.

"Forgotten treasure" returns to Glastonbury

For the first time in 125 years, the Glastonbury Grace Cup, a 16th century, carved oak tankard, believed to have once belonged to the abbots of Glastonbury, is on display until January 31, 2012 in the abbey museum. (photo)

January 9th

Chocolate is "period" in the American southwest

A paper by Patricia L. Crown, of the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, and W. Jeffrey Hurst, of The Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition, published on the PNAS website, explores the evidence of the use of cacao in the 11th and 12th centuries in the American Southwest.