Archive - Mar 2012 - Story

Medieval healing spring to be excavated

St. Ann's Well, a medieval healing spring in Nottingham, England, has been scheduled to be excavated sometime in 2012. The site, under a demolished pub, was once believed to have magical healing powers.

Beheaded skeletons might be victims of royal decree

Dr Britt Baillie, from the University of Cambridge, believes that 54 skeletons discovered in 2009 at Ridgeway Hill in England were Viking mercenaries from the time of Aethelred the Unready. All remains were found beheaded "in an unusual fashion from the front."

Tam MacGrimm to be knighted in the Outlands

Her Excellency Elizabeth, Baroness of Fontaine dans Sable, reports that THL Tam MacGrimm has been placed on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry by Their Majesties Kynan and Gilliana of the Outlands.

Martin von Augsburg offered Knighthood at Gulf Wars

Gwyneth reports that Martin von Augsburg, of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, was offered elevation to the Order of Chivalry by Their Majesties Hiromoto and Kimiko at Gulf Wars.

March 30th

Designer da Vinci

Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci is known for his paintings, inventions and scientific research. Now he will be known for his - handbags? (photos)

Hoard of Roman Coins Found in Bath

Believed to date from 270 CE, more than 30,000 Roman coins were found in 2007 in Bath, England.

California Bay to be named after Sir Francis Drake

The U.S. Government is set to name a spot north of San Francisco, California after Sir Francis Drake, giving credance to that spot as the true location where Drake landed and claimed "Nova Albion" for Elizabeth I.

SCA Thailand: The Documentary

Lord Johann Wulf from the Barony of the Far West, Canton of the Golden Playne (Bangkok, Thailand) has put together a documentary for the SCA in Thailand.

March 29th

Ex Mentis Saxonicum Released

Ex Mentis Saxonicum, 140 pages of parables, allegories, and hilarious research tidbits derived from the popular Ansteorran newsletter column Ex Tempore by Robert G. Ferrell (Master Cynric of Bedwyn), is now available in paperback from Savernake Press.

Exquisite 17th-Century Farmer's Library

Townend, home to the Brownes from the 1520s until 1943, maintains an exquisite collection of more than 170 books from the 1600s, with a few dating to the mid-1500s. What were those farmers reading?

From Electronica to Elizabethan

Damon Albarn, frontman of Blur and Gorillaz, is turning his attention to an even more arcane topic than animated musical monkeys: 16th century intellectural John Dee.

March 28th

The wonders of Canterbury Faire

For those not lucky enough to attend the Barony of Southron Gaard's signature event, Canterbury Faire, David Hannay has posted a wonderfully-produced, 36-minute long video showcasing the event and the SCA.

Two offered Laurels at Atenveldt Spring 2012 Crown Tournament

Katharine of Cate Hall reports that at Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Craven and Elzbieta of the Kingdom of Atenveldt offered admittance to the order of the Laurel to two of Their populace.

16th century secular frescoes found in Slovenia

A rare set of frescoes depicting secular themes have been found in a house in Slovenia. The frescoes depict men and women wearing the latest fashions.

Up Helly Aa 2012

The Vikings returned to Scotland recently for Up Helly Aa, the celebration of Nordic influence in Scotland's Shetland Islands. The Guardian newspaper offers a slideshow of photos from the event.

Ansteorra Kingdom A&S photos online

Talana has created an album of photos from the Kingdom of Ansteorra's Kingdom Arts and Sciences 2012 event. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

March 27th

Regular Event in the Cleftlands 2012 photos online

Tarmach reports that he has created an album of photos from a Regular Event in the Cleftlands which took place recently in the Middle Kingdom. The photos are available on Shutterfly.

Gold cross found in Anglo-Saxon bed grave

A grave of a young Anglo-Saxon woman lying on a bed has been found in Cambridgeshire. She was buried with a gold and garnet cross comparable in quality to the treasures found at Staffordshire and Sutton hoo. The cross was stitched to the woman's gown.

March 26th

A brief history of prosthetics

This facinating photo gallery traces the history of artificial limbs from ancient Egypt though the Rennaisance and into modern times.

The sound of Shakespeare's English

A new British Library recording offers scenes from Shakespeare spoken in a reconstruction of the Elizabethan accent. NPR's Weekend Edition interviewed Ben Crystal, who directed and acted in the project.

Gulf Wars photos from Monday and Tuesday online for browsing

Ursus of Anglesey has posted over 300 pictures from the first two days at Gulf Wars, with many more coming over the next couple of weeks.

Rare Panels from Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace

Two canvas panels, presumably commissioned for Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace, are displayed in renovated condition.

March 25th

Medieval village for sale. Bargain at EUROS 3,500,000

For sale: One "complete and original medieval village" near Florence, Italy with "30 dwellings, many of which are overgrown by thick vegetation." Asking price? A mere EUROS 3,500,000. (photos)

Vatican archive preserves missionary documents

A video from the series Rome Reports, posted on YouTube, describes objects contained in the Vatican's archive of documents and artifacts kept and sent by missionaries from 1622 until modern times. (video)

March 24th

Reliving the Viking past in Dublin

Dublin's Viking past is everywhere in the city, from the Viking exhibition Dublinia to excavations at Dublin City Council headquarters. Join Catherine Le Nevez of Lonely Planet for a look at the city's Norse heritage.

Lux in Arcana: Vatican secret documents displayed

Rome’s Capitoline Museums are offering the chance for scholars to view formerly secret and historic Vatican documents never before seen outside of the Holy See. The exhibition runs February - September 2012.

Portuguese medallion found in baby shark

Suseela Menon from Klebang, Malaysia was preparing lunch for her husband when she discovered a surprise in the stomach of a baby shark, the main course: a religious medallion believed to have been worn by Portuguese soldiers. (photo)

March 23rd

Sir William Flanagan winner of Outlands Crown Tournament

Hannah reports that Sir William Flanagan was the victor of the March 10, 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands. Sir William was inspired in his endeavors by THL Drahomira von Augsburg.

Idaho State University English Department to Host Medieval and Renaissance Conference

On April 12-14, 2012, the Idaho State University English Department will play host to the annual Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference (RMMRA). This year's theme will be Classifying the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds.

Drachenwald Spring 2012 Crown Tourney combatants announced

Their Majesties Sven and Siobhan have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.