Archive - Mar 2012 - Story

March 12th

Vikings rule at Higgins Armory Museum

The Higgins Viking Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts goes a Viking this spring with the exhibit Real Vikings: Valiant warriors or ruthless raiders? which opens March 31, 2012.

Found! Jane Seymour's Letter Informing King Henry of Newborn Son

Written in 1543, the letter from Jane Seymour to King Henry VIII, informing him of the birth of Prince Edward, had been carefully stored on a shelf at the Dunham Massey estate, but no one knew it was there.

The SCA in Comicland

A February 2012 storyline of the online comic Least I could Do, by Ryan Sohmer and and Lar Desouza, deals with couple relationships - and the SCA. PG-13.

March 11th

Portable Antiquities Scheme offers registry of British "treasures"

Metal detector hobbyists and amateur archaeologists in Great Britain are encouraged to record their discoveries of objects over 300 years old on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website, which also provides news and articles on British archaeological finds.

Irish Times reporter offers "A History of Ireland in 100 Objects "

Irish Times reporter Fintan O’Toole provides a history of his country one artifact at a time. In his A history of Ireland in 100 objects, O’Toole reports on one object, from the National Museum of Ireland, each Saturday and its significance in the history and culture of the country.

Lynn Museum acquires Roman fertility pendant

A grant has allowed the Lynn Museum near Norfolk, England to purchase a solid gold Roman pendant crafted in the shape of a phallus. The rare find, in excellent condition, was discovered last year by a metal detectorist. (photo - PG-13)

Peterborough home of Roman "rich and famous"

A farm in Itter Crescent, outside Peterborough, England, has held a secret for nearly 2,000 years, a secret revealed by the recent discovery of "a substantial, two-floor courtyard limestone Roman villa with rooms floored with mosaic on the sides of a cobbled courtyard," on the site.

Shakespeare's grammar key to his prominence

Dr. Jonathan Hope believes that the key to William Shakespeare's success was not the words that he used, but the way in which he used them. In a chapter in his new book on the English language, Hope finds that the Bard's grammar and word ordering are what set him apart from other writers.

March 10th

12th century Japanese "ogre pot" found in Kashihara City

Japanese Archaeologists working at Shindo Remains in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture, have found an early 12th century pot with the face of ogre drawn on its surface in ink. Kashihara City was once the location of Japan's capital.

“The more period it is, the more fun you have” in Harrowgate Heath

“If you work at it, you never grow out of this hobby,” said Lady Morag Taylor, known in the modern world as Christine Brewer, about the SCA, during an interview with Kathryn Burnham of the Cornwall (Ontario) Standard Freeholder.

March 9th

Classes being accepted for Lilies War XXVI

The HL Neathery of Safita reports that she is accepting classes and instructors for the upcoming Lilies War. Those interested should go to the RUSH web page to submit classes.

Knitting circles at the Freeport Historical Society

The Freeport Historical Society in Freeport, Maine invites knitters to participate in a series of afternoon knitting circles focusing on historic knitting. The program will run Saturdays from March 17 through May 26, 2012.

Pirates needed for Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair

The Gulf coast Renaissance Fair will present The First Annual Gulf Coast Pirate Festival 9 – 10 June 2012 at the Pensacola fair Grounds. This is your opportunity to come “Play where the real Pirates play.”

March 8th

Catherine of Sienna one-woman show in Denver

On March 25, 2012 Saint Catherine's Parish of Denver will present Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times, a one-woman performance of the life of Catherine of Siena starring Nancy Murray, OP.

Ragnarr Thorfinsson to be knighted at Gulf Wars

Elizabeth of Rae Fen reports that Their Royal Majesties Kenneth and Sabine of the Kingdom of Meridies plan to place Lord Ragnarr Thorfinsson on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of Chivalry during Gulf Wars 2012.

Special Edition of the Estrella War Digest

Have you ever asked yourself, "Self, how could help the Chirurgeons who work so long and hard at Estrella War?” Well, ponder no more for there is a way for you to help.  We are in need of Chirurgeon Clerks. NOTE: This issue also contains an announcement about pre-registration at Crown Tournament.

March 7th

JStor to offer open access to its online database

Kevin Guthrie, the president of Ithaka, the nonprofit organization that runs JStor, the online database which archives 1,400 academic journals, has annouced that the subscription service will allow users to view 70 journals after registering with the website.

Medieval Jewish documents prove existence of community in Afghanistan

Experts are baffled by the appearance of more than 200 rare, medieval Jewish manuscripts found in Afghanistan, proving the existence of a Jewish population in the country during the Middle Ages. The mystery? No one seems clear on how or where the documents were found.

Stronghold of Hellsgate on the march in Killeen, Texas

For the past year, members of the Stronghold of Hellsgate, in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, have been striving to form a new SCA chapter. Sean Wardwell of the Killeen Daily Herald discussed re-creating medieval arts and sciences with three SCA locals.

March 6th

Calontir's Midwinter Festival 2012 photos online

Mathurin reports that he has creat an album of pictures from Midwinter Festival 2012, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Patrick O'Malley of Ulidia victor of Caid Crown Tourney

Sir Drogo reports that Count Patrick O'Malley of Ulidia defeated Sir Ragnar in the final bout of the Spring 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Caid.

Position Announcement: Society Exchequer

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Exchequer. This position reports to the SCA Corporate Treasurer.

Duties and responsibilities:

March 5th

SCA Forms Potential Fourth Peerage Exploratory Committee

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has announced that the Board will form a committee to consider establishing a fourth SCA peerage for Rapier and Cut-and-Thrust Combat.

SCA Electronic Newsletter Website Online

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, posted an announcement frm the Society Publications Manager that the electronic newsletter facility is now online.

Thomas and Ilora new Heirs to Atenveldt Throne

Katharine of Cate Hall reports that Lord Thomas d'Revel, fighting for Mistress Ilora von Neunhoff, was the winner of the March 3, 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Baroness Vera Veshniakova on vigil at West Kingdom March Crown Tournament

Eliska z Jihlava reports that Baroness Vera Veshniakova will sit vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican at the upcoming March Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West.

March 4th

William Wallace letter to be display at Scottish Parliament

Historians in Scotland have long hoped to reclaim a letter written by the French king giving safe conduct to William Wallace to speak with Pope Boniface VIII. Now the 700-year-old letter will be loaned to the National Records of Scotland for display at the Scottish Parliament.

British library offers eBooks for iPhones

iPhone and iPad users may spend a chill, winter day curled up with a Shakespeare first folio, a Medieval Beastiary, or Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an. The eBook editions are available for download on eTeasures.com.

"Young Warrior's" grave reveals links to Kyivan Rus king

National Geographic's website offers a slideshow of artifacts discovered recently in eastern Europe. Among them are the remains from a grave in Poland dubbed the "Young Warrior."

March 3rd

The economics of Viking raiding

For those who want to mix economics with blood and gore, Mary Valante has posted a paper presented at the Fourth Annual Appalachian Spring Conference in World History and Economics (2009).