Archive - May 2012 - Story

Dammo Utwiler tapped for Laurel in Calontir

Sofya la Rus, Heraldshill Pursuivant in the Kingdom of Calontir, reports that Their Majesties Lucian and Conna have offered Dammo Utwiler admittance into the Order of the Laurel.

AEthelmearc Spring 2012 Crown Tourney photos online

Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh and Alaxandair report that they have created albums of photos from the recent Spring 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. Rowena's photos are available on her Sleepy Unicorn account on Photobucket, while Alaxandair's are on Facebook.

May 30th

Byzantine exhibit showcased on History Today website

The May 2012 issue of History Today features a slideshow from a major exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. The exhibit runs through July 8, 2012.

Pennsic Mayor responds to concerns about Cooper's Lake hydraulic fracturing contract

The owners of Cooper's Lake Campground, site of the SCA's Pennsic War, have signed a mineral rights contract that allows hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on the property at some future time. The contract has led to concerns from some Pennsic attendees, and a blog post by this year's Pennsic Mayor responding to those concerns.

Pathologist finds answers to medieval mysteries

French pathologist Philippe Charlier has used high-tech imagery and DNA analysis to answer questions about Joan of Arc, Napoleon, and a mistress of King Henri II of France. He is now turning his attention to Richard the Lionheart.

May 29th

Champion of St. Boniface videos online

Merewyn of Ynys Taltreath reports that she has posted several videos of the tourney for the Champion of St. Boniface which took place recently in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West.

Hildegard von Bingen formally made a saint

Pope Benedict XVI has canonized Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century German nun who is popularly known today as a mystic and composer.

Dag and AnnMarie new Heirs to Middle Kingdom throne

Duke Dag Thorgrimsson has won the Midrealm Crown Tournament, claiming the right to crown Duchess AnneMarie de Garmeaulx as Queen of Love and Beauty.

May 28th

Evidence of smuggling found in Roman shipwreck

Italian archaeologists have recently excavated a 3rd century Roman shipwreck off the coast of Marausa Lido, a beach resort near Trapani. On board they found eveidence of smuggling in the form of unusual tubular tiles, taken from North Africa to Rome. (photo)

Medievalists converge on Kalamazoo

The annual rite of spring at Western Michigan University has little to do with student water fights or protests, and everything to do with international scholars on such estoeric topics as the life cycle of medieval monasteries or medieval medicine, when the university hosts the biennial International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Holy Robe shines spotlight on Trier

In 1500, the Holy Robe, believed by Catholics to have been worn by Jesus, was installed as a relic in the ancient Catholic cathedral in Trier, Germany, once the Roman capital north of the Alps. Since then, the robe has been exhibited only 17 times, and is currently on display until May 13, 2012.

May 27th

New Glastonbury Thorn vandalized

In 2010 vandals damaged the fabled Holy Thorn tree of Glastonbury, England, said to have been a cutting of the thorn first planted by Joseph of Arimathea. Now the replacement tree, planted soon after, has also been vandalized.

The prize for creative use of toilet paper goes to Nina Katchadourian

Attention SCAdian: Bored on long flights? Perhaps you should entertain yourself with some creative headgear construction as demonstrated by non-SCA member Nina Katchadourian. (photos)

St. Sebastion's II Archery Shoot at Pennsic 41

Janyn Fletcher has announced that the 2nd annual St. Sebastian's archery shoot at Pennsic 41 will be held on Saturday 4 August, 2012 from 9am - 4pm.

May 26th

Cirencester's Roman amphitheatre to be revamped

The Cirencester town council has plans for their city's Roman ruins, including "the remains of one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain."

Archaeologists hope to find Roman suburb in Northampton

Archaeologists in Northampton, England are set to excavate a site that may reveal 1,000 years of local history, from the Iron Age through the end of the Roman period. They believe the site might have been a suburb of the Roman city of Duston.

Lilla aet Sceaphylle placed on vigil in Oertha

Mistress Sorcha Careman reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the West have placed Lady Lilla aet Sceaphylle on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

May 25th

"Historical facts" bebunked - with humor

Do you like your history in small doses - and with a sense of humor? If so, you will appreciate C.G.P. Grey's 5 Historical Misconceptions Rundown, a video posted on YouTube, which debunks five historical "facts."

Stefan's Florilegium updates for May 2012

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

Vlad and Kalisa new Heirs in Atlantia

Lord Mungo Napier reports that Vladimir Ivanovich Aleksandrov was the victor of the May 5, 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia. His Highnesswas inspired by Kalisa Aleksandrovna.

May 24th

Estrella War 2013 A&S Competition Category Descriptions

THL Raven Mayne, KMoAS for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, reports that the The Estrella War 29 A&S Competition Page is now online.

Four placed on vigil at AEthelmearc War Practice

Maistir Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that Their Majesties Andreas and Kallista have placed four of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to Peerages. The vigiling took place May 19, 2012 at AEthelmearc War Practice.

Rey and Miriel new Heirs to Gleann Abhann Throne

Isa reports that Rey RiBeaumont was the victor of the May 20, 2012 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. His Highness was inspired in his endeavor by Miriel du Bois.

May 23rd

Elizabethan medal illustrates explorers' influence

In a YouTube video, Neil MacGregor discusses a small silver medal commorating the 1577-80 around-the-world voyage of Sir Francis Drake. The video is part of the BBC program entitled Shakespeare's Restless World.(video)

Youth Choir at Pennsic 41

Lady Erlan Nordenskald reports that plans are afoot for a Youth Choir at Pennsic 41.

Pictures from Fool's Folly at Coppertrees

Dragos Pelikanos reports that he has created an album of photos from Fool's Folly which took place recently in the kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available to view on Google.

SCAdians compete in the "Olympics for armored combat"

Bill Woodbury and Simon Rohrich, of the Tempe, Arizona area, are off to represent the United States in international competition. No, it's not the Olympics, but the Battle of Nations, the world championship of armored combat held in Poland. Mike Sakal of the East Valley Tribune has the story.

May 22nd

Gaston Phoebus hunt photos online

Master Frederick of Holland reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Gaston Phoebus hunt and picnic which took place recently in the West Kingdom. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

"CPAPs at Pennsic" updated for 2012

Master Phillip the Pilgrim has updated his article on powering CPAP machines and other medical devices at Pennsic-style camping events with new content and pictures.

Research reveals Middle Ages' dirtiest books

New research by experts at St Andrews University in Scotland reveals the reading habits of medieval people by determining accumulations of dirt on each page.