Archive - Aug 2012 - Story

Women played vital role in Peasants' Revolt

New research has corrected an historical oversight: women were instrumental in the 1381 Peasant's Revolt which saw burning and plundering of London and the execution of Lord Chancellor Simon of Sudbury over his hated poll tax.

Murdoch MacArthur placed on vigil at Warriors and Warlords

Master Maol Mhichil mac Ghiolla Pheadair reports that Their Majesties Wulfgar and Devon, King and Queen of Northshield, placed Murdoch MacArthur on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn made Laurel in AEthelmearc

Maistir Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that Their Majesties Andreas and Kallista, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, offered Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn entry into the Order of the Laurel at Their recent Pax Interruptus event.

Roman dig to showcase "level of history" in Ewell, England

Archaeologists believe that there had been continuous occupation of the area around Ewell Village in England since the 4th Century. Now a three-week dig hopes to uncover evidence of a Roman settlement along the road which ran from Chichester to London. (video)

August 30th

Rebecca Beaumont offered elevation to Pelican

Thyri reports that Their Majesties Hirsch and Magdalena of the Kingdom of Calontir have placed Rebecca Beaumont on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Celibacy resisted in medieval Church

Celibacy for Christian clerics was not required until the 10th century, and new research reveals that resistance was widespread.

The truth about "really dirty Vikings"

Many movies and books portray Vikings as "really dirty savages who wore horned helmets," but the website ScienceNordic sets the record straight with the educational article What Vikings really looked like.

Pennsic 41 Photos from Ursus of Anglesey

 Ursus of Anglesey has begun posting Pennsic pictures from Pennsic War XLI to his online gallery.

Three galleries from the early days, Saturday and Sunday are now on-line, with more coming.

August 29th

Authentic Austrian castle will take 30 years to build

A team of experts in Austria plans to construct an authentic medieval castle in the town of Friesach, using only period construction methods. The project is expected to take 30 years to complete.

Trillium War 2012 photos online

Eirik Anderson reports that he has created an album of photos from Trillium War 2012 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are available on his SmugMug website.

England's swan census cancelled

The annual royal English "swan upping" was cancelled this year due to dangerous conditions caused by flooding. The event dates back to the 12th century, when the crown laid claim to all swans on open water. The crown still retains this right.

August 28th

Website created for medieval English inquisitions post mortem

The website Mapping the Medieval Countryside: Places, People, and Properties in the Inquisitions Post Mortem has been created to provide online access to records of the "recorded lands held at their deaths by tenants of the crown."

"Variety keeps history fresh" in Calontir

The sailing of Three Rivers' carboard ship, the Esperanza, for the Wings of Hope Charity, has placed a spotlight on the SCA in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Reporter David Baugher of the South County Times recently interviewed several members of the group. (photos)

August 27th

Hammerhold Defender photos online

Sara reports that she has posted an album of photos and video from Hammerhold Defender which took place recently in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. The photos are available on Flickr.

Cheesemaking Day in Drachenwald

On August 5, 2012, several Drachenwald residents participated in a virtual cheesemaking day where cheese was made at home and the results posted online. Aryanhwy made two different cheeses and shared her process on her Live Journal website.

First Cynaguan Princess in her Own Right invested at Summer Investiture

On July 14, 2012, in the Province of Golden Rivers (Sacramento, CA), Sir Mari Alexander and Master Brocc of Alderden were Invested as Princess and Prince of Cynagua.

August 26th

German cloister windows grace English church

A feature in Vidimus Magazine, a journal dedicated to medieval stained glass, showcases twelve 16th century demi-figures found in windows at Holy Trinity Church, Hatton, Warwickshire, England. The figures depict Old Testament kings and prophets. (photos)

Cateline la broderesse's photos from Pennsic 41

Cateline la broderesse of the East Kingdom reports that she has created an album of photos from Pennsic 41. The photos are available on her PicasaWeb site.

Canadian knight promotes chivalry

"I am a knight. I'm trying to be that symbol of something that is incorruptible... and never to fail my duty, which is to be a knight and be good and be an example," said Quebec resident Vincent Gabriel Kirouac about his cross-Canada right to promote chivalry.

August 25th

Martha Effingham of Stewarts Keep elevated to Laurel in Gleann Abhann

Baronossa Brigida Ingvarsdottir reports that Their Majesties Uther and Kenna of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann have elevated Baroness Martha Effingham of Stewarts Keep to the Order of the Laurel.

Pennsic University instructor contact info online

Attendees of the Pennsic War 41 who participated in classes at the Pennsic University will be glad to know that contact information for most of the instructors who taught classes is now available on the Pennsic website.

Flax scutching in Pennsylvania

On September 8-9, 2012, the 105th Annual Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festivalwill take place in Stahlstown, Pennsylvania. The festival will feature the process of making linen from the flax plant.

August 24th

New Officer Announcement - Society Exchequer

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. has announced the election of  a new Society Exchequer.

Western Countess embraces her "inner geekdom"

A recent interview on Q104.5's morning program, Up & Adam, featured an interview with Kiffini Wittstron (Kiffany of Canale), a Countess in the Kingdom of the West, who is a former on air personality at the station. Kiffini answered questions about the SCA and how it differs from LARPing.

Aethelmearc Court photos from Pennsic 41 online

Rowena reports that she has created an album of photos from AEthelmearc Royal Court which took place in the Barn at Pennsic War 41. The photos are available on her SleepyUnicorn page on Photobucket.

August 23rd

Equestrian photos from Calontir's Raid or Trade

Eowyth þa Siðend reports that she has posted an album of photos of equestrian activities from Raid or Trade which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available to view on PicasaWeb.

August 22nd

Yorkshire Museum needs UK£2,000 to buy Richard III badge

In 2010, a metal detecting enthusiast from Stillingfleet, near York, England discovered a real treasure, a rare silver gilt badge in the shape of a boar linked to the supporters of King Richard III. Now the Yorkshire Museum hopes to raise UK£2,000 to buy the badge for its collection. (photo)

Godai Katsunaga winner of Known World Poetry Competition

Lady Katarzyna Witkowska reports that a winner of the Knowne World Poetry Competition was chosen at Pennsic 41. The winner was Lord Godai Katsunaga of Atlantia.

Project Gutenberg offers ebook English Embroidered Bookbindings

Project Gutenberg has posted the free ebook English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril James Humphries Davenport on its website. The book, free for download, features full text, illustrations and color plates.

August 21st

What's missing from Olympic fencing? Inigo Montoya

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” says Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride. Joe Posnanski, writing on JoeBlog about the 2012 Olympic Games, laments that there was not more Inigo Montoya in the competition.