Archive - 2012 - Story

December 17th

Ysabeau Tiercelin elevated to Pelican at AEthelmearc's Masked Ball

Maistir Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at Their Court at Masked Ball in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn, Khan and Khatun of Aethelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Her Ladyship Ysabeau Tiercelin.

December 16th

Scottish farmhouse painting could be lost da Vinci

When cash-strapped Fiona McLaren took a family painting to an expert for evaluation, she was shocked to learn that the 23x28 inch (58x71 cm) piece might be an unknown work by Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci. (photo)

Romans invade Burbank

Romans in Burbank, California? Why not? On December 15-16, 2012, French troupe Histore'Event will present Spartacus and the Roman Legion at the Equestrian Center in Burbank. Burbank Leader reporter L. Thompson has the story.

December 15th

Abertridwr advanced to Barony in Lochac

Oblio the Heretic of the Western Shores In the Kingdom of Lochac reports that  Baron Kilic (Steven Baker), Chairman of the Board of the SCAA, the Board of Directors applicable to the Kingdom of Lochac, has announced the advancement of the Shire of Abertridwr to Barony.

December 14th

Holiday celebrations in Ansteorra

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Dragonsfire Tor Yule Revel and Steppes Xmas which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

December 13th

Manx Museum to display 14th century bishop's seal

In February 2012, metal detectorist Andy Falconer discovered a silver seal on te Isle of Man in England. The seal was identified by the Manx Museum as a 14th-century bishop's seal, and have now placed the important artifact on display. (photo)

34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum call for papers

The organizers of the 34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, are calling for papers for the April 19-20, 2013 conference. The topic is “Travel, Contact, Exchange.”

December 12th

Team USA promo video online

Team USA, of the Battle of the Nations international western martial arts competition, has posted a new promo video on its website.

Norwegian copper smelter "surprisingly sophisticated"

On an island in a small river in Norway's Nord-Trøndelag County, archaeologists have discovered a 14th-century copper smeltery. “This is the first evidence that copper was produced from copper ore in Norway during the Middle Ages,” says Associate Professor Lars F. Stenvik, at the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology in Trondheim.

December 11th

Quick draw in Russia

Katniss Everdeen beware! A young Russian archer from the Seregedel school demonstrates her fast shooting ability in a short video. Iza Privezenceva (Иза Привезенцева) shows how it is done, both from a standing position and moving. Brava!

Africans in art of the Renaissance

With European exploration and expansion during the Renaissance came renewed ties with Africa. Such ties, as presented in art, are the focus of a new exhibit at the Walters Art Museum in New York City, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe.

December 10th

Dramatic light fills Norwich Cloister

A UK£200,000 donation has made possible new lighting of the 13th century cloister at Norwich Cathedral. "This is a scheme we've been working on for some years and with the help of a generous personal legacy we've at last been able to achieve it," said the Very Reverend Graham Smith, Dean of Norwich. (photo)

Rowany Festival Equipment bookings

Gudrun and Ladislaus, 2013 Rowany Festival Stewards, report that equipment bookings forms for the Festival are now available online.

Southwell skeleton identified as "deviant dead"

A 6th-7th century skeleton, discovered in 1959 in the town of Southwell, Notts, England, has been classified as a "deviant burial" by Matthew Beresford, of Southwell Archaeology.

December 9th

Conservation of a Mary Rose hat

One of the many fascinating items found on the Mary Rose, the sunken fastship of King Henry VIII, is a knit hat. A recent photo from the Mary Rose's Facebook page (public) shows a conservator working on preservation of a hat. (photo)

Lacock Cup to be sacrificed to pay for church roof

Some parishoners of St Cyriac’s Church in the village of Lacock, Wiltshire, England are upset over the proposed auction of the town's cherished medieval chalice, the Lacock Cup, in order to finance repairs to the building's roof. (photo)

Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum to receive grant

The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum project has received a grant of UK£900,000 to promote community archaeology and to "encourage dialogue about this historic battle and how it has impacted communities from both sides of the Borders."

December 8th

6th century tsunami devasted Lake Geneva

New research shows that a killer tsunami devastated the shoreline of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in the 6th century, swamping villages around the lake. The disaster is believed to have been caused by falling rocks on the Rhone River side of the lake.

Hadrian's Wall: England's defendable border

Owen Jarus takes a look at Hadrian's Wall in a recent feature story on the Live Science website. The article traces the history of the wall and its importance to the study of Roman life in England.

Remains of Northampton Castle discovered

Three feet (one metre) beneath the surface of the site for the new railway station building in Northampton, England, lay a secret, recently discovered: the remains of the 11th Century, Northampton Castle.

December 7th

Board of Directors changes Corpora IV.B.1 allowing same-gender consorts at discretion of Crown

The Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. has announced a change to the Governing Documents that allows same-gender consorts to be permitted in Royal Lists at the discretion of the Crown of each kingdom. The change is effective immediately.

Volunteers needed for Youth Center at Estrella War

Atenveldt Kingdom Youth Officer, Lady Edeline de Diekirche, is seeking volunteers to help with youth activities at the upcoming Estrella War.

Phiala O'Ceallaigh elevated to Pelican at Fabric Fiber and Fighting Collegium

Maistir Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Mistress Phiala O'Ceallaigh at the recent Fabric Fiber and Fighting Collegium in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais.

December 6th

Bye bye, Bythewood

The medieval surnames of England are disappearing. That means no more Bythewoods, Pauncefoots or Foothead, according to Debbie Kennett of the Guild of One-Name Studies, a group dedicated to investigating the origins and heritage of surnames.

Artisan Showcases at Estrella War XXLX

Master Ritchyrd McUath, Estrella War XXLX Artisan Showcase Coordinator and THL Brigit ni Sheachnasaigh, Estrella War XXLX Deputy Artisan Showcase Coordinator report on the Artisans' Showcases scheduled for the upcoming Estrella War XXLX.

December 5th

“Roads of Arabia" premieres in Washington, D.C.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. is currently playing host to Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an "unprecedented assembly" of artifacts which tell the story of of the trade routes across the Arabian Peninsula.

Tycho Brahe not poisoned

For over 400 years, rumours have surrounded the death of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, including one which suggested that Brahe was murdered using mercury by his assistant Johannes Kepler. Now, after two years, evidence from the scientist's exhumed body disproves the theory.

Caelin on Andrede's BAM 2012 photos

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created a large album of photos from Bordermarch Autumn Melees which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

December 4th

Pennsic War will be one week earlier in 2013

The East Kingdom Gazette reports on changes to the 2013 Pennsic War which takes place July 19, 2013 through August 3, 2013.

Viking "slash and hack"

Unlike Hollywood's version of sword fighting, based on fencing, the true Viking fighting style was close in and vigorous. In a short video posted on the Discovery website, a father and son team of professional fight choreographers shows how it was really done.