Archive - 2012 - Story

November 13th

20 Reasons to buy an SCA Membership & Renew if you Play

Duchess Katerina O'Callaghan of the Kingdom of Atenveldt offers 20 reasons those who play in the SCA should purchase a membership.

Pyro's photos from Ansteorra Fall 2012 Coronation online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos taken by Pyro at the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

November 12th

Mystery of the Roman die solved

Over forty years ago, a little ivory cube was discovered in Frocester near Stroud, England. The cube was soon identified as a Roman die, and now, a mystery surrounding it has been solved: The game piece was crafted from elephant ivory. (photo)

Air New Zealand: the airline of Middle Earth

The folks at Air New Zealand prove their connection to Middle Earth and their sense of humor in a new safety video created to coincide with the release of the film The Hobbit.

Archers to the Wald 2012 photos online

Augusto G reports that he has created an album of photos from Archers to the Wald 2012 which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on Photobucket.

November 11th

Roman cemetery could rewrite history of Roman Banwell

Construction on a UK£3.6million main between Banwell and Hutton, England is being held up while archaeologists investigate an unearthed Roman cemetery, possibly linked to a villa, containing a huge hoard of artifacts. (photos)

East Kingdom Fall 2012 Crown Tourney photos online

Brita reports that photos from Crown Tournament, which took place October 27, 2012 in the Shire of Endewearde, are now available to view online. The photos are posted on her Shutterfly website.

Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers placed on vigil in AEthelmearc

Maistir Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc have placed Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

November 10th

London burials surprise archaeologists

The discovery of over 500 skeletons, some dating to the Middle Ages, has halted plans for the construction of a UK£20m leisure centre in south-east London. BBC London's Nick Beake has a video report.

Elizabethan tapestry reveals surprises

The recent cleaning of an Elizabethan tapestry map of the English Midlands has revealed some surprises including the Neolithic Rollright Stones and "cottages nestled among the trees." The tapestry will be used as part of the British Museum's Shakespeare: Staging the World. (photo)

November 9th

Archaeologists find evidence from "one of the saddest hours in Scottish history"

An archaeology team in Stracathro, Scotland were working on a Roman fort when they discovered something very interesting: The possible ruins of the church where John Balliol abdicated his throne to Edward I in 1296.

Amos and Ysabela new Prince and Princess of Atlantia

The news has come down that Amos the Pious was the victor of the November 3, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Ysabela.

Free Renaissance eBook

Once per month, the University of Chicago Press offers a free eBook download. The book for November 2012 is How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians by Rudolph M. Bell (c. 1999).

November 8th

Estrella War: Merchant Fee Reduced

Mistress Eden Blacksmith, Estrella XXIX Merchant Coordinator, has announced that merchant fees for the War have been reduced.

Northshield Fall 2012 Crown Tourney photos

Edwin reports that he has created an album of photos from the Fall 2012 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on Flickr.

Urban legend in the medieval theater

In the Middle Ages, as in modern times, actors found a sense of drama in creating stories about murder and madness in the theater. The Medieval Snuff Drama by Jody Enders chronicles such a tale.

Walters Museum places digital books online

The Walters Museum of Baltimore has placed a large part of its rare book collection online, with options to view the pages online or download high resolution images.

November 7th

6th century baptistery found in Kosovo

Turkish archaeologists have discovered a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period in Kosovo’s ancient city of Ulpiana. “Baptisteries are rarely found in this region. We have succeeded in making a very important finding, as part of the first excavation Turkey has carried out abroad," said Professor Haluk Çetinkaya who led the team. (photo)

13th century silver brooch declared treasure

In 2011, metal detectorist Frank Kurzeja discovered a silver brooch 10 inches beneath the soil near Cowfold, England. The brooch has recently been declared treasure. (photo)

SCA Board of Directors meets in Boston

The third-quarter meeting of the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. took place October 27, 2012 in Boston, MA. A lively article about the meeting is available online at the East Kingdom Gazette.

Four new Midrealm Peers at Harvest Days

At Harvest Days, in the Marche of Winged Hills in the Barony of Flaming Gryphon, Their Majesties Savaric and Julianna welcomed four of Their subjects into the Order of Chivalry and the Order of the Pelican.

November 6th

NOVA looks at history of Viking weapons

A recent program in the PBS NOVA series explores Secrets of the Viking Sword. The 53-minute program is available to download and view from the NOVA website.

Gleann Abhann's Tournament of Champions IV photos online

Lady Sara de la Val reports that she has created an album of photos from the Tournament of Champions IV which took place recently in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. The photos are available on Flickr.

Dine with the Bard in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts will present Supper with Shakespeare: The Evolution of English Banqueting December 13, 2012-March 31, 2013, an exhibit celebrating the spectacular dining experiences during Tudor times.

Deadline for Medial Liaison Applicants Fast Approaching

The SCA Board of Directors is still accepting applicants for the positions of Media Liaison and Society Chirurgeon. The deadline for the former is December 1.

November 5th

Peerage Exploratory Committee Announcement - Possible Rapier and/or Cut and Thrust Combat Peerage

The Board of Directors seeks to explore the possibility of creating a new Society-wide Peerage to recognize as Peers those participants who meet the general requirements for a Patent of Arms and who demonstrate prowess in Rapier and/or Cut & Thrust Combat.

AEthelmearc's Harvest Raids photos online

Augusto G reports that he has created an album of photos from Harvest Raids which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available to view on Photobucket.

Two tapped for Peerages at Harvest Raid

Maistir Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered peerages to two of Their subjects at the recent Harvest Raids Festival in the Shire of Heronter.

November 4th

Wind farm could save Lochindorb Castle

A 17-turbine wind farm could be the benefactor of a 14th century Scottish castle if a project proposal from Infinergy is successful. Lochindorb Castle, the home of Alexander Stewart, the Wolf of Badenoch, is owned by Cawdor Estates, a partner in the venture. (photo)

SCA BoD considers changes to the NMS

The October 29, 2012 blog entry in the East Kingdom Gazette, Baroness Leonete D'Angely discusses proposed changes to the SCA's Non-Member Surcharge. The report resulted from a discussion at the October 27, 2012 Board of Directors meeting in Boston.