Archive - Jan 2013 - Story

January 20th

PBS offers new series on Shakespeare

On January 25, 2013, PBS stations will premiere Shakespeare Uncovered, a six-part series to be shown on three consecutive Friday evenings. The series will take a multi-faceted look at several plays, and it will include live performance segments.

January 19th

Winchester Round Table re-created as watch

For the SCAdian who has everything: 18 K rose gold watch depicting the Round Table of King Arthur and his knights, in a limited saeries of 88. The watch, by Roger Dubuis, will be showcased at the 2013 Salon of Haute Horlogerie. (photos)

Estrella War will offer Laurel and Apprentice Tea

On Thursday February 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm, the Laurels and Apprentices of the Known World are invited to attend a tea at the Estrella War. Attendees are asked to bring their own mugs.

January 18th

"Unexpected" Roman theatre found in Kent

Dr Paul Wilkinson, founder of the Kent Archaeological Field School, believes that he and his team have discovered the remains of a Roman theatre - the first in Britain - right in his backyard.

Elizabethan Embezzler and Shakespeare?

The autograph of Richard Stonley, an important figure in Elizabeth I's Treasury, appears in a newly-printed copy of one of Shakespeare's works in 1593.

January 17th

Join us for Estrella War XXIX

The organizers of Estrella War XXIX invite everyone to attend the upcoming War.

West Kingdom 12th Night 2013 photos online

Duchess megan reports that she has created an album of photos from 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of the West. The photos are available on Flickr.

January 16th

Tolkien-inspired "Hobbit House" graces Chester County, Pennsylvania

A devoted collector of J.R.R. Tolkien memorabilia, having spent thirty years accumulating a private collection, wanted an appropriate house to showcase the collection. Architect Peter Archer overcame surprising engineering challenges to bring the house to reality.

The medieval arms race

Modern people think of an "arms race" as a competition between superpowers to see who can create the biggest and deadliest weapons, but the Middle Ages had an arms race of its own. Mark Teppo of Wired Magazine looks at weapons escalation in the medieval world.

January 15th

St Chad and Gospels and Wycliffe New Testament now available online

The Lichfield Cathedral and the University of Kentucky have joined forces to create a website presenting online versions of the St Chad Gospels (also known as the Llandeilo Fawr Gospels) and the Wycliffe New Testament, both in scanned images and searchable transciptions.

The last Viking battle: "A war just waiting to happen"

In the 13th century, Scotland was divided between the Scots on the mainland and the Vikings of the western islands. The struggle that followed brought an end to Viking rule in the country. A  new BBC Two program looks at The Last Battle of the Vikings.

January 14th

Two offered Peerages at West Kingdom 12th Night

Duchess Megan reports that at Their Court at 12th Night, Their Majesties Roger and Zenobia of the Kingdom of the West offered Peerages to two of Their subjects.

What is honor?

A series of articles on the history of honor has been posted on the Art of Manliness website. The series looks at the concept from a male point of view, and begins with ideas of vertical vs horizontal honor.

January 13th

Eastgate House to become museum

Admirers of Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers (Westgate) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (The Nun's House) will be gratified to know that Eastgate House in High Street in Rochester, Kent, England, is scheduled to be restored. (photo)

Proposed Corpora Change Retraction

The Board of Directors has withdrawn a proposal to prohibit a person from being both a competitor and a prospective consort in a Royal List.

January 12th

Now Open Pre-Reg for Estrella War A&S Competition 2013

Greetings from Master Raven Mayne, Kingdom of Atenveldt Minister of Arts and Sciences, Pre-registration for Estrella War A&S Competition 2013 is Now Open.

SCAdian loses home to fire in Vermont

Master Tearlach of the East Kingdom recently lost his home to a fire, and hopes that SCAdians around the Known World can help.

January 11th

SCA joins Facebook

The Society for Creative Anachronism now has an official presence on Facebook. Maintained by the Social Media Director, the website includes a variety of links and contributed content of interest to SCA members.

TI searching for articles on "Court as Theatre"

Magister Riordan MacGregor, editor of the SCA's Tournaments Illuminated, reports that the "quest article" for the Second Quarter 2013 Issue is "Court as Theatre."

History Today offers best of 2012 free

In an attempt to lure in potential subscribers, History Today magazine has released a selection of its most popular stories from 2012 on its blog.

January 10th

Own an early Bronzino for a mere US$18 million

On January 30, 2013, Christie’s Auction House will place on sale Agnolo Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man With a Book, "a relatively unknown panel depicting a man with a reddish beard in his 20s dressed in black, sitting at a table covered with green cloth." (photo)

Recreating the Blue Boar Inn

A team of archaeologists and academics in Leicester, England have digitally recreated the Blue Boar Inn where Richard III spent the night before the battle of Bosworth, where he met his fate. The inn was demolished in the 19th century and is currently the site of a Travelodge. (video)

January 9th

65 yards of influential Roman road revealed

A short stretch of Roman road in York, England may  have been a walkway for some of the city's most influential citizens, and "probably even witnessed the very first Christians on their way to worship,” according to the Dean of York, Vivienne Faull.

Notation Knives

On display at the Victoria & Albert Museum is a rare "notation knife". Each side is engraved with the music and words for a blessing and a "thanks" for the meal.

January 8th

Army departure leaves Roman lifestyle behind

Archaeologists in Devon County, England are pondering the remains of a Roman settlement which thrived after the Roman army left the area for northern conquests.

Hidden Secrets of Tudor Portraits

Portraits of two Elizabethan courtiers, it seems, were painted over Catholic religious paintings.

January 7th

The Cloisters: "An intellectual Coney Island"

In the 1930s philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and American sculptor George Grey Barnard collaborated to create “an intellectual Coney Island” in Upper Manhattan. The result was the Cloisters, a complex comprised by elements from five medieval cloisters. Sarah Harrison Smith has written a lengthy feature article for the New York Times on New York's medieval museum.

Tamerlane the Disabled

Tartar warlord Tamerlane may have been the greatest conqueror of all, outshining Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great, but few recognize the fact that the great warrior was severely disabled in his youth. The BBC features Tamerlane in an article for Disability History Month.

January 6th

Experts stumped by Roman earring

The design on a gold earring disc, discovered by a metal detector enthusiast in Keswick, England, has experts stumped. The disc dates to the Roman era and "features a scorpion, phallus, snake and crab." (photo)

Gypsies originated in NW India

A new genetic study published in Current Biology reveals that European Gypsies originated in northwest India and migrated to the Balkan area of Europe in the 6th century. The study was led by David Comas of Spain's Institute of Evolutionary Biology,