Archive - 2013 - Story

December 17th

"If you can’t be what you want to be, what’s the point of growing up?”

As a child, Jay Secord wanted to grow up to be a knight. Today at 42, Secord may not be a knight, but he is an armorer with television and movie credits. Doug Williams of the San Diego Union-Tribune has the story.

December 16th

Sung Sai-êrh placed on vigil at Kris Kinder

Rebecca Beaumont reports that Their Majesties Damien and Issabell of the Kingdom of Calontir have placed  the Honorable Lady Sung Sai-êrh on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2013

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2013.

December 15th

Scottish Thing identified

Experts working on excavations at Dingwall's Cromartie Memorial car park have confirmed that the site was the location of an 11th century Thing, or Norse parliament. The structure may have been built at the instruction of Thorfinn the Mighty.

Newborough dig may stall energy construction

Archaeological digs on a farm near Newborough, England have unearthed several layers of history from Roman to Saxon times. The excavations were commissioned before the land could be used for proposed renewable energy parks.

December 14th

16th century blacksmith shop found in Norway

The discovery of an old forge, an iron arrowhead and utensils has led archaeologists to believe that they had found an area used by blacksmiths dating to the 1500s. The site was unearthed under Klosterenga in Oslo, Norway.

Wooden pillars puzzle experts in Old Uppsala

Archaeologists working on the site of a railway line in Old Uppsala, Sweden are trying to puzzle out the purpose of two rows of large wooden pillars near a 5th century pre-Viking burial ground and religious center. (photos)

Seeking Board Members for SCA Ltd. (Australia)

SCA Ltd is again seeking nominations for board members.

December 13th

"What's Up Wednesday" explores the treasures of Drachenwald

Aryanhwy reports that the first edition of the blog What's Up Wednesday is now online. The blog looks at what is going on with the A&S community in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Bendigo Swordcraft: "the funnest thing I can imagine"

Simon Vincent loves to get together and hit some friends - with foam swords, that is. An active member of the Bendigo Swordcraft group in Bendigo, Victoria, Vincent was interviewed recently by Corey Hague of ABC Victoria. (video)

December 12th

The allure of the sea monster

For medieval people, the ocean was the ultimate mystery, as were the creatures that lived there - in truth and in the imagination. Many of these creatures were depicted on medieval maps, the subject of two new books reviewed on Smithsonian's Collage of Arts and Sciences blog.

Archaeological forensics not like CSI

The public has learned to expect DNA testing to answer all archaeological questions, but this is not always the case according to Stephanie Pappas, Senior Writer for LiveScience. One good example is the mummified head, long believed to be that of King Henry IV of France, the investigation of which has led experts on a merry chase.

Gulf Wars ACCEPS registration now open

Mistress Isobail inghean Gilla Chriosd reports that registration via ACCEPS for Gulf Wars XXIII is now open. The War runs from March 9 through March 16, 2014.

December 11th

House Book of York on display at Yorkshire Museum

The civic archive of the city of York, England has loaned the 15th century House Book of the city to the Yorkshire Museum until December 2013. The book will be on display for the first time in history. The manuscript details public opinion of King Richard III.

BAM 2013 photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that his photos from BAM (War of the Rams), which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, are now available to view online. The photos can be found on his Flickr site.

December 10th

New look for the SCA.org website

In December, a new version of the SCA.org website went live. This redesign was motivated by the recent debut of the SCA Newcomers' Portal (welcome.sca.org), so that visitors could easily find their way to it.

A knight in Tasmania

Dan Russell is a knight in the Society for Creative Anachronism. He recently discussed his "crazy passion" for armored combat in a short video produced by ABC Hobart. The video was filmed at Alexandria Battery in lower Sandy Bay in Tasmania, Australia.

December 9th

Weapons stolen from British re-enactor

History buff and medieval re-enactor Michael St Omer of Hadlow, England is devastated by the recent theft of swords, archery gear and other equipment from his parents' garage. "I can replace the weapons but they were the first ones I ever had and they meant a lot to me," he said.

Three Pelicans created in Northshield

Mistress Cassandra Antonelli reports that Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne of the Kingdom of Northshield have offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Toki Magnusson and Teffan Koerwent.

Give a gift of Estrella

Looking for the perfect gift for an SCA loved one? Kathryn encourages SCAdians and re-enactors alike to "Give the gift of Estrella!"

December 8th

Leicester car park mystery continues

Archaeologists are puzzled by the revelation that the occupant of a lead coffin found yards from the grave of Richard III in Leicester, England might be a woman. The grave was believed to have been that of Sir William de Moton.

New Shakespeare collection to include "Apocrypha"

Have you heard of Shakespeare's Mucedorus? Neither have most people, since the late 16th century play has been attributed to someone else. But now, thanks to linguistic "fingerprinting," Shakespeare's involvement in the writing of the play may have been proven.

December 7th

Restoration allows public to return to St Mary's Priory

Restoration work at 13th century St Mary's Priory in the coastal village of Beeston Regis, England has been completed at a cost just over UK£13,000. Repairs included restoration of 19th century gates and a vandalized roof. (photo)

December 6th

Light your medieval world with Cathus the Curious

A 53 minute YouTube video features SCA member Keith Roberts (HL Cathus the Curious) teaching a class on candle-making to members of the group in Rolla, Missouri (Kingdom of Calontir).

December 5th

Whitewashing showed high Viking status

The discovery of a lime kiln near the Viking royal hall at Tissø has led archaeologists to believe that high status Nords whitewashed their walls. The 9th century kiln is Denmark’s oldest known lime burning oven. (photo)

Virag QaraBay elevated to Laurel in Atlantia.

Gisela reports that at Their recent War of the Wings event, Their Majesties Ragnarr and Lynette, of the Kingdom of Atlantia, placed Lady Virag QaraBay on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Pirates and performers join SCAdians for North Carolina medieval festival

Members of several SCA groups joined musicians and actors for Pamlico Community College's recent Medieval and Renaissance Festival which took place in Grantsboro, North Carolina. Bill Hand of the Sun Journal spoke with several participants about re-enacting. (photo)

December 4th

Elizabeth reference found in Raleigh portrait

The recent restoration of a portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh has revealed a secret: a hidden crescent moon over water, a symbol of the explorer's devotion to Queen Elizabeth I. The portrait is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London until January 5, 2014. (photo)

Harry Potter and "Game of Thrones" spark medieval interest

There has been a renewed interest in medieval history at the University of Ottawa. Cristina Perissinotto, director of the university's medieval studies program, believes some of the interest comes from books like the Harry Potter series and the Game of Thrones. Neco Cockburn of the Ottawa Citizen has the story.

December 3rd

Drake and Acacia new Baron and Baroness of St Florian de la Riviere

Niáll and Liadan, King and Queen of the Kingdom of Lochac, report that Master Drake and Mistress Acacia have been chosen as the new Baron and Baroness of the Barony of St Florian de la Riviere.