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September 13th, 2014

Known World Tapestry to tour Lochac

For over six years, Lady Jadwiga Wlodzislawska of the Middle Kingdom has been stitching away on the Known World Tapestry, chronicling the history of the SCA in its 50 panels. In 2016, the tapestry will be on display at a number of events in the Kingdom of Lochac.

Rome's Colosseum in the Middle Ages

Once a scene of battle and carnage, Rome's Colosseum later became "a bustling medieval bazaar full of houses, stables and workshops." Evidence of the re-purposed site was collected recently during an archaeological dig.

September 12th

Royal chapel found near Edinburgh

A team of archaeologists and volunteers have found evidence of a 16th century chapel, believed built by Sir Simon Preston in 1518 "to rest the souls of James III and IV. "

Midrealm mourns passing of THL Mathildis De'Ath

The Honorable Lady Mathildis De'Ath (modernly Sally Hoff Schneider), a kind and courteous lady of the Current Middle Ages and of the modern world, passed away on September 9 at the age of 70.

September 11th

New Richard III exhibit sparks outcry

Historians and Richard III experts are outraged over an exhibit in the new Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, England which features the armor of the warrior king painted white, making him look like a "Star Wars stormtrooper." (photos, video)

Ansteorra Summer 2014 Crown Tournament photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from the Summer 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

"Unscripted and candid" at the Canterbury Renaissance Faire

In July 2014, the Canterbury Renaissance Faire opened its gates in Silverton, Oregon. Saerom Yoo, of the Statesman Journal, visited the faire and spoke with some of its participants. (photos)

September 10th

Volunteers help find site of 13th century hospital

For three years, archaeologists have been looking for signs of a medieval hospital in Northumberland Park in Tyneside, England. 80 medieval burials have been found, and, in the last few days of the dig, a floor of glazed tiles, probably from the hospital's chapel. (photos)

The search for Süleyman's heart

In the summer of 1566, the great Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent was on a hard-fought attempt to capture Vienna, but his dream was not to be. The great leader died in his campaign tent, and his heart was buried there. Now the ongoing quest to discover the burial site of the heart continues with Norbert Pap, a professor of political geography at the nearby University of Pécs.

Drachenwald Summer 2014 Coronation photos online

Nicholas reports that he has created an album of photos from Summer 2014 Coronation which took recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

September 9th

Ontario students learn about medieval life from SCA members

In June 2014, students from  Pope John Paul II Catholic School  in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada, (Kingdom of Ealdormere) got a lesson on medieval life and history when members from the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism came for a visit. (photo slideshow)

Was the Black Prince really so evil?

British school children all know about the evil Black Prince Edward of Woodstock, who put to death 3,000 innocents after the siege of the French town of Limoges in September 1370. But the discovery of a letter written by Edward may change his image forever.

September 7th

Medieval linen found in Northampton tanning tanks

Several scraps of linen dating to the Middle Ages have been found at the base of a timber and stone-lined tanks, believed to have been used for tanning, in the St John's Street excavation in Northampton, England. (photos)

Jousting at Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, was the site of the recent jousting tournament staged in front of the castle. A BBC News In Pictures articles offers "stunning" photos of the action. (photos)

A new England - "all very much Game of Thrones"

In a recent article for BBC Magazine, sociologist, writer and performer Tom Shakespeare ponders what would happen if Scotland were to achieve its independence and the England left behind broke up into its original seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

September 6th

Richard III descendant to craft king's coffin

In 2013, when experts believed they had discovered the remains of King Richard III, they turned to Michael Ibsen, a 17th generation relation of the monarch for DNA testing. Now Ibsen has been tapped for service again - as the builder of the royal coffin.

English extend funds for 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

2015 will be a big year for Magna Carta enthusiasts, marking the 800th anniversary of the document. Recently ten organizations were awarded funds to help with commemorations of the event.

September 5th

Dragon Harald Fairhair completes British voyage

It is the largest reconstruction of a Viking ship ever built and it is touring the UK - peacefully. Named after a 9th Century Norwegian king, the Dragon Harald Fairhair wound up its two-week voyage in Wallasey, at the mouth of the River Mersey, where Vikings once sailed. (photos)

Carnevale Fantastico Renaissance and Cultural Festival coming to Vallejo, California

The Italian Renaissance is coming to Vallejo, California in spring 2015 in the guise of the Carnevale Fantastico Renaissance and Cultural Festival. Rachel Raskin-Zrihen of the Times-Herald spoke with organizers Dalia Vidor of Vallejo and Maurene "Molly" Drew of Benicia.

Exeter's unique medieval water system

Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter by Mark Stoyle, a new book published by the University of Exeter Press, looks at the complex water supply system, dating to the 14th century, that once served the medieval city and now still exists beneath its streets.

September 4th

Pennsic 43 photos online

Rowena reports that she has created several albums of photos from Pennsic 32. The albums are posted on her Photobucket website.

Burial discovery sheds light on late Roman Britain

The discovery of five skeletons dating to Roman times near a villa in Dorset, England has led archaeologists to postulate that they were from the same family. This is the first incidence of Roman families buried together near where they lived.

September 3rd

Pól ó Briain elevated to Pelican at Raglan Ffair

Genevieve, Rouge Maunche, reports that at Their Court at Raglan Ffair, Their Majesties Leif and Morrigan of the Kingdom of Drchenwald, offered elevation to the order of the Pelican to Baron Pól ó Briain.

Don Lodovick of Gray's Inn placed on vigil in AEthelmearc

Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais, Vambrace Pursuivant, reports that at Their Morning Court at Sommerfrische, Their Majesties Magnus Tindal and Etain of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed Don Lodovick of Gray's Inn on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Emily Guendelsberger, reporting from Pennsic 43

"I am surprised to find that my iPhone is able to give me directions to Cariadoc’s Path and Fletcher Road, an intersection that only exists two weeks out of the year. It’s like finding Brigadoon on GPS," writes Emily Guendelsberger in an article for the Philadelphia CityPaper. Guendelsberger attended her first Pennsic in 2014 as a guest of the Barony of Bhakail.

September 2nd

Sackler Gallery presents Persian Calligraphy exhibit

The Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. will present Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy beginning September 13, 2014. The exhibit will showcase Persian calligraphy from the 14th-16th centuries.

Proposed Corpora Language Change

The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on a proposed Corpora language change recommended by the Laurel Sovereign at Arms.

September 1st

Protecting Ashby St Ledgers

Tiny, deserted, medieval villages across the English landscape have been disappearing, moving English Heritage to recommend historical designation to preserve what is left. Now the government of Northamptonshire is taking action by proclaiming such villages "scheduled monuments."

Practice in the Park Photos

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Barony of Elfsea's June 5, 2014 Practice in the Park. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Roman and Iron Age coins found together in Derbyshire cave

1st century Roman coins and coins from Iron Age tribes should not be found together, but that is excatly what happened recently when a local found the treasure buried in a Derbyshire, England cave. (photo)