October 13th, 2013
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-10-13 07:37
14,000 individuals -- 10,000 Scots and 4,000 English -- lost their lives in the Battle of Flodden which took place in 1513 in Northumberland, England. Among them was King James IV of Scotland. This year re-enactors and others are marking the 500th anniversary of the history-changing battle. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-10-12 16:18
In 1668, the Earl of Sandwich collected recipes for chocolate, a treat just introduced to England believed to be "unwholesome." His iced chocolate recipes are a highlight of a paper by Dr Kate Loveman of the University of Leicester entitled The Introduction of Chocolate into England: Retailers, Researchers, and Consumers, 1640–1730.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-10-12 12:03
THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates for Stefan's Florilegium for October 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-10-12 08:45
Visitors to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, in Norwich, have the chance to chat with King Henry VIII, but also risk getting slapped with a ticket from the faire's sherrif for "excessive jubilation." The faire runs through October 20, 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-11 19:07
Duke Alan reports that Duke Sir Konrad von Krixen was the victor of the October 5, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Duchess Kortland Stirling Mayfaire.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-11 15:04
Pól ó Briain report that Duke Prothell Wolfbane was victorious in the Fall 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Duchess Cecilia Jonsdottir.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-11 11:46
Baron Khevron reports that Thorfinn the Cruel, inspired by Violante Seraph, was the winner of the October 5, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-11 08:20
Sir Modius von Mergentheim, Society Seneschal, reports that comments are requested on the SCA's new sanction guide. The deadline for comment is December 28, 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-10 13:14
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the conjugal arms of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a combination of the coats of arms of the Royal Family and the Middleton arms.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-10 09:10
Freshman at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, recently had the opportunity to learn about over three hundred campus organizations at Clubsfest, the annual outdoor fair. Among the groups represented were the Renaissance Dance Club and the local chapter of the SCA. Josh Dehaas of Macleans has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-09 20:56
The excavation of the medieval monastery al-Ghazali in Northern Sudan is astonishing archaeologists who have unearthed a second church on the site as well as a large number of fragments of funerary stelae and inscribed vessels. The monastery is believed to have been a major pilgrimage site before the 13th century. (photos)
Submitted by Sir Jon on Wed, 2013-10-09 15:05
Archers of the Known World are invited to participate in the Fall Society Archery Competition, currently in progress around the SCA. Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf introduces the competition.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-09 11:08
Kamm Island Park in Mishawaka, Indiana became the "Kingdom of Kamm" recently when the Michiana Renaissance Festival came to town. Tricia Harte of WNDU - Channel 16 - in South Bend hosts three videos on the Faire.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-10-09 09:32
Modern social networkers will recognize the octothrope as the opening character of a hashtag, but the lowly punctuation mark has a noble history. In his book, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks, Keith Houston looks at punctuation marks' roots from Greek, Roman and 14th century texts.
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Tue, 2013-10-08 11:52
The East Kingdom Gazette provides a full account, with pictures, of last weekend's coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II at Barony of the Bridge.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-07 19:25
Charles Brandon, the first duke of Suffolk, was a great chum of Henry VIII. In fact, he married Henry's sister Mary. Evidence of this royal connection was discovered recently in the form of a silver vervel found in a Norfolk, England field.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-07 12:49
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian in Washigton D.C. have received a US$1 million challenge grant, awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to endow the position of an assistant Chinese painting conservator.
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Mon, 2013-10-07 09:30
Master El of the Two Knives, one of the founders of the East Kingdom, passed away on October 1, 2013 after a long illness. He will be remembered for his kindness and his long years of service.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-07 05:15
To most historians, Steinkjer was just a name mentioned in the Norse Sagas, but new evidence discovered in two boat graves in Lø, Norway, may have solved the puzzle of the mysterious trading center.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-10-06 22:40
Bath Abbey, the late 15th century church that looms over the Roman ruins in Bath, England, is under siege -- by the dead. Not zombies, but over 6,000 bodies, threaten to lift the abbey's floor and collapse the building.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-10-06 21:19
Experts from the Caherconnell Archaeological School are pondering the discovery of the remains of a “45-year-old plus” woman" and two infants beneath the remains of the 10th century cashel (fort). The archaeologists believe that the remains belong to a wealthy family, possibly the local Gaelic rulers, the O’Loughlins.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-10-06 18:24
The land under social services and government buildings in Bicester, England once belonged to a community of monks who worked the land and may have partaken of as much as "10 pints of beer a week."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-10-05 17:11
For centuries, everyone knew that the Battle of Bosworth, which led to the death of Richard III and the ascendence of the Tudors, took place on Ambion Hill, but new research by Glenn Foard and Anne Curry places the site two miles away by a marsh called Fen Hole.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-10-05 13:21
In 1361, the Thracian city of Perperikon, now in Bulgaria, was besieged by the Ottoman Turks. Among the artifacts found during recent excavations of the site was a bronze plate, believed to have been part of the armor of an Ottoman commander.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-10-05 09:18
Under an unassuming village church in Rothwell, England lies a 700-year-old crypt containing hundreds of skeletons, only one of two still remaining in the country. Why were they there? Experts from the University of Sheffield's Department of Archaeology think they know. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-10-05 06:30
Baronsfru Othindisa Bykona reports that at Their Shoote in the Wildwoode in the Barony of Delftwood, Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain placed Baroness Jennet the Gentle on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 19:48
The University of Münster in Münster, Germany has sent out a call for papers for a conference to be held March 26-28, 2014. The theme of the conference is The History of Heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 16:52
"Smack in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum, there’s a nugget of compressed light called Medieval Treasures From Hildesheim," begins a review of the new exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The review, by Holland Cotter, is from the Art & Design section of the New York Times.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 14:07
Visitors to Zurich, Switzerland may want to visit a new exhibit at the Swiss National Museum entitled Charlemagne and Switzerland, opening September 2013. Art Daily has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 11:17
A grant from the Cornell Institute for European Studies has financed a new working group at the university on medieval cosmology. Three scholars, Benjamin Anderson, Courtney Roby and Andrew Hicks, will bring the concept to the campus through a seminar and a series of lectures beginning in September and ending in November 2013.