September 5th, 2014
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-09-05 16:40
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)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-09-05 12:26
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.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-09-05 12:22
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-09-04 15:23
Rowena reports that she has created several albums of photos from Pennsic 32. The albums are posted on her Photobucket website.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-09-04 09:39
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-09-04 02:26
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-09-03 18:34
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-09-03 08:40
"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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-09-02 19:40
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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-09-02 08:15
The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on a proposed Corpora language change recommended by the Laurel Sovereign at Arms.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-09-01 18:55
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."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-09-01 14:31
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.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-09-01 08:05
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)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-08-31 17:20
The development of a new commercial district in Newcastle, England has sparked interest in the medieval quayside life of the city, an area reclaimed from the River Tyne by the year 1400. Excavations have already uncovered a substantial sandstone wall and green-glazed pottery.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-08-31 13:49
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) reports that US eight million dollars will be needed to reconstruct the damaged monuments and mausoleums of Timbuktu, Mali, and to return of over 300,000 collections of ancient manuscripts.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-08-31 10:16
The Falcon Banner reports that at Their Coronation Their Majesties Agamemnon and Gwen of the Kingdom of Calontir offered elevation to the Order of the Chivalry to Mar of Grimfells.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-08-31 09:29
THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for August 2014.
Submitted by Justin on Sat, 2014-08-30 15:48
Master Ioseph of Locksley, modernly Joe Bethancourt, passed away on August 29, 2014 after prolonged illness. Master Ioseph was the tenth Laurel of the SCA and was well known for his bardic compositions and performances.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-08-30 13:03
"This year we are celebrating the rich and interesting story of Northampton and our nation. So it seems only fitting that we are looking carefully at how we can protect the site of one of the most significant battles fought on English soil," said Tim Hadland of the Northampton Borough Council about plans to preserve the Battle of Northampton site.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-08-30 09:33
In Their Court at Warriors and Warlords, Their Majesties Siegfried and Elizabeth offered Elevation to the Peerage to a number of Their subjects. The Court took place July 12, 2014.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-08-29 18:12
Regular re-enactments of the Battle of Hastings witnessed by hordes of spectators may be endangering the archaeology of the historic site, but work by a team from the University of Huddersfield, led by Dr. Glenn Foard, is working to discover genuine artifacts from the battlefield.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-08-29 16:10
In June 2014, the Falcon Banner of the Kingdom of Calontir announced the elevation of several of the Kingdom's subjects by the hands of Their Majesties Martino and Ariel.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-28 19:33
The Romans called the people of the north the "Painted Ones" due to their woad body painting, but little is known about the Pictish civilization. Now archaeologists working in Scotland's northern highlands have found evidence that the area may have been the people's power center.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-28 16:01
On his blog Wulfhere's Devices, Calontir herald Wulfhere of Eofeshamme offers help on researching English and Anglo-Saxon names and personas.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-28 11:47
BBC Magazine reporter Tom Holland was prepared to be disappointed when he attended the recent First International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships at Belmonte Castle in Spain. After all he'd been to re-enactments before, but he quickly changed his mind.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-08-27 20:38
New research may show that the remains of Count Vlad Tepes, a.k.a. Dracula, may not be buried in romania, but in Naples, Italy. scholars from the University of Tallinn believe they have found evidence that the nobleman was "taken prisoner, ransomed to his daughter - by then safe in Italy - and buried in a church in Naples."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-08-27 18:13
Brita reports that she has created an album of photos from the Great Northeastern War 2014, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available to view on Shutterfly.
Submitted by Guy_De_Dinan on Tue, 2014-08-26 08:55
Guy De Dinan reports on the extensive medievalist and SCA activities at the recently-concluded World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention ("Worldcon") held in London.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-25 17:28
2013 was a "magnificent" year for archaeologists in Scotland. The recent annual Scottish Treasure Trove report, covering 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014, by Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR) Catherine Dyer shows a variety of items including gold jewelry, coins and a Roman wine dipper. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-25 12:34
People have long admired the beautiful Anglo-Saxon artifacts found in the burial mounds of Sutton Hoo, but few understand the symbols embedded within the metal. Rosie Weetch, a curator at the British Museum, offers an illuminating primer on how to decode the symbols and stories in a piece of Anglo-Saxon metalwork on the British Museum blog. (photos and diagrams)