Archive

March 24th, 2014

King Alfred found?

Researchers from the University of Winchester believe they may have found the pelvis of England's King Alfred the Great in a box of bones stored in the city's museum. The bone may also be from Alfred's son King Edward the Elder. The 9th and 10th century Saxon kings are best known for protecting their people from Viking raids.

Two offered peerages at Kingdom for a Stage

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that, at Their Kingdom for a Stage event, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the peerage to two of Their subjects.

Roman cavalry helmet found at Iron Age shrine

In the year 43 CE, a Roman cavalry helmet, decorated with a silver-gilt wreath of victory, was buried by an Iron Age tribe at a shrine in Hallaton, England. Experts are still considering how such a helmet came to be in tribal hands. (photo)

March 23rd

Lilies War Website Updates

Eynon Llangenydd, Deputy Lilies War Webminister, reports that there are new additions to the website for Lilies War.

O'Neill clan to be celebrated by renovation of Tullaghoge Fort

A UK£4 million renovation project will help Tullaghoge Fort, near Cookstown in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to be developed into a major tourist attraction. The fort was the crowning place of the kings of Ulster, the O'Neills, until the 17th century.

March 22nd

Forgotten warrior-saint may have inspired Tolkien's Aragorn

British historian Max Adams believes that 7th century King Oswald has been overlooked as a hero. This opinion was apparently shared by author J.R.R. Tolkien, when he based his own warrior king Aragorn on the early English monarch who also "was exiled as a young man before returning to his homeland in order to claim his birthright and become king." (photos)

Q&A with Grand Council

Lady Heather Shea, the Questrix, answers questions about the Grand Council for the East Kingdom Gazette.

March 21st

Life of King Sawlu told on tablet

Archaeologists working at a site near Mandalay, Burma are excited by the discovery of a 900-year-old stone tablet describing the life of little known Burmese king Sawlu. The tablet acknowleges that the king "ruled the nation by the teachings of Lord Buddha" and mentions a monastery built by donations from Sawlu's wife. (photo)

Cambridge hopes to acquire Codex Zacynthius

In 1821, the Bible Society, in Swindon, England was presented with the Codex Zacynthius, a 6th or 7th century Gospel of Luke. Now the Society is offering the Bible for sale, with Cambridge University as its buyer of choice. In order to acquire the manuscript, Cambridge will need to raise UK£1.1m. (photo)

"Honor and respect" demonstrated at museum medieval fair

The Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio recently held an exhibition entitled Illuminating the World: The Saint John's Bible, centered around a display of the Saint John's Bible, a medieval bible made with modern techniques. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum hosted a medieval festival featuring members of the Marche of Alderford, the local chapter of the SCA. (photo)

March 20th

Will the codpiece make a comeback?

Stephen Smith of the BBC News opines on one of our favorite accessories, on or off the battlefield.

March 19th

Photos of Ansteorra Kingdom A&S

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Kingdom A&S which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Ohio State University presents conference with "Game of Thrones" theme

Academics rubbed garbed elbows with members of the Society for Creative Anachronism recently when the Ohio State Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies presented a conference entitled Pop Culture and the Deep Past with a Game of Thrones theme. Andrew Zistler of The Lantern has the story. (photo)

March 18th

April 2014 SCA Board of Directors meeting

Maistresse Alysia Gabrielle de Fougeres of the Barony of Grey Niche reports that the April 2015 meeting of the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism will take place in Memphis, Tennessee.

Contemplating Alfred the Great

In a feature-length story for History Today, historian Barbara Yorke looks at the history and reputation of King Alfred the Great, who she names "The Most Perfect Man in History."

Pennsic Grand Ball changes

Dean of the Pennsic School of European Dance, Lady Margherita Battistina, has announced changes that have been made pertaining to Pennsic 2014's Grand Ball.

March 17th

Grog recipe shows "innovative flair for using available natural products"

It might seem that archaeologists and brewers make strange bedfellows, but such a combination was ideal recently when experts unearthed a Roman wine strainer containing remnants of grog buried in a grave in Denmark.

Cainder ingen hui Chathaarnaig elevated to Pelican in Ealdormere

In Their Court at Their recent Winter War, Their Majesties Nigel and Adrielle, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, offered elevation to the order of the Pelican to Cainder ingen hui Chathaarnaig.

March 16th

Govan stone: Viking treasures in Scotland

The Scottish town of Govan, near Glascow, has long been known for its shipbuilding, but lying in a churchyard are some of its lesser-known masterpieces: a collection of 31 recumbant stones carved with classic Viking patterns. The stones, including five massive "hogbacks," dating from the 9th century. (photos)

Drachenwald event photos online

Jonas Evertsson reports that he has created an album of photos from recent events that took place in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The albums are available to view on Flickr.

March 15th

Introducing the Falcon Banner

Debra Hense, of the Kingdom of Calontir, reports that the new Falcon Banner blog is up and running with Calontir news, events and announcements.

March 14th

"Not a pretty picture" painted by pit of Roman skulls

In 1988, 39 skulls of adult men were discovered near the Museum of London. The skulls dated to Roman times and now are believed to have been gathered by "head hunters" who retrieved the heads of those who died in the nearby amphitheater. "It is not a pretty picture," said Rebecca Redfern, from the centre for human bioarchaeology at the museum of London.

Metallurgy conference to focus on personal adornment

The Historical Metallurgy Society AGM will hold its annual conference May 31 - June 1, 2014 at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England. The them of this year's conference will be Metals used in Personal Adornment.

Margaret de Mey placed on vigil in Drachenwald

At Their recent Insulae Draconis Spring Coronet Tourney, Their Majesties Prothall and Cecilia of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, placed Baroness Margaret de Mey on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

March 13th

Feast Survey Update

The Feast Survey mentioned earlier in SCAtoday.net is still available, and the organizers are still looking for more respondents.

Jotunvillur code cracked

The ancient Norse 'jotunvillur' code, dating back to the 12th or 13th century, has been cracked by Norwegian runologist  K Jonas Nordby of the University of Oslo. The key was an unassuming wooden stick, found at the the Bergen Wharf in Norway and covered with runes. (photo)

New Peers created at the Stellar University of Northshield

Minister of Protocol, Maol Mhich mac Giolla Pheadair, reports that Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne, King and Queen of Northshield, have chosen to offer elevation to the Peerage to several of Their subjects. The offers were made February 8, 2014 at the Stellar University of Northshield in the Shire of Rockhaven.

March 12th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2014

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for February 2014.

Illuminated Mystery Play Is Digitized

The British Museum has digitized, in two online volumes, a highly-decorated copy of a French medieval mystery play, with illuminations depicting scenes from the play.

Heather Dale seeks crowd-funding for Celtic Avalon project

Canadian folksinger and SCA bard Heather Dale (Mistress Marian of Heatherdale) reports that she is looking for financial suuport for a new project called Celtic Avalon, a musical stage show and youth educational program designed to recount the story of King Arthur.