June 20th, 2014
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-20 18:18
Chief researcher for a new study of Scottish place names, Dr Simon Taylor, says: "Scotland is a country where many different languages have been spoken over the last 1,500 years, and its place names reflect this rich and varied history. What we are doing is giving teachers the tools to explore Scotland's rich heritage."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-20 14:26
Kynric de Coventry calls himself "geek orthodox," a trait he chose to flaunt recently at MisCon in Missoula, Montana. Kynric is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and shared his thoughts about the organization with reporter Lilian Langston of KPAX. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-20 09:01
One for the most challenging tasks of a newcomer in the Society for Creative Anachronism is choosing an SCA name, one that will satisfy both the user and the heralds whose job it is to register it. In a recent article for the blog Wulfhere's Devices, Wulfhere of Eofeshamme of Calontir shares advice for new members on how to choose a good name.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-06-19 18:33
Precious metals were scarce during the decline of the Roman Empire in Germanic Europe, which would explain the recent discovery of a hoard of "gold coins and pieces of silver tableware which had been deliberately cut up (hacksilver)" in a field near Limburg in the Netherlands. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-06-19 10:11
Sixth grade teacher Patricia Bastia of Warwick, Rhode Island has a favorite quote from Ben Franklin: "Tell me, I forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand." This is why Bastia invites members of the SCA each year to involve her students in learning about the Middle Ages. Reporter Ryan D. Murray of the Warwick Beacon spoke with Bastia about the event.
Submitted by hobbitomm on Wed, 2014-06-18 17:14
Despite a bandit raid upon the baggage of their Royal Highnesses en-route to their Coronation which resulted in Her Majesties Coronation Gown and Jewelry, as well as the Heirs Coronets of Drachenwald being (at the time of writing) still missing, there was a triumphal Coronation last weekend (13-15th June) in Drachenwald.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-06-18 12:40
Offa's Dyke, a linear earthwork stretching 177 miles (285 km) in Chirk near the Shropshire border, may be misnamed. Legendarily built by King Offa of Mercia during his reign between 757 and 796, the earthwork may actually be 200 years older.
Submitted by Justin on Wed, 2014-06-18 10:15
Due to technical problems with the online registration site in recent days, Coopers Lake Campground has extended the deadline for online Pennsic registration until the last minute of June 18, 2014.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-06-17 17:23
Codnor Castle, a 13th century stone keep and bailey fortress, is a fragile ruin in Derbyshire, England about which little is known, but the discovery of a 13th century stone quatrefoil may help experts learn more about the structure.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-06-17 12:18
The Falcon Banner, an online news source for the Kingdom of Calontir, reports that a new work, Hymn for the Soup Kitchen by Andrixos Seljukroctoni, has been added to the website for the CalonSound Project.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-06-17 08:31
Kameshima-ky Zentarou Umakai reports that at the recent War Practice, Their Majesties Tindal and Etain of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Peerage to four of Their subjects.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-16 21:05
The Battle of Flodden, between the Scottish and English kings, took place in 1513. Now the battle is being commemorated by experts and volunteers for the Flodden 500 Archaeological project. The focus for 2014 will be Wark Castle on the Northumberland side of the River Tweed.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-16 16:48
Lady Aine O Grienan is seeking volunteers to help with the Known World Children's Fete at Pennsic 43. The fun-filled afternoon will take place the Wednesday of War Week.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-16 13:11
The BBC celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn with a two-program event, which premiered early in June 2014, entitled The Quest For Bannockburn. The program features Neil Oliver and Tony Pollard.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-06-15 13:27
Attila the Hun, called the “scourge of god” in the 5th century, has historically been considered a ruthless barbarian for his campaign against the Romans' eastern empire, but new thought shows the king to be somewhat more complex. Owen Jarus has a feature story for Live Science.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-06-15 09:11
St Leonard's church in Shoreditch, England, best known as the backdrop for the hit BBC series Rev, is believed to have been the site of the medieval church where Shakespeare worshiped. Now archaeologists plan to investigate the area in search of the original building.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-06-14 12:24
Re-enactors who want that authentic Viking smell should get themselves a can of Norse Power Deodorant For Men. Developed by scientists for Visit York and the Jorvik Viking Centre, the deodorant claims to "help recreate what a Viking probably smelled like."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-06-14 08:44
Sir John and Mistress Alyna Wolfstan report that Master Cedric Wlfraven has been elevated to the Order of the Chivalry by Their Majesties Eirik and Drifinna of the Kingdom of An Tir.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-13 17:03
In another argument against the barbarism of the Vikings, researchers have discovered that a small compass could have worked with other tools, such as a pair of crystals and a flat, wooden slab, to navigate when the sun was low in the sky or even below the horizon.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-13 15:15
Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, reports that at Their Abhain Ciach Ghlais Silver Anniversary, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Maitre Gilles de Beauchamps.
Submitted by Gregory Blount on Fri, 2014-06-13 10:57
A text copy of all 3 volumes of Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry was recently posted to Project Gutenberg. These books contain a great deal of poetry in middle and early modern English.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-06-11 20:33
Over the next six months, the Hadrian's Wall Trust, the charity that maintains the famous Roman wall crossing northern England, will be closed due to "significant financial constraints." In the future, the wall will be maintained by English Heritage and local authorities.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-06-11 17:13
"It's fantastic we can look in such detail at an individual who died 600 years ago," said Don Walker, an osteologist with the Museum of London about his recent work on remains found last year under London's Charterhouse Square. A study of the teeth has revealed that at least 12 of the skeletons died in the 14th century of the Black Death. (photos)
Submitted by Genoveva von Lubeck on Wed, 2014-06-11 12:16
The Middle Kingdom's A&S Pentathlon Champion is shining the light on the amazing artisans of the Society with the SCA Artisan Love project, which showcases those artisans who inspire us with their beautiful artifacts, period processes, hard-sought research, infectious enthusiasm, and just plain amazing work.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-06-10 18:54
In a 2014 journal article for Russian History, The Baltic Finnic People in the Medieval and Pre-Modern Eastern European Slave Trade, author Jukka Korpela looks at the routes of the slave trade in Eastern Europe. Jukka is affiliated with the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-06-10 10:43
Brita reports that she has created an album of photos from Panteria 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available to view on Shutterfly.
Submitted by Sir Jon on Mon, 2014-06-09 16:54
Quivers and Quarrels, the SCA archery E-newsletter, is looking for a new Chronicler/editor. The current Chronicler will be leaving due to mundane job requirements.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-09 13:34
Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has created an album of photos and several videos from the recent Spring 2014 Coronation in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on Flickr, and the videos are on YouTube.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-09 08:18
Wendy Martin-Glick, known in the SCA as Lady Maggie MacKeith, discovered the Society in 1987 and has been hooked ever since. The Seneschale of the Shire of the Shadowed Stars in Fort Wayne, Indiana recently spoke with Lynn Altevogt of the Journal Gazette.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-06-08 16:04
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Family Names of the United Kingdom Project has completed its first phase with 45,000 surnames, from the 11th to 19th centuries, researched and explained.