Archive

April 24th, 2005

Michaelangelo Self Portrait Discovered

A newly-discovered bas-relief may be the first known self-portrait of Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

Elizabethan Body Armor Discovered at Jamestown

Archaeologists working on excavations at the colonial Jamestown settlement have discovered, largely intact, a "coat of jacks," a rare example of 17th century body armor.

Shakespeare portrait a fake, say experts

Top art authorities at the UK's National Portrait Gallery have determined that one of the best-known portraits of William Shakespeare was painted two centuries after his death.

Mons Graupius Not in Scotland's Grampian

Residents of Scotland's Northeast, known as the Grampian, are up in arms over claims that the famous Roman battle of Mons Graupius did not actually take place in the region.

Stop the Pirates

As the summer comes to a close, the harvesting is close to done, the merchant vessels are heavily laden with grains, foods, jewelry, cloth, weapons and iron destined for their Majesties and traders in far away lands. Though some have made an uneventful journey, others have been detained, boarded, and had their holds emptied by pirates. Upon hearing of this, Their Excellencies declared the warriors of these lands must arm themselves and put an end to the piracy that hinders trade and is stopping the taxes from reaching the King and Queen.

April 23rd

Pennsic Novelty Shoots

THL Dirk Edward of Frisia, Pennsic 34 Novelty Shoot Co-ordinator, is now scheduling the War's novelty archery shoots.

Funeral of Pope John Paul II Fuels Interest in Vestments

The funeral of Pope John Paul II has sparked much interest in the history of the papacy. In an interview for NPR's Morning Edition, Renee Montagne discusses papal vestments with Father Mark Frances.

April 22nd

Unicorn Tapestries Restoration Creates Mystery

Richard Preston of the New Yorker discusses the how two mathematicians aided in the restoration of the Cloisters' famous Unicorn Tapestries and in the process, discovered a mystery.

Estrella War Box Set Offers 90 Hours of SCA Fun

For those who just can't get enough of SCA battles, Underachiever Films, the producers of the 45-minute-long documentary on Estrella XX, are offering an 11-disc box set including over 90 hours of battle footage.

Siege Cooking Competition at Lilies War

Kateryn de Develyn and Bronwyn Ferch Ariel (and others yet to be named/persuaded) will sponsor a siege cooking competition at this year's Lilies War.

Brewing Ancient Beer

Chicago's Oriental Institute is presenting an unusual program: "Brewing Ancient Beer," a three-part seminar on the techniques used to brew the "beverage of the people."

April 21st

6th Annual International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention

Art of Combat, NDDS and Lansing Community College will host the 6th Annual International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention August 5-7, 2005 in Lansing, Michigan.

Sport of Kings: Academy of Armored Combat

The Barony of Three Mountains warmly welcomes and invites you to attend the premier armored combat teaching event of the Known World!

Northshield Scholar Seeks Help with Alchemy Project

Lord Roibeard O'Connor of the Kingdom of Northshield is working on a scientific history project for his graduate degree and would like some help with alchemy processes and procedures.

Paper Trebuchet

If you're one of those people who has always hankered to own your own siege engine but don't have a large enough garage to store it, your prayers may be answered in the form of a paper trebuchet.

Shire of Rockwell's 11th Birthday Photos Online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Northshield, has posted photos from the Shire of Rockwell's recent 11th birthday celebration.

April 20th

The Worst Jobs in History

Tony Robinson looks at the worst jobs in English history for a new series produced by Britain's Channel 4. The website includes a quiz to let readers see which jobs best suit them.

Drachenwald OP now accepts armory GIFs

The Drachenwald online Order of Precedence (OP) can now accept registered armory and badge artwork for display in the OP.

University of Nevada presents Claire Bloom in "Shakespeare's Women"

Noted actress Claire Bloom stars in a production of "Shakespeare's Women" on Saturday, April 23, at the University of Nevada -- Las Vegas.

April 19th

Northshield Coronation Photos Online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva has posted photos from the recent coronation of Tarrach and Fina in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Secret Life of...Pudding

The Food Network series "The Secret Life of..." will feature SCA member Dame Selene Colfox in a program on cooking puddings.

Re-discovery of Classical Writings - Second Renaissance

Oxford scholars are using high-tech satelite technology to read the once hidden words on the hoard of manuscripts known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. In the last few days, works by Sophocles, Euripides, Hesiod and other classical greats have been deciphered, and it is believed early Christian texts are also amongst the works.

Lord Mayor's Market Day

Join the Royal City of Eoforwic and Lord Mayor Gunnar Halfdan of Lund in a traditional day of fighting, fencing, merchanting, an A&S display, classes, children's activities, and the usual Eoforwic silliness.

All the Stick You Can Eat

No, it's not the menu. It's a full day of MORE FIGHTING THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT: Armored combat, Youth combat, Archery (Sorry, no rapier fighting is planned for this event.)

That's a Mare X Again

For ten years we have invited all thirsty travelers to drop their boots, take in some local scenery, and play some light games. This year is no exception, with the marked difference of a new site boasting cabins (not for renting but possibly as "crash space"), a full kitchen (feast in planning), and a sauna.

April 18th

Technical Difficulties -- Please Stand By

Our ISP experienced a major hardware failure this evening, and we are still digging out from the mess. Please excuse the extra error messages you may see here tonight.

Books to be Removed from Bodleian Library

A renovation and modernization project at Oxford's Bodleian Library would see most of the 6 million books housed in the main building moved to other locations.

Parchment-Making Workshop in May

Jesse Meyer, an expert in parchment-making, will present a 2-day workshop on parchment techniques in May 2005.

Hamsters Built Stonehenge?

Want the REAL story behind famous British historical events? The Hamster Theatre Company offers "a series of tableaux depicting great (and disastrous) moments in British history."

Study Warns: Over-Hydration Can Kill

A study published in a recent edition of The New England Journal of Medicine warns athletes and runners that vast amounts of water or sports drinks can be lethal.