January 12th, 2004

Update on Baron Koppel

Lord Aleksandr, of Trimaris, provides an update on Baron Koppel, an early Knight in the East Kingdom and in Trimaris, whose battle with mental illness and poverty has sparked a local relief effort.

Once More, With Hobbits

"Once More with Hobbits, A Lord of the Rings/Buffy the Vampire Slayer Adventure" is a filker's work in progress and an homage to both genres.

Disabilities Coordinator Makes Plans for Pennsic 33

Katya Zhdana Volkova Kievskaya, Disabilities Services Coordinator for Pennsic 33, has already begun making preparations for the August War.

"About the SCA: A Brochure for Site Owners"

A new, full-color brochure, designed to inform site owners about the SCA, is now available in PDF format on the SCA website.

January 11th

Legal Professionals Sought for Committee

Stephanie J. Smith, Chairperson of the SCA Legal Committee, is looking for SCA members with legal training for the Society Legal Committee.

Lift a Glass to Brewing

The Medieval and Renaissance Brewing Homepage focuses on the topic of historic brewing.

January 10th

William Wallace to be Given Hero's Burial

William Wallace, Scotland's national hero, has never been given a proper burial, but that is now to change.

Mummies Unearthed in Siberian Graveyard

New York Times: Russian scientists were surprised by five 1,000-year-old mummies, clad in reindeer skins and copper masks, discovered recently in a Siberian graveyard.

Indian Mob Destroys Ancient Manuscripts

Members of a group calling themselves Sambhaji Brigade destroyed over 30,000 ancient manuscripts January 5, 2004 at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.

January 9th

12th Night Coronation in Lochac

Images from the Coronation of Aedward and Yolande at the Kingdom of Lochac's Twelfth Night, held in the Canton of Krae Glas, are now available on the Krae Glas website.

Viscount Sir Gawyne d'Ibelin Passes On

Lochac's last Prince, Sir Gawyne d'Ibelin, Viscount, KSCA, OST, OSH, PC, AA has succumbed to leukemia after a long battle.

Lochac 12th Night Photos Online

Lord Karl has announced that he has placed photos from the recent Lochac 12th Night celebration online.

Roman Impact Devastating to Scottish Tribes

Herald: New research seems to conclude that the Roman occupation of northern Great Britain may have been devasting to Scottish tribes.

January 8th

Ivan the Terrible's Rude Letter

News Telegraph: In 1570, Ivan the Terrible, Tsar of Russia, wrote a letter to Elizabeth I, Queen of England that was, perhaps, the rudest letter ever received by the Queen.

January Additions to Stefan's Florilegium

THLord Stefan li Rous has announced additions to the Florilegium for January 2004.

SCA FAQ Available on Society Website

An extensive PDF file of "Frequently Asked Qestions" about the SCA is now available on the SCA website.

January 7th

Women of the Blue

A poem saluting the Princesses of Oertha was read at a recent court. The piece was written by Lady Catherine Willoughby.

Scotland to Safeguard Precious Stones

Herald: Scotland has inaugurated a "consultation document" to protect the country's carved stones for future generations.

Midrealm to Create Barony of Brendoken

Their Majesties Alasdair MacFhearghuis and Gueni

January 6th

AnTir Barony Brings Middle Ages to Life at "Return of the King" Showing

Daily Herald: Members of the Barony of Aquaterra (Snohomish County, Washington) offered movie-goers a little something special when they attended a Saturday performance of "The Return of the King" at a local cineplex. Reporter Jennifer Warnick covered the story for the "Daily Herald."

Masques and Merriment for the Holiday Season

Just in time for 12th Night, Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras: Learn all about masques and mumming when Dame Aoife shares her recommandations.

Mary Queen of Scots Rediscovered

Once reviled, Mary Queen of Scots is being viewed in a new light by Scottish researchers.

January 5th

Reporter Has a "Chainmail Moment"

Newsweek: Newsweek reporter Jeff Giles got the acting opportunity of a lifetime when he scored a bit part in Peter Jackson's "Return of the King."

West Kingdom Map Online

Khevron, the Principality of Oertha Webminister, has announced that a new map of the West Kingdom is now available online.

Hungarians Seek Healing at the Grave of Attila the Hun

IOL: Hungarians are flocking to the site believed to be the grave of Attila the Hun hoping for healing.

January 4th

University of Akron to Receive Arabic Treasures

Beacon Journal: Department of Classical Studies, Anthropology and Archaeology of the University of Akron has received a wonderful Christmas gift: a collection of artifacts from former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James Akins.

One Ring Coming to Boston Museum of Science

An exhibit of film props from the "Lord of the Rings" movies will open at Boston's Museum of Science August 1, 2004. Displays will include an "armor corridor."

Doom Fresco to be Viewed for First Time in 400 Years

A recently-restored, rare medieval fresco will be seen by the public for the first time in 400 years when it is put on display in Coventry, England.

Roman Treasure Displayed in Basel

Swiss Info: A hoard of Roman treasure, hidden from 4th century raiders, has been reassembled and will be displayed for the first time in Basel, Switzerland.

January 2nd

King Michael Rightful Ruler of England

History News Network: Australian Michael Hastings is, in truth, King Michael I of England, the heir to the Plantagenet bloodline, and should be living in Buckingham Palace rather than Jerilderie, NSW, according to a British historian.