August 28th, 2003

More Photos from Pennsic 32

Raven of Drachenwald shares photos from Pennsic 32.

Lengthy Breastfeeding May have Contributed to the Health of Medieval Babies

News Telegraph: A study of the bones from an abandoned medieval village may prove that English babies thrived due to lengthy breast-feeding.

Public Bathing Returns to Bath The city of Bath, known throughout British history for its public baths, will again offer bathing to its hoards of tourists.

August 27th

Mongolia's Cult of Ghengis Khan

Under Mongolia's former Communist rulers, the mere mention of the name of Ghengis Khan was outlawed. Now there is no escaping him.

Viking Naming Source Available Online

Gentles looking for period Norse names will want to check out a website by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Friedemann) which uses period sources for Viking bynames (nicknames).

Blacksmiths to Converge on Ohio

September 26-28, the Quad-State Conference 2003, the American Midwest's largest blacksmithing convention, will take place in Troy, Ohio.

August 26th

12th Century Priory Rediscovered in Hereford, England

After 20 years of searching, archaeologists have located a 12th century monastery beneath Hereford County Hospital.

Finding Charlemagne on the Web

Aoife has returned from War and shares her links on Charlemagne, including history, costume, embroidery, arms and tactics, and architecture.

Receding Danube Waters Reveal Byzantine Fortress

AFP: The low water level in the Danube River has led to the rediscovery of a 10th century Byzantine fortress at Pacuiul lui Soare in southern Romania. The fortress was swallowed by the river in the 15th century.

August 25th

Viking Warrior Discovered in Dublin

Prolog: The remains of a Viking warrior have been discovered in a shallow grave in downtown Dublin.

AEthelmearc Welcomes Baby Michael

Adelheidis Spatauf and Wolfgang von dem Schwartzwald are the proud new parents of Michael Ephraim Gaasch, born August 22, 2003.

English Handwriting Class Online

A website, edited by Andrew Zurcher, uses manuscripts to teach the writing of English letters from 1500-1700.

August 24th

SCAdian Runs for Governor of California

One of the over one hundred thirty candidates for Governor of California is a member of the SCA.

Isabella Font Copies Hand of the Isabella Breviary

John Stracke has announced the publication of the Isabella Font based on the calligraphic hand of Isabella of Castille from around 1497.

August 23rd

"Otzi" Died in Combat

A prehistoric iceman discovered by archaeologists in the Italian Alps and nicknamed "Otzi" may have been killed in combat.

National Public Radio Airs Feature Story on Pennsic 32

NPR: "Only A Game" is the title of a weekly sports program, produced by Boston University Public Radio station WBUR. Today's edition of the show features Pennsic War 32, with interviews and coverage of two major battles.

August 22nd

Pennsic Rapier Champions Featured on Photo Page

Lord Liam of the East Kingdom has posted photos by Don Brokk Jarlsson of the Pennsic 32 Rapier Champions Battle.

Viking Haute Couture Modeled in Denmark

MSN: The latest in medieval fashion was modeled recently at an outdoor museum near Lejre, Denmark.

August Updates of Stefan's Florilegium

THLord Stefan li Rous has updated the Stefan's Florilegium website with new entries covering such topics as Animals, Crafts, Cooking and Travel.

August 21st

Italian Archaeologists Work to Uncover Ancient Pozzuoli

For the past decade, a team of archaeologists has been working to reveal the wonders of the city of Pozzuoli, once the port of ancient Rome, now encased by the foundations of a Spanish city built in the 16th century on Naples.

Lochac Seneschal Drafts Response to Victorian Department of Justice

Master Delbert von Strassburg, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Lochac, is asking for discussion of a response to the Victorian Department of Justice in regard to weapons policy in Australia.

Divers Find Keel of the Mary Rose

Divers have excavated a piece of wood which they believe is the front stem of the keel of the Mary Rose.

View Pennsic Photos on

Alexander the Lost maintains a website dealing with past Pennsic Wars, including the most recent. Don't miss the photo albums.

A Midrealmer's Experience in Aethelmearc Court

Not all Kingdoms use standardized Oaths of Fealty. Read about one Midrealmer's first experience in an Out-Kingdom Court.

New Exhibit on Hieroglyphs at The Walters

"Secret Signs: Egyptian Writing" will be at The Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, from August 16 through December 14.

August 20th

Crossbows and "Samurai Swords" to be Banned in Victoria, Australia

The Age: The State Government of Victoria, Australia, has announced a ban on crossbows and "samurai swords."

Woodcuts Exhibit Opens at Cleveland Museum of Art

"Against the Grain: Woodcuts from the Collection" will run at the Cleveland Museum of Art from August 17 through November 9.

Taking a Look at the SCA

Detroit Free Press: In an article about a Sunday fighter practice in Warren, Michigan (USA), Detroit Free Press staff writer Melissa Sanchez takes a look at SCA life.

Tent Damage Reported from Pennsic Fireworks Due to Freak Winds

A freak gust of upper-level wind drove embers from the Pennsic fireworks display eastward into a camping area, damaging several tents.

August 19th

Calontir Knight Remembers Pennsic 32 Battles

Sir Kirk FitzDavid of the Kingdom of Calontir shares a Knight's-eye view of the Pennsic 32 battles.