Announcing KWDS XI Activities - Balls, Revels and More!

The Drachenwald Known World Dance Symposium XI shall feature a wide range of afternoon and evening activities, from elegant balls to dissolute gambling! Refreshments will be served at all evening functions, and open dancing commences after the balls, continuing until the last reveler seeks their bed.

Baroness Othindisa Bykona given writ for the Order of the Laurel

At Crown Tourney, held October 11th, TRM Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, presented Baroness Othindisa bykona with a writ for the Order of the Laurel.

Early Christian charm found in Manchester library

A 6th century papyrus, identified as an early Christian charm, has been discovered among the documents in the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library. The charm is considered "the earliest surviving document to use the Christian Eucharist liturgy - which outlines the Last Supper - as a protective charm."

SCA BoD to decide on proposed Rapier Peerage Corpora change in 2015

Don Miklos von Baeker, Baron of Oldenfeld, reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism plans to make a decision on the proposed Rapier Peerage Corpora change in 2015.

Two elevated to Pelican in AEthelmearc

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that Their Majesties Magnus Tindal and Etain of the Kingdom of Aethelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to THL Filipo da Sancto Martino and Baron Sogtungui Bataar.

Steinnar and Lyda new Heirs to Ealdormere Throne.

Congratulations to Sir Steinnar Aggarson, the victor of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Tools help identify Viking blacksmith grave

Leif Arne Norberg, of Sogndalsdalen, Norway, certainly didn't expect to find treasure when he moved some stone slabs in his garden revealing what is believed to be the grave of a Viking blacksmith. (photo)

Oldest known siddur displayed in Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s Bible Lands Museum recently played host to the Book of Books exhibition which featured the world's oldest siddur, a 1,200-year-old Hebrew manuscript still in its original binding. (photo)

Royal baths of Pliska unearthed in Bulgaria

In the 9th century, Pliska was the capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom and heavily influenced by Mediterranean culture. This influence can be seen in the recently discovered royal baths, believed to be the oldest in the country. (photo)

Roman finery found under Colchester department store

Construction work at Williams & Griffin department store in Colchester, England has led to the remarkable discovery of a wealthy Roman woman's jewelry collection, considered to be "one of the finest of its kind ever discovered in Britain." (photos)

Dig to explore medieval town and plantation in Northern Ireland

Experts in Antrim County, Northern Ireland, are intrigued by evidence of a "lost" medieval town beneath a plantation-era Gaelic Scottish settlement and a 16th century castle. The evidence consists of a metal buckle and a silver groat, both dating to the 1550s.

THL Yvonne de Plumetot joins SCA Ltd. BoD

Sorle Maknicoll, mka Jeff Nicholson, Secretary, SCA Ltd (Australia), reports that Michele Le Bas, known as THL Yvonne de Plumetot has joined the organization's Board of Directors.

SCAdians share skills at Southeast Texas Arts Festival

Members of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism took part in the Southeast Texas Arts Festival which took place october 17-18, 2014 at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts. Jake Daniels of the Beaumont Enterprise was on hand to take photos.

Miles FitzRalf new Prince of the West

Cynthia de Greenfield reports that Miles FitzRalf was the victor of the October 4, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Aesa Ythersdottir.

Sir Makarius Novgorodilainen winner of Drachenwald Crown Tourney

Thomas Flamanc of Kelsale reports that Sir Makarius Novgorodilainen was the victor of the October 18, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The tournament took place in Aarnimetsä (Finland).

Urgent advice to all Victorian participants and those planning to travel to the State of Victoria (Australia)

Urgent advice to all Victorian SCA participants and those planning to travel to the State of Victoria: Due to changes in the Victorian Control of Weapons Act 1990, effective immediately, a restriction has been placed on members of SCA Ltd in Victoria, who are new members since the 5th of June 2014.

Ethiopia encourages tourists to visit rock-hewn, 13th century churches

Ethiopia, long known as a country of poverty and famine, hopes to change its image through tourism, especially through visits to medieval sites such as Lalibela, where eleven 13th century churches were "chiselled out of the town's red volcanic rock hills." David Smith of The Guardian has a feature story. (photos)

Proposed Corpora Language Change - Corpora VIII.B.4

The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on the following proposed Corpora language change.

No sale for Hastings sword

A recent Christies auction failed to sell a medieval sword, purported to have been a trophey taken by Humphrey De Bohun, a kinsman of William the Conqueror, from the Battle of Hastings. The owner had hoped the sword would bring up to £120,000. (photo)

History meets entertainment at the Alabama Ren Faire

After 28 years, education is still the number one goal for the Florence, Alabama Renaissance Faire, but that doesn't keep it from being fun. “We keep it very light-hearted,” Faire chairman Billy Warren said. “If it ever quits being light and fun, then I’m out of here. Nothing about the Renaissance Faire ever keeps me up at night.”

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village to get new house

The West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in Suffolk, England, with its sunken-featured buildings, has been an important archaeological site since 1965 and a tourist attraction with reconstructed buildings since 1999. Now a new house will be built to replace one that is "beyond repair." (photos)

Anton and Isabeau new Prince and Princess of Calontir

Ingeborg reports that Anton Rhaghelan was the winner of the October 11, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir. Prince Anton was inspired in His endeavor by Isabeau de Beauxyeux.

"Dracula stayed here"

Tokat Castle in Turkey "is completely surrounded by secret tunnels. It is very mysterious,” said archaeologist İbrahim Çetin about the dungeon-laden castle which once held the captive Prince Vlad III the Impaler, AKA Dracula.

Mary, Queen of Scots letter sells for US$28,000

On September 18, 2014, RR Auction, in Boston, Massachusetts, auctioned a private letter from Mary Queen of Scots transferring control of her property, Wassy Castle, located in eastern Champagne, France, to her maitre d'hotel, Jacques de la Montaigne. The letter was sold to a private bidder for US$28,750 (UK£17,472). (photo)

Two Medieval Monks Invent Maps: A lesson in cartography

The Toast website offers an imagined conversation between two monks creating world maps. Start (or end) your day right with Two Medieval Monks Invent Maps, a bit of medieval humor.

What medieval Venice can teach about controlling Ebola

Experts on disease control, working with the Ebola outbreak in Africa, are looking back to medieval Venice to understand how to contain the disease. Dr. Igor Linkov of the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center believes the key is resilience management, "managing physical movement, social interactions, and data collection."

Stefan's Florilegium updates for October 2014

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates for Stefan's Florilegium for October 2014.

Net-weaving tutorial on Instructables

The Instructables website has an online tutorial for primitive net-making from the carving of the needle to the creation of the net. A PDF is available for Instructables members.

Mysterious Gedi: Kenya's Machu Picchu

In 1927, archaeologists discovered the remains of the fabled city of Gedi deep in the jungles of Kenya, but only recently have they begun to appreciate the advanced nature of the city. (photo)

Early medieval tavern found in Bulgaria

The discovery of "more than 100 glass cups, which were most likely used for drinking wine," has led experts to believe they have found a medieval tavern. The discovery was made at a site in the town of Misioni, Bulgaria.