Byzantine monastery to become mosque

The 5th century Byzantium Monastery of Stoudios in Istanbul, Turkey is scheduled to become a mosque after renovation concludes in 2014. The site will be renamed İmrahor İlyas Bey Mosque.

Re-enactors to invade Menorca July 2014

Visitors to Spain's island of Menorca in July 2014 will receive a special treat when an historic re-enactment of the island’s invasion by Catalonian and Aragonese troops in the Middle Ages will take place in the capital's Plaza Conquesta.

The unicorn phenomenon

Unicorns have been a part of the known bestiary since Greek and Roman times. In his book, A Natural History of Unicorns, University of Nottingham geographer Chris Lavers looks at the history of the beast and human obsession with it.

Basilica "of enormous importance" excavated on Cyprus

Archaeologists from the Cyprus Antiquities Department have unearthed the remains of a 7th century basilica the size of Westminster Abbey near the Royal Air Force Station of Akrotiri on Cyprus. Experts believe that the huge church was only used for 30 years.

Pope Francis displays bones of St. Peter

For the first time ever, the relics of St. Peter, discovered in the necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica in 1939, were displayed during mass, and prayed over by the Pope. The relices include nine pieces of bone. (photos)

Q&A: Registering Names and Devices with Mistress Alys Mackyntoich

Mistress Alys Mackyntoich answered a Q&A for the East Kingdom Gazette that covers the process of registering names and devices in the East Kingdom.

Persian arms and armor articles online

On his website, Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani has posted a number of his articles on Iranian and Persian armoring and swordsmithing. Most of the articles are available in English in PDF format.

SCA Teen Surveys re-posted

Lady Saehildr barngo'dhr reports that she has re-posted two surveys regarding teen participation in the SCA. The surveys will be open until January 22, 2014.

Soldiers cross swords in Hellsgate

It was the Army vs. the Army when members of the SCA chapter Stronghold of Hellsgate, in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, met in Carl Levin Park, Harker Heights,Texas in August 2013. Sgt. Samuel Northrup has the story for the 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. (photos)

"Grubby, old pot" contains rare coin

For eight years, a grubby, old pot sat in a basement in Rothbury, England. It was not until recently that builder Richard Mason, who found the pot on Lindisfarne, took a second look, discovering a hoard of gold and silver dating to the 16th century.

Estrella War XXX Special Events Games Edition

KNOWN WORLD Jan 6, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest Special Event Games Edition

Drachenwald Winter 2014 Coronation photos online

Bridget Greywolf reports that she has created an album of photos from  Drachenwald 2014 Winter Coronation which took place recently in Sweden. The photos are available on her public Facebook page.

Researchers create "virtual villa" using video game technology

Researchers at Indiana University, leading an international collaborative team, have used the Unity 3D game engine to create an interactive digital model of Hadrian's Villa, a Roman ruin located near Tivoli, Italy, for research and educational purposes.

Three placed on vigil at Dragon’s Laire Yule

THL Finn Grim, Court Reporter, has announced that Their Royal Majesties Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir have offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects. The offers were made at Dragon’s Laire Yule.

Estrella War XXX Special Events Youth Activities

Estrella War XXX Announcement Digest Special Event Youth Edition Jan 10, 2014

In Memoriam: Don Edmund the Lame

It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports on the passing of Don Edmund the Lame.

Estrella War XXX Updates #4

Hail to gentles from far and near…as Estrella War XXX approaches, Atenveldt warmly greets you, and bids you welcome here!

Experience the viola organista

Leonardo Da Vinci had more projects than time, a fact illustrated by his notesbooks of inventions never built, but Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki recently took on one challenging by constructing da Vinci's viola organista, an instrument which combines "the bowed sound of a viola (or cello) with a cabinet that resembles a baby grand piano." (video)

A Call for Bids for Pennsic 45 Mayor

So, you want to be the Pennsic Mayor?  Bids for Pennsic 45 (2016) will be accepted until 1 May 2014.

"Sharing knowledge" in Hellsgate

Things got a bit noisy at the Copperas Cove Library recently when Anthony Schienschang brought his hammer and anvil for a demonstration of armoring. Schienschang is a member of the SCA, Stronghold of Hellsgate in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Valerie L. Valdez of the Killeen Daily Herald (Killeen, Texas) has the story. (photos, video)

Might Roman ring have inspired Tolkien?

The history of a stolen Roman ring and its discovery in the 18th century are the subject of a recent feature article in History Today by Lynn Forest-Hill, fellow of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton, theorizing that the ring may have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien. (photos)

Pennsic 43 pre-registration open

Geoffrey and Catherine report that pre-registration for Pennsic War 43 is now open on the Pennsic Registration Office website. The pennsic War runs July 25 - August 10, 2014.

Plotting the roots of Red

A recent article for Live Science analyzes the evolution of Little Red Riding Hood from its 1st century roots to its modern place in children's literature. The article follows the work of Durham University anthropologist Jamie Tehrani whose paper The Phylogeny of Little Red Riding Hood was published in the journal Plos One.

Abu Raihan al-Biruni and the discovery of America

In a feature article for History Today, S. Frederick Starr of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, looks at the claimants to the discovery of the New World, including Abu Raihan al-Biruni, an Islamic scholar from Central Asia, who "may have discovered the New World centuries before Columbus – without leaving his study."

Letters to Eung-tae tell story of love and grief

500 hundred years ago, a grieving wife wrote 13 love letters of Shakespearean pathos to her dead husband. The letters were buried along with the mummified remains in Andong City in South Korea, and tell "him she wants to see him and listen to him in her dreams."

The medieval debate over "the rule of the rod"

Debate over corporal punishment in schools continues to this day, but new research by Dr Ben Parsons, of the University of Leicester, shows that the debate is an old one. In his project, Discipline and Violence in the Medieval Classroom, Parsons examines writings from the Middle Ages and concludes that corporal punishment was not necessarily the rule of the day.

Richard III to be reburied with medieval pomp and ceremony

Reburial of nobles was common practice in the 15th century, so the spirit of Richard III should feel right at home when he is soon reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. Experts have discovered a medieval ceremony of reburial, parts of which will be used in the upcoming service.

Estrella War Rapier & Hard Suit Combat Edition Announcement

Polish and repair your armor! Practice your tactics and formations! Prepare for these challenging fighting Scenarios for Estrella War XXX!

German brewers demand Reinheitsgebot be recognized by UNESCO

A 16th century German law, Reinheitsgebot, laying out the purity of beer, should be included in UNESCO's list of famous traditions, according to the country's beer industry. Over 5,000 beers still carry the law's seal which requires that only water, barley, yeast and hops may be used to brew beer.

Reno erat Rudolphus

A mite late, perhaps, but still of note, we bring you a special Christmas present: Reno erat Rudolphus, complete with score so you can sing along.