Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-07-05 19:54
“The volume represents the very first appearance in print of all five books of the Pentateuch as well as the first to which vocalization and cantillation marks have been added,” said the Christie's auction house catalogue about the sale of a Torah, printed in Hebrew in Bologna in January 1482. An anonymous buyer paid US$3.87 million for the book. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-07-05 11:51
St. Sabas, a leader of the monastic movement, was a very important person in Jerusalem during the Middle Ages. Recently a lead seal, bearing his image and dating to the 13th century, was discovered during an archaeological dig in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-07-05 08:43
Skeleton 180 might be a very remarkable individual: the only person recorded related to the Norman invasion of England. Buried in a medieval cemetery, 180 was believed to have died at the Battle of Lewes in 1264, but scientists have now placed his death around 1066.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-07-01 10:33
Members of the SCA Shire of Thamesreach recently took part in a celebration of Tudor Day at the Queens Elisabeth Hunting lodge in Epping Forest, England. Photographer PQNeiman was on hand to capture images of the day.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-30 14:57
For two weeks each June, residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota are invited to step back in time with the entertainers of the Siouxland Renaissance Festival. Dorene Weinstein of the Argus Leader caught up with Anna Vorhes, executive chairwoman of the Siouxland Renaissance Association, to talk about the festival.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-30 11:55
Readers of Shakespeare's works could easily dismiss his interest in science at a time when the Scientific Revolution was happening around him, but author Dan Falk believes that the Bard was well aware of the developments.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-06-29 14:12
Traquair House, supposedly the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, was the site of the recent Traquair Medieval Fayre, complete with hawks, hounds and players. The BBC offers a short slideshow of the event.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-06-29 06:32
According to Tom Mcleish, Giles Gasper and Hannah Smithson for an article in The Conversation, 13th century Bishop of Lincoln, Robert Grosseteste, was one of the most dazzling minds of his generation (1170 to 1253) and may have caught onto the modern notion of multiple universes.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-06-28 19:21
Jerry Boone of The Oregonian recently learned about re-creating medieval history and becoming a "living resource" from Vikki Cauldwell, Baroness of Dragon’s Mist in the SCA Kingdom of An Tir, as she prepared for Faire in the Grove. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-06-28 10:13
A team of scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden will be studying the remains of King Erik the Holy, a medieval Swedish king later canonized as Saint Erik. Researchers hope to discover more about the 12th century monarch including how he lived and his origins. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-27 16:51
In the Middle Ages, it was common to see white storks, which breed in continental Europe and migrate to Africa in the winter, nesting in the chimneys of England, but no stork has done so for 600 years - until now. (photo, video)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-27 08:12
Attendees to the recent Tartan Day South Highland Games & Celtic Festival in Lexington County, South Carolina, were treated to an exhibition of armored combat by Steve Gillam and Lee Loftis. Cassie Cope of The State has the story. (photo, video)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-06-26 20:49
A recent edition of the Falcon Banner, the news magazine of the Kingdom of Calontir, featured documentation by Duchess Aislinn Morcroft entitled An Age of Change: Examining 14th century Fashion.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-06-26 15:30
In a wonderful article by William Kremer, of BBC World Service, photographer Asher Svidensky looks at some of the young people of Mongolia as they hunt using golden eagles, including 13-year-old Ashol-Pan, considered to be the country's only apprentice huntress. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-06-26 08:56
Metal detector enthusiast Andy Falconer has found a few artifacts over the years but nothing like the 14th century, silver bishop's seal, called "incredibly significant" by Manx National Heritage, he found recently in a field on the Isle of Man. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-06-25 19:02
Kurt Willer, Danville (Illinois) High School librarian and member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, was recently awarded the David L. Fields Excellence in Teaching Award as an "outstanding" teacher in the district. Noelle McGee of the News-Gazette has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-06-25 13:45
For 3 years and 10 months, Drachenwald Court Artisan Rakonczay Gergely has been weaving an amazingly-beautiful tapestry, measuring 250x150cm. Now the finished work hangs on the wall and pictures of the work in progress tell the story.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-06-24 12:20
Lia de Thornegge reports that she has created an album of photos from Double Wars XXVII which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-06-24 04:53
SCA Ltd is again seeking nominations for board members. SCA Ltd is the administrative body that directs and oversees the "out-of-game" activities of the SCA in Australia.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-23 23:00
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will host Traveling the Silk Road, an exhibit which promises "the spectacular sights, sounds and stories of the greatest trade route of ancient times." The spectacular exhibit will be at the museum until October 5, 2014.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-23 19:04
THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates to Stefan's Florilegium for June 2014.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-23 10:20
The Calontir Falcon Banner reports that the Laurel, Wreath, and Pelican Sovereigns of Arms have chosen a Silent Herald Deputy, a Society-level position created "to encourage and promote the use and equality of Silent Heraldry at all courts and events in which the entire populace attends."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-06-22 13:07
The Middle Ages came to Tenino City Park recently as members of the Barony of Glymm Mere in the Kingdom of Antir celebrated Mayfaire, a "Baronial demonstration event" open to the public. Kevin Anderson, reporter for the Nisqually Valley News, attended and spoke to Baronial Chatelaine Aeryth Le Marchand. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-06-22 07:44
An ornate, gold, jewel-bedecked crown that will grace the coffin for the reburial of England's King Richard III, was displayed recently at Tewkesbury Abbey. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-06-21 10:39
Once considered a beverage for sweaty Vikings or geeky Renaissance Faire attendees, mead has "shed its medieval reputation and is claiming a coveted spot in Northern California's artisanal drinks culture." Jessica Yadegaran of the San Jose Mercury News has a feature story.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-06-21 05:50
Researchers looking at the wall paintings of the 12th century Byzantine monastery Enkleistra of St. Neophytos in Cyprus, found something they didn't expect: asbestos. Their discovery has been published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-20 17:18
Chief researcher for a new study of Scottish place names, Dr Simon Taylor, says: "Scotland is a country where many different languages have been spoken over the last 1,500 years, and its place names reflect this rich and varied history. What we are doing is giving teachers the tools to explore Scotland's rich heritage."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-20 13:26
Kynric de Coventry calls himself "geek orthodox," a trait he chose to flaunt recently at MisCon in Missoula, Montana. Kynric is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and shared his thoughts about the organization with reporter Lilian Langston of KPAX. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-20 08:01
One for the most challenging tasks of a newcomer in the Society for Creative Anachronism is choosing an SCA name, one that will satisfy both the user and the heralds whose job it is to register it. In a recent article for the blog Wulfhere's Devices, Wulfhere of Eofeshamme of Calontir shares advice for new members on how to choose a good name.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-06-19 17:33
Precious metals were scarce during the decline of the Roman Empire in Germanic Europe, which would explain the recent discovery of a hoard of "gold coins and pieces of silver tableware which had been deliberately cut up (hacksilver)" in a field near Limburg in the Netherlands. (photos)