Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-09-26 23:18
Lepers are a common image in medieval histories, but by the end of the 16th century, the disease appeares to have mostly died out in Europe. Now a team of biologists and archeologists have reconstructed the genomes of medieval strains of the pathogen responsible for the disease to find out why.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-09-26 20:02
Tiffany Brown (Teffania de Tukerton), Chair, SCA Ltd, reports that members of organizations affiliated with the Society for Creative Anachronism Ltd. (Australia) residing in Australia for more than two months, will be allowed to apply for complimentary membership in SCA Ltd.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-09-26 15:22
Jamys Chapman, Herald and Chronicler for the Incipient Shire of Pilgrim's Fount, reports that on September 7, 2013, Their Majesties John and Emma of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, announced the advancement to full status of the Incipient Shire of Pilgrim's Fount.
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Thu, 2013-09-26 10:23
At Artifacts of Life this last weekend in the East Kingdom, artists displayed items they made that could have been left behind by a single historic person – their own SCA persona or someone else.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-09-25 21:59
Early Byzantines in Tel Aviv, Israel probably thought themselves very clever when they buried a hoard of "400 coins, 200 intact Samaritan lamps and gold jewelry" in a garbage heap somewhere between the 5th-7th centuries. Perhaps they were, because the hoard was only found recently by a team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-09-25 19:13
Paidin MacLorkan, SCA Ltd Secretary, is seeking comments on nominees to the Board of Directors of SCA Ltd.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-09-25 09:36
Monica Bretherton writes the Horsebytes blog at the Seattle PI. She recently visited an SCA equestrian event in the Kingdom of An Tir, where she learned about medieval re-enactment on horseback. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-09-24 15:08
Pani Magdalena Gdanska reports on a new Yahoo group, the Sanctuary of St Dymphna, which was created for SCA members dealing with mental/emotional/neurological disorders.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-09-24 13:29
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Glaslyn Defender 2013 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-23 18:23
Sometimes Vikings are just Vikings. Studies of jewelry created by Viking artists show that objects gold and jewels used in the objects originated in the churches and monasteries of Ireland. Now Dr Griffin Murray of the Department of Archaeology at UCC asks that Irish loot be returned - in the form of a temporary exhibition.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-23 15:11
Court Herlad Herveus reports that at Their Battle on the Bay which took place September 14, 2013, Their Majesties Amos and Ysabella, of the Kingdom of Atlantia, offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Baroness Sorcha Crowe.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-23 12:54
THL Avram ibn Gabirol, Kingdom Minister of the Lists, reports that Duke Alrik Boleslavov was the victor of the September 14, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-23 08:18
Eirik Andersen reports that he has created a large album of photos from War of the Trillium 2013, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are available to view on SmugMug.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-09-22 23:06
In a curious case of misidentification, Catt Rooney of Epoch Times uses the 2010 Society for Creative Anachronism survey to pinpoint reasons why people participate in Renaissance Faires.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-09-22 13:27
In 2008, archaeologists unearthed a 13th century Jewish cemetery in Toledo, Spain. A comprehensive study of the burials was recently completed, identifying and cataloguing the 107 tombs. Experts declared the remains “well preserved” and deposited unusually deep in the ground.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-09-22 06:18
Baroness Magdalen Venturosa reports that Sir Morgan Claymore was the victor in the September 7, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Livia Alexandra Severa, the Countess Claymore.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-21 21:03
The 15th century Voynich manuscript may be considered "the world's most mysterious medieval manuscript," and quite possibly a hoax, but a new study by theoretical physicist Marcelo Montemurro, published in the journal Plus One, theorizes that the book has a "genuine message."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-21 15:58
Wealthy collectors are checking their pocket books at the announcement of the auction of several 13th century Samurai swords made by master maker Bizen Nagamitsu, estimated to sell between US $150,000 and $200,000. The swords, as well as other weapons and armor, will be auctioned October 8, 2013 by Bonhams in New York. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-09-20 13:17
"It has been an absolutely fantastic day, really excellent," said Fort Paull Museum manager Gavin Spencer about the recent Medieval Day. Lucy Leeson of the Hull Daily Mail has the story. (photo and video)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-09-20 00:59
A coroner's inquest has declared an "early-medieval gold pendant created from an imitation of a Byzantine coin," found in a field in Norfolk, England, to be treasure. The necklace was created as an imitation of a Byzantine-era coin, and is believed to have been made in France. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-09-19 12:27
Avery Fatbottom, Renaissance Faire organizer and detective, is the protagonist of a new comic series by Jen Vaughn. Vaughn spoke with JK Parkin of Comic Book Resources about her newly-released Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective.
Submitted by saitotakauji on Thu, 2013-09-19 09:36
In the year A.S. 48, King Damien MacGavin of Calontir began challenging the populace of His Kingdom to think of the projects they had always dreamed of and take one year to complete them. In response to this, Saito Takauji has begun an anthology of Tanka/Waka from all corners of the SCA.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-09-18 19:55
Sometime in the week of August 2-9, 2013, vandals "hacked out" two 15th century, decorative oak panels, bearing the images of saints from Holy Trinity Church in Torbryan, England. The panels were part of a screen and "one of the best examples of their kind left in Britain." (video)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-09-18 11:37
Steven Muhlberger reports that his book Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century in now available for the Kindle from Amazon.com in eBook format. Cost to download is US $3.99.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-09-18 05:54
2,000 years of English history will be open for study thanks to a UK£4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore and investigate various sites at Chester Farm, in Irchester, England.
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Tue, 2013-09-17 18:32
The East Kingdom Gazette provides a brief background to the proposed Rapier peerage.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-09-17 15:03
Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, reports that at Siege of Harlech in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Odriana vander Brugghe.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-09-17 09:53
Sir Kenneth Branagh will bring his version of "the Scottish play" by William Shakespeare to the drill hall of the Park Avenue Armory in New York City in June 2014. Sir Kenneth said: "I am delighted that we have the chance to recreate Macbeth in this epic setting."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-16 21:07
Greys Court, near Henley-on-Thames, is an English mansion built in the 1550s. Now a major heatwave has revealed that the mansion was once much larger through "parch," areas of dead grass, outlining structures from the original building.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-16 19:19
Lady Kestral likes to dance -- but also throw axes. Sgt. Eginolf is a fighter, who lets off stress through armored combat. Both spoke to reporter Sam Gause of the MLive (Jackson, Michigan) about the life in the SCA and the Shire of Talonvale. (slideshow)