Scientists reconstruct leprosy genome medieval strains

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.

Affiliate Memberships at SCA Ltd Events

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.

Pilgrim's Fount recognized as full status group

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.

Artifacts of a Life Worth Examining

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.

Treasures from a Byzantine garbage dump

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)

Comments sought on nomination for SCA Ltd board membership

Paidin MacLorkan, SCA Ltd Secretary, is seeking comments on nominees to the Board of Directors of SCA Ltd.

An introduction to equestrian combat in An Tir

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)

Sanctuary of St. Dymphna created

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.

Glaslyn's Defender of the Flame photos

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.

Vikings "stole by the armload"

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.

Baroness Sorcha Crowe made Laurel in Atlantia

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.

Alrik and Salomea new Heirs to Outlands Thrones

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.

Eirik Andersen's 2013 War of the Trillium Photos

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.

11 reasons to join the SCA/Ren Faire

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.

Remains of Spanish Jews "well preserved"

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.

Sir Morgan Claymore winner of Atenveldt Fall 2013 Crown Tournament

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.

Is there a "real" message in the Voynich manuscript?

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."

Medieval Samurai artifacts to be auctioned

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)

Knights In Battle present Feast of Arms at Fort Paull Museum

"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)

Coroner's inquest finds coin pendant treasure

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)

Ren faire meets comicbook in Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective

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.

SCA Tanka/Waka Anthology

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.

Panels "hacked" from Devon church

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)

"Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century" available for Kindle

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.

Lottery money to help Chester Farm

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.

Rapier Peerage Proposal – What is it?

The East Kingdom Gazette provides a brief background to the proposed Rapier peerage.

Odriana vander Brugghe elevated to Laurel in AEthelmearc

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.

Branagh to bring Macbeth to New York stage

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."

English heatwave reveals "X-ray" of Greys Court

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.

Combat and dance in Cascades Park

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)