London church with Shakespeare connection sought

St Leonard's church in Shoreditch, England, best known as the backdrop for the hit BBC series Rev, is believed to have been the site of the medieval church where Shakespeare worshiped. Now archaeologists plan to investigate the area in search of the original building.

Norse Power: Smells like... carnage!

Re-enactors who want that authentic Viking smell should get themselves a can of Norse Power Deodorant For Men. Developed by scientists for Visit York and the Jorvik Viking Centre, the deodorant claims to "help recreate what a Viking probably smelled like."

Master Cedric Wlfraven knighted at June Faire

Sir John and Mistress Alyna Wolfstan report that Master Cedric Wlfraven has been elevated to the Order of the Chivalry by Their Majesties Eirik and Drifinna of the Kingdom of An Tir.

And it even worked after dark!

In another argument against the barbarism of the Vikings, researchers have discovered that a small compass could have worked with other tools, such as a pair of crystals and a flat, wooden slab, to navigate when the sun was low in the sky or even below the horizon.

Gilles de Beauchamps made Laurel at Abhain Ciach Ghlais Silver Anniversary

Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, reports that at Their Abhain Ciach Ghlais Silver Anniversary, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to  Maitre Gilles de Beauchamps.

New books of poetry at Project Gutenberg

A text copy of all 3 volumes of Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry was recently posted to Project Gutenberg. These books contain a great deal of poetry in middle and early modern English.

Hadrian's Wall Trust is no more

Over the next six months, the Hadrian's Wall Trust, the charity that maintains the famous Roman wall crossing northern England, will be closed due to "significant financial constraints." In the future, the wall will be maintained by English Heritage and local authorities.

Learning from the teeth of the dead

"It's fantastic we can look in such detail at an individual who died 600 years ago," said Don Walker, an osteologist with the Museum of London about his recent work on remains found last year under London's Charterhouse Square. A study of the teeth has revealed that at least 12 of the skeletons died in the 14th century of the Black Death. (photos)

SCA Artisans Get Recognition With the SCA Artisan Love Project

The Middle Kingdom's A&S Pentathlon Champion is shining the light on the amazing artisans of the Society with the SCA Artisan Love project, which showcases those artisans who inspire us with their beautiful artifacts, period processes, hard-sought research, infectious enthusiasm, and just plain amazing work.

Slave trade in Eastern Europe chronicled

In a 2014 journal article for Russian History, The Baltic Finnic People in the Medieval and Pre-Modern Eastern European Slave Trade, author Jukka Korpela looks at the routes of the slave trade in Eastern Europe. Jukka is affiliated with the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland.

Panteria equestrian photos online

Brita reports that she has created an album of photos from Panteria 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available to view on Shutterfly.

New Chronicler needed for "Quivers and Quarrels"

Quivers and Quarrels, the SCA archery E-newsletter, is looking for a new Chronicler/editor. The current Chronicler will be leaving due to mundane job requirements.

Photos and videos from Northshield 2014 Spring Coronation

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has created an album of photos and several videos from the recent Spring 2014 Coronation in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on Flickr, and the videos are on YouTube.

Fort Wayne "weekend warrior" leads Shire of the Shadowed Stars

Wendy Martin-Glick, known in the SCA as Lady Maggie MacKeith, discovered the Society in 1987 and has been hooked ever since. The Seneschale of the Shire of the Shadowed Stars in Fort Wayne, Indiana recently spoke with Lynn Altevogt of the Journal Gazette.

45,000 English surnames now in database

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Family Names of the United Kingdom Project has completed its first phase with 45,000 surnames, from the 11th to 19th centuries, researched and explained.

Steppes Warlord 2014 photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Steppes Warlord 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Peers created at 2014 Rowany Festival

At Their recent Rowany Festival XXXII, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Lochac, Alfar and Angharat, offered elevation to the Peerage to four of Their subjects.

Paul of Bellatrix - Pennsic 2014 Classes

Sign-ups are now open for Duke Paul's individual or small group instruction sessions at Pennsic 2014.  opics of instruction are the choice of the student.

"Quivers and Quarrels" needs articles

Sir Jon FitzRauf, co-editor of Quivers and Quarrels, reports that material is needed for the summer edition of the SCA wide archery E-newsletter.

Invitation to the Enchanted Ground

Duke Cariadoc of the Bow has issued his annual invitation to experience the Enchanted Ground at Pennsic.

The Great Audley's mourning ring found in Norfolk

In his will, Hugh Audley, known as The Great Audley, 16th century philosopher, land owner and money lender - and owner of the land where Buckingham Palace now stands - left 11 mourning rings, designed to be worn by his mourners. Such a ring, linked to him, has been discovered in a south Norfolk field. (photo)

Five offered peerages at AEthelmearc's 2014 Ice Dragon

Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai reports that, at Their Court at the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon 22, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle offered elevation to the Peerage to four of Their subjects.

No Red Cross Blood Drive for Pennsic 43

Scheduling conflicts have resulted in the cancellation (for this year only) of the American Red Cross blood drive that has been held near Pennsic War for the past few years.

Incredible Lod Roman mosaics to go on display in England

A collaboration between the Israel Antiquities Authority and the British Museum will bring the amazing 3rd century Roman floor mosaics from Lod, Israel to Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, Engand for an exhibit from June 5 – November 2, 2014. The mosaics are "one of the oldest surviving complete Roman mosaics" ever discovered. (photos)

Changes to the SCA Ltd Board (Australia)

Jeff Nicholson, Chair, SCA Ltd. (Australia), reports on changes to the SCA Ltd. Board and the quest for new Board members.

Monastery diet revealed by Durham Cathedral excavation

Archaeologists working on an excavation of a portion of Durham Cathedral, destined to become an exhibition space for the relics of St. Cuthbert, have unearthed over 20,000 animal bones and a "massive amount" of food waste. The site was once part of the monastery's 14th century kitchen. (photos)

Open Audition Call for the Pennsic Commedia All Stars Troupe!

OPEN CALL! If you are going to Pennsic and would like to perform in a commedia dell' arte play with the troupe named "Pennsic Commedia All Stars" please let me know!  The All Stars is a troupe that exists only at Pennsic, very much inspired by the Known World Players. 

Kolgrim Olafsson to be knighted at Battlemoor

Lady Danielle reports that Their Majesties Walrick and Cecilia of the Kingdom of the Outlands have chosen to offer elevation to the Order of Chivalry to THL Kolgrim Olafsson.

Jost and Isolte new Prince and Princess of Cynagua

Duchess Megan reports that Sir Jost von Luck was the victor of the Spring 2014 Cynagua Coronet in the Kingdom of the West. His Highness fought for Isolte le Quite.

Lionheart: "A bad son, a bad husband, a selfish ruler, and a vicious man?"

Richard the Lionheart is a beloved figure in English history, but the name has sparked controversy with many historians who found the king to be not so virtuous. On his history blog for The Telegraph, Dr Dominic Selwood tries to debunk some of the myths surrounding King Richard I.