Trial begins for accused murderer of Florida SCAdian

Prosecutor J. Ryan Will contends that on March 2, 2012, Scott Austin Stuut II broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend, Margaret Gee, of DeLand, Florida, and murdered her. Gee was an SCA member and Seneschal of the Shire of Vaca Del Mar. The trial began March 4, 2014.

Rowany Festival deadlines approaching

Caristiona nic Beathain, Lochac's Rowany Festival Steward, reports that several deadlines for the festival are rapidly approaching.

Gulf Wars Request

Master Cynric of Bedwyn, Co-Autocrat, Gulf Wars XXIV (2015), has a small request of those attending this year's War.

Gulf War A&S information

Greetings unto the Known World Ministers of the Arts & Sciences from Mistress Maudeleyn Godeliva Taillour of Meridies. The A&S Open hosted by Meridies and Gleann Abhann will take place on Friday at Gulf Wars from 8 AM to 3 PM at Bede Hall, and the surrounding area.

Little hook protector of 16th century fashion

What could be worse than dragging your elegant skirts through the muck on the streets? Nothing, apparently, as revealed by the discovery of a 20mm (0.8 inch) long gold hook designed to hold up ladies' skirts when crossing a muddy yard. (photo)

"Staggering find" links British Isles and Norway

Curator Barry Ager of the British Museum discovered a rare Viking artifact lately in an unexpected place: the storeroom of the British Museum. The ornate, gilded brooch, spotted by Ager "in a lump of organic material excavated from a Viking burial site at Lilleberge in Norway," turned out to be a rare piece of jewelry. (photo)

Rare gaming piece found in Anglo-Saxon royal hall

Archaeologists from the University of Reading have found an extremely rare board game piece dating to the fifth century during the excavation of an Anglo-Saxon royal complex in Lyminge, Kent, England. The piece would have been used for games such as backgammon or draughts. (photo)

Peers created at al-Barran Midwinter in the Outlands

Master Angus Reid MacFarlane, Blue Iris Herald, reports that at Their Courts at al-Barran Midwinter, Their Majesties Alrik and Salomea of the Kingdom of the Outlands, offered elevation to the Peerage to four of Their subjects.

BM's Sutton Hoo gallery receives facelift

Room 41 of the British Museum has received a facelift in order to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial. The room, which houses the museum's early medieval collections, was refurbished with new flooring, roof and internal architecture renovation thanks to a gift from Sir Paul and Lady Jill Ruddock.

Baroness Dealla Cohen made Peer in Atlantia

Lady Wynne ferch Rhodri reports that at Their Royal Court at The Mid-Winter Revels, Their Majesties Ragnarr and Lynette of the Kingdom of Atlantia offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Baroness Dealla Cohen.

Templar interest increases with approaching 700th anniversary

With material such as The Da Vinci Code to capture the public's attention, the myths of the Knights Templar are more popular than ever. Lawyer, noveliest and historian Dr Dominic Selwood has a feature article for The Telegraph.

Investigation of Shakespeare's last home to enter phase 2

Archaeologists have been working on the site of New Place, William Shakespeare's last home in Stratford-upon-Avon, since 2009 and have now discovered "as much as they can" about the site, which was demolished in the 18th century. (photos)

Ansteorra Winter Crown photos online

Michael De Eryri reports that he has created an album of photos from the Kingdom of Ansteorra's Winter 2014 Crown Tournament. The album is available to view on  the J&M Timeless (SmugMug) website.

Three new Peers tapped at AEthelmearc Kingdom Twelfth Night

Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at Their Kingdom 12th Night, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.

Touring Judaic sites in Spain

After the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, much of Sephardic Jewish history and culture was destroyed, but some does remain. Gisela Dés of The Jerusalem Post offers a feature article on the "lost Jewish kingdom" in Spain.

Raising a horn with the Vikings

For centuries, the Norse used animal horns as drinking vessels, many of which had decorative metal terminals and mounts. Proof of this has been found in grave sites, although the actual horns have long decayed. A new book by Vivian Etting entitled The Story of the Drinking Horn – Drinking Culture in Scandinavia during the Middle Ages tells the long story of the custom. (photos)

Archaeologists surprised by medieval remains at Gallo-Roman site

The last thing that archaeologists working on the Roman site of Intaranum near Entrains-sur-Nohain, France expected to find was a mass grave in a well dating to the 8th-10th centuries.

New Peers at An Tir 12th Night

Court Reporter HL Finn Grim reports that, at Their 2014 12th Night, Their Majesties Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir, chose to offer elevation to the Peerage to seven members of Their populace. The event took place January 11, 2014.

Society Feast Survey

Feast cooks in the Midrealm's Barony of Sternfeld have created a survey asking members from around the Known World what they want most from an SCA feast.

Polish "glosses" may have been written by Copernicus

Experts are studying the handwriting of scientist Nicolaus Copernicus to determine if recently-discovered glosses, or notes written on the margins, in a book from the library of the Seminary of Warmia Metropolis "Hosianum" in Olsztyn, Poland were written by Copernicus or by someone else.

Birka 2014 photos online

Brita and Hugh from the East Kingdom report that they have created albums of photos from Market Day at Birka. Brita's photos are available on Shutterfly, while Hugh's may be found on Picasaweb.

Sweyn Forkbeard, the "murderous" King of England

Sweyn Forkbeard, England's shortest-reigning monarch, is mostly forgotten today, due mainly to his short time as king (less than five years) and his "murderous character." Sweyn declared himself King of England on Christmas Day 1013 and established Gainsborough as his capital.

Hobbyists score "biggest collection of medieval silver coins ever found using metal detectors in Scotland"

Gus Paterson and Derek McLennan of Ayrshire, Scotland have made their hobby of treasure hunting pay off. They recently discovered over 300 medieval silver coins, the biggest collection of medieval silver coins ever found using metal detectors in Scotland, in a field at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright. (photos)

Symposium scheduled to pinpoint location of Battle of Brunanburh

In 937, a deciding battle was fought which changed the course of British history forever. The Battle of Brunanburh, one of the UK's bloodiest, was fought between the Scots and the Saxons, establishing England's identity. Unfortunately, no one knows where the battle took place.

New life for Lady and Unicorn Tapestries

The six "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries, housed by the Musée National du Moyen Age in Paris, were showing their age with dust and sagging linings taking their toll, but the 16th century Flemish masterpieces were recently given new life with a complete restoration of the linings and a special vacuuming. (photo)

Old Time Patterns' 2nd Annual Historical Costume Contest

Announcing  Old Time Patterns' 2nd Annual Historical Costume Contest. No purchase necessary. Cash prizes. 8 time period categories to enter.

Performing Arts at Gulf Wars XXIII

Oyez! Oyez! Gulf Wars XXIII approacheth! Remember, for those that have competed before, we have the 7th annual Gulf War's War Bard
Competition on Wednesday starting at 6:00 p.m.

Don't drink the water?

Hey, everyone knows that medieval people drank beer because they couldn't drink the water, right? "Wrong," says blogger chezjim on Les Leftovers.

Spanish medieval vineyard study opens "window to the past"

In the 10th century, Zaballa, Spain was a quiet village that cultivated vineyards on terraces. Then the rich folks arrived in the form of a manor monastery which created a "highly significant rent-seeking system," and then a "veritable factory, a specialised estate in the hands of local lords who tried to obtain the maximum profits possible." The town was abandoned in the 15th century.

WinterKingdom 2014 photos online

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