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.

The man who broke the Sutton Hoo story

In 1939, the biggest news in archaeology was the discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial in Suffolk, England. In a feature story for EADT24, Mike Bowden discusses how his father, Alfred Bowden, known as “Bow,’’ broke the story of the discovery. (photos)

Students "Eat Like a Roman" at the University of Buffalo

Roman music, historical dress and Latin greetings set the mood for a special banquet served to 2,000 University at Buffalo students in April 2014, as part of the class "Eat Like a Roman" taught by UB’s Department of Classics. (photos)

Caelin on Andrede's Gulf Wars 2014 photos

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created several albums of photos from Gulf Wars 2014 which took place in March in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Tolkien's Beowulf to be published for the first time

British professor and author JRR Tolkien is best known for his works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but now a deal has been made to publish the beloved storyteller's translation of the Old English poem Beowulf, complete with commentary.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for May 2014

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates for Stefan's Florilegium for May 2014.

Trumbrand and Kaylah new Heirs to Ealdormere Throne

Justinian Clarus reports that Duke Trumbrand the Wanderer was the winner of the May 24, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. His Grace was inspired in His endeavor by Duchess Kaylah the Cheerful.

Elizabethan "Star Wars" adds fun to Walla Walla ren faire.

For 44 years, players, dancers and merchants have gathered on the campus of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington for the Annual Whitman College Renaissance Faire. Alfred Diaz of the Union-Bulletin has the story. (photo)

Getty art books for download

Silfren, from the Kingdom of Lochac, reports that the Getty Publications Archives is offering free digital backlist titles for download. Items available include exhibition catalogs and symposium papers as well as art books.

Chinese "Tupperware" helped create Japanese tea ceremony

"This is the Chinese version of Tupperware," says Andrew Watsky, professor of Japanese art history at Princeton, about tea storage jars that became a staple of the tea ceremony in 16th century Japan. Watsky spoke recently with Morning Edition's Susan Stamberg about the history of the ceremony.

Combatants captured at Vinhold Baronial Championship

The likenesses of several armored combatants from the Barony of Vinhold (Kingdom of the West), were captured recently by photographer Howard Yune, from the Napa Valley Register, when he visited the event. A slideshow of the photos is available online.

British books barred from leaving England

The British Library has been successful in acquiring the Catholicon Anglicum, a 15th-century English-Latin dictionary, and a printed traictise owned and annotated by John Ponet, thanks to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest which barred the books from export.

Allison in Wonderland

In the April 2014 issue of The Clarion, the newsletter of the Barony of Forgotten Sea (Kingdom of Calontir), SCA (relatively) newcomer - and new fighter, Allison of Forgotten Sea, discusses her first large event experience at Gulf War XXIII. The newsletter is available online.

Titus Scipio Germanicus new Prince of Æthelmearc

Lady Phelippe "Pippi" Ulfsdotter reports that Duke Titus Scipio Germanicus was the winner of the May 10, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Fun with Bills of Mortality

For those interested in London's 16th century Bills of Mortality, but don't really want to do the research, comedian David Baddiel has the answer. The Bills are part of his 1997 comedy routine available on YouTube. PG-13 for Language.

London's Borough Market celebrates 1000 years on site

Medievalists visiting London are often disappointed that little of the medieval city remains, but they may be cheered by a walk through of Borough Market in Southwark which is celebrting its millennium. Stephen Halliday has the story for History Today.

Japanese IT company to digitize more Vatican documents

The Vatican Library processes many requests to use documents and manuscripts from its enormous collection, but the increased requests have led to fear that the fragile documents will be damaged. Enter NTT DATA, a Japanese IT company who has been contracted to digitize 3,000 manuscripts at a cost of 18 million euros (US $22.6 million).

Minding the medieval teen

Parents of unruly teenagers may sigh wistfully at the notion of sending their children elsewhere for training, a common practice of northern Europeans in the Middle Ages. William Kremer looks at the practice of fostering in an article for the BBC News Magaine.

Known World Poetry Competition

Lady Katarzyna Witkowska, of the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that the Known World Poetry Competition will be held Monday August 4, 2014 on Artisans' Row at the Pennsic War.

Cambuskenneth Abbey part of Bannockburn archaological study

The 700th anniversary of the Scottish victory at Bannockburn has brought together archaeologists and experts from a number of fields to study the battle. Among the sites investigated is Cambuskenneth Abbey near Stirling where Robert the Bruce held several of his early parliaments.

Cornelius von Beck winner of Lochac Crown Tourney

Ceara reports that Duke Sir Cornelius von Beck has was the victor of the May 10, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Countess Elizabeth de Foxle.

Roman house subject of 2014 dig at Maryport

Roman Maryport, near the western edge of Hadrian's Wall, has produced a number of interesting artifacts in previous digs. In 2014, archaeologists will focus on the investigation of a large, 3-room, stone-strip building discovered in 2013. (pictures)

Rowany Festival Feedback Survey

Caristiona encourages anyone who attended the 2014 Rowany Festival to take a moment to fill out the online survey.