"Chaucer's Treatise on Using an Astrolabe" Sparks Interest in Navigational Instruments

In 1391, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a treatise on how to use an astrolabe. A transcription of the work is now available online, which sparked a discussion of navigational instruments on the Lochac list.

Terry Jones' Thoughts on "Medieval Lives"

Guardian Unlimited: "The medieval world wasn't a time of stagnation or ignorance," says Jones. "A lot of what we assume to be medieval ignorance is, in fact, our own ignorance about the medieval world."

Ealdormere Creates a New Pelican

Ealdormere's newest Pelican is Baroness Tabitha Dearval.

Newport Ship Linked to Earl of Warwick

News Telegraph: The Earl of Warwick, England's "Kingmaker," may have ordered repairs to the Newport ship, discovered in 2002 in South Wales, according to a 1469 letter.

"Beauty Contest" at Rowany Festival

John of the Hills has announced the Fourth Annual Best Looking Campsite with Banners and Flags at Rowany Festival Competition, which will take place April 8-13, 2004 in Lochac's Barony of Rowany.

Blaeu Atlas of Scotland Available Online

A digital version of the "Blaeu Atlas of Scotland," the country's first atlas, is now available online.

"Headcoverings from the Dublin Excavations" Now in Print

The Royal Irish Academy has announced that "Headcoverings from the Dublin Excavations," a book by Elizabeth Wincott that covers Irish headcoverings from the 9th-12th centuries, is now in print.

Program on Shakespeare Airs on PBS in February

"In Search of Shakespeare," a four-part series, will be broadcast on PBS stations this month.

Tourists and Developers Contribute to Destruction of China's Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is in trouble. Only a third of the structure is still standing due to "vandalism, pigsties and natural erosion."

Byzantine Medieval Hypertexts

Tatiana Nikolova-Houston contends that Medieval manuscripts are the hypertexts of the Middle Ages.

British House of Commons Debates Robin Hood's Birthplace

MPs in the House of Commons are arguing over the birthplace of Robin Hood, pitting the 19 Yorkshire MPs against four from Nottinghamshire.

Hunting the Wild Steel at Estrella

Lord Nytshaed, Rapier Marshal in Charge for Western Rapier at the Estrella War, sends the call to rapier fighters to band together under the banner of the West Kingdom.

Anglo-Saxon King's Tomb is Biggest Find Since Sutton Hoo

independent.co.uk: Archaeologists have found the intact tomb of a seventh century CE Anglo-Saxon king near the village of Southend-on-Sea in England.

Medieval Ruins Found in Japanese Waters

The Asahi Shimbun: Archeologists are studying the ruins of a submerged city, off the coast of central Japan, which may have sunk into the sea in the middle of the 13th century.

Alcazar to be a Reality

THL Sovany Barcsi Janos, Kingdom New Groups Coordinator for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, has announced that the formation of a new group in Spain is official.

The Non-Expert: Historical Re-Enactors

Morning News: Plant your tongue firmly in your cheek, and prepare to learn "how to live in the past, bedecked in ancient garb, profound in dead languages. Yes, how to become a[n] historical re-enactor."

Current Politics Affect Perception of Arab Contributions to Culture

In an essay in "The Scotsman" newspaper, Robert Irwin discusses how Arab culture affected the western world and how modern life has changed interpretations of these effects.

Online Map of the Middle Kingdom Available

THL Geoffrey of Wroxeter has created a clickable map of the Middle Kingdom, listing all regions, baronies, and local groups.

Rain Lessens Risks at Canterbury Faire

Due to recent rains, some fire restrictions have been lifted for Lochac's Canterbury Faire.

New DNA Research to Solve Columbus Mystery?

Discovery Channel: An ongoing investigation of the remains of Christopher Columbus may soon identify the explorer's final resting place once and for all.

Archaeologists Set to Evaluate Chester's Roman Amphitheatre

24 Hour Museum: A Roman amphitheatre discovered in the 1960s in the city of Chester, England, may soon be fully excavated, thanks to combined efforts of the Chester City Council and English Heritage.

New Exhibit on Classical Mythology in Italian Renaissance Prints at the Met

"Poets, Lovers, and Heroes in Italian Mythological Prints" is on display at the Howard Gilman Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through May 2, 2004.

New Battle Over Agincourt

Residents of the area near the site of the historic Battle of Agincourt are petitioning to block construction of wind turbines.

Voynich Manuscript is Hoax!

Researchers have finally agreed on the secret of the mysterious Voynich Manuscript: it's gibberish.

One Blog's View of the SCA's History and Culture

Disinformation: Disinformation, a blog calling itself "the gateway to the underground -- news, politics, conspiracy, and weirdness," has published an article by an ex-SCAdian comparing SCA counterculture with other "fringe" groups of society.

Trimaris Part of "Deep Impact" Comet Exploration Mission

Ainfean inghean Risdeag reports that citizens of the Kingdom of Trimaris, as supporters of the "Deep Impact" mission, have received a certificate verifying that the Kingdom will be named on the spacecraft.

Student Finds Key to Roman Soldier's Life

Cincinnati Enquirer: Sharonville, Ohio student Robert Stephan recently discovered treasure in the vaults of the University of Michigan: a store of forgotten papyri chronicling the life of a young Roman soldier.

SCA Librarians Discussion List

Anna de Byxe has announced that there is a discussion list available designed for librarians in the SCA.

New Book Quashes Myths of Sistine Chapel

Beacon-Journal: "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling," a new book by Ross King, does its best to debunk the myths of how the Sistine Chapel was created.

Cooks from the East Kingdom Gather to Celebrate!

Lady Andrea McIntyre reports on the recent East Kingdom Cooking Collegium in Settmour Swamp where cooks gathered to share recipes, taste test and... cook!