Be a Hero, Save a Life at Pennsic War

Lady Angelique d'Herisson has announced that a blood drive will be held at this year's Pennsic War.

Henry VIII and the Royal Football Shoes

Textile expert Maria Hayward has found evidence that Henry VIII's extensive wardrobe contained a pair of football shoes which cost him four shillings.

Free Northshield! Cartoon Epic Chronicles the "Real" Story of a New Kingdom

Sales of a fictional comic-book story of Northshield's quest for independence will help fund the new Kingdom's first regalia.

Roman Paris Located West of Modern City

Expatica: New research has determined that Lutetia, the Roman precursor of modern Paris, was located not on the Ile de la Cite but ten kilometers west near the modern suburb of Nanterre.

Chairman Announces Achievement of Membership Milestone

According to Linda Moore, SCA Inc. Chairman, the SCA has experienced a phenomenal period of growth, and in the past twelve months has "added more members in one year all of the years combined from 1993 - 2003."

Board of Directors Seeks Commentary on Branch Membership Requirements

The SCA Board of Directors is seeking commentary from the populace on proposed changes to the number and type of members required to create, advance, or sustain the status of branch groups.

Chamber President Checks Out the SCA at Estrella

Palo Verde Valley Times: The Palo Verde Valley Times reports that Mark Fulton of the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce made the trek to the Estrella War to check out the possibility of sponsoring an SCA event in his city.

Another Estrella War Photo Gallery Online

Cassandra Tomei of Tomei has professional photos of the recent Estrella War 2004 online.

Weavers Start Work On Major New Tapestry

Historic Scotland: Weavers Louise Martin, Louise Trotter and Laura Mar from the West Dean Tapestry Studio have begun work on a three-year project to create a modern interpretation of the third tapestry from the Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries. The Articles Just Keep Coming In

Sword is a web site devoted to teaching fighters about combat in the SCA; some of these fighters happen to be women. Their web site has recently added a number of new articles.

Chirurgeon-General Elevated to Order of the Pelican

Friar Galen of Ockham, Society Chirurgeon-General, was elevated to the Order of the Pelican recently at Une Fete d'Amour in Midewinde (Principality of Northshield, Midrealm).

SCA in Israel Off to a Good Start

Yehoshua ben Haym haYerushalmi, Seneschal of the Incipient Shire of Beit Aryeh in Jerusalem, has posted photos of recent shire activities.

Hitting the Target with Crossbows

Dame Aoife offers links for information and discussion on crossbows in this week's column.

Conference Set to Address Issue of Thornborough Henge

A conference to discuss the fate of the Thornborough Henge, which is threatened by sand and gravel quarries, will take place in late March in Northallerton, England.

Roman Treasure Discovered in Bulgaria

Novinite: A hoard of gold Republic-era coins dating to the 2nd century BCE has been discovered in the Lozyata Region of Bulgaria.

Calontir's Fyrd Mom Celebrates Belated 70th

Baroness Finola O'Clary, Fyrd Mom of Calontir, turned 70 last year, but celebrated the occasion at Coronation March 6, 2004.

English Translation of 14th Century Greek Poem Published

Oswego Daily News: Columbia University has recently published "An Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds: Translation and Commentary," originally written around 1370 during the decline of Byzantium.

Murphy's Laws for the SCA

Over the years Baron Steffan ap Kennydd of the East Kingdom has been collecting truisms concerning SCA dynamics. He has compiled them into a list of 101 he calls "Silverwing's Laws."

Fourth panel of "Nastagio degli Onesti" to be Exhibited

The Sydney Morning Herald: For the first time in decades, the fourth panel of Botticelli's "The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti" series will be on public display, at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

The Coronation of Siridean and Sile

Jenna of Southwind has written an extensive report on the March 6, 2004 Coronation of Their Majesties Siridean and Sile of Calontir. (Also don't miss Mighel's photos from the Kingdom's incredible Cope Project.)

Lecture Series Focuses on Medieval Russia

The University of New Mexico's spring lecture series this year will explore the medieval history of the Russian culture.

Lilia Discovered Along Antonine Wall

The Herald: The discovery of defensive pits known as lilia, which were lined with sharp stakes, along Scotland's Antonine Wall has given insight into Roman warfare on the Empire's borders.

Medieval Gardens

As a special bonus, Dame Aoife shares links that are most appropriate for spring. Her topic is medieval gardens, with an emphasis on herb and knot gardens.

SCA Memorial Archive Created

Lord Alastair Aylward has created "[a] place to honor and remember, our brothers, sisters, partners and friend; who have passed on, in and with the Dream."

Archery Makes a Comeback in London

The runaway success of "The Lord of the Rings" at the Oscars has led to a revival of one of the oldest sports in the country.

Odd Names Not Always Product of Modern Times

AP: Record of a baby girl named Diot Coke has been found in Britain's National Archives - from the year 1379.

New Exhibit on Art in Renaissance Italy Opens in Chicago

"The Uses of Art in Renaissance Italy" will be displayed at the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago through August 22, 2004.

11th Century Silver Found in Swedish Garden

Newsday: The removal of a tree led to the discovery of 280 medieval silver coins in a Swedish garden.

Ealdormere's Newest Pelican

Auguste Valizan was elevated to the Order of the Pelican by TRM Cennedi and Susanna at Winter War V, March 6, 2004.

Carolingia Mummers Guild to Present King Lear

The Mummer's Guild of the Barony of Carolingia (Boston, MA) will present a production of Shakespeare's "King Lear" March 19-21, 2004 at the "Arts at Natick" theatre.