Backers turn to the SCA for help with LARPer film

Conway, Arkansas residents John and Marette Stiritz are now movie stars - or at least they have appeared in a film, one they helped fund. The couple recently traveled to Spokane, Washington for the filming of Knights of Badassdom, a movie about LARPing. Fred Petrucelli of the Log Cabin Democrat has the story.

Stefan's Florilegium article for January 2014

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

Estrella War XXX Special Events Thrown Weapons Edition

KNOWN WORLD Jan 20, 2014 Thrown Weapons Edition - Estrella War Announcement Digest

Voice heralds needed for Gulf Wars

Gulf Wars is in need  of You and Your help!  (You know that there is a War Point for Volunteering, right?)  Yes, it’s true!  There is! On top of that, there are some serious Bragging Rights for that War Point.  Groups can earn $$ for their hours, too!

Scheduled outage of SCAtoday.net

SCAtoday.net will be offline for up to an hour, beginning at approximately 18:00 U.S. Eastern time (GMT -5:00) today, for an upgrade of the site's virtual hardware. (UPDATE: Completed!)

Pre-14th century mikvahs discovered in Portugal

Plumbers fixing a leak in a building in the central Portugal city of Coimbra found something they were not expecting: several 600-year-old mikvahs, Jewish ritual baths.

Jhone of Woodcote and Wilfred of Swefingham to become Laurels in Ealdormere

AElfwyn reports that Their Majesties Nigel and Adrielle of the Kingdom of Ealdormere have chosen to offer admittance into the Order of the Laurel to Jhone of Woodcote and Wilfred of Swefingham.

SCA member contends for "King of the Nerds" crown

Mississippi State University student of astronautics, Mary Kate Smith, loves space and the Middle Ages. A member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Smith is a self-proclaimed nerd and a participant in season 2 of TBS' King of the Nerds. Steve Rogers of WCBI has the story.

Society Chirurgeonate Request for Comments – Updated FAQ Now Available

On January 18, 2014, the SCA Board of Directors began seeking commentary on a proposal to eliminate the official Office of the Chirurgeonate, and the associated changes to Corpora necessary to accomplish this action. This announcement can be found in its entirety online.

Sheriff's Auction at Estrella War

Lady Bethia, Acting Kingdom Sheriff for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, reports that she will hold a Sheriff's Auction at the upcoming Estrella War XXX.

Estrella War XXX A&S Collegium schedule online

Bianca della Vittoria reports that the A&S class schedule for the Estrella War XXX, complete with descriptions, is now available to view online.

Estrella War February 4 Announcements

KNOWN WORLD Feb 4, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest

The mystery of Longforth Farm continues

In a feature article for Current Archaeology, Matthew Symonds discusses recent discoveries at Longforth Farm with Bob Davis of Wessex Archaeology. Longforth Farm is a huge medieval complex near Wellington, England. (photos, map)

January 13 Estrella War Updates

KNOWN WORLD Jan 13, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest

Lewis-Gibson Genizah Collection: "a unique and vibrant window into a lost age"

In 1896, twin sisters Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson brought a collection of Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts from Egypt and deposited them at the United Reform Church's Westminster College in England. Recently Oxford and Cambridge Universities teamed to buy the collection at auction for UK£1.2m.

"Organic lump" holds rare Celtic brooch

In 1891, the British Museum acquired a lump of organic material found at a Viking burial site in Lilleberge, Norway. The material had metal pieces in it, but no one took the time to examine it further - until recently when Curator Barry Ager took a second look and ordered the material x-rayed. (photo)

Gulf Wars Volunteer Point

Gulf Wars approaches quickly! The following is a mash-up of two separate topics, both relating to Volunteer Point at Gulf War. This is similar information from years past, and we'll have new, exciting updates soon!

The well-armored puss

Worried that your feline companion is underprotected? Behold! Leather armor fit for Bastet - or a Khajiit warrior - promoted on the Geekologie website and made and sold on Etsy by schnabuble. (photos)

AEthelmearc Kingdom 12th Night photos online

Alaxandair O'Conchobhair reports that he has created an album of photos from AEthelmearc Kingdom 12th Night 2014. The photos are available to view on his public Facebook page.

Hennins inspired by hats of Mongolian royals says Medieval PoC

The quintessential "princess hat" of the Middle Ages, the hennin, was inspired by the willow-withe and felt Boqta (Ku-Ku) of Mongolian Queens, according to a blog entry for Medieval PoC. The Mongolian hats could reach up to 7 feet in height and may have served to distinguish men from women at a distance.

Estrella War Special Events - Archery Edition

KNOWN WORLD Jan 14, 2014 Archery Edition - Estrella War Announcement Digest

What's correct? Ax Chaucer

African-American dialect has often been criticized for the use of words such as "ax" instead if "ask," but critics may want to check their Chaucer, who used "ax" in his writing. Shereen Marisol Meraji of All Things Considered has the audio story.

DunDraCon 38 SCA demo

DunDraCon, one of the longest running gaming conventions, is bringing back the SCA demo track this year as Estrella has been moved to the end of February. DDC is an excellent opportunity to bring out your Sunday best, shake off the rust before the tourney season starts up, and to share our wonderful hobby to hundreds of interested people from all over the world.

Heidelberg Castle destroyed in digital recreation

Explosions thunder, and smoke rises, in a digital animation of the destruction of Heidelberg Castle by the French in 1693 in a new video commissioned by the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany for its exhibition Die Wittelsbacher am Rhein. The castle was once considered the "eighth wonder of the world." (video)

“Three Dinner Guests” new TI Quest

Magister Riordan MacGregor, editor of the SCA's Tournaments Illuminated, reports that the publications upcoming Quest article is “Three Dinner Guests”, with Guest Editor Esther Reese (Emma Haldan).

YouTube channel for bardic and combat videos

Alexander Van Ness of the Middle Kingdom reports that he has created a YouTube channel for videos of SCA bardic performances and armored combat.

Scottish hillfort speaks of post-Roman unrest

A team of archaeologists from Rampart Scotland has discovered evidence of a post-Roman hillfort at Sheriffside, 20 miles to the east of Edinburgh, Scotland. Experts believe that the fort, and its 2.80m deep ditch, were constructed to defend against frequent raids by Scots and Picts against local tribes.

#Beow100

College students forced to read Beowulf be heartened! Welsh medievalist, Elaine Treharne, has brought social media to medieval Scandinavia with Beowulf in a Hundred Tweets. The work is available on her blog Text Technologies.

Sir Sven Randalsson new Heir to Ansteorra Throne

Molly Maddox Netterville reports that Sir Sven Randalsson was the victor of the Winter 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. His Highness was inspired by Lady Antigone of York.

Geneva Breeches Bible stolen from Welsh church

Thieves of a rare 16th century bible must have had a guilty conscience when they left a modern replacement bible in a locked case in St Mary's church in Trefriw, Wales. The Geneva Breeches Bible was produced by Protestants in Switzerland in 1589.