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.

Keeping current on Stonehenge

It's been a momentous year for experts at Stonehenge, as well as those who visit the Neolithic monument, including the grand opening of its new visitor center. The Culture24 blog offers a wrapup of 2013 for the world Heritage site. (photos, map)

Deputy Society Seneschal - Event Support Services

The SCA Board of Directors is directing the Society Seneschal to develop and implement a new Deputy Society Seneschal Office and accompanying kingdom level infrastructure to deal with broad-based event support services.

Shava's photos from It's Only a Flesh Wound 2014

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has posted an album of photos from It's Only a Flesh Wound which took place January 25, 2014 in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

New Pelicans created at Masquerade in the Bog

Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at Their Masquerade in the Bog event, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to two of Their subjects.

Annual Estrella War Banana Bread Bakeoff

The CPQBB (Committee for the Preservation of Quality Banana Bread) will once again host the Annual Estrella War Banana Bread Bakeoff on Thursday evening at the war. This ancient and venerable competition will continue to evolve as we learn from previous years, so please note the details and changes below.

SCA: "the most awesome, crazy people"

"I mean, how often do you get to walk through a city of tents at night as the lantern lights dance and the fog starts to drift in? Most people can only dream of that," said Baroness Juliana of the Barony of Black Diamond in Atlantia about her experience in the SCA. Alicia Petska of the News & Advance (Lynchburg, Virginia) visited with Julie and Allen Foster to learn more about the couple's "weird hobby." (photos)

Gulf Wars Arts & Science Open - March 2014

Mistress Jennet of Tewkesbury offers an invitation to artisans to participate in the Gulf Wars Open Art and Sciences day on March 14, 2014.

Crusaders still exist in Malta

Crusaders still exist on the islands of Malta, where reporter Elisabeth Eaves of the New York Times spoke with one for a feature article.

Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources completed

For the last one hundred years, scholars have been digging their way through documents in order to create the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, "the most comprehensive study ever" of medieval Latin vocabulary. The 16th and final volume of the dictionary was completed in early December 2013.

Auctions to support Lilies Fireworks fund

A series of auctions will raise funds to pay for a fireworks display at Lilies War in 2014.

Disappearance of Roanoke Island settlers "closer" to being solved

In 1587, settlers from England arrived in what is now North Carolina to establish a colony at Roanoke Island. By 1590 they were gone. What happened to the colony has long been a mystery for historians, but experts are now getting "closer" to finding out what happened to the lost colony. Tanya Basu of National Geographic has the feature story.

Don Randal Carrick offered elevation to Pelican in the Outlands

Baronessa Francesca di Pavia reports that at Their Caerthen Twelfth Night, Their Majesties Alrik and Salomea placed Don Randal Carrick on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Altopascio skeletons show history of disease in Europe

For several years, biological anthropologist Giuseppe Vercellotti of The Ohio State University has led a field school in the Badia Pozzeveri Churchyard in Altopascio, Italy, where he and his students unearth and study the skeletons hoping "to read the history written in the bones." Of particular interest was a mass grave covered with a layer of lime. (photos)

Chivalry is the "mark of being a man”

"When you show up, people are in their armor and beautiful garb, and silk flags are raised, and arrows are flying. If you’ve ever been interested in that, here is your chance to live that dream,” Kerry Kennedy told Dylan Walker of The Crimson White (University of Alabama) during a recent interview about the Society for Creative Anachronism. (photo)

Harlech remains may date to Wars of the Roses

Workers constructing a new visitor center at Harlech Castle in Wales were surprised to find the remains of three people, possibily dating to the time of the Wars of the Roses. Medieval foundations were also discovered, which may mean the site was once a churchyard.

“I want to fight like that"

When he was a teenager, Sean McMillan witnessed armored combat in the SCA and said, "I want to fight like that." Now, twenty years later, he is doing exactly that. Bill Sheets of the Everett, Washington Herald caught up with McMillan and others from the Kingdom of An Tir at the recent Ursulmas Medieval Faire. (photos)

Upcoming Known World events

Master Raven Mayne reports that several Known World events for the Society for Creative Anachronism have been scheduled for 2014.

Ogham stones digitized in 3D

The iconic Ogham stones of Ireland are being digitized in 3D using Artec Studio 9 software thanks to the partnership of The Discovery Programme and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. The stones, bearing the Irish Ogham alphabet, will now be available to view in 3D online. (photos)

Book of Aneirin goes online

The National Library of Wales has announced that it has made the 13th century Book of Aneirin available online. The manuscript, scribed by monks onto animal skin, is regarded as one of the most important books in the Welsh language.