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Volunteers help find site of 13th century hospital

SCA Today - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:16

For three years, archaeologists have been looking for signs of a medieval hospital in Northumberland Park in Tyneside, England. 80 medieval burials have been found, and, in the last few days of the dig, a floor of glazed tiles, probably from the hospital's chapel. (photos)

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The search for Süleyman's heart

SCA Today - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:39

In the summer of 1566, the great Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent was on a hard-fought attempt to capture Vienna, but his dream was not to be. The great leader died in his campaign tent, and his heart was buried there. Now the ongoing quest to discover the burial site of the heart continues with Norbert Pap, a professor of political geography at the nearby University of Pécs.

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Drachenwald Summer 2014 Coronation photos online

SCA Today - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:15

Nicholas reports that he has created an album of photos from Summer 2014 Coronation which took recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

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Ontario students learn about medieval life from SCA members

SCA Today - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:41

In June 2014, students from  Pope John Paul II Catholic School  in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada, (Kingdom of Ealdormere) got a lesson on medieval life and history when members from the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism came for a visit. (photo slideshow)

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Was the Black Prince really so evil?

SCA Today - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:30

British school children all know about the evil Black Prince Edward of Woodstock, who put to death 3,000 innocents after the siege of the French town of Limoges in September 1370. But the discovery of a letter written by Edward may change his image forever.

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Medieval linen found in Northampton tanning tanks

SCA Today - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 18:53

Several scraps of linen dating to the Middle Ages have been found at the base of a timber and stone-lined tanks, believed to have been used for tanning, in the St John's Street excavation in Northampton, England. (photos)

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Jousting at Linlithgow Palace

SCA Today - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 14:31

Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, was the site of the recent jousting tournament staged in front of the castle. A BBC News In Pictures articles offers "stunning" photos of the action. (photos)

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A new England - "all very much Game of Thrones"

SCA Today - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 09:48

In a recent article for BBC Magazine, sociologist, writer and performer Tom Shakespeare ponders what would happen if Scotland were to achieve its independence and the England left behind broke up into its original seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

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Richard III descendant to craft king's coffin

SCA Today - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 18:13

In 2013, when experts believed they had discovered the remains of King Richard III, they turned to Michael Ibsen, a 17th generation relation of the monarch for DNA testing. Now Ibsen has been tapped for service again - as the builder of the royal coffin.

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English extend funds for 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

SCA Today - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 15:47

2015 will be a big year for Magna Carta enthusiasts, marking the 800th anniversary of the document. Recently ten organizations were awarded funds to help with commemorations of the event.

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Dragon Harald Fairhair completes British voyage

SCA Today - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:40

It is the largest reconstruction of a Viking ship ever built and it is touring the UK - peacefully. Named after a 9th Century Norwegian king, the Dragon Harald Fairhair wound up its two-week voyage in Wallasey, at the mouth of the River Mersey, where Vikings once sailed. (photos)

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Carnevale Fantastico Renaissance and Cultural Festival coming to Vallejo, California

SCA Today - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:26

The Italian Renaissance is coming to Vallejo, California in spring 2015 in the guise of the Carnevale Fantastico Renaissance and Cultural Festival. Rachel Raskin-Zrihen of the Times-Herald spoke with organizers Dalia Vidor of Vallejo and Maurene "Molly" Drew of Benicia.

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Exeter's unique medieval water system

SCA Today - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:22

Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter by Mark Stoyle, a new book published by the University of Exeter Press, looks at the complex water supply system, dating to the 14th century, that once served the medieval city and now still exists beneath its streets.

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2014-10-04 - Red Dragon

Midrealm Calendar - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:00

Pennsic 43 photos online

SCA Today - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:23

Rowena reports that she has created several albums of photos from Pennsic 32. The albums are posted on her Photobucket website.

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Burial discovery sheds light on late Roman Britain

SCA Today - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:39

The discovery of five skeletons dating to Roman times near a villa in Dorset, England has led archaeologists to postulate that they were from the same family. This is the first incidence of Roman families buried together near where they lived.

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