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Poland and US take honors in Medieval Combat World Championships

SCA Today - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:12

The Medieval News blog followed activities from the Medieval Combat World Championships, which took place May 1 - 4, 2014 at Belmonte Castle in Spain. Men and women both competed in longsword combat with Poland's Marcin Waszkielis taking the honors for Poland and Suzanne Elleraas placing first for the United States. (photos, video)

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The Muwashshaha of al-Andalus research online

SCA Today - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:48

In a recent issue of the Falcon Banner, the news magazine of the Kingdom of Calontir, HE Qadiya Catalina de Arazuri shares her research for a Kingdom A&S entry: The Muwashshaha of al-Andalus.

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Gleann Abhann Spring 2014 Coronation photos online

SCA Today - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 22:02

Danielle reports that she has created an album of photos from the Coronation of Uther and Brigit, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. The photos are available on SmugMug.

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Don't mess with this doll!

SCA Today - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 16:45

Tired of your bunny-furred, Viking Barbie? Bored with her Renaissance corsets and undies? Then considering contributing to Faire Play, a 3D printed suit of plate mail that's compatible with the Barbie Fashionistas line of dolls, that allows your Barbie to kick some butt in full, plate armor. (photo, video)

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Hengwrt Chaucer online

SCA Today - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:36

The earliest known manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, housed at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, has been digitized and is now available online. (photo)

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Abelard die Elster placed on vigil in Northshield

SCA Today - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:19

Master Maol Mhichil mac Giolla Pheadair reports that at Their Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Siegfried and Elizabeth of the Kingdom of Northshield have placed Abelard die Elster on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

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Glaslyn Defender 2014 photos online

SCA Today - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:48

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Glaslyn Defender of the Flame which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

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The potency of Shakespeare's potions

SCA Today - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:07

It's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. In a feature article for the BBC's Future, Claudia Hammond looks at whether the poisons mentioned in William Shakespeare's plays, such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, could actually work.

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Dragonsfire Tor Guardian 2014 photos online

SCA Today - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:07

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Dragonsfire Tor Guardian 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

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Drachenwald Coronets found in Calontir

SCA Today - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:53

Ye Sunne in Splendour offers a humorous look at recent...incidents...involving luggage, airports, and...well, you know what happens when luggage encounters an airport.

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Black plague: Survival of the fittest

SCA Today - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 16:09

A new study by University of South Carolina anthropologist Sharon DeWitte shows that those who survived Europe's 14th century Black Plague "lived significantly longer and were healthier than people who lived before the epidemic struck in 1347."

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Known World Players Auditions for Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”

SCA Today - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:57

Master Lorcan Dracontius has announced the audition schedule for The Known World Players’ production at Pennsic 44 of “The Merchant of Venice.”

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Kolgrimr Olafsson offered Knighthood at Outlands Coronation Court

SCA Today - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 19:05

Countess Matilda Seton, Northern Herald, reports that at Their Coronation Court, Their Majesties Walrick and Cecilia of the Kingdom of the Outlands, offered admittance to the Order of Chivalry to Kolgrimr Olafsson.

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Vikings return to Australia

SCA Today - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:26

A horde of medieval Vikings descended on Lismore, New South Wales recently  when members of the Rognvald's Lith joined with the Lismore Medieval Re-enactment Society to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Leah White of the Northern Star has the story.(photo)

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Palio di Stonemarche photos online

SCA Today - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:54

Brita reports that she has created an album of photos from Palio di Stonemarche 2014, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available to view on Shutterfly.

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15th century Torah sold at auction for US$3.87 million

SCA Today - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:54

“The volume represents the very first appearance in print of all five books of the Pentateuch as well as the first to which vocalization and cantillation marks have been added,” said the Christie's auction house catalogue about the sale of a Torah, printed in Hebrew in Bologna in January 1482. An anonymous buyer paid US$3.87 million for the book. (photo)

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St. Sabas seal found in Jerusalem

SCA Today - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 12:51

St. Sabas, a leader of the monastic movement, was a very important person in Jerusalem during the Middle Ages. Recently a lead seal, bearing his image and dating to the 13th century, was discovered during an archaeological dig in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem. (photo)

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"Only individual ever recorded related to the Norman invasion" found in East Sussex

SCA Today - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 09:43

Skeleton 180 might be a very remarkable individual: the only person recorded related to the Norman invasion of England. Buried in a medieval cemetery, 180 was believed to have died at the Battle of Lewes in 1264, but scientists have now placed his death around 1066.

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