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Launch of the Knowne World Bardcast

SCA Today - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:18

The inaugural edition of the Knowne World Bardcast, featuring performances and panel discussion from bards scattered across the SCA, is now available on Soundcloud. Versions formatted for iTunes and other podcasting services will be available in the near future.

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12th century chess pieces show demand for leisure products

SCA Today - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:40

Archaeologists working on a dig in St John's Street in Northampton, England have found two medieval chess pieces dating to the middle to late 12th century. The pieces, made of antler, show evidence of the demand for "leisure products." (photos)

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Did Muslim sailors discover the New World?

SCA Today - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:18

The recent interest in Cuba has renewed a discussion of the Muslim faith in America, including a claim that Muslim sailors discovered the continent in the 12th century.

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Pennsic documentary producer to make video of USA Knights at IMCF world championships

SCA Today - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:18

Zorikh Lequidre, known in the SCA as Lord Ervald the Optimistic, is set to make a video documentary of USA Knights, America's original full-combat armored combat team, at the International Medieval Combat Federation world championships this Spring in Malbork Poland. The new video is to be titled “American Knights.”

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Future in question for the Hagia Sophia

SCA Today - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:24

Over the centuries, Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia has been a Byzantine church, a mosque, a Catholic church and a museum, but changing politics may take a toll on the glorious 6th century edifice. Stuart Williams of Art Daily has the story. (photo)

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Drachenwald Crowns Permit Same Sex Pair Entry in Their Crown List

SCA Today - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:13

On Saturday March 22, 2015, in a surprisingly quick reversal, Their Majesties Macarius and Izabella of Drachenwald changed a decision barring their subjects Hi Lady Hilkka Susinen & Lady Leonet de Covenham from entering their Crown Lists.

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Dressing like an Anglo Saxon

SCA Today - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:03

Toby Martin, of the University of Oxford, has published a series of abstrats on papers and presentations on his university blog pertaining to Anglo Saxon dress and jewelry. PDFs are available on request.

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Turin Shroud: Prop for medieval Easter ritual?

SCA Today - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:57

Historian Charles Freeman believes the Shroud of Turin was created in the 14th century for Easter rituals. Freeman presents his theory in the article The Origins of the Shroud of Turin in the November 2014 issue of History Today. Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian discusses the theory.

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Historical women's letters auctioned in Paris

SCA Today - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:33

The auction of around 1500 letters of famous women, including Catherine of Aragon's plea to Pope Clement VII to block her divorce from Henry VIII, took place in November 2014 in Paris. The auction, whose book was entitled Women: Letters and Signed Manuscripts, brought a total of EU 794,173. (photo)

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Doodling the Middle Ages

SCA Today - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:08

Modern people doodle when bored. So too, apparently did medieval scribes, according to Dr Erik Kwakkel, a book historian at Leiden University, Holland, who posts "medieval eye candy" that he comes across during the course of his research on his blog. (photos)

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