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What killed Richard III?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:40

A new report, published in The Lancet, reveals that King Richard III was "probably killed by two blows to the head during a 'sustained attack'" when he perished August 22, 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth. (photos)

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Fun and a history lesson in North Carolina

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:26

Attendees of Pamlico Community College's second annual renaissance fair in Grantsboro, North Carolina come for a number of reasons: the fun, the music and the history. This year's fair was visited by Charles Hall of the Sun Journal. (photos)

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Medieval Italian died of brucellosis, say scientists

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:22

DNA testing has revealed that a man, whose skeleton was found in the ruins of a Medieval Italian village, died of an infection called brucellosis usually acquired by ingesting unpasteurized dairy products. The report, by Warwick Medical School's Professor Mark Pallen and his colleagues, was published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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John C. Reilly at the ren faire

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:07

Any self-proclaimed geek will appreciate actor John C. Reilly's story about his attendance at a Renaissance faire. He shared the story, as well as a photo of himself from the time, on Late Night with David Letterman. (video)

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More Pennsic 43 photos online

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:28

Brita of the East Kingdom reports that she has created an album of photos from Pennsic 43. The photos may be viewed on her Shutterfly website.

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The diet of a king

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:11

The discovery of the remains of Richard III has given the scientific community an unparalleled glimpse into royal lifestyles in the Middle Ages. The latest published research involves the diet and drinking habits of the 15th century monarch.

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An SCA Challenge

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:43

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield has posed a challenge to SCA members in her kingdom and to the Known World: Do five things to better the SCA and your experience of it.

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A day in the park with Stormwrath

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:11

It's 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Riverside Park, Wichita, Kansas, but that doesn't deter Eric Simoncic and Andrew Walker, members of Stormwrath, the local chapter of the Midwest Dagorhir Union, who spent the hot day practicing with foam weapons. Kelsey Ryan of the Wichita Eagle has the story.

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Medieval tithe barn unearthed at Croxton Kerrial dig

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:59

Project leader Tony Connolly of the Framland Local Archaeology Group has been hoping to find the "lost" 12th century manor house at Croxton Kerrial, near the Lincolnshire border in England. This summer's excavations have revealed several structures including a tithe barn.

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Atlantian peers accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:36

Lady Sophia the Orange of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that a challenge by Mistress Branwen Wallis to the Atlantian Order of the Laurel to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was carried out by Mistress Rosalind Delamere and Mistress Rosalind Jehanne at Atlantia University, September 20, 2014. A video of their misery is available online. (video)

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SCA Board Meeting October 25, 2014

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:15

Patrick Anderson reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. will meet October 25, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Mysterious "pierced pottery" among the finds at Bridge Farm

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:42

Archaeological excavations at the Romano-British settlement at Bridge Farm, near Barcombe Mills, England have given experts much to ponder, including evidence of a large post-built building, coins and late Roman pottery with pierced bases.

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Richard III to be buried March 26, 2015

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:53

After much debate, court rulings, and fuss, the remains of King Richard III, England's latest medieval monarch, will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral on March 26, 2015.

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Vikings! At a theater near you October 7, 2014!

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 06:30

On Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm, the British Museum and More2Screen will present an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend at select cinemas around the world. Tickets and locations are available online.

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Barrow Clump provides "good year" for archaeologists

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 17:01

Barrow Clump on the Salisbury Plain in England was a burial site from neolithic through Anglo-Saxon times, so archaeologists were not surprised to find additional burials there, but new discoveries produced a wealth of artifacts including shield bosses, glass beads and a Saxon sword. (photos)

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Shoshida-roku-i Tora Gozen elevated to Pelican in AEthelmearc

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 13:18

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that at Their Court at Proving Grounds, Their Majesties Magnus Tindal and Etain of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Their Equestrian Champion Shoshida-roku-i Tora Gozen.

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"Tally-ho" seal brings smiles in Lufton

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 18:25

Lufton, England has been the site of settlement from the Iron Age to the present, but archaeologists working on the Roman era of the town were amused to discover a wax seal from the Middle Ages, decorated with a light-hearted hunting scene. (photo)

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SCA Playwright's "To Each Their Own" released in audio production

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 09:41

Sir Brand deus Leons of An Tir wrote a Shakespearean-style comedic play, "To Each Their Own". The play, reviously published in script form, has been commercially produced and released in audio form.

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Medieval invention still ticking

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:30

Since the early 16th century, watches have been an elegant fashion statement. David Thompson, former Curator of Horology for the British Museum, looks at the history of the watch in a feature  article on the British Museum blog. (photos)

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TED Talk: The Black Death

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:10

In a TED Talk video, Sharon N. DeWitte looks at the bubonic plague, which devastated Europe in the 14th century.

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