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