Elizabethan theater life may have been booming for playwrights such as Shakespeare, but it was not so rosy for children in theatrical troupes. University of Oxford professor, Dr Bart van Es, discovered evidence of systemic child abuse while researching his book, Shakespeare in Company.
An unnamed London company recently purchased a 9th century, Anglo Saxon gravestone, engraved with a Celtic cross, for UK£4,300 at an auction by Duke's Auctioneers of Dorchester, England. The stone was original discovered "during road construction in the early 20th Century at Little Eaton, Derbyshire."
Lepers are a common image in medieval histories, but by the end of the 16th century, the disease appeares to have mostly died out in Europe. Now a team of biologists and archeologists have reconstructed the genomes of medieval strains of the pathogen responsible for the disease to find out why.
Tiffany Brown (Teffania de Tukerton), Chair, SCA Ltd, reports that members of organizations affiliated with the Society for Creative Anachronism Ltd. (Australia) residing in Australia for more than two months, will be allowed to apply for complimentary membership in SCA Ltd.
Jamys Chapman, Herald and Chronicler for the Incipient Shire of Pilgrim's Fount, reports that on September 7, 2013, Their Majesties John and Emma of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, announced the advancement to full status of the Incipient Shire of Pilgrim's Fount.
At Artifacts of Life this last weekend in the East Kingdom, artists displayed items they made that could have been left behind by a single historic person – their own SCA persona or someone else.
Early Byzantines in Tel Aviv, Israel probably thought themselves very clever when they buried a hoard of "400 coins, 200 intact Samaritan lamps and gold jewelry" in a garbage heap somewhere between the 5th-7th centuries. Perhaps they were, because the hoard was only found recently by a team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. (video)
Paidin MacLorkan, SCA Ltd Secretary, is seeking comments on nominees to the Board of Directors of SCA Ltd.
Monica Bretherton writes the Horsebytes blog at the Seattle PI. She recently visited an SCA equestrian event in the Kingdom of An Tir, where she learned about medieval re-enactment on horseback. (photos)
Pani Magdalena Gdanska reports on a new Yahoo group, the Sanctuary of St Dymphna, which was created for SCA members dealing with mental/emotional/neurological disorders.
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Glaslyn Defender 2013 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
Sometimes Vikings are just Vikings. Studies of jewelry created by Viking artists show that objects gold and jewels used in the objects originated in the churches and monasteries of Ireland. Now Dr Griffin Murray of the Department of Archaeology at UCC asks that Irish loot be returned - in the form of a temporary exhibition.
Court Herlad Herveus reports that at Their Battle on the Bay which took place September 14, 2013, Their Majesties Amos and Ysabella, of the Kingdom of Atlantia, offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Baroness Sorcha Crowe.
THL Avram ibn Gabirol, Kingdom Minister of the Lists, reports that Duke Alrik Boleslavov was the victor of the September 14, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.
Eirik Andersen reports that he has created a large album of photos from War of the Trillium 2013, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are available to view on SmugMug.
In a curious case of misidentification, Catt Rooney of Epoch Times uses the 2010 Society for Creative Anachronism survey to pinpoint reasons why people participate in Renaissance Faires.
In 2008, archaeologists unearthed a 13th century Jewish cemetery in Toledo, Spain. A comprehensive study of the burials was recently completed, identifying and cataloguing the 107 tombs. Experts declared the remains “well preserved” and deposited unusually deep in the ground.
Baroness Magdalen Venturosa reports that Sir Morgan Claymore was the victor in the September 7, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Livia Alexandra Severa, the Countess Claymore.
The 15th century Voynich manuscript may be considered "the world's most mysterious medieval manuscript," and quite possibly a hoax, but a new study by theoretical physicist Marcelo Montemurro, published in the journal Plus One, theorizes that the book has a "genuine message."
Wealthy collectors are checking their pocket books at the announcement of the auction of several 13th century Samurai swords made by master maker Bizen Nagamitsu, estimated to sell between US $150,000 and $200,000. The swords, as well as other weapons and armor, will be auctioned October 8, 2013 by Bonhams in New York. (photo)