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ACCEPS - No Longer Approved

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 23:37

The Society Seneschal has indicated that the ACCEPS payment system is no longer approved for use by SCA branches, effective at midnight April 18.

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Vladislav Strelec knighted at Ansteorra Coronation

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:20

At Gulf wars 2015, Their Majesties Lochlann Dunn and Michelle Chantal de Charante of the Kingdom of Ansteorra placed Vladislav Strelec on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

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Knowne World Poetry Competition and Poetry Day at Pennsic

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:00

The Kingdom of Atlantia will again sponsor the Knowne World Poetry Competition on Monday, August 3, at Pennsic in conjunction with Poetry Day at Artisan's Row.

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Elfsea/Steppes Sunday in the Park photos online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:05

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from the Elfsea/Steppes Sunday in the Park which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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Xerxes and Belana new Calontir royalty

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:54

The Falcon Banner reports that Sir Caius Equitius Rectus Xerxes was the victor of the March 28, 2015 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir. Sir Xerxes was inspired in his endeavor by Mistress BelAnna de Rouge de Anjou.

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First Female Knight of Lochac Created

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 20:23

At Rowany Festival this Easter, Countess Eva Von Danzig, Baroness of Innilgard, became the first female knight of Lochac.

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"In 1492, Columbus sailed the oceans blue. And brought back syphilis."

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:51

Medical researchers have long sought the origins of the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, but most now believe that the pox was brought back by Christopher Columbus from one of his voyages to the New World. LiveScience recently published an Op-Ed from the Conversation.

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The codpieces of Wolf Hall

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:30

This spring, viewers of the BBC and PBS will be treated to a video version of the Hilary Mantel book Wolf Hall set in the court of Henry VIII. Since its announcement, there has been discussion of the size of the actor's codpiece, perhaps smaller than is historically accurate. Jane Huggett of The Guardian joins the conversation.

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Orange was the new black for London's all-female Henry IV

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 11:44

It's true that Shakespeare's plays bent gender over backwards by requiring female roles to be played by male actors, but a new version of Henry IV, staged at the Donmar Warehouse in London, took the practice even father by presenting an all-female cast set in a women's prison. (photo)

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Two different Magna Cartas in Washington

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 15:57

In 2014, the city of Washington DC was privileged to host two copies of the Magna Carta, one permanently housed in the National Archives, and another on loan from Lincoln Cathedral in England, displayed at the Library of Congress. Geoff Edgers of the Washington Post looks at the differences between the two documents.

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What's in a name?

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:01

A new study by Gregory Clark of the University of California, Davis and Neil Cummins of the London School of Economics reveals that those people with Norman surnames are more likely to have a higher social status in the UK that those without.

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Validating the Principessa

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:29

Art historians around the world are never quick to validate a "lost" work by one of the great masters. Thus is the case of La Bella Principessa, a small, "pen-and-ink portrait of a Florentine woman with a Mona Lisa-esque smile," believed to have been created by Leonardo da Vinci. (photo)

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The frightening illuminations of the Getty

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:18

For Halloween 2014, Bryan C. Keene of the J. Paul Getty Museum blog Iris, chose to look at some of the frightening images of medieval, illuminated manuscripts in the museum's collection. The article is richly illustrated with examples. (photos)

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Future SCA Events to Take Place Only in Facebook

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:07

Bowing to the inevitable, the Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. has announced that beginning May 1, 2016, all SCA events will take place in cyberspace, using Facebook.

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Pennsic Blood Drive Becomes Fully Authentic

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:24

The traditional Pennsic Blood Drive, held the middle weekend between Peace Week and War Week, is getting an extreme makeover this year, as blood collection will now follow fully period medical practices.

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Sistine Chapel "dazzles" after tech makeover

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:45

A new lighting system will allow visitors to the Vatican's Sistine Chapel  to appreciate Michelangelo's famous frescoes more than ever better. The chapel makeover "cost some three million euros (US$3.77 million)—with 1.9 million euros spent on the lighting alone."

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New SCA Ltd Board Members

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 15:11

After consideration and commentary, the Board of SCA Ltd (the corporate body in Australia) welcomes two new Board Members for the next three years, commencing at the AGM on Friday, 3 April 2015.

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Launch of the Knowne World Bardcast

SCAtoday.net - 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

SCAtoday.net - 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?

SCAtoday.net - 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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