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In a feature-length story for History Today, historian Barbara Yorke looks at the history and reputation of King Alfred the Great, who she names "The Most Perfect Man in History."
Dean of the Pennsic School of European Dance, Lady Margherita Battistina, has announced changes that have been made pertaining to Pennsic 2014's Grand Ball.
It might seem that archaeologists and brewers make strange bedfellows, but such a combination was ideal recently when experts unearthed a Roman wine strainer containing remnants of grog buried in a grave in Denmark.
In Their Court at Their recent Winter War, Their Majesties Nigel and Adrielle, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, offered elevation to the order of the Pelican to Cainder ingen hui Chathaarnaig.
The Scottish town of Govan, near Glascow, has long been known for its shipbuilding, but lying in a churchyard are some of its lesser-known masterpieces: a collection of 31 recumbant stones carved with classic Viking patterns. The stones, including five massive "hogbacks," dating from the 9th century. (photos)
Jonas Evertsson reports that he has created an album of photos from recent events that took place in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The albums are available to view on Flickr.
Debra Hense, of the Kingdom of Calontir, reports that the new Falcon Banner blog is up and running with Calontir news, events and announcements.
In 1988, 39 skulls of adult men were discovered near the Museum of London. The skulls dated to Roman times and now are believed to have been gathered by "head hunters" who retrieved the heads of those who died in the nearby amphitheater. "It is not a pretty picture," said Rebecca Redfern, from the centre for human bioarchaeology at the museum of London.
The Historical Metallurgy Society AGM will hold its annual conference May 31 - June 1, 2014 at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England. The them of this year's conference will be Metals used in Personal Adornment.
At Their recent Insulae Draconis Spring Coronet Tourney, Their Majesties Prothall and Cecilia of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, placed Baroness Margaret de Mey on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.
The Feast Survey mentioned earlier in SCAtoday.net is still available, and the organizers are still looking for more respondents.
The ancient Norse 'jotunvillur' code, dating back to the 12th or 13th century, has been cracked by Norwegian runologist K Jonas Nordby of the University of Oslo. The key was an unassuming wooden stick, found at the the Bergen Wharf in Norway and covered with runes. (photo)
Minister of Protocol, Maol Mhich mac Giolla Pheadair, reports that Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne, King and Queen of Northshield, have chosen to offer elevation to the Peerage to several of Their subjects. The offers were made February 8, 2014 at the Stellar University of Northshield in the Shire of Rockhaven.
THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for February 2014.
The British Museum has digitized, in two online volumes, a highly-decorated copy of a French medieval mystery play, with illuminations depicting scenes from the play.
Canadian folksinger and SCA bard Heather Dale (Mistress Marian of Heatherdale) reports that she is looking for financial suuport for a new project called Celtic Avalon, a musical stage show and youth educational program designed to recount the story of King Arthur.
From the 2010 SCA Census of the membership one of the key questions was about declining membership - when asked this question the fourth most cited reason was that families were finding it difficult to attend events with children, and that there was nothing for the children to do.
Countess Eilidh reports that Lord Agrippa Morris was the victor of the Caid Spring Crown Tourney, which took place February 22, 2014 in the Barony of Dreiburgen. Prince Agrippa was inspired in His endeavor by Mistress Bridget Lucia Mackenzie.
Prosecutor J. Ryan Will contends that on March 2, 2012, Scott Austin Stuut II broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend, Margaret Gee, of DeLand, Florida, and murdered her. Gee was an SCA member and Seneschal of the Shire of Vaca Del Mar. The trial began March 4, 2014.
Caristiona nic Beathain, Lochac's Rowany Festival Steward, reports that several deadlines for the festival are rapidly approaching.