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Turin Shroud: Prop for medieval Easter ritual?

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015/03/24 - 9:57am

Historian Charles Freeman believes the Shroud of Turin was created in the 14th century for Easter rituals. Freeman presents his theory in the article The Origins of the Shroud of Turin in the November 2014 issue of History Today. Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian discusses the theory.

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Historical women's letters auctioned in Paris

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/03/23 - 4:33pm

The auction of around 1500 letters of famous women, including Catherine of Aragon's plea to Pope Clement VII to block her divorce from Henry VIII, took place in November 2014 in Paris. The auction, whose book was entitled Women: Letters and Signed Manuscripts, brought a total of EU 794,173. (photo)

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Doodling the Middle Ages

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/03/23 - 10:08am

Modern people doodle when bored. So too, apparently did medieval scribes, according to Dr Erik Kwakkel, a book historian at Leiden University, Holland, who posts "medieval eye candy" that he comes across during the course of his research on his blog. (photos)

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Gulf Wars: The "Mayberry" war

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/03/23 - 4:15am

"You come to Gulf Wars, and there may be 4,000 people on site, but it's still Mayberry. Everybody knows everybody and everybody is friendly. It's a group of people from all walks of life, all areas, that come together to live the dream. We're reliving a period of chivalry, of honor, of courtesy to all," says Rebecca Baker (Rebecca MacGillivray) about Gulf Wars.

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Stefan's Florilegium updates for March 2015

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015/03/22 - 10:56pm

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for March 2015.

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The lions of London

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015/03/21 - 1:45pm

The lion is the symbol of the King of England, and for the first time since the early 13th century, the city will be without the king of the beasts. The lack of lions will occur due to a new exhibit being built at the London Zoo, causing its three residents to be relocated until 2016. The BBC Magazine Monitor has a feature about the history of the London lions.

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"Siberia's Excalibur" may have belonged to Ivan the Terrible

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015/03/19 - 10:59am

In 1975, archaeologists discovered a well-preserved, 12th century sword beneath a tree in Siberia. Experts believe that the sword, found near the site of the death in battle of 14th century Russian hero Ivan Koltso, may have once belonged to the armory of Koltso's benefactor Ivan the Terrible. (photos)

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Climate changed "big man" society in Viking Iceland

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 9:31pm

The change of climate to colder temperatures in 11th century Iceland may have put an end to traditional Viking feasting of beef and beer, say authors Davide Zori and Jesse Byock in a new book Viking Archaeology in Iceland: Mosfell Archaelogical Project. (photo of glass beads)

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On the writing of sonnets

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/03/16 - 4:48pm

In an article on the Athenaeum Hectoris blog, Master Hector of the Black Height, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, discusses the basics of sonnets and sonnet writing, including rhythm, phrasing and form, in the article Missive to a Young Poet: Sonnets.

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In Memoriam: Master Kali Harlansson of Gotland

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2015/03/16 - 12:29pm

It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports that Master Kali Harlansson of Gotland passed away on March 12, 2015 after a long illness.

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2015 Known World Children's Fete at Pennsic Seeking Volunteers

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/03/13 - 3:26pm

The organizers of this year's Children's Fete are seeking volunteers to assist with, and to sponsor, activities.

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Henry VIII graces stages in New York and New Jersey

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015/03/08 - 10:51am

Henry VIII and his wives will be on the minds of New Yorkers as two very different productions have been scheduled: King Henry VIII at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey (Fall 2014) and Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Spring 2015). The latter is an adaption of the books by Hilary Mantel. Michael Sommers of the New York Times has a review. (photos)

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The dark vengeance of Vlad the Impaler

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015/03/08 - 12:16am

For centuries, people have been fascinated with stories of vampires, and at the top of the story list is the dark tale of Count Dracula, a medieval prince also known as Vlad the Impaler. Elizabeth Palermo of Live Science has a feature story.

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Volunteers aid in dig at York's All Saints' Church

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015/03/07 - 12:02pm

The first phase of an archaeological dig at All Saints' Church in York, England has wrapped with the discovery of artifacts from Roman times to the 19th century including "two medieval dice, Roman pottery and a spindle whorl thought to be from the Viking era." Phase two will begin next spring. (photos)

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Metal detector hobbyist finds treasure in English fields

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/03/06 - 7:41pm

Treasure hunter Stephen Auker is a bit of a metal detector rock star. In recent years, he has discovered more than 100 Roman coins in a field near Silsden in northern England, offering them to a museum in Keighley. More recently, Auker found a merchant's signet ring dating to the 1550's. (photo)

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St. Francis manuscripts displayed in the US

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015/03/06 - 11:29am

In November 2014, 19 manuscripts written by St. Francis of Assisi travelled outside Italy for the first time for exhibition at the United Nations and Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York. The manuscripts include several poems written by St. Francis, including the saint's Canticle of the Sun and his Canticle of Canticles.

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Damaged crypts to be restored at Coventry Cathedral

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015/03/05 - 10:13pm

Coventry Cathedral, a 14th-century Gothic church, was almost totally destroyed by German bombs in World War II. Now three of its medieval crypts are scheduled to be restored and opened to the public.

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Grimms now grimmer

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015/03/05 - 7:41am

There are no Disney endings for the fairy tales in a newly-released translation of Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes, a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. The original stories, written in the early 19th century, have never been directly translated into English.

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Tower timbers found on Firth of Clyde

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015/03/04 - 11:30am

The west Scotland Firth of Clyde may have housed a 13th century harbor and large timber tower, according to archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology Coastal & Marine and members of the local community who have been studying the site since the destructive winter storms of early 2014. (photos, map)

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Shetland's Up Helly Aa never fails to please

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 4:55pm

Winter in Scotland's Shetland Islands can be cold and bleak, but you would never know when the annual Up Helly Aa fire festival lights up the night. (photos)

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