Why does ice float on water? This was the subject of debate between Galileo and his arch-enemy Lodovico delle Colombe during the summer of 1611, which brought into focus some of the odd properties of water.
Avery W. Krouse, Society Social Media Officer and Deputy Society Seneschal for Special Projects, reports that he has sent a revision to the Social Media Policy to the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Starting November 25, 2013, the University of Leicester and FutureLearn will offer a free, online history course entitled "England in the time of King Richard III." The six-week course is the first history offering from FutureLearn, and will be taught by Deirdre O’Sullivan, Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Leicester.
Detlef von Marburg, Zodiacus Herald, reports that at Their Coronation, Their Majesties Aaron and Nicollet of the Kingdom of Ansteorra chose to offer elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.
Arguably, Hernán Cortés is the most famous - or infamous - of the Spanish explorers. Jessie Szalay, LiveScience Contributor, offers a biographical feature on the conqueror of the Aztec Empire and governor of New Spain.
14,000 individuals -- 10,000 Scots and 4,000 English -- lost their lives in the Battle of Flodden which took place in 1513 in Northumberland, England. Among them was King James IV of Scotland. This year re-enactors and others are marking the 500th anniversary of the history-changing battle. (photo)
In 1668, the Earl of Sandwich collected recipes for chocolate, a treat just introduced to England believed to be "unwholesome." His iced chocolate recipes are a highlight of a paper by Dr Kate Loveman of the University of Leicester entitled The Introduction of Chocolate into England: Retailers, Researchers, and Consumers, 1640–1730.
THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates for Stefan's Florilegium for October 2013.
Visitors to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, in Norwich, have the chance to chat with King Henry VIII, but also risk getting slapped with a ticket from the faire's sherrif for "excessive jubilation." The faire runs through October 20, 2013.
Duke Alan reports that Duke Sir Konrad von Krixen was the victor of the October 5, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Duchess Kortland Stirling Mayfaire.
Pól ó Briain report that Duke Prothell Wolfbane was victorious in the Fall 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Duchess Cecilia Jonsdottir.
Baron Khevron reports that Thorfinn the Cruel, inspired by Violante Seraph, was the winner of the October 5, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West.
Sir Modius von Mergentheim, Society Seneschal, reports that comments are requested on the SCA's new sanction guide. The deadline for comment is December 28, 2013.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the conjugal arms of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a combination of the coats of arms of the Royal Family and the Middleton arms.
Freshman at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, recently had the opportunity to learn about over three hundred campus organizations at Clubsfest, the annual outdoor fair. Among the groups represented were the Renaissance Dance Club and the local chapter of the SCA. Josh Dehaas of Macleans has the story.
The excavation of the medieval monastery al-Ghazali in Northern Sudan is astonishing archaeologists who have unearthed a second church on the site as well as a large number of fragments of funerary stelae and inscribed vessels. The monastery is believed to have been a major pilgrimage site before the 13th century. (photos)
Archers of the Known World are invited to participate in the Fall Society Archery Competition, currently in progress around the SCA. Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf introduces the competition.
Kamm Island Park in Mishawaka, Indiana became the "Kingdom of Kamm" recently when the Michiana Renaissance Festival came to town. Tricia Harte of WNDU - Channel 16 - in South Bend hosts three videos on the Faire.
Modern social networkers will recognize the octothrope as the opening character of a hashtag, but the lowly punctuation mark has a noble history. In his book, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks, Keith Houston looks at punctuation marks' roots from Greek, Roman and 14th century texts.
The East Kingdom Gazette provides a full account, with pictures, of last weekend's coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II at Barony of the Bridge.