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The civic archive of the city of York, England has loaned the 15th century House Book of the city to the Yorkshire Museum until December 2013. The book will be on display for the first time in history. The manuscript details public opinion of King Richard III.
Caelin on Andrede reports that his photos from BAM (War of the Rams), which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, are now available to view online. The photos can be found on his Flickr site.
Greetings to the singers, poets, drinkers, and wits of the East Kingdom! Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe issues unto you a convivial challenge for the festival season, to be answered at Twelfth Night in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows.
The cheerful poets of Beuern have left us many jolly songs and poems about the simple pleasures of drinking and good cheer, and one of the most familiar is “Bache Bene Venies”. Like all good drinking songs, it has many many verses – each long enough to be clever, but short enough to let everyone who only knows the refrain sing it often and boisterously.
My challenge to you – write me a NEW verse! It can be in Latin, it can be in English – the only requirement is that it scan to the original and that it address the same subjects of pastimes in good company. We can sing it together, or with any like-minded friends, or I can sing it *to* you – and in the spirit of the song, if you bring me a new verse, I will buy you a drink from the fine establishment that is hosting our Twelfth Night revel. (If you prefer not to drink spiritous libations, fret not – I am certain that we can work out an appropriate exchange in the moment!)
A recording of the tune for reference is included below; it is one of *many*, so do feel free to go out and find any that you love.
And here are a few verses and the chorus, to give you a sense (general translation provided also):
1. Bache bene venies gratus et optatus
Welcome, Bacchus, pleasing and desired,
R: Istud vinum bonum vinum vinum generosum
This wine, good wine, kindly wine,
2. Iste cyphus concavus de bono mero profluus
This hollow cup overflows with good wine;
3. Bachus venas penetrans calido liquore
Bacchus entering their veins with hot liquor
Ooh! I look forward to hearing your merry words! And if you have any questions, please contact me at this address.
- Aildreda de Tamwurthe, Dean of Belles Lettres, East Kingdom College of Performers
Filed under: Tidings, Uncategorized Tagged: Bardic, bards, performers
In December, a new version of the SCA.org website went live. This redesign was motivated by the recent debut of the SCA Newcomers' Portal (welcome.sca.org), so that visitors could easily find their way to it.
Dan Russell is a knight in the Society for Creative Anachronism. He recently discussed his "crazy passion" for armored combat in a short video produced by ABC Hobart. The video was filmed at Alexandria Battery in lower Sandy Bay in Tasmania, Australia.
History buff and medieval re-enactor Michael St Omer of Hadlow, England is devastated by the recent theft of swords, archery gear and other equipment from his parents' garage. "I can replace the weapons but they were the first ones I ever had and they meant a lot to me," he said.
The following article was written by Her Majesty Avelina as part of the Gazette’s ongoing “How to…” series.
One question that people often have is how to help the Royalty. How do become a retainer? What do I need to do?
A great place to start is to check www.eastkingdom.org and see if Their Majesties or Their Highnesses have a website. It has become almost standard practice in the East that each set of Royalty has a website about themselves and their needs and wishes. If they have a staff page, look for contact information for a Chief of Staff or a Head Retainer. Those are two great people to start with. When you contact them, include your name, contact information and the type of service you would like to offer. The person managing retainers will often have some type of electronic media group that they will add you to to help coordinate staff. This could be a Yahoogroup or a Facebook group, or maybe even a mailing list.
What to do before an event as Retainer
What to do as a Retainer
Your duties as retainer will vary depending on the type of event, but, in general, it is a whole lot of following the Royalty and being quiet and unobtrusive. Be available if the Royalty need their drink, but if it appears that they are having a private conversation, be respectful and give them space. As a retainer, you also need to help keep the Royalty on time, so do be aware of any meetings or appointments that they may have. From time to time, the Royalty may ask you to make a note of something – a gift, contact information or a reminder to do something when they get home. That should go in the notebook in the retainer bag or basket.
When Retainers are most needed
Each Royalty will have different needs and come from different sized personal households. When the Royalty are attending an event that is local to them or their household, they may find themselves with plenty of retainers. The Royalty will have more need of retainers the further they travel from their home base, so, don’t be afraid to offer to retain if you live in one of those areas.
Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: royalty
Mistress Cassandra Antonelli reports that Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne of the Kingdom of Northshield have offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Toki Magnusson and Teffan Koerwent.
Looking for the perfect gift for an SCA loved one? Kathryn encourages SCAdians and re-enactors alike to "Give the gift of Estrella!"
Esy-Chees-Mkg-art (10K) 11/30/13 "Easy Cheese Making - Acid-Coagulated Soft Cheeses in Your Own Kitchen" by Lady Wenyeva atte grene.