SCA news sites
A discovery of an ancient "iPad," aboard one of 37 sunken ships found in the Theodosius Port on the European side of the Bosphorus, has delighted experts. The 9th century wooden object, they say, "is the ancient equivalent of a tablet computer. The device was a notebook and tool — in one." (photos)
Duchess Kathryn reports that, at Their Keeper's of Dry Stone event, Their Majesties Walrick and Cecilia of the Kingdom of the Outlands offered elevation to the Order of the Chivalry to THL Einarr Skallagrimsson.
According to legend, Robin Hood married Maid Marian in Edwinstowe, a village near the Major Oak, the legendary shelter for the outlaw and his band of Merry Men. Now volunteers are helping to excavate the area looking for Sherwood Forest's medieval past.
In a recent interview as part of the "Alter Egos" series. NPR Morning Edition's David Greene spoke with Franklin Slaton of Birmingham, Alabama, known in the SCA as Baron Cynred of Gwent. The interview is available as a podcast or in print.
The following is a summary of changes and openings in the roster of East Kingdom Officers from the Kingdom Newsletter: Pikestaff. The kingdom has long appreciated the services of many talented volunteers, so read the list over – one of the up-coming vacancies may be the perfect fit for YOU.
Kingdom Marshall of Fence – The current term ends in November. Don Caine
Kingdom Earl Marshall – The current term end in January. Sir Oskgar is
Marshal of Equestrian Activities – The current term end in January.
Tyger Clerk of the Signet – At Twelfth Night, Mistress Nest verch
Tir Mara Chatelaine – The new Regional Deputy Chatelaine for Tir Mara is
Pennsic Steward – The Pennsic Steward is responsible for the storage,
Kingdom Media Officer – The Media officer distributes press kit
Filed under: Tidings
After 400 years, a ship, believed to be the Cherabin, will be celebrated once again in England. The "state pirate ship," sponsored by Queen Elizabeth I, has been raised from the floor of the Thames estuary to find a new home in the National Dive Centre in Stoney Cove, Leicestershire. (photos)
Excavators from Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission are accustomed to finding historic artifacts during their work. In fact, their team includes an archaeologist. Now a recent discovery of a 14th or 15th century barn has given her something exciting to study.
Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted his photos from Pennsic 43. The albums may be viewed on Flickr.
In 1564, the Swedish warship Mars went up in flames, taking "800 to 900 Swedish and German sailors and a fortune in gold and silver coins to the bottom of the Baltic Sea." Jane J. Lee offers a feature on the "cursed" ship for National Geographic online. (photos)
Heywood Bright, liberal British politician, was a collector of rare books. Recently his library, including several previously unknown or incomplete medieval treasures, was auctioned by Christie's.
Metal detectorist Philip Jackson made a rare and interesting find recently when his equipment pinpointed a silver pendant in a South Derbyshire field constructed around a Roman intaglio (a carved stone). (photo)
Master Abelard die Elster reports that at Their camp at Pennsic 43, Their Majesties Siegfried and Elizabeth of the Kingdom of Northshield offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Peter Joyner.
Nicholas reports tha he has created an album of photos from Rhaglan Ffaire, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
Archaeologists from the National Museum of Denmark have declared a small torshammere (Thor’s Hammer Amulet) found recently on the Danish Island of Lolland, the only such amulet with a runic inscription. (photos)
A flock of pink flamingos was spotted at Pennsic, particularly an unusually small variety. The flamingos seemed to have a specific affinity for Prince Edward and many bystanders were treated to the sight of the flamingos being bestowed on His Highness. The meaning of this visitation was considered by learned folks of the kingdom, and they have not been able to reach a conclusion about what the appearance of such exotic birds may or may not portend for the Kingdom. They were able to conclude that no harm is threatened by the colorful birds. If Easterners note the appearance of any flamingos at future events, they are advised that there is nothing to fear from their appearance.
Filed under: Pennsic
Duncan reports that at Dragonsspine's Champions/Investiture, Their Royal Majesties Walrick and Cecilia offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to THL Kiara Loftus.
Wencenedl reports that he has discovered a photo composite of SCA license plates found at Pennsic posted on Flickr.
Would you like beautiful SCA artwork on your walls? Want to explain what you do on your weekends to relatives? Show a friend why they should come to an event? Support the East? The 2015 Labors of the East calendar will do all this, and you have the chance to write a dedication for one of the months.
The calendar (and also sets of note cards) will be sold starting in October to support the Royal Travel Fund. Each month features original calligraphy and illumination illustrating an SCA activity and a humorous poem written by Master Christian von Jaueregk.
Want to dedicate the courtly love month to someone special? Perhaps your fighting household would like the month for Pennsic or a guild would like the month about their art? There will be space on each month for a dedication message and the name of the person or group sponsoring it.
Sponsorship is $100 per month. If you’re interested, contact Lady Lucie Lovegood of Ramisgate (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For (email@example.com). The subject of each month is listed below with its artists.January Feasting Mistress Rhonwen glyn Conwy February Sitting by the fire entertaining Lady Lada Monguligin March Martial Pursuits Lady Sakura’i no Kesame April Equestrian Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh May Courtly Love Mistress Ro Honig von Summerfeldt June Shearing, spinning, weaving Mistress Eva Woderose July Preparing for war Lady Palotzi Marta August Pennsic Baroness Emma Makilmone September Brewing Doña Camille des Jardins October Crown Tourney Doña Isabel Chamberlaine November Sewing Garb Mistress Khioniya Nikolaevna Ryseva December Baking and Cooking Lady Lisabetta Medaglia with Mistress Eleanor Catlyng
More information on how to order a calendar will be available at the beginning of October.
Filed under: Tidings Tagged: calendar, Calligraphy and Illumination
Health Canada reports that Golden Artist Colours has issued a recall notice for "QoR® Synthetic Ox Gall which is designed to be used with artists' watercolour paints in small amounts to improve the flow and wetting. The product contains the preservative MIT which can cause skin rash or blistering."
For our fellow medievalists, here are some of the news and interesting posts that we came across in the last week:
[View the story "Byzantium on Scotland, Hospital Food and the 1970s: Medieval News Roundup " on Storify] Finally, this image, created in 1512, shows the first mention of the phrase: "Throw out the baby with the bath water".
Found in Narrenbeschwörung (Appeal to Fools) by Thomas Murner.