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BBC Magazine reporter Tom Holland was prepared to be disappointed when he attended the recent First International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships at Belmonte Castle in Spain. After all he'd been to re-enactments before, but he quickly changed his mind.
New research may show that the remains of Count Vlad Tepes, a.k.a. Dracula, may not be buried in romania, but in Naples, Italy. scholars from the University of Tallinn believe they have found evidence that the nobleman was "taken prisoner, ransomed to his daughter - by then safe in Italy - and buried in a church in Naples."
Brita reports that she has created an album of photos from the Great Northeastern War 2014, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available to view on Shutterfly.
[View the story "Irish Brain surgeons, Vikings who recycle and spotting mistakes in churches: Medieval News Roundup" on Storify]
Guy De Dinan reports on the extensive medievalist and SCA activities at the recently-concluded World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention ("Worldcon") held in London.
The following is a letter from the East Kingdom Seneschal regarding letters of intent for the upcoming Fall Crown Tournament. Please direct any questions regarding its content to the Seneschal.
Greetings unto all those intending to enter Fall Crown Tournament,
Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Edward and Princess Thyra with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal. If by email, a joint email is preferred.
The Letter of Intent must be received by Coronation, September 28, 2014.
If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated.
Proof of valid membership consists of a copy of a valid membership card, a postcard (with a date-stamp) or letter from the Corporate office, or a confirmation form printed from the website after an online membership purchase. Confirmation of faxed membership applications with credit card receipts as well as membership applications CANNOT be accepted as proof of membership.
Additionally, as a matter of courtesy, Their Royal Highnesses have asked that your letter of intent make it clear how and why you fight for your consort. TRHs also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees.
In Service to the East, I remain
Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: Crown Tournament
2013 was a "magnificent" year for archaeologists in Scotland. The recent annual Scottish Treasure Trove report, covering 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014, by Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR) Catherine Dyer shows a variety of items including gold jewelry, coins and a Roman wine dipper. (photos)
People have long admired the beautiful Anglo-Saxon artifacts found in the burial mounds of Sutton Hoo, but few understand the symbols embedded within the metal. Rosie Weetch, a curator at the British Museum, offers an illuminating primer on how to decode the symbols and stories in a piece of Anglo-Saxon metalwork on the British Museum blog. (photos and diagrams)
Do you think Renaissance masterpieces are just boring, dusty paintings? Collage artist James Kerr doesn't - and proves it with his creation of a number of animated GIFs using works of the great masters.
Saturday held beautiful weather for the King’s and Queen’s Champion of Horse Competition in Quintavia. 8 competitors rode 5 horses in a competition composed of 2 parts, as well as a semi-final round.
In the first round, designed by Queen’s Champion Baroness Lillian Stanhope, riders were tested on their judgement, strategy, and skill on their mount in a “Gambler’s Choice” style course. This was the first time in the East Kingdom that such a course has been run. The course was set up with a number of familiar challenges to the competitors, including a quintain, javelin throwing, a bridge, and other obstacles, ten in total. .
Each obstacle was worth a certain number of points, and the rider had a limited number of time in which to rack up as many points as possible. Some riders chose to focus on fewer high point obstacles, while others went for as many different obstacles as possible. Riders were not permitted to run the same obstacle twice in a row, but could run an obstacle more than once provided another obstacle was attempted in between.
In the second round, held after a lunch and rest break for both horses and riders, competitors ran a course designed by King’s Champion Baron Duncan Kerr, consisting of a more formal period skill competition that directly tested rider’s prowess at the targets of quintain, rings, and javelin throwing. This course was run two at a time, with each rider on one side of the barrier riding towards the other competitor.
After the second round, points were added up and the four riders with the highest scores competed directly against one another in the semifinals.
Master Julian le Scot, riding Gaelen competed against Baroness Doucette de Verdun riding Wilhelm, and Baroness Alanna of Skye riding Tesoro competed against Baroness Sylvia du Vey riding Ginny. Baroness Doucette and Baroness Alanna advanced to the finals, where Baroness Doucette won the honor of King’s Champion of Horse.
During court, Her Majesty Caoilfhionn spoke of one of the riders who rode with style and made sure that the audience was enjoying the competition as much as he was, and named Master Julian le Scot as her Queen’s Champion.
A great day was had by all.
Filed under: Equestrian Tagged: equestrian, King and Queen's Champions
On September 13, come to Carolingia to fence, to fight, enjoy the arts, and visit with friends over the Boston Area German Club’s renowned selection of beers. The Baronial champions for Fencing, A&S and Performing Arts will be decided through competitions that day. In addition to the champion events, there will be heavy list fighting (not for Baronial Champion), an A&S exhibit, and space for performers to entertain. Youth fencing and youth combat may be available if there is sufficient interest.
There is ample outdoor space for families. The family cap is $25. Adults are $10; children 5-18 are $5; children under 5 are free. Dayboard is included in the site fee. Site opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm.
Further information for the event can be found on the EK events webpage
Filed under: Events
Sometime in the late 12th century, Rhys ap Gruffudd founded a daughter house to the convent of Strata Florida in the Aeron Valley of wales. Researchers have known about the Llanllyr nunnery, but never its precise location - until now when excavations in Ceredigion have revealed the convent as well as a cemetery and Tudor mansion.
King Ethelbert II was murdered, possibly for minting his own coins. Now an extremely-rare, 8th century silver penny, found by metal detectorist Darrin Simpson, has been discovered in a Sussex, England field. (photo)
An old legend in Suffolk, England, tells of a massive black dog, known as Black Shuck, which terrorized the village folk, and was the subject of a report in 1577 by the Reverend Abraham Fleming. Now archaeologists believe they have found the remains of a huge dog buried in the area. (photo)
The UK£22 million renovtion of Lincoln Castle continues to unearth medieval treasures, this time with the discovery of a high-status Saxon burial in a church wall. The remains showed a powerful man, suffering from rickets, who was buried in his boots.
On June 19, 2014, the Shire of Blackhawk, the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism in Rockford, Illinois, invited those interested in the Middle Ages to join them at the Northwest Community Center’s Corbett Building for hands-on activities practiced by the group. The Rock River Times published the invitation. (photo)
Archaeologists working at Vindolanda, the Roman fort in northeastern England, made a "special" find recently: a rare gold coin bearing the image of Roman emperor Nero, the first gold coin found during the excavation's 40-year history. (photo)
The Nanteos Cup is missing. Rumored to be the Holy Grail, brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea, the olive wood cup is normally kept in a bank vault in Wales, but was loaned to an ailing women in Weston-Under-Penyard. It was stolen from her home July 14, 2014. (photo)
Researchers in Italy have the rare opportunity to examine and analyze the remains of Henry VII of Luxembourg, German king and Holy Roman emperor, who died in 1313 and is buried in Pisa Cathedral. The remains were exhuned in 2013 to determine the emperor’s physical features and cause of death. (photos)