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This week's roundup finds some stories on how York is promoting its connection to its Viking past, wonderful images of writing on tree bark from medieval Novgorod and the troubles of being a historian in Cambodia.
[View the story "Damsels, Tree Bark and York/Jorvik: Medieval News Roundup" on Storify]
A nearly perfectly-preserved barley malting oven from the 13th century has been discovered by archaeologists working on an excavation in Bridge Street, Northampton, England. The construction was found complete with char marks on the hearth. (photo)
Spain in the 14th century was one of the countries hardest hit by the Black Plague, yet no burial of plague victims had been discovered, until now. Recently archaeologists working on the Basilica of Sant Just i Pastor in Barcelona unearthed a burial of 120 bodies "packed like sardines" under the sacristy.
A Roman dig considered "the Pompeii of the North" is being sold in order to keep the site out of the hands of developers. Binchester Roman Town, in Bishop Auckland, England, owned by the Church of England, has drawn a UK£2m bid from the Auckland Castle Trust.
The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen, held in the Canton of Black Icorndall in the Barony of Bhakail upon 18 October in the forty-ninth year of the Society; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:
Item. The Ladies of the Rose came before the Tyger Throne and presented tokens to those combatants whose comportment, countenance and courtesy in the lists were pleasing to their eyes, and those gentle persons were Jenevieve Spillane, Llewellyn Walsh and Caoilfhionn ingen ui Fhaelain.
Item. His Majesty thanked Don Donovan Shinnock for his service as his Rapier Champion and called forth Sir Antonio Patrasso, victor of the day’s tournament, to take up his place as King’s Rapier Champion. Sir Antonio received the tokens and ensigns of the office and a document memorializing his deeds prepared by Arden of Icombe.
Item. Her Majesty thanked Don Thomas of Effingham for his service as her Rapier Champion and called forth Lady Sorcha Dhocair to take up the place of Queen’s Rapier Champion. Lady Sorcha received the tokens and ensigns of the office and a document memorializing her worth prepared by Arden of Icombe.
Item. Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Lady Sabina Luttrell, Kingdom Minister of the Lists.
Item. Their Majesties caused Elizabeth Elenore Lovell to be brought before the Tyger Throne and, praising her many labors for the benefit of the Kingdom, did cause the said Elizabeth to be inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich, illuminated by Ro Honig von Somerfeldt and calligraphed by Caroline de LaPointe.
Item. Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.
Item. Their Majesties summoned into the Court Giancarlo Soranzo da Venezia, often called “Narlo,” and thereupon awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.
Item. Their Majesties summoned before them Muin maqq Minain, artisan in metal, and caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan and Melisande of the Gryphon Wood.
Item. Lupold Haas was commanded before the Tyger Throne, whereupon he was made a member of the Order of the Silver Rapier.
Item. Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.
Item. Their Majesties summoned into their presence Sabine de Kerbriant, whereupon they served upon the said Sabine a Writ commanding that she sit vigil for the Order of the Laurel upon January 17th at the celebration of Twelfth Night in the Barony of Carillion, the which Writ had been written by Brunissende Dragonette and calligraphed by Alexandre St. Pierre.
I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.
Master Rowen Cloteworthy
Photos by Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco.
Filed under: Court, Events, Fencing
Excavations at Prague’s historical Vyšehrad fort have recently revealed a large church, dating to the 11th century. The discovery of such a large building is expected to shed light on the nation’s early Christian history, and "help fill some blank spots on the map of early mediaeval Prague."
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Filed under: Events Tagged: event announcement
Their Majesties Edward and Thyra have issued a Dessert Challenge for Their Crown Tourney:
Bring your best period dessert or treat (maybe a trick?) to be shared by those remaining during feast. The entrants will be judged visually by the populace after the tourney has concluded. No tasting until after the judging has been completed. The winners will be announced before feast begins.
The autocrat, Lady Tessa Martini D’Agostino, reports that only a small number of gentles have so far expressed interest in the challenge. Is the kingdom willing to let a challenge go unanswered? Or are there more gentles planning to participate who have not contacted the head cook so he can plan for their entries? If you plan to enter but have not been in touch, or would like more information so you can decide if you wish to enter, please contact Lord Richard le Hauke.
Photo by Ygraine of Kellswood.
Filed under: Events Tagged: challenge, Crown Tourney, Dessert, food
If you subscribe to Tournaments Illuminated, you’re already aware that it contains the William Blackfox Award results for A.S . 48. It gives me great pleasure to share those pertaining to the East.
The William Blackfox awards are given for excellence in local newsletters. Kingdom newsletters are not eligible, with the exception of a category for cover art. Each May the Kingdom Chroniclers of the Known World review the past year of local newsletters from their kingdom, and chose the best examples to submit to the Society Chronicler and her panel of judges. You can read more about the awards and their history on the main SCA web site: http://www.sca.org/officers/chronicler/blackfox-awards.html
This year I’m very proud to say that Lady Christiana Crane and The Moonstone, the newsletter of the Province of Malegentia, have been recognized as the Best Overall Newsletter. Her work was chosen from a field of entrants representing fifteen kingdoms. She’s made it available on Facebook, and if you’re not a regular reader I urge you to go and take a look at it: https://www.facebook.com/download/623622317703266/Moonstone%20-%20Winter%202014.pdf
I would also like to recognize those gentles who were nominated in other categories. The range of local newsletters across the kingdom is broad indeed, and choosing which to nominate to represent our kingdom was not an easy task. All of those who were nominated from the East can be proud of that status.
Best Layout and Design: The Salamander, newsletter of the Barony of Bhakail. Chronicler: Lord Martyn de Halliwell.
Best Artwork: Lady Yzabel Du Perche, for her cover on the Summer issue of Northern Watch, the newsletter of the Barony of Endewearde. Chronicler: Lord Oleksander Brazhnyk.
Best Special Interest Newsletter: Ars Scientia Orientalis. Chronicler: Meesteres Annetje van Woerden. It’s available on-line here: http://aso.eastkingdom.org/
Best Article: A Story of a Cold and Stormy Winters Day by Lady Marguerite von Elfenau, appearing in Kenning Points, the newsletter of the Barony of Smoking Rocks. Chronicler: Lady Marguerite von Elfenau.
Best Cover for a Kingdom Newsletter: Lord Robert of Stonemarche, for his work which appeared on the January Pikestaff.
Mistress A’isha bint Jamil
East Kingdom Chronicler
Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Blackfox, Chronicler
Although the Crown, perhaps remembering the fate of Kenric I, did not attend, over 200 people enjoyed Endewearde’s weekend camping event on October 10, 11 and 12. People who arrived on Friday night could purchase sausage bombs from Smokehaus, a fundraiser for the archery company that raised over $200. Saturday there were several archery shoots such as a demon cow and “shoot the cattle raiders” related to the story of the Cattle Raid of Cooley, a famous Irish saga. In the afternoon there was a woods walk with 3D targets, challenging enough for experienced archers, but easy enough that even the youngest and least experienced archers could score points. For the baronial champions shoot on Sunday, the top sixteen Endeweardian archers faced off in a head to head competition involving ground targets, pool noodles, balloons and a moving bull. It was a very close competition, with Lord Otto Gottlieb beating Master Godric of Hamtun by only a few seconds.
But there was plenty to do even for non-archers. There was an atl-atl and thrown weapons range with a moving bull target. Saturday everyone enjoyed an oatmeal breakfast bar, a hearty dayboard and a pot luck feast, and Sunday morning a bacon tasting. There were classes on such topics as blacksmithing, bow bending, enameling, runes, and cheese making. There was a brewing competition and a pickle competition. There was pick-up fencing. There was hurley (think of a combination of lacrosse, field hockey and rugby). There were bardic circles every night around the communal campfire, and Papa’s Bar at the End of the World was open.
Court saw several worthy Endeweardians getting awards, and the recognition of those who had participated in martial activities at Great Northeastern War and Pennsic. Baron Ane du Vey also spoke about the dispute with Lyndhaven over an island between our two groups which Lyndhaven claims is theirs but Baroness Sylvia insists is “her” rock. There will have to be a confrontation in May to settle this.
All in all, it was a great way to spend a fall weekend!
Report and photo courtesy of Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir
Filed under: Events Tagged: archery, Endewearde
Just a little less than two weeks from now, the East will have new heirs, chosen at Crown Tourney in the Barony of Stonemarche. The event is being held a YMCA Camp Takoda, at 55 Fitzwilliam Road, in Richmond, NH. The autocrat, Lady Tessa Martini d’Agostino, was kind enough to take some photos at the site walk-through last weekend.
Richmond is about 20 minutes south of Keene, NH. For those seeking accommodations for the night, a number of major hotel chains are available in Keene. There are also numerous bed and breakfast options within an hour of the site. The city of Keene has a helpful lodging guide available on-line: http://www.keenenh.com/lodging/
Reservations close on October 20. No feast spaces will be available the day of the event. Canadian visitors should contact the reservations clerk to request reservations. Stonemarche’s policy is to allow unpaid reservations for visitors crossing international borders to attend their events.
As has become custom, Gate will offer a separate check-in for tourney combatants and consorts, but the autocrat encourages them to pre-register if possible, for a speedier check-in. The procession will start precisely at 11 AM.
His Majesty, King Edward, shared his expectations for the tournament:
“This is Crown Tournament, and we look forward to the pageantry, honorable conduct and feats of prowess. We expect all those who enter, to do so with the expressed intent to crown their consort heir to these Eastern lands and comport themselves with the grace, dignity and courtesy as befits such an occasion. In short, we look forward to seeing the finest the East Kingdom has to offer. “
Some four dozen of the East’s finest warriors will take the field to vie for honor, glory, and the right to crown their chosen consorts. The Kingdom Seneschal has made the list available on her web site: http://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/docs/fallcrown2014.php
“This tournament will be a return to the traditional double-elimination bracket format; however, each match will be decided by the best 2 of 3 bouts. The semi-finals and finals will be best 3 of 5 (the member entering the semi-finals with a loss, will start the semi-finals with a loss), and include weapons depth.”
For those needing more details who may still be having difficulty accessing the East Kingdom site, the complete announcement is reproduced below:
Hear ye, Hear ye! King Edward and Queen Thyra are pleased to announce that their Fall Crown Tournament will be held on November 1st at Camp Takoda in the Barony of Stonemarche. This event listing will be updated as information becomes available.
Camp Takoda is about a 20 minute drive south of Keene, NH. For those gentles wishing to stay the night, Keene has several lodging facilities ranging from quaint bed and breakfasts to well known hotel chains. The site is a beautifully wooded YMCA camp on a lake with well maintained paths. There are short walks between the lodge, parking, and fields. Please plan accordingly.
Letters of intent should be sent to http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/shannon-7c/fall-crown-bc/ (preferred) or by direct e-mail to Their Royal Highnesses and the EK Seneschal. Letters should be received no later than October 1st. Victory in their Crown Tournament will require competency in multiple weapon forms.
For those needing a diversion, there will be an archery shoot. For those younger gentles, there will be several youth activities planned throughout the day. Dayboard will be included in the event fee.
Please be advised that Their Majesties have requested to start the tournament no later than 11:30 in an attempt to beat the earlier sunsets at that time of year.
- 9:00 a.m. Gate opens. There will be a separate line available for entrants, their consorts and preregistered gentles.
THE SITE: The Tournament Field offers some space for viewing pavilions and shades of all types, with the immediate surrounds of The Lists dedicated for periodesque structures. All viewing space will be available on a first come, first served basis.
A scenic lake rests a short distance from the tournament field, along with many lovely and rustic trails for exploring. During the day, there will be several fire pits available for gentles to warm themselves by, including one next to the fighting field. Bringing additional, personal fire pits is not permitted. The hall is large enough to seat over 200, although feast is limited to 150, there is enough room for gentles who wish to remain off-board to enjoy the festivities.
VEHICLES: Although there is adequate parking, much of it is not next to the tourney field. Vehicles will be permitted to drop off gear and then go park. Vehicles on the field will be asked to move before the procession begins and none will be allowed onto the field once it has begun. Under no circumstances will vehicles be allowed on the archery field.
Dessert Challenge: In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, King Edward and Queen Thyra would like to issue a Dessert Challenge to those attending their Crown Tournament. Bring your best period dessert or treat (maybe a trick?) to be shared by those remaining during feast. The entrants will be judged visually by the populace after the tourney has concluded. No tasting until after the judging has been completed. The winners will be announced before feast begins.
DAY BOARD: Hard Boiled eggs, Bread, cheese, Sausages, Roasted chicken, Barley Chicken soup, Meat pasties, Brisket, Pickles,Sliced oranges, Apples, Grapes, Fine cakes
Site fees: Adults $10 advance, $12 day of; Youth 13-18: $5 advance, $6 day of
Feast fees: Adults: $10, Youth 13-18: $10
Information regarding severe allergies should be directed to the head cooks.
Make checks payable to: SCA NH, Inc. Barony of Stonemarche
Send reservations to: Lord Cynric the Dabbler, MKA: Ben Strauss
There will be NO REFUNDS for feast after October 25th. Considerations for site refunds will be considered but not guaranteed after October 25th.
Autocrat: Lady Tessa Martini d’Agostino, MKA: Liz Rakich, 603 206-0185, email@example.com
Directions: Our best suggestion is to use a GPS. The following directions may not be the most direct route for you. Please be aware that these are not main highways and may turn at crossroads. Please watch road signs carefully.
Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown Tourney, event announcement
Finding objects relating to everyday life is common for archaeologists at Vindolanda, the Roman fort near Hadrian's Wall, but the recent discovery of a wooden toilet seat - the oldest known - was special moment.
Archaeologists in Suffolk, England are pondering the discovery of a silver buckle, dating to the 9th century, by a metal detectorist on a Suffolk farm. "The costumes worn at this time don't appear to need buckles and so they are rarely found," said Dr Helen Geake, from the Portable Antiquities Scheme. (photo)
In 2009, archaeologists discovered the burial site of 400 14th century citizens of the Leith area of Edinburgh, Scotland. 30 skeletons were chosen for intense study, and now forensic artists have put faces to a few of the remains. (photo)
Lady Sorcha Dhocair is the new Queen’s Champion of Rapier.
Filed under: Fencing Tagged: King and Queen's Champions
Everyone knows Richard III was king of England, however briefly, but did he live a royal lifestyle? Researchers say yes. A new study shows that the king's location and diet changed after his ascendance to the throne.
The new King’s Rapier Champion is Sir Antonio Patrasso. He defeated Don Ogedei in the finals. The other two semi-finalists were Don Nathaniel Wyatt and Don Owynn Greenwood.
Filed under: Fencing Tagged: King and Queen's Champions
The remains of a ship, dating to 1305, have been found near the Isles of Scilly, along the coast of Cornwall. The shipwreck is believed to be the oldest documented ship lost in the area's dangerous, rocky coast.
Archaeologists working at the site of the new Northamptonshire County Council headquarters have uncovered what is believed to be the town of Northampton's first brewery. Dating to the 13th century, the large stone pit shows scorch marks where barley had been roasted. (video)
Perhaps Swedish erotic novelist Kicki Karlén briefly considered changing her genre to mystery when she discovered the remains of 80 people, dating to the 16th century, stashed in large IKEA bags in a chapel in Kläckeberga in southern Sweden.