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Letters of Wallace and Robert the Bruce on display at Stirling Castle - Sun, 2014-05-04 16:09

700 years ago the fate of Scotland was being decided. Now, history buffs will be able to read the words of those concerned in the historic events at an exhibit of letters of Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, and others, at Stirling Castle. The exhibition runs until June 2014. (photo)

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Rendlesham exhibit marks 75th anniversary of Sutton Hoo discovery - Sat, 2014-05-03 17:50

Four miles northest of the Sutton Hoo ship burials lie what archaeologists believe are the remains of the royal settlement of Rendlesham, mentioned in the 8th century by the Venerable Bede. Finds from recent archaeological excavations will be on display during the 75th anniversary celebration of the Sutton Hoo finds in 2014.

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Winter storms reveal leg bones of monk - Sat, 2014-05-03 13:50

Alas, poor monk, whose eternal rest was disturbed by the discovery of his leg bones protruding from a cliff along the sea shore of Monknash, South Wales. The remains are believed to be from a young Cistercian monk who lived at the nearby 12 century abbey. (photo)

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Saving Winchester Roman wall "not possible" - Fri, 2014-05-02 14:25

Local historians in Winchester, England are outraged at the proposal that a Roman wall, unearthed in 2013 during construction of 14 new houses, may be destroyed and used as filler for foundations.

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Mudthaw 2014 photos online - Fri, 2014-05-02 09:19

Brita reports that she has created an album of photos from Mudthaw 2014, which took place in March in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available to view on Shutterfly.

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Tournaments Illuminated Quest Request April 2014 - Thu, 2014-05-01 16:40

Magister Riordan MacGregor, editor of Tournaments Illuminated, has announced the latest Quest Request.

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Announcement re Bullying & Harassment Policy - Thu, 2014-05-01 13:55

Tiffany Brown and Melissa Muckart of SCA Ltd Australia and SCANZ Inc New Zealand report that a joint bullying and harassment policy for participating SCA, Inc members is now available online.

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SCA Ltd Social Media Policy (Draft) - Thu, 2014-05-01 11:50

Sorle Maknicoll, SCA Ltd Webwright, reports that a draft of the Social Media Policy for SCA Ltd. (Australia only) is now available online. Comments are encouraged.

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Welcoming a New Year

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-05-01 10:06

A fighter circa AS 7 with a freon can helm and a shield made out of 3/4 inch plywood with bicycle tire edging.

Today marks the anniversary of the first tournament and the day that the SCA turns over its calendar to a new year.  The year is now Anno Societatis XLIX (49).  An account of that first tournament is available on the West Kingdom Historian’s website.

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Lief and Morrigan new Prince and Princess of Northshield - Wed, 2014-04-30 19:12

Aryanhwy reports that Jarl Lief Wulfsson was the winner of the April 5, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. His Highness was inspired in His endeavor by Countess Morrigan nic Temair.

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Stefan's Florilegium updates for April 2014 - Wed, 2014-04-30 14:01

THLord Stefan li Rous reports that he has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for April 2014.

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New Society Seneschal Sought

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-04-29 17:17

Leslie Vaughn, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that Board of Directors is seeking applicants for the position of Society Seneschal and Vice President of Operations.

Leslie Vaughn writes:  The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism is now accepting applications for the position of Society Seneschal (Vice-President for Operations). This is a part-time, paid position, which requires approximately thirty-two hours per week .

Position Requirements and Responsibilities:
    • Oversee directly and indirectly the planning and implementation of all game side activities.
    • Ensure confidentiality of all investigations
    • Annual review of all direct documentation
    • Interface as a corporate spokesperson for information management
    • Explore, evaluate and create new documentation as needed to ensure a positive game side experience
    • Train all direct reports and indirectly assist with the training of subsequent staff
    • Report as instructed within all timelines
    • Excellent communication skills
    • All other tasks as assigned
General Requirements:
    • Management experience with both volunteers and employees preferred
    • Ability to connect to internet required
    • Good working knowledge of current SCA corporate documents required
    • Applicants must be available for the four quarterly Board Discussion Sessions per year (typically held on Fridays), held in addition to the four Board meeting days per year (typically on Saturdays). As Thursdays and Sundays tend to be travel days, each applicant must have sixteen days available per year, of which eight are week days. Additional traveling may be required. Availability for up to eight evening conference calls per year (generally starting at 9:00 p.m.Eastern Time) is also required.

Resumes (professional and medieval, including awards and titles) must be sent to SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036, or resumes at, no later than August 30th, 2014.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments at

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

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Great Western War Pre-reg is Open - Mon, 2014-04-28 19:40

It's here it's here it's here! Like the first breath of spring, open registration for Great Western War has returned, bringing new life to your dreams of glory on the field, inspiration among the arts, and legendary shenanigans behind the scenes.

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Stinky surprise for Danish archaeologists - Mon, 2014-04-28 06:49

 Archaeologists working on a site in Odense on Funen, Denmark were treated to an odiferous surprise recently with the discovry of 14th century barrels used to contain the contents of latrines.

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"Stunning" Roman bracelet on display in Furness - Sun, 2014-04-27 23:46

Trade between the Roman and the British locals may be enbodied by a single silver bracelet, dating to the second century, discovered recently by a metal detectorist near Dalton-in-Furness, England. Probably traded by a Roman soldier visiting the town, the "stunning" bracelet is now on display at Barrow's Dock Museum in Furness. (photo)

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Sir Kenneth Branagh wins awards with "Scottish play" - Sun, 2014-04-27 17:05

Kenneth Branagh, who has stirred audiences with his portrayals of such diverse characters as Henry V and Gilderoy Lockhart, has won over ciritcs in a new version of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which garnered three prizes at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

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Latest Issue of A&S Newsletter is Available

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2014-04-27 15:17

The newest Ars Scientia Orientalis, the quarterly Arts & Sciences publication of the East, is now online at:

The contents include:

  • Cooking from Medieval Recipes, a Very Simple Introduction by Mistress Brunissende Dragonette
  • Music-Dramas in the Medieval Church by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich
  • Observations on an Elizabethan Blackwork Smock by Countess Ianthé d’Averoigne
  • Insights Into the Use of Astrology In the European Middle Ages by Xanthippe Ouranina
  • Period vs. Periodesque: Considerations for Creating Arts and Science Projects by Baroness Rainillt de Bello Marisco
  • Philosophies of Recreation by Lady Elizabeth Underhill
  • Praise of the East: Seasons by Mistress Dorigen of the Gray Gate

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Vikings invade British Museum - Sat, 2014-04-26 18:17

Not since the 11th century have Vikings made such a big splash in England as with the opening of the new BP-sponsored exhibition at the British Museum in London, Vikings: life and legend. The exhibit opened march 6, 2014 and will close June 22. (photos)

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Retired professor saves 8th century Indian mint - Sat, 2014-04-26 15:30

Manmohan Kumar, a retired professor from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, India, was concerned about urbanization engulfing historic archaeological sites near Haryana. His pleas motivated a team from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to explore the area, where it unearthed the remains of an 8th century mint. (photos)

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Unofficial Court Report from Balfar’s Challenge

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-04-26 14:42

And it came to pass on 19 April 2014, AS XLVIII that Their Majesties Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, Emperor and Empress of the Kingdom of the East, held court at Balfar’s Challenge.

Katherine Ramsey, Autocrat for the event, and Duke Balfar were called forth, wherein they named and awarded the winners of the tourneys for archery, heavy combat and rapier.

Cedric of Armorica stepped forth, and announced the victors of the Youth Combat Tournaments.

Next, Miron d’Allaines-le-Comte was called before Their Majesties. Thus was he made a Lord of the court, and received an AoA with a scroll featuring words and illumination by Adrienne d’Evreaux, and calligraphy by Alexandre Saint Pierre.

Then Guillome de Naverre was called forth before Their Majesties. He was made a Lord of the court, and received an AoA with a scroll by Xandra Rozina Xiberras Galea, called Rozi.

His Grace Duke Kenric presented himself to the court, and swore his fealty to Their Majesties. So too did Vienna de la Mer, East Kingdom Chatelaine.

Tristan de Worrell was next requested to be present before Their Majesties. His many good works noted, the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent were called forth so he may join their ranks. Tristan received a medallion, and a scroll featuring illumination by Lisabetta Medaglia, calligraphy from Eleanor Catlyng, and words by Bronwen Rose of Greyling.

Sir Osgkar, East Kingdom Earl Marshal, presented himself to Their Majesties and swore his fealty.

Patrick Michael of Dragonship Haven was called before Their Majesties. He was unfortunately not present, and thus his squire brother approached the thrones in his place. He was in absentia made a Lord of the court, and received an AoA with a scroll by Elisenda de Luna.

Next was Her Majesty’s guard, Clarice d’Allaines-le-Comte, called forth. Much was said of her combat prowess, and thus was she inducted into the Order of the Gawain. She was presented with a garter from the arm of His Majesty, and a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

Next Her Majesty Caoilfhionn did call forth the nine children who had been participants in her service initiative. All were awarded beads for their participation, and given thanks.

The rest of the children present were called forth. The Royal Toybox was presented, and a merry chase ensued around the field. Before this, Her Majesty was presented with a step to extend her stature when standing before the thrones.

Gwilym of Fflint was called forward. He had, in the court of Their Majesties Kenric II and Avelina II been awarded arms. He was this day presented an AoA scroll with calligraphy by Elizabeth Greenleaf and illumination by Deirdre O’Roarke.

Their Majesties invited before them Naomi bat Avraham. They spoke of her great service to the Kingdom, and requested the presence once again of the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent. She was so inducted into the order, and presented a medallion and a scroll by Chrestienne la Pecheresse featuring words by Lillia de Vaux.

Their Majesties did mark that the order was still incomplete. Thus was called forward Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven. He was inducted into the order for his long service, receiving a medallion and a scroll with illumination by Aesa feilinn Jossurdottir, calligraphy by Constance de St Denis, and words by Thyra Eiriksdottir.

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn requested a moment before the Order. She thus read the words of Her Majesty Violante Regina Occidentalis, Queen of the West, awarding Duke Edward with Her Cypher.

Their Majesties demanded the presence of Saerlaith Ingen Taithlig before their court. Though his Majesty spoke of her troublemaking nature, she was elevated to a Lady of the court, and presented an AoA with a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig.

Next was Murdock MacRae called before the court. He was thus made a Lord of the court, and presented an AoA with a scroll by Aleksei Dmitriev.

Called before the court of Their Majesties, Marieta Charay presented herself. She was made a Lady of the court, and received an AoA with a scroll by Cezilia Rapossa.

At the start of the day, Their Majesties had held a brief court. Therein, they called forth Reyne Wurm, who had received writ from Their Majesties Kenric II and Avelina II to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican. She was sent out on vigil to consider her answer.

Now was Reyne Wurm called forth, as were the Peers of the Order of the Pelican. Following words commending Reyne to their majesties from Duke Balfar for the Order of the Chivalry; words were read from Master Adhemar for the Order of the Laurel; words were sent by Duchess Luna for the Lady of the Rose; and Master Joseph spoke for the Order of the Pelican. A mantle, pin and cap were brought forth as regalia. Reyne Wurm was then elevated to the Order of the Pelican, receiving a scroll that featured a woodcut block by Naomi bat Avraham, printing by Markesa Manuel de Carvahal and Fearghus O Conchobhair, with words by Adhemar de Villarquemada.

Their Majesties thanked both their hosts and all attendees of the event for a wonderful day. Thus closed the court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!

In service,

Malcolm Bowman

Eastern Crown Herald

PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day! Kenric æt Essex, Ryan McWhyte, Jehane de Fenwyk, Donnovan Shinnock, Anastasia da Monte, and Caitriona of Greenwood Isle.

Photos by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood

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