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The main coordinators for Estrella War XXXI are seeking applicants for the positions of Estrella War Pre-Registration Coordinator and Deputy.
Count Niall inn Orkneyskii was the victor of the July 5, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac. His Majesty was inspired in His endeavor by Countess Liadan ingen Fheradaig.
In a recent blog posting for Code Switch, a website examing race, ethnicity and culture, NPR editor and producer Camila Domonoske ponders the word "fair," from its Anglo-Saxon roots as "beautiful" to its modern usage meaning "light-skinned."
Baroness Rebecca Beaumont reports that a survey to evaluate Lilies War 28 is now available through Surveymonkey.
THLord Stefan li Rous presents his Stefan's Florilegium article for July, 2014.
Among over 1000 new manuscripts placed online by the British Museum is The Guthlac Roll, a history of St. Guthlac told in graphic novel style "using a series of images in roundels with labels." Mark Strauss of i09 offers his views on the manuscript.
At July Coronation in the Barony of Three Mountains, Their Royal Majesties of An Tir, King Styrkarr Jarlskald and Queen Dagrun Stjarna placed Lady Elizabeth Blackdane on vigil for the Order of the Laurel. She will be admitted to the order at 12th Night in the Barony of Adiantum.
Once known as Kraków Academy, Jagiellonian University is the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. Established in 1364 by King Casimir III, the university has educated such greats as astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and poet Jan Kochanowski. PAP, Science and Scholarship in Poland, has a feature on the anniversary.
Greetings To All East Kingdom Webministers!
There will be a meeting at Pennsic in the EK Royal Meeting Tent on Wednesday of War Week (August 6th) from 1pm to 3pm. I would like to hold a meet and greet for those at the event and discuss the Office as it is, and the upcoming future.
Nothing too extravagant of course, but any opportunity to be able to put faces to names is well worth the time! I hope to see you there, and please spread the word for any who might already be on site and not keeping up with the Book of Faces.
- Lorenz Greylever
Filed under: Pennsic
The State of California is requiring a full financial audit from the SCA. We have contracted with the CPA firm of Boman Accounting Group, Inc. to conduct the audit for the years 2012 and 2013 and report their findings. The audit will not encompass any of the SCA subsidiaries, afffiliates nor non-US groups. Documents and records will be requested from US kingdoms or local groups to satisfy this audit. There will be a specified timeframe for providing the documents for the audit, as the cost of this audit is dependent on the length of time involved. Leading the SCA Audit team will be Mazelle Attiya, former SCA Treasurer and Society Exchequer. Mazelle will work closely with the Boman Accounting Group, and will be the Corporate interface with the Kingdoms and local groups. The Corporate Treasurer, the Society Exchequer and Renee Signorotti are advisors on the SCA Audit team. We thank you in advance for helping our organization through this excellent exercise in evaluating all of the financial processes used throughout the SCA.
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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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Curious about the activities of the A&S community in the Kingdom of Drachenwald? Issue 7 of What's Up Wednesday is now available online, complete with photos of artisans' work.
Medieval News Roundup: The Viking Facebook, drunken archaeologists, competitive jousting in Australia and ranting about Lancelot
The Verge takes a look at some of the interesting work being done by statistical physicists Ralph Kenna and Pádraig Mac Carron on medieval sources. Using their background in understanding connections, they examined works such as the Táin Bó Cúailnge to learn more about the relationships between the characters found in its pages.
What Kenna and Mac Carron found was that the epics fell between the real networks and the fictional ones. The network in The Iliad is relatively realistic, and Beowulf's also has realistic aspects, with the exception of the connections to Beowulf himself. That chimed with the idea from the humanities that he, unlike some others in the story, may not have existed. The Táin's network was more artificial. Interestingly, however, they found that a lot of the Táin's unreality was concentrated in just a few, grotesquely over-connected characters. When they theorized that some of those characters might actually be amalgams — for instance, that some of the times the queen of Connacht is said to speak to someone, it might be a messenger speaking for her instead — the network began to look more realistic. At least from a social network perspective, perhaps the Táin is not as fantastical as its reputation would suggest, the researchers proposed. That doesn't mean the events really happened, or that the people are real. But it raises the question of why the network looks the way it does. You can read the article The Viking Facebook here.
In First Things, Dale M. Coulter takes a look at the life and influence of Jacques le Goff, who passed away earlier this year. He notes that:
Le Goff sought to help Europeans recognize themselves as still connected by the cultural fabric of a common medieval civilization. Along with his fellow members of the Annales school, he also strengthened the case for the long Middle Ages, extending them all the way to the mid-nineteenth century. Le Goff’s body of work, then, stands as a challenge to historians who argue for the Italian Renaissance and Reformation as a break that unleashed a series of forces, intended or not, ultimately leading to the current social imaginary.Click here to read the article The Good Historian Resembles an Ogre
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National network offers a look at the world of competitive jousting at an event taking place just outside Sydney. One of the competitors, L. Dale Walter explains how dangerous this sport can be:
"I broke my back in 2011 jumping off my horse when he was slipping in the mud and falling at the end of a list. We came in, I went to pull him up, it was slippery, he started to fall, and I had two pictures in my head: one him falling across my leg, which would shatter my leg, and more scary to me, him falling with his legs crossed, which would shatter his leg."You can read the article and listen to their broadcast at Competitive jousters take medieval re-enactment seriously
In an article about the upcoming changes to the comic book character Thor, Russell Smith of The Globe and Mail shows that he knows a few things about medieval literature:
I say the original King Arthur rules, and I have no tolerance for a politically correct “modernization” of the story. Everybody knows there was no Sir Lancelot or Holy Grail in the original King Arthur story, as told by Geoffrey of Monmouth in Historia Regum Britanniae in the early 12th century. Lancelot and the Grail were rudely added by Chrétien de Troyes 50 or 60 years later, around 1180. Are we really going to tolerate some French upstart turning King Arthur from a warrior into some kind of romantic soap-opera star just because it suited the spirit of the times?You can read the full article - Hero mythbusters have gone too far - here
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Five Tips for Sieging your Favourite Medieval Castle - the good people at Battle Castle have the pictorial evidence of what the really watch out for when going castle-hopping!
The first episode of the new podcast Drunk Archaeology:
The medieval band Vagarem has just released their new album "Codex Bricolia". You can hear some of their sounds in this YouTube video:
Please visit their Facebook page for details.
A backstage misstep led to an SCA career for Bronx, NY native Sirhan al Cyani (Dwayne Herron), who tripped over a fellow high school student's duffel bag during play practice revealing the other student's helmet.“He was in the SCA and was headed to practice in Central Park. I went with him to check it out, and I’ve been doing it ever since.” (photos)
A number of 16th century documents mention the village of Philiphaugh, with its "tower, fortalice, manors, gardens, orchards and mills," on the border between Scotland and England, but the settlement has long ago disappeared. Now new excavations may reveal where the town once stood. (photos)
Danaë FitzRoberts reports that Their Majesties Sven and Antigone of the Kingdom of the West have offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to her apprentice Leo Diogenes.
“All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship, the Santa Maria,” said underwater archaeologist Barry Clifford about the discovery of what may be the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus' flagship off the coast of Haiti.
Duchess Zarina Daeth, twice Queen of the Middle Kingdom, is being fondly remembered after her life was claimed this week by ovarian cancer.
For generations, archaeologists have been looking for evidence of a Roman presence in eastern Germany, and with the discovery of a large, first century military camp near Hachelbich in Thuringia, they have found it.
Lord Hugh Tauerner, Deputy Pennsic Steward for East Kingdom Royal Encampment, requests that we share with you the following schedule of meetings and events being held in East Kingdom Royal Encampment:
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Monday, August 04, 2014
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: east kingdom royal encampment, Pennsic, Pennsic 43, pennsic schedule
Archaeologist Hans Mikkelsen from the Danish National Museum was happily surprised recently to discover a Limoges statue of the Virgin Mary under the dirt floor of a small church in Søby, Jutland. The figurine has been dated to the 13th century. (photo)