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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)
Welcome back from Pennsic!!! Did ya learn something new and exciting in the scribal arts? Would you like to share it with others? Please consider teaching at the All Things Scribal event in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows located in the Central New York/Albany area.
Interested in teaching at All Things Scribal on September 20, 2014. Get your time slot and course in early at this link below. Remember the event is TOTALLY FREE!!! So sign-up to teach today.
Lady Heather Rose de Gordoun
Filed under: Arts and Sciences
For issue 8 of What's Up Wednesday, the A&S blog for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, the topic is sewing, featuring some amazing projects created by artisans of the Kingdom.
Our latest medieval news roundup, including a few articles, archaeology news, tweets about upcoming conferences, the next medieval TV show, and catching up on progress at Guédelon Castle:
[View the story "Medieval News Roundup - August 20th" on Storify]
In 1540, the Byron family, ancestors of the famous Lord Byron, was given Newstead Abbey near Nottingham, England. Built in the 12th century, the abbey has since fallen into disrepair, and it has become the recipient of UK£40,000 from the World Monuments Fund to save the crumbling structure.
Experts in Denmark are intrigued by the recent discovery of a Viking Age amulet/figurine by a metal detectorist in a field near Revninge. The small silver figurine, possibly representing Freya the goddess of fertility, wears a marvelously-detailed Viking dress. (photo)
The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on a proposed Corpora language change recommended by the Laurel Sovereign at Arms.
Current language for Corpora VIII.B.2
2. Kingdoms may establish awards and orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms, and the Crown may award membership in such orders according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. The names and insignia of these awards and orders must be ratified by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms. The order of precedence among orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms shall be established according to the laws and customs of the kingdoms. Principalities may establish their own awards and orders, but the approval of the Crown is required before these awards and orders may convey Arms.
Proposed language for Corpora VIII.B.2
2. Kingdoms may establish awards and orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms, and the Crown may award membership in such orders according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. The names and armory of these awards and orders must be registered by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms. The order of precedence among orders conferring Awards or Grants of Arms shall be established according to the laws and customs of the kingdoms. Principalities may establish their own awards and orders, but the approval of the Crown is required before these awards and orders may convey Arms.
The Board of Directors seeks comments on the proposed language through 10/18/2014, which can be directed to email@example.com.
You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Filed under: Corporate, Heraldry
Archaeologists working on a dig at Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, have discovered the remains of the medieval sanitation system which once surrounded the 14th-century Tower of Drum.
Sofya reports that a number of photo albums from Lilies War 28 are now available on the Calontiri website.