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The online site for History Today recently featured a book review by Andrew Robinson for The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern.
The Dean of Exeter Cathedral in England is consulting with English Heritage about possible plans to make the Roman baths under Cathedral Green more accessible to the public. The baths were first discovered in 1971.
The Shire of Quintavia and the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble will be holding an Embroiderers’ Schola on February 15. The event will be on a donation basis. There will be a potluck day board, so attendees are encouraged to bring contributions of food or beverages.
There will be several tracks of classes, a display, and a Panel (where work can be evaluated for Guild rankings). All embroiderers are welcome, whether they have been embroidering for years or have just learned how to thread a needle.
Teachers are being sought for classes in all techniques and experience levels. If you would like to teach, please contact the Guildmistress of Athena’s Thimble, Mistress Briony.
For more information about the event, please visit An Embroiderers’ Schola.
To learn more about the Guild, please visit the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Embroidery
Jolyon Attwooll has compiled a list of the "must-see" sites of Roman Britain for a recent article in the Telegraph. The article includes photos, descriptions and links of some of the best tourist spots in the country.
Swedish archaeologists were recently given the rare opportunity to excavate a portion of the Södermalmstorg area in Stockholm. The excavation revealed a complete 16th century kitchen, including intricately-carved tobacco pipes and an unexplained pile of eggshells. (photos)
No one knows exactly where all of the city gates to Byzantium were located, but the literature of the day speaks of many of them. In a feature for Hürriyet Daily News, Niki Gamm discusses Istanbul's walls and gates and their places in the architectural history of the city.
HL Finn Grim, Court Reporter to TRM Ieuan and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of An Tir, reports that at Their Baroness’ Tourney on November 30, 2013, Their Majesties offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.
The board of SCA Ltd (Australia) is seeking applications for people interested in the new volunteer role of Grants Coordinator for the SCA in Australia.
"Having the chance to unlock a part of Norfolk history which has been closed to us for maybe hundreds of years feels very special," said Gary Tuson, from the Norfolk Records Office about plans to x-ray a 15th century scroll that is too delicate to unroll.
Her Majesty Siobhan, Queen of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, reports that Vicountess Anna Laresdotter has been elevated to the Order of the Laurel by Her hand and that of Her King Sven.
Representatives from Christie's auction house in New York have announced that the centerpiece of its January 2014 Old Masters Week auctions will be The Rothschild Prayerbook, considered to be "the finest illuminated manuscript in private hands." The manuscript was created for a member of the Dutch court in 1505. (photo)
The Estrella War has shared information about the heavy list and rapier fighting to be offered at the event, which will be held 2 months from now (February 25 to March 3, 2013) in Arizona. The War is fought between the armies of Atenveldt and Outlands with guests and allies as equalizers for numbers.
For rapier, the battles include Dwarves and Orcs, the Dale, Roderickwood, Five Armies, Macchlurain, the Fords of Yehuda, and Felician Fields. Scenarios for the contests are open field, woods and castle with moat, with small unit and large group tactics.
For “hard suit” fighting, the battles are named Field of Celebration, Fords of A’Diaemus, Natterhelm’s Dyke, The Iron King’s Keep, The Mightrinwood, Town of South Cashion, Titan’s Crossing, Champions’ Field, Claymore’s Citadel, and Lion’s Wood. Settings include towns, woods, castles, bridge and ford. For the Champions’ Field, each side selects 20 Champions; the other battles are contests of the overall armies.
This is the 30th Estrella War, and it has been designated The Fellowship of the Kings. For more information about the event, check the Estrella War website. And for details about the combat activities in particular, see the Estrella War Combat page.
Filed under: Events, Fencing, Heavy List Tagged: Estrella
Delphina reports that she has created an album of photos from Stargate Yule which took place December 7, 2013 in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.
A new study by Marianne Vedeler, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, shows that Norwegian Vikings enjoyed a brisk silk trade with the Persian and Byzantine Empires. The study was based partially on silk fragments found In an Oseberg ship. (photo)
Members of Clan Macneil have joined forces with Historic Scotland to raise UK£200,000 for the restoration of Kisimul Castle in Barra. The 15th century fortress was the stronghold of the clan in the Western Isles.
The European Research Council has awarded the University of Southampton a EU€2.49m (UK£2.1m) grant to study 31 roman ports in nine countries. The study will focus on ports in the Mediterranean region during the first two centuries CE.
On December 21, 2013, sixty or so SCA folk visited the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. With most dressed in armor or garb, they gathered to say goodbye to the historic facility before it closes at the end of the month.
Throughout its 83 years, the museum’s extensive collection of arms and armor has been a treasure for researchers — especially those of us interested in the middle ages. The museum remains in full operation in its current historic art-deco building until it closes on December 31, 2013. In January 2014, the collection will be transfered to the Worcester Art Museum.
Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Higgins, museums
Who are you?
What does the Kingdom Seneschal do?
My local group has a Seneschal. How is what you do the same/different from what my local Seneschal does?
How is what you do the same/different from what the King and Queen do?
What are your goals? What do you hope to accomplish in your tenure as Seneschal?
I also have a cultural shift I’d like to have a hand in guiding. I’d like to see the EK become a place of forgiveness, to see people move forward rather than clinging onto the past.
What do you see as the biggest challenges for the East Kingdom in the next two years?
How do the rules (“laws”) for the East Kingdom get made or changed? What is this ‘curia’ thing I hear so much about?
Curia is held at least once per reign. During Curia, the Crown and Heirs, with the advice of the Kingdom Seneschal, consult with the local seneschals, Kingdom officers, the Royal Peers and Landed Baron/esses (and anyone else who wants to attend) on making, revising, changing, deleting etc, Kingdom law and policy. Most of these laws are ‘game side’. Business side policies are handled either through the Board of Directors, or through the policies of the Greater Officers. The next curia is at Birka and, while it’s not for everyone, if you are interested in how Kingdom law is made, it’s interesting to attend at least once.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, and why you chose to apply for this job.
I chose to apply for the job after being asked by the last two Kingdom Seneschals to consider taking the job. My modern training is in customer service, and this position is very much like that.
How does you like to spend your SCA time when not being seneschal?
What was your first event? And what made you stay?
Could you share with us a moment – or several moments – that describe what makes the SCA special for you?
How has the SCA in general changed since you joined, and what would you like to see it do in order to continue to be vibrant and growing?
To keep the SCA vibrant and growing we need to be more inclusive, encouraging and treat new people as friends we haven’t met yet. And we have to remember that as modern society changes, we have to change with it. Looking forward, rather than backwards. We, of all people should understand being on the right side of history.
We know that your mother joined the SCA after you did, can you tell us about having family participate in the SCA?
What’s the best kind of cheese? (Mercedes is a cheese-maker of some repute. If she ever offers you some cheese she has made, take her up on it!)
Filed under: Interviews, Law and Policy Tagged: curia, officers, seneschal
Travelers to London are sometimes disappointed to find little of the city's medieval past on tourist maps, thanks to the 17th century fire which destroyed much of the city. Now a team of students offers the next best thing with a virtual "fly-through" of Tudor London.