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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.
Here, in the East, we are lucky to receive original works of art to commemorate our awards and honors, with the artwork, lettering and words created specifically for each recipient. (Please browse the Signet Gallery for some outstanding examples.) This is not true in every kingdom. In some parts of the Known World, mass-produced documents are personalized to some degree, or recipients receive nothing from the Crown and commission their own documents, or in a number of areas individual scrolls are created but the text is the same for every recipient of a given award.
A lot of effort goes into the process that results in the presentations and proclamations you see in Court – starting with the Royalty choosing to do an award or someone making a suggestion or writing a recommendation, the Royalty then make Their decisions (often with input from members of an award Order), and They work with Their staff (and sometimes the recipient’s loved ones) to schedule when and where the presentation will happen. When the Tyger Clerk of the Signet receives this information, they record what scrolls need to be created and assign the work to willing scribes. (For more information about this office, visit the Signet website.)
Once an assignment to create a scroll is accepted, the scribe uses all available information about the award and the recipient to create a special document, and begins to plan it. More than one College of Scribes volunteer may be involved, as it is very common for different people to create the wording, do the calligraphy, and decorate the piece. The scribe(s) uses their own paper or parchment, ink, paint, gold leaf and other needed materials; there is no reimbursement to them for these out-of-pocket expenses. There may also be considerable cost for packaging and postage, both to get a finished scroll to the proper people before it is needed, and to transfer a work-in-process from one participant to another. And, of course, there is the time each scribe spends to research, plan and create the scroll – for elaborate pieces, this can run to a hundred man-hours or more. Really.
Occasionally, circumstances may result in a scroll not being presented when an award is bestowed in Court. If it is not simply a rare logistical failure in getting a finished scroll into the right hands in time, a backlog scroll assignment is set-up, and the scroll is given to the recipient when it is finished. There have also been several cases where the College of Scribes has replaced scrolls lost in home fires and floods! There is a Backlog Deputy whose job it is to keep track of such needs, so anyone lacking a scroll for an award should submit a request to that officer; there is also a list of completed backlog scrolls for which recipients are being sought — perhaps you or someone you know is listed, and you can help a scroll get to its intended destination!
Please consider the use of the word “scribe” to mean whatever artisan is involved in creating the item which commemorates an award. It has become increasingly popular for items other than traditional “scrolls” to be presented; rune stones, embroideries, inscribed tools and weapons, carved drinking horns, stained glass panels, and many other treasures have been created for award recipients.
Our Society highly values courtesy, so it is only fitting that we thank the people who give their time and talent to create the gifts which accompany the honors our Royalty bestow. If you are lucky enough to receive such a gift, and the names of the people who created it are not with the item, the Office of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet keeps a record of every assignment – get in touch with that office to find out whom to thank and how to reach them, and…
Thank a Scribe!
Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: awards, calligraphy, illumination, Scribal, scribes
In a blog article for Smithsonian, Colin Schultz wonders why in English manuscripts from the 13th and 14th centuries, knights are always fighting snails. (photos)
Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has created an album of photos from Bull's/Boar's Head 2013 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
After ceremonies to mark the conclusion of Bute Park's restoration, the waterworks were opened and Cardiff Castle's moat was filled for the first time in 30 years. During the restoration, the moat was excavated by archaeologists, revealing more than 3,000 items dating back to the 16th century.
Canterbury Faire 2014 approaches. We’ve just passed our last price rise, but we still have a few feast tickets to spare, and we’d love to see you at the event. It’s a great event, a great atmosphere, and great people to spend 9 days relaxing in the Crescent Isles.
Lady Germaine Sylverbyrd of Astarte Gifts is seeking help with her merchant's booth at the upcoming Estrella War XXX.
Google has annonced that it now has an Android app for Medieval Handwriting.
An “exceptional” sculpture of a Roman eagle has been discovered in London. The statue, dating to the 1st or 2nd century, is made of Cotswold limestone and depicts an eagle with a snake in its mouth. (photo, video)
Fans of Game of Thrones may -- or may not -- want to take a look at Bad Lip Reading's parody of the HBO hit, Medieval Land Fun-Time World. The "trailer" is available online.
On September 4, 2013, Sarah Bellian became the new curator of the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas. A self-professed "geek," Bellian often gets her historical fix in the SCA where she practices rapier combat and archery. The new curator was interviewed recently by Erinn Callahan of the Port Arthur News.