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King’s and Queen’s Arts & Science Competition

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-01-27 23:56

Lady Ose Silverhair made Queen’s Champion in court last year.

The deadline is fast approaching for the artisans and scientists of the East to register for the King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Competition. All good gentles must pre-register by February 7 if they intend to compete. Already artisans from all corners of the Kingdom have indicated that they will be coming with their best work in the fields of illumination, embroidery, glass work and clothing. If you come to the event you will also meet people exploring velum making, medieval make-up, soap making, and bread recipes. Our researchers will also be there to talk to you about their work in linguistics, and the history of knighthood.

We need your help! With the competitors representing such a wide variety of interests and skills, it is especially important to have a varied group of judges to participate in the event. Please contact Lady Ose Silverhair or Lady Solskinn if you are able to lend your expertise on February 22.

Whether you want to compete, or display, or have the opportunity to discuss the arts and sciences with some of the best in the Kingdom, it is sure to be a day where everyone will learn something new. See the event notice for more information.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: King and Queen's Champions

Super Star Archers needed - Mon, 2014-01-27 18:50

Quivers & Quarrels is the SCA quarterly publication dedicated to target and combat archery. Each edition of Q&Q turns the spotlight on a Super Star of SCA archery.

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The 16th century version of Kindle - it gives you six books in one! - Mon, 2014-01-27 09:45
It looks like I'm not the only one who disliked having to carry around a lot of books. Back in the mid-16th century a German publisher created this six books in a book, where you can open it up in different ways to read the different texts.

This particular book is owned by the National Library of Sweden, and it contains religious texts including one by Martin Luther. You can see more images of it from the Flikr page of the National Library of Sweden, but if you want to see it in action, check out Erik Kwakkel's Tumblr! You can also follow him on Twitter @erik_kwakkel
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St. Chrisopher penny oldest to depict Bohemian king - Sun, 2014-01-26 22:29

A silver coin, found recently in the crusader city of Acre, is believed to be the earliest depicting a king of Bohemia ever found. The coin bears the image of St Christopher and the inscription Zl Rex Boemo, king of the Bohemians. Experts place the date of minting in the 13th century. (photos)

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Estrella War XXX Special Event Updates - Sun, 2014-01-26 07:33

KNOWN WORLD Jan 3, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest Special Events Addition

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13th century church unearthed in Poland - Sat, 2014-01-25 21:12

Archaeologists working in Kamień Pomorski (West Pomerania), Poland have discovered the remains of a 13th century Dominican church, part of a larger monastery complex. The church was destroyed in the 16th century.

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King Harold and the roundabout - Sat, 2014-01-25 11:52

Traditionally it is believed that King Harald was killed on the spot where Battle Abbey now stands, but new evidence, promoted by Channel 4's Time Team, place his death in the Battle of Hastings at a mini roundabout on the A2100.

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Gulf Wars volunteers needed - Fri, 2014-01-24 22:21

Gisele de Bier reports that volunteers are needed for the upcoming Gulf Wars XXIII.

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Antonine Wall to benefit from Historic Scotland 5-year plan - Fri, 2014-01-24 16:26

Central Scotland's Antonine Wall has never enjoyed the reputation as a tourist destination that its southern cousin, Hadrian’s Wall, has had, but a new 5-year plan proposed by Historic Scotland may change that fact. The development plan provides a "framework" for conservation and promotion.

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Dancing Fox Turns Sweet Sixteen

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-01-23 20:39

An update from the autocrat, Mistress Alyane:

The sixteenth annual Dancing Fox will include a Tudor Banquet by Lady Ailionora inghaean Ronain. You may have read her two recent articles on the Tudor Banquet in Ars Scientia Orientalis. Now you can eat her words!  

Additionally the event will feature music from the Bhakaili Branslers and dance instruction from Lady Lorita and others, a Roman feast researched and executed by Lord Tiberius Nautius Maximus. A Dessert Challenge by Mistress Brigitte, Dressing the Fox, The Ultimate Proposal Game and a Quilt raffle.

For details on all the day’s activities, including menus, contact
information, fees and directions please see the event announcement:

Filed under: Events Tagged: Dance, feast

Using Google Earth in the SCA

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:15

The following article was written by Master Ulric von der Insel and is published here as part of the Gazette’s ongoing “How to…” series.

There’s a handy tool that the current military uses regularly to scope out the lay of the land called Google Earth. It’s an easy download that gives a layered look at the globe. Those of us using it have enjoyed the pictures that people upload of the places across the Earth as they appear in uploaded photos. So how can we use this to help us out with our medieval selves? The two biggest ways are by seeing the shape of the land and by seeing the sights in the places.

I should make a big caveat right now, that with the change of sea levels and the silting of rivers and all, that the lay of the land isn’t exactly what it used to be. That’s okay – we’re not using Google Earth as documentation, just as a starting point for further persona story research (rather like Wikipedia, eh? Use cautiously!)

Maybe an example would be appropriate at this moment. We fly to the Tyrolean Alps south of Munich and there we are. Type the place name “Innsbruck, Austria” into the search box in the upper left. Modern-day, it’s a cosmopolitan center with autobahns zipping by. But look at the lay of the land: mountains around a sheltered valley and the Inn River. Follow the road south, and you get to see the Brenner Pass to Milan and Venice. Follow the road northeast and you get to Munich. This was a major European artery of traffic since the Neolithic Age! Zoom right into the mountains to appreciate what it would take to travel this route with a wagon or a caravan of wagons laden with goodies for the market. This gives you a feel for scale that you can’t get from text alone.

Let’s try another one. Go to northern England and type “Newcastle upon Tyne” into the search box. There it is, near the coast. Now close in until you’re at an altitude of about 20 kilometers. (Altitude is in the lower right corner of your screen.) You can see the Tyne River in dark blue, so you can follow it inland and see just how much countryside is served by this watery avenue. Water made for easy travel to the port for exporting your wool, so you can see how far or close to the shore you can be and still bring the goods to ships bound for the Hanseatic markets.

What else can we use? Ah! Pictures are neat – let’s look at them. Now it’s time for another caveat, though. Since Victorian times, lots of places have been dressed up for the tourist market, so the perishable items like wooden houses aren’t useful for documentation. Here’s an example of that: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. It is south-southeast of Frankfurt, west of Nuremburg and north of Munich. When you type the name into the search box, the pin appears just east of the Old Town, or Alt Stadt. Zoom right in there, to an altitude of 750 meters. Boy, are we close in, now!

This is probably the loveliest town Clothilde and I ever visited, but the modern is very visible. Alright, you see the parking lot just west of your location? That’s for tourist buses. There’s a blue picture icon just west of that labeled “Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Deutchland” to click on. There you’re looking at the curtain wall around the town. Looks great and medieval and junk, doesn’t it? Well, as it turns out, that bit of wall was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt by donations. Still, it certainly wasn’t fancied up – just rebuilt. There’s a road there going west-southwest into the heart of the old town. Follow it a quarter mile to an open plaza (using the Tool called Ruler, if you’re really into it), until your cursor is over the coordinates (see the bottom center of the screen for coordinates) 49 degrees, 22’ 37.5’’N and 10 degrees 10’ 44.5’’E. That’s the big marketplace. The pictures here will show you lovely buildings. The stone ones have definite construction dates that you can look up. The wooden ones have an age, too, but remember that they’ve been remade and repainted, and there’s a lot of wood! Still, it gives you an idea of what a cobbled market can look like when it’s full of people. Use the images to think about how you go about your day in a medieval town, buying and interacting in the streets. Now try the same thing with Florence or Venice, Italy or Seville, Spain. Use Google Earth along with the usual internet sites as a visual companion. Tourists have uploaded pictures from all angles of each building, bridge or castle!

Finally, there’s that Ruler tool I mentioned. You can use it to estimate road and river distances. Rather than use just the straight “Line”, though, use the “Path” to mark winding roads to figure out just how far you really have to walk or ride to get from Vienna to Venice! You’ll see that where there’s a village, it was probably a good place to spend a night when you’re on campaign or pilgrimage going over or around obstacles.

Google Earth is a handy, fun tool, but it does have its limitations. Its greatest use is to allow us to visually appreciate the lay of the land around where we claim to be from. Still don’t believe me? Go south of Salzburg, Austria, and type in “Werfen” to find Hohenwerfen Castle. Now zoom in on the Alps around it. Whoa! Vertigo! It really gives you an appreciation of the heights one must scale to bring the herds up to their summer pastures!

Play with it a bit. Snoop out some locales. Have fun!

Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: a&s

Feast of the Gaunt Days Update

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-01-23 15:04

Feast of the Gaunt Days Update from the Butler of the Day, Meister Ulric von der Insel:

Foodies have been challenged to come up with proper February fare, and they have been responding! Of the twelve categories of food one may enter (The Choice of the People, February Fruits, Check Out that Pickle! Meat Me in the Wintertime, Lenten Lunchtime, Roots for the Home Team, Vegetable from Yestermonth, Blessed Cheesemakers, Drinks that Are not Just Melted Snow, Superb Soups and Stews, You Are So Sweet! and None of the Above.) it appears that the “Check Out that Pickle!” and “Drinks that Are not Just Melted Snow” categories may be the most hotly contested. “Meat Me in Wintertime” and “Superb Soups and Stews” may be a close contest, by all reports. There still haven’t been too many “You Are So Sweet” entries to satisfy my own sweet tooth – we shall see what appears that would be appropriate for a February – it’s up to the imagination of the entrants.

The Feast is on February 22 at the Barony of the Bridge and is, indeed, quite the pot-luck. The full announcement can be found at:


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Birka Royal Court update

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:20

From Rowen Cloteworthy, Vox Regis Herald:

At A Market Day at Birka, Their Majesties Kenric II and Avelina II will be holding a Morning Court at 10:15am in the ballroom before the tourney begins. Their Majesties will be on a very tight schedule and They ask for prompt attendance of those who wish to view that Court.

(edited to note the change of venue from armory to ballroom)

Filed under: Court Tagged: royal court

Free Shakespeare course offered online - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:17

On the Lochac list, Katherine Kerr reported that the University of Warwick and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will be offering a free, 10-week, online course entitled Shakespeare and his World.

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Atli från Viterheim knighted at Drachenwald 12th Night Coronation - Thu, 2014-01-23 10:55

Duchess Siobhan reports that at the Coronation of Their Heirs Cecilia and Prothall, Their Majesties Sven and Siobhan of the Kingdom of Drachenwald, offered elevation to the Order of Chivalry to Lord Atli från Viterheim.

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Celtic coins to remain in Jersey thanks to UK£738,000 government grant - Wed, 2014-01-22 18:33

In 2012, Reg Mead and Richard Miles discovered a hoard of 70,000 Celtic coins in a field on the island of Jersey. Now a grant of UK£738,000 will allow the UK£10m treasure to remain on the island.

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Don Bastiano di Iacopo placed on vigil in AEthelmearc - Wed, 2014-01-22 14:55

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that at Their Court at Queen's Rapier Champion, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed Don Bastiano di Iacopo on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

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Class Schedule for St. Aegir

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-01-22 13:29
On February 22 at the Reading Archery Club in Mohnton, PA, the Incipient Shire of Archers Ford will be holding St. Aegir, an event for brewers to teach, learn, or simply socialize while discussing this well-beloved topic. There will be a number of classes for brewers of all skill levels. Additionally, the East Kingdom Brewers Guild will be providing a small paneling of brews so as to help further the education of others. A class schedule has been posted here. There will be no dayboard, though the Club does run a cash kitchen. Event site with directions is here.
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Randy Bevins: 21st century Viking - Wed, 2014-01-22 11:15

Police officer in Whitehall, New York - and member of the SCA - Randy Bevins is going to Mars, or at least he hopes so. Bevins was one of the 1,058 candidates chosen by Mars One, a Dutch non-profit, which plans to land a four-man crew on the planet in 2025. Bill Toscano of the Post Star has the story.

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Steppes 12th Night 2013 photos online - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:31

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two large albums of photos from Steppes 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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