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Posted on behalf of Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant
Bonjour mes amis!
Noisemakers IX is coming up in less than two weeks, and I’d like to invite everyone to take a look at the amazing list of classes and workshops! In addition to our commedia dell’arte track, we’re excited to offer a wide array of heraldry, music, storytelling, and language classes spanning beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Please also keep in mind the performance challenges (try something new in a very supportive setting!) and our baronial bardic competition, as well as the Pellycan roadshow.
Also, the menu for Lady Livia’s Roman dayboard is now posted. Please do take a look, and be advised that some dishes will contain rue (alternate versions without rue will be available for almost all items, although the online menu may not yet reflect that).
Check out all the details at the Noisemakers website.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Barony of Bhakail, events
An SCA member from An Tir, Sir Brand deux Leons has achieved his dream, as his Shakespearean-style play "To Each Their Own" is now in publication. Sir Brand seeks funding and participation from the SCA performing arts community to help drive a full stage production of the work.
The Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms (Laurel) is the principal heraldic officer of the Society and the head of the College of Arms. Laurel is responsible for fostering the study and practice of heraldry, supervising the processing of submissions, and overseeing the heraldic activities of the Known World.
Laurel is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position requires considerable tact and patience, armory and onomastic knowledge, supervisory ability, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Wreath, Pelican and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel.
Resumes must be sent in both hard copy to Laurel Resume, SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036 and electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and resumes@sca,org. Resumes must be received by June 1, 2014. The present Laurel’s warrant expires in September 2014. Once the application period closes, the names of the candidates will be posted in a cover letter for the review of the College.
Filed under: Corporate, Heraldry Tagged: heraldry
Recent excavations at Caherconnell, County Clare, by the Caherconnell Archaeology Field School are shedding light on the transition from Paganism to Christianity in 5th century Ireland. Burials found in stone cists show that mourners used a combination of both religions to honor their dead.
The discovery of the remains of a "maiden crown" in Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark have shed new light on women's fashion of the time. A maiden crown was worn by an unmarried woman in the Renaissance. The recently-discovered headpiece consisted of small flowers made of copper wire and silk thread. (photos)
Duke Edward Grey, the Pennsic Warlord, has posted the early agreements from War negotiations with the Middle Kingdom.
Duke Edward Grey, the Pennsic Warlord, has posted on Prince Brennan’s and Princess Caoilfhionn’s Website the early agreements from War negotiations with the Middle Kingdom. The war points break down as follows:
25 points for Armored Combat
The schedule for the war points is listed below. Battle details can be found here but more information will be forthcoming, so check back again as we get nearer to the event.
10:00-11:30 Allied Champions – 1 pt
10:30-11:00 Unbelted Champions – 1 pt
11:00-11:30 Belted Champions – 1 pt
11:30-12:30 Break for Court business and to allow a rest between Allied & Heroics
12:30-2:00 Heroic Champions – 1 pt
2:30 – 5:00 Rapier Champions – 1pt
2:00 – 3:00 Rapier Field Battles: 1 pt each (3 total)
After Armored Woods Battles – Siege War Point, 1 pt
2:00 – Rapier Woods Battle, 3 pts
Archery Champions – 1 pt
Rapier Ruins Battle – 3 pts
Thrown Weapons: 1 pt
Service (hours from Tues, Wed, Thurs) – 1 pt
Filed under: Archery, Events, Fencing, Heavy List, Pennsic, Thrown Weapons
TRH Brennan and Caoilfhionn are requesting recommendations for their second poll. All recommendations are due by April 12, at 11:59 pm.
For a better idea of what the various awards are given for, see the East Kingdom Awards Overview, created by Tola knitýr, below.
Filed under: Uncategorized
Since 1967, Bert Geuten has dreamed of re-creating an authentic medieval town using period tools and techniques. Now the first step of that dream has come to pass. In the small German town of Meßkirch in Baden-Württemberg, a team of craftsmen has started construction on a small church. (photos)
Medieval bookbinders may have been the precursors of eReaders when they developed the dos-à-dos (or "back-to-back") book with two or more separate texts and multi-hinged covers. One example is the beautiful devotional dos-à-dos book owned by the National Library of Sweden which includes six works. (photos)
Posted on behalf of the Backlog Deputy for the EK Signet Office. Hugh Tauerner, Backlog Deputy to the EK Signet office would like it known that he will have the portfolio of completed backlog scrolls at the 6-month Jubilee of Their Royal Majesties, Kenric & Avelina (i.e. Coronation). On the linked page you will find a list of all completed scrolls currently in his possession. If you are on the list then please see him to take receipt of your scroll, or you may send someone in your stead. http://signet.eastkingdom.org/wp/backlogs/completed-backlogs/ The Backlog Deputy can be contacted directly at email@example.com
Filed under: Uncategorized
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted an album of photos from the recent Winter Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on his Flickr website.
Bruce Holsinger and Nancy Bilyeau, two of the leading medieval novelists, had the chance to meet up in New York City and have a conversation about writing historical fiction, how they went about researching their novels, and what stories and styles influenced their writing.
For example, Bruce says to Nancy "you flesh out those aspects of daily life with remarkable skill, without a lot of hand waving or showing off of historical details. I actually struggled a bit with this at first. I knew the medieval period in terms of its literary history, but in terms of the details of everyday life, that was a brand new learning experience. I had to go back and relearn a lot of what I thought I knew. There are so many passages in the literature that will tell you about, say, the food at a feast, but I never really paid attention to those until I had to figure out what people ate in a scene I was writing."
Nancy replies, "Exactly! I was never happier than when a curator at the Tower of London scanned in a diet sheet of an aristocratic prisoner in the 1540s and sent me a PDF. I had every detail down to how many pigeons eaten a week."
You can read their conversation from The Daily Beast.
Nancy Bilyeau's latest book is called The Chalice - we will have a review about it on Medievalists.net very soon! Bruce Holsinger's novel is called A Burnable Book.
The excavation of a ditch to bury an electrical cable has led to the discovery of a medieval church wall at St Ffinan's Church in Anglesey, England. The original church, believed to have been built in 620 CE, was mostly destroyed when the newer church was built in the 19th century.
Stephan Guth, Professor of Arabic at the University of Oslo, has created EtymArab, an electronic database designed to collect and make available research on the history of the Arabic Language. The first part, containing 1,000 words and concepts, is now online.
Before the recent St. Valentine’s Day Massacre event in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Rebecca Thiele of NPR affiliate station WMUK spoke with several SCA members about life in the Society, including such diverse topics as combat, cooking and real life defense. The article is available in both print and audio.
Each year on April 1st, the heralds of the Known World (specifically, within the College of Heralds Imaginary), join together in an effort of wonderment and silliness known as the April Fool’s LoI for each Kingdom in the Society. This year, the Office of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet is pleased to have offered the scribes of the East Kingdom to participate, by taking the devices from these various Letters of Intent (LoI), and creating suitable achievements of Arms (with supporters, mantling, etc.) for one entry each, excluding any direct references to commercial or licensed images.
Follow this link to see the winning pieces!
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Heraldry Tagged: april fools, college of scribes, tyger signet
In 2006, St Bartholomew's Church in Much Marcle, England received UK£500,000 for restoration of the church. During the project, workers discovered a lead coffin in the tomb chest of Blanch Mortimer, daughter of 14th century traitor Sir Roger Mortimer, who overthrew King Edward II. English Heritage described the find as "astonishing." (photos, video)
Each April 1st, the College of Heralds Imaginary releases their Letters of Intent for the year. Here is this year’s round of mayhem.
(If for some reason the link doesn’t take you to the letter, you can find it under “LOIs” and then “East April 1 LoI.”)
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: april fools, heraldry
Just in time for spring, an upcoming event in the Barony of Whiterun will feature Nordic-themed combat, arts and sciences, merchants, and especially archery.