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British books barred from leaving England

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-05-27 18:27

The British Library has been successful in acquiring the Catholicon Anglicum, a 15th-century English-Latin dictionary, and a printed traictise owned and annotated by John Ponet, thanks to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest which barred the books from export.

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Allison in Wonderland

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-05-27 15:55

In the April 2014 issue of The Clarion, the newsletter of the Barony of Forgotten Sea (Kingdom of Calontir), SCA (relatively) newcomer - and new fighter, Allison of Forgotten Sea, discusses her first large event experience at Gulf War XXIII. The newsletter is available online.

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Titus Scipio Germanicus new Prince of Æthelmearc

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-05-27 12:45

Lady Phelippe "Pippi" Ulfsdotter reports that Duke Titus Scipio Germanicus was the winner of the May 10, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

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Fun with Bills of Mortality

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014-05-26 19:33

For those interested in London's 16th century Bills of Mortality, but don't really want to do the research, comedian David Baddiel has the answer. The Bills are part of his 1997 comedy routine available on YouTube. PG-13 for Language.

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London's Borough Market celebrates 1000 years on site

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014-05-26 10:00

Medievalists visiting London are often disappointed that little of the medieval city remains, but they may be cheered by a walk through of Borough Market in Southwark which is celebrting its millennium. Stephen Halliday has the story for History Today.

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Japanese IT company to digitize more Vatican documents

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014-05-25 16:02

The Vatican Library processes many requests to use documents and manuscripts from its enormous collection, but the increased requests have led to fear that the fragile documents will be damaged. Enter NTT DATA, a Japanese IT company who has been contracted to digitize 3,000 manuscripts at a cost of 18 million euros (US $22.6 million).

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Minding the medieval teen

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014-05-25 08:41

Parents of unruly teenagers may sigh wistfully at the notion of sending their children elsewhere for training, a common practice of northern Europeans in the Middle Ages. William Kremer looks at the practice of fostering in an article for the BBC News Magaine.

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Known World Poetry Competition

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-05-24 23:12

Lady Katarzyna Witkowska, of the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that the Known World Poetry Competition will be held Monday August 4, 2014 on Artisans' Row at the Pennsic War.

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Cambuskenneth Abbey part of Bannockburn archaological study

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-05-24 19:56

The 700th anniversary of the Scottish victory at Bannockburn has brought together archaeologists and experts from a number of fields to study the battle. Among the sites investigated is Cambuskenneth Abbey near Stirling where Robert the Bruce held several of his early parliaments.

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Cornelius von Beck winner of Lochac Crown Tourney

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-05-23 11:13

Ceara reports that Duke Sir Cornelius von Beck has was the victor of the May 10, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Countess Elizabeth de Foxle.

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Norse Power! Deodorant that makes you smell like a Viking

Medievalists.net - Thu, 2014-05-22 14:01
"A team of scent scientists" have developed a new body spray deodorant that promises to give you that medieval warrior smell! Norse Power is an actual product, created by Visit York and the Jorvik Viking Centre and it helps recreate what a Viking probably smelled like.

Photo courtesy Visit YorkWhat do you get in a bottle of Norse Power Deodorant For Men?

  • Mead (imbibed generously by Viking warriors after a hard day’s raiding)
  • Blood and gore (spilled on the battlefields as the marauding Vikings conquered all in their path)
  • Smoke (from the settlements razed by Vikings during raids)
  • Seawater (From the journey by longship to British shores)
  • Mud (Vikings often travelled by foot over the sodden terrain)
  • Human sweat (which would have been deep soaked into a warrior’s clothes after a hard day’s raiding)
  • Animal meat, fruits and nuts (the essential ingredients of a hearty Viking feast)
  • Fresh pine (from traversing the many forests of Britain in search of places to conquer)

Michelle Brown, Marketing Manager of Visit York, explains, "Historical research indicates that the Vikings were quite particular about personal hygiene, especially when compared to the Anglo Saxons. But even so, this only meant washing once a week, which by today’s standards isn’t exactly the height of cleanliness! And for a Viking raider, who’d travelled hundreds of miles over land and sea, and spent their days fighting bloody skirmishes, it’s fair to say they wouldn’t always have carried the most alluring aromas around with them.

"With Norse Power we wanted to try and capture the sort of smells that would have been part and parcel of the lives of Viking warriors around the time that York was the Norse capital of England. But more than that, with all of the bath products, deodorants, perfumes and aftershaves available today, we wanted to give male visitors to York the unique chance to cast aside their allegiance to modern aromas and instead embrace the smells from an era of true warriors!"

There might be a few bottles of Norse Power still left at the Visit York Visitor Centre - go to http://www.visityork.org/ for more information.
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Roman house subject of 2014 dig at Maryport

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-05-22 11:08

Roman Maryport, near the western edge of Hadrian's Wall, has produced a number of interesting artifacts in previous digs. In 2014, archaeologists will focus on the investigation of a large, 3-room, stone-strip building discovered in 2013. (pictures)

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Q&A – How Laurels vs. Pelicans Came To Be

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-05-22 10:42

Master Alexandre and Mistress Rhiannon at the first LvP

Laurels vs. Pelicans returns this year to Southern Region War on Saturday, June 28th. Wondering what this is and how it came to be? The Gazette asked the person who started it, Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For.  (Mistress Catrin is also a Gazette editor.)

Where did the idea for Laurels vs. Pelicans come from?
This is a little embarrassing, but I was talking to people at the EK Rapier Champions event in Quintavia two years ago. Surrounded by combat, we speculated that people would probably pay to see the Laurels and Pelicans hit each other. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was probably true. So I asked the Laurels and Pelicans who were present if they would sign up to do this as a fundraiser, and they said yes. Then it was just a question of how to raise money doing it.

Master Leiftameon’s juggling clubs versus Master Ulric’s giant spoon

How is the money raised?
The participants get weapons based on how much money people donate in their name. A dagger is $25; sword is $50; two sword/sword & shield is $75; and specialty weapon is $100. The specialty weapons were Mistress Aife’s idea. She has a piece about brain balls, so she thought people might donate money to see her throw foam brains. The other peers liked it and invented their own specialty weapons.

Mistress Aife’s dramatic death

Some peers offer incentives to donate, like Mistress Aife gave away autographed brain balls.  This year Baroness Sabine is offering to play entrance music for a peer on her rauschpfeife in return for a donation. The pieces can be period or modern, so someone can enter to the Imperial Death March if a $20 donation is made to make it happen.  A Betting Man’s Guide has been sold both years also.

Master Ekkehardt’s oar versus Mistress Dziuginte’s shovel

So this isn’t a period activity?
Yes and no. There are parallels I can draw to civic and religious theatricals events in period – not plays but other theatrical activities. We are creating improvised entertainment that takes a lighthearted approach to one of our most formal and structured activities. There are lots of examples of this in period – the Feast of Fools and early mummings to name just two. In spirit I think this has a period feel uniquely adapted to the circumstances of the SCA. Literally is it period – no and the weapons certainly are not.

Master Edward MacGyver and Cuddles, the Giant Scorpion of Doom

What is your favorite part?
How willing the peers are to be outlandish to entertain the crowd. I’m not sure how the fighting nickname idea happened, but people have created names worthy of WWF wrestling like the Killigrapher, the Kountess of Kaos and Mistress of Mayhem. The same goes for the specialty weapons. We’ve had to create boffer weapons like a sheep, spoon, broom, quill pen and clipboard.

How much of the money goes to the Pennsic war chest?
All money raised goes to the Pennsic War chest, since Baron Fergus MacRae of Carolingia is again sponsoring the event and covers the costs.  In addition, we’re grateful to have him do it again because it means he’ll come announce the bouts, and he has a style that is also reminiscent of WWF wrestling.

Sir Geoffrey’s Flail faces off against the Delicate Flower of the Northern Army

Has it changed at all?
Absolutely. This is constantly evolving. The first year we had three melees, with best two out of three taking it. Last year the weather at Panteria meant we couldn’t do LvP – or almost any other activity – outdoors. People needed something to do and the peers didn’t want to cancel, so we turned it into one-on-one bouts that would fit in the dining hall. They turned out to be incredibly fun for the audience. This year we’re doing both melees and single combat. Peers can sign up to do only one or both – their choice.

Syr Cedric and Mistress Mira face Duchess Katherine

Also, we initially said no chivalry could take part, but Sir Geoffrey Fitz Galen offered to use the Perm of Death, which was a wig on a flail. We changed our minds, and what he did with that flail was memorable and almost scandalous. The next year Syr Cedric of Thanet fought using the Drop Spindle of Fate with his arm around his wife, who was wielding the Distaff of Doom. Now we ask that chivalry who enter try for a specialty weapon – and are delighted that they are willing to use their fighting skills in this unconventional way to help the kingdom!

Master Gloom is wielded as a weapon by Special K because she raised more money than he did. Master Dietrich qualified as a very special weapon.

How can a Pelican or Laurel sign up?
Peers who would like to participate should contact Lord Fergus Redmead or me (Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For). Peers can sign up for single combat and/or melee. Single combat entrants can sign up as Laurel/Pelican pairs or be matched with a peer.

How can other people help?
Some peers have had supporters offer incentives to donors who support them. Or you can support you’re your favorite peer – or one who hasn’t reached their specialty weapon yet.

Where can people find out more information or donate?
There is information on the website now, and we’ll start posting the names of the participating peers at the end of the month. Check back because participants can be added up until two weeks before the event.

Photos by Lord Hugh Tauerner, Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir and Baroness Cateline la Broderesse


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Rowany Festival Feedback Survey

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-05-22 06:38

Caristiona encourages anyone who attended the 2014 Rowany Festival to take a moment to fill out the online survey.

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Vladimir and Petranella new Prince and Princess of Northshield

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-05-22 02:26

Gwen reports that Vladimir Radescu was the victor of the May 10, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield. Count Vladimir was inspired in his endeavor by Countess Petranella Fitzallen of Weston.

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First Round Pools and Photos from Crown Tournament

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-05-21 13:19

Their Majesties meet the combatants

Last Saturday the Crown Tournament to determine the Heirs of our esteemed Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta was held in the Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant in the Crown Principality of Tir Mara.

The first round of the Tournament was fought using a round robin format.  All combatants were divided into 4 different pools.  The combatants in each pool are listed below.  The Gazette’s thanks Lady Cat Lennox for the use of her photos from the event.

His Majesty addresses the combatants

  • Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
  • Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton for Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys
  • Sir Antonio Patrasso for Mistress Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell
  • Sir Luis de Castilla for Lady Berenika
  • Baron Matthias Grunwald for Lady Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
  • Lady Cornelia VandeBrugge for Lord Perceval Gower, Esq.
  • Lord Fearghus O Conchobhairof Buckland Cross for Lady Markesa De Carvalhal
  • Lord Eliahu Al-Talhi for Lady Sandrine de Berry

 

Competitors and consorts for the semi-finals gather

  • Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven for Countess Þóra Eiríksdóttir
  • Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Áine an Neamheaglach
  • Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon
  • Lord William MacCrimmon for Lady Astrid Olfasdatter
  • Lord Aiden of Coldwood for Lady Elke Vuponne
  • Lord Robert Gower for Lady Rachel of Ironwolf
  • Dominus Spurius Genucius Ruilus for Lady Isolda Fairamay
  • Baron Matthew Moreaveous Avdenmork for Mistress Fia Kareman

 

His Majesty and the new prince embrace

  • Tribune Darius Aurelius Serpentius, called Omega the Impact for Duchess Roxane Farabi
  • Sir Rhys Ravenscroft for Viscondesa Jimena Montoya
  • Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson for Mistress Eva Woderose
  • Master Angus Kerr for Baroness Katarzyna Gwozdz called Varju
  • Lord Kenimathor of Lochleven for Baroness Aneleda Falconbridge
  • Lord Richard Crowe for Gabriella Crowe
  • Lord Wilham de Broc for Lady Isabel Chamberlaine
  • Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies for Lady Indrakshi Aravinda
  • Ivarr Rambison for Rose DuBois

 

Prince Edward places the coronet on Princess Thyra

  • Duke Konrad Der Lowe Von Ulm for Lady Aibhilin Fhionn
  • Sir Angus McHaley for Mistress Tadea Isabetta di Bruno
  • Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke for Mistress Viennet de la Mer
  • Syr Marcus Blackaert for Baroness Astrid Sigrun Ulfkillsdottir
  • Baron Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov for Baroness Matilde DeCadenet
  • Lord William Ravenhair for Lady Kris the spinner
  • Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson for Lady Cezilia Raposa
  • Lord Eoghan Bastard mac Lachlainn of Lochleven for Lady Chiara di Marte de Venezia
  • Lord Phelippe du Peiregore for Maeve

Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

Lilies War Master Schedule

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-05-21 11:39

Lilies War Webminister Eynon reports that the War's Master Schedule is online and has been updated. A printable version is available from Google Docs or in PDF format.

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Beautiful mosiac floors revealed in Israeli Byzantine church

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-05-21 07:40

An excavation of a site near the Bedouin village of Hura by the Israel Antiquities Authority has revealed a 6th century Byzantine church, complete with amazingly intact mosaic floors. (photos)

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Special Notice About First Friday Parking at Lilies War

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-05-20 18:10

The Falcon Banner, the news source for the Kingdom of Calontir, reports that special parking restrictions will be in place for the first Friday of Lilies War 2014.

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Michael and Seonaid new Heirs to Atlantia Throne

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-05-20 15:22

Duke Michael of Bedford, inspired by Duchess Seonaid ní Fhionn, was the victor of the May 3, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

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