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Noisemakers IX

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-04-07 08:27

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

Society Knight uses both Pen and Sword - Mon, 2014-04-07 08:26

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.

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Position Opening – Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2014-04-06 21:08

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 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.

Gabriel Kjotvason
Laurel King of Arms


Filed under: Corporate, Heraldry Tagged: heraldry

Excavations show connections between Paganism and early Christianity in Ireland - Sun, 2014-04-06 18:00

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.

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Maiden crown artifacts found in Danish church - Sun, 2014-04-06 15:32

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)

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Pennsic War Points and Schedule - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:32

Duke Edward Grey, the Pennsic Warlord, has posted the early agreements from War negotiations with the Middle Kingdom.

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Pennsic War Points and Schedule

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-04-04 10:09

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
10 points for Rapier
10 points for Archery
2 points for Service
1 point each for Thrown Weapons and Siege.

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.

Other useful links found on the website include:
A Greeting from the Warlord, Duke Edward Grey
Contact Information  for the EK Forces

Pennsic 43 War Point Schedule

9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies

10:00-11:30 Allied Champions – 1 pt
* Allies request 80 to 120 men on a side.
* Number to be finalized Middle Saturday evening.
* Capture the flag. (Pennsic 42 rules)
* 1 hour resurrection
* Wait at resurrection point until released (every 5 minutes)
* Two flags, scored by moving flag to resurrection point
* Flag bearer must have gauntlets, and is engaged 360 degrees

10:30-11:00 Unbelted Champions – 1 pt
* 30 fighters, one pass
* Crowns may not fight. Heirs may
* No Allies

11:00-11:30 Belted Champions – 1 pt
* 20 fighters, one pass
* Crowns may not fight. Heirs may.
* No Allies

11:30-12:30 Break for Court business and to allow a rest between Allied & Heroics

12:30-2:00 Heroic Champions – 1 pt
* No one who fought in the Belted Champions Battle may fight in Heroics (except Heirs)
* Heirs will resolve a tie.
*Format is one on one, weapons need not be matched
*12 total fights, Principal: 3 Unbelts, 4 belts – no more than 2 Royal Peers between the belts & unbelts, 5 allied combatants of any rank.
* Double kills to be refought
*Whoever is ahead chooses the first fighter, then alternate.

2:30 – 5:00 Rapier Champions – 1pt
• 1 Melee (10 principal and 10 allies)
• 1 Queen’s champion bout
• 1 King’s champion bout
• 1 Cut & Thrust bout (from principal or ally)
• 21 Bouts (11 principal/10 allied) paired in advance.
• Dead is dead – double kills are not refought.
• A Tie is possible and results in no points.

10:00 Five Armored Field Battles (600×600 field): 1 pt each (5 total)
*Conventions will be the same as Pennsic 42, except:
* No side changes
* No siege
* All holds to be general & kept to a minimum

2:00 – 3:00 Rapier Field Battles: 1 pt each (3 total)
• There will be a 15 minute water break between battles.
• Death From Behind is allowed. All holds are general.
• A Friendship battle will be fought 20 minutes after the third warpoint battle.

11:00 – Armored Woods Battles: 7 banners, 5 pts
* 2x 60 minute resurrections, sides switch between battles
* There will 4 resurrection points (2 each in the lower woods and upper woods), sides will start in either of their own res areas
* The Crowns (Or representative) will verify the positions of the banners prior to the battle.
* Two points will be awarded to the side with the most banners at the end of each of the two battles.
* Half hour between battles
* The Center banner will be timed for the duration of both battles. The side which holds the banner for the longest time will be awarded an additional warpoint.
* The East & allies will start on the southern side for the first battle.
* The Middle & allies will start on the nothern side for the first battle.
* The Crowns or chosen representatives will meet at AEthelmearc War Practice to determine the position of the banners. (4 of 7 expected to shift slightly)

After Armored Woods Battles – Siege War Point, 1 pt

2:00 – Rapier Woods Battle, 3 pts
• Both sides would prefer to use the lower portion of the woods for this battle however if a mutually agreeable arrangement of banners and resurrection zones cannot be found the battle site will revert to the upper woods.
• This is an unlimited Resurrection battle with Death From Behind allowed. Resurrection zone will be chosen by the side behind on points the day prior to the battle.
• Local Holds
• Three banners will be contested, equidistant from each side’s resurrection zone. There will be banner checks at semi-random times (20 +/- 8 min mark)(40 +/-8 min mark)(65 +/-8 min mark) to be randomly determined by the marshalate prior to the start of battle and not revealed to the combatants. The side whose flag is raised has control of banner. Majority of banners at each check receives 1 war point.

Service (hours from Sat, Sun, Mon) - 1 pt

Archery Champions – 1 pt
30 Total Champions, 20 Principal, 10 Allied. The shoot will be constructed with an intent to balance accuracy & speed shoots

10:00 – Five Armored Bridge Battles: 1 pt each (5 total)
*Conventions will be the same as Pennsic 42 except:
* The two outside bridges at 18 feet wide
* Bridge 18, 27, 27, 27 , 18 separated by 54 feet
* Siege and archery in all 5 battles.
* Projectile weapons will only be used on the center 3 bridges
* Archers may not advance onto the bridge to fire
* Siege Engines will only deploy 50 feet from bridge end (from the mid-point between 1 and 2nd bridge and mid-point between 4 and 5th)
* No arrows or siege ammunition will be re-inspected between battles
* A point is awarded for ownership of 3 of 5 bridges.
* All contested bridges will be fought.
* No fighting on the hay bales. Incidental contact is ok.

Rapier Ruins Battle – 3 pts
• The rattan bridge structure will be modified into a variety of terrains (see attached). Three banners will be contested, one centered in the building, one centered in the broken field and one centered in the open field equidistant from each sides resurrection line. Resurrection lines will be 20 yards from the edge of the nearest structure or obstacle.
• This is an unlimited Resurrection battle with Death From Behind allowed. General Holds.
• There will be banner checks at semi-random times (20 +/- 5 min mark)(40 +/-5 min mark)(65 +/-5 min mark) to be randomly determined by the marshalate prior to the start of battle and not revealed to the combatants. The side whose flag is raised has control of banner. Majority of banners at each check receives 1 war point.
• Field to be set to a mutually agreeable state by teams from both sides using two bridge’s worth of broken field, one bridge built into the building. The next line of bales is the edge of the world
• Building walls will not be fought over.
• Broken field bales may be fought over, but not stepped over.

Thrown Weapons: 1 pt

10am – Castle Battle, 6 pts
* 2 – 30 minute battles with 3 banners.
* 1 banner per point
* 1 banner in fort, 1 banner in tower outside of fort, 1 in open field. Roughly in a curved line from fort opening extending south and then south west. See Map
*Switch sides between battles

Service (hours from Tues, Wed, Thurs) – 1 pt

Populace Archery Shoot – 9 points
Each archer may shoot up to 5 times, at each of the 3 traditional shoots, on any day or combination of days. No Archer may shoot more than 5 times at each of the ranges. Each shoot will have 3 points, awarded on Friday, after the range closes.

Filed under: Archery, Events, Fencing, Heavy List, Pennsic, Thrown Weapons

Recommendations for the Second Poll of Brennan and Caoilfhionn

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-04-04 08:49

TRH Brennan and Caoilfhionn are requesting recommendations for their second poll. All recommendations are due by April 12, at 11:59 pm.

The link for the Award Recommendation site.

For a better idea of what the various awards are given for, see the East Kingdom Awards Overview, created by Tola knitýr, below.

East Kingdom Awards Overview

Click here for a larger, printable version of the East Kingdom Awards Overview (it will print on 6 pages)

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Dream of building a medieval town comes true - Fri, 2014-04-04 07:53

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)

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It's six books in one! - Thu, 2014-04-03 17:24

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)

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Backlog Scrolls Available at Coronation

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-04-03 09:53
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.

The Backlog Deputy can be contacted directly at
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More photos from Anteorra Winter Crown 2014 - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:27

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.

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Bruce Holsinger and Nancy Bilyeau talk about historical fiction - Wed, 2014-04-02 22:53

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 very soon! Bruce Holsinger's novel is called A Burnable Book.
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Medieval church wall and remains unearthed by electrical workers - Wed, 2014-04-02 19:20

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.

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EtymArab created to help study history of the Arabic language - Wed, 2014-04-02 15:10

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.

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Cooking and defense in the Midrealm - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:47

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.

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And the winner is….

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-04-01 17:43

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

"Astonishing" find in St. Bartholomew's Church - Tue, 2014-04-01 16:16

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)

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Letter of Intent from the College of Heralds Imaginary

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-04-01 11:52

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

Barony of Whiterun event showcases Nordic theme - Tue, 2014-04-01 09:44

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.

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