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Japanese IT company to digitize more Vatican documents - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 for more information.
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Roman house subject of 2014 dig at Maryport - 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 - 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 - 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

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Lilies War Master Schedule - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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Unofficial Court Report from Whitsuntide Fest

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-05-20 14:38

Their Majesties Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, Emperor and Empress of the Kingdom of the East, on 10 May 2014, AS XLIX traveled to their Shire of Blak Rose, and held court at Whitsuntide Fest.

After a brief address to the populace, they called forth Mori Katsu. His virtues expressed, they thus made him a Lord of the Court, presenting an AoA with a scroll by Sakurai no Kesame.

Next was called before them Sadira of Montevale. She was made a Lady of the Court, and presented an AoA with a scroll by Scroll by Elisenda de Luna.

Their Majesties called before them Cian ap Cadwallader. They named him a Lord of the Court, and he was thus awarded an AoA with a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.

Master Ruslan was called before the court. He presented words from Their Majesties Lohac, as well as a sealed scroll.

Maestra Sol was called before Their Majesties. She brought with her numerous residents of Blak Rose, and presented to Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn a number of exquisite gifts.

Jessica of Blak Rose was called forward. Her many great works cited, she was made a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel. His Majesty Brennan, however, issued her a quest to seek a more proper name befitting a Lady of the Court prior to his next visit to the Shire.

Then was Rodney Fythlyn Hundboldse called before the court. His talents in playing numerous musical instruments noted, he was presented with the cup symbolizing his inclusion in the Order of the Troubadour, and an additional cup for his inspiring Lady Wife. He further received a scroll by Mariette de Bretagne.

Their Majesties invited the children to come forward. They were given the chance to chase after the Royal Toybox, while avoiding the intermittent rain, and much laughter pealed across the court.

His Majesty invited forth all those who participated in any form of combat during the day. Thanking the Soldiers of the East, he presented each with coin to pay them for their continued service to Crown and Kingdom.

Next was called forward Khamsa bint Rasheed ibn Daoud al-Hourani. She was made a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Marcus of Owlsherst was requested before the court. His combat prowess spoken highly of, he was inducted to the Order of the Gawain. He received a garter from the arm of the Emperor, and a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

Now came before the court Elspeth of Silverkeep. She was made a Lady of the Court, and presented with an AoA scroll by Ylaire St. Claire.

Odd Wulfgarrson was called before the court. He was made a Lord of the Court, and received an AoA scroll by Harold von Auerbach.

Their Majesties called forward Elsa de Lyon. Lucan and Jana, many years before, had inducted the Lady into their Order of the Maunche. Her scroll would be presented to her now…were it not still incomplete. The pretense ended, she was presented with a Writ, and the Order of the Laurel was called forth. She would answer the question set before her at the coming Southern Region War Camp, as to whether she would join the most austere order. The writ was on a scroll created by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte.

Concluding a day of much merriment and fun, thus closed the court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!

In service,
Malcolm Bowman
Eastern Crown Herald
PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day! Sabine de Kerbriant, Martyn de Halliwell, and Charitye Dale

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Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-05-20 14:16

This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence..  There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period.  If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s names are Shakespeare’s heroines.

The names of Shakespeare’s heroines are frequently requested as SCA names.  Many of these names are easily found in period Europe.

Beatrice is found in various spellings throughout Europe, including England, France and Italy, through the later parts of period. [1], [3]

Bianca is found as a female name in Italy.[2]

Celia likewise is a female Italian name.[3]

Cordelia is found in sixteenth and early seventeenth century England.[4]

Hero is found as a female given name in England, the Netherlands and Germany.[5]

Juliet is found in early seventeenth century England.[6]

Olivia is found in England and Italy.[2], [7]

Portia can be found as the name of real women in sixteenth century Italy.[2]

We very recently found evidence of Miranda as a female given name in Spain.[8]

We are still researching whether a number of other Shakespearean names are documentable.  As more and more period books and documents become generally available through digitization, we continue to uncover evidence for names we previously thought “undocumentable.”

[1] “English Names found in Brass Enscriptions” by Janell K. Lovelace (

[2]  “Names from Sixteenth Century Venice” by Julia Smith (

[3] “Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427″ by Josh Mittleman (

[4] “Something Rich and Strange: “Undocumentable” Names >From The IGI Parish Records” by Alys Mackyntoich (

[5]  “England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” index, FamilySearch (, Hero Olde and Wilmott, 17 Jan 1603; citing Gwinear, Cornwall, England, Batch: M02571-3; “Netherlands, Marriages, 1565-1892,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Apr 2014), Hero Cornelisz and Jannetje Alberts, 08 May 1611; citing Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands, Batch: M01224-8

[6]  “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (, Juliet Mordent, 15 Jul 1621; citing SAINT BOTOLPH BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, LONDON, ENGLAND, Batch: P00161-1

[7] “England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” index, FamilySearch (, Ricardus Howarde and Olivia Hille, 11 Jun 1587; citing High Ham, Somerset, England; Batch: M01936-2

[8] “España, defunciones, 1600-1920,” index, FamilySearch (, Miranda Miguel, 10 Feb 1642; citing Murcia, Murcia, Spain; Batch:  B86284-3


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Lilies War offers tour for non SCAdians - Tue, 2014-05-20 12:24

Officials of Lilies War, which takes place June 13-22, 2014 at Smithville Lake in Clay County, Missouri, have announced that tours for the public will be available June 15, 2014.

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"Threads" offers costumers a chance to design for 1/2 scale dress forms - Tue, 2014-05-20 09:37

Threads Magazine has anncounced its 2014 American Sewing Expo (ASE) Challenge: 1/2-Scale Design Challenge on the theme of "Fashion Icons through the Ages." The contest is limited to 100 entries and garments must be finished by August 1, 2014.

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Teller talks Tempest - Mon, 2014-05-19 20:03

In celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, magician Teller (the quiet one), recently co-directed a new version of the Bard's magicial play, The Tempest. In a video, Teller discusses the production with Mark Mobley for a segment of NPR's The Record.

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