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A group of Polish engineers, tasked with finding and disposing of World War II artillary shells in the Forest District Wipsowo, have discovered the heads of three Teutonic battle axes, dating to the late Middle Ages. (photo)
Bergental’s Novice Schola will be held on March 14th, 2015, in Springfiled, MA and the event is currently recruiting teachers to create entry-level classes of all types. Any A&S, Garb, Food, Martial, History, and SCA Life classes are welcome.
This year there are two specialty tracks that are especially welcome. One is for classes intended for “tween” aged members, defined as youngsters between the ages of 8 or 9 and 14 or 15. Mistress Annestrina will be coordinating this set of classes, and will have a dedicated youth room for the entire day for her teachers.
Second, since the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt will occur in 2015, there will be a track of classes for anything having to do with Agincourt: 15th century life, the battles, the Kings, the history leading up to the battle or after it occurred. Lord Griffin Dunham is coordinating this track.
Put on your thinking caps, and contact Lady Barbeta Kyrkeland who is managing classes for the Schola with your class ideas as soon as possible.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Bergental, newcomers, schola
A note about Pennsic from the East Kingdom's Prince has been published at the East Kingdom Gazette.
Check out this video, filmed at Haddon Hall in England.
Without the use of modern conveniences, a group of historians and archaeologists prepare a Tudor feast as it would have been over 400 years ago. They wear clothes from the period, source food from the land, and use recipes from the era. They turn the clock back to rediscover a way of life from an age gone by.
It is a wonderful look at period cooking practices and feasts – enjoy!
A short while ago, I noticed a set of banners hanging at an event. They were the Arms of Æthelmearc with a wreath of roses in place of the Laurel wreath. I was saddened since it meant that a piece of the history of Æthelmearc had not been passed on to whoever put so much work into the banners.
When Æthelmearc was in the process of becoming a Principality, various members of the region to become Æthelmearc – peers, heralds, officers, etc. – were meeting on a regular basis to make decisions on such things as the Laws, Awards and the Heraldry of the Principality. And one of the topics was whether or not we should have Arms for the Princess and (eventually) Queen.
Many Kingdoms do. The East Kingdom, our parent Kingdom, does.
So, why don’t we?
Well, there are several reasons. Let’s start with the historical reason. No Kingdom in period had arms differentiated for the Queen/Consort. The ruler bore the arms of the Kingdom. Countries such as England have had both male and female rulers, and there were no different arms for them based on their gender. As a side note, what we do in the SCA doesn’t follow historical precedence anyway since, quite often, the arms of the ruler of a kingdom were either the personal arms of the ruler’s family or were differentiated by elements of such. Historically, it is pretty much a mess anyway. But the point is that there is no historic precedence for consort arms.
It is also now policy of the Society Herald (the Laurel Sovereign of Arms) that Consort Arms are no longer allowed to be registered. Certainly, Kingdoms and Queens may use the kingdom arms differentiated with roses if so desired, but they are no longer registered at the Society level.
Second, as per our Laws, the Crown speaks with one voice. They work together, rule together, and have one voice in matters of State where the Crown makes the decisions. In fact, when the various awards were being created (another small history lesson), the discussion of the Courtesy Order came up. In the East Kingdom, the award for Courtesy is the Queen’s award to give (and it is called the Queen’s Order of Courtesy). When we were discussing the Æthelmearc courtesy award, our then Prince objected to making it the purview of the Princess or Queen only – he said that, after all, he was perfectly capable of recognizing courtesy too. I could certainly give further examples – the champions are named and chosen by custom, not law, which allows the Crown to make their own decisions on how they wish to choose, and title, their Champions. There is nothing that dictates which Champions are specifically the King’s and which the Queen’s except custom and the Crown.
Third, while it has not happened in Æthelmearc yet, it could happen someday – who bears the “Queen’s Arms” if we have a woman win crown in her own right? The assumption inherent in having a set of arms that are specific to the Queen is that the King is the true ruler of the Kingdom and bears the Kingdom Arms. The Queen is simply his consort. Therefore, would a Queen in her own right bear the arms of the kingdom and her King the “Queen’s Arms” (with the wreath of roses??).
The ultimate decision was to not have specific differentiated arms for the Princess/Queen of Æthelmearc.
When Æthelmearc presented their arms for consideration, the Principal Herald of the East objected, stating that we were required to have arms for our Princess. When the argument was presented to the Laurel Queen of Arms, the Society Herald, she determined that there was nothing written that dictated we needed Princess’ arms and therefore if we didn’t want them, we didn’t have to have them.
And thus it was that Æthelmearc, by tradition, does not have arms for her Queens. She bears the arms of the kingdom as the Crown of Æthelmearc.
Their Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle, of Æthelmearc have sent a message to their kingdom about the challenge that Æthelmearc faces from the East Kingdom and the Midrealm. Their words can be found here at the Æthelmearc Gazette.
Filed under: Pennsic
Amid rumours of War, one of our Æthelmearc scouts has discovered the following document penned by the Prince of the East. Our Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle have already called for aid from within our Kingdom as you all saw yesterday, and we remain confident that the populace of this Sylvan Kingdom will prevail. The Æthelmearc Gazette will keep you posted should any other nefarious plans be discovered.
Read the message here.
Stolen bow and quiver:
My friend Sue’s traditional bow and hand tooled leather quiver were stolen from her car in the Tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) on December 5. Please keep your eyes out for it on Craigslist and shops/flea markets, etc. She is devastated.
The missing bow is a recurve barebow, 64 inches, Osage and coco-bola wood. It has the name “Susan” plus “custom made by R. King” written on it. Possibly a 29 pound bow. The quiver is hand-engraved tooled leather and had 10 arrows in it (5 Easton Carbon one 1000s with pink feathers and 5 with yellow feathers). Again, please keep your eyes open for it. Thanks!
If you hear/see anything please e-mail:
In order to protect its precious frescoes, the Vatican has announced that it will restrict visitors to the Sistine Chapel to 6 million each year. Experts say that dust, sweat and carbon dioxide from up to 20,000 tourists a day pose a major threat to Michelangelo’s masterpiece. (photos)
Unto the noble populace of the mighty Kingdom of Æthelmearc,
Greetings to you all. For those who do not know me, I am THLady Beatrix “Bea” Krieger, Squire to Earl Yngvar the Dismal, and First Lieutenant to the Regional Commander of Myrkfaels, THLord Thorsol Solinagua. I am writing to you today to announce a change in the schedule to the regular heavy weapons practice in the Shire of Hartstone, and cordially invite every fighter in Aethelmearc to please take part.
The point of this change is to help improve fighters throughout the region and build up good melee combatants, good single fighters, and competence in various forms, good tournament warriors, and good barrier fighters.
Every practice will begin at around 6-6:30pm on Friday evenings (at one of our local places, currently at the Elks Lodge in Hornell, New York) with about an hour to an hour and a half long session of warm ups and pickups. At about 7-7:30pm, we will do one of the following:
First Friday of the month-Melee practice.
Second Friday of the month-Barrier fighting.
Third Friday of the month-the Hartstone Round Robin Tournament.
Fourth Friday of the month-Funny weapons or odd weapons or different forms practice (if there is a form you never use, want to learn, or just want to try, this is the time to bring all your toys and try them out).
If there is a fifth Friday practice in that month (as there is in January), we will do whatever floats your boat type practice (barriers, melee, open practice, etc.) and just see what people feel like doing.
Each practice will have about an hour to an hour and a half of this format fighting, and then a session of teaching, pickups, and discussion, followed by a drink at the Elks Lodge around 9:15, and dinner at Paddy’s Pub at about 9:45pm (if you want food, we must be in Paddy’s before 10pm).
Newbies are very much encouraged on attending, and private lessons with fighters will be happening as well as the other main portions of the formatted practice. If we can, I’d like to get marshals present to do authorizations if need be.
This format for these practices will begin on January 2nd, 2015, the first practice of the new year, at the Hornell Elks Lodge, 60 Broadway Mall, Hornell New York 14843. Please use the back door to enter (be prepared to climb stairs to get in).
I hope this format will entice fighters to attend practices beyond their borders, and fight new people. I plan on traveling within my region and (if I am able) beyond, and learning all I can in the coming new year. I hope to see many of you in the next few months at practice.
In your service,
THLady Beatrix Krieger
Unto the Citizens of Æthelmearc do their Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle send greetings,
As always, we serve,
As some of you may know, Her Highness and I are very good friends with Their Highnesses Ragnvaldr and Arabella of the Midrealm. We have been getting along so famously that we have decided it is about time we were actually neighbors. To this end, we will be taking over Aethelmearc. The lands gained will of course be divided equally between the parties involved.
Filed under: Pennsic
Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings. I am pleased to announce that the new Southern Regional Rapier Deputy will be Baroness Engracia de Madrigal. Again, I would like to thank Don Griffith Davion for his service in this position. Please join me in welcoming Baroness Engracia to her new position, and I encourage all of you to help make her transition a smooth one. In Service, Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
Filed under: Fencing, Official Notices Tagged: fencing
Researchers from around the world may benefit from a study of the molars of 22 individuals unearthed during excavation of Periplatz cemetery in Berlin. The remains, dating from between 1200 to c.1600 CE, were analyzed using "3D printing technology to complement strontium isotope analysis in order to better understand the ancient residents of Berlin."
Both aspiring and experienced scribes can learn a lot from looking at actual period manuscripts. Every day more and more medieval books are digitized and made available online, and many websites offer the ability to zoom in and see fine detail close up. Here are some wonderful sites for seeing a wide array of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that can provide scribal inspiration for years to come.
The British Library site offers not only complete manuscripts, but also detailed information on the time, place, artistic style, and provenance of each manuscript, along with a very robust search function that lets you narrow your results with great precision. Want to find Arabic medical manuscripts from 1000-1100, or Italian Books of Hours dating to the early 15th century? This is your site.
DMMapp is the granddaddy of manuscript sites. It offers a map of the world with links to specific libraries’ or museums’ collections. Click a link to browse the selected location’s offerings. Bonus: it’s also the home of the “Sexy Codicology” Blog, with a link to their Facebook page. Its weakness is that each site is distinct and separate, so there’s no way to search all of them by keyword from DMMapp. The quality and ease of navigation of the sites is also highly variable.
The Getty Museum recently made many of its books available as free PDF downloads, including several about its collection of medieval manuscripts. Examples include Elizabeth C. Teviotdale’s “The Stammheim Missal” and “Flemish Manuscript Painting in Context: Recent Research,” edited by Elizabeth Morrison and Thomas Kren.
Medieval Writing has a huge amount of information about medieval paleography (the study of writing) including snippets of calligraphy from many different manuscripts. Use its Index of Scripts to take a guided tour of styles ranging from 4th century Roman to 16th century Humanistic. One of its best features is the ability to mouse over samples from period manuscripts and see the words printed in modern text as shown below, which is tremendously helpful in figuring out unusual or hard-to-read letter forms.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, like the Getty, offers some of its books on medieval art as free downloads. Use the search categories on the left to narrow the list of options. Examples include “The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry” by Timothy Bates Husband, and “The Art of Medieval Spain, A.D. 500–1200” by the Museum.
The National Library of Wales has a small collection, but it’s one of the few places to find Welsh manuscripts like the Book of Llandaff, the Laws of Hywel Dda, and the Black Book of Carmarthen, which is one of the earliest manuscripts written in Welsh.
Trinity College of Dublin has a number of period manuscripts, but none more famous than the magnificent Book of Kells; a portion of folio 2r is shown below zoomed in close. Use the “By Dates” search feature to find manuscripts at Trinity College dating to SCA period.
The Vatican Library recently announced that they will be vastly expanding their collection of digital manuscripts over the next few years, so this is a space to watch! Use its Advanced Search feature to search by elements like Beginning and Ending dates, though navigation is a little clunky and sometimes frustrating. When you find a manuscript, click the book icon next to its name to see the actual pages. Clicking the manuscript’s name displays a very brief description of the manuscript including its date, size, and name.
Is there a site for scribal inspiration that you love which isn’t on our list? Post a link in the comments!
- Submitted by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope
In 1960, a rare, 12th century Byzantine manuscript was stolen from the Dionysiou Monastery in Mount Athos. The Getty Museum in California purchased the codex in 1983 and will now restore it to its rightful place in Greece. (photo)
In an announcement from the SCA Board of Directors, it was reported that Membership and Marketplace portals are now open.
Mark your calendars. Re-enactors will return to Battle Abbey on 14 October 2016 for the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
Museum conservationists never know what they might discovered under layers of paint and grime. What lies beneath the surface is the subject of a new display at London's National Portrait Gallery which reveals, for the first time, some of the conservationists' findings.
The Avian and Industrious Barony of Thescorre is pleased to again announce that the College of Three Ravens will be in held on February 21st, 2015. The College will take place at the Western Presbyterian Church, located at 101 E. Main St, Palmyra, NY 14622. The site will open at 9:00am and close at 9:00pm. Those present after 9:00 pm may be pressed into clean-up duties! Classes will begin at 10:00am and continue until at least 4:00pm. The site is handicapped accessible and has ample parking.
With your paid reservation, please include “C3R” in the subject line.
A sideboard lunch will be prepared by Baroness Mistress Sadira bint Saleem-(315-524-9823) firstname.lastname@example.org. A Tour Across Europe feast will be prepared by Baroness Nuzah bint Saleem-(585 615 0398 email@example.com) with assistance from Lady Elzbieta and Lord Andrew. Please contact Baroness Nuzah by 1/31/15 with dietary restrictions. Adult feast is $9 (children under eighteen – $5, children under 5 – free). Feast seating is limited to 85. Feast reservation cannot be guaranteed unless reserved by 2/15/15.
Pre-reservation for this event is always appreciated for planning both the sideboard & feast. Please send reservations to the reservationist/tollner THL Otelia d’Alsace ( Esther Heller, 1355 Walworth-Penfield Rd, Walworth NY 14568 firstname.lastname@example.org). Checks are to be made payable to SCA NY Inc – Barony of Thescorre. Please do include modern name, SCAdian name & membership number (where appropriate) for each person to be covered by your payment. Also, indicate if any are minors, and for whom feast reservations are desired. Inclusion of contact info will be invaluable in clarifications. Please remember that the only good reservation is a paid reservation.
For further information or questions, please contact the autocrat: Lady Mairghread Stiobhard Inghean uí Choinn (Margaret Wilcox) at email@example.com or 585-414-3748 before 8:30 pm.
Call for Classes
Unto the Good Gentles of Aethelmearc does Lady Kaðlin Sigvaldakona send Greetings!
As Chancellor of Classes for the upcoming College of Three Ravens event in the Industrious Barony of Thescorre, I am humbly requesting for gentles to share their knowledge and skills by signing up to teach a class (or two)! This day of teaching and learning will be on February 21, 2015 at the Western Presbyterian Church, located at 101 E. Main St, Palmyra, NY 14622.
Please use the following format when supplying information:
SCA Name: (as you wish it to appear in the class listings)
Class Format: (lecture, round-table, hands-on, etc)
Handouts provided: (yes/no)
Participant Fees: (if any)
Class Limits/Restrictions: (# of participants, no children, children with supervision, etc.)
Preferred teaching time: (am, pm, either)
Please send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘C3R’ in the subject line.
Yours in service,
Lady Kaðlin Sigvaldakona
Chancellor of Classes
College of Three Ravens, 2015