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Visitors to Spain's island of Menorca in July 2014 will receive a special treat when an historic re-enactment of the island’s invasion by Catalonian and Aragonese troops in the Middle Ages will take place in the capital's Plaza Conquesta.
Hiccops-art (6K) 12/28/13 "Medieval oddities: Hiccups" by Lady Catherine Ambrose.
E-Eglsh-Prose-art(165K) 12/27/13 "Echoes of Oral Tradition in the Dialogues of Ælfric’s Natale Sancte Agnetis" by Detlef von Marburg. (Master's thesis)
Unicorns have been a part of the known bestiary since Greek and Roman times. In his book, A Natural History of Unicorns, University of Nottingham geographer Chris Lavers looks at the history of the beast and human obsession with it.
Archaeologists from the Cyprus Antiquities Department have unearthed the remains of a 7th century basilica the size of Westminster Abbey near the Royal Air Force Station of Akrotiri on Cyprus. Experts believe that the huge church was only used for 30 years.
Greetings to the singers, poets, drinkers, and wits of the East Kingdom! Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe issues unto you a convivial challenge for the festival season, now to be answered at the Market Day at Birka in the Barony of Stonemarche.
The cheerful poets of Beuern have left us many jolly songs and poems about the simple pleasures of drinking and good cheer, and one of the most familiar is “Bache Bene Venies”. Like all good drinking songs, it has many many verses – each long enough to be clever, but short enough to let everyone who only knows the refrain sing it often and boisterously.
Here is a recording of the tune for reference; it is one of *many*, so do feel free to go out and find any that you love:
And here are a few verses and the chorus, to give you a sense (general translation provided also):
1. Bache bene venies gratus et optatus
Welcome, Bacchus, pleasing and desired,
R: Istud vinum bonum vinum vinum generosum
This wine, good wine, kindly wine,
2. Iste cyphus concavus de bono mero profluus
This hollow cup overflows with good wine;
3. Bachus venas penetrans calido liquore
Bacchus entering their veins with hot liquor
oh! I look forward to hearing your merry words! If you have any questions, please drop me a message.
- Aildreda de Tamwurthe, Dean of Belles Lettres, East Kingdom College of Performers
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For the first time ever, the relics of St. Peter, discovered in the necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica in 1939, were displayed during mass, and prayed over by the Pope. The relices include nine pieces of bone. (photos)
Most everyone knows that the East Kingdom in the SCA includes parts of two modern countries, the United States of America and Canada, but how much do you really know about the Huge East Kingdom Crown Principality to the North East?
Tir Mara consists of the Canadian Provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. That is a pretty BIG chunk of land. It is bigger than the rest of the East Kingdom, actually, despite that fact we have quite a small population both modern and SCA. The Easternmost residents of Tir Mara are actually on an island which means to get from one end of the Crown Principality to the other one must take an airplane, or a ferry. Yes, travel is something Tir Marans do because we have to; for example, travel between Ruantallan (Nova Scotia) and Ar n’Eilean-ne (St John’s, NF) takes 24 hours by car and ferry. In Ruantallan alone the cantons are all over an hour across, and local events can be ½ hour to 4 hours away and still be within that barony.
The CP of Tir Mara has three Baronies, Isle du Dragon Dormant, which we shorten to IDD, (Montreal), Havre des Glaces (Quebec City and surrounding area) and Ruantallan (Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). Ruantallan, our oldest barony, also has the majority SCA membership within Tir Mara with 120-150 members on average.
IDD was the third Barony formed in what is now Tir Mara, and once was Northern Shores. Both IDD and Havre des Glaces are French-speaking baronies. Thus anyone visiting us will often hear our Tir Maran or Royal courts heralded in both French and English, the official languages of Canada (and Tir Mara). Actually the French we speak is mostly Quebecquois, a dialect unique to Canada, so do not question your school taught French when talking to one of the francophone Tir Marans.
The Shire of Lyndhaven and the Incipient Shire of Avonmore are located in the only officially bilingual province in Canada (New Brunswick) and have the happy coincidence of being the centre region of Tir Mara. Lyndhaven also happens to be the geographic centre of the East Kingdom, as well, but not if we calculated by population, then the centre would be far to the south!
Did you know? We actually have our own Tir Mara Royal Travel Fund to help defray travel costs for royalty visiting Tir Mara. Established by Mistress Gwenhwyfar dinas Emrys, OP and her sister Mistress Zaneta Gavlinne Angiolieri, OP, each group who raises money for the fund can then access that money for royal visits to their group. Started in 2004, this project has increased royal visits to Tir Mara remarkably and money is raised throughout Tir Mara in a number of ways: t-shirt sales, boxed lunch auctions, silent auctions, etc..
Our money is different, we have coins for our dollar bills (Loonies) and our two-dollar bills (Toonies) and our paper bills are not only colourful but they are also now made of plastic. Often our money is on par with the US dollar, but we are more likely to have it just below the US dollar to encourage economic trade, and so, for Tir Marans in the SCA, it is a kindness when reserving for pre-paid events in the US that we have access to ACCEPs or get to pay in US currency at the door. Money orders in Canada can be quite expensive. We do tend to extend this courtesy to our US event attendees, reserve and pay at the door, and usually Tir Mara can take either currency. However, it is always good to check with the event staff when attending events in Tir Mara.
And when you arrive to an event, do be prepared to stand for the evening toasts with the masses. Canada still maintains its Royal Citizenship, thus we tend to treat that part of the SCA with the same protocols we’d do if HRM Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada (as well as the UK), Herself was being saluted, everyone standing. Vivat!
So, Tir Marans may sound a bit different, eh? Oui? Do some things a bit differently than is done in the US part of the kingdom, but we hope the modern border just adds to the travel adventure when you come to our events, (as it does for us when we travel south). And, remember, you are still in the East Kingdom; Welcome Home!
This article was written by the Tir Mara Correspondent:
Filed under: Local Groups
Mistress Alys Mackyntoich answered a Q&A for the East Kingdom Gazette that covers the process of registering names and devices in the East Kingdom.
Lord Ragnarr joined the SCA in the fall of 1993 and was an active member of the Barony of Settmour Swamp for over 20 years, serving as the Seneschal of Gryphonwald for a number of years, and as a warranted Marshal. He was granted both a Bronze and Iron Tower from Settmour Swamp for his service and martial prowess. Following his passing, Their Excellencies Erec and Jehannine of Settmour Swamp had the following to say:
Ragnarr Dragonheart has perished from the Earth. Sharp of wit, a valiant soul, a mighty warrior, the heart of the dragon in the body of a man that body could no longer contain. We are honored to have known him, to walk this earth with him, to join him in arms, and quaff ale at his table. He gave of himself, and spread mirth and joy where ere he went. Our Barony was richer for his presence. Ragnarr Dragonheart, you will sorely be missed.
Lord Ragnarr was a member of the Dark Horde and Clan na Bheithir. He was squired to Syr Teric Gwynedd for over a decade. Syr Teric had the following to say of his squire:
Ragnarr’s generosity, love of fun and creativity were boundless. Ragnar had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. He had a driving desire to make everything he did as fun as he could for all involved. A man of quirky humor, with a strong sense of honor. Ragnar will be sorely missed by his Lady Fionnghuala Na Lamh Bann, his Barony, his friends, his Horde bretheren and my household. Enjoy Valhalla my friend and my Squire, I will miss you.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 from 2-4pm at Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Ave., Fords, NJ.
Full information is available on his obituary.
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On his website, Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani has posted a number of his articles on Iranian and Persian armoring and swordsmithing. Most of the articles are available in English in PDF format.
Lady Saehildr barngo'dhr reports that she has re-posted two surveys regarding teen participation in the SCA. The surveys will be open until January 22, 2014.
Think back to your favorite event. No matter what it was, it was a success because of the work of many volunteers. Perhaps you’ve thought about volunteering, but are unsure about how to go about it. There are several ways to get involved.
Attend your group’s business meeting. This is where people propose to put on an event. The event steward will be looking for volunteers for set-up, clean-up and everything in between. The needs will vary depending on the event, but one thing is certain – many hands make light work. Even if you don’t want to do anything more complicated than pushing a broom, your help will be appreciated.
Don’t think that you can only help at your local events. At any event you can mention to the person at gate that you would like to help, and they will point you in the right direction. If all else fails, poke your head in the kitchen and offer to help chop or serve. It is rare that they can’t use an extra pair of hands.
Whether you would like to help decorate, cook, teach, fill water jugs, serve, spell someone who needs a bathroom break, make announcements, carry things, wash dishes, count, fold up tables and chairs…there is a place for you. Volunteer. It’s a wonderful way to get to know people. It’s easy. Just walk up to someone and say, “I’d like to help.”
Filed under: Events
It was the Army vs. the Army when members of the SCA chapter Stronghold of Hellsgate, in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, met in Carl Levin Park, Harker Heights,Texas in August 2013. Sgt. Samuel Northrup has the story for the 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. (photos)
Early-Keybrds-art (7K) 12/11/13 "Early Keyboards and Their Music" by Domhnall O'Dochartaigh.
horse-recipes-msg (61K) 12/13/13 Period horse recipes. References.
For eight years, a grubby, old pot sat in a basement in Rothbury, England. It was not until recently that builder Richard Mason, who found the pot on Lindisfarne, took a second look, discovering a hoard of gold and silver dating to the 16th century.
KNOWN WORLD Jan 6, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest Special Event Games Edition
Bridget Greywolf reports that she has created an album of photos from Drachenwald 2014 Winter Coronation which took place recently in Sweden. The photos are available on her public Facebook page.
The Bardic Championships are scheduled to begin at 11:00 am. Here are details of the format as provided by the current Queen’s Bard, Maistre Lucien:
East Kingdom Bardic Championship
The competition will take place over three rounds with the following parameters: first round, a piece written on an SCA theme OR a documentably period piece; second round, the other of the two options given in the first round; third round, Their Majesties’ choice.
Each performer is asked to submit, prior to the first round, an
Time allowing, those not wishing to be considered as champions may
For this competition, a Period Piece is defined as directly historical
The new Bardic Champions will be announced and begin their service at
Bardic Champions are expected to:
**PERFORMER SUMMARY EXAMPLES:
Romanus Gaius Cantus (SC, OTC, Troubadour) Roman-style boasts, filk
Skihald the Viking (King’s Bard to John VIII, Troubadour, Order of the
Ysibeau du Provance Period pieces in French for solo voice or
Haven Fortnight (Bard to Baron of the Place) I know a handful of
Questions regarding the competition format or requirements should be
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Bardic, bardic champions, King and Queen's Champions