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To all of you who came out to help herald the reign of Kenric II and
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldry
A team of British scientists from the University of Warwick has been able to sequence the genome of ancient RNA thanks to the study of ancient barley from Egypt. The fossilized grain contained the Barley Stripe Mosaic Virus, believed to be a modern disease, which may have been transported to Egypt by Crusaders in the Seventh Crusade.
An unidentified 20-year-old man has been found murdered in Kirk Ness in East Lothian, Scotland, but the murderer will not likely be found. The victim, fatally stabbed four times in the back, was killed in the 12th or 13th century.
How did you spend Ragnarok? If you are British, you might have celebrated at the JORVIK Viking Festival where warriors fought the Norse gods in an epic battle. Festival director Danielle Daglan spoke with NPR's All Thing's Considered about the event. (podcast)
Dominic Selwood is a lawyer, writer and historian. He is also a blogger on a mission: to take the "dark" out of the Dark Ages. Selwood recently blogged on the subject for The Telegraph with Why the so-called 'Dark Ages' were just as civilised as the savage Roman Empire.
Archaeologists in the English village of Haddenham have uncovered nine burials dating to the Early Saxon period (6th century CE) in the car park of the Three Kings Pub. The graves, of both men and women, contained a wealth of grave goods including a spear and shield and a beaded necklace. (photos)
The Laurel Sovereign of Arms invites interested candidates to apply for the job of Silent Herald Deputy, overseeing the Heralds who translate auditory information for non-hearing attendees at Court.
New studies of the Domskirke in Ribe, Denmark show that Christians may have lived in the area 100 years before Denmark officially became a Christian country. Excavations at the site have unearthed over 70 Christian burials dating to the mid-to-late 9th century.
Investigators in Germany are untangling the case of a metal detectorist who illegally dug up more than EU€1 million worth of Roman gold in a forest in southern Rheinland-Pfalz. The perpetrator may already have sold some of the pieces on the Black Market. (photos)
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 name is Corwin or Corwyn.
Although popularly believed to be medieval, we have yet to find any evidence of a person with the given name of Corwin or Corwyn. As a given name, it appears to be a purely 20th century invention.
In the medieval and Renaissance eras, Corwin and its variant spellings were surnames, based on either a place name in Wales or an occupational term for “shoemaker.”
So why do some people have the SCA name of Corwin or Corwyn registered? There is a bit of a “rules hack” that allows for the registration of Corwin as a given name in certain limited circumstances.
There is a pattern of using late 16th century English surnames as given names. The most well-known example of this is Guildford Dudley, the husband of Lady Jane Grey, whose first name was based on a family surname. Because this pattern actually existed in period, evidence of Corwin (or any variant spelling) as a 16th century English surname allows it to be registered as if it were a 16th century English given name.
(Note that the surname-as-given name pattern is limited only to 16th century English surnames right now).
 September 2012 Cover Letter (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2012/09/12-09cl.html)
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldry, names
Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tobermory introduces his new album of historical and SCA-focused music, written by himself and his wife, Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont.
Ladies, no more spending your hard-erned money for salon waxing. Simply follow the renaissance recipe for hair removal: arsenic, cat dung and vinegar. Read the article by Rose Eveleth in Smithsonian.
Aeschine of Arran, Seneschal of the Barony of Innilgard, reports that Their Majesties Alfar and Angharat of the Kingdom of Lochac have announced the names of the new Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Innilgard.
It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports on the death of Master Sheldon the Just. The Gazette learned of his passing on Wednesday, April 16th following a very brief battle with Pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Ruth. Master Sheldon was a pillar of the community in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows and many who have shared remembrances publicly have likened him to a rock for his steadfast support of the Barony.
Master Sheldon received his Award of Arms in 1988 from Their Royal Majesties Randall and Katherine. He was also a member of the Order of the Terpsichore, the Order of the Silver Crescent and the Queen’s Order of Courtesy. He was a member of the Brewer’s Guild in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows and was recognized with their Order of the Sapphire, which is an award for Arts and Sciences, in 1999. He was a well known Archery Captain and also served as the Exchequer for the Central Region of the East Kingdom. He was elevated to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Kenric and Avelina in January of this year for his long and excellent service to the Society and to the Kingdom.
The funeral service will be Thursday April 17th at Temple B’Nai Sholom at 1:00 PM, with a graveside service to follow. The temple is located at 420 Whitehall Avenue, in Albany, NY. The internment will be at the in the B’Nai Shalom section of the Elmwood Hill Cemetery Association, 51 Belle Avenue, Troy NY.
The following message was received Wednesday night:
Below is the schedule for the funeral and shiva for Sheldon Bosin. For those of you not familiar with Jewish traditions, the shiva is similar to calling hours. The family will be at home to receive those wishing to offer their condolences at the times posted.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Friday, April 18
Saturday, April 19
Sunday April 20
Filed under: Tidings Tagged: obituary
Conrad von Zollern reports that Count Walrick de Blakeney was victorious in the March 8, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.
In order to encourage and promote the use and equality of Silent Heraldry at all courts and events in which the entire populace attends, and to assist the silent heralds in their dealings with the Crown, the Silent Heraldry Deputy of Laurel Sovereign of Arms coordinates efforts and communication throughout the SCA. Silent Heralds in the Society are heralds who express auditory information into visual and/or tactile information used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
Interested parties should email a resume (SCA and modern if appropriate) as well as a short description of their experience related to this job to the Laurel King of Arms, Meistari Gabriel Kjotvason.
The application period ends on May 15, 2014, with the decision being made immediately thereafter.
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: accessibility, Laurel Sovereign of Arms, silent heraldry, Silent Heralds, society officers
Baron Khevron reports that Duke Conor Weisszhan was the victor of the March 22, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Duchess Isa von Speyer.
The builders of Mingary Castle on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland may have been illiterate, but they left their mark on history through their graffiti. The markings, discovered recently in the castle's chapel, were probably inscribed when the chapel was first built, between 1265 and 1295. (photo)
A metal detectorist from Medway History Finders has uncovered a collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts dating to the 6th century near Maidstone, Kent, England. The hoard, valued at more than UK£40,000, includes silver brooches with red garnets and hairpins. (photos)
Proof that gun powder technology captured the imagination of 16th century military minds can be found in a manual written by artillery master Franz Helm of Cologne, Germany who proposed strapping rockets to the backs of cats in order to "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise." (photos)