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Estrella War XXX Updates #4 - Sat, 2014-01-11 12:14

Hail to gentles from far and near…as Estrella War XXX approaches, Atenveldt warmly greets you, and bids you welcome here!

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Experience the viola organista - Fri, 2014-01-10 20:19

Leonardo Da Vinci had more projects than time, a fact illustrated by his notesbooks of inventions never built, but Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki recently took on one challenging by constructing da Vinci's viola organista, an instrument which combines "the bowed sound of a viola (or cello) with a cabinet that resembles a baby grand piano." (video)

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A Call for Bids for Pennsic 45 Mayor - Fri, 2014-01-10 17:03

So, you want to be the Pennsic Mayor?  Bids for Pennsic 45 (2016) will be accepted until 1 May 2014.

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"Sharing knowledge" in Hellsgate - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:35

Things got a bit noisy at the Copperas Cove Library recently when Anthony Schienschang brought his hammer and anvil for a demonstration of armoring. Schienschang is a member of the SCA, Stronghold of Hellsgate in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Valerie L. Valdez of the Killeen Daily Herald (Killeen, Texas) has the story. (photos, video)

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East Kingdom MOL Seeks a Deputy Database Administrator

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:10

Greetings to all MOLs and Marshals,

I am now seeking applications for the position of Deputy Database Administrator for the East Kingdom Minister of Lists.
This volunteer position involves learning to maintain and update the heavy combat and fencing databases for the East Kingdom so that eventually you may take over the position of Database Administrator. The deputy position answers to the current Database Administrator and the Kingdom MOL. Reliable internet and email access is required with the understanding that emails be answered within a 24 hour period.
All applicants should have advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel along with coding and formula usage.

The deputy database administrator position is open to all members of the East Kingdom, not just marshals and MOLs.

Please send both Mundane and SCA resumes to Lady Sabina Luttrell.

Filed under: Fencing, Heavy List, Official Notices, Uncategorized

Might Roman ring have inspired Tolkien? - Thu, 2014-01-09 20:30

The history of a stolen Roman ring and its discovery in the 18th century are the subject of a recent feature article in History Today by Lynn Forest-Hill, fellow of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton, theorizing that the ring may have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien. (photos)

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Pennsic 43 pre-registration open - Thu, 2014-01-09 19:38

Geoffrey and Catherine report that pre-registration for Pennsic War 43 is now open on the Pennsic Registration Office website. The pennsic War runs July 25 - August 10, 2014.

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New Ars Scientia Orientalis now available

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-01-09 11:09

The Winter 2014 edition of Ars Scientia Orientalis, the quarterly Arts & Sciences publication for the East Kingdom is now available at

This issue of ASO features:

Dolls in the 12th through 16th Centuries by Lady Lillian atte Valeye
My Experiences with the Preparation of a Tudor Banquette by Lady Ailionora inghean Ronain
16th-Century Monochrome Embroidery by Mistress Amy Webb, OL
The Aces, Book 1: The Kinds of Games At Which People Play by Justin DuCoeur (“Ace”)

Back issues can be found at the Ars Scientia Orientalis website (

Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: a&s

Plotting the roots of Red - Wed, 2014-01-08 15:51

A recent article for Live Science analyzes the evolution of Little Red Riding Hood from its 1st century roots to its modern place in children's literature. The article follows the work of Durham University anthropologist Jamie Tehrani whose paper The Phylogeny of Little Red Riding Hood was published in the journal Plos One.

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In Memoriam: Don Edmund the Lame

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-01-08 13:44

Don Edmund at Pennsic XXXIX – photo courtesy of Mistress Vienna de la Mer

It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports on the passing of Don Edmund the Lame. He passed away on the afternoon of January 5, 2014, after a battle with cancer.
Don Edmund was active for many years in the Society, across multiple continents and Kingdoms.  He was instrumental in starting rapier activities in Lochac, and continued his efforts in that area across the West and into An Tir, holding fencing awards from all three kingdoms, and service awards from two of them. He was recognized in the Kingdom of Lochac with the Order of the Rapier and the Silver Tear. He received a Grant of Arms, was recognized as an Ancient Guildmaster of Fence, and received the Leaf of Merit from the Kingdom of the West. He was inducted into the Order of the White Scarf in the Kingdom of An Tir.

Don Edmund on the fencing field. Photo by Noelle de la Plume

He was a common sight on the rapier field at Pennsic. He was known widely for his use of a two-handed sword of prodigious size, and was a member of House Bloodguard, regularly fighting in their colors. On hearing the news of Edmund’s passing, Duke Andreas Eisfalke Von Ulm, Hochmeister of House Bloodguard, had the following to say:

“Yesterday I lost a friend and household brother but only for a moment. Paul and I met at 30 Year Celebration in Oregon. The day we met we were instantly friends. We both shared the same sense of humor and he taught me much of hoop snakes and drop bears. From that day on we were as thick as thieves and although we lived far apart our brotherhood made us feel like he was right next door. Paul is gone from this realm and I will miss him for the moment. But just like 30 Year, I imagine that when I pass; I will be greeted by his big smile and he will say something like ‘What took you so long, Mate?’ I have something to look forward to when it is my time to depart. Find us a good place to eat when I get there.”

He was also well known for his courtesy, willingness to help, and his friendliness despite his ongoing insistence that he was a grump.  Master Liam St. Liam said of Don Edmund “What always struck me about him was he’d see a friend, and that smile would light up and you’d be convinced he thought seeing you was the best thing that ever happened.”

In 2009 Don Edmund became an apprentice to Baroness Juliana von Altenfeld, OL, OP. According to Baroness Juliana, “It was his intention, if he became a laurel, to become the ‘Offal Laurel’. This combined both his ambition, and his love of bad jokes.” She went on to describe how, despite his many other accomplishments, he often introduced himself as her cooking apprentice, he was that pleased to be learning something new.

East Kingdom Seneshal Mistress Mercedes Vera de Calafia echoed the sentiments shared by many hearts when she said “I wish I had sufficient words to express my sadness at the loss of Don Edmund the Lame. I’ve been fortunate enough to talk and laugh and fight with him. The world is just a little dimmer without his smile to light it.”

At Don Edmund’s request there will be a memorial service for him at this year’s Pennsic War. In addition a service is planned at Gulf Wars to accommodate the many friends who cannot attend Pennsic. Dates and times for these memorials are still being determined.

Edited to correct inaccurate information. The original article incorrectly referred to An Tir as a Principality and had the date of Don Edmund’s passing incorrectly as January 4th.

Those wishing to express their condolences directly to Don Edmund’s family may contact Baroness Juliana who will put you in touch with them.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: obituary

Abu Raihan al-Biruni and the discovery of America - Wed, 2014-01-08 09:49

In a feature article for History Today, S. Frederick Starr of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, looks at the claimants to the discovery of the New World, including Abu Raihan al-Biruni, an Islamic scholar from Central Asia, who "may have discovered the New World centuries before Columbus – without leaving his study."

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Letters to Eung-tae tell story of love and grief - Tue, 2014-01-07 20:04

500 hundred years ago, a grieving wife wrote 13 love letters of Shakespearean pathos to her dead husband. The letters were buried along with the mummified remains in Andong City in South Korea, and tell "him she wants to see him and listen to him in her dreams."

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The medieval debate over "the rule of the rod" - Tue, 2014-01-07 17:12

Debate over corporal punishment in schools continues to this day, but new research by Dr Ben Parsons, of the University of Leicester, shows that the debate is an old one. In his project, Discipline and Violence in the Medieval Classroom, Parsons examines writings from the Middle Ages and concludes that corporal punishment was not necessarily the rule of the day.

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Richard III to be reburied with medieval pomp and ceremony - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:54

Reburial of nobles was common practice in the 15th century, so the spirit of Richard III should feel right at home when he is soon reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. Experts have discovered a medieval ceremony of reburial, parts of which will be used in the upcoming service.

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Updated file in the FOOD-DAIRY section: dairy-prod-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:23
dairy-prod-msg (108K) 12/15/13 Dairy products. milk, butter, curds, cream.

New file in the FOOD-DAIRY section: milk-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:22
milk-msg (31K) 12/15/13 Medieval and modern milk.

Updated file in the FOOD section: illusion-fds-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:20
illusion-fds-msg (147K) 12/13/13 Medieval illusion foods. Disguised food.

New file in the CLOTHING section: Gaelic-Dress-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:18
Gaelic-Dress-art (81K) 11/30/13 "Gaelic Dress" by HL Finnacan Dub.

New file in the SCA-CAMPING section: Bear-Safety-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:16
Bear-Safety-art (6K) 12/22/13 "Bear Safety in Oertha" by Kurios Halfdan 'Two Bears' Ôzurrson.

Does anyone read this feed? Or should I discontinue it?

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:13
Does anyone read this feed? Or should I discontinue it?

It does take a fair amount of effort to keep doing, rather than simply uploading the new and updated files to the site.

If you use it and want it to continue, please email me at: StefanliRous at