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Embroiderers’ Schola in February

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-12-29 15:15

The Shire of Quintavia is pleased to once again host the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble at our second Embroiderers’ Schola!  As the wind blows cold and the snow lies deep, come join us by the fire for a day of artistry and learning.

This event will be a day of classes and good conversation focused on the art of the needle.  Classes will be held on all forms of embroidery and needlework.  All embroiderers are encouraged to bring their work to add to the display of needlework, and to present at the guild panel at the end of the day.

There will be a potluck lunch held mid-day. The event is donation only, no set fee.

Anyone interested in teaching should contact the Guildmistress of Athena’s Thimble:  Mistress Briony of Chatham.  Classes can be 1, 1.5, or 2 hours long. One classroom can easily be made dark enough for slides.

For more information, please see the event announcement.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Quintavia, thimble

14th century caravansary open to the public in Jerusalem - Sun, 2014-12-28 23:02

Near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem lies a complex of ancient buildings including Ahar Kotlenu a refurbished 14th century caravansary, an inn for caravans, now open to the public. The site includes a 3,500 square feet (325 square meters) grand hall with cross-vaulted stone roof held aloft by six reinforced pillars.

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12 Things to Do Before Kingdom 12th Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2014-12-28 15:07

Less than 2 weeks to go till Æthelmearc Kingdom Twelfth Night!

Have you….

• Sent in your reservation?  (Even if you’re off-board, your
pre-registration will save you time/trouble at check-in. Plus, large
groups may request pre-seating so you and your friends can sit together.)

• Posted on the event’s Facebook page that you are planning to attend
and invited all your Facebook friends to come, too?  (No?  Find us here:

• Put the finishing touches on your new finery?

• Found a mask to wear for the masked ball?  (Or are you planning to shop
for one at the event?  For links to the merchants’ websites, click here:

• Practiced your best songs/stories for the Kingdom Bardic Championship
(for those who wish to compete) or the Bardic Showcase (for those wishing
to perform but not compete)?

• Thought about which tasty beverage(s) you want to share at the Brewers’
Guild Roundtable/ Competition and what you’ll donate to the Tasters’ Tavern?

• Created a gift for the Kingdom Gifts Display or a scroll blank for the
Scroll Blank Challenge? (For gift suggestions, go to  Details
for the Challenge may be found at )

• Gathered your feastgear?  (The First Course is included in the site fee
and will be available to all.  YUM!)

• Contacted Lord Silvester Burchardt (doug_shannon AT hotmail DOT com) if
you have mobility issues?

• Contacted Baroness Bronwyn MacFhionghuin (damebronwynacg AT gmail DOT
com) if you have dietary concerns?

• Confirmed your hotel room or crash space accommodations?  (For local
hotels or crash space info, click here:

• Visited the event website for details, including schedule, menu, and
map?  (If not, check it out at

We hope to see you there!

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Gagliana Grossa subject of study by Texas A&M students - Sat, 2014-12-27 17:31

In 1583, the merchant ship Gagliana Grossa sank off the coast of Biogradna Moru, in Croatia. Now the shipwreck has become a subject of study by a group of Texas A&M students led by Filipe Castro, in partnership with Irena Radic Rossi from the University of Zadar. (video)

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Join Us at the Sterlynge Schola!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2014-12-27 17:04

Let the word go forth that the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle will be hosting The Sterlynge Schola on January 17, 2015 at the Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main St., Binghamton NY. 13905.

The Site opens to the populace at 9:00am and closes at 6:00pm. We are planning classes from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch at noon. Anyone found still lingering in the halls or classrooms after 5:30 p.m. may be pressed into service for site clean up.

Baron Malcolm Fitz Willelm has agreed to serve as Dean of the Schola. We have plenty of classrooms and would encourage all interested teachers to come and share their knowledge and all eager students to attend. We are hoping to have scribal, sewing, brewing, dancing, martial, heraldry and other classes. Please contact Baron Malcolm Fitz Willelm, MKA Gerry Hough, 4 ½ Minden Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13905 phone: 607-771-0534; e-mail: gerryhough AT, if you would like to teach a class, or if you have any questions regarding the classes being offered.

A hearty lunch will be available so that no one should go away hungry or miss an essential class. We are also hosting a travelers breakfast (muffins, hard boiled eggs, coffee, tea and juice) till 10:15am, and in the afternoon we would like to offer a challenge to the all the cooks attending – a subtlety competition with a winter theme. All subtleties will be displayed at 4:00pm with the competition being at 5:00pm, Tasting and devouring of the subtleties will be at 5:05pm. For dietary concerns you may contact Mariana MKA Michelle Yurko @ mmyurko AT AOL DOT com.

Fees for this day of learning and sharing will be as follows: Adults: $10.00; Youth (13-17): $8.00; Children (5-12): $6.00; and free for babes under 5. As a gesture of our thanks, instructors will be offered a discount of $2.00 off the day fee. We will collect the $5.00 non-member fee at the gate from those not carrying proof of current membership. Reservations must be sent to, Baroness Kayley , MKA Michele Greenmun, 65 Baldwin St, Binghamton, NY 13903. Checks shall be made payable to SCA, Inc. – Shire of Sterlynge Vayle.

The Autocrat for this event is Baroness Mariana Maria Pietrosanti, MKA Michelle Yurko, 917 Springview Dr. Endicott NY 13760, who may be contacted by cell phone at 607-725-9680 or e-mail mmyurko AT with any questions.

Directions: Find your best route to Binghamton, New York (we are fortunate to be directly on route 81 and route 17/I-86.) Use Exit 5 off I-81 North or South via NYS 17/I-86 or I-81. Exit 5 serves Broome Community College and downtown Binghamton and empties into Front Street/US Rte 11. Turn left (south) onto Front Street. Drive south to the intersection of Front Street and Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and drive one block. Trinity Episcopal Church will be on the corner on your right, turn right onto Oak Street. Parking is available in the parking lots on your right beyond the church.

The official event announcement can be found in the Kingdom Newsletter, The Æstel. This unofficial event announcement is being printed as a courtesy to the autocrat, and the Gazette is not liable for any changes to the event or event listing.

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Their Majesties Announce Changes For Tournament Marshaling

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-12-27 13:35

Unto Our Populace,

We have been working on plans to bring more transparency to the way we marshal tournaments, and the manner in which we as a kingdom deal with questionable results when they arise.

We apologize for the pace of our communications to you. We have talked to Our Earl Marshal and various members of the marshallate. We have talked to Our Order of Chivalry. We have talked to Our kingdom Seneschal and our Ombudsman. We have talked to many of you, and tried to make ourselves available to hear your concerns and advice.

When conduct during a tournament is called into question, the tournament can and should be paused or suspended. We should have suspended Our Crown tournament, whether for a few minutes or more, to give the combatants the time to remember themselves and their responsibilities to the kingdom. This option did not occur to Us at the time.

We instruct Our marshallate, chivalry and all peers to resolve misunderstandings or issues before the tournament advances. If that leads to delays or temporary suspensions of a tournament, that is appropriate. The populace should not be left in doubt as to the outcome of a bout or tournament, particularly in situations when conduct has deteriorated.

We will be adopting a policy of active marshaling similar to one used by the Midrealm, which can be found here, and We encourage you to read it. Our policy will be in place by Birka. This will bring a more disciplined approach with greater transparency to the role of marshaling at Eastern tournaments.

We also plan to amend EK Law at our Birka Curia, to limit the existing exemption in the complaint procedure for Royalty, to specify only the King and Queen. This situation needed a clear process for bringing issues to light and for following through to a resolution. In matters as significant to the kingdom as the succession, We are duly hesitant to set any precedent for the King and Queen overturning the results of their Crown List. This update to Eastern Law will bring us into compliance with Corpora’s recommendation that our kingdom escalate concerns through an internal review process, up to a Grievance Committee, Court of Chivalry or a Court of Courtesy.

We are a kingdom of laws, and we must act within the bounds of those laws. We must also redouble our efforts to apply our laws evenly regardless of social station and rank. Rank is awarded for noble efforts, and assigned with the requirement to serve this kingdom and it populace.

Thank you for being a kingdom that we are proud to lead.
Edward & Thyra
Rex & Regina Orientalis

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Rennie killed by police after attack on Mexican Consulate - Sat, 2014-12-27 11:23

Renaissance fair enthusiast Larry Steven McQuilliams was killed by police recently after firing more than 100 rounds at the Mexican Consulate and other buildings in Austin, Texas. McQuilliams was reportedly upset by US immigration policy. (photo)

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Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins: It’s the End of the World as We Know It!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2014-12-26 17:02

The Medici have returned to power! Watch out, as the end of the world is upon us!

Please join the Barony of Delftwood on Saturday, February 7, 2015, for their early-mid 16th Century-themed Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins: It’s the End of the World As We Know It!
The hall will be filled with fencing competitions to commemorate the Italian Wars. The Baronial Fencing Championship will also take place.

To celebrate the great artistic accomplishments of Giulio Clovio, the greatest illuminator of the Italian High Renaissance, a scroll blank competition will be held in his honour, with all submissions donated to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Other activities to occur this day include an entertaining Commedia, a science quiz game, and childrens’ activities.
A tasty dayboard and mouth-watering feast will be prepared by Thegn Oeric Lestrange (E. Michael Whitmore, oericthegn-AT-gmail-DOT-com). There is a feast cap of 80 people (plus high table). All food allergies and dietary concerns must be sent in by January 23, 2015, no exceptions.
The event will take place at Rockefeller United Methodist Church, 350 Nottingham Road, Syracuse, NY 13210. Troll opens at 10:00 AM and the site closes at 9:00 PM. Anyone remaining on site after closing will be put into service for event clean-up. The site is dry and no open flames are allowed.
Site fees: Adults (ages 15+) – $10; Children (ages 6-14) – $5; Babes-in-arms – free. There is a family cap of $30 (for site fee only). A $5 non-member surcharge will be collected at the door from adults for those who do not present proof of membership.
Feast : Adults (ages 15+) – $10; Children (ages 6-14) – $5; Babes-in-arms – free.
Please send reservations to The Barony of Delftwood, P.O. Box 6694, Syracuse, NY 13217 and make checks payable to SCA-NY, Inc., Barony of Delftwood.
The Event Steward is Lady Amalie Reinhardt (Peri Nelson-Sukert, 622 Boston Rd, Syracuse, NY, 13211; amalie-AT-apospirit-DOT-net)
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Witches at the British Museum - Fri, 2014-12-26 16:47

The British Museum has been invaded by witches - at least until January 2015. A new free exhibit, Witches and Wicked Bodies, will look at the history of witches in Great Britain from the 1400s until the Victorian era, and will include artists' renditions, objects of sorcery and magic, as well as artifacts from antiquity depicting famous witches.

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Archaeologists complete geological survey near grave of medieval warrior - Fri, 2014-12-26 11:04

In 2013, archaeologists in Janakkala, Finland were thrilled by the discovery of the grave of a medieval warrior in what might be an ancient burial ground or even a settlement. The discovery has sparked enough interest to support more excavations, depending on the results of a recent survey.

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Marco Polo in America - Thu, 2014-12-25 20:19

Most historian state that Christopher Columbus came to America in 1492, but new evidence, in the form of period parchments, may show that Marco Polo landed on the west coast nearly two centuries earlier.

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Samurai armor exhibited at the LACMA - Thu, 2014-12-25 17:37

The Samurai Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Samurai armor in the world, will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California until February 1, 2015.

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The Miracle of Light Through Glass

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2014-12-25 15:29

The Miracle of Light Through Glass                                                                  12/25/2014

Good morning to my readers from Dame Aoife Finn. Happy Christmas, Kwanza, Eid, Solstice, Hanukkah, holiday of your choosing, or simply happy Thursday to you. This particular column, below, has taken more than my usual allotment of time to research. Why? Because it is proving difficult to research non-Christian themed historic stained glass. The beautiful miracle of light through colored glass should not be limited to one solitary culture, I reasoned, because of the very many techniques that meant at-large experimentation and discovery. It only made sense that such beauty was a multicultural phenomenon. I believe I am am correct. Proving it is another matter.

I hope you enjoy the following links related to stained glass, and find your own particular brand of peace and goodwill towards all humankind in the beautiful images portrayed. I further hope that Love and Joy come to you, but please be sensible. Don’t wassail and drive!


Modernly known as Lis Gelatt
Hailing from the damp Barony of the Endless Hills in the picturesque Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Prague-Maisel Museum. Jewish Museum In Prague-Maisel Synagogue. Retrieved 12/22/2014 from:
This link to the Prague-Maisel Synagogue shows two photos of the extant stunning and rare Judaic stained glass windows. One could wish for more window detail, but the windows’ existence alone is somewhat miraculous. Commissioned by the then-mayor of Prague (Mordechai Maisel), the construction took approximately two years, from 1590-1592 following European building customs of the time, hence the resemblance to churches of the period. The synagogue is now a museum. It should be noted that there is a nearby and very interesting jewish cemetery that holds the remains of Avigdor Karo, as the earliest burial of about 1439. Karo was once the chief rabbi and poet to King Wenceslas IV of Czechoslovakia, possibly he of Christmas carol fame. In most European countries existing synagogues were often destroyed or repurposed over the centuries, for example when Jews were expelled from France in the 14th century, such decimation including the (then) beautiful architecture and windows.

J. Paul Getty Trust. Images in Light: Newly Acquired Stained Glass. Retrieved 12/25/2014 from:
Click the above link to the J Paul Getty Museum’s stained glass web page and you will be taken to an interactive page. The text is informative but limited. Click on an image for a better view of the work itself, or for selected images choose the speaker icon to listen to a discussion of each piece by a museum expert. Several of these images were chosen for the web page because of the emotion portrayed on the faces of the subjects.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bowl, late 10th-early 11th century, Probably Egyptian, in the Heilbrun Timeline of Art History. Retrieved 12/23/2014 from:
10th or 11th century blown, shaped, and stained glass bowl, probably Egyptian, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. While not a window per se, this shows the highly sophisticated art of painting on glass, and how it was a world-wide art form. The Egyptian design itself is more common on locally produced ceramics than on glass, making this bowl a rare beauty.

Fogg, Sam. Medieval art glass. Retrieved 12/24/2014 from:
The simple gallery is composed of window images, several to a page. Click on any image to relocate to a better view and brief description. Though provenance is shown, there is little to distract from the beauty of the windows themselves.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters. Stained Glass in Medieval Europe, in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Retrieved 12/22/2014 from:
A short scholarly discussion on medieval stained glass appears on this page. However, with thirteen images for further study, links to four essays of note, and thirteen resources cited, this page will be of particular use to glass artists wishing to expand their knowledge of historic practices.

Lewis, Susan K. of PBS Nova. Medieval Stained Glass Science. Retrieved 12/20/2014 from:
This interactive app requires that a slideshow program to be installed on your computer. Some computers may thus be unable to view it without additional software. Regardless, viewers can see in careful illustrations and photos how the science of stained glass works, from chemistry to extant examples. This slideshow presentation was developed from the high quality PBS television show, Nova.

Stained Glass Museum. A Brief History of Stained Glass, Illustrated by examples from the collections of The Stained Glass Museum, Ely. Retrieved on 12/16/2014 from:
A short history encompassing stained glass from its early days to modern times, illustrated by example. See here how stained glass has progressed from primitive to complex to figurative and back again through the ages. Included in the summation is this piece, a rendition of Reynard, the Fox.

Elderhostel. Michelli’s History of Stained Glass, Introduction and Techniques. Retrieved 12/17/2014 from:
Folks who choose to travel with the program Elderhostel may be familiar with the educational aspect of these journeys. This link is really a web bibliography of further reading on the many technical spects of stained glass from art to science to development and history. There are twenty three links to types of stained glass. Please note that the bottom navigation section provides event more options including Baroque, Medieval, and Renaissance options. There is a further page of uncategorized links.

Kings College London, Corpus Vitrearium Medii Aevii: Medieval Stained Glass In Britain. Retrieved 12/18/2014 from:
Search a vast image library by name, place, or record number. As you might expect with a collection this vast, brief descriptions are offered, if any. It will be necessary to contact the original building/church management we page (not provided) to get a better idea of the scope, subject, and history of the work itself. However, so many quality photographs appear that it is easy to guess that most of the stained glass windows in Britain are catalogued her, including this figure of a kneeling knight from St. Peter’s in Aldwinkle, Northhamptonshire.

Frenzel, Gottfreid. The Restoration of Medieval Stained Glass. Retrieved 12/22/2014 from:
A photocopy of the physical work by Frenzel, this written scholarly work details the damage that weather, pollution, and age have done to stained glass. In some cases, attempts at restoration have further damaged windows so that they are beyond salvage. Early 12th century works, as well as those by Michael Wohlgemuth, the teacher of Albrecht Duhrer in the 15th century, and others, are shown in black and white illustration.

Bevan, Robert. Software Could Reconstruct Medieval Mosaics, article in The Art Newspaper, July 2012. Retrieved 12/22/2014 from:
The World Monuments Fund has dedicated a portion of money towards reconstructing glass mosaics disassembled and stored next to the boiler in Canterbury Cathedral in England. By sheer luck, the church planned a changed of design and had the pieces stored, but not properly catalogued, prior to the cathedral’s decimation by bombing during WWII. Because of the decimation, and an inability to re-assemble the complex mosaic, the glass pieces have remained there ever since. Now, a computer program designed to reassemble shredded or torn documents from the Cold War has been deployed to help re-assemble the mosaic, which consists in part of portraits of religious figures, merchants, benefactors, townsfolk, etc.

Canterbury Cathedral conservators are incorporating digital and laser-scanning war-time technology in an effort to reassemble portrait fragments such as these. This is the first known instance that the technology has been applied to fragments of stained glass. The program will suggest image edge matches to help reassemble the chaotically preserved collection. The completed portraits and mosaic fragments will then be used inside modern era pieces to aid cathedral reconstruction.

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Seven Medieval Christmas Traditions

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2014-12-24 16:59

Christmas was an important time throughout medieval Europe, and many traditions developed during this period, some of which are still popular. Here are seven things you might see during Christmas in the Middle Ages, which range from cribs in Italy to trolls in Iceland, brought to you by

From the same site, a post on medieval gift giving in a new exhibit at the Getty Museum can be found here.

And, because some things never change, a fourth century complaint about the expectations of gift giving from Asterius of Amasea.

If you’d like to explore the subject in more detail, check out Merovingian and Carolingian Gift Giving in the paper here.


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Seasons Beating IV Cancelled

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-12-24 15:57

From the autocrats of Seasons Beating IV, Lady Sofya and Lady Magdelena:


Regretfully Seasons Beatings IV, originally scheduled for the weekend of January 17th, 2015, has been cancelled. Ongoing site issues forced us to make this difficult decision. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Although this event has been cancelled please check out the East Kingdom schedule for other exciting events happening in Ostgardr!

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Ancient castle found under British primary school - Wed, 2014-12-24 13:13

Construction workers on a project to replace two classrooms of English Bicknor Primary School in Ross-on-Wye, England, were surprised to uncover the remains of what is believed to be a keep and bailey castle. (photo)

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Stand With King Edward and Queen Thyra at Gulf Wars

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-12-24 12:17

Unto our Beloved Eastern Populace, Greetings,

For many years, I have campaigned in foreign lands, displaying prowess and courtesy upon distant fields, harvesting word fame and friendships for the Eastern Tyger. I have cherished the friendships forged in those distant lands, the camaraderie of our Eastern army and the privilege to introduce our fair Queen to so many good friends from around the Known World.

Their Majesties enter the last Gulf Wars

On March 16th, Her Majesty and I will step through the castle gates at Gulf Wars one last time as your monarchs and declare the East to stand beside true friends and noble allies. And so I ask, will you stand with us on that day?

Already word has reached my ears that a cohort of nearly 20 fencers will march with us. How many armored combatants will stand next to me on the field? How many archers and dancers will stand alongside my glorious queen? How many of you will join us with full cups, stories of deeds done and friendships newly minted?

Queen Thyra and her Rapier Champion, Davius St. Jacques, before a tournament at Gulf Wars last year.

We know that the road is long, and the burdens are many. But if you are prepared to stand with us at Gulf Wars, all except for the want of a ride, a way to get your spear to war, or a place to hang your hat, then I want to hear from you. I would hate to arrive at Gulf Wars with the space for an extra tent, but to have no one to fill it. Also, if you are prepared to pitch in by transporting a tent or two, maybe offering a ride, please contact us.

Planning details may be found on our website and at the Gulf Wars website and feel free to contact Lady Aine who will be our central point of contact for addressing logistics and helping gentles make the voyage.

Thank you all for everything that you do to make our kingdom great, and I hope to see some of you at Gulf Wars.

Edward Rex

Filed under: Archery, Arts and Sciences, Equestrian, Events, Fencing, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Gulf Wars

Unearthing the mysteries of Hammershus - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:58

Hammershus, a 12th century castle ruin on Bornholm island in Denmark, is a well-known landmark, but remarkably little is known about the site, and it has never been professionally excavated. That is about to change. (photo)

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From Dooms to Dante: The Internet Medieval Sourcebook

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2014-12-23 19:41

A treasure trove of online original resources can be found at Fordham University’s Internet Medieval Sourcebook site here. Spend some time clicking through the sections in the left navigation bar. Here are a few of the delights in store:

Anglo Saxon Dooms (laws) from 560-975. Read the laws of Æthelbehrt (560-616) to discover the fines to be paid for various injuries to others – everything from pierced nostrils, to different prices for various teeth, to bruises:
59. If the bruise be black in a part not covered by the clothes, let bot be made with thirty scaetts.
60. If it be covered by the clothes, let bot for each be made with twenty scaetts.
(Hint: Scroll down and print out the glossary first.)

Feudal Oaths in the 10th Century. Feifs, methods of land transfer and the collection of scutage (early taxation for military).

Select Social History sources, including slavery laws and papal decrees and law theory and practice.

Full text sources of everything from Chaucer to Dante.

Unfortunately, there are several broken links, but much of the content is held on the website itself – enough to keep you browsing for hours!



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A Beginners Guide to the SCA online - Tue, 2014-12-23 17:34

In an article on the blog HubPages, writer Jeff Johnston introduces the Society for Creative Anachronism with A Beginners Guide to the SCA. The piece features shorter articles on the history of the SCA, newcomer sites, garb, heraldry and awards.

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