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Let Us Be Joyful!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2014-11-30 19:12

I would like to offer a hearty hello to my fellow Æthelmearc Gazette readers from Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon. As you may recall (if you’ve been around many years), I once wrote a weekly column for SCAdians and other history buffs. Different folks called it different things, including Aoife’s Links, Lis’s Links List, The Historic Links List, etc. and it was even curated by the SCA Librarians website. Together those places managed to generate well over a million reads (and probably many more that I was unable to track).

Those long-ago columns have been preserved in many places, but are sadly out of date. Now that our Sylvan Kingdom has its own unofficial online newspaper, I thought perhaps it would be a good time to resurrect that column. In the time since we last enjoyed each other’s company, the Internet has changed sufficiently that no one needs my personal email address in order to read my column, and that makes me happy. Why? Because I will no longer be on an automatic distribution list for all those exotic new worldwide computer viruses as my columns are shared (the reason I ceased writing the column). That makes for a happy computer and a happier Aoife/Lisbeth.

With no further ado, I present to you my first Gazette edition of the Links list, this one themed on gift giving for any holiday or occasion. I have reformatted the links so that they will be useful for those who wish to use them as sources for scholarly work. Scroll down to see what you might find especially enjoyable to create for your celebrations. Each link shows how to make something special, and none of the links are solely for the winter holidays. Keep it on hand for birthdays, gift swaps, tourney chest prizes, hostess gifts, and the like.

Please feel free to share this column wherever it will find an interest. May your days be merry and bright, but hold the snow for now, please!

Cheers ~ Aoife
Æthelmearc Gazette Esoterica & Links Editor
Dame Aoife Finn from The Barony of Endless Hills (m/k/a Lisbeth Gelatt)

Ties That Bind…A Book
Zerkall, Alex. Medieval Book Binding. Trainee Archive Conservator blog at WordPress.com. Retrieved 11/15/2014 from:
https://traineearchiveconservator.wordpress.com/tag/medieval-bookbinding/
This conservator’s website shows, in exquisite detail, one trainee conservator’s emulation of medieval bookbinding. Big, gorgeous pictures will take you through the steps. It is clear, precise, and informative, down to the leather-covered wooden plates. His other posts are also worthy of a long look. This is how the professionals do it.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Pseudo_pix, Medieval London Hood, blogpost on Crafster Forum, retrieved on 11/15/2014 from:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=272745.0
This image-heavy blog post features the steps to make a beautiful bicolor medieval hood with a button neck closure and a folded-rim cowl. The instructions and photos make it a simple afternoon project that will keep your intended recipient warm at events all winter. It’s got style and substance. Just a suggestion, but wouldn’t it look terrific with embroidery or trim on the folded cuff?

Strike A Cord
Crickmore, Ingrid. Loop Braider, a blog on WordPress. Retrieved 11/15/2014
http://loopbraider.com/2011/06/05/5-loop-v-fell-fingerloop-braids-cobbled-together-tutorial-video/
This site, with generous videos, diagrams, and instruction, will have you making beautiful fingerloop braids of infinite varieties. What do you need to do it? Two things: string, and fingers. That’s it. Cords like these make beautiful package decorations, binding for small purses and large bags, hair ties, friendship bracelets, medallion ribbons, shoelaces, corset strings, soutache braid for garb decoration, you name it!

Be Ypocritical
Hyatt, Constance, and Butler, Sharon as quoted by Matterer, J.L.
Potus Ypocras as found on Gode Cookery. Retrieved 11/15/2014 from:  http://www.godecookery.com/goderec/grec41.htm
This mixture of warm wine, honey or sugar, and sweet spices will warm the cockles of your recipient’s heart (and other low points, as my Cockney ancestors would say). The already redacted recipe, the pre-mixed sweetener and spices, and a lovely gift bag is a no-fuss gift idea that will assemble quickly and be remembered for years. Medieval hostess gifts, solved!

Throw In The Dowel
Mackenzie, David. Kubb Movement Game, on the Get Woodworking blog. Retrieved on 11/16/2014 from:
http://www.getwoodworking.com/news/article/kubb-movement-~-game/765/
The Norse game of Kubb or Kubbspell dates back a thousand years, and is reminiscent of skittles, using sticks and blocks on a set playing field. The object, of course, is to knock the other team’s pieces all to heck. Use this great posting to build your own game (minimal woodworking skills but some hand or power tools required). Painting and carrying case instructions are also provided. It even tells you how to play!

Bank On This
Ahlen, Cathrin. Norwegian Money Purse Tutorial found at the Katafalk blog, WordPress. Retrieved 11/16/2014 from:
http://katafalk.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/norwegian-money-pouch-tutorial/
The design for this simple improvement on a circular pouch made me think of pursed lips, pun intended. When you see the design you will understand how lips can be pursed like a purse. Based upon an extant example from the 13-14th century, this pouch is meticulously constructed in a series of well-ordered photographs that show how any mildly talented person could make something special by repurposing an old, soft leather jacket or any pliable leather (and perhaps some heavier fabrics). Regardless, it is a clever design that is simple to accomplish, and elegant in presentation. I especially like the fact that it has a flat bottom surface. Maybe you could use some of that finger loop cord you made (see link, above) as the wrap or for the purse strings.

Cap It Off
Heischberg, Melissa. The Flat Cap, from the blog Sempstress, Costume and Pattern Geekery.
Retrieved 11/22/2014 from: http://www.sempstress.org/2009/the-flat-cap/
This simple Tudor style flat cap, shown in construction with lots of great photos, is a fairly simple piece to construct. Suitable for both men and women (maybe with a snood or scarf), it is perfect as a period present for someone who likes to keep the details spiffy. The author, a professional costumer, has documented each step for you using a sewing machine, wool, and some binding tape.

Bake Someone Happy
These two links provide the recipes for some astoundingly delicious and historically accurate holiday cookies:
Day, Ivan. Wafer Making, Historic Food Blog. Retrieved 11/22/2014 from:  http://www.historicfood.com/Wafer.htm
You might recognize these wafers from their modern counterparts, Pizelles or Piroulines. Whether flat and decorative or rolled and filled, this blog post will fill you with inspiration for making the crispy, flaky goodness that is wafers. By reading the entire article, which documents later wafers as well, you’ll learn how wafers became cannelloni, waffles (which take their name from wafers), and also edible cornucopia and ice cream cones.

A Basket of Biscuits
(No Last Name), Kyriel. A Basket of Biscuits, in a journal posting titled Laurel Prize Tourney on Kiriel.net. Retrieved 11/22/2014 from:
http://www.kiriel.net/cooking/laurelprize.html
This excellent documentation for a competition entry in 2005 just so happens to detail the making of several types of historic cookies (referred to as biscuits at the time, and modernly in Europe). Learn how to make Fine Cakes, Gingerbread, Jumballs, Bizochos, and Finer Jumballs. Why not present them, as Kiriel did, in a basket with a decorative dishcloth?


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Dudley's tower opened to public at Kenilworth Castle

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014-11-30 10:31

In the 1570s, Queen Elizabeth I's favorite, Robert Dudley, built a tower dedicated to her personal use onto Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. Now, for the first time, the tower rooms will be open to the public.

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Unofficial Court Report for Simply Allegorical

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2014-11-30 08:31

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen, held at the Simply Allegorical masque in the Shire of Quintavia on 15 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. Their Majesties called into the Court Dove Galea and caused her to be inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was commemorated in a document by Katherine Stanhope.

Item. Their Majesties called into the Court Markis Galea and caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was commemorated with a document by Aleksei Dmitriev.

Item. Their Majesties caused the judges of the day’s costume contest to announce the winners of said contest, and give prizes to the said winners.

Item. Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.

Item. Their Majesties called into their presence Úna inghean Chonaín and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Constance de St. Denis.

Item. Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.

Item. Their Majesties gave public thanks to the musicians who had performed for the dancing.

Item. Their Majesties gave public thanks to the cooks who had diligently worked in the kitchens all day so that those dancing might be sustained throughout their efforts.

I, Donovan Shinnock, Golden Rapier Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Event photos courtesy of Erdene Qadajin, Jaquemine van Bel, and Bianca Angussola

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Filed under: Court Tagged: Quintavia

Volunteers help reconstruct history of 13th century Norfolk church

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014-11-30 00:57

St. Margaret's Church in Hopton, Norfolk, England burned in 1865 and was abandoned by parishoners, but with the help of volunteers and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the church may be restored to the community "as a medieval monument and open green space for local people."

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News From AEthelmearc!

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-11-29 21:26

Interested in news from our neighbors in AEthelmearc?  You can now find it online at The AEthelmearc Gazette!  You can read it on their webpage, subscribe via email, or find them on Facebook.

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Filed under: Tidings

Welcome to the Æthelmearc Gazette!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2014-11-29 13:00

Welcome to the new Æthelmearc Gazette! We’re a volunteer-run, unofficial blog, connecting our Kingdom and bringing you news, articles and camaraderie.

We look forward to publishing articles from our populace; check out the submissions page for more information.

Subscribe now so that you don’t miss out! Use one of the subscription options in the right sidebar, like us on Facebook, or just bookmark this site and stop back often for the latest Kingdom news.

Forward into the Past!


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Liao Dynasty nomadic campsite found in China

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-11-28 20:14

A team of archaeologists has discovered the remains of an ancient campsite for nomadic emperors from the Liao Dynasty (907-1125) in north-east China's Jilin province. One of four seasonal camps, the site is believed to have been an administrative centre during the reign of the nomadic Khitans.

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SCA Board Meeting Schedule - 2015 and 2016

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-11-28 16:21

The Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism has announced its meeting schedule for 2015-2016.

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How a book on John Wyclif saved someone's life: Medieval News Roundup

Medievalists.net - Fri, 2014-11-28 09:42
Also Magna Carta, Hieronymus Bosch, Ivan the Terrible and some good Youtube videos that were posted this week.

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Segontium Roman Fort rises again through digital technology

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-11-27 14:56

Two thousand years ago, the Segontium Roman Fort dominated the landscape in northern Wales. Now, a computer-generated, 3D model of the fort has been created, allowing visitors to fly through the building of the enormous structure. (photo and video)

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Notice from SCANZ & SCA Ltd regarding Bullying and Harassment Policy feedback

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-11-27 11:04

The members of the SCANZ Committee and SCA, Ltd Board remind citizens of the Kingdom of Lochac that feedback on the kingdom's Bullying & Harassment Policy closes on 1 December, 2014.

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Pollings Close Tonight

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-11-26 14:51

Reminder: The second pollings of Their Royal Majesties Edward and Thyra close tonight, November 26, at 11:59pm EST. This is 12:59am Atlantic Standard and 1:29am Newfoundland Standard for folks in the eastmost parts of Tir Mara.

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Unofficial Court Report for 100 Minutes War

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-11-26 13:10

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen, second of that name, held in the Shire of Rusted Woodlands upon 22 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. Their Majesties summoned Gellyes Joffrey before the assembled populace and thereupon inducted him into the Order of the Tygers Combattant.

Item. The Order of the Tygers Combattant being as of yet incomplete, Their Majesties summoned Caius Pontus of La Familia Gladiatoria before the assemblage and did thereupon induct him into the Order aforesaid, the which deed was memorialized in a Roman scroll created by Luke Knowlton and Eva Woderose.

Item. Their Majesties gave thanks and greetings to those attending the event from foreign lands, including visitors of rank from the Middle Kingdom, Aethelmearc and the Kingdom of Acre.

Item. Their Majesties presented a document authored by Bjorvig Huldarson and calligraphed and illuminated by Nemania filia Huweli to Ioannes Serpentius in commemoration of his victory in the 100 Minutes War.

Item. Their Majesties presented a document authored by Bjorvig Huldarson and calligraphed and illuminated by Nemania filia Huweli to Arn Ulrichson in commemoration of his leadership of the second place team in the 100 Minutes War.

Item. Their Majesties commanded the presence of Melora of Settmour Swamp before the Tyger Thrones, and thereupon inducted the said Melora into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Jan Janovich Bogdanski and illuminated by Aziza al-Shirazi.

Item. Their Majesties caused Halldora Rolandsdottir to be brought before the Court, whereupon they inducted the said Halldora into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was celebrated with the gift of a painted box created by Emma Makilmone and marked with words and runes created by Eithne from beyond the long meadow and Wulfgar Silverhair.

Item. The Order of the Tyger’s Cub being still incomplete, their Majesties commanded Charles ap Brochfael to appear before them, whereupon they inducted him into the aforesaid Order, the which deed was memorialized with a document authored by Aislinn Chiabach, calligraphed by Colin MacLaran of Greinvall and illuminated by Rennewief van Grunwald.

Item. Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.

Item. Their Majesties bestowed gifts of friendship upon Duke Edmund of Hertford and Count Cellach MacCormaic, and praised the artisans who have donated their work for use as Royal gifts.

Item. Their Majesties homolgated the act of their ancestors of blessed memory, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, naming Bjorvig Huldarson as Brewer to the Crown the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Æsa Sturladottir.

Item. Their Majesties requested the Court to observe a moment of silence in memorial for the passing of their much beloved subject Breuse de Taraunt.

Item. Their Majesties called into their presence Christoffel d’Allaines-le-Comte, and thereupon caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka.

Item. Their Majesties homolgated the act of their cousins of Aethelmearc by elevating Date Rokurou Yoshimitsu to the nobility and awarding him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eleanore Godwin.

Item. Their Majesties commanded the presence of Marna Jageren before the Tyger Thrones and thereupon caused the said Marna to be awarded Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Mariette de Bretagne.

Item. Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.

Item. Their Majesties summoned before them Conor Ó Ceallaigh, and, praising the said Conor’s work in glass, did then induct him into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Lada Monguligin.

Item. Their Majesties gave public thanks to Martyn de Haliwell, the King’s Bard, for his singing during Court.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Master Ryan Mac Whyte
Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Lord Yehuda ben Moshe
Lady Anastasia da Monte

Event photos courtesy of Vettorio Antonello and Brochfael the Anglespurian.   Do you have information to share or a question about a post? Contact the Gazette staff at eastkingdomgazette@gmail.com
Filed under: Court Tagged: 100 Minutes War, Maunche, OTC, Rusted Woodlands, Silver Rapier, tyger's cub

Lilies 2016 Survey

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-11-26 12:39

Eowyth þa Siðend reports that His Grace Joe Angus has posted the following on the Calontir Website, with regards to gathering information for Lilies 2016. Please take a moment to answer the TWO questions being posed.

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Known World Dance Symposium 2015 - reserve your beds now

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-11-26 07:50

Margaret de May, co-event Steward for the Known World Dance Symposium (KWDS), reports that bed reservations for the event are limited and filling up fast.

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A Message from the Prince

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-11-25 15:48

His Highness, Crown Prince Darius, called Omega has asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace.

For my failings in Crown I apologize to my wife, the King and Queen, to Duchess Avelina, to Duke Kenric, to the Order of The Chivalry and to the Kingdom.

I am now Prince. I will use my time as Prince and later as King to serve this Kingdom and show each of you that the tournament is only a small part of this reign. I will respect the guidance of the Peers. I will treat each person with the honor and dignity that everyone in this Kingdom is entitled.

I ask now that we move forward as a Kingdom and work toward making our hobby fun, exciting and honorable for everyone. For my part, I again apologize and pledge to serve this Kingdom to the best of my ability. I would also like to add that this is the last Crown tourney I will fight in.

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Stefan's Florilegium updates for November 2014

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-11-25 12:14

THLord Stefan li Rous reports that he has published updates for Stefan's Florilegium for November 2014.

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New Event Concept Allows Easterners to Explore Research in a Novel Way

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-11-25 07:33

On Saturday October 25, in Carolingia, over 70 Easterners participated in a new way to hold an event.

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Job Opening: Northern Region Rapier Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-11-24 16:45

The East Kingdom’s Marshal of Fence wishes to share the following:

Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings -

I am officially calling for resumes to fill the Northern Regional Rapier Marshal position.  If there is anyone interested in taking on this challenge, please forward your SCA resume to me via the Kingdom Rapier Marshal’s e-mail.  I will be accepting resumes for this position through December 15th, at which time I will close the window and review the resumes I have received.  Also, if you are interested and have questions, please feel free to contact me at the same e-mail and I will be happy to answer whatever questions you may have.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

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Filed under: Fencing Tagged: rapier

The Crusader Bible on display at the Morgan Library

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014-11-24 14:07

The Maciejowski Bible, better known as the Crusader Bible, is the star of a new exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. The 13th century manuscript is considered one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts in the world. It will be on display through January 4, 2015.

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