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Ansteorra summer 2014 event photos online

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-10-16 08:44

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created several albums of photos from 2014 Steppes Artisan and Elfsea College. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

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Leiston Abbey dig reveals gaming piece and curse tablet

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:50

Leiston Abbey in the 14th century must have been an interesting place, considering some artifacts found by volunteers during a two-week archaeological excavation in the summer of 2014, including a Nuremburg jetton "poker chip" and a metal tablet expected to contain a curse. (photos)

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"The Power of Negative Thinking" on YouTube

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-10-15 10:15

Manus MacDhai, Player in the Pennsic Commedia All-Stars, reports that his lady wife, Sophia the Orange, has posted a video of The Power of Negative Thinking, which was performed at Pennsic 43. The video is available on YouTube.

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Stonehenge's "perfect circle" revealed

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-10-14 17:50

Archaeologists have long debated over the original shape of Stonehenge, but recent dry weather in England has solved the mystery: the stone circle was actually...a circle. (photo)

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SCA Calligraphy and Illumination Calendar Published

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-10-14 16:37

The Labours of the East, a 2015 calendar with artwork by scribes of the East Kingdom to benefit the Royal Travel Fund, goes on sale today from the East Kingdom Gazette.

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Trying to find Harold, reading the Magna Carta, and going 3D: Medieval News Roundup

Medievalists.net - Mon, 2014-10-13 21:47
This week we take a look at some stories about the search for King Harold (sigh), some interesting medieval archaeological discoveries, and the wolf curse...

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#MedievalMonday Continues

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-10-13 15:00

Vigil board by Meestress Annetje van Wœrden for Mistress Philadelphia Brown, River Wars 2014

This marks the 4th week of #MedievalMonday ‘s via various social media platforms. We have already seen participants reach thousands of users over multiple networks, and have seen posts from a half dozen Kingdoms across The Society.

Today I’m posting just a select few of the posts Easterners have made over the last 4 Mondays.

What is #MedievalMonday you ask? It’s a hashtag campaign taking place via Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram.

A scroll by Mistress Eva Woderose

What is the goal of the #MedievalMonday campaign? It’s goal is to have fun, while sharing some of the cool photos, articles, and videos highlighting the best parts of our shared Medieval hobby. When posters make their posts public, these photos and other items can be re-shared, liked and commented on, and increase awareness of our hobby.

How can I participate in the #MedievalMonday campaign? It’s super-easy! If you would like to post, just make a public post of a photo of a medieval object you’ve recreated, that you took at an event, or share a video of your favorite medieval song on youtube, or your favorite go-to medieval recipe with a link. Then in that post, type “#MedievalMonday” and hit post! It’s that easy, and can be done on any major social media platform.

Tudor Rose Etched Copper Coins by THL Muin maqq Minain (Photo by Lord Martyn de Halliwell)

I don’t have anything to post, what else can I do? Even easier than posting, just search “#MedievalMonday” on your choice of social media platform, and voila, there are posts! Like posts you appreciate, comment on ones you truly enjoy, and re-share public posts that you want your social media circles to see.

Look below for even more #MedievalMonday posts by Easterns:

 

Stained Glass by Meestress Annetje van Wœrden

Toefl Board by Lord Aurddeilen ap Robet (Photo by Baroness Ysmay de Lynn)

Ceramic Pitcher by Dame Brunissende Dragonette

A Silk-Painted Banner at an Event (photo by Lord Lorenzo Gorla)


Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: campaign, medievalmonday, social media

Kickstarter project to publish book on Japanese heraldry

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014-10-13 11:14

SCA member and medieval Japan enthusiast Xavid has started a kickstarter project to fund the English translation of a book on Japanese Heraldry with over 200 full-color reproductions.

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August 2014 Peerages announced in Falcon Banner

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:26

The Falcon Banner of the Kingdom of Calontir reports that Their Majesties Agamemnon and Gwen have offered elevation to the Peerage to two of Their subjects.

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Own a piece of Magna Carta history

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014-10-12 19:33

For a mere UK£4 million, buyers can own a piece of English history in the form of a small island in the Thames River where, it is believed, the rebellious barons who created the Magna Carta camped before the signing. (photos)

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Aerial photography pinpoints lost Polish village

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014-10-12 14:51

From the ground, a grassy area near the village of Niedźwiedziny in Wielkopolska, Poland, appears to be an ordinary field, but archaeologists believe differently. Recent aerial photographs show crops growing with the outlines of an oval-shaped medieval village.

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Known World Dance Symposium XI registration open

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-10-11 21:06

Margaret de Mey, KWDS XI Co-event steward, reports that registration is open for the Known World Dance Symposium XI which will take place April 15-19, 2015 in Miltenberg Germany.

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Extraordinary finds at "Pompeii of the north"

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-10-11 14:23

Archaeologists marvel at discoveries from the Binchester Roman Fort near Bishop Auckland in northern England, a 2nd century site which has been dubbed the "Pompei of the north." (photos)

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Job Opening – Compleat Anachronist Editor

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-10-11 11:22

The Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Editor for The Compleat Anachronist.

The Compleat Anachronist is a journal published four times a year. Each issue is approximately 60 pages long and focuses on a single topic relevant to the time period 600 C.E. to 1600 C.E. The single-topic format gives readers an opportunity to review a subject in much more detail than Tournaments Illuminated, a Kingdom Arts and Sciences publication, or a local newsletter can provide.

The Editor is responsible for oversight of all aspects of issue production, including recruiting authors and reviewers, manuscript development, as well as submitting quarterly reports to the Board of Directors and the Publications Manager. A team approach to issue production is encouraged to assist in effective and timely management of the publication. The Editor may recruit a support staff, including assistant editors, graphic artists, and other assistants. The Editor needs to either be, or have on staff, a graphic artist with access to and experience with a computer running Quark or InDesign and the ability to export files to high resolution pdf format. Contributing authors are generally responsible for providing their own illustrations, photographs or other artwork, but it is helpful for the Editor to develop a pool of artists to assist authors if needed.

Qualifications for the position include excellent written and oral communication skills, leadership skills, the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, and strong computer skills. Professional experience in editing, design, art direction or desktop publishing and prior experience in an SCA chronicler position are desirable, but not required. The position requires approximately 20 to 35 hours per month (this includes recruiting authors, screening manuscripts, proofreading, layout, correspondence, and online reviewing). The deadlines to get the finished layout to the printer are 15 December, 15 March, 15 June, and 15 September. The issues are mailed quarterly in January, April, July, and October. Reasonable expenses are covered by the Corporation and may include: paper, printer cartridges, stamps, and a post office box. You will be asked to submit an expense report, with receipts attached, to receive reimbursement. The Editor also receives a small stipend from SCA once an issue is completed.

Hard copies of résumés (both professional and within the Society, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to: SCA Inc. Attn: CA Editor Position P.O. Box 360789 Milpitas, CA 95036-0789 Electronic copies may also be sent to resumes at sca.org. Résumés must be received by January 31st, 2015. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Gloria Woodard, Publications Manager via telephone at 804-243-6874, or via email at pubmanager at sca.org. Leslie Vaughn, President Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. president at sca.org. 602-758-0079
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


Filed under: Corporate Tagged: Complete Anachronist, job opening

St. Eligius

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-10-10 16:14

The Barony of Dragonship Haven once again welcomes the artisans and scientists of the Kingdom to their annual St. Elegius Arts and Sciences Faire and Competition on November 15th in Meriden CT.  In addition to the arts & sciences competition, the day will include several martial activities, the Master Alexander Challenge, a hearty day board, and a dessert revel to celebrate the Barony of Dragonship Haven’s Birthday.

St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition

Viking embroidered blouse as exhibited in the AS 48 St. Elegius competition

The St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition is designed to be something like a martial tourney divided into different levels of competition based on the competitor’s skill level, and judged in a face-to-face style that is allegorical of armored combat. 

Competition levels

Each contestant declares his or her entry as belonging to one of the following levels. Entrants are allowed to choose the correct level for each entry and to enter different items at different levels. 

Novices have entered a few small competitions (or none) and feel rather inexperienced in Art and Science contests. (Analogy: Novice Tourney) Entries will further be divided into ‘New to A&S Contests’ and ‘New to the SCA’ (>3 years) at the registration table.

Artisans have entered competitions and have gotten feedback & refined their entry so it shows to best advantage. (Analogy: Cadet’s/Squire’s Tourney)

Experienced competitors have entered several local or Kingdom-wide contests. This group also includes any Laurel whose entry is anything-BUT-what-they-were-laureled-for. (Analogy: competes in King & Queen’s Champion Tourney)

Laurels & masters are either members of the Order of the Laurel entering examples of the work(s) for which they received their recognition, or any non-Laurel who chooses to enter in this group, thus they are scored on their their mastery of an art or science. (Analogy: competes in Best of the Knowne World Tourney)

Competition Rules
  1. Face-to-face scoring is the order of the day so come prepared to talk about your work. We contend that A&S contest is a form of tourney, so it’s an in-person sport. You must be present to score & be scored.
  2. Since the combatants declare the winner of a martial bout, St. Eligius entrants will score entries in their contest group: novices scoring novice entries, artisans scoring artisan entries; Laurels scoring Laurels & masters entries etc. An orientation to scoring will be available for every entrant and a consultant will be available for each group. Use them for info, but make up your own mind.
  3. Not all entries from the same person must be entered at the same level. Please limit entries to not more than 3 in a level, or 5 total. (Note: a Laurel is never a novice or an artisan, but may properly enter as Experienced Competitor for new artforms and/or as Laurel/master entering something for which they received their Laurel.)
  4. Performance entries should NOT be longer than 5 minutes for solos, or up to 10 minutes for groups.
  5. Research papers are limited to 8 pages and must be received in electronic format by the competition coordinator 2 weeks before competition (Nov 3rd). They will be read by non-contestants, but face-to-face scoring will still occur.
  6. All food, beverage, and cosmetic entries must have a full ingredients list to avoid foreseeable allergies.
  7. Works too bulky to transport may be entered using photographs and write-ups. Works-in-progress are welcome.
  8. There is no age limit on entries. Bring your best even if you made it 20+ years ago.
  9. A St. Eligius 12 Question sheet should accompany entries in this contest (strongly recommended). It is OK to say “see documentation”; and provide a more formal write-up. Any pictures of related items or extant examples should be included to help those scoring your work. Your documentation from prior competitions/displays can be included for completeness. Sources should be generally regarded as reputable and applicable to the entry.
  10. Use of smart phones or computers to show images or references or is permitted but not required. No equipment will be supplied, but you may share or borrow. NO internet access is available.

Glass beads made in a charcoal kiln as exhibited in last year’s St. Elegius competition.

Prizes will be awarded during court to the gentles achieving the highest single-entry score in each of the 5 groups: Novice 1 and Novice 2, Artisan, Experienced competitor, Laurels & masters.

Special competitions also being held concurrently.

St. Eligius 12 question sheet is NOT needed for these competitions.
Scoring is subjective on a 0 to 100 scale as shown on score sheet.

Medieval Moment

In honor of our patron, St. Eligius, we are asking that entries include a brief description of your experience of a Medieval Moment during the preparation of your project. Please describe (verbally or in writing) something that brought you closer to the artisan who originated the work you have adapted or used for inspiration. Descriptions may be written or verbal. A good story always scores well. See question # 11 in St. Eligius 12 Questions.

Master Alexander Challenge

In the spirit of Master Alexander the Younger, please enter an example of your work in an art that is new to you within the last year. New techniques within the art that you already practice do not count (i.e. glassblowing to enameling of blown glass beakers is an expansion of a skill, not a new-to-you art form.) Scoring will be only on the entry’s meeting the criteria of the art being new to you, and not on full documentation or mastery of the art. Minimal documentation of methods and how this is new to you is required. The intent is to give a supportive venue for trying new arts without the rigors of open competition. The prize is will be chosen and presented by Lady Cassandra de Matisse or her representative.

Artisan’s Progress

Display 3-5 examples of your work showing how your skill has progressed over the years. Works should include something from very early in your career (even if that was last week). Works may (but need not) be entered for individual scores. This competition is a chance to show your development as an artisan. Documentation should be very brief with rough dates of completion.

SCA Kluge:

Bring your best non-period items with a medieval flair (e.g. camp furniture, phone holder, lawn ornament) for recognition in this category.

Populace Choice:

Vote with beans for your favorite entry. Most beans wins.

Baron’s Choice:

Catch the Baron’s eye and gain his praise and a prize.

Beyond the Arts and Sciences Competition

Those artists and scientists who prefer not to be involved in scoring and being scored are warmly encouraged to DISPLAY their works for the delight and amazement of the populace. Please consider showing your works and let us see what you’re up to! Works-in-progress are welcome.

Those with a more martial inclination are well-provided with activities during the day as well.  List fields for both armored and rapier combat will be available and the Barony of Dragonship Haven will be holding tournaments to choose their new Champions in both disciplines.


Filed under: Events Tagged: Arts and Sciences, champions, Dragonship Haven, events

Long lost Salisbury Hall discovered beneath former stadium car park

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-10-10 15:15

In 1322, the Salisbury Manor was built in Walthamstow, a suburb of London. The manor burned in the 16th century and was replaced by a Tudor structure, but was also lost. Now a team of archaeologists from Archaeology South East have found Salisbury Manor  beneath a former car park for Walthamstow Stadium.

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Company of the Dove has "Breakfast with Jacquie Mackay"

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-10-10 10:47

During a recent interview, Jacquie Mackay of 612 ABC Brisbaine (Australia) spoke with Jen Dunn of the Living History reenactment group Company of the Dove. A podcast of the interview is available on the website.

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Agincourt 2014 photos online

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-10-10 08:25

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Agincourt 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

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Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-10-10 08:00

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 Liam.

Liam has long been a problem name for the heralds.  Many people assume
it is medieval, but in fact we have no evidence of its being used as a
given name in the medieval or Renaissance era.  Nor has there been any
evidence of its being a period nickname for “William.”  The closest
thing to Liam we have found so far in an Irish context is a woman
named Joan nyne Lyeme (in other words, Joan daughter of Lyeme) in an
Anglicized Irish record from the era of Elizabeth I.[1]

However, for people determined to have the name Liam (such as certain
Peers of my long acquaintance), we have found a way to make it
registerable.  As I have discussed a few times in these articles,
there is an established a pattern of using late 16th century English
surnames as given names.[2]  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.

We do have evidence of a woman with the surname Liam who was married
in Cambridge, England in 1592.[3]  Because the pattern of using 16th
century English surnames as given names actually existed in period,
evidence of Liam as an English surname permits registration of Liam as
an English given name.  As it is considered an English name, it can be
used with an Irish or Scottish surname.

[1]  The Fourteenth Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records
in Ireland (https://archive.org/details/reportofdeputyke1416irel),
entry 4539.

[2]  September 2012 Cover Letter
(http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2012/09/12-09cl.html)

[3]  Joana Liam; Female; Marriage; 1592; Elsworth, Cambridge, England;
Batch: M13053-1 ((https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NJ1W-6MF).


Filed under: Heraldry

Abandoned school becomes Richard III grave visitor center

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-10-09 16:35

Leicester, England mayor Peter Soulsby was on hand recently to celebrate the opening of a UK£4 million visitor center near the site of the grave of Richard III, discovered in 2012 in a city car park. The center is housed in an abandoned school building.

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