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Lady Kestral likes to dance -- but also throw axes. Sgt. Eginolf is a fighter, who lets off stress through armored combat. Both spoke to reporter Sam Gause of the MLive (Jackson, Michigan) about the life in the SCA and the Shire of Talonvale. (slideshow)
Mistress Sofya la Rus reports that Lord Sifrid von Eichelborn has created an album of photos from Cross & Compass 2013 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
For centuries, a secret medieval chamber, complete with its own guarderobe, lay hidden behind the walls of Drum Castle near Banchory, Scotland, but now all has been revealed. The room appears to have been covered during later renovations. Drum, home of Clan Irvine, is Scotland's oldest castle.
The life of a photographer and videographer for a travel blog can be exotic, as exemplified by Ron Hay of the MegaPixel Travel blog who spent a day at the Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival. (photos and video)
I am Yehuda ben Moshe, currently serving as Elmet Herald, the East Kingdom heraldic education deputy.
Over the last few months, I’ve run a series of classes, titled “So you want to be a (book) herald?” Parts I-III. The classes were run both online, via Google Hangouts and YouTube, and in-person at certain events. When originally created, this was planned as a stand alone series of lectures. Since then, there have been requests for more classes covering related topics. Therefore, it’s time to change things up a bit.
I am hereby announcing the creation of the East Kingdom Herald University (EKHU). The University will consist of a series of classes, held over Google Hangouts and live at selected events, designed to cover a variety of topics useful to beginner and intermediate heralds. I currently have about a dozen classes in mind, some taught by me, many taught by other instructors, and I’m hoping to grow the offerings. over time. This means that if you have ideas for classes you’d like to teach, or topics you’d like to see taught, email me. I am especially interested in classes that fit the video format, as well as classes that cover topics beyond book heraldry.
Information about the University will be available, for now, at www.yehudaheraldry.com/ekhu and will hopefully soon move to the official East Kingdom website.
Now, to the meat of the announcement:
I will be running the first two EKHU classes this week and next week.
On Wed, Sep 18, at 9:30pm EDT, I will be running “Book Heraldry 100″, the introductory class for book heralds, covering administrative matters and general principles, including the organization of the SCA heralds, becoming a herald, the submission process, and related topics. If you’ve previously taken my “So you want to be a (book) herald? Part I – Intro” class, you do not need to take this, as it covers the exactly same material.
On Mon, Sep 23, at 9:30pm EDT, I will be running “Armory 101″, the introductory armory class. This class will cover basics of armory, including blazoning. If you’ve previously taken my “So you want to be a (book) herald? Part II – Armory” class, this class is significantly different. While a few topics are the same, this class does not cover style rules, but does cover blazoning.
Students have two options for participating in the class. The first is to join the Hangout directly. This allows the student to fully participate in the video conference, talking (or typing) directly to the teacher. Please note that the class will be recorded, and the recording posted. You can choose not to turn on your camera, so as not to be on screen, but your voice will be in the video.
If you would like a spot, you must email me at elmet at eastkingdom dot org, spots will be first-come first-serve based on said emails . Please
The second option is to watch the class live through YouTube. This requires no account, there is no person limit, and you won’t be recorded, but it’s strictly one way – you won’t be able to talk to the instructor. You will be able to email me the questions, however, and I will try to respond.
Yehuda ben Moshe,
Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: heraldry, officers
In 1952, Frederick Godfrey wrote an article which transformed forever scholarly consdieration of the Renaissance. The Pictorial Records of the Medicis looked at the work of the period's artists in the "context of the society from which it had sprung and that social attitudes could be recovered from the study of art." Alexander Lee of History Today looks at the impace of the article.
Fans of Veggietales - or Vikings in general - will enjoy a look at the video We Married Vikings from Lyle the Kindly Viking. The short video is available on YouTube.
Earlier in 2013, Islamic extremists destroyed more than 4,000 ancient manuscripts from the medieval African city of Timbuktu, nearly one-tenth of the ancient collection. Now experts hope they can find copies digitized before the destruction.
A restoration of the Colosseum, currently underway, reveals frescos in a corridor that has been sealed off since the 3rd century. Unlike the moss-and-marble walls of today, the building interior, in its day, would have been a Technicolor extravaganza.
Archeologist Margrét Hallmundsdóttir believes that a skeleton discovered in 2012 in Hrafnseyri, Iceland, dates to around 1000 CE, the year of the country's conversion to Christianity. The grave was found in the vicinity of a church, dating to the same time period.
You know that the SCA Known World is alive with talent. Now the Society is giving us the chance to prove it with just a short YouTube video.
Lucius Valerius Geminus is dead. In fact, he's been dead since the 1st century CE, but thanks to the discovery of his tombstone, archaeologists now know something about the Roman soldier who died in Oxfordshire.
The Satire of the Three Estates by Sir David Lyndsay is considered Scotland's only surviving Renaissance play. Now the six-hour-long political satire is being performed at Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian. (video)
Lord Duncan Thorfinnsson, OSC OTC passed away on the evening of September 11, 2013, after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Lady Alexandera Cupbearer, his brother Brian, and his SCA family. Details on services or memorials are not yet available.
Lord Duncan was squired to Master Feral von Halstern and was a long-time pillar of Barony Beyond the Mountain, which named him a Companion of the White oak in 1989. He was a skilled melee fighter, particulary proficient with a pole-arm, and his fighting prowess was recognzied by Tsurunaga and Genevieve in 1993 with his induction into the Order of the Tygers Combatant.
Widely acknowledged as a man who would always be available to lend a helping hand, Lord Duncan’s service to the Society was recognized with his induction into the Order of the Silver Crescent in 1996 by Lucan III and Elspeth. He also served as a retainer to a number of royal households, and was awarded the King’s Cypher by Hanse II in 1999.
Lord Duncan was also a founding member of House Toddington. Although he had not been able to be active in the Society in recent years due to ill health, he remained close to his household and to his SCA friends and family. Fellow household member Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzengen shares that “if you judge a man’s worth by the friends he has then Duncan was a very wealthy man as he was deeply loved. Not just a gentleman, but a gentle man in all ways. He will be greatly missed.”
Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Barony Beyond the Mountain, obituary
Over 300 wizards and warriors gathered recently at Patuxent River State Park in Maryland for the second annual Bellum Aeternuthe, an "invitational event for live-action role-play (LARP) and combat, open to participants from across the medieval-themed LARP community," and hosted by the Darkon Wargaming Club.
Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai, reports that Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain offered Peerages to two of Their subjects at the recent Pennsic War.
The Tyger and Bucket Tavern (Saturday September 14th at 5:00 PM in South Hiram, Maine) is Malagentia’s semi-annual non-event event. Run with a skeleton staff of serving wenches and kitchen crew it seeks to bring the local community together by allowing everyone in attendance to participate in the central activities: schmoozing and eating.
The brain-child of Lady Honig von Sommerfeldt, currently Chatelaine for the Province of Malagentia, this event strives to be a fun event for the old timers who come to catch up with friends old and new, as well as an easy event for a newcomer to attend. Where other events are centered around activities that must be a developed skill before one can participate (such as fighting, archery, arts & sciences displays etc.) you don’t need to know how to do anything but eat to have a great time at this event and be a full participant in the goings-on. This will be the eighth incarnation of the Tavern, which materializes Brigadoon-like from the mists each spring and fall. There is an unwritten low-regalia dress code that helps new people feel at ease and lets those folks who wear the burden of peerage, crown, or coronet set it down for an evening and be “just like regular folks”.
Please join the Bad People of Malagentia for this enchanting evening. Check your stuffy authenticist cred at the door and relax. Travelers from afar are enjoined to settle in among these simple folk and share their war stories from the summer. Learn the secrets of the Schnitzelbank, strut your hirsute handsomeness in the hairy chest contest, purchase a pickle to be delivered by the talented pickle dancers, raise your voice in song, bring a bottle of your best home brew to share and feast and laugh until you guts might burst.
And just in case that isn’t enough to lure you out into the wilds of Malagentia on a crisp autumn evening the a-la-carte menu just might: Chef Gryff will be preparing the following delicacies which will be priced on a per-plate basis, dished up onto your own feast gear, and served to you by smiling, friendly wenches:
Filed under: Events Tagged: events, Malagentia
Wendy Furie is a veterinarian - and a Scottish bard. While the two professions might sound at odds with each other, she makes them work, in the modern world and as Swannoc Beag, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Laura Blasey of the Frederick (Maryland) News-Post has the story.
The SCA archery E-newsletter, Quivers and Quarrels, is requesting photographs for a photo section featuring "period" looking archers. Photos of archers in good looking period style clothing and gear or photos of period style gear (e.g. Bows, quivers. arrows, etc.) made by an archer will be published in each issue.