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The quintessential "princess hat" of the Middle Ages, the hennin, was inspired by the willow-withe and felt Boqta (Ku-Ku) of Mongolian Queens, according to a blog entry for Medieval PoC. The Mongolian hats could reach up to 7 feet in height and may have served to distinguish men from women at a distance.
KNOWN WORLD Jan 14, 2014 Archery Edition - Estrella War Announcement Digest
African-American dialect has often been criticized for the use of words such as "ax" instead if "ask," but critics may want to check their Chaucer, who used "ax" in his writing. Shereen Marisol Meraji of All Things Considered has the audio story.
DunDraCon, one of the longest running gaming conventions, is bringing back the SCA demo track this year as Estrella has been moved to the end of February. DDC is an excellent opportunity to bring out your Sunday best, shake off the rust before the tourney season starts up, and to share our wonderful hobby to hundreds of interested people from all over the world.
May a Man Marry a Man? A Medieval Debate Charles J. Reid, a Professor at the University of St.Thomas and writer on religious issues for the Huffington Post, recently posted May a Man Marry a Man? A Medieval Debate, which takes look at how medieval writers approached the issue of same-sex marriage. The surprising thing, notes Professor Reid, is that they actually talked about this issue. He begins by referencing the work of Henry of Segusio, better known as Hostiensis, a 13th century canon law expert, who penned the question: "May a man marry a man?"
The answer was an emphatic no, and would remain so throughout the Middle Ages. Reid does it find interesting that many of the arguments against same-sex marriage that were first written over 800 years ago remain prominent today.
Click here to read his article.
Thomas Aquinas – Toward a Deeper Sense of SelfTherese Scarpelli Cory has written a very insightful piece on the Cambridge University Press blog on Thomas Aquinas – Toward a Deeper Sense of Self. It explores how St. Thomas Aquinas might approach the question 'Who am I?' and introduces us to Cory's new book Aquinas on Human Self-Knowledge. She writes:
"It’s a common scholarly myth that early modern philosophers (starting with Descartes) invented the idea of the human being as a “self” or “subject.” My book tries to dispel that myth, showing that like philosophers and neuroscientists today, medieval thinkers were just as curious about why the mind is so intimately familiar, and yet so inaccessible, to itself. (In fact, long before Freud, medieval Latin and Islamic thinkers were speculating about a subconscious, inaccessible realm in the mind.) The more we study the medieval period, the clearer it becomes that inquiry into the self does not start with Descartes’ “I think, therefore I am.” Rather, Descartes was taking sides in a debate about self-knowledge that had already begun in the thirteenth century and earlier."
Click here to read her blog post
Explosions thunder, and smoke rises, in a digital animation of the destruction of Heidelberg Castle by the French in 1693 in a new video commissioned by the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany for its exhibition Die Wittelsbacher am Rhein. The castle was once considered the "eighth wonder of the world." (video)
Magister Riordan MacGregor, editor of the SCA's Tournaments Illuminated, reports that the publications upcoming Quest article is “Three Dinner Guests”, with Guest Editor Esther Reese (Emma Haldan).
Alexander Van Ness of the Middle Kingdom reports that he has created a YouTube channel for videos of SCA bardic performances and armored combat.
A team of archaeologists from Rampart Scotland has discovered evidence of a post-Roman hillfort at Sheriffside, 20 miles to the east of Edinburgh, Scotland. Experts believe that the fort, and its 2.80m deep ditch, were constructed to defend against frequent raids by Scots and Picts against local tribes.
College students forced to read Beowulf be heartened! Welsh medievalist, Elaine Treharne, has brought social media to medieval Scandinavia with Beowulf in a Hundred Tweets. The work is available on her blog Text Technologies.
Molly Maddox Netterville reports that Sir Sven Randalsson was the victor of the Winter 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. His Highness was inspired by Lady Antigone of York.
Thieves of a rare 16th century bible must have had a guilty conscience when they left a modern replacement bible in a locked case in St Mary's church in Trefriw, Wales. The Geneva Breeches Bible was produced by Protestants in Switzerland in 1589.
Greetings unto all those intending to enter Spring Crown Tournament
Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through this link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Brennan and Princess Caoilfhionn, with a copy to me. If by email, a joint email is preferred.
The Letter of Intent must be received by April 5th, 2014.
If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated.
Proof of valid membership consists of a copy of a valid membership card, copy of a Pikestaff label showing name and expiration date, a postcard (with a date-stamp) or letter from the Corporate office, or a confirmation form printed from the website after an online membership purchase.
- Confirmation of faxed membership applications with credit card receipts as well as membership applications CANNOT be accepted as proof of membership. -
In Service to the East, I remain
Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
East Kingdom Seneschal
Filed under: Events Tagged: Crown Tournament
Pennsic 43 will take place July 25, 2014 – August 10, 2014
Reservations: Online prepaid registration will be available until Monday, June 16th 2014 11:59pm EDT.
Online unpaid registration will be available until Friday, July 11th 2014 11:59pm EDT.
The refund policy has changed. The cut-off date for requesting a refund is Monday, June 23rd 2014 11:59pm EDT.
Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: events, Pennsic
The SCA Board of Directors seeks commentary on a proposal to eliminate the official Office of the Chirurgeonate, and the associated changes to Corpora necessary to accomplish this action.
If you haven’t preregistered yet and would like to know about availability of the feast, contact Madelaine de Mortaign The autocrats expect seats for the feast may still be available at the door. Dayboard will be available at the door for $3 but can be included in your preregistration. The feast is being cooked by Mistress Anastasia and the courses are listed below. Dayboard is being cooked by Lady Zsuzsy.
Both Dayboard and the Feast are also being run as classes for people who want to learn more about how an event kitchen works. Other classes include ironworking, fiber arts, glass bead making, performance arts and a wide variety of other options. A complete schedule is up on the website and so are the class descriptions. Royal Court will follow the classes. More information about the event is available at its website or the listing on the East Kingdom website.
Order of Service for A Faire Feast in Midwinter at Maker’s Faire
Filed under: Events Tagged: Carolingia
A new Sanction Guide was passed by the SCA’s Board of Directors at their meeting on January 18th and is now available online. The guide covers several kinds of sanctions on both a kingdom and society level. The fifty-nine page document includes an investigator’s guide, flowcharts, checklists and template letters. An updated version of Corpora was also approved at the same meeting.
Filed under: Corporate
At Curia it was announced that the long awaited Order of Precedence website overhaul was nearing completion, and was now online. The Gazette contacted Master Justin du Coeur, who oversaw the program, and he provided the following:
The new Eastrealm Order of Precedence is now available online! You can access it here
The Order of Precedence (OP) is the record of all of the awards and honors that have been given by the East over its long history. The new system is the result of a 2-year project to take the original OP — which was a labor of love for the late Mistress Caitlin Davies, who maintained it as hundreds of separate HTML files — and put it into a reasonably modern database system. The new system should generally be easier to search and keep up to date than the old one was. It allows you to search for a person by their SCA name; look up the recipients of a particular Order or Award; and see which awards were given by which monarchs, in chronological order.
This conversion has been challenging, involving thousands of individual corrections and collations of the data; we’ve done our best, but there are certainly still errors in it. In particular, there was a major challenge of collating records that were listed under different SCA names (or simply spelled differently) in different parts of the OP — we put a lot of effort into that, but there are undoubtedly still some people who have some awards listed under one name, and some under another. If you find errors or omissions in your award listing, please send them to the Shepherds Crook Herald, Duchess Anna. If you find problems with the software itself, please drop a note to Master Justin
This is an early “beta” release of the OP — the software is still very much a work in progress, and there is a lot to do yet. It is based on a package generously donated by southern neighbors in Atlantia, which we have been “Eastern-izing”. (You may see the word “atlantia” still crop up here and there, along with some oddly-named awards and “awards” that were actually notes from old court reports.) Expect to see further changes in the coming months, but we’re glad to be able to make the current version available to the populace.
Filed under: Court, Heraldry, Official Notices Tagged: awards, heraldry, OP, order of precedence
From Lady Raffaella Mascolo,
Please be advised that the Laurel and Maunche pollings will be closing at 11:59 PM on February 24. All other pollings will be closing at 11:59 PM on February 10, 2014.
Filed under: Official Notices
When we were asked to help publicize an event held in Montreal, the Gazette thought we would give our primarily English speaking readers a different experience. Below you will find the event announcement for Courtyard Carousing at our Baronial Investiture Anniversary in the Barony of L’ile du Dragon Dormant printed with the French paragraphs followed by English translations. Brush off your high school French and experience the other side of the linguistic challenges of a bilingual kingdom.
Ce sera un évènement festif tout au long de la journée, avec une ambiance de festival, pleine de sons, d’odeurs et d’imageries, digne d’une véritable cour médiévale. Un délicieux festin sera servi par une équipe de quatre cuisiniers, alors que nous célébrons ensemble une autre année dans la Baronnie de l’Ile du Dragon Dormant.
This event is an all day festival, full of the sounds and smells and sights of a true medieval courtyard. A delicious feast will be served by a staff of 4 head cooks, whilst during the day we all make merry together and celebrate another year in the Barony of Ile du Dragon Dormant.
Cette année a été celle de Mayuki Yuri, qui a porté, en honneur de notre Baronnie bien-aimé, à la fois le titre de Champion des Arts et Sciences et celui de Champion du combat à la rapière. Elle veillera sur les deux compétitions qui serviront à choisir ses successeurs. Qui prendra les armes et l’aiguille afin de servir leur baronnie et être honoré comme exemple à suivre dans son art de prédilection?
This Year was the year of Mayuki Yuri, who held both the A and S and Rapier Champions baldrics for our beloved Barony. She will host two competitions to choose her successors. Who will take up arms and needle to serve their barony and be the shining example of their chosen artform?
Il y aura des arts Bardiques présentés tout au long de la journée par Dame Katherine Ashwode la pocketbard et sa bande de conteurs, dignes de confiance, qui n’ont jamais dit un mensonge et qui n’ont jamais été pris à inventer le moindre des détails.
There will be Bardic Arts presented throughout the day by Lady Katherine Ashwode the pocketbard, and her band of trustworthy tale spinners who have never told a lie, nor been known to fabricate even the smallest of details.
Il y aura des ateliers d’Arts et Sciences, des activités pour les enfants, pour les archers et pour les nouveaux arrivants de même que des classes de combat en armure mais pas de combat en armure à cet évènement. Nous terminerons la journée ensemble en savourant le délicieux festin servi par nos quatre cuisiniers. Ce sera une journée à ne pas oublier
There will be Arts and Science classes, activities for children, archers, and newcomers as well as armored combat classes but no armored combat at this event. There will also be a Princesses tea mid-day. We will end our day together sampling the delicious feast served by four cooks. It promises to be an exciting day.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Barony of L'ile du Dragon Dormant