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Rome's Colosseum in the Middle Ages

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-09-13 12:45

Once a scene of battle and carnage, Rome's Colosseum later became "a bustling medieval bazaar full of houses, stables and workshops." Evidence of the re-purposed site was collected recently during an archaeological dig.

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Royal chapel found near Edinburgh

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-09-12 19:03

A team of archaeologists and volunteers have found evidence of a 16th century chapel, believed built by Sir Simon Preston in 1518 "to rest the souls of James III and IV. "

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Midrealm mourns passing of THL Mathildis De'Ath

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-09-12 14:27

The Honorable Lady Mathildis De'Ath (modernly Sally Hoff Schneider), a kind and courteous lady of the Current Middle Ages and of the modern world, passed away on September 9 at the age of 70.

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New Richard III exhibit sparks outcry

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-09-11 15:43

Historians and Richard III experts are outraged over an exhibit in the new Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, England which features the armor of the warrior king painted white, making him look like a "Star Wars stormtrooper." (photos, video)

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Ansteorra Summer 2014 Crown Tournament photos online

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:30

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from the Summer 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

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"Unscripted and candid" at the Canterbury Renaissance Faire

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:50

In July 2014, the Canterbury Renaissance Faire opened its gates in Silverton, Oregon. Saerom Yoo, of the Statesman Journal, visited the faire and spoke with some of its participants. (photos)

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Volunteers help find site of 13th century hospital

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-09-10 20:16

For three years, archaeologists have been looking for signs of a medieval hospital in Northumberland Park in Tyneside, England. 80 medieval burials have been found, and, in the last few days of the dig, a floor of glazed tiles, probably from the hospital's chapel. (photos)

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The search for Süleyman's heart

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-09-10 17:39

In the summer of 1566, the great Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent was on a hard-fought attempt to capture Vienna, but his dream was not to be. The great leader died in his campaign tent, and his heart was buried there. Now the ongoing quest to discover the burial site of the heart continues with Norbert Pap, a professor of political geography at the nearby University of Pécs.

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Drachenwald Summer 2014 Coronation photos online

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-09-10 14:15

Nicholas reports that he has created an album of photos from Summer 2014 Coronation which took recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

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Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:53

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 Frasier.

A few people have asked about Frasier (or Fraser or Frazier) as a male given name, usually assuming it to be a medieval Scottish name.  In fact, it does not appear to have been a period given name.  It was a surname found largely in Scotland but occasionally in England.

However, Frasier, Fraser or Frazer can still be registerable as a given name in English and Scots names in the SCA.  There is an established pattern of 16th century English surnames having been used as given names.   Since we do have evidence of Frasier, Fraser and Frazer as English surnames[1], that pattern allows these names to be registered as given names.

[1]  “A history of Northumberland” (A. Reid, sons & co., 1930) (http://books.google.com/books?id=iG0gAQAAMAAJ) at p. 129 lists a Robert Frasyer buried in Newcastle in 1577.  Margrett Fraser was buried in 1596 in Lincoln, England (“England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JCGM-HTR), Margrett Fraser, 1596; Batch: B03058-2); Henrie Frazer was christened in 1587 in Devon, England (“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N54M-THG), Henrie Frazer, 02 Feb 1587; citing ILFRACOMBE, DEVON, ENGLAND, Batch: C05121-1).


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