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Leo Diogenes elevated to Laurel in the West

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-07-26 14:58

Danaë FitzRoberts reports that Their Majesties Sven and Antigone of the Kingdom of the West have offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to her apprentice Leo Diogenes.

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Santa Maria found?

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-07-26 09:18

“All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship, the Santa Maria,” said underwater archaeologist Barry Clifford about the discovery of what may be the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus' flagship off the coast of Haiti.

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James IV and Margaret Tudor wedding chest found

History Blog - Fri, 2014-07-25 23:26


University of Aberdeen experts have confirmed that an oak chest acquired by a collector was made for the 1503 wedding of King James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England. When antique furniture collector Aidan Harrison researched the carvings on the chest he’d acquired a few years ago, he found they were very similar to the iconography associated with the history-making union celebrated in person (there had been a proxy wedding in England a few months earlier) at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh on August 8th, 1503. One of the carved panels on the front of the chest features the IM monogram (for James and Margaret) linked by a love knot, a symbol of their marriage that was repeated in multiple decorative elements.

Harrison brought his research to art history Professor Jane Geddes from the University of Aberdeen. The university has a facsimile of the Hours of James IV, an illuminated prayer book made as a wedding gift for Margaret (the original is now in the Austrian National Library in Vienna), so Professor Geddes was able to compare the design on the chest to the Book of Hours.

“The similarities between the carvings on the chest and the illuminations in the Book of Hours are striking. Three illuminated documents relating to the royal wedding all show the IM monogram (James and Margaret) tied together with a similar love knot, just as it is carved on the chest. This was such a trademark for the union that even the floor tiles for Linlithgow Palace were made with the same design. James gave the palace to his bride for a wedding present. The tassels on the knot are shaped as thistles, a reminder of the king and his country.

“A wooden chest was one of the most important items of medieval furniture, because aristocratic families spent so much time travelling with pack-horses all around the country to their various homes. All the royal bride’s personal items would be kept in a chest like this. It is remarkable that it has survived for so long before its significance was fully appreciated.”

The chest and the facsimile Book of Hours will go on display together at the University of Aberdeen’s Sir Duncan Rice Library. This is especially meaningful for the school because William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen, accomplished diplomat and founder of the university, played an important role in negotiating the wedding.

The hope was that the marriage of James and Margaret would end hostilities between the countries and establish a lasting peace. Their marriage treaty was signed the same day as the Treaty of Perpetual Peace (January 24th, 1502), an agreement that would prevent the countries being dragged into war over border skirmishes. Although the Treaty of Ayton had established a truce between England and Scotland in 1497, it was slated to expire in 1504. The Treaty of Perpetual Peace was the first long-term peace treaty between the countries since the Treaty of Berwick had ended the Second War of Scottish Independence in 1357.

Unfortunately it was perpetual in name only. Henry VII died in 1509 and his son Henry VIII was keen to make a name for himself on the battlefield. In 1513, Henry VIII invaded France, expecting the treaty to keep Scotland out of it. Scotland had been allied with France for centuries, however, and by the terms of the Auld Alliance of 1295, France and Scotland were to come to each other’s defense. James, hoping also to reclaim some border territory occupied by England, declared war on England and led his army into Northumberland. On September 9th, 1513, James IV met the Earl of Surrey at Flodden Field. It was a rout. James was killed along with 28 of his nobles, 50 knights and more than 10,000 infantry.

Margaret, who had opposed her husband going to war with her brother, was left regent of Scotland for her son, the future James V who was just over a year old when his father died. The crown of Scotland passed from James V to his daughter Mary, Queen of Scots, to her son James VI. After the death of Henry VIII’s daughter, Margaret’s niece, Queen Elizabeth I of England, James VI inherited the throne of England through his descent from Margaret. In 1603, a few months short of a century after James IV and Margaret spoke their vows at Holyrood Abbey, their great-grandson became James I of England and the two crowns were united.

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The Passing of Duchess Zarina Daeth

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-07-25 22:47

Duchess Zarina Daeth, twice Queen of the Middle Kingdom, is being fondly remembered after her life was claimed this week by ovarian cancer.

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Evidence of 1st century Roman military camp found in Germany

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:03

For generations, archaeologists have been looking for evidence of a Roman presence in eastern Germany, and with the discovery of a large, first century military camp near Hachelbich in Thuringia, they have found it.

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Schedule of Meetings and Events being held in East Kingdom Royal Encampment at Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:39

Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Lord Hugh Tauerner, Deputy Pennsic Steward for East Kingdom Royal Encampment, requests that we share with you the following schedule of meetings and events being held in East Kingdom Royal Encampment:

Thursday, July 31, 2014
9:00 am – Noon: Windwall set up (Volunteers welcome!)

Saturday, August 2, 2014
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: War Heralds Meeting – Meeting Tent
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: TRH Staff Meet & Greet – Meeting Tent
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Bardic Teaching Circle. – Meeting Tent

Sunday, August 03, 2014
8:00 am – 11:00 am: Muster and procession for Opening Ceremonies
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Warlord Meeting – Meeting Tent
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: TRM Office hours – EK Royal Pavilion
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Exchequer meeting – Meeting Tent
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Order of the Silver Crescent Meeting – Meeting Tent
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Order of the Pelican Meeting – Meeting Tent
(The complete list of times and location for
EK Order meetings can be found by clicking here.)

Monday, August 04, 2014
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Athena’s Thimble Meeting
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Warlord Meeting – Meeting Tent
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Known World Teen Party – Meeting Tent

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
10:30 – noon: EK Performers Meeting
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm: State dinner

Wednesday, August 06, 2014
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Webministers meeting – Meeting Tent
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: EK Seneschals meeting – Meeting Tent
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Warlord Meeting – Meeting Tent

Thursday, August 07, 2014
11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Royalty Play Date
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: EK Scribal tea – Meeting Tent
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Warlord Meeting – Meeting Tent
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: TRM Office hours – EK Royal Pavillion

Friday, August 08, 2014
Noon – 1:00 pm: Muster and procession for Closing ceremonies
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Windwall and gate take down (Volunteers welcome!)


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Limoges Virgin Mary is "absolutely fantastic"

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-07-25 14:50

Archaeologist Hans Mikkelsen from the Danish National Museum was happily surprised recently to discover a Limoges statue of the Virgin Mary under the dirt floor of a small church in Søby, Jutland. The figurine has been dated to the 13th century. (photo)

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Enjoy Hampton Court - online

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:05

Are you an admirer ot London's Hampton Court Palace? If so, you will want to visit the website of Historic Royal Palaces and view a large gallery of photos of Henry VIII's residence.

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13th c. frescoes in Rome monastery opened to public

History Blog - Thu, 2014-07-24 23:59

The Augustinian monastery complex of Santi Quattro Coronati on the north slope of Rome’s Caelian Hill has a rich history dating to the earliest days of the Christian city. Construction of the first church was begun by Pope Miltiades in the 4th century on top of an aristocratic villa. It was one of the earliest Christian churches in Rome and its location made it one of the most important.

Miltiades was pope from 311 to 314 A.D., a short but incredibly pivotal time in Church history since it saw Constantine’s defeat of Maxentius under the sign of the cross at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in October of 312. It was Pope Miltiades who first moved into the Lateran Palace after Constantine gave it to him around 313. The basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati is a five minute walk from the Lateran Palace, so by the time construction was complete in the 6th century, the church was closely associated with the papacy.

It was expanded and renovated by subsequent popes over the centuries, with more buildings added including a palace for the basilica’s titular cardinal. Much of the church was burned down in the 11th century during the Norman sack of Rome, but the original apse still stands and was incorporated into the new church built by Pope Paschal II. In the 13th century the cardinal’s residence was enlarged and reinforced by Cardinal Stefano Conti, Vicarius Urbis, so it could provide protection for the princes of the Church during the power struggle between the papacy and the Holy Roman Emperors of the Hohenstaufen dynasty.

It was during that 13th century renovation that some artistically and historically significant frescoes were painted. On the ground floor of the fortified side of the basilica, the Chapel of Saint Sylvester was adorned with legendary scenes from the life of Pope Sylvester I and one of the earliest surviving depictions of the Donation of Constantine. On the second floor is a large hall that became known as the Gothic Hall because of the arch vaulting of the roof. It was decorated with 800 square meters of primarily profane topics like the Zodiac and Constellations, the Four Seasons, the Twelve Months, the Ages of Man, a seascape, the Liberal Arts and a panel of saints with the Virtues on their shoulders and the Vices under their feet. King Solomon, the wise judge, in the center position suggests the hall may have been used as a court of law as well as for feasting and banqueting.

The basilica and the cardinal’s palace in particular were nearly abandoned when the papacy moved to Avignon in the 14th century. The buildings were restored by Cardinal Alfonso Carillo when the pope returned to Rome during the papacy of Martin V starting in 1417, but when the Papal Court moved from the Lateran Palace to the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican in the mid-15th century, Santi Quattro Coronati never recovered its former importance. In 1564, the complex was given to Augustinian nuns and became the monastery it still is to this day.

Damaged by earthquakes, neglect, refurbishment that knocked holes in the walls and painted layer upon layer of plaster and solid color over the frescoes, the great Gothic Hall lost its magnificent frescoes. In 1995, a chance discovery revealed that parts of the 13th century frescoes were still there underneath the overpaint. It took a full decade of restoration by Rome’s Superintendence for Cultural Heritage to repair the damage that could be repaired. In 2007, 300 square meters of the original 800 were restored as close to their former glory as possible. Very few frescoes from this period have survived in Rome, so their rediscovery and restoration is a big deal. (See this article for a wonderful description of the frescoes.)

They couldn’t be opened to the public, however, because it’s still an active cloistered monastery. In order to make the Gothic Hall accessible, parts of the cloister needed to be restored and all the public traffic areas closed off so the presence of tourists would not violate the sisters’ religious isolation. That took another seven years and 150,000 euros donated by Arcus.

Now for the first time in its existence, the Gothic Hall can be seen by members of the general public. The hall will be open two days a month, with one group of no more than 20 visitors allowed in every hour from 8:30 – 12:30 and 2:30 – 4:30.

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Plumbing problem reveals crusader murals

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-07-24 21:33

A burst pipe in Saint-Louis Hospice, a Jerusalem hospital, has led workers to rediscover 19th century wall murals depicting "crusader knights and symbols of medieval military orders." The paintings were the work of Comte Marie Paul Amédée de Piellat, a French count, who believed himself descended from the knights. (photos)

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Unique mortuary bundle found in Hidalgo

History Blog - Wed, 2014-07-23 23:28

A pre-Hispanic mortuary bundle had been found in a rock shelter near the town of Zimapán in the Sierra Gorda of Hidalgo, southeastern Mexico. The skeletal remains wrapped in a dyed fabric and a braided mat were discovered by locals who alerted the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). INAH archaeologists examined the bundle and believe it is intact, although only the cranium with some hair still attached, tibias, clavicle, shoulder blades and some ribs are visible above the wrapping.

The remains haven’t been dated yet. It’s the positioning of the body in a seated posture, the plant fibers used in the shroud and the placement in a rock shelter that all point to this being a pre-Hispanic burial. In many Mesoamerican cultures, rock shelters and caves were believed to be entrances to the underworld and the abode of death gods. Thus these locations were seen as ideal burial spaces. Despite the rocky terrain of the Sierra Gorda being replete with these sorts of nooks and crannies, this is the only mortuary bundle of its kind found in the state of Hidalgo.

Forensic anthropologists have determined from the teeth and leg bones that the deceased was about 20 years old when he or she died. The third molars, which grow in early adulthood between 16 and 24 years of age, are present but show no signs of wear. In the tibia, the epiphyseal plate, a cartilaginous plate at the end of the long bones that is replaced by bone after puberty, has hardened into bone, leaving behind the scar of the epiphyseal line. The line is still visible, however, and that fades with time, so that suggests the person died in early adulthood.

Although there does not appear to have been any preservation of soft tissues, the semi-arid climate of the eastern Sierra Gorda did help preserve the organic fibers of the wrapping. The bundle has been moved to an INAH lab where it will be studied in detail and the wrapping removed to reveal the rest of the remains. First a conservator will treat the fabric and plant fiber mat to ensure they’re not damaged in the opening. Then experts will hopefully be able to determine the sex of the deceased from the pelvic and hop bones.

INAH researchers hope the bones will tell more of the person’s history — disease, nutrition, lifestyle — as well as which culture he or she was a part of. The rock shelter is an area that saw a variety of peoples living there, nomadic and sedentary. The bones might fill in some of those blanks. The archaeological context might help on that score. Vegetation found in the soil of the rock shelter (palm leaves, agave cactus) appears to have been deliberately layered on the spot. Archaeologists also found a small group of abstract cave paintings about 550 yards from the mortuary bundle.

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Richard III: An Overview

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-07-23 22:42

The verdict is finally in: the remains of Richard III, England's last medieval king, will be laid to rest, with great pomp and circumstance, in Leicester Cathedral after judges put an end to requests that he be buried in York. The BBC's Greig Watson has an overview of the Richard saga. (photos)

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Pennsic Performing Arts Schedule

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-07-23 16:27

 

Lady Lorelei Skye, Dean of the Performing Arts College at Pennsic, has released the final schedule for Pennsic Performing Arts – and invites you to enjoy the many new and returning performers, events, and more!. The opportunities for entertainment of all sorts are plentiful and varied. You can find the entire schedule below, or it can be viewed at the Pennsic website.

 

 

Performing Arts Schedule Date / Time / Location Performance / Event: Description of Event Performing Arts Afternoon Series Performing Arts Tent Friday 8/1, 2:00 – 5:00pm European Music Exhibition Come and enjoy an afternoon of European music. Experience the history of composers and a variety of instruments and vocal music from the 11th-17th centuries. Bring your voices, instruments, and play along! Sunday 8/3, 2:00 – 5:00pm Commedia Experience Come experience *Commedia dell’Arte*! Meet the characters and the actors behind them and learn to act in comic masked style (movement, vocalization, express funny ideas). Experienced actors/directors from several well-known *Commedia dell’Arte* troupes will guide you if you’re new, or give you free advice that’s definitely worth the price to veteran performers! Monday 8/4, 2:00 – 5:00pm Bardic Arts Exhibition Come and enjoy an amazing afternoon display featuring a variety of bardic arts and artists from around the Known World! Tuesday 8/5, 2:00 – 5:00pm Knowne World Pennsic Harp Celebration Open to all harpers of the Knowne World! Perform any SCA-appropriate piece, harp or harp and vocal, five minutes or less in length. Audience and non-performing harpers welcome. Wednesday 8/6, 2:00 – 5:00pm Middle Eastern Dance Exhibition The Middle Eastern Dance Exhibition returns to delight and amaze audience of all ages! Thursday 8/7 2:30 – 5:30pm Storytelling Arts Exhibition Come and enjoy an amazing afternoon display featuring a variety of storytellers from around the Known World! Performing Arts – Reoccurring Rehearsals: 10:30 – 12:30pm, Monday 8/1 – Thursday 8/7*; 10:00 – 12:00 Tuesday 8/5 (Amphitheater)
I Commedia All-Stars A *commedia dell’arte* play put together primarily at Pennsic with actors from all over the Known World. Inspired by the Known World Players, this troupe is different every year and comes together in person only at Pennsic.  Performance – Thursday night 8/7, 8:30 – 9:30 in the Performing Arts Tent 10:00am – Noon, Thursday 7/31 – Thursday 8/7 (Performing Arts Rehearsal and Class Tent) Known World Choir and Friends Join the Pennsic Known World Choir!  Enthusiastic amateurs-expert singers are all welcome! Singing in the Pennsic Choir is an intense and rewarding experience. We rehearse two hours each day for a week, then perform a concert on the final Thursday of War week. The ability to read music and sight-sing is extremely helpful, but not required if you are willing to put in the effort to learn the music in advance. Sheet music and part-learning tracks are available online now at the KWChoir Yahoo group:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/KWChoir/info 1:00 – 2:00pm, Saturday 8/2 – Wednesday 8/6 (Performing Arts Rehearsal and Class Tent) Known World Children’s Choir The Known World Children’s Choir is open to children up to age 11 who love to sing. We will be performing as part of the Known World Choir and Friends Concert on Thursday of War Week. (Dress rehearsal Thursday afternoon 8/7 in the PAT, details TBA during regular rehearsals.) 2:00 – 3:00pm, Saturday 8/2 – Wednesday 8/6 (Performing Arts Rehearsal and Class Tent) Known World Youth Choir The Known World Youth Choir is open to Youth ages 12 – 18 who enjoy to learn and sing period vocal music a cappella. We will be performing as part of the Known World Choir and Friends Concert on Thursday of War Week. (Dress rehearsal Thursday afternoon 8/7 in the PAT, details TBA during regular rehearsals.) Noon – 2:30pm, 8/7 (Performing Arts Tent) Known World Choir and Friends Dress Rehearsal Known World Choir, Known World Children’s Choir, Known World Youth Choir, Chorulus Pennsicus, and others – Dress Rehearsal 8:30am – Noon, Sunday 8/3 – Friday 8/8 (Performing Arts Tent) Known World Players Rehearsals for The Known World Players production of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, as adapted by Andrew May. (See below for audition information for Pennsic 44!) Open Auditions Confirm with onsite schdules in case of late cancellations or additions Monday 8/4, 4:00 – 6:00pm (Amphitheater) Whose Line Doth It Be? – Auditions for Evening Performance Think you are a great improviser? Now here’s your chance to audition for the improvisational show, “Whose Line Doth It Be?”, taking place at 7:00 pm in the Amphitheater. Performance slots are limited, so sharpen your wit! Wednesday 8/6, 4:00 – 6:00pm (Performing Arts and Rehearsal Tent) Known World Players – Auditions For Pennsic 44 Known World Players Pennsic 44 auditions for next year’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, directed by Master Lorcan Dracontius. Actors of all experience levels are welcome to come audition! Friday 8/8, 2:00 – 3:00pm (Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent) Known World Choir Open Auditions: *Chorulus Pennsicus* – Pennsic 44 Known World Choir open auditions for *Chorulus Pennsicus* for anyone interested in trying out for Known World Choir’s select choir, *Chorulus Pennsicus*. Friday 8/8, 2:00 – 4:00pm (Performing Arts Tent) Known World Players – Auditions For Pennsic 44 Known World Players Pennsic 44 auditions for next year’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, directed by Master Lorcan Dracontius. Actors of all experience levels are welcome to come audition! Performing Arts Open Events and Rehearsals Confirm with onsite schdules in case of late cancellations or additions Commedia & Foolery Tuesday 7/29 – 7/31 12-1pm; 8/1 – 8/4, 8/6 12:30-1:30pm; 8/5 1-2pm  (Amphitheater) Pennsic Fools School Pennsic Fool’s School – AmphitheaterTuesday 7/29 – 7/31 12-1pm; 8/1 – 8/6 12:30 – 1:30pmAre you a fool or a fool wannabe? Come to Fool School to share and learn. Fools/performers of all types and experience levels are welcome. Jugglers, magicians, singers, freaks and geeks. Get help creating or honing a skit of no more than 5 minutes to perform in the Amphitheater Wednesday 8/6 6-7 pm.You might even become a “Licensed Fool.” Performing is not mandatory. Friday 8/1, 1:30 – 6pm (Ampitheater) Iron Commedia: Creating a New 16th-Century Play If you’ve ever laughed at the zany antics of improvisational Commedia dell’Arte, join members from your favorite troupes to craft, cast, and perform a brand new *commedia* play in just one afternoon with its world premier at at Pennsic that same day! Two sessions, two performances, one each week. Find a mask, put it on, and see what happens! Tuesday 8/5, 3:00 – 4:00pm  (Marketplace) Pennsic Fools’ Parade The long-standing Pennsic tradition continues! Open to any and all Pennsic campers! Adults, teens, and kids, come romp around the marketplace with fools from around the Knowne World! Bring your toys, noise makers, juggling balls, puppets, kazoos, and wear your brightest clothing! Kids under 16 must bring a responsible adult. (This is a great activity for families!) We will meet at the Bath House next to the Cooper’s store. All fools must attend the safety briefing 15 minutes before parade start. Parade lasts about 45 minutes. Please contact the Fool In Charge (Sophia the Orange) if you would like to arrange for the parade to visit your encampment or event Wednesday 8/6, 1:30 – 6pm (Ampitheater) Iron Commedia: Creating a New 16th-Century Play If you’ve ever laughed at the zany antics of improvisational Commedia dell’Arte, join members from your favorite troupes to craft, cast, and perform a brand new *commedia* play in just one afternoon with its world premier at at Pennsic that same day! Two sessions, two performances, one each week. Find a mask, put it on, and see what happens! Bardic & Music Thursday 7/31, 2:00 – 5:00pm (Amphitheater) Open Reading: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight We will read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from the beginning straight through to the end. All are welcome to participate in the reading. Friday 8/1, 12:00 – 2:00pm (Performing Arts Rehearsal and Class Tent) Sing We And Chant It IV – Madrigal and Acapella Jam – Open Rehearsal Meet & greet optional practice session for audience participation “Sing We and Chant It” Madrigal, Part Song, and A Capella Jam, Monday 8/4, at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Tent.  All are welcome to come and make joyful music!  Music will be available to share, or bring your own!  Song list available online here:  Song list available online:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Erajd1a5RMcDm7YUDN5pweB1qQownE6vQYY-NEG4jA/edit?usp=sharing  (Material fee optional for a folder of this year’s jam music)  Hosts:  Lady Lorelei Skye, Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza, Professor Pieter van Doorn Saturday 8/2, 2:00 – 5:00pm (Runestone Park) Peerless Bardic Circle Event Bring your silliest, most cringe-worthy, “I’d never perform this in front of my Peer” pieces. This is a bardic safe zone!
No peers allowed! This is a circle for bardic newbies, apprentices, and anyone who doesn’t have a laurel medallion around their neck. Bring your silliest, most cringe-worthy, “I’d never perform this in front of my Peer” pieces, or just come to hang out and let your hair down. This is a bardic safe zone!  Hosts:  Robert the Perylous, Lucia Elena Braganza Saturday 8/2, 7:30 – 9:30 (East Kingdom Battle Pavilion) The East-Middle Bardic Exhibition The East-Mid Bardic Exhibition will showcase fourteen performers from the East and the Midrealm in an evening of mutual respect and camaraderie between these oft-warring kingdoms. Gentles from all kingdoms are encouraged to attend and enjoy these fine performances.
Hosted by:  Mistress Sofia Tyzes, Lord Martyn de Halliwell, and Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair Sunday 8/3, 3:00 – 4:30pm (Performing Arts Rehearsal and Class Tent) Sing We And Chant It IV – Madrigal and Acapella Jam – Open Rehearsal Meet & greet optional practice session for audience participation “Sing We and Chant It” Madrigal, Part Song, and A Capella Jam, Monday 8/4, at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Tent.  All are welcome to come and make joyful music!  Music will be available to share, or bring your own!  Song list available online here:  Song list available online:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Erajd1a5RMcDm7YUDN5pweB1qQownE6vQYY-NEG4jA/edit?usp=sharing  (Material fee optional for a folder of this year’s jam music)  Hosts:  Lady Lorelei Skye, Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza, Professor Pieter van Doorn Thursday 8/7,12:30 – 2:30pm (AS9) Mini-Bardic Madness If you can’t come to Bardic Madness, it can come to you. The challenges for one Fyt of Madness are at http://tilted-windmill.com/mini_madness.html
Heard about Bardic Madness, but been unable to attend? Now’s your chance. We will be answering one Fyt of Madness at Pennsic. The challenges for it can be found at http://tilted-windmill.com/mini_madness.html. This is an excellent opportunity for new and experienced performers alike. Gentles wishing to participate as a supportive audience are most welcome to attend. \Friday 8/8, 11:30 – 1:30pm (Performing Arts Rehearsal & Class Tent) Mini-Bardic Madness If you can’t come to Bardic Madness, it can come to you. The challenges for one Fyt of Madness are at http://tilted-windmill.com/mini_madness.html
Heard about Bardic Madness, but been unable to attend? Now’s your chance. We will be answering one Fyt of Madness at Pennsic. The challenges for it can be found at http://tilted-windmill.com/mini_madness.html. This is an excellent opportunity for new and experienced performers alike. Gentles wishing to participate as a supportive audience are most welcome to attend. Pennsic Readers Theater – Known World Players Thursday 7/31, 12:00 – 2:00pm (Performing Arts Rehearsal and Class Tent) KWP Pennsic Readers’ Theater – Youth Rehearsal Known World Players – Youth Readers’ Theatre will give the youth (ages 10-17) of the SCA an opportunity to experience a low stress theatre experience and learn about a popular legend from the medieval time creating a staged reading of “The Tale of Righteous Robin Hood.” This script is written by a fellow SCAdian, John Inchingham the Fool.  A staged reading means that the actors will be performing the play with the script in hand. To be performed Friday 8/1 in the Performing Arts Tent at 6:30pm. Friday 8/1, 12:00 – 2:00pm (Performing Arts Tent) KWP Pennsic Readers’ Theater – Youth Rehearsal Known World Players – Youth Readers’ Theatre will give the youth (ages 10-17) of the SCA an opportunity to experience a low stress theatre experience and learn about a popular legend from the medieval time creating a staged reading of “The Tale of Righteous Robin Hood.” This script is written by a fellow SCAdian, John Inchingham the Fool. A staged reading means that the actors will be performing the play with the script in hand. To be performed Friday 8/1 in the Performing Arts Tent at 6:30pm. Thursday 7/31, 2:00 – 4:00pm  (Performing Arts Rehearsal and Class Tent) KWP Pennsic Readers’ Theater – Adult Rehearsal KWP Readers’ Theatre providers a low stress opportunity and theatre experience creating a staged reading of a new play, “Strategos Arestes (Soldier of Honor)” by fellow SCAdian Tarmach ben Yehuda al-Khazari.
This is a play based on Homer’s The Iliad. This will be a staged reading of the play.  A staged reading means that the actors will be performing the play with the script in hand.  To be performed Friday 8/1 in the Performing Arts Tent at 7:00pm.
An opportunity to meet the author and cast of the play to follow the performance. Friday 8/1, 10:00 – 12:00pm  (Performing Arts Tent) KWP Pennsic Readers’ Theater – Adult Rehearsal KWP Readers’ Theatre providers a low stress opportunity and theatre experience creating a staged reading of a new play, “Strategos Arestes (Soldier of Honor)” by fellow SCAdian Tarmach ben Yehuda al-Khazari.
This is a play based on Homer’s The Iliad. This will be a staged reading of the play.  A staged reading means that the actors will be performing the play with the script in hand.  To be performed Friday 8/1 in the Performing Arts Tent at 7:00pm.
An opportunity to meet the author and cast of the play to follow the performance. Performing Arts Performances Amphitheater Confirm with onsite schdules in case of late cancellations or additions; Please bring your preferred seating for an outdoor setting Monday 8/4, 6:00 – 7:00pm Efenwealt Wystle at the Ampitheater What’s the difference between a baboon and a Viking? The Viking has a sword and will hit people who make bad jokes! Thank you Thank you! I’m here all week. If you haven’t had enough Efenwealt yet this year, come on out for a little comedy warm up before the evening’s improv comedy intensive. Monday 8/4, 7:00 – 9:00pm Whose Line Doth It Be Welcome to Whose Line Doth It Be?, the improv comedy competition where anything can happen. Audience members should bring seating. Over 110 minutes of improvisation guaranteed! Would-be contestants must attend the Audition at 4PM. *Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12. Tuesday 8/5, 6:00 – 7:30pm i Sebastiani at the Ampitheater Buon giorno! O, you lucky people! Truly you are blessed among the living, for into your lives has come AGAIN i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell’Arte Troupe in the Entire World! Join us as we improvise from the thinnest of outlines “The Marriage of Convenience,” a wondrous entertainment in three acts COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from the one we did on Sunday. You will be glad that you did! Wedhesday 8/6, 6:00 – 7:00pm Fool’s School Performances and Graduation Come watch the graduation performances and commencement ceremonies of the Pennsic War “Fool’s School”! To participate, you must attend “Fool School” (See Pennsic University classes). This will be your graduation performance. You will perform for no more than 5 minutes during an emceed variety show. Upon completion you will receive a certificate and be a “Licensed Fool”. Wedhesday 8/6, 7:00 – 7:30pm Iron Commedia: World Premere at the Ampitheater! Earlier this same day, a group of foolish players came together to craft, cast, and create a brand new Sixteenth Century Commedia dell’Arte play to premiere before your very eyes! Sorry we can’t give you a plot synopsis but we only just built the plot a few hours before the performance! Come see the zany foolishness in extremely live theatre! *Possibly some material inappropriate for younger children but it’s unknown until the play is created at the workshop earlier that day. Wednesday 8/6, 7:30 – 8:30pm *i Verdi Confusi* (Ampitheater) Players’ Patchwork Theatre Company returns for more zany *Commedia dell’Arte* as the final act of an evening of foolishness at the Amphitheatre!  *Some material may be inappropriate for children under 12. Performing Arts Performances Performing Arts Tent Confirm with onsite schdules in case of late cancellations or additions Friday  8/1/2014 Performing Arts Tent 6:00 – 6:30pm Iron Commedia: World Premere Earlier this same day, a group of foolish players came together to craft, cast, and create a brand new Sixteenth Century Commedia dell’Arte play to premiere before your very eyes! Sorry we can’t give you a plot synopsis but we only just built the plot a few hours before the performance! Come see the zany foolishness in extremely live theatre!  *Possibly some material inappropriate for younger  children but it’s unknown until the play is created at the workshop earlier that day. 6:30 – 7:00pm Pennsic Readers’ Theater Youth Performance – ʺThe Tale of Righteous Robin Hoodʺ A staged reading of ʺThe Tale of Righteous Robin Hoodʺ by the Pennsic Youth Readers Theater.  This script is written by a fellow Scadian, Master John Inchingham the Fool.  A staged reading means that the actors will be performing the play with the script in hand. 7:00 – 8:30pm Pennsic Readers’ Theater – “Strategos Arestes (Soldier of Honor)” Staged reading of a new play, Strategos Arestes (Soldier of Honor) by Tarmach ben Yehuda al-Khazari. 8:30 – 9:30pm Pennsic Readers’ Theater – Meet the Author and Cast Meet the author and cast of the Pennsic Readers Theater play, ʺStrategos Arestes (Soldier of Honor)ʺ by Tarmach ben Yehuda al-Khazari. Saturday  8/2/14 Performing Arts Tent 7:00 – 9:00pm Open Stage Shakespeare Night In honor of the Bard’s 450th birthday, Pennsic Performing Arts is holding open audience presentations from Shakespeare’s works!
Pennsic Performing Arts bids a most Happy Birthday to the Bard himself with Open Stage Shakespeare night! Bring a favorite Shakespeare sonnet or two, monologue under 5 minutes, or short scene (under 10 min.) to perform. Sign in at the light table in the back of the PA Tent the night of the show. Come bid a happy 450th birthday to The Bard! 9:00 – 10:30pm i Verdi Confusi: Players’ Patchwork Theatre Company Players’ Patchwork Theatre Company returns with hilarious antics of commedia all’improvviso! Of Course! It All Makes Sense Now!
*Show Contains Adult-Themed Content* Sunday 8/3/14 Performing Arts Tent 6:30 – 7:00pm Drake Oranwood, Singing Minstrel Drake Oranwood, wandering minstrel, will beguile you with tales boldly sung in his first solo concert.
* Some Material may be inappropriate for children under 12 7:00 – 8:00pm Duke Moonwulf and Michael Longcor – Together! Enjoy Pennsic 43 with a Pennsic War tradition. Songs, stories and shenanigans with Duke Master Moonwulf, Michael Longcor, and special guests. 8:00 – 9:30pm Efenwealt Wystle Efenwealt will do something entertaining and probably include other people, as he often does. If you are reading this text in the actual Pennsic Book, then something has gone horribly wrong and you should probably run for your life while there is still time.
* Some Material may be inappropriate for children under 12 9:30 – 11:00pm i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell’Arte Troupe in the Entire World Buon giorno! O, you lucky people! Truly you are blessed among the living, for into your lives has come i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell’Arte Troupe in the Entire World! Join us as we improvise from the thinnest of outlines “The Two Faithful Notaries,” a wondrous entertainment in three acts. You will be glad that you did! * Some Material may be inappropriate for children under 12 Monday  8/4/14 Performing Arts Tent 5:30 – 6:00pm In Persona Storytelling and Poetry, Duke Cariadoc of the Bow Poetry and Period Stories presented as told by a period person to a period audience by Duke Cariadoc of the Bow. 6:00 – 7:30pm Sing We And Chant It IV – Madrigal and Acapella Jam Come one and all who enjoy madrigal and polyphony / part singing to sing along for an evening of madrigal and *a capella* favorites performed by you, The Audience! Lady Lorelei Skye returns as your host, along with Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza, Professor Pieter van Doorn, and other guest conductors, for an evening of musical variety. Come and make joyful music, or sit and enjoy the harmony of multiple *a capella* voices! (Some music will be available to share, or bring your own!) Informal practices to be held during Peace Week on Friday 12-2 pm and Sunday 3-4:30 pm; look in the class listings for more information. You do not need to attend a practice to participate in the Jam. 7:30 – 8:15pm The Debatable Choir The award-winning Debatable Choir sings medieval and renaissance music by such famed composers as Michael East, Orlando di Lasso, Orazio Vecchi, John Dowland, Juan del Encina, and Adam de la Halle. Includes a guest appearance by our friends from the Sylvan Singers of the Shire of Sylvan Glen! 8:15 – 8:45pm Aneleda Falconbridge Baroness Aneleda Falconbridge is a songwriter, poetess, and performer of songs for modern warriors, shield maidens, and people with magic in their hearts (and probably a sword or two on their walls.) “I Am of the North”, her first full-length album of original music, will be released in early summer 2014. She lives in the wilds of the Barony of Endewearde in the East (Maine) where the snow is deep in the winter, the forest is deep in the summer, and the people are deep all the time. 9:00 – 10:30pm i Genesii Love! Money! Greed! Sex! Murderation! Overwhelming beauty! Underwhelming intelligence! Terrible poetry! All in one magnificent Commedia dell’Arte show, as only i Genesii can do! Join us for an evening of wondrous wackiness, fabulous funniness, and tenuous tastefulness! *Show Contains Adult Themed Content Tuesday  8/5/14 Performing Arts Tent 5:30 – 7pm A Cycle of Norse Myths Mistress Dervila ni Leanon, will be performing a cycle of Norse myths from the Creation of the World to Ragnarok, and more!
I will be performing a cycle of Norse myths from the Creation of the World to Ragnarok. Come hear why Thor dressed up as a bride, how the evil wolf Fenris was bound, how Mjolnir was created, how the beautiful Freya convinced Loki the trickster to become a mother, and more!  * Some Material may be inappropriate for children under 12 7:00 – 8:00pm Third Annual Depressing Song Competition Bring your most depressing, lugubrious, cry-in-your-beer song and see if you can bring the judges to tears. Prizes will be awarded before we dissolve into puddles of melancholy. Sign up at Moongate Designs. *Some Material may be inappropriate for children under 12 8:00 – 9:00pm Cantore Borealis A “pick up” choir formed during Pennsic, that practices all week. Ban Ollamh Orlaith Ballach Ingen Fhlainn, OL of Northshield organizes music, rehearsals and performers. (if you’re interested in performing find her in Northshield populace camping for an audition) 9:00 – 11:00pm Ken & Lisa Theriot Ken Theriot (Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tobermory) and Lisa Theriot (Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont) and friends in concert, featuring songs from the newly-released album “Outlaws and Bystanders”, as well as favorites like “The Feast Song” and “Band of Brothers”. Wednesday  8/6/14 Performing Arts Tent 6:00 – 7:00pm The Hammered Dulcimer Unleashed Join Vince Conaway (THL Vincenzo da Brescia) as he explores period and original music on hammered dulcimer, interspersed with his tales from the road. Vincenzo is a professional dulcimer player, or salterista, who tours extensively in Europe in addition to keeping a full schedule of festivals and events in the US and Canada. 7:00 – 9:00pm John Inchingham, Cerian Cantwr, and the House Sans Nomen in Concert Come and listen to the music and mayhem of some of the Mid-Realm’s best known bards. WARNING: Sightings of polar cows, were-llamas, and ladies with swords and spears, are likely. 9:00 – 11:00pm Marian of Heatherdale & Friends Bardic Concert Well-known bard Mistress Marian of Heatherdale (modern recording artist Heather Dale) will be joined on stage by other bardic performers for a lively evening of song and story. Please join us as you wander through Merchant’s Row! Great for all ages. Thursday  8/7/14 Performing Arts Tent 6:45 – 8:15pm Known World Choir and Friends The gentles of the Pennsic Known World Choir, Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, and Choralus Pennsicus request your presence at a concert of period choral music. A major focus this year is on the music of Scotland under the Stewart monarchs. 8:30 – 9:30pm Pennsic Commedia All Stars Commedia dell’ Arte play put together primarily at Pennsic with actors from all over the Known World. Inspired by the Known World Players, this troupe is different every year and comes together in person only at Pennsic. 9:30 – 11:30pm Middle Eastern Dance Concert with Ishtar and Nina Amaya After a week of Pennsic’s fabulous Middle Eastern Dance classes, and “How to Perform with Live Music” workshop, dancers are bringing their best, to entertain and delight! All performances are improvisational, from the heart, to the live music of Ishtar, the New World’s premier ‘bellydance’ band! Friday 8/8/14 Performing Arts Tent 5:30 – 6:30pm Pennsic Youth Commedia Performance This is the performance following a week of workshops and classes for youth in Pennsic Commedia. Come enjoy the show! 6:30 – 7:30pm Movement by Mysore – Mistress Lakshmi Mistress Lakshmi will be performing a collection of solo pieces from her lineage of Mysore Bharata Natyam, a style of courtesans. Having trained in the traditional manner for 12 years under the tuteleage of guru Aparna Sindhoor, student of Venkatalakshamma, student of Jati Thayamma. Lakshmi is performing shorter dance selections in preparation for her professional debut in the next year. 8:00 – 10:30pm The Known World Players present Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, as adapted by Andrew May The Known World Players present Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, as adapted by Andrew May: Come laugh with the Known World Players as they perform selections from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, arguably one of the most immortal pieces of comedic English literature. While preparing for a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett, at Canterbury Cathedral, characters from all walks of life take part in a story-telling competition. With colorful story tellers and even more colorful characters, the Canterbury Tales paint an ironic portrait of life in 14th century England. Some adult content; material may not be appropriate for children under the age of 14.
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An interview with Deborah Harkness, author of The Book of Life

Medievalists.net - Wed, 2014-07-23 13:31
Deborah Harkness, professor of history at the University of Southern California, has just published the final novel in her All Souls Trilogy. It follows the story of Diana Bishop, a historian and modern-day witch, Matthew Clairmont, a 1500-year-old vampire, and an enchanted manuscript at Oxford University's Bodleian Library.

Click here to read DuJour’s executive editor, Nancy Bilyeau, interview Deborah about The Book of Life

See also Deborah reading an excerpt from her novel:

Categories: History, SCA news sites

Horse and Falcon 2014 photos online

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-07-23 10:16

The Kingdom of Calontir's Falcon Banner reports that Vilhelm Lich has created several albums of photos from the recent Horse and Falcon event. The photos are available to few on Flickr.

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Missive from the Tyger Clerk of the Signet

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-07-22 23:51

From Mistress Kayleigh McWhyte:

Greetings, all:

For those who do not receive the Pikestaff, the following missive was published in the July issue. As many of you are aware, I am stepping down at 12th Night in 2015, and it has been a wonderful experience to serve all of the scribes of the East Kingdom College of Scribes, the various Crowns of the East, and the Kingdom as a whole in the last 3 1/2 years.

If you are considering applying for this position, I encourage you to please read the missive below – and share appropriately to any other list you deem may have interested volunteers on it.

Thank you does not seem like enough to say, but I am very grateful to all of you.

–Kayleigh

http://signet.eastkingdom.org/wp/2014/07/22/call-for-applications-tyger-clerk-of-the-signet/


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New burials found at Ostia necropolis

History Blog - Tue, 2014-07-22 23:50

Excavations in Ostia, the ancient Roman harbour town at the mouth of the Tiber, have unearthed a group of more than 12 tombs from the 3rd-4th century A.D. Underscoring the cultural diversity of the port city, the necropolis includes inhumations and cremations, some right next to each other. The newly unearthed tombs are early Christian and surround a central tomb that belonged to someone of religious or social significance. The central tomb is a circular mausoleum lined in travertine that was originally built in the late Republican era and was reused in late antiquity. Archaeologists believe it may be an extended family unit who wanted to be buried at an important location, perhaps associated with one of the saints buried in early Christian Ostia.

The area being excavated, Parco dei Ravennati, was a suburb of the ancient city of Ostia on the left bank of the Tiber, now long since silted over. The area was used as a necropolis from the early imperial era through the 5th century when a basilica was built around the nearby tomb of 3rd century martyr Saint Aurea, patron saint of Ostia. The church was extensively renovated over the centuries; the current building was built by the Giuliano della Rovere, the future Pope Julius II, commissioner of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, in the 15th century. Another important saint, Saint Monica, mother of Saint Augustine, died in Ostia in the late 4th century and was buried there. Her remains were moved to the Saint Aurea church in the 6th century before moving again to the Church of Saint Augustine in Rome.

There may be more information on the burials forthcoming courtesy of some inscriptions.

Additionally, several tombs had funerary inscriptions and archaeologists found a possible tabella defixionum, a lead curse tablet intended to protect the dead and bring anathema to tomb desecrators.

“They were really horrible curses to protect the dead”, Paola Germoni, head of Ostia’s archaeological superintendency, added.

Studies remain ongoing, according to Michele Raddi, excavation co-director, who said “we found a number of fragmentary inscriptions in the tombs as well as a possible tabella defixionum, but we need to evaluate its context and see if it has an inscription”.

Parco dei Ravennati wasn’t just a necropolis, however. Multiple domestic spaces have been unearthed, including an elaborate opus sectile marble inlay floor from the late 4th century. This season’s excavations have found even more of that aristocratic home, a space adjacent to the opus sectile room that was paved with paving stones and converted to commercial use. The discovery of hooks and lead weights from fishing nets suggest the elegant home was re-purposed for fish processing in the early Middle Ages. Ancient sources and earlier archaeology pointed to Ostia being in steep decline as a commercial center starting in the reign of Constantine I (306-337 A.D.), so the discovery of active businesses from the early Middle Ages is going to change what we know about Ostia.

“What’s amazing is that you have continual use in this park straight through from republic and imperial times through to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, its giving us precious information about the later periods and how it relates to Ostia Antica”, [director of the American Institute for Roman Culture Darius] Arya said.

“The discoveries in the Parco dei Ravennati underlines the extraordinary continuity of life and activity along the Tiber River banks, in Ostia Antica’s suburbs”

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

East Kingdom Seneschal’s meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-07-22 16:59

The East Kingdom Seneschal will be having a seneschals’ meeting at Pennsic on the Wednesday of War Week from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in EK Royal.

Reports, email, and more are scheduled to be discussed. The Seneschal asks that you please think about issues you’d like to bring up.


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Cynagua Coronet May 2014 videos online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-07-22 13:15

Kean de Lacy reports that he has posted a collection of videos from Cynagua Coronet which took place in May 2014 in the Kingdom of the West.

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