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Kingdom A&S Championship is October 31

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-08-31 06:58

To the people of Æthelmearc, Greeting from Fridrikr and Orianna, Kingdom Ministers of Arts and Sciences.

As the Fall comes upon us and we prepare for the onset of Winter, Æthelmearc will be choosing her new Arts & Sciences Champion in October. The Kingdom A&S Champions event will be held in the Shire of Angelskeep on October 31st. The event announcement appears in this month’s ÆSTEL and can be found on-line here.

We hope that this grand competition will draw many entrants. It will feature face-to-face judging, in which each entrant will be visited by a small team of judges who will engage the entrant in conversation. Because of this, all entrants MUST be present at the event. No proxy entries will be allowed. We also strongly suggest that entrants complete the short and easy registration form prior to the event.

We will need judges for the competition and we are urgently requesting that any companions of the Fleur and the Laurel who do not choose to enter the competition join us as judges. You will get to meet several excellent artisans and discuss their entries with them at some length. It is a great way to teach AND learn.

The rules for the entrants are as follows:

1. All entrants must be present. No proxy entries.

2. Entrants may enter up to three pieces, all in the same category.

3. Entries may be completed items or items in progress.

4. Because the site is dry, no alcoholic beverages may be entered. However, brewers may enter a work in progress, so long as it does not include alcohol (no fermentation).

5. “Performance” entries may be recorded in advance. Decisions of whether or not to allow this will be made on a case-by-case basis.

6. Entrants are strongly encouraged to pre-register their entries. Registration forms will be available on Facebook, Google+, the Kingdom A&S website, and the Kingdom e-mail list.

7.The populace will be offered the opportunity to vote on their favorite entry.

8. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

a. Research and Project Planning
b. Historical Accuracy
c. Quality of Workmanship
d. Methods
e. Materials

We sincerely invite the people of Æthelmearc and her neighbors to attend this excellent event!

In service to Æthelmearc and the Arts & Sciences,
Fridrikr & Orianna, Kingdom MoAS

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Retired electrician found guilty of holding stolen Picassos

History Blog - Sun, 2015-08-30 22:19

Retired electrician Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle have been convicted of possessing stolen goods, namely 271 drawings, collages and paintings by Pablo Picasso. The trove of previously unknown works came to light in September of 2010 when Pierre Le Guennec carried a suitcase full of them to the Picasso Administration to have them authenticated. His story was that either Picasso himself or his wife Jacqueline gave the art to Pierre as a gift for having installed a security system and done some other work around the Côte d’Azur estate.

Picasso’s son Claude found this account unbelievable because while the artist was generous with his prolific work, he routinely signed and dated a piece before giving it to someone. There was certainly no precedent for Picasso handing over hundreds of random, unsigned pieces at one time. Claude pressed charges against the Le Guennecs for receipt of stolen goods.

Pierre and Danielle gave different accounts of how they had acquired this multi-million dollar treasure.

[On the stand Pierre] recalled that one day, in a corridor, Jacqueline Picasso had handed him a closed box containing the works, saying: “Here, it’s for you. Take it home.” He said: “Thank you, madame” and they never discussed it again. During the inquiry, Danielle Le Guennec had separately recalled a different version: that her husband came home with a stuffed rubbish bag, and told her Picasso had given the works to him when tidying his studio.

Both stories strained credulity, as far as the Picasso heirs were concerned, and no clear answers were forthcoming in court. They do suspect that third parties may be involved.

The Picasso heirs’ lawyer had suggested in court that the couple might have been manipulated by an art smuggling ring. Pierre Le Guennec had claimed that, despite knowing nothing about art, he had personally used books about Picasso to draw up an inventory that was found with the cache of 180 lithographs, collages and paintings and 91 drawings. But in court, lawyers cast doubt over whether he wrote the inventory himself. It contained a note about a similarity to a Picasso work at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. But in court, Pierre Le Guennec seemed not to have ever heard of MoMA.

The couple are in the 70s now and won’t be going to jail. They were given a two-year suspended sentence and the collection will be returned to Picasso’s heirs. The court made no determination as to who was responsible for the theft.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Kingdom Archery Championship at Shoote in the Wyldwood

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-08-30 21:22


Their Royal Highnesses Prince Magnus Tindal and Princess Etain ingen Dalaig invite the archers of Æthelmearc to aim their arrows in a tournament to decide the next Kingdom Archery Champion. This Tournament Shoot will take place at 3pm on Saturday, September 5th at Shoote in the Wyldwood in the Barony of Delftwood. Come and show your pride for your Kingdom and earn your place among the Champions!

If you have any questions about this or any of the things happening at Wyldwood please feel free to contact Aleidis Lanen, the event steward! There are SO many archery ranges you could shoot all day and not do the same range twice! Thrown weapons will also be in full swing! For the full schedule of events please visit the event page at www.delftwood.org.

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Court Report: East Kingdom Equestrian and Thrown Weapons Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-08-30 14:04

Their Majesties held both a morning and afternoon court at Equestrian and Thrown Weapons Champions. The Gazette thanks Master Ernst for the following report:

Morning Court

Arnulf Tête de Laine d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Gawain.

Leon d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Gawain. Scroll by Constance de St. Denis

Rodulf d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Gawain. Scroll by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc.

Ysabella DeCoventry received her Award of Arms. Scroll by Aaradyn Ghyoot.

Tiernan Shepard was awarded a Burdened Tyger. Scroll by Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir.

Wynefryd Bredhers was awarded a Burdened Tyger. Calligraphy by Mari Clock van Hoorne.

Jared of Sarisberry was inducted into the Queen’s Order of Courtesy. Scroll by: Jan Janowicz Bogdanski

Brenden Crane was inducted into the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

The following Gentles received the award of the Golden Lyre:
Rufus Bowie, Sile ingean MacCarthaigh, Nest verch Tangwistel, Dearbhorgaill ingen Rosa, Alys Attewater, Marguarite von Elfaneu, Amy ferch Richard.

Nejla Hatice Saime Dogan was granted a Court Barony.

Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina was granted a Court Barony. Scroll by: Nest verch Tangwistel

Wentliana Benegrek was granted a Court Barony. Scroll by: Leonete d’Angely

Nest verch Tangwistel was directed to Augment her arms. Scroll by Jon Blaecstan

Evening Court

Colin MacKenzie stepped down as EK Thrown Weapons Marshal, and Leon the Navigator stepped into the position.

Magnus DeLondres was declared the Queen’s Thrown Weapon Champion. Scroll by Charis Accipiter.

Kazimerz was declared the King’s Thrown Weapon Champion. Scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Randal of the Dark was declared King’s Equestrian Champion. Scroll by Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Duncan Kerr was declared Queen’s Equestrian Champion. Scroll by Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Eleanor Fitzpatrick and Katherine Stanhope were made the Premiers of the Order of the Golden Lance of the East. Eleanor’s Scroll by Vettorio Antonello, Katherine’s scroll forthcoming

Isabella Natale was Awarded Arms. Illumination by Lorita de Siena, calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel

Terren of Tir was inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Scroll by: Heather rose De Gordoun

Maria Pagini was inducted into the Order of the Pelican Illumination by Harold von Auerbach calligraphy by Aud Lifsdottir

Juan Lazaro Ramirez Xavier was inducted into the Order of the Pelican. Scroll by Eleanore MacCarthaigh.

Siubhan Wallace was inducted into the Order of the Pelican Illumination by Lisabetta Medaglia Calligraphy by: Eleanor Catlyng.

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Herbert Hoover’s World War I laces

History Blog - Sat, 2015-08-29 22:14

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has a collection of beautiful Belgian laces made during World War I at the behest of future President of the United States Herbert Hoover. Hoover’s name is nowadays most commonly associated with the lack of relief for the destitute of the Great Depression — the notorious tent cities of the homeless and poverty-stricken were famously called Hoovervilles — but before he was president Herbert Hoover was actively involved in relief efforts. As head of the Food Administration under Woodrow Wilson, Hoover was in charge of the administration’s food and fuel conservation programs during the war, but before that, when war first broke out in 1914, Hoover ran the Committee for Relief in Belgium (CRB) which organized the distribution of food supplies to ten million people in occupied Belgium.

Hoover wasn’t in government at the time. He wasn’t even in the United States. He was living in London, a wealthy mining engineer and investor who translated Renaissance mining tracts with his wife Lou in his spare time. That translation is considered the standard for its clarity of language and extensive scholarly footnotes and is still in print today. He was drawn into relief work after World War I broke out and tens of thousands of American citizens suddenly found themselves stranded in London. Hoover organized a committee to get them back home and was so effective that in October of 1914 the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James asked Hoover to take on a far more onerous job: keep all of Belgium from starving to death.

Belgium had been invaded by Germany at the start of the war and famine immediately became a very real prospect. The small country only produced enough food to supply 20-25% of the population, but whatever food was available was requisitioned by the occupiers to supply the troops. Britain put Germany and the occupied countries under blockade making food imports nigh on impossible.

That was the Gordian knot Hoover had to cut through. He was able to arrange for the relief supplies to be shipped to Belgium where the CRB monitored their distribution by the Comité National de Secours et d’Alimentation (CNSA), the Belgian organization dedicated to famine relief. The CRB personnel weren’t just passing the time of the day. They had to be involved in every step of the distribution process because as occupied Belgians, CNSA personnel were legally bound to follow German orders. The primarily British and American CRB staff was under no such obligation. Their job was to ensure the food made it to Belgian plates and they did it well. The CRB raised funds, shipped 5.7 million tons of donated food past Germany’s unrestricted U-boat warfare and then literally fed Belgium from 1914 through 1919.

Hoover’s concern wasn’t just to keep Belgians from mass starvation. He also arranged for thread to be distributed to Belgian lace makers and for the sale of their finished lace to buyers in Allied countries. Belgium had been famous for its delicate handmade laces since the 17th century, and while industrialization and mass-production had hobbled the traditional craft, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium instituted promotional and improvement programs had helped spur a revival of interest in handmade lace just before World War I.

The Belgian lace committees worked closely with the “Commission for Relief of Belgium” as the work on behalf of the lace makers became even more important during World War One. Several famous Belgian artists were enlisted to make new designs. Among them were Isidore de Rudder, his sister Maria de Rudder, Charles Michel, and Juliette Wytsman, who designed some of the War Laces that are now part of the collection at the National Museum of American History.

World War One laces often included names of people, places, inscriptions, and dates; a characteristic not usually found in other lace work. The lace often incorporates the coats-of-arms or national symbols of the Allied Nations as well as the nine Belgian provinces in recognition of the help received. It was hoped that these distinguishing elements would appeal to generous people around the world who might buy these laces in support of the Belgian people.

Sometimes the appeal was even more direct. This exquisite banner panel features a pair of cupids holding a banner inscribed “Augusta-Virginia,” the name of the mother of the Vicomtesse de Beughem. The Vicomtesse, an American married to a Belgian aristocrat, was one of four women in charge of the Lace Committee. It is believed she commissioned the banner in honor of her mother, Augusta Virginia Mitchell. One of the other three women, Mrs. Brand Whitlock, wife of the US ambassador to Belgium, commissioned this table cloth with the seals of the United States, Belgium and the Whitlock family crest.

The program ultimately kept 50,000 lace makers in Belgium working from 1914 through 1919.

The war laces in the Smithsonian collection are not on public display, but they have been digitized and can be viewed online. It’s a gasp-generating browse, even though I dearly wish the pictures were larger. I know, I know… I always wish the pictures were larger, but the minute details of this lace just beg to be viewed in extreme closeup. It’s a little awkward to navigate, but you can feast your eyes on the minutiae by clicking on the name of the object. This takes you the catalogue entry. Scroll down to the bottom for additional images. Those are detail images, so while you can’t see the whole piece zoomed all the way in to the stitching, you can explore the a section of the lacework in satisfying detail.

One of my favorites is Table Mat With English Scene which has an unbelievable allegorical depiction of the coronation of British King George V in 1911. The image started out as a cartoon by Bernard Partridge published in Punch Magazine which was the converted into lace using the Point de Gaze technique. The Isidore de Rudder Designed Pillow Top goes in a completely different direction, commemorating the battle at the Yzer River with a glorious sea creature design in Point de Venise needle lace. I love the Monogrammed Fan Leaf with Designer’s Name because while it has the monograms of Belgian King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth writ large on either side of the Belgian Lion, it also has the names of designer Juliette Wytsman and the manufacturer Maison Daimeries-Petitjean in very petite cursive under the monogrammed initials. It’s incredible to me that it’s even possible to write your name so small and clear in Point de Gaze needle lace. Oh, and here’s one for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Collar with Peace Doves.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

A Plethora of Events Next Weekend!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-08-29 18:32

Never let it be said that there is nothing to do in Æthelmearc! This next weekend brings you three great events all around the Kingdom.

Fireside Feast
Hosted by Shire of Sunderoak
September 4, 2015 6 PM – September 6, 2015 2 PM
The brisk fall air is mingled with wood smoke and the smell of food wafts all around. It’s not just fanciful imagery! It is the theme of the Shire of Sunderoak’s annual event.
Ever wanted to try to cook over an open fire? See it done? OK, just eat some really good food? Here is your chance!

The Shire of Sunderoak invites you to join us as we spend the weekend of September 4 – September 6 creating a Fireside Feast at Breakneck Campground (1757 Cheeseman Road, Portersville, PA. 16051).

Saturday will be filled with the opportunity to take open air cooking classes. Any wishing to join us for the evening meal may bring supplies and prepare their own dish over an open fire or bring a prepared dish from home. Modern fare as well as period food is welcome. Fire pits and wood will be provided for those cooking on site, please contact Raven to reserve a spot. Saturday’s evening meal will be served buffet style. There is no feast hall on site, so bring your own table & chairs or eat picnic style. All offerings will be provided by attendees. In years past we have been amazed at the bounty that is put before our guests here at Fireside. In the spirit of the event we will be holding a canned food drive benefiting Butler Area Food Cupboards!

Site opens Friday at 6 pm and closes Sunday at 2pm. It is a damp site – no glass containers please. Site is pet friendly ALL animals must be on a leash at ALL times – failure to do so will result in a warning followed by removal from site. Owners are expected to police their animals waste.
Cost of the Event: $10 for adults $7 for children with children ages 5 and under being free. $5 per night for campers. There will also be a $5 fee for all non members.
Autocrat: Raven Whitehart mka Valarie Kelly 160 Bullcreek Road, Butler, PA 16002 724-360-3100. Please make checks payable to SCA PA INC – Shire of Sunderoak

A Shoote in the Wyldwood
Hosted by Barony of Delftwood
September 4, 2015 5 PM – September 7, 2015 12 PM

Come join the Barony of Delftwood for our annual Shoote in the Wyldwood! Camp with us for the weekend (we have lots of room!) or come enjoy a day. There will be archery, thrown weapons and atl atl happening through out the weekend. Come and enjoy some of our many open ranges! Its a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the end of summer!

Returning features: – Archery, thrown weapons, and atl atl – Merchants – A heavy list for pick up practice – The Embroidery Challenge – Camping and fun! – Yes we have a HOT shower on site!
Lunch will be available on Saturday from 11:30am to 1:30pm on the porch of the club house. Prices range from $2-$6 and will include burgers, hotdogs, chicken on a stick, salt potatoes, mac salad, and packaged chips. Soda, coffee, and beer will be available through out the weekend at the clubhouse bar. If you are camping feel free to bring your fire pit with you! We will have some firewood on site to share. If you have any questions at all please contact Lanen at lanenofhamilton@gmail.com
NEW THIS YEAR! Cast Iron Chef! Come one! Come all! Delftwood invites you to share our fires in the spirit of friendship in the first Cast Iron Chef Tournament! Whether you are new to medieval cooking, or it is old hat to you, you are welcome at our table!
On Sunday, September 6, join us around the cooking fire and cook up a dish that tantalizes the taste buds. The only catch is that you can only use the food that is provided to you by the Delftwood Cooks’ Guild pantry! Our pantry will be stocked with foods and spices commonly found in medieval recipes. Participants are encouraged to use their knowledge of medieval food styles, cooking techniques, and flavor combinations to create a dish that could have been found on the medieval table. Fabulous prizes will be awarded for creativity, historical accuracy, and taste.
While no outside food items are to be used in this tournament, we do encourage participants to bring their own cookware (cast iron and ceramic – we will be cooking outdoors over the fire), any special handling accessories, and kitchen knives. The Barony of Delftwood will have a selection of prep equipment (mixing bowls, measuring cups/spoons, tongs, etc.), and serving equipment (dishes, spoons, trays) ready and at your disposal.
The tournament will begin at 10:00 AM, with all cooking and plating to be finished by 2:00 PM for judging. Please direct any questions regarding the Cast Iron Chef cooking tournament to Vrouw Lijsbet de Keukere.
We look forward to meeting you on the culinary battlefield! Gaan en te koken!

Largess Dirty Dozen Derby We will be holding the Lord Jarrah Memorial Largess Derby at Shoote in the Wyldwood. It is a friendly competition where each entrant makes 12 items for largess and displays them at the event. There will be prizes for populous vote (Lord Jarrah won last year) and a judges choice winner. Everyone goes home with a prize just for entering! All items will be donated to the Barony largess. If you have any questions please contact: Lady Wylde Wysse (nwent514-AT-gmail-DOTcom).
Baronial Garage Sale Do you have garb, armor, feast gear, or other accessories you don’t use anymore? Are they something someone else might like to have? Then donate them to the Baronial garage sale! We will have a “garage sale” tent in the merchant area. We plan to have everything sell for a very low price. All proceeds will go toward off setting the cost of new loner armor for heavy weapons and fencing! Donations will start being collected after we all return from Pennsic. For more information or if you have any questions please get in touch with Catalina Carpintero de Diaz (Fred Flouton).

The event location is: Wildwood Sports Center 5740 Fikes Road Elbridge NY 13112
Date and Time: September 4th – 7th Site opens Friday at 5pm and closes on Monday at noon
Weekend Fee: $15 (includes camping) Day Fee: $10 Youth (6-14) – $7 5 and under: Free Family cap: $35 Non-Member surcharge: $5
Reservations to be sent to: SCA NY – Barony of Delftwood PO Box 6694, Syracuse, NY 13217 Please indicate number of adults, youth Checks to be made payable to “SCA NY – Barony of Delftwood”
Autocrat Info: Aleidis Lanen (lanenofhamilton-AT-gmail-DOT-com) Adelle Starr 117 Miles Ave. Syracuse, NY 13210 315-450-9470

Birthday Battle & Ball
Hosted by Shire of Nithgaard
September 5, 2015 9 AM – September 5, 2015 10 PM

The Shire of Nithgaard is turning 38, and we will be celebrating with heavy fighting, fencing, music & dance, Arts & Sciences, games, and various other diversions. The entertainments will be accompanied by an excellent feast planned by our Shire’s chief cook! Please come to our Birthday Battle & Ball!
The Shire of Nithgaard will host this celebration September 5th, 2015, 9am-10pm, at the   Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County   780 Waupelani Drive Extension, State College, PA 16801. The site is discreetly wet.

Early registration pricing: $8.00 base (includes dayboard) + $10.00 for the feast At-the-door pricing: $8.00 base + $12.00 for the feast Surcharge for non-SCA members: $5 (does not apply to discounted minors) Minors 5-17 are half price; children under 5 are free. Please make checks payable to “SCA PA, Inc. – Shire of Nithgaard” and mail to the shire exchequer:   Mistress Phiala O’Ceallaigh  (mka: Sarah Goslee)m 1336 Old Boalsburg Rd., State College, PA 16801 (phone: 814-769-9300).

If you have any accessibility concerns or requests about the event or site, please contact the event steward Oribe Tsukime at tsukime@nahks.com or 814-574-2220. For information related to food allergies and dietary restrictions, please contact our Head Cook THL Henry of Maldon as soon as possible.

Go to 40.77246N, 77.854W. Turn in to the lane (this is the second lane off the loop, the one without a divider) and go ahead to the parking lot.
From the west or southwest on I-99: Take exit 69 (Business 322 East, Atherton Street). Turn right at the light onto Valley Vista Drive. Go ahead over three miles, through the name change to Science Park Road, until it bends left twice and then ends at a plant entrance. Turn right onto College Avenue. Go a bit over a mile, and turn left onto Whitehall Road (by the big Uni-Mart store/gas station). Go about 1.5 miles, and turn right at the light onto Waupelani Drive. When you reach the loop, turn into the lane to the UUFCC parking lot.
From the north or northeast on I-99: Take exit 73 (322 East). Then take the first exit (26, State College). Turn right onto College Avenue, go a bit over a mile, and take the exit to University Drive (Penn State). Turn left onto University Drive. Go ahead 3 miles, through where it is joined by Whitehall Road. Turn left at the light onto Waupelani Drive. When you reach the loop, turn into the lane to the UUFCC parking lot.
From the southeast on 322: Take the exit for Boalsburg (322 Business, Atherton Street). Go ahead about 2 1/2 miles, and turn left onto University Drive. Go about 1.4 miles, through where it is joined by Whitehall Road, and turn left at the light onto Waupelani Drive. When you reach the loop, turn into the lane to the UUFCC parking lot.

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Hospital resources used to examine 6th century artifacts

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-08-29 13:04

In 2012, archaeologists discovered the remains of 27 Anglo-Saxon warriors and their grave goods at Barrow Clump in Salisbury, England. Recently experts used an army field hospital x-ray machine to examine a 6th century sword found at the site. (photos)

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Small but sweet Viking hoard declared treasure

History Blog - Fri, 2015-08-28 22:21

A hoard of Viking-era silver ingots and coins discovered in Wales has been officially declared treasure at a coroner’s inquest. The hoard was found in March by metal detectorist Walter Hanks in a field in Llandwrog, north-west Wales. Consisting of fewer than 20 coins and coin fragments, three complete ingots and one partial, it’s a small trove of outsized historical significance because of its age and rarity.

Fourteen of the coins are silver pennies minted in Dublin under the reign of the Hiberno-Norse King of Dublin Sihtric Anlafsson, aka Sigtrygg Silkbeard (r. 989-1036). Eight of them date to 995 A.D.; the other six, three of which are fragments, were minted in 1018 A.D. Sihtric’s coins are very rare discoveries on the British mainland. There are also fragments of three or four silver pennies from the reign of Cnut the Great, the Danish King of England who reigned from 985 or 995 through 1035. The Cnut coins were probably produced in the mint at Chester.

Archaeologists believe the hoard was lost or buried between 1020 and 1030. The Bryn Maelgwyn hoard, unearthed in 1979 near Llandudno in Conwy, north Wales, was buried around that time — after 1024 — and it too contains coins minted by Cnut and Sihtric: 203 Cnut silver pennies and just two Sihtric silver pennies. The Bryn Maelgwyn coins are thought to have been Viking booty rather than a savings account, however, unlike the Llandwrog hoard. The weight of the ingots is 115.09 grams out of a total hoard weight of 127.77 grams. That means fully 90% of the weight of the hoard is in the ingots which suggests the hoard’s main role was silver storage.

Dr Mark Redknap, Head of Collections and Research in the Department of History and Archaeology at the National Museum Wales said the find will help historians to form a picture of the eleventh century Gwynedd economy.

He said: “There are three complete finger-shaped ingots and one fragmentary finger-shaped metal ingot. Nicking on the sides of the ingots is an intervention sometimes undertaken in ancient times to test purity, and evidence that they had been used in commercial transactions before burial.

“At least four hoards on the Isle of Man indicate that bullion retained an active role in the Manx economy from the 1030s to 1060s, and the mixed nature of the Llandwrog hoard falls into the same category. As such it amplifies the picture we are building up of the wealth and economy operating in the kingdom of Gwynedd in the eleventh century.”

The National Museum Wales is hoping to secure the hoard. The Bryn Maelgwyn hoard is at the Cardiff branch of the Nation Museum, so it would be in excellent company. First the valuation committee must decide the fair market value of the hoard. The museum will then try to raise the price, ideally through a Lottery Fund grant, which will be divided between the finder and the landowner.

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Fall Crown Tournament – Call for Letters of Intent / Tournois de la couronne – des lettres d’intentions

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:11

En français

Greetings unto all those intending to enter Fall Crown Tournament

Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Brennan and Princess Caoifhionn with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal. If by email, a joint email is preferred.


The Letter of Intent must be received by Coronation, October 3, 2015.

If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort:
Society name
Legal name
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.

TRHs also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees.

In Service to the East, I remain

Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom

En français    Traduction par Boyarinia Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevtsova.

Salutations à tous ceux qui désire participer au Tournois de la couronne de L’automne.
Veuillez noter que le combatant ainsi que leur consort doivent fournir une lettre d’intentions, soit à travers le lien suivant : http://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/372252/lang-en , (méthode privilégiée) ou par courriel à leurs Altesses Royales le Prince Brennan et la Princesse Caoifhionn, en copiant le Sénéchal du Royaume. Si la lettre d’intention est envoyée par courriel, veuillez joindre les deux lettres dans le même courriel.

La lettre d’intentions doivent être reçues par la Couronne avant le 3 Octobre 2015.

Si les lettres sont envoyées par courriel, elles doivent inclure les informations suivantes pour le combattant ainsi que pour son /sa consort :
Nom dans la Société,
Nom légal,
Numéro de téléphone,
années de résidences
et doivent être accompagnées d’une carte de membre en règle avec le numéro de membre et une date d’expiration d’au moins 30 jours après le Tournois.

Si les deux candidats sont des combattants, cela doit être mentionné de façon explicite.

Le Altesses Royales demandent également aux combattants d’amener leurs écus d’armoiries pour l’arbre de la liste.

Au service de l’Est, je demeure

Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Sénéchale du Royaume de l’Est


Filed under: Announcements, En français, Heavy List

Rossetti didn’t paint Botticelli lady’s hair red

History Blog - Thu, 2015-08-27 22:29

A new restoration of Portrait of a Lady known as Smeralda Bandinelli (1470-5) by Sandro Botticelli has redeemed the reputation of a much later artist, Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The Lucille Ball hue of Smeralda’s hair was long thought to be an alteration done by Rossetti after he bought the painting in 1867. Experts at the V&A conserving the work for next year’s
Botticelli Reimagined exhibition have discovered that the flaming red hair is original.

It was Rossetti’s own words which placed him under scrutiny. In a letter dated three days after he bought the painting, Rossetti told his secretary “I have been restoring the headdress, but don’t mean to tell.” The hair was thought to have suffered the brunt of Rossetti’s sneaky intervention, but when V&A conservators removed the top layer of discolored varnish, they saw that there were fewer layers of paint than they expected to find. Analysis of the paint confirmed it was tempera and that the red pigment of the hair was applied by Botticelli’s hand. The only areas Rossetti appears to have retouched were some areas of the face and the cap.

Infrared reflectography revealed interesting details about Botticelli’s process. He drew incised lines on architectural features like the pillars, window framing and door which add depth and precision and help ensure the perspective looks accurate. For Smeralda’s garment, Botticelli first used liquid sketching to rough out the clothing before covering it in a wash of paint with high carbon content to enhance the shading.

When Rossetti acquired the painting from a Christie’s auction, Botticelli’s genius wasn’t as widely recognized as it had been during his lifetime. The 19th century saw a gradual revival of appreciation for the Renaissance master, and the pre-Raphaelites played an important role in the reevaluation of Botticelli’s significance. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin and Edward Burne-Jones collected Botticelli paintings and drawings, which goes to show how different the market was for his work back then. Rossetti paid £20 for Smeralda Bandinelli (plus £4 to have it professionally cleaned). When he sold it to collector Constantine Alexander Ionides just 15 years later, the sale price had leapt to £315. It hasn’t been sold since and isn’t likely to be ever again — Ionides included it in his bequest of 82 paintings to the V&A in 1901 — but Botticelli’s Rockefeller Madonna set a record for the artist when it sold at auction for $10,442,500 in 2013.

The upcoming exhibition looks at Botticelli’s work, how it was seen in his time and how, after three long centuries of obscurity, it came back to prominence through the work of artists influenced by him. There are more than 50 original works by Botticelli in the exhibition. Pre-Raphaelite reimaginings of Botticelli like Rossetti’s La Ghirlandata and Burne-Jones’ The Mill: Girls Dancing to Music by a River will be on display alongside works by Botticelli-inspired artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte, and designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

It’s a joint exhibition with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin which has eight paintings and 86 drawings by the Renaissance master in its permanent collection. The show opens in Berlin on September 24th of this year and closes on January 24th. It opens at the V&A on March 5th, 2016.

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Fall Æcademy to Include Youth Track & Living History Focus

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-08-27 21:06

We have noticed that you have skills to teach to others that may improve their game in the SCA! Please consider coming to the Shire of Riversedge on Saturday, November 14, 2015, for the Fall Æthelmearc Æcademy.  

The event will be held at the French Creek Valley Campus (420 North Street, Saegertown PA  16433); we will welcome everyone starting at 9 am. Doors will close at 7 pm. The campus is laid all one level and we welcome those that need assistance to attend.  

Living in History is the focus of Fall Æcademy. Looking to take your persona to the next level? Then this academy is for YOU! Some examples of classes we are hoping to see include mending, cooking (with an outdoor fire ready and waiting including a bread oven for classes), fiber arts, blacksmithing, pottery, wood working, bee keeping, animal husbandry, food preservation, medicinals, dyeing, ink making, C&I, knot tying, basketry, hound coursing, customs and manners, grooming, games, costuming, leather working and so much more! 

Elizabeth, daughter of Duchess Ilish, teaches butter churning.

This year’s Æcademy will be filled with exciting new additions including a track of classes taught by and for our Kingdom’s youth artisans! Duchess Ilish had the idea for a track of classes for youth, and the Æcademy staff enthusiastically agreed. She is looking for hands on, make and take, or simple beginner classes. The Youth Track will welcome not just arts and sciences but youth fighting and fencing classes as well. Some ideas for classes include cooking, C&I, sewing, period dancing, games, animal husbandry, and weaving. To help foster families participate in the event, children 17 and under are admitted free into the event but encouraged to pre-register for food planning purposes.

For more information about the Youth Track, to recommend a youth instructor, or if you wish to teach a youth track class, please contact Duchess Ilish O’Donovan by email. It is everyone’s hope that the Youth Track will become an ongoing part of future Æcademies.

Those of you who wish to teach with the War College have ample outdoor space for fighting, fencing, thrown weapons, youth fighting and fencing. If the weather is inclement, fencing and youth fighting can be held indoors in the gym.

We have something special lined up for the heavy weapons community, too! A Golden Chain day of learning and Tourney will be coordinated by Duke Duncan von Halstern and Syr Stefan Ulfkelsson. Classes taught by members of the Order of Chivalry will help you hone your skills, and a Golden Chain Tourney will let you put those skills to the test.

What else do we have for you? The shire will also host a sideboard lunch filling your plates with meats, soups and breads of the harvest season, created by our very own Lord Calean O’Rurik and his wonderful staff. Lunch sideboard will be included with the site fee we do ask to please send in your reservations in advance to so the kitchen make sure there is an abundance for everyone.

General teaching and classroom questions should be directed to Mistress Marsi of Hadley by email. Or just register to teach at www.aecademy.net/registration.

If cost is a concern, do not delay, for the cost of this event is just $10 for those 18 and older; attendees 17 and under are our guests and pay no fee (other than the NMS, if applicable).  See the full event announcement at www.aecademy.net or http://www.shireofriversedge.com/shireevents.htm.

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Roman treasure found in the Hague

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015-08-27 09:13

Archaeologists working on the site of road construction in the Hague, Netherlands were surprised to discover a treasure hoard in a Roman pot. The extent of the treasure was revealed recently at the annual De Reuvensdagen archaeological conference. (photo)

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Roman water law inscription found in Laodicea

History Blog - Wed, 2015-08-26 22:40

A marble slab inscribed with Roman-era water laws has been unearthed in the ancient city of Laodicea in western Turkey. The highly detailed law law was written by the Laodicea Assembly in 114 A.D. and approved by Aulus Vicirius Martialis, proconsul of the Roman Asia province, in the provincial capital at Ephesus. It was carved on a slab and erected in the city to put fear in the heart of all water scofflaws.

The Roman affinity for practical engineering ensured cities had access to public water. Aqueducts carried enormous quantities of water from nearby sources to the urbs where it was split up into lead pipes and reservoirs supplying the fountains, baths and drinking water throughout the city. Keeping people from illegally tapping into the pipes to supply their own homes was a constant struggle. If too many people helped themselves, not only would the water flow be disrupted for their neighbors, but the sewer system tied into the water system suffered as well since it required regular flushing. Backed up sewers and low water supply make for uncomfortable and dangerously unsanitary conditions in any city.

Water management was thus an essential aspect of city administration and violators of the common water good were subject to heavy penalties. In Laodicea, anyone caught polluting the water, damaging the pipes and channels, opening sealed pipes or stealing the city water for private use would have to pay fines as high as 12,500 denarii. A legionary was paid 300 denarii a year in the early second century A.D., so fines in the thousands would be complete disasters for regular people. Many of the most egregious public water thieves were quite wealthy since they had homes into which city water could be easily and discretely diverted, so it was important that the fines be large if they were to act as any kind of deterrent.

[Excavations head Professor Celal Şimşek of Pamukkale University] said the 1,900-year-old rules to prevent water pollution had a very special place, adding, “The fine for damaging the water channel or polluting the water is 5,000 denarius, nearly 50,000 Turkish Liras. The fine is the same for those who break the seal and attempt illegal use. Also, there are penalties for senior staff that overlook the illegal use of water. They pay 12,500 denarius. Those who denounce the polluters are given one-eighth of the penalty as a reward, according to the rules.”

A translation from the Greek of one section of the inscription:

“Those who divide the water for his personal use, should pay 5,000 denarius to the imperial treasury; it is forbidden to use the city water for free or grant it to private individuals; those who buy the water cannot violate the Vespasian Edict; those who damage water pipes should pay 5,000 denarius; protective roofs should be established for the water depots and water pipes in the city; the governor’s office [will] appoint two citizens as curators every year to ensure the safety of the water resource; nobody who has farms close to the water channels can use this water for agriculture.”

Founded in the 3rd century B.C., Laodicea was part of the Kingdom of Pergamon when its last king Attalus III bequeathed it to Rome in 133 B.C. Laodicea was hard hit during the two decades of war between Rome and Mithridates VI, King of Pontus, and it was only after the end of the last Mithraditic War (75-63 B.C.) that the sleepy town grew into prosperous city under Roman rule. Strabo, who was himself a native of Amasya, Pontus, (now Turkey) and whose family held important positions under Mithridates VI, describes the rise Laodicea in Book XII, Chapter 8.16 of his Geography:

Laodiceia, though formerly small, grew large in our time and in that of our fathers, even though it had been damaged by siege in the time of Mithridates Eupator. However, it was the fertility of its territory and the prosperity of certain of its citizens that made it great: at first Hieron, who left to the people an inheritance of more than two thousand talents and adorned the city with many dedicated offerings, and later Zeno the rhetorician and his son Polemon, the latter of whom, because of his bravery and honesty, was thought worthy even of a kingdom, at first by Antony and later by Augustus. The country round Laodiceia produces sheep that are excellent, not only for the softness of their wool, in which they surpass even the Milesian wool, but also for its raven-black colour, so that the Laodiceians derive splendid revenue from it[.]

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That delightful cart pony

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-08-26 13:50

Photo and story by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon (Lisbeth Herr-Gelatt)

Meet Triskel, the Trimarian cart pony, and his faithful canine companion, Toby.

Triskel was hard at work this past Pennsic every day pulling his mistress, Lynn Kitzman of Florida, on her daily rounds.

Kudos to Ms. Kitzman for her delightful equine disguise of a modern necessity, the accessibility scooter, and to the unwavering patience of Toby, who braved the Pennsic heat as her assistance animal.

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Heads roll in Slovakia over sale of Bernini bust

History Blog - Tue, 2015-08-25 22:17

The bust of Pope Paul V by Gian Lorenzo Bernini that was acquired by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles earlier this year has left a trail of criminal investigations and fired civil servants in its wake. When the museum announced the rediscovery and acquisition of the long-lost sculpture this June, the only details released about the purchase where that it belonged to an unnamed private collector who arranged a private sale via Sotheby’s London. The last time before then that it appeared on the historical record was when it was sold to a Viennese collector at an 1893 Borghese family estate sale.

Last month, details started to leak about the acquisition. The Getty was reported to have paid a jaw-dropping $33 million to buy the bust from a still-unnamed Slovakian art dealer who had bought it unattributed and then found out it was the real thing, not a copy after Bernini’s original. Somehow, the work had migrated from Vienna at the end of the 19th century to modern-day Bratislava, Slovakia. where it was in the collection of Slovakian painter Ernest Zmeták. In 2013, Zmeták’s heirs put some of this collection, including the bust of Pope Paul V, up for auction.

The bust, then attributed solely to an “unknown Italian sculptor,” was put up for auction twice, once in December of 2013 for 47,000 euro, and when it failed to sell, again almost a year later for 24,000 euro. Shortly after the bust couldn’t find a buyer even at the 50% off fire sale, the auction house sold the bust privately for the reserve price of 24,000 euro to one Clément Guenebeaud, a French collector living in Bratislava.

It was Guenebeaud who realized the bust was made by Bernini himself. He tried to sell it on his own but the large hole in its ownership history made potential buyers wary. A famous work of art that mysteriously traveled from Vienna to Slovakia over the course of the 20th century runs the risk of being Nazi loot which could mire the current owner in a messy and expensive restitution battle. Sotheby’s was game, though, and through them Guenebeaud was able to sell the bust to the Getty. The Baroque masterpiece left Slovakia without incident.

After the Getty announced their new treasure with a splash, the fact that a small country with limited resources that could really use a tourism boost had somehow let a 17th century bust by one of the greatest sculptors in the world slip through its fingers did not go unnoticed back in Bratislava. Culture Minister Marek Maďarič ordered an investigation into the bust debacle and filed a criminal complaint against an unknown offender involved in the sale on suspicion that someone involved in the appraisal and sale knew its true value but deliberately and fraudulently obscured it.

As of now, there is no evidence of deliberate deception. The auction house in Bratislava is a local outfit without the depth of expertise necessary to confidently attribute a sculpture to Bernini. Ernest Zmeták apparently had no idea the bust was original, nor did his heirs. The only person who had any idea, Guenebeaud, didn’t hide the fact that he thought it was a genuine Bernini in his application for an export license. He wrote that it was probably by Bernini and estimated its value at around €7 million, but the ministry employee in charge or arranging the permits changed the description from “bust by Gian Lorenzo Bernini” to “bust after Bernini.” Apparently she decided to go with the auction house’s assessment rather than Guenebeaud’s, and the commission that reviews permanent export applications accepted it without ordering an expert examination to confirm or deny the disputed authorship. Minister Maďarič fired her and the director of the department in charge of issuing export permits.

The timeline of all these events is foggy. It’s not clear who determined the bust was original. It could be Alexander Kader, head of the department of European sculpture at Sotheby’s London, but usually the top experts in the field are consulted for works of this importance. Presumably the Getty wouldn’t have shelled out $33 million without being satisfied the bust was by Bernini.

If the special commission tasked with investigating irregularities in the export license find it to have been granted improperly, it’s possible the license will be revoked and the Slovakian government will request that the Getty return the bust. The museum does not seem concerned.

In an email to artnet News Ron Hartwig, the Getty Museum’s vice-president of communications assured that the bust “will remain on view to the public at the J. Paul Getty Museum.”

He explained “The Bust of Pope Paul V (1621) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini was legally exported from Slovakia, legally sold in the United Kingdom and legally imported into the United States. Whatever the nature of the Slovakian government’s inquiry, it has no impact whatsoever on the Getty’s ownership of the bust.”

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Pennsic Court Reports

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-08-25 21:56

The following are a compilation of the awards or other honors given in Eastern courts’ at Pennsic plus some additional items such as kingdom officer changes.  Announcements made in court are not included.

Saturday, August 1st – Evening

  • Freehold of Riverkeep was awarded the Blue Tyger Legion
  • Marion Macgregor was awarded a Court Barony with Grant (C&I: Mari Clock van Hoorne)
  • Padraig MacEinruig was awarded a Court Barony (C&I: Solskinn of Smoking Rocks)
  • Tatiana di Bivar was awarded a Court Barony (C&I: Mergriet van Wijenhorst)

Saturday, August 1st – Unbelted Party

  • Harald Hokkenson was sent to vigil for the Chivalry

Sunday, August 2nd – On the Battlefield

  • Tapestry Project Artisans were awarded the Queen’s Award of Esteem. The artisans were: Cassandra Boell, Eleanor fitzPatrick, Duncan Kerr, Aeryn fitzPatrick, Alanna of Skye, Medhbh inghean ur Cheallaigh, Caitilin ingen Donndubain, Sigurthr Vigurhafn, Leonete d’Angeley, Albreda, Rowyn, Dana & Ewan, Emeline du Logenzia, Amanda, The children of the North, Brennan mac Fearghus, Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaoláin, Kenric ap Essex, Courtney Rose, Antonio Patrasso, Alesone Gray of Cranleigh, Yehuda ben Moshe, Sorcha Dhocair, Lasairfhiona Inghean Cheallaigh, Ciarnet ni’Bhroin, David of House Berwick, Anna Ophelia Holloway Tarragon, Ygraine of Kellswood, Haus zum Kitzingen (Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, Cateline la Broderesse, Ryan of Nordenhal, Etain, Ricardo)
  • Rainillt de Balla Marisco stepped down as Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences.
  • Amy Webbe became the new Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences
  • Nissan Maxima was awarded a Court Barony with a Grant of Arms
  • Alustiel Cea Bon was awarded an Award of Arms (C&I: Magdalena Lantfarerin)
  • Wreanna Cea Cochetă was awarded an Award of Arms (C&I: Sarah Davies)
  • Pan Kythe Szubielka was inducted into the Order of the Maunche (C&I: Nest verch Tangwistle)
  • Freya den Gode was awarded an Award of Arms   (I: Leonete d’Angely C: Cezilia Raposa)
  • Kashmire Samuru was awarded an Award of Arms
  • Tommaso Valeriano was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent (C: Jonathan Blaecstan I: Ellesbeth Donnofrey W: Martyn de Halliwell)
  • István Nyiregyhazi was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent (C&I: Elizabeth Greenleaf)
  • Shoshana Gryffyth was awarded a Queen’s Order of Courtesy (C&I: Sarra the Lymner)
  • Adeth MacGregor was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms (C&I: Christiana Crane w: Twit)
  • Hassan abdul Rashid El turki was awarded a Court Barony (C&I: Catarina Giaocchini c:w: Twit)
  • Judith the Confused was sent to vigil to consider the Pelican
  • Ingvar Thorsteinsson was inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Combatant (C&I: Aleksei Dmitriev)
  • Jonathan Miles was inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Combatant (C&I: Jan Janowicz Bogdanski)
  • Hassan Ibn Abd Al-Malik was inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Combatant (C&I: Nest verch Tangwistel)
  • Harald Hokkenson was inducted into the Order of the Chivalry (C&I: Jonathan Blaecstan)
  • Aiden of Coldwood was inducted into the Order of the Chivalry (C&I: Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus)
  • Ketilfastr Thorkilson was inducted into the Order of the Chivalry (C&I: Sarra Graeham of Birnham)
  • Dmitri Stehanovich was sent to vigil to consider the Chivalry

Monday, August 3rd – Midday

  • Spurius Genucius Rutilus was inducted into the Order of the Tygers Combatant (C&I: Harold von Auerbach)
  • Euric Germanicus was inducted into the Order of the Tygers Combatant (C&I: Nest verch Tangwistel)
  • Borujin Acilalda was inducted into the Order of Defense (C&I: Camille Des Jardins)
  • Dmitri Stephanovich was inducted into the Order of the Chivalry (C&I: Eleanor Catlyng)

Tuesday, August 4th – Battlefield

  • Angus Tailor was sent to vigil for the Laurel
  • Michael of Silver Rylle was inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub (C&I: Rennenwief van Grunewald)
  • Charlotte Orr was inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub (C&I: Nyfain merch Cohel)
  • Coileán O’Rein, known as Wee Colin was awarded an Award of Arms (C&I: Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir)
  • Lord Piers Campbell, laird of Clan Campbell was awarded a Queen’s Order of Courtesy (C&I: Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook)
  • Ogedei Becinjab was inducted into the Order of the Order of Defense (C&I: Katherine Stanhope)

Tuesday, August 4th – Queen’s Tea

  • Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina was awarded a Queen’s Order of Courtesy (C&I: Brangwyne of Wentworth)
  • Mistress Michel Almond de Champagne was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Master Twit Ulliam of Witlowe was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • The Ladies of Musica Subterrania were awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Mistress Faioltigearna Muirinn niArtain was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Master Gregory & Friends were awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • The Fool’s Parade was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Admiranda Howard was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Sophie the Orange was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Katrina du’vale was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Elena Hylton was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Doroga Voronin was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lord Friar Jacob the Wanderer was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Dionise O Towie was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Bianca of Ulster was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Baroness Ophelia of Serpentius was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Baron Talan Gwyllt was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Sara di Salaparuta was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Admiranda Howard was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Baroness Isabeau Du Valle was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Alicia de Berwic was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Aneleda Falconbridge was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Baroness Cateline La Broderesse was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lord Alexander Makcristyne was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Raziya bint Rusa was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Mistress Jehannine de Flandres was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Matilda Wynter was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Marion MacGregor was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Ana Dokeianina Syrakousina was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Tatiana di Bivar was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Petra de Cillcia was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Gwenllian ferch Llewelyn was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Sunnifa Heinreksdottir was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Tessa Martini d’ Agostino was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Miles Boweman was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Mistress Ysemay Sterlyng was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Judith leAlefondere was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Sarra atte Bronk was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Benjamin The Rat Catcher was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Becky, Sister of the Rat Catcher was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Francesca of the Barony Beyond the Mountain was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Alexander Makcristyne was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Bronwen Rose of Greyling was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Erna Mani was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Nyda was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Auriana filia Germani was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • murienn was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Caitlin Frasier was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Elsin of Riverkeep was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Emilia di Firenzi was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem
  • Lady Aurelia de Stellari was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms
  • Ysemay Sterlyng was awarded a Court Barony (C&I: Arden of Icombe)
  • Alexander Makcristyne was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms (C&I: Magdalena von Kirschberg)
  • Lady Judith leAlefondere was awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem

Tuesday, August 4th – Evening

  • Fausta Xanthina was awarded an Award of Arms (C&I: Mari Clock van Hoorne)
  • Osazuwa Nkante was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms (C&I: Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc)
  • Katheryn Fontayne was recognized as a Seamstress to the Crown (C&I: Constance de St. Denis)
  • Fearghus mac Cailin was awarded an Award of Arms (C&I: Astrid Feilan)
  • Catia Serpentia was awarded an Award of Arms (C&I: Astrid Feilan)
  • Gunnvor Hausalkjufr was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms
  • Tiberius Nautius Maximus was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms (C&I: Melisande of the Griffon Wood)
  • Adria of Serpentius was awarded an Award of Arms (C&I: Cezilia Rapoza)
  • Roger le Broulliard was awarded an Award of Arms (C&I: Onóra ingheann Uí Rauirc)
  • Vachir of Serpentius (MKA Collin) was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms (C&I: Katherine Stanhope)
  • Johann Boese was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms (C&I: Svea the short-sighted)
  • Gareth Grey de Wilton was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms (C&I: Conor O Ceallaigh)
  • George received a backlogged Award of Arms
  • Euric Germanicus was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms (C&I: Eloise of Coulter)
  • Juliana de Essex was awarded a Court Barony with Grant of Arms (C&I: þóra Eiríksdóttir)
  • Matilde de cavanat was awarded a Queen’s Order of Courtesy
  • Spurius Genucius Rutilus was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent (C&I: Robin dit Dessaint)

Tuesday, August 4th – Evening

  • Siubhan Wallace was sent to vigil for the Pelican

Wednesday, August 5th – Archery Range

  • Baron Rupert the Unbalanced was awarded a Ludicrous Bowman
  • Miles Bowman was awarded a Grand Master Bowman (I: Aziza Al-Shirazi C: Nest verch Tangwistel)

Wednesday, August 5th – Main East Kingdom Court

  • Isolda Fairamay was inducted into the Order of the Maunche (C&I: Rhonwen Glyn Conwy)
  • Sofya of Ostgardr was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent (C&I: Scroll by Ellesbeth Donofrey)
  • Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys was inducted into the Order of the Laurel (C&I: Emma Makilmone)
  • Angus Tailor was inducted into the Order of the Laurel (C&I: Lada Monguligin)
  • Tatiana Maria Consuelo Esperanza Figueroa DiViv was inducted into the Order of the Pelican (C&I: Heather Rose DeGordoun)
  • Auriana Filia Germani was inducted into the Order of the Pelican (C&I: Solskinnn of Smoking Rocks)
  • Nicholas of the North was inducted into the Order of the Pelican (C&I: Kis Marika)
  • Colin Munro of Tadcaster was inducted into the Order of the Pelican (C&I: Palotzi Marti)
  • Judith the Confused was inducted into the Order of the Pelican (C&I: Vettorio Antonello)

Wednesday, August 5th – After Main East Kingdom Court

  • Surica was awarded a Queen’s Order of Courtesy (C: Aethan OdunLaing I:Helena Osterholm)

Thursday, August 6th – Commander’s Meeting

  • William MacCrimmon was sent to vigil for the Chivalry

Thursday, August 6th – Known World Party

  • Artemisa Bianca S’Forza (known as Dawn) was awarded an Award of Arms (C&I: Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir)

Friday, August 7 – After Field Battle

  • William MacCrimmon was inducted into the Order of the Chivalry (C&I: Jonathan Blaecstan)

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Snobs, Bones and Baby Jesus': Medieval News Roundup

Medievalists.net - Tue, 2015-08-25 21:10

A roundup of this week's news for medievalists...

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You can also read more about the Middle Ages in our weekly digital journal - The Medieval Magazine. Click here to learn more.

Categories: History, SCA news sites

Merchant Information for SCA 50 Year

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-08-25 09:23

We bring you info for potential 50 Year Merchants courtesy of our friends at the MidRealm Gazette.

Greetings Potential 50 Year Merchants from Countess Kenna, your Merchant Coordinator!

SCA 50 Year Celebration will be here before you know it. This is your introductory information to the wonderful world of SCA 50 Year Merchanting. We hope to have the best of the best at 50 Year.

Please take time to go through the information provided and please feel free to come up with questions of your own. I hope that in answering many of your questions you will see if your business will align with the needs of SCA 50 Year. Please feel free to send any additional questions to merchants@sca50year.org *protected email*. I will answer them and add the info to the current questions/answer list. I will keep this list updated with new information until the release of the SCA 50 Merchant application package. Look for that October 1, 2015.

Please have your request in by December 20, 2015. At that time, all applications will be reviewed and merchants will be selected. Space is limited so I encourage you to send along websites and pictures of your booth and goods with your application so the team can see your set-up. We will have room for a small number of tent merchants so please let us know if you are tent merchant, bazaar merchant, or are willing to be either. Thanks again for your interest and happy reading.


1. Will 50 Year fit our schedule? When and where is SCA 50 Year going to be held? SCA 50 Year will be held outside of Indianapolis, Indiana on June 17 to 27, 2016. The event is located at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, Indiana.

2. Since it is in the state of Indiana, where do I go to get a license to sell items in the State of Indiana?
You can find this information at IN.gov and you must register your business online. Since we have limited spaces for vendors, proof of an Indiana sales license will be required.

3. Will everyone who requests merchant space be allowed to merchant?
At this time space is limited. Some folks may be turned away. We will be reviewing the applications and getting a variety of wares for the event. You will be encouraged to send along web addresses and pictures with your application. This information will be added to the site when we coordinate the Merchanting area.

4. What is the sales tax in Indiana and what is taxed?
We have a 7% sales tax across the board in Indiana for all products/items sold. Our only exception is food which is not taxed. Food items that are vended are taxed at restaurants. In the counties directly around the city of Indianapolis, restaurant tax is 8%.

5. Can I bring my merchanting tent?
There will be a very limited number of tent merchants at SCA 50 Year. Most merchants will be housed in two pole barn-type shelters with roofs, fans, and electricity. We will be having a bazaar-type setting for all. At this time, space is limited. We are looking to have about 70 merchant spaces plus a limited number of tent merchants. Please note that is spaces, not merchants. Merchants may wish to purchase more than one space. Folks will need to review their space needs and purchase space to fit the need.

6. What sizes are the merchant spaces as well as the cost of each?
You will be offered a 10×20 space for $50.00 for the event. A 20×20 space will be $75.00 for the event. A 20×40 space will be $125.00 for the event. We will not offer spaces larger than 20×40 with the exception of a few tent merchants. Tent merchants will be billed per square foot. Price will be $5.00 per square foot and you will need to include your ropes with the total amount. Due to the electricity running through the site, tent stakes are dangerous and we will have to make sure you fit within the markings of the electric company.

7. What do I get with the space?
As a bazaar vendor, you will be assigned tables and chairs based on the space you purchase. Please remember that if you want to utilize all your space you should think about using all four sides of your booth area. You can always build up as well. Tent merchants will get a marked-off space only.

8. As a SCA 50 Year Merchant, can we arrive on site early to set up?
Yes, you can. Details for early arrival will be made available closer to the time of the event, but it does appear that merchants will be able to get onto the site on the Thursday before Friday opening. So, at this time, we are looking at one day early for early on set up.

9. When can we officially register?
Registration will officially begin on October 1, 2015. You will need to decide the size of space you will need. We will have options for additional table and chairs for rent. This information will be available closer to registration. The fees for these items will be minimal. We are looking at making the trip as easy for you as possible.

10. Can I put a structure on my bazaar merchant space, i.e. tent, shelves etc.?
Yes, you can, but they have to be free-standing structures and cannot interfere with the ceiling fans in the building. The floor-to-fan height is over 15 feet. Please keep that in mind if you plan on constructing structures. The floor of the barns are concrete, so you can’t use stakes.

11. Can I use the electricity provided?
Yes, you can. Bring your own extension cords and make sure that they are approved for outdoor use.

12. Can I sleep in my merchant area?
Yes, you can if you like. Please work around your space to fit your needs. You can fit a small pop-up tent in your area if it works! Please note that we will be providing security through the week, but we are not responsible for any lost or stolen merchandise. There is a limited amount of space between the barns for tent camping  (small period tents, if possible). Your property and the security of it is up to you.

13. Do I have to have a license to sell or vend in Indiana to merchant at SCA 50 Year? Yes, you do. We will be requiring a copy of your license as part of the registration process.

14. What will be our hours of operation?
We hope you can be open from Saturday to the following Sunday at 6 PM, although we do understand if you need to leave early, just let us know. If that is the case, we would rather you leave after 6 PM when the crowds in the area die down. You will be required to be open throughout the event from 10 AM to 6 PM. You are welcome to sell around those hours, but we will be requesting a quiet time after 10 PM. That being said, Midnight Madness will be the exception! We hope to have a Midnight Madness Sale on Wednesday of the event (or Thursday, if the weather is bad). On this date, please open later if you like and try to stay open until at least 11 PM. We do understand that there are events and activities that you may need to close your space. This is fine as this is also your vacation. Please leave a ” I will return at ___” sign at your booth. Enjoy the event!

15. Speaking of weather, what can we do to protect our merchandise?
The barns do not have walls, although the roof and sides are steel and steel beams. You are encouraged to create walls for your booth areas. This will cut down on wind and rain. The booths near the middle of the barns are less likely to be impacted. We encourage all to bring plastic coverings and or lids for tubs and merchandise. Contrary to the song in the early 70’s, it does rain in Indianapolis in the summertime!

16. Can we ship merchandise to the site?
Yes, you can. Staff will accept your packages, but we are not responsible for the security of the packages. They will be housed in a locked area, but again, we are not responsible for the security of your items. Some folks had asked about shipping pods. We have a location for these to be stored near the merchant buildings.

17. Will there be trailer parking/merchant parking?
Yes, I am working with the staff to secure parking for your trailers and cars. This parking will be closer to the merchant area. If you choose to camp in general camping, it will be located in a different area of the site, but still accessible by walking. The event site has paved roads and all areas are within walking distance.

18. Will there be food available on site?
Yes, there will. The food vendors are located directly across the road from the merchant buildings. We will have a variety of foods available serving all day.

This is just the start. I am sure you will come up with many more questions, so please feel free to send them on. Have a Great Fall!

Countess Kenna
Kim Harvey

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Pennsic Cryptogram Solved

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-08-25 08:31

The first of a set of cryptograms from Pennsic has been solved. Lord Orlando dei Medici (East) successfully deciphered one of the puzzles to reveal a quote from Cynthia's Revels by the Elizabethan playwright Ben Jonson.

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Aztec skull rack found in Mexico City’s Templo Mayor

History Blog - Mon, 2015-08-24 22:10

Archaeologists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have unearthed part of a large rack of human skulls in the Templo Mayor complex in Mexico City. The Aztecs would pierce the heads of the sacrificed, string them together on wooden stakes and mount them on a vertical posts. This structure, called a tzompantli, would be erected for all to see as a highly effective symbol of ruthless power. A five-skull tzompantli was discovered underneath a sacrificial stone and a mound of skulls and jawbones at the Templo Mayor in 2012, but this latest discovery is on a whole other scale. Archaeologists believe it is the major tzompantli of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan described in Spanish accounts of the city before its destruction in 1521.

The team was digging in a well under the floor of a colonial-era home on the western side of the temple complex. Six feet under floor level, they discovered a wall of volcanic rock coated with stucco with a flagstone floor. The rectangular platform, estimated to be more than 34 meters (111.5 feet) long and 12 meters (40 feet) wide, has at its center a circular structure made from skulls cemented together using a lime, sand and volcanic gravel mortar. Many of the skulls have a hole 25 to 30 centimeters (10-12 inches) in diameter piercing the parietal bones. They are all facing inwards at the open space inside the circle. Adult male skulls predominate, but there are skulls from adult women, youths and children as well. So far archaeologists have counted 35 skulls, but expect to see that number increase exponentially as they dig further down under the stucco and stone slabs.

Preliminary dating places this structure in Stage VI of the construction of the Templo Mayor (between 1486 and 1502), during the reign of Aztec warrior king Ahuízotl. He was succeeded on the throne of Tenochitlan by his nephew Moctezuma II who would meet his end fighting Conquistador Hernán Cortés. Cortés himself described the great tzompantli of Tenochtitlan, as did early ethnographers Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún and Dominican friar Diego Durán. They wrote of tzompantli with low, elongated bases supporting the vertical posts with horizontal racks of skulls. There is also at least one account of skulls mortared together; this is the first time a tzompantli has been discovered matching that description.

University of Florida archaeologist Susan Gillespie, who was not involved in the project, wrote that “I do not personally know of other instances of literal skulls becoming architectural material to be mortared together to make a structure.” [...]

“They’ve been looking for the big one for some time, and this one does seem much bigger than the already excavated one,” Gillespie wrote. “This find both confirms long-held suspicions about the sacrificial landscape of the ceremonial precinct, that there must have been a much bigger tzompantli to curate the many heads of sacrificial victims” as a kind of public record or accounting of sacrifices.

The second stage of excavations will begin in November. Meanwhile, the skulls will be examined in the laboratory. They’ll test the DNA if they can recover any and will test stable isotopes in the bones and teeth to determine the geographic origin of the sacrificed.

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