Curious about the activities of the A&S community in the Kingdom of Drachenwald? Issue 7 of What's Up Wednesday is now available online, complete with photos of artisans' work.
Medieval News Roundup: The Viking Facebook, drunken archaeologists, competitive jousting in Australia and ranting about Lancelot
The Verge takes a look at some of the interesting work being done by statistical physicists Ralph Kenna and Pádraig Mac Carron on medieval sources. Using their background in understanding connections, they examined works such as the Táin Bó Cúailnge to learn more about the relationships between the characters found in its pages.
What Kenna and Mac Carron found was that the epics fell between the real networks and the fictional ones. The network in The Iliad is relatively realistic, and Beowulf's also has realistic aspects, with the exception of the connections to Beowulf himself. That chimed with the idea from the humanities that he, unlike some others in the story, may not have existed. The Táin's network was more artificial. Interestingly, however, they found that a lot of the Táin's unreality was concentrated in just a few, grotesquely over-connected characters. When they theorized that some of those characters might actually be amalgams — for instance, that some of the times the queen of Connacht is said to speak to someone, it might be a messenger speaking for her instead — the network began to look more realistic. At least from a social network perspective, perhaps the Táin is not as fantastical as its reputation would suggest, the researchers proposed. That doesn't mean the events really happened, or that the people are real. But it raises the question of why the network looks the way it does. You can read the article The Viking Facebook here.
In First Things, Dale M. Coulter takes a look at the life and influence of Jacques le Goff, who passed away earlier this year. He notes that:
Le Goff sought to help Europeans recognize themselves as still connected by the cultural fabric of a common medieval civilization. Along with his fellow members of the Annales school, he also strengthened the case for the long Middle Ages, extending them all the way to the mid-nineteenth century. Le Goff’s body of work, then, stands as a challenge to historians who argue for the Italian Renaissance and Reformation as a break that unleashed a series of forces, intended or not, ultimately leading to the current social imaginary.Click here to read the article The Good Historian Resembles an Ogre
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National network offers a look at the world of competitive jousting at an event taking place just outside Sydney. One of the competitors, L. Dale Walter explains how dangerous this sport can be:
"I broke my back in 2011 jumping off my horse when he was slipping in the mud and falling at the end of a list. We came in, I went to pull him up, it was slippery, he started to fall, and I had two pictures in my head: one him falling across my leg, which would shatter my leg, and more scary to me, him falling with his legs crossed, which would shatter his leg."You can read the article and listen to their broadcast at Competitive jousters take medieval re-enactment seriously
In an article about the upcoming changes to the comic book character Thor, Russell Smith of The Globe and Mail shows that he knows a few things about medieval literature:
I say the original King Arthur rules, and I have no tolerance for a politically correct “modernization” of the story. Everybody knows there was no Sir Lancelot or Holy Grail in the original King Arthur story, as told by Geoffrey of Monmouth in Historia Regum Britanniae in the early 12th century. Lancelot and the Grail were rudely added by Chrétien de Troyes 50 or 60 years later, around 1180. Are we really going to tolerate some French upstart turning King Arthur from a warrior into some kind of romantic soap-opera star just because it suited the spirit of the times?You can read the full article - Hero mythbusters have gone too far - here
What else should you also check out:
Five Tips for Sieging your Favourite Medieval Castle - the good people at Battle Castle have the pictorial evidence of what the really watch out for when going castle-hopping!
The first episode of the new podcast Drunk Archaeology:
The medieval band Vagarem has just released their new album "Codex Bricolia". You can hear some of their sounds in this YouTube video:
Please visit their Facebook page for details.
Leicester’s new King Richard III Visitor Centre opened on Saturday. The £4 million ($6.8 million) museum was built in the former Alderman Newton Boy’s School, a Victorian brick building that over the years has housed a boy’s school, a girl’s school and most recently the Leicester Grammar School which closed in 2008. The building has been empty since then, but location is everything in real estate, and it just happens to be adjacent to the council parking lot under which the remains of King Richard III were discovered in September of 2012. Three months later, the city council providently bought the school building.
The inside of the school has now been transformed into a voyage through the life and death of Richard III, and of the archaeological excavation that against all conceivable odds, found the king’s mortal remains. The ground floor is dedicated to Richard III’s life, his controversial rise to the throne at the expense of the nephews he declared illegitimate and locked up in the Tower of London never to be seen again, the three decades of conflict between the Lancaster and York branches of the Plantagenet dynasty known as the Wars of the Roses, and Richard’s death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
The story is told through high tech audio-visual displays where video projections recreate the places where Richard lived and died in an atmospheric, stylized manner. A digital reconstruction of Grey Friars Church shows visitors what the medieval church that used to stand where they are standing looked like. It includes a virtual visualization of Richard’s tomb as it would have looked after Henry VII had a proper tomb built a few years after Bosworth.
The second floor focuses on the excavation and takes an unusual approach that makes the quotidian elements of the dig into artifacts for exhibit. The boots worn by Richard III Society’s Philippa Langley at the dig site are on display, as are the hard had and neon yellow vest Mathew Morris was wearing when he first unearthed King Richard’s bones on the first day of the excavation. The highlight is a 3D-printed replica of the skeleton. The original will be buried at Leicester Cathedral next year. The cathedral is just across the street from the former school, so people will be able to make an easy day of it and see the tomb then walk over to the visitor center.
The best part of the new center is that the site of Richard III’s Grey Friars grave has been integrated into it. It’s a minimalist space, no glowing blue neon or elaborate set pieces, as it should be given that it was a king’s grave for 500 years, with clear plexiglass over the burial site. The only video element is a subtle projection of the skeleton in the position it was in when the archaeologists found it.
There is very little information on the center’s website. Right now it’s all about directions and ticket bookings, but I hope they flesh it out further in the days to come. You can get a glimpse of the King Richard III Visitor Centre in this video:
I don’t want to judge without seeing, but it looks a little low-information for my taste. Lots of video projections, few period artifacts, boots and hazard vests from the dig, but not much about the science (DNA, osteological analysis, radiocarbon dating) that actually identified the king. Or about the 3D printing process, for that matter, a subject I am completely obsessed with, especially in regards to archaeological and museum applications. I’m glad they didn’t just repave the burial site and keep it a parking lot, which was the original plan, let’s recall, so at the very least the center has that going for it, and that’s quite a lot.
I’d love to hear an eye witness report, so please do share your impressions should you visit the center.
A backstage misstep led to an SCA career for Bronx, NY native Sirhan al Cyani (Dwayne Herron), who tripped over a fellow high school student's duffel bag during play practice revealing the other student's helmet.“He was in the SCA and was headed to practice in Central Park. I went with him to check it out, and I’ve been doing it ever since.” (photos)
A number of 16th century documents mention the village of Philiphaugh, with its "tower, fortalice, manors, gardens, orchards and mills," on the border between Scotland and England, but the settlement has long ago disappeared. Now new excavations may reveal where the town once stood. (photos)
A large anchor that may be the sole surviving relic of Captain George Vancouver’s 1792 exploration of Puget Sound is now at Texas A&M’s Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation where it will be conserved and, if all goes well, conclusively identified. If it does prove to be the anchor lost by the HMS Chatham on June 9, 1792, it will upend convention historical wisdom.
The anchor was discovered in 2008 by sea-cucumber diver Doug Monk when his airhose got caught on it off Whidbey Island. He and a group of amateur historians including medical device salesman Scott Grimm spent years researching the artifact, reading ship logbooks, explorers’ journals, nautical charts, 19th British patent office records as well as numerous books. They concluded that the anchor was the Chatham‘s that got stuck in a large rock grouping and broke free when its hemp cable snapped.
The loss of the anchor and the failed attempts at recovery were recorded in the log books, but the exact location was unclear. Historians have long held that it was lost 30 miles away from Whidbey Island in Bellingham Channel, but the channel has been searched repeatedly and no anchor has ever been found. The Bellingham theory also assumes that Vancouver’s ship, the HMS Discovery, and its smaller companion the Chatham were together when the anchor was lost. Several journals said they were, but Grimm noticed the wording in those entries was identical, as if they’d been copied from each other at a later date. When he stuck to the witness accounts from the Chatham‘s crew, the terrain they described and the logged compass bearings fit Whidbey more than Bellingham. He also contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration whose maritime history experts calculated that on the day of the accident, the currents around Whidbey were 5.5 knots, much faster than they were in Bellingham Channel.
Earlier this year Monk and Grimm secured the necessary permits to recover the anchor. On Monday, June 9th, exactly 222 years after the Chatham lost its anchor, the one off Whidbey Island was raised. It spent a few weeks on display at the Northwest Maritime Center being prepped for transport, then Monk and Grimm loaded the anchor into a custom-made tank on the back of a truck and drove it the 2,200 miles to Austin. The anchor is 10 feet long and weighs about 1,400 pounds, so that was no mean feat. They also had to keep the anchor wet the whole time with soaker hoses.
The anchor is now in the hands of a team headed by Jim Jobling, a research associate at the Texas A&M center’s Conservation Research Laboratory, a veteran in tackling such tasks.
Jobling estimates work on the anchor will take 18 to 24 months, at which time Grimm and Monk will retrieve it for the trek back to the Northwest and hopes of finding a museum or other location for its permanent display.
“Our goal is definitely to keep it in the Northwest,” Grimm said.
“Also, we’re confident the anchor is from the HMS Chatham, and we’re confident—certainly hope—that the conservation work at Texas A&M will uncover some markings that show beyond a shadow of a doubt that it belonged to the (British) crown,” he added.
They university team will use a variety of methods — chemicals, electricity — to remove the thick concretions that may be obscuring any marks identifying the anchor. The design of the anchor does fit the admiralty pattern, but makers didn’t always put a mark on their work in the 18th century, so we may never get a firm yea or nay on whether the anchor belonged to the royal navy.
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.
“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.
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.
Duchess Zarina Daeth, twice Queen of the Middle Kingdom, is being fondly remembered after her life was claimed this week by ovarian cancer.
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.
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
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Monday, August 04, 2014
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
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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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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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