A team of Polish archaeologists led by Prof. Włodzimierz Godlewski has discovered fragments of a medieval fortification system and the painted walls of a church, dating to the 9th century along the Nile River in the Sudan. Part of the Dongola Citadel, the medieval church survives alongside a tower and fortifications, dating to the 5th and 6th centuries, and remnants from the 15th century.
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Laurels Prize Tourney 2013, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.
This page will be updated with conversation that includes public and important information regarding the upcoming Coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II.
Several items of interest already posted, new details will be posted as they are though of.
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Prince Timothy of AEthelmearc has raised six children in the SCA. “It’s a good place to raise your kids and teach them a little something as time goes on,” he told Joan Mead-Matsui of the Abington Journal during the reporter's visit to Myrkfael Regional Melee Practice in the Barony of Endless Hills (Scott Township, Pennsylvania). (photos)
The Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, is the proud owner of a little-known and seldom-seen collection of illustrations for Edgar Allen Poe’s 1845 masterpiece The Raven drawn by artist James Carling in 1882. Carling born in Liverpool, England, in 1857, one of six children born to Henry and Rose Carling. His parents had been evicted from their tenant farm in from Roscommon, Ireland, during the Potato Famine and moved to Liverpool where they lived in poverty. Little James began to work at five years old, busking, reciting Shakespeare on the street, doing whatever errands he could get paid to do.
His true vocation was drawing. His brothers had taken up chalk drawing on the pavement for change and James watched their work, learning from it. When he was five, his brother Johnny gave him some paints and crayons. The next day James drew two famous prize-fighters on a flagstone on Ranelagh Street and received much positive reinforcement from passersby who were charmed by the talented little boy and tossed coins in his hat. Thus “The Little Chalker” was born.
He became a proficient artist and learn to work very quickly since he had often had to scram when the police came around. Here’s a description in his own words of the hard knock life of the six-year-old pavement artist in 1863 Liverpool:
Like James Street and the Exchange, Ranelagh St. was not free from the presence of the policeman. The last mentioned individual beat me from the crowding pavement and often tried to have me imprisoned for disregarding his warnings but I laughed at his threats. I knew by practice I was too small to be incarcerated, for I was often arrested — mark it, a boy of six arrested for drawing pavement pictures — and taking their brutal beatings as a matter of course, I drew my pictures, preferring a bloody face and a bruised limb to inaction and death by starvation.
On Christmas Eve, 1865, when he had just turned eight years old, he did not scram fast enough. He was arrested, jailed overnight and sentenced on Christmas Day to a week in the workhouse. After the week was up, the court committed him to St. George’s Industrial School for Boys where he remained for six years. There he learned to read and write and was treated with kindness by the headmaster, Monsignor James Nugent. His mother had died the year before his commitment and his father, who had refused to pay his son’s compelled tuition and been jailed for it, died while he was at school. As soon as he was released at the age of 14, James and his brother Henry left the country and moved to the United States.
The Carling brothers picked up in Philadelphia where they had left off, making street art for spare change. They did chalk pavement drawings in the beginning, and then joined a vaudeville troupe. James Carling would do portraits and caricatures while on stage, billing himself as the “Lightning Caricaturist” and “the Fastest Drawer in the World.” He traveled the country with the early musical variety spectacular The Black Crook. In 1880 he moved to Chicago where Henry had founded an art school.
James was in Chicago when he read about a competition in Harper’s magazine to illustrate a special edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven Harper & Brothers was going to publish. James loved Poe, considering him the “greatest poet this world has ever seen.” He made 43 illustrations, entering 33 of them in the contest. In 1883, Harper’s announced the surprise winner of this competition: Gustave Doré. Doré was hugely famous as the premiere print-maker and illustrator of the era, so basically this “competition” was a publicity stunt to get buzz for an expensive luxury edition of Poe’s poem, an edition they modestly described as “the most magnificent book of the year and in many cardinal particulars the most superb volume that has ever issued from the press of this or any other country.” Project Gutenberg has digitized this book, complete with illustrations.
James Carling thought Doré was great and all, but his own drawings were closer to Poe’s spirit. He wrote:
“Concerning ‘The Raven,’ I have been ‘dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.’ As well as Doré, I have illustrated ‘The Raven.’ Our ideas are as wide as the poles. Doré’s are beautiful; there is a tranquil loveliness in them unusual to Doré. Mine are stormier, wilder and more weird; they are horrible; I have reproduced mentality and phantasm. Not one of the ideas were ever drawn before. I feel that Poe would have said that I have been faithful to his idea of ‘The Raven,’ for I have followed his meaning so close as to be merged into his individuality.”
I quite agree with him. Compare the two styles, Carling on the left, Doré on the right:
In 1887, James returned to Liverpool, possibly planning on enrolling in the National School of Art. He fell ill and was admitted to the Brownlow Hill Workhouse on June 17th. Less than a month later, on July 9th, 1887, James Carling died at the age of 29. He was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave with 15 other people in what is today the Liverpool Parish Cemetery. His childhood spent dodging police beatings garnered him immortality, however. He is first named pavement artist whose life is fully documented and in his honor The James Carling International Pavement Art Competition takes place in Liverpool every year on Bold Street, about which he said in his unpublished autobiography “I not only could not draw in that street, I could not walk in it.”
His brother Henry kept James’ Raven illustrations for more than 50 years, finally putting them some of them on public display in a 1930 exhibit of his own work. They were very well received. Henry died six years later and the Poe Museum was delighted to purchase the complete set from Henry’s daughter Stella in 1937.
The illustrations spent four decades on display in the museum’s Raven Room, where they inspired a young Kevin Williamson who would grow up to become the screenwriter of the Scream movies and the current serial killer themed TV show The Following, but in 1975 curators decided their condition had dangerously deteriorated and for their own protection they had to be put in storage.
The 43 watercolour and ink illustrations have been damaged from exposure to light and moisture, and from having been glued to an acidic cardboard backing which has caused the paper to darken over time. To preserve these delicate works, the Poe Museum has launched a Kickstarter project with the goal of raising $60,000 by November 15th.
The money will go to conserving each of the 43 illustrations, replacing the cardboard backing with archival quality acid-free mat and addressing condition issues on a case-by-case basis. Once stabilized, the drawings will be professionally photographed in high resolution and the photographs sent on a traveling exhibition. A significant portion of the funds raised will go to publish all of Carling’s illustrations in a book. Backers of the Kickstarter project will be offered a chance to buy the book at a discounted rate.
Estrill Swet reports that at Their recent event, Mooneschadowe's Triumphe, Their Majesties Lochlan and Gwen, of the Kingdom of Ansteorra, offered Peerages to two of Their subjects.
A piece of Henry Tudor's flag, flown at the Battle of Bosworth, 1485, has been sold to a private collector. The piece of flag was taken from the tomb of Henry's standard bearer, Sir Robert Harcourt, where the tattered remains had been hung. (photos)
100 Minutes War update:
CHANGE OF VENUE !!!!!!!
Due to a events beyond the organizers’ control…the 100 Minutes War has been moved to:
The Ukrainian Homestead
They apologize for any inconvenience this move has caused and extend many thanks to the Shire of Eisental for lending the event their site.
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Moscow has a attraction: the Zhivaya Istoriya (Live History) theme park in the Rumyantsevo district, a theme park dedicated to historical re-enactment. he first organization to use the park was the Russian Military History Society who presented the Streletskaya Sloboda (Marksman Settlement) festival in August 2013.
The Coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II, (or Their Highnesses Host a Party for Their Majesties…).
Their Royal Highnesses have chosen a lovely lake-side spot to celebrate their coronation. They would have you come and make this a weekend to remember. Last court of Gregor and Kiena is scheduled for 11am. We hope to serve feast about 6pm.
2pm in the porch section of the main hall: Accessibility Hour with Alayne – Come by and chat regarding any accessibility questions or ideas you might have with the new Accessibility Porter. Warning: she may try to get you to Do Stuff.
A meeting of the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble will be held in the porch section of the main hall between the coronation ceremony and First court. We estimate this to be at approximately one in the afternoon.
A delicious day board will be prepared by the revered Arianwen of Urquhart. Anyone who has been lucky enough to sample her food will attest to the pleasure that it evokes. Recipes are in keeping with the AngloSaxon tastes of our new King UPDATE: Arianwen will be unable to join us due to a death in the family. Johan Wanderer and the rest of the kitchen staff will attempt do justice to the plans and recipes she has worked so hard on.
There will be a feast prepared by Fergus Redmeade and Elspeth Kyfe of Neddingham; mistress of House Lucerna. “Above the salt” will feature very fine and elegant fare and will be seated inside the hall which is warmed by two large fireplaces. “Below the salt” will feature slightly simpler fare and will be seated in a large tent overlooking the lake.
UPDATE: “Above the salt” seats are SOLD OUT! There is a waiting list. If you ask for “above the salt” you will be given “below the salt” reservation(s) and on the waiting list for “above the salt”.
Anyone who would like to entertain at the event is encouraged to contact Fionan MacLeoid (Fmacleoid@oakstarministries.com)
There will be some bear pit heavy list fighting for those for whom court is not enough excitement.
The local fencing marshal has started rumors of fun fencing activities possibly at unconventional times.
Merchants are welcome at coronation. Spaces will be outdoor spaces available on a first grab, first served basis. The best spaces will be on the main field into which we are not allowed to put tent stakes, so please plan your shelter accordingly. Please see Ascelinne de Chambord when you arrive and she will help you find a spot.
On Saturday there will be a person in the booth when you enter. Please let them know if you are staying overnight. If you are staying over night DO NOT take a ticket. If you are NOT staying overnight, please take one ticket per person so they will have an accurate count of day trippers only.
There is no deadline for reservations, but it is not advisable to send checks less than one week before the event.
NOTE: ‘Below the salt’ will be seated under a tent near the hall. This will be in the evening on a brisk fall evening. Please dress accordingly and bring enclosed flame lamps for lighting.
Make Checks Payable to: SCA-RI, Inc.
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Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that, at Their Summer's End event in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to THL Ysabel Graver.
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Stndrds-Banrs-art (6K) 9/25/13 "Standards, Banners and other Vexillological Subjects" by mistress katherine kerr.
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A fragment of cloth from a flag the flew over the Battle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485, sold to an anonymous private collector for £3,800 ($6,150) at auction last Saturday. The 6.5-inch by 5.5-inch piece of gold and red fabric is a remnant of the standard of Henry Tudor, who after his victory over King Richard III at Bosworth would become King Henry VII. From the auction house press release:
The fragment had been passed around over the years as an amusing after-dinner thought,” [auctioneer Charles Hanson] said.
“Our vendors are obviously aware of its social value today since the imagination of what happened at the Battle of Bosworth will keep historians debating for years to come. I am just delighted such a fundamental accessory to that 1485 battle has been unearthed only months after finding King Richard III in a Leicester car park. As an auctioneer, I thrive on the social relevance such bygone artefacts had on society. If only this fragment could talk I am sure it could tell us so much.”
The flag fragment is mounted in a frame along with a description of its history dated November 13, 1847. It’s been in the same family ever since then. Doubtless the result of 400 years of oral transmission, aka a very long game of telephone, the description gets some key facts wrong. It claims the piece is:
A relic of the Standard taken from Richard III at the battle of Bosworth Field, August 22, 1485. The enclosed relic was taken from Standard in Stanton Harcourt Church deposited by the tomb of one of the Harcourts, who was the Standard bearer to Richard III.
The glaring inaccuracy in this account is whose standard the fragment came from since we know it to be Henry Tudor’s rather than his royal opponent’s. The piece was taken from the Bosworth flag hung over the tomb of Henry’s standard bearer, Sir Robert Harcourt, Knight of The Bath. Sir Robert died five years after the battle, around 1490, and was buried in the Harcourt Chapel in St Michael’s Church, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire. The tattered remains of the standard he bore were hung above his effigy.
Across from his tomb is that of his grandfather, also named Sir Robert Harcourt, and his wife Margaret Byron. The elder Sir Robert was initially a Lancastrian with a front row seat to the inception of the War of the Roses. He escorted Margaret of Anjou from France to England in 1445 to marry King Henry VI. Things began to go south in 1448 when he killed fellow Lancastrian Richard Stafford at Coventry. He was pardoned for killing Stafford by the king in 1450, but the murder launched a feud between the families that would last for 38 years, long outliving Robert.
As a result of the feud, Harcourt’s Lancastrian loyalties were sorely tested. He was already suspected of having Yorkist sympathies in 1459 and by 1463 he was a confirmed Yorkist. King Edward IV made him a Knight of the Garter that year and he fought for Edward in the siege of Alnwick Castle. For his great services in the capture of Alnwick, Robert was granted £300 a year for life. He died on November 14th, 1470, at the hands of a bastard son of William Stafford of Grafton and 150 Stafford retainers.
By 1485, the Harcourts were Lancastrian again, now fighting on Henry Tudor’s side. The Staffords took the other side and fought for Richard at Bosworth. The next year, Sir Humphrey Stafford of Grafton and his brother Thomas co-led the first uprising against King Henry VII after Bosworth, conspiring with Francis Lovell, 1st Viscount Lovell. The Stafford and Lovell Rebellion was quickly suppressed. The Staffords picked a fight in Worcester which was a stronghold of support for Henry, while Lovell thought better of putting his neck on the line and fled to Burgundy. The Staffords took cover in a monastery from which Henry removed them by force, engendering a big brouhaha about the right of sanctuary that resulted in a Papal Bull that excluded sanctuary entirely in cases of treason. Thomas Stafford was pardoned. Humphrey Stafford was executed at Tyburn. The feud between the Harcourts and the Staffords died with him.
In an unrelated but nonetheless satisfying coincidence, the Harcourt family, Norman French descendants of the Viking yarl Bernard the Dane, fought with William the Conqueror and settled in England after the Battle of Hastings. William granted them estates in Leicestershire and they made their family seat in, you guessed it, Bosworth. The family seat only moved to Oxforshire in 1191 when yet another Robert de Harcourt inherited the Stanton manor from his wife Isabel de Camville’s father. The town of Stanton was then renamed to Stanton Harcourt and the Harcourts have been there ever since. They still own the manor house although it hasn’t been the family seat since the 19th century.
The Leicester City Council has approved plans to construct a UK£4m Richard III museum on and around the car park where the king's remains were discovered. The building is expected to be completed in 2014. (slideshow)