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Crown Tourney – First advance to Finals / Première avancée à la finale du Tournoi de la Couronne

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-05-02 15:56

En français

Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius, fighting for Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt, advances to the final round of Crown Tourney.


En français

Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius, combattant pour Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt, accède à la ronde finale du Tournoi de la Couronne.

Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai


Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown, Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

Crown Tourney – Semi Finals / Demi-Finales du Tournoi de la Couronne

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-05-02 15:43

En français

The four combatants remaining in the tournament are as follows. Two wins will be required to advance. This means an undefeated fighter will need one win; a fighter who has already lost a bout will need two wins.

Count Brennan mac Fearghus, (fighting for Countess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain) with one loss will face Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov (fighting for Baroness Mathilde De Cadenet) with no losses.

Duke Kenric aet Essex, (fighting for Duchess Avelina Keyes) with one loss will face Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius (fighting for Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt )with no losses.

Also, the Kingdom of AEthelmearc has new heirs: Prince Magnus Tindal and Princess Etain ingen Dalaig

En français

Les quatre combattants restants dans le tournoi sont listés ci-dessous. Deux victoires seront nécessaires pour avancer à la prochaine étape. Ceci veut dire qu’un combattant n’ayant subi aucune défaite devra obtenir une victoire, tandis qu’un combattant ayant déjà subi une défaite devra obtenir deux victoires pour progresser.

Count Brennan mac Fearghus, (combattant pour Countess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain) avec une défaite, affrontera Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov for combattant pour Baroness Mathilde De Cadenet) sans aucune défaite.

Duke Kenric aet Essex, (combattant pour Duchess Avelina Keyes), avec une défaite, affrontera Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius for combattant pour Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt, sans aucune défaite.

Aussi, Les nouveaux Héritiers du Royaume de AEthelmearc sont maintenant connus Prince Magnus Tindal and Princess Etain ingen Dalaig.

Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai


Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown, Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

Tindal and Etain are Crown Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-05-02 15:40

Rejoice good populace, for Æthelmearc has Heirs! In a best two out of three final round, Comes Sir Magnus Tindal, fighting for the honor of Countess Etain ingen Dalaig, defeated Sir Murdoch Bayne, who was fighting for the honor of THLady Rioghnach ni Rose.

Tindal and Etain. Photo by Master Alaxandair O’Conchobhair.

The  list was comprised of a perfect 32 combatants, and held on a bright sunny day in the Shire of Hartstone. The other semi-finalists were THLord Blue Star, who received his Gage at Coronation a few weeks ago, and Count Andreas Morgan. THLord Blue Star fought for the honor of Mistress Euriol of Lothian, while Count Andreas fought for the honor of Countess Kallista Morgunova.

The Ladies of the Rose awarded the Æthelmearc Shield of Chivalry, given for exemplary courtesy and chivalry in the list at Crown Tournament, to THLord Blue Star.

THLord Blue Star. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

In other news, Count Brennan mac Fearghus won East Kingdom Crown Tournament today, fighting for Countess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain.


Categories: SCA news sites

Crown Tourney – Final Eight / Les Huit Finalistes du Tournoi de la Couronne

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-05-02 15:09

En français

The field has been narrowed to the remaining combatants.

– No losses –

Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius vs. Count Brennan mac Fearghus
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov vs. Duke Kenric aet Essex

– One Loss –

Duke Randal of the Dark vs. Lord Dmitri Stephanovich
Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies vs. Lord Sterling De La Rosa

En français

Le champ de bataille a été réduit aux participants suivants.

– n’a pas perdu –

Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius vs. Count Brennan mac Fearghus
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov vs. Duke Kenric aet Essex

– Une Défaite –

Duke Randal of the Dark vs. Lord Dmitri Stephanovich
Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies vs. Lord Sterling De La Rosa

Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai


Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown, Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

Crown Tourney – ACTUAL Sweet Sixteen / Les seize Finalistes du Tournoi de la Couronne

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-05-02 14:55

En français

The list we published previously was incorrectly titled and was of 32 combatants. The following 16 combatants remain in the tournament.

Having completed the early rounds of competition, there are now sixteen competitors left.  They are as follows:

– No losses –

Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius
m’lord Arne Ulriksson
Count Brennan mac Fearghus
Sir Wilham de Broc
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov
Lord Turi mac Kinnon
Lord Dmitri Stephanovich
Duke Kenric aet Essex

– One Loss –

Lord Ôzurr
Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies
Lord Eliayahu al-Talhi called Tally
Lord Sterling De La Rosa
Duke Randal of the Dark
Syr Culann mac Cianain
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver

En français

Après les premières rondes de compétition, il reste maintenant seize participants. Ceux-ci sont:

– n’a pas perdu –

Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius
m’lord Arne Ulriksson
Count Brennan mac Fearghus
Sir Wilham de Broc
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov
Lord Turi mac Kinnon
Lord Dmitri Stephanovich
Duke Kenric aet Essex

– Une Défaite –

Lord Ôzurr
Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies
Lord Eliayahu al-Talhi called Tally
Lord Sterling De La Rosa
Duke Randal of the Dark
Syr Culann mac Cianain
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver

Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai


Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown, Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

Crown Tourney – Sweet Sixteen / Les seize Finalistes du Tournoi de la Couronne

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-05-02 14:25

En français

Having completed the early rounds of competition, there are now sixteen competitors left.  They are as follows:

– No Losses –

Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius vs. Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn

m’lord Arne Ulriksson vs. Lord Anton LeFlamme d’ Saint Aubin

Count Brennan mac Fearghus vs. Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies

Sir Wilham de Broc vs. Lord Ôzurr

Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver vs. Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov

Lord Marcus Antonius Scaevola vs. Lord Turi mac Kinnon

Syr Culann mac Cianain vs. Lord Dmitri Stephanovich

Duke Randal of the Dark vs. Duke Kenric aet Essex

– One Loss –

Dominus Tiberius Nautius Maximus vs. Baron Duncan Kerr

Lord Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh vs. Lord Gawyn O’Clery

Lord Eliayahu al-Talhi vs. Lady Saikhan Saran

Lord Sterling De La Rosa vs. Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern

Baron Matthias Grunwald vs. Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson

Lord Corwin Blackthorn vs. Lord Harold Hawkinson

Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson vs, Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche

Lord William MacCrimmon vs. Sir Thomas of Ravenhill

En français

Après les premières rondes de compétition, il reste maintenant seize participants. Ceux-ci sont:

– n’a pas perdu –

Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius vs. Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn

m’lord Arne Ulriksson vs. Lord Anton LeFlamme d’ Saint Aubin

Count Brennan mac Fearghus vs. Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies

Sir Wilham de Broc vs. Lord Ôzurr

Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver vs. Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov

Lord Marcus Antonius Scaevola vs. Lord Turi mac Kinnon

Syr Culann mac Cianain vs. Lord Dmitri Stephanovich

Duke Randal of the Dark vs. Duke Kenric aet Essex

– Une Défaite –

Dominus Tiberius Nautius Maximus vs. Baron Duncan Kerr

Lord Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh vs. Lord Gawyn O’Clery

Lord Eliayahu al-Talhi vs. Lady Saikhan Saran

Lord Sterling De La Rosa vs. Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern

Baron Matthias Grunwald vs. Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson

Lord Corwin Blackthorn vs. Lord Harold Hawkinson

Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson vs, Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche

Lord William MacCrimmon vs. Sir Thomas of Ravenhill

Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai


Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown, Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

Crown Tourney – First Round / Première Ronde du Tournoi de la Couronne

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-05-02 12:46

The combatants listen to the Rules of the List at Spring Crown Tournament.
Photo by Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd Fôr

En français

The final list of competitors in this Spring’s Crown Tourney is listed below.  The entrants are listed according to the Order of Precedence and not according to bout pairings.

The details on how Crown Tourney will be fought are as follows. The tourney will be double elimination with fighters bringing their weapon of choice for all rounds of the tourney. For the final four, two wins will be required to advance.  This means an undefeated fighter will need one win; a fighter who has already lost a bout will need two wins. The finals will be comprised of only one bout.

The tournament began about 12:40 pm.

Duke Randal of the Dark for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Duke Kenric aet Essex for Duchess Avelina Keyes
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver for Lady Gracia Vasz de Trillo
Count Brennan mac Fearghus for Countess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain
Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Lady Áine an Neamheaglach
Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern for Lord Harold Hawkinson (Combatant Couple)
Sir Antonio Patrasso for Mistress Elizabeth Lovell
Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon
Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies for Master Philip White
Sir Wilham de Broc for Mistress Isabel Chamberlaine
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov for Baroness Mathilde De Cadenet
Baron Duncan Kerr for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick
Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche for Lady Isabeau Du Valle
Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn for Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Baron Matthias Grunwald for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
Lord William MacCrimmon for Lady Susanna of Dragonship Haven
Lord Harold Hawkinson for Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern (Combatant Couple)
Lord William Ravenhair for Lady Kris Spinster
Lord Anton LeFlamme d’ Saint Aubin for m’lady Cassandra Blondel de Seint Alban
Lord Sterling De La Rosa for Lady Caitrina Gordon called Katya
Lord Dmitri Stephanovich for Baroness Nadezhda Voronova
Lord Turi mac Kinnon for Baroness Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson for Lady Cezilia Raposa
Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius for Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt
Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies for Lady Indrakshi
Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice for Lady Lady Lavina Attewode
Dominus Tiberius Nautius Maximus for Lady Sandrine de Berry
Lord Gawyn O’Clery for m’lady Maeve O’Clery
Lady Saikhan Saran for Lord Lorenzo Gorla
Lord Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh for Baroness Molly Schofield
Lord Marcus Antonius Scaevola for Lady Octavia Valeria Laevina
Lord Eliayahu al-Talhi called Tally for m’lady Maria Charriez
Lord Ôzurr for Lady Julianna Le Chaluner
Lord Nicolai Wegener for Lady Æsa Sturludottir
Lord Corwin Blackthorn for Lady Solveig Bjorndottr
m’lord Arne Ulriksson for m’lady Anna Von Baden

En français

Les participants au Tournoi de la Couronne Printanier sont listés ci-dessous. Les participants sont listés selon l’Ordre de Préséance, et non pas avec l’ordre des combats.

Voici les détails sur comment le Tournoi de la Couronne sera mené. Le tournoi sera une double élimination, où les participants pourront utiliser leur arme de prédilection, pour tous les combats. Rendus aux quatre derniers, il sera nécessaire d’obtenir deux victoires pour avancer à la finale. Ceci veut dire qu’un combattant n’ayant subi aucune défaite devra obtenir une victoire, tandis qu’un combattant ayant déjà subi une défaite devra obtenir deux victoires pour progresser. La finale se disputera en un seul combat unique.

Le tournoi a commencé environ 12:40.

Duke Randal of the Dark for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Duke Kenric aet Essex for Duchess Avelina Keyes
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver for Lady Gracia Vasz de Trillo
Count Brennan mac Fearghus for Countess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain
Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Lady Áine an Neamheaglach
Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern for Lord Harold Hawkinson (Combatant Couple)
Sir Antonio Patrasso for Mistress Elizabeth Lovell
Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon
Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies for Master Philip White
Sir Wilham de Broc for Mistress Isabel Chamberlaine
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov for Baroness Mathilde De Cadenet
Baron Duncan Kerr for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick
Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche for Lady Isabeau Du Valle
Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn for Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Baron Matthias Grunwald for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
Lord William MacCrimmon for Lady Susanna of Dragonship Haven
Lord Harold Hawkinson for Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern (Combatant Couple)
Lord William Ravenhair for Lady Kris Spinster
Lord Anton LeFlamme d’ Saint Aubin for m’lady Cassandra Blondel de Seint Alban
Lord Sterling De La Rosa for Lady Caitrina Gordon called Katya
Lord Dmitri Stephanovich for Baroness Nadezhda Voronova
Lord Turi mac Kinnon for Baroness Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson for Lady Cezilia Raposa
Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius for Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt
Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies for Lady Indrakshi
Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice for Lady Lady Lavina Attewode
Dominus Tiberius Nautius Maximus for Lady Sandrine de Berry
Lord Gawyn O’Clery for m’lady Maeve O’Clery
Lady Saikhan Saran for Lord Lorenzo Gorla
Lord Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh for Baroness Molly Schofield
Lord Marcus Antonius Scaevola for Lady Octavia Valeria Laevina
Lord Eliayahu al-Talhi called Tally for m’lady Maria Charriez
Lord Ôzurr for Lady Julianna Le Chaluner
Lord Nicolai Wegener for Lady Æsa Sturludottir
Lord Corwin Blackthorn for Lady Solveig Bjorndottr
m’lord Arne Ulriksson for m’lady Anna Von Baden

Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai


Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown, Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

Is Crown Tourney Your Cinderella Story?

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-05-02 08:13

Cinderella, in a Victorian illustration. Image courtesy Andre Cefalo.

One of the most outstanding and attractive features of SCA life is the knowledge that the Cinderella Story (or the Pauper to Prince Story) can be true for a few lucky individuals. The lure is hard to resist, even for those of us who will never be a Prince or Princess in SCAdian life.

Even if it doesn’t turn out to be true for ourselves, we are often able to witness our closest and dearest friends achieve that dream, or to watch from a short distance as it happens to folks we know. In essence, this is what folk speak of when they relate life in the Society for Creative Anachronism to “The Dream.” It is the heady knowledge that a motorcycle mechanic, convenience store clerk, a legal secretary, a college librarian, a stay-at-home parent or a preschool teacher could achieve a place to belong and a status in the SCA that defies achievement in modern life.

This is The Dream as we know it, and few of us doubt our ability to wing it when we get there. I bet you the reader have a mental checklist just in case the Unknowable Joy happens to you. Here is mine:

The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, was made into a movie starring Errol Flynn. Image Source: Virtual Virago

Aoife’s Toolkit, in Case of Spontaneous Awesomeness

1. Tremendously spiffy outfit.
2. Spiffy outfit for spouse and/or children.
2a. That pair of incredible shoes I couldn’t justify before now.
3. Bottle of celebratory beverage and cups.
3a. More celebratory beverage because the party will be huge.
4. Upgraded feast gear.
5. Tune up the car because we WILL be traveling.
6. Travel money.
6a. Travel club membership (my car isn’t new).
6b. Hotel money.
6c. Emergency money.
6d. Spare credit cards to spread out any debt.
7. Decide who is allowed to drive my car (I gotta sleep sometime!).
7a. Staff.
8. Chiropractor money—coronets don’t wear themselves. They say that those suckers are heavy!
9. Spending money.
10. Babysitter money.
11. Dog sitters.
12. Case of 12 hour energy drinks. Make it two cases.

If you read my list you will notice that I probably left a few things off, but that is to be expected. No one can think of every instance of need. However, I can be sure if lightening strikes and somebody wins Crown Tourney while fighting for my honor, that I will be somewhat prepared to take on the job. After all, I have people who can advise me. I have a history of participation, so I know how the SCA works. Of course, there’s an entire awesome structure built solely to manage the kingdom for me. I might spend more than I wanted on a reign, but apart from that, what else could I need?

Image source The Swedish Museum, via Flikr.

As real and SCAdian history shows us, there is quite a bit more I will need. None of it is tangible, but it is essential tomy well-being and to that of the Kingdom. Acquiring these things, furthermore, will cost me something in short supply:

Time. You see, I and every person who ever wishes to sit a throne, even every person who doesn’t, will function more amiably and efficiently if we own and use the following items:

Aoife’s Awesomeness Preparation Kit, the Intangibles
1. Problem Solving Techniques.
2. Strategies for Negotiation.
3. Conflict Resolution Skills.
4. Delegation and follow through skills.
5. Humility and thankfulness.
6. Rational thought in times of emotional stress.
7. Forgiveness.

Learning these skills is a task that can be left to experience, but that might be a bad idea. In order to learn from my mistakes, I would first have to make them, right? Lucky for me, that learning can be accomplished by reading online, for free, the many advice columns dedicated to the subjects. Many of them are written by business professionals, but others are by life coaches. It is up to the individual to follow through, to use the tools when the occasion strikes.
If, like me, you find yourself short in training or practice in these skills, I have collected some handy links, below, to save time. After all, if you are going to be sitting the throne, you’ll probably want a refresher course, and have little time to take it. In the end, however, it will probably be my ability to deftly handle these intangible skills more than any other thing I can do to prepare ahead of time, that will determine how I as a fictional future ruler will be remembered. Do I want to go down in History, or do I want to go down in flames? The choice is mine to make, and I will make it based on my actions. Regardless of any mistakes, however, it is the last item on my Intangibles list that will make the difference when problems happen (as they always do). Forgiveness: Moving past strife into a future where hurt feelings are dissolved, where we work together to improve The Dream.

I would like to wish luck to all the combatants in the upcoming Crown Tourney. May you fight well and honorably. If you win, may you rule wisely, with many skills in your toolkit!

Cheers
Aoife

Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon, CL, CP
M/k/a Lis Gelatt

Seven Steps for Effective Problem Solving

It might seem that ‘problem’ is another term for ‘conflict,’ but that is not always true. What if your problem is that the rain is flooding your sleeping tent, or that there are not enough chairs for the number of feast seats sold? This site will give you a quick process to identify, brainstorm, solve and follow through on a myriad of problems, even if you’ve never dealt with problems like that before.

How to Negotiate

When you are in a position of authority, you are going to need things, some of which are items, some of which are obstacles to be cleared, and some of which are tasks. With this site, learn how to deal with bullies, how to barter, getting around barricades, and how to avoid poking the sleeping bear.

Conflict Resolution Network

This well-written resource allows you to read, in simple scenarios, how to work around conflict. It is based on the premise that everyone deserves to win, and a win-win scenario is possible.

Mind Tools: How Well Do You Delegate?

Take the quiz to see how your skills rate. Read the article to see if you can improve your skills.

Lifehack: 20 Creative Ways to Say Thank-you

From digital to personal, in foreign languages or by sending cookies, this site helps make being thankful, and sending thank-yous, less of a chore.

Mind Tools: Dealing With Angry People

Management of an emotional situation can depend entirely on how you respond. Do you know how to answer so that you project understanding? Or will your response engender further anger? Believe it or not, this is a learnable skill. Find out how at this site.

Forgiveness: Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness

Believe it or not, forgiveness is a health issue. Read here about how the habit of forgiveness can improve your life (and by extension, your kingdom).


Categories: SCA news sites

13th c. rune stick found in Odense dig

History Blog - Sat, 2015-05-02 03:24

From the dig that brought you the barrels full of 14th century human excreta in the city center of Odense, Denmark, the latest find is a small wooden stick inscribed with runes in the early 13th century. Excavations were already complete (the last day was August 29th, 2014) when archaeologists picked out three small pieces of wood while processing the large number of finds. The three fragments fit together to form a stick 8.5 centimeters (3.3 inches) long, 1.2 cm (.47 inches) wide and a few millimeters thick. Archaeologists saw there were lines on the front and back and recognized them as runes.

Lisbeth Imer, a rune expert from The National Museum of Denmark was called in to examine the stick. Preserved for 800 years in the anoxic, water-logged environment, the wood was soft with the texture of cold butter. After conservation — a long soak in water-soluble wax — the wood will firm up, but it might also obscure key details of the runes making them harder to interpret accurately. Imer therefore had to work with the soft piece as it was. There’s also a divot missing in the middle and at some point in its long life the stick was gouged by a root growing against the back.

She was nonetheless able to extract key words. The runes are in Latin (the runic alphabet can be used to write in any language, just like the alphabet I’m using right now). There’s the word salu, which can mean “good health” and the back is inscribed t = umi or t = ume famulum suum which together can be read as “Tomme his servant,” Tomme being the stick’s owner and the “his” referring to God. It seems, therefore, that this rune stick was an amulet meant to keep its bearer healthy. A broken hole at one end suggests it may have been worn on a string.

It’s the first runic inscription on a wooden stick found in Denmark in 50 years, but we know these sorts of objects were widespread in medieval Scandinavia despite their relatively poor survival rate because a stash of 670 rune sticks were discovered during excavations at the Bryggen commercial buildings in Bergen, Norway, after a 1955 fire. This rune stick was also found in a commercial milieu. It was unearthed in a layer containing the remains of trade stalls from the 1200s when the area is known to have had a fish market before it was moved just north to a site still known today as Fisketorvet or Fish Square.

The rune stick was displayed to the public on April 25th at Møntergården, Odense’s cultural history museum, as part of Research Day, but it won’t be exhibited again until conservation is completed.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Runes shmunes. What about the poop?! I’m delighted to report there is an update on the barrels of 700-year-old poop excavated at I. Vilhelm Werners Square in 2013, and it may be the greatest update of all time.

First about the barrels themselves: dendrochronological analysis found that the trees used to make the barrels came from Kolobrzeg, Poland, and were felled from 1348 to 1352 and 1346 to 1358. They were used to transport salt from Poland to Denmark and once the contents were removed, the barrels were repurposed. The poop dates to the 1360s, so the turn-over was quite quick. The staves of used barrels loosen up leaving gaps between them, a bug if you’re trying to carry salt, but a feature if you’re using them as latrines. The loose staves allowed liquid to slowly seep out into the ground leaving the solid waste to compact in the barrel. Studies have shown that with proper seepage, a single barrel can remain usable for one person for 20 years.

The compacted poop was removed from the two barrels and is being kept in plastic bags in refrigerators at the Odense City Museums. Researchers take out a teaspoon at a time, run it through a sieve and look at the particulate matter under the microscope. Grains and seeds can be identified by their cellular structure to give us a comprehensive picture of people’s diets in medieval Odense. So far they have found the remains of a variety of lovely fruits — apples, figs, elderberries, raspberries, blackberries, wild strawberries — and mustard seed which would have been used as a flavoring spice. They also found miller’s bran and corn cockle seeds from a weed that grows alongside edible grains. The seeds are actually poisonous, but because they are difficult to separate from the grain during harvest and processing, a few seeds make their way up the food chain and down the poop chute. Corn cockles are most commonly found in rye fields, so it was likely rye bread or porridge.

Regarding the moss discovered in the barrels, moss has been found in medieval latrines in England as well. Several species of moss make excellent toilet paper, it seems, and sphagnum moss, aka peat moss, not only provides a comfy wipe, but it has additional hygienic properties as well. There are two kinds of cells in the leaves. The larger of the two can hold water much like a sponge, so it acts as a wet wipe, washing the business area instead of just drying it. In the Middle Ages it was also believed to have antiseptic properties. Interestingly, peat moss is a common additive to modern composting toilets because it encourages the absorption of liquid, encourages aerobic action and helps block odor.

Speaking of odor, Odense City Museums invited Kouki Fujioka from Tokyo’s Jikei University to take a whiff of their medieval poop. He is a scent expert, you see, and has developed a system to detect, isolate and categorize scents. He took odor samples from the barrel excrement and will measure the proportions of acids and alcohols in them which will indicate the level of spoilage. He will also work to replicate the various hearty aromas of 700-year-old human excrement which may sound less than enjoyable, but the museum is excited about the possibilities of recreating the smells of the past. Imagine a museum exhibition in Smell-O-Vision. What an intensely immersive connection to history.

Human excrement isn’t the only scatological gold unearthed at this site. Archaeologists also found a perfectly formed dog crap from the 12th century, a very rare survival, which they are analyzing for pollen and seeds to discover what dogs ate in medieval Denmark.

Oh and they found some gold gold too — a 14th century cross pendant and a delicate 13th century ring with a cabochon garnet — if you’re the kind of weirdo who’s into that sort of thing.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

First Æthelmearc Mistress of Defense Elevated

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-05-01 22:36

This day of May the First ushered in a glorious new tradition as Duchess Dorinda Courtenay was elevated as the first Æthelmearc Mistress of Defense (and what could well be the first in the Known World since we believe the Lochac Masters were made on May 2, being far ahead of us in hours).

The Gazette will post a full story later this weekend, but suffice it to say that it was a day filled with fencing followed by a most moving elevation ceremony.

Vivat to Duchess Dorinda!


Categories: SCA news sites

An Invitation from Their Royal Majesties

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-05-01 17:55

“Please join us this weekend at Our Crown Tournament to celebrate both the selection of Our Heirs and the creation of a New Peerage—The Order of Defense! This is the first peerage created in the Society in over 30 years! This momentous occasion will be celebrated in Our Court, along with the elevation of its first three members. Most of Our Noble Cousins from the other Kingdoms are also elevating their first three candidates, making this a moment of joy and celebration across the Known World.  We will have a toast to the Order and the new Peers, so please come prepared at Court.

In Service to the East,

King Omega and Queen Etheldreda”


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Maryport named Research Project of the Year 2015

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-05-01 15:20

Each year, Current Archaeology magazine gives an award for the Research Project of the Year. Senhouse Museum Trust and archaeologists from Newcastle University have been working for over four years at the Camp Farm site near Maryport, and they have been named the 2015 recipients of the award.

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Sunday 5/3 Traffic Advisory – TD Five Boro Bike Tour

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-05-01 14:49

There will be a number of road closures and detours due to the TD Five Boro Bike Tour in and around New York City that may affect travel from Crown tournament.

This is the list of street closures as released by the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office.  Streets will be closed from 7:45 am to 5 pm.

Manhattan Portion:

 Whitehall Street between South Street and Water Street

 State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place

 Battery Place between State Street and West Street

 Washington Street between Battery Place and Morris Street

 Greenwich Street between Battery Park and Trinity Place

 Trinity Place between Greenwich Street and Cedar Street

 Church Street between Cedar Street and Canal Street

 White Street between 6th Avenue and Franklin Place

 Walker Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway

 6th Avenue between Franklin Street and West 59th Street

 West 59th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue / Alternate Route

 Grand Army Plaza between West 59th Street and East Drive (inside Central

 East Drive between Grand Army Plaza and Center Drive (inside Central

 Center Drive between 5th Avenue and East Drive

 East Drive between Center Drive and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard

 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between West 110th Street and West 135th Street

 East / West 135th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and

 Madison Avenue between East 135th Street and East 138th Street

 Madison Avenue Bridge (Manhattan to Bronx)

 HRD/FDR Drive (South bound) between 3rd Avenue Bridge and East 116th Street

 East 116th Street between FDR Drive and Pleasant Avenue

 Pleasant Avenue between East 116th Street and East 114th Street

 Harlem River Drive/ FDR Drive (South bound) between 116th Street and 63rd

 East 63rd Street between FDR Drive (South bound) and Queensboro Bridge Exit

 Queensboro Bridge Exit between East 63rd Street and East 60th Street

 Queensboro Bridge (West Bound Lanes from Manhattan to Queens)

Bronx Portion:

 138th Street between Madison Avenue Bridge and 3rd Avenue

 3rd Avenue between 138th Street and 3rd Avenue Bridge

 3rd Avenue Bridge (Bronx to Manhattan)

 

Queens Portion:

 21st Street between Queens Plaza South and Hoyt Avenue North

 Queens Plaza South between 21st Street and Vernon Boulevard / Alternate Route

 Hoyt Avenue North between 21st Street and 19th Street

 19th Street between Hoyt Avenue North and Ditmars Boulevard

 Ditmars Boulevard between 19th Street and Shore Boulevard

 Shore Boulevard between Ditmars Boulevard and Astoria Park South

 Astoria Park South between Shore Boulevard and14th Street

 14th Street between Astoria Park South and 31st Avenue

 31st Avenue between 14th Street and Vernon Boulevard

 Vernon Boulevard between 31st Avenue and 44th Drive

 44th Drive between Vernon Boulevard and 11th Street

 11th Street between 44th Drive and Pulaski Bridge

 Pulaski Bridge (South Bound from Queens to Brooklyn)

Brooklyn Portion:

 McGuiness Boulevard between Pulaski Bridge and Greenpoint Avenue

 Java Street between McGuinness Boulevard and Franklin Street /Alternate Route

 Greenpoint Avenue between McGuinness Boulevard and Franklin Street

 Franklin Street between Greenpoint Avenue and Kent Avenue

 Kent Avenue between Java Street and Williamsburg Street West

 Williamsburg Street West between Kent Avenue and Flushing avenue

 Flushing Avenue between Williamsburg Street West and Navy Street

 North Elliot Place between Flushing Avenue and Park Avenue

 Navy Street between Flushing Avenue and York Street

 York Street between Navy Street and Gold Street

 Gold Street between York Street and Front Street

 Front Street between Gold Street and Old Fulton Street

 Old Fulton Street between Gold Street and Furman Street

 Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue

 Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue

 Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Columbia Street

 Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and BQE West Entrance

 BQE/ Gowanus Expy between BQE West Entrance Columbia Street

 Verrazano Bridge Lower Level (South bound from Brooklyn to Staten Island)

Staten Island Portion:

 Bay Street between New York Avenue and Hylan Boulevard

 Hylan Boulevard between Bay Street and Edgewater Street

 Edgewater Street/ Front Street between Hylan Boulevard and Hannah Street

 Hannah Street between Front Street and Bay Street

 Bay Street between Hannah Street and Richmond Terrace


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Dorinda’s Song

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-05-01 13:28

Submitted by Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful, Sylvan Bard of Æthelmearc.

Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful

Happy A.S. L, Everyone!

I’m a little behind on my article series — the next one will be out soon — but in the meantime, I could not let the occasion of our inaugural Order of Defense peerage go unmarked.

Years ago, I took a commission to write a piece in honour of Her Grace, Dorinda Courtenay. At the time, I neglected to put in a verse about fencing, an activity which she had only very recently taken up.

I had to rectify that!

Here is the song I wrote then, with a little added something to comemmorate her historic elevation. The music is by Guillaume de Machaut, a 14th-Century composer.

https://aethelmearcgazette.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/dorindas-song.mp3

Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, photo by Duchess Anna Blackleaf.


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Three tapped for elevation at AEthelmearc's Ice Dragon

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-05-01 12:50

Kameshima Zentar Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that at Their recent Passing of the Ice Dragon event in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Their Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed three of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Peerage.

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Happy New Year!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-05-01 08:28

Happy SCA New Year! It’s Anno Societatis L (or A.S. 50).

On a day of new beginnings, with a new SCA year starting and the historic elevation of Duchess Dorinda Courtenay as Æthelmearc’s first Master of Defense taking place tonight, it seems like a fine time to look back at where the SCA began.

You can go to the West Kingdom website for an account of the first tournament, which took place on May 1, 1966.

The flyer for the first SCA tournament, courtesy of the West Kingdom.

Have a great new year, everyone!


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British soldiers, archaeologists find early shots fired at Waterloo

History Blog - Fri, 2015-05-01 03:10

An international team of archaeologists and British war veterans have come together to excavate the Waterloo battlefield. It’s the first large-scale archaeological survey of the Hougoumont Farm area which proved to be a vital position attacked repeatedly by French forces during the June 18th, 1815, battle. So far the team has focused on the site of a wood south of the farm buildings that took the brunt of early French attacks. It’s been less than a week and a geophysical survey, a metal detector survey and test trenches have found coins, uniform buttons, fragments of firearms and English and French musket balls.

Dr Tony Pollard, Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow, leading the archaeology, said: “The full team has only been working on site for two days and we have made some very interesting discoveries. In particular, we have started a comprehensive survey, including metal detecting, of the area of the former wood to the south of the Hougoumont buildings and we have already found spent and unfired musket shots at the southern-most tip of the wood, also fragments of firearms and clothing such as uniform buttons.

“We know that shots were exchanged between the French and Allied armies in these woods during the night before the battle, as the French probed the allied position and the first real fighting took place in the same spot. I am confident these shots were fired very early in the battle, probably in the first exchanges.”

The team is hoping this excavation will answer questions about the battle. Much has been written about it, but eye-witness accounts and reports from the battlefield can be biased, muddled and contradictory. Although some topographical features have been altered either deliberately (the Lion Mount) or through natural processes and illegal metal detecting by souvenir hunters has removed a lot of the metal artifacts, the field has been left largely undeveloped in the 200 years since the battle. Battlefield archaeologists are optimistic that there is a great deal left to discover, including the locations of mass graves. The geophysical survey of the area around Hougoumont Farm detected anomalies that could be buried human remains. Any human remains discovered will be studied but not disturbed. The aim is to mark the graves, not to exhume bodies.

The Waterloo Uncovered excavation project was conceived by Major Charles Foinette, serving with 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, and Mark Evans, an Afghanistan veteran who was also an officer with the Coldstream Guards. The dig is all the more meaningful to them because a company of the Coldstream Guards were stationed at the farm and defended it valiantly against French attacks. Several other former and current Coldstream Guards are part of the excavation team through project partner Operation Nightingale, a program found in 2012 that puts soldiers injured in Afghanistan to work on archaeological excavations as a form of vocational training and physical and social therapy. It’s been a great success from the first year and Mark Evans is living proof of it since he was first introduced to archaeology through his participation in Operation Nightingale as an Afghanistan veteran suffering from PTSD. To have soldiers working at the site lends valuable insight to battlefield archaeology.

“Now we’ve got some of the top archaeologists in the world working on this site, but none of them has ever been in a battle, and it’s that perspective that the soldiers bring. They’ve been there, they’ve seen it. A different time and a different place, but they understand the confusion, they understand how ground is so important to cover and to make into advances,” Evans said.

The project is currently slated to last a year, but it could develop into a longer-term investigation if the will is there.

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Court Report: Blackstone Raids, Barony of Blackstone Mountain, April 25, A.S. XLIX

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-30 13:20

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of His Majesty’s Court at Blackstone Raids XXIV in the Barony of Blackstone Mountain, 25 April Anno Societatis XLIX, accompanied by Their Excellencies Ichijo and Cerridwen, Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

In the afternoon, on the field:

His Majesty spoke at some length of the pride he felt at the skill and prowess of the ​Æthelmearc army, and of the virtues of chivalry that so many of them showed. In particular, he called forth THL Arnþorr inn sterki, whose displays of chivalry were an example to many. His Majesty then summoned his Order of Chivalry and commanded THL Arnþorr to choose a time and place where he might sit vigil and contemplate elevation to that Order. Scroll forthcoming.

THLord Arnþorr inn sterki receives a Writ for the Chivalry. Photo by Caoilfhionn of the Woods.

At evening court:

THL Hrefna Ulfvarrinsdottir came forth and offered treats and entertainment for the children present.

His Majesty gave leave to Their Excellencies to conduct the business of their Baronial court.

Baron Ichijo and Baroness Cerridwen. Photo by Lady Valentina de la Volpe.

Lord Simon and Lady Valentina. Photo by THLord Morien Mac Bain.

Valentina de la Volpe was Awarded Arms for her devotion to photography as well as her skills as a fighter and seamstress. Scroll illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.

Simon de Irelande was Awarded Arms for his service to the Shire of Ballachlagan and its populace as herald, as well as his skill upon the fencing lists. Scroll illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.

Lord Hartmann Foscari Da Ferra was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce for his inspiring prowess on the heavy weapons field, where he serves as both fighter and teacher. Scroll illuminated and calligraphed by THL Ismay Ponde upon wording by Count Sir Jehan de la Marche.

His Majesty invited Lord Hartmann’s lady, Lady Ragna Haakonardottir of Skara, to join her lord in Court. As words from a scroll by Duke Sir Titus Scipio Germanicus and Countess Anna Leigh were read to the populace, Lord Hartmann bent to one knee before Lady Ragna and proposed marriage, which Lady Ragna happily accepted.

Video courtesy of Lord Hartmann.

Lady Grainne Shionnach was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for serving Ballachlagan as Chronicler and Archery Marshal, serving on the Pennsic Watch, and as a cook, a tollner, an archer, and for being a quiet light to all who know her. Scroll in progress by Lady Genevote Nau d’Anjou.

Lady Grainne Shionnach. Photo by Lady Valentina de la Volpe.

Lady Noelle de Feuer was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for her quiet yet dependable service moving tables, serving food, and retaining for the Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Leir.

Lady Noelle de Feuer. Photo by Lady Valentina de la Volpe.

Lord Ulrich von Baden was Granted Arms and created a Companion of the Gage for his skill as a heavy weapons fighter and teacher. Scroll in progress.

Lord Ulrich von Baden. Photo by Lady Valentina de la Volpe.

Lord Ulrich von Schwartzburg was Granted Arms and inducted into the Order of the Gage for all of his work both on the heavy weapons field and in support of the heavy weapons community. Scroll illuminated and calligraphed by THL Ismay Ponde upon wording by Sir Gareth Kincaid and Mistress Juliana Delamare.

Lord Ulrich von Schwartzburg. Photo by Lady Valentina de la Volpe.

Baron Edward Harbinger, Æthelmearc’s Archer General, came forward to announce that the Archery Peerage Fundraiser had raised $170 for the Kingdom Storage Trailer fund.

While He had Baron Edward in His Court, His Majesty implored His populace to take up bows and crossbows, for there was a very real possibility that the victor in the upcoming Pennsic War would be decided by the Mass Populace Archery Shoots, and Æthelmearc will need all the archers that she can muster.

There being no further business, His Majesty’s Court was closed.

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
高貴国境の王国の治部卿
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc


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From the Office of the East Kingdom Webminister

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:56

Greetings unto Everyone in the East Kingdom! Yes, this means you!

With all of the upgrades and enhancements that we have been very busy at accomplishing with the new East Kingdom Server, we are now poised to start expanding the services for the Kingdom and need and want your input!

We feel that the East Kingdom Calendar is a critical part of the services that are relied upon every day by each one of you. It is our plan to build upon how much use you already get out of it to include areas of interest for every Local branch and Royal Guild, encompassing your meetings, social gatherings, practices and everything in between.

But we don’t want to spend time building something that you won’t use, or wish worked in a different way. Therefore, please let your voice be heard!

http://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/828325/lang-en

The above survey link will bring you to the few simple yet very important questions we have that we want feedback on. Please take a moment to let us know how to make the Calendar better for the Kingdom.

As always, if you have any additional questions; concerns; or information regarding the above, or any current events, please do not hesitate to contact the Webministry at helpdesk@eastkingdom.org or through the Support Center at http://helpdesk.eastkingdom.org website.

In Service to the East Kingdom,

The Webministry


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Court Report: Pen vs. Sword III, Shire of Angels Keep, April 25, A.S. XLIX

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-30 08:18

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Her Majesty’s Court at Pen vs. Sword III, 25 April Anno Societatis XLIX, in the Shire of Angels Keep. As recorded by THL Marcus Claudius Cincinnatus, Windmill Pursuivant, with the assistance of Mistress Kayleigh MacWhyte and Marcellus Titus Cincinnatus.

Her Majesty summoned before her Felice de Thornton and spoke of her many good works. Moved by her efforts in helping at events, including working troll, and helping with setup and tear down, as well as her dedication to Angels Keep as both Webminister and Chronicler, Her Majesty did Award her Arms. Scroll by Lady Juliana Stafford.

Lady Felice. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe (called Jinx).

Oda Yokimura was called before Her Majesty, and for his contagious enthusiasm and dedication to service, the learning of Japanese calligraphy, and learning the arts of Fighting and Fencing was Awarded Arms. Scroll by Baroness Gillian Llwelyn.

Her Majesty then called forth Pan Henryk Bogusz. The Sylvan Queen spoke of Pan Henryk’s many efforts in the realms of leather work, brewing, cordial making, learning lucet, soap making, and his willingness to share his knowledge with others.  Thus moved, Pan Henryk was created a Companion of the Sycamore. Scroll by Baroness Gillian Llwelyn .

Pan Henryk Bogusz. Photo by Jinx.

Ladies Margarita Carpintero and Wylde Wysse were summoned before Her Majesty. Inspired by these ladies’ skills at researching and teaching the art of Wax Tablet making, both were named Companions of the Sycamore. Promissory Scrolls by Master Jonathan Blaecstan.

Lady Margarita Carpintero and Lady Wylde Wysse. Photo by Jinx.

Lady Finuola McGill. Photo by Jinx.

Lady Finuola McGill, called Fenris, came before Her Majesty, and begged the Queen’s assistance in choosing winners, of whom there were many, of the Raffle conducted by the Shire that day.

Dame Bronwyn MacKinnon came forward, and with Her Majesty’s leave, addressed the populace.  She noted that His Majesty desired to paint Pennsic red, with the escarbuncle and garb of Æthelmearc, and bade the populace to seek her out for more information.

Her Majesty then spoke of the joyous day and of the many inspirations she had seen throughout. Being especially moved by the efforts (and candied citrus peels) of her good gentle, Lady Elenora de Rosewycke, Her Majesty did present Lady Eleanora with her token of inspiration.

There being no further business, Her Majesty’s Court was closed.

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
高貴国境の王国の治部卿
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc


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