Aoife's Links

Some Assembly Required: SCA Gifts to Make and Give

Good Afternoon. Although it has been several years since I was last able to write a Links List, I am giving it a go one more time. Hopefully my system will remain safe and deadly bug-free this time around. I have missed my readers, and hope the feeling is mutual.

Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Dame Aoife returns to us after her job-induced hiatus, just in time to offer a collection of clever gift ideas for the holidays!

High Inquisitional Council of Peerages cries foul on Aoife's Links

Pursuant to new SCA corporate-level administrative sanctions, a High Inquisitional Council of Peers met recently behind closed doors and voted to censure Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon, creator of the popular Aoife's Links column. SCAtoday.net has learned that the worst may be yet to come.

Foolish Mortals! Medieval Jesters and Mummers

Dame Aoife was feeling foolish this week, and offers this week's Links as a resource for the medieval artistry of jesters and fools.

Starry-eyed Surprise: Medieval Astronomy

Dame Aoife brings us a veritable galaxy of links this week, concerning astronomy not only as a natural science but also as a medieval navigation and timekeeping aid.

Mongol Rus: The Golden Horde

Pay no heed to those horsemen, for they are just peaceful pastoral nomads here to graze their livestock...

As We Sow: Medieval Gardens

Dame Aoife has been a busy lady with holidays and her modern-world job, but this week she's back with a pre-springtime Links edition devoted to medieval gardens.

Let it Snow! Medieval Winter Sports

This week, Dame Aoife devotes her Links to the subject of winter sports, and you may be surprised to learn how many "modern" winter sports are actually period.

Sweet! Medieval Candy, Cookies, and Cakes

Just in time for the holidays, Dame Aoife offers a collection of links with tasty treats guaranteed to ravage your waistline, but in a very authentic way!

Are you feeling funny? Medieval humor

Aoife's Links this week brings us a fine cure for the Wintertime Blues, with links full of the humor (not the humours) of the Middle Ages.

Trew Love! A History of Pants

Dame Aoife "trew" us a curve this week, and you might think it "inseamly" of her to have inflicted such punnery. But these links will leave you "panting" for more, and singing "hems" of praise to Dame Aoife!

"That's not a Knoife!" What period blades were really like

How many SCAdians have drawn a sword after uttering that famous movie line? Dame Aoife doesn't look a thing like Paul Hogan's "Mic" character in Crocodile Dundee, but this week she shares Mic's fascination with sharp pointy things.

More Power! Medieval Machinery

Think modern society has a monopoly on power tools? Think again! For the mechanically-inclined, this week's edition of Aoife's Links is chock full of serious drool-bait: medieval machines.

A Fine Hand: Beginners' Scribal Workbox

The SCA is home to some of the finest calligraphers and illuminators around, but there are still plenty of us who know little of this very important and useful medieval art. Dame Aoife wants to help, and offers this edition of Aoife's Links devoted to scribal arts for beginners.

Female Heroes: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine, a woman who was in many ways ahead of her time and who was one of the most important figures in the Middle Ages, is the subject of Aoife's Links this week.

Let Us Prey: Hunting With Hawks/Falcons

This week's installment of Aoife's Links is devoted to the art and science of hunting with raptors for food and for sport.

By My Hand: Gloves and Mittens

"Cold hands, warm heart?" The warmth of your heart is up to you, but Dame Aoife has help for keeping hands warm during winter's chill.

A Question of Style: The Historical Tournament

This week, Dame Aoife brings us a list of links for fencing and armoured combat tournament styles, and the heraldry that adds to their pageantry. If you're planning an event, this edition of Aoife's Links will help make it more fun.

Chalk it up: Giant Medieval Hillside Figure

Dame Aoife offers a bevy of links about large chalk carvings, of which the virility-gifted Cerne Abbas Giant is the most famous, that decorate the hills of England.

Code Words: Speaking Forsoothly

Dame Aoife offers helpful links for how to sound more medieval when speaking in persona, with a focus on Elizabethan English and Old English and, of course, SCA medieval-oid slang.

Loose Women: Attitudes about the Oldest Medieval Profession

Don't snicker! This week's Aoife's Links takes a serious, scholarly look at the sexuality of women and the profession of prostitution through the Middle Ages.

Pennsic 34: Definitive Guide to the War

Take a break from the Pre-Pennsic Project and Packing Pandemonium™ to visit a few of Aoife's links about — what else? — Pennsic War.

And now for something completely different...

Dame Aoife, ever the eclectic, graces us this week with a list of links that didn't fit into any of her multitude of catalogs, but are intersting nonetheless. Here are the odds and ends, for your edification.

Fire in the Sky: History of Fireworks

From a secure bunker at an undisclosed location in the Pocono Mountains, Dame Aoife sends forth links about the history of the "artillery" whose echoing thunder now resounds through her abode.

Escaping the Devil's Workshop: "Little" Arts for Idle Hands

Feeling bored? Dame Aoife has lots of suggestions in this week's Links on productive and portable ways to occupy your copious free time.

Long Arm of the Law: Medieval Crime and Punishment

After a week in absence, Dame Aoife is back, with links on medieval criminal justice.

SCA Armor: A How-To Manual

It has been said that a fighter's armor is a project that is never really done. Dame Aoife this week offers helpful links to make new armorers get started, and to help experienced warriors keep improving their armouring skill.

"Dragons, Dreams & Daring Deeds:" Activity Ideas

Help! Our shire has 14 demos! Dame Aoife, Children's Officer and former librarian, offers suggestions for handling demos for libraries during this summer's "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds" reading club program.

Slainthe! Ale and Beer in History

Benjamin Franklin said, "Beer is proof that God wants us to be happy." He's a little out of period for us, but he had the right idea! This week, Aoife brings us a keg of links about that wonderful golden-brown liquid and its relatives.

Three Men in a Tub? Medieval Bathing

Were people in the Middle Ages unwashed? Certainly not, says Dame Aoife, as she brings us a bevy of links about how people kept themselves clean in the Middle Ages, in more ways than just the physical.