Archive - Jul 2005

July 20th

Southron Gaard Siege Engine Challenge

Apart from the face-off of mighty siege engines, this three-day encampment will include war scenarios, A&S, feasting, tourneying, reveling, a ball, and all manner of other enticements and phantasies to occupy the time, titillate the taste-buds and exercise the bodies of participants. Visitors to our Barony will of course experience our famous Southron Gaard hospitality, so by all means start making your travel plans now!

July 19th

Times: St. George Inspired by Syrian Mosaic?

Experts are wondering if a newly-discovered mosaic depicting Bellerophon, mounted on Pegasus stabbing a chimera with a lance is might have been an inspiration for St. George and the dragon.

Crossing the Border with Rapier Equipment

Lady Aymee D'Ivry reports on her experiences on crossing the border between Canada and the United States with rapier equipment.

Sources for Late Period Costuming

"Early Modern Notes," a costuming website for re-enactors, discusses sources for information on late period garb.

More Photos from Warriors and Warlords

Shava has posted more photos taken at the recent Warriors and Warlords event in the Kingdom of Northshield.

July 18th

Ode to Just Staying Home from Pennsic War

Not going to Pennsic 34? Commiserate with Lord Zachariah von Marksburgh and his Ode to Staying home from Pennsic War.

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.

AEthelmearc Scribal College at Pennsic

Mistress Daedra McBeth a Gryphon, Coordinator of the AEthelmearc Scribal College at Pennsic, has announced that the College is open to all interested in the scribal arts. Registration is required.

July 17th

Traders, Saints, and Pirates

Editors of Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe have announced the publication of Issue 8: Traders, Saints, and Pirates: The Sea in Early Medieval Northwestern Europe.

Medieval Charnal House Restored in English Basement

A 14th century English home, owned by a lawyer, has a secret in its basement: It is the final resting place of some 10,000 of London's dead.

Bronze Orpheus Might Point to Tomb

Archaeologists working on a site near the village of Tatul in Bulgaria are hoping that the discovery of a rare bronze statue of Orpheus might lead to the hero's tomb.

July 16th

Norfolk Site of Celtic Resistance

New evidence points to the English city of Norfolk as being a hub of Celtic resistance against Roman occupation. It may also have been the site of a "lost holocaust".

Toronto Company Hopes to Mine on Roman Site

Rio Narcea Gold Mines Ltd., a mining company based in Toronto, Canada, is battling archaeologists for the rights to a gold mine which lies beneath a Roman town in Asturias, Spain.

Time Team Hunts for Roman Treasure

Britain's Channel Four Time Team has opened new trenches at Dinnington, England with hopes of discovering Roman gold.

July 15th

Unchained Doom: Dead Man's Party

Spain, 1469. After centuries of infighting between warring principalities-Spain was on the path to unification with the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. It would take another five years to for Ferdinand and Isabella to ascend to the throne, during which tensions remained high...

Times: Saxon Rotunda May have Connections to Lady Godiva

A 10th or 11th century Saxon rotunda, thought to be part of a monastery, has been unearthed in Leominster, England during a geophysical survey. The structure may be connected to Earl Leofric and his wife, the famed Lady Godiva.

Chain Mail iPod "Cozy" Links Modern & Ancient Technologies

The joke is: "How many computers does it take to re-create the Middle Ages?" Blogger Uncle Horn Head shares the latest synergy of ancient craft combined with modern world necessity with a chain mail iPod cover created by his lady wife.

And a Good Time was had by All at Warlords & Warriors XII

Her Excellency Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Northshield, reports on a fine time had at the recent Warlords & Warriors event.

Niebelungen 2005 Pictures

Titus Flavius has posted photos from the Kingdom of Drachenwald's Niebelungen War. The event took place July 6-7, 2005 in the Shire of Drei Eichen (Kirchheim, Germany).

July 14th

Changes to Siege Engine Rules at Pennsic War

Master Quinn Phelan, OL, DSEM for Siege, wishes to clarify rules for use of siege engines at the Pennsic War.

Medieval Studies Conference Seeking Papers

The 41st International Congress in Medieval Studies, to be held May 4-7, 2006 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is calling for papers to be presented. This year's theme is: The Pen and the Sword: Medieval Martial Arts in Cultural Context.

New Laurels for the Kingdom of Northshield

On Saturday July 9th at the 12th annual Warlords and Warriors Day in the Court of Tarrach and Fina, King and Queen of Northshield, Cainnech ruadh MacGuairi and Cinniu ingen Cuthbaid were created Companions of the Order of the Laurel.

Ansteorra Firefighter Displays Tribute in NYC Museum

A hand-tooled, leather tribute created by Lord Mordane Garrett (Scot Wengland) is on display at the New York City Firefighters' Museum. Lord Mordane's work was commissioned by the Oklahoma City Fire Department as a tribute to a delegation of New York firefighters who helped with rescue in the Oklahoma City bombing and were subsequently killed in the September 11 bombing of the World Trade Center.

July 13th

Training Daze is Cancelled

Lord Hjalmar Brandenburg has announced that the Training Daze event, which was to be held July 16, 2005 in the Canton of Caer Draeth, (Cookstown, Ontario), has been cancelled.

Armorgeddon 15 Postponed

Lachlan Macdougal Autocrat for Armorgeddon 15 in the Kingdom of Northshield, has announced that the event has been postponed until September 2006.

AEthelmearc Fall Coronation

Come one and all! Let us join together in saluting Their Majesties Malcolm & Tessa, as Their time on AEthelmearc's throne comes to a close. Do not be sad, for it is also a time to celebrate the continuation of our glorious Kingdom with the promise of a new reign under Their Royal Heirs Robin & Isabeau!

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.

Riding the Carousel

Lady Miriam von Schwarzwald of the Barony of Forgotten Sea, reports on her visit to Calontir's recent Carousel event. In addition, Annalies Grossmund adds some thoughts on the same event.

Post War Party in the Pasture

The Shire of Starleaf Gate invites you to join us for our Post War Party in the Pasture Camping Event. We hope that you can attend and look forward to seeing you.

A Day Of Piracy

The Incipient Shire of Bastille du Lac's is once again proud to host "A Day Of Piracy" on October the 1st 2005, near Trenton Ontario.