Archive - 2005

October 15th

Mary Rose Anchor Raised

As work on the wreck of Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose continues, archaeologists announced that the anchor has been recovered.

Ancient Coventry Gravestones Missing

Lady Godiva must be galloping in her grave with the news that the City Council of Coventry, England may have "lost" 50 historic gravestones.

Viking Longboats for Sale

You, too, can go a-Viking! DirectBoats.com is selling replica Viking longboats. "Great for theme parks and rental operations." And, they're on sale!

October 14th

Eastrealm Woman Uses Belly Dancing as Therapy

Vinaya Saksena of the East Bay News in Swansea, Rhode Island discusses life and belly dancing with Mensa and SCA member Debra Moniz.

Great Deeds from Great Western

Lady Elsa Saxenkammer, a bard from the West Kingdom, relates a story of deeds of honor from the recent Great Western War.

Sir Godwine of Sherborne Victorious in Meridies Crown Tourney

Janessia and Iohann se pipere report that Sir Godwine of Sherborne, fighting for Lady Francesca De Foggia, was victorious in the October 8, 2005 Meridies Crown Tournament.

Canterbury Faire

The people of Southron Gaard invite you to join us in celebrating the end of summer at a Grande Carnivale to be held at Canterbury Faire. No mud, no dust, no venomous fauna! Lots of comfortable bunkrooms and hot showers and real toilets. High points of this event will include dancing and a masque ball, a market and chances for men and women at arms of all types to show their skill. Not to mention plenty siege weapons, an Elizabethan theatrical extravaganza, a fabulous feast and event-long meal plan and the famous Mangy Mongol (purveyors of fine comestibles)(by Royal appointment).

Ealdormere Fall 2005 Coronation Photos Online

Alexander Gladstone has posted photos from the recent Coronation of Edward and Rylyn, King and Queen of Ealdormere, on the Two Ravens website.

October 13th

Monastery Reconstruction Restores 10th Century Building

700 years after it was looted by Catalan mercenaries, Vatopedi Monastery in northern Greece will celebrate a two-year restoration project funded by the Catalan administration.

Winter's Night

With the fast approaching Winter's Night, and the Goddess Hel's Army of Undead preparing to invade, we must join forces to unite our numbers so that these minions will be sent back through the very gate they plan to use. As our Heros of Oertha are sure to out numbered, I have found a great knight who can help train us, Syr Sagan, a Knight who will be traveling from our lower kingdom to join us and help vanquish these foul minions of the dead.

Stefan's Florilegium Updates for October 2005

THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates to Stefan's Florilegium for October 2005.

Autocrat: Gulf Wars XV is still on for 2006

Sir John the Pursuwer, autocrat of Gulf Wars XV, has made the announcement many were waiting breathlessly for: Gulf Wars will go forward despite damage to King's Arrow Ranch from Hurricane Katrina.

October 12th

Meridian Fighter's Collegium XL

Join us for a day of Amored Combat, Combat Archery, Fencing, Equestrian (classes only), Live Weapons, and Youth Combat. Some classes will also be available on combat-related topics.

The rightful king of England? He doesn't want the crown

According to genealogists working with a documentary team from Britain's Channel Four, Australian forklift operator Mike Hastings is the rightful heir to the British throne.

Toys For Tots

Once again it is that time of year that we, the Shire of Arrows Flight, do call upon the most noble and chivalrous folk of our great kingdom. We invite you to join us this day and show all the honor and generosity of our most noble society.

Wicker Man Festival: Episode 2: The Attack of the Penguins

As the Fall growing season comes to a close, come join us, the Barony of Blackstone Mountain, in our celebration of the Wicker Man Festival. There will be archery, fencing, and a Tournament of Knowledge for the fighters. Please see our website for specifics or contact the Baronial Knight Marshall for information.

Aethelmearc Twelfth Night

The Canton of Beau Fleuve is happy to host Aethelmearc Twelfth Night. It will be held at St. John de la Salle Church at 8469 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14304 on January 7, 2006. The site opens at 9 am and closes at 11 pm. It is discretely damp and open flames are allowed.

Report, Photos and Video from Aethelmearc's 2005 Fall Crown Tourney

Lady Katriona has posted photos and video from the recent AEthelmearc Fall 2005 Crown Tournament.

October 11th

Wine List XVI

Bring a bottle of wine and test your skills in armored combat of three-man melee teams. The entry fee is just one bottle per fighter in the melee. Fighters under 21 - make it non-alcoholic. (Please do not bring horribly cheap beverages; you may have to drink it.) We will also have equestrian activities run by Lady Lora Greymare. If you want to bring a horse, contact her prior to the event at lcphil@prodigy.net

Lars and Mary New Northshield Royalty

Baroness Kateryn of Cornwall reports that Sir Lars Wolfsblut, fighting for the Honor of Lady Mary of Carrigart, was the victor of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Estrella War XXII

The Kingdom of Atenveldt hosts the war at Estrella Mountain Regional Park in Goodyear, Arizona from February 14-20, 2006. The Estrella War XXII Main Autocrats, Mistress Isabeau della Farfalla and Master Joseph Walter McFadden, can be contacted through mains@estrellawar.org

Malcolm and Tessa New Prince and Princess of AEthelmearc

Earl Sir Malcolm was the victor of the October 8, 2005 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. Malcolm was inspired by Tessa the Huntress.

Regional Fiber Collegium

On Saturday, December 10, 2005, the Barony of Small Gray Bear and Shire Lagerdamm will be co-hosting a Regional Fiber Collegium at St Peters Episcopal Church in Conway. We are requesting that anyone who would like to share their knowledge of fiber at this event contact me at ERuadnat@aol.com

Michael O'Brien to be New King of Artemisia

Kelwin reports that His Lordship Michael O'Brien was the winner of the October 8, 2005 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

Afternoon of Fun

The Incipient Canton of Eastwatch and Barony of the Cleftlands invite you to an Afternoon of Fun.

Feast of St. Andrew

Make a pilgrimage to honor the Patron Saint of Scotland and join the Canton of Tear Seas Shore in the Feast of Saint Andrew. Our Yuletide celebration will feature the traditional Great and Mass Weapons tourney, a rapier tourney, equestrian activities, a dessert competition chosen by popular vote and a delectable feast.

Samhain

The Shire of Glyn Dwfn invites you to join us in the fair southern lands of the Realm for a day of learning, feasting and merriment. To nourish the mind, we offer a Gryphons College with a variety of classes, workshops and discussions with a wide range of subjects and skill levels. A&S, administration, a special all day track for fighters. As day fades into night, there will be a Roman repast to nourish the body and delight the palate, followed by dancing. Don't forget the final judging and prize announcements will be made for the Gold Key Contest with the Most Amazing Prizes Ever!

Caer Galen Midwinter

Bonjour! Nous sommes en Paris, en 1405 Anno Domini*…… The Ruling House of France, the House of Valois, is still smarting from the effects of their sound defeat by the English at Crecy in 1346, and at Poitiers in 1356, where the king was captured but not ransomed for some time. The current King and Queen of France, Charles VI and Isabeau, reign from palaces in Rouen and Paris, well attended by their children most notably the Dauphin, Louis, duc de Guyenne. The Great Schism has been in effect for 25 years, leaving Popes at both Rome and Avignon. Innocent VII has just been elected to the nearest Papal seat in Avignon, and he is attempting to heal the Schism to little effect. The Crusades are still an idea to be toyed with every few years, but no concerted effort to retake the Holy Land has been mounted in some time. The world is turning colder in the wake of the Black Death 50 years ago, leaving France's population nearly decimated, but this devastation has left the both the middle classes and the aristocracy with genuine opportunities for advancement. Bienvenue a Paris!**

Construction of Old Boats: Pre-Renaissance Methods of Ship Design

On October 18, 2005, the Dubner Institute for the History of Science & Technology will present "Conceptualization and Construction of Old Boats: Pre-Renaissance Methods of Ship Design".

October 10th

Drafn War Band Helps Celebrate Viking Times in Caid

Members of the Drafn War Band participated recently in a celebration of Norwegian culture at the third annual Viking Festival at Norway Hall in Vista, California.