Archive - Oct 2006

October 9th

Crystall Ball XXIII

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Shattered Crystal presents: Crystal Ball XXIII: Dancing Down the Silk Road, November 17-19, 2006 at Bluffview Elementary School in Dupo, IL.

November 17-19, 2006
Site Opens 7 PM Friday, November 17
Site Closes 10 AM Sunday, November 19, 2006

**NEW SITE**NEW SITE**NEW SITE**
Bluffview Elementary School
905 Bluffview Ln, Dupo, IL 62239

The site is Bone Dry and Smoke Free. Location:
Barony of the Shattered Crystal (Dupo, Illinois)

St. David's 30th Year Celebration

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Come one, come all! Join in the merriment as the College of St. David celebrates its 30th anniversary! We'll have Prize Tourneys for both heavy and fencing fighters, Bardic Competitions, and Artisan's Row for A&S and merchant display - all in a festive indoor/outdoor picnic setting on the lovely UC Santa Cruz campus. Bring food and an appetite, musical instruments (preferably ones you can *play*), dancing dogs, period games, and anything else to add to the fun. Location:
College of St. David (Santa Cruz, California)

Vinhold's All Hallows Feast

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Please join us at St. Mary's Episcople Church at 3rd Street in Napa on October 14th at 2pm (**Site opens at 1pm for set up**). Feast tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children. Reservations may be made by contacting the autocrat, Aureellia de Montfort, at aureellia@gmail.com

There will be three contests: subtleties, cordials, and the Bard of Vinhold competition! The current bard, Torvaldr, has declared our theme to be "Love". Location:
Barony of Vinhold (Napa, California)

Today in the Middle Ages: October 9, 1547

Miguel de Cervantes, creator of Don Quixote and spiritual ancestor of thousands of SCAdians, was born on October 9, 1547. His Wikipedia entry says "he lived an unsettled life of hardship and adventure."

Local ban on "fight clubs" may halt SCA practices in Michigan city

A local ban by the city of Warren, Michigan (USA) on teenage boxing "fight clubs" at city parks may halt long-standing SCA fighter practices parks in the area.

October 8th

A Modern Subtlety

Vashti Ross likes a challenge: How to make a wedding cake for a groom who doesn't want everything to be all "girly." Solution? A meatcake!

Uther and Kára New Heirs to the West Kingdom

Duke Uther Schieman der Hount and Kára Báreksdóttir are the new Prince and Princess of the Kingdom of the West.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 8, 1361

Chronicles record that on October 8, 1361, Robert Macaire defended himself on trial by combat against charges of murder. The duel was fought on the Ile de Notre Dame, and Macaire's opponent was the murdered man's dog.

8th Century Moravian Parchment Discovered

Researchers working in a Benedictine monastery in Rajhrad, Czech Republic, have made an accidental - and priceless - discovery: a fragment of an 8th century CE document, one of the oldest in Moravia.

October 7th

Estrella War XXIII A&S Collegium “Call for Instructors”

Mistress Elspeth von Bremen, Collegium Steward for Estrella XXIII, is seeking instructors for the upcoming War.

Cimabue works on display in new exhibit at the Frick

"Cimabue and Early Italian Devotional Painting" will be on display at The Frick Collection in New York City through December 31.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 7, 1543

Hans Holbein the Younger, the northern Renaissance portraitist who painted many Tudor notables including Henry VIII and at least two of his wives, died on October 7, 1543.

A Vaccine for the Black Death

A Norwegian scientist claims to have solved the mystery behind the Black Death and to have created a vaccine against it.

October 6th

Elizabeth Victoria Born in Ealdormere

The proud papa reports that Elizabeth Victoria Eleanor Stamper was born to Asa and Albrecht September 20, 2006 in Guelph, Ontario.

New Royal Heirs in Ansteorra

Congratulations to the new Prince of Ansteorra, Sir Rominas, who was inspired to valor by his lady wife, Princess Deanna.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 6, 1536

William Tyndale, Bible translator and Protestant scholar, was executed for heresy on October 6, 1536. He was condemned to burn at the stake, but was mercifully strangled first and his body burned after death.

AEthelmearc Crown List Combatants Announced

Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc have announced the list of combatants and their consorts for Their upcoming Crown Tournament.

October 5th

Researchers seek sunken Spanish colony ship

In 1526, Luis Vasquez de Ayllon attempted to establish a Spanish colony on the coast of what is now the state of Georgia. He ran his vessel aground off the South Carolina coast, and it all began to go horribly wrong. Now researchers are looking for the wrecked flagship of the colony expedition.

New exhibit on Renaissance Italy at the V&A

"At Home in Renaissance Italy," on display at London's Victoria & Albert Museum through January 7, reveals the Renaissance interior's central role in the flourishing of Italian art and culture by providing an innovative three-dimensional view of the Italian Renaissance home, presented as object-filled spaces that bring the period to life.

"Good vs Evil" Photos Online

Sean Chipendale has posted photos from the recent "Good vs Evil" event which took place in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 5, 610

In the process of deposing and replacing the Byzantine emperor Phocas, Heraclius attacked Constantinople with a fleet on October 5, 610 C.E.

October 4th

Miles Atherton de Grey (mka: John M. Ford, author & poet) passes

Miles Atherton de Grey, once the first herald of the Midrealm's Shire of Mynydd Seren (Bloomington IN), and lately of Northshield's Barony of Nordskogen (area around Minneapolis MN), is no more. Many who did not know him by his SCA name will remember his novels, stories, poems, and wargaming works under his mundane name, John M. Ford.

Lady Alex Demonstrates Viking Skills at the Fair

Lady Alexandria laNoire is a 10th century Danish homemaker and archer who, along with her husband Syr Theodric van Rostock, showed off her prowess recently at the Great Geauga County Fair in Burton, Ohio. Joan Cooper Rusek of the Sun-News reports.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 4, 1568

Elisabeth de Valois, third of the four wives of Philip II of Spain, died on October 4, 1568. She had originally been betrothed to his son but married the father as part of a peace settlement.

Al-Barran Toys for Tots

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Greetings Generous Outlanders, Thier Excellencies Sir Gregor and Lady Monika and Myself welcome all to come to our glorious event and support a wonderful cause. We continue to support our Mighty King and his challenge to the Known world, Al-barran will be glorious in the hearts of children again this festive season and show the known world our grand generosity. There will be our traditional tourneys for our Toys for Tots champions both Heavy and Light. Lord Bolslav is our current Heavy weapons T4TChampion and he is planning a wonderful tourney for your entry and Lord Coinneach is our current light weapons T4Tchampion and he too is planning his tourney. We look forward to a wonderful day filled with genourosity and fun. Please also join us for a donation lunch of Stews. Location:
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Fall Harvest

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The summer draws to an end, and the might of our most benevolent Baron Pellandres, has assured the safety of our Barony's great harvest. Our mills are grinding the grain for our winter bread, our pastures are filled with stock, and our cellars are too full!

Therefore, by her Excellency Valeria's grace and generosity we offer you a chance to sup upon a feast in celebration of the Harvest and in acknowledgement of the prowess of our new Baronial Rattan Champion, who shall be chosen upon this same day. Location:
Barony of L'ile du Dragon Dormant (L'Ile Perrot, Quebec)

AEthelmearc Crown Tournament

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The Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog is honored and pleased to announce that in the ancient traditions handed down from the distant and venerable Western Kingdom, a Grand Tournament will be held within the Barony's borders to secure the proper and rightful lineage of the Royal Sylvan AEthelmearc Crown.

A Grand Banquet to celebrate the day's victorious new Heirs to the Mighty Sylvan throne will be masterfully crafted by Don Iago Benetiz and Don Bastiano di Iacopo. Location:
Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog (Jennerstown, Pennsylvania)

Renaissance and Early Modern Festival Books Now Online

View 253 digitised Renaissance festival books (selected from over 2,000 in the British Library's collection) that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700.

October 3rd

New Position: Liaison for International Affairs

Jason WIlliams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc., has announced that the Society is seeking to fill the position of Liaison for International Affairs.

New Ansteorran Crown

The new Prince and Princess Of Ansteorra are Prince Romanius Vesperianus and Princess Deanna.