Archive - Dec 2006

Santa's sleigh or Thor's chariot?

"The idea of St Nicholas got very much mixed in with Thor's transport when it comes to the sled with flying reindeer," said Helge Soerheim of the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger. On December 21, 2006, IC Wales explored the idea of how Vikings might have celebrated the Christmas season.

School of Scottish Studies offers folklore and song

The School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland has created a website to share historical songs and traditions about the country. The downloadable contents are categorized by subject.

Snorri Sturluson was wrong

A new investigation of the cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, has revealed that Icelandic literary hero Snorri Sturluson had been wrong in his documentation of the cathedral’s history.

December 30th

Viking swordplay in Iceland

Members of Rimmugýgur, a club dedicated to the research of Viking culture and sword fighting founded in 1997, show off their prowess with sword and shield for a reporter from the Iceland Review.

Chau Daddy!

Hip hop artist Baba Brinkman has found inspiration for his music in an unusual place: the works of 14th century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

Brawny Academy Trains Renaissance Men

Brawny men joust on tricycles over a mud pit for the sake of a lady fair, and later learn to dance in Episode 4 of the Brawny Academy, an on-line series of videos promoting the Brawny brand of paper towels.

Winter Wonders XXI

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Camelot has come and gone and only the land remains. Enter the forest of the Green Knight if you dare to find the Lord and Lady Winter who can break the season's icy snare. Amidst snow drifts and trees capped with white crowns an archer's, bard's, and warrior's challenge can be found. Prove you are a "Man of Green" to end this wintry scene. Come to Ardanroe for Winter Wonders and feast under the ancient limbs and starry sky, or stay at home, and frozen tears cry. The frozen darkness of the Forest of the Green Knight beckons. Where does your courage lie? Hear the Bards after feast Saturday night. Location:
Shire of Ardanroe (Lake Bistineau State Park, Louisiana)

December 29th

SwordMaiden.com: 2006 Update

SwordMaiden.com is a web site devoted to helping female warriors from all kingdoms to achieve their best possible proficiency. Here is a list of all major updates from 2006.

Celtic music presents unique challenges to audio engineers

The December 2006 issue of Live Sound International, a trade journal for professional audio engineers, explains that instruments such as bagpipes require special care in microphone placement, mixing, and equalization, and that many audio engineers used to working with rock bands need to learn new skills for "the wonderful world of Celtic music."

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits 'Christ ist geboren' - illumination and yule

Since the first of December a new interesting exhibition is on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: Christ ist geboren - Prachthandschriften zum Weihnachtsfest. The exhibit runs until 14 January, 2007.

December 28th

Stormhold Surveying Expedition

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Let it be known that Baron Stormhold will be mounting a surveying expedition of the land in the west of his fief. To this end he seeks applications from suitably qualified individuals and companies. In particular all surveyors, engineers and cartographers are encouraged to represent themselves to his Excellency. In addition the services of a number of guards will be required due to the wild nature of the lands into which the expedition will venture. Location:
Barony of Stormhold (Fern Hill, Victoria, Australia)

Birthday Bash XXI

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Unto the populace of Artemisia, the Shire of Silverkeep invites you to celebrate our 21st Birthday! We will have our traditional Bearpit Tournament to determine both our tournament champion and Shire champion. The Tournament prize is an armor stand. The champion of the rapier Tournament will win a Serpentine rapier grip.

But wait! There’s more! For the heavy fighters there will also be a Snowball Tourney! There will be activities for Location:
Shire of Silverkeep (Bozeman, Montana)

Storvik Baronial Investiture

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The Barony of Storvik invites all good gentles to be present for the blessed ascension of the newest Baronage of Storvik. The day will celebrate the many and varied Arts and Sciences of Storvik’s history, including Armed Combat, Cooking, Illumination and other fine arts.

Martial Activities: There will be space available for fighting outdoors, weather permitting. However, there are no shower facilities. Location:
Barony of Storvik (Cheltanham, Maryland)

Ljubljanica River gives up gifts

In an excerpt from the December 2006 issue of National Geographic Magazine, Carol Kaufmann looks at the reasons why Romans, Celts and others dumped their precious treasures into the Ljubljanica River in Slovenia.

Border War IX

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Border War is back again! This year is Border War IX, held from Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th February, 2007. And this year, we fight to save Our Lands from the invading Southern Army. Who will oppose us, and who will defend us?

Fighters, please note which army you will fight with when you make your booking - and to persuade you to the side of righteousness, please heed the following:
"The Shire of Bordescros has but 2 fighters - but we will willingly sacrifice them upon the field of war to defend the right and honour of our King and Queen. We are at this moment raising an army of mercenaries, with promises of largesse. Largesse? I hear you cry, What kinds of largesse? 500 yards of the finest silk; Innocent Virgins to be Despoiled as Thou wilt; Mead, Ale and Beer; Pieces of Eight and the like will be disbursed from our coffers at Border War, if thou shouldst survive. If thou shouldst die upon the field of battle, thou shalt be buried with greyt honour and thy widow and children shall be our kin for ever more." Location:
Shire of Bordescros (Jindera, New South Wales)

Renaissance Faire puzzles Pennsylvania student

In an editorial for the Kutztown University Keystone, journalism student Nate Carrick ponders what makes human beings turn to fantasy as an escape after a visit to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

Montessori students "kings for a day"

Children at Garfield Montessori School in Decatur, Illinois were recently given the chance to discover the wonders of medieval life through the efforts of their teacher Baroness Mor (Mary Kearney) who is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Valerie Wells of the Herald and Review had the story.

December 27th

"Stop and stretch" in memory of Count Sarnac

Countess Jolecia of Litchfield, wife of Count Sarnac Kir, has voiced a request in memory of her husband who died recently of a blood clot: stop and stretch!

Today in the Middle Ages: December 27, 537

The Emperor Justinian dedicated the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople on Devember 27, 537 C.E.

Couple build fairy tale castle in Pittsburgh

SCAdians Char Branstetter and Cara McCandless longed to live their dream of owning a real castle, so they built one — in Pittsburgh! Patterned after Bodiam castle near Hastings in southern England, the structure includes wooden framing with a stone veneer.

December 26th

Kilt shortage in Scottish military

The failure to finalize a contract with garment-makers has left more than 5,000 Scottish soldiers out of uniform. As many as fifteen soldiers have been forced to share each ceremonial kilt.

Undead Mummies Endangered by Modern Crowding

The Onion reports on factors diminishing the numbers of walking mummies traditionally found among Egyptian tombs.

SCA equestrain website updated

Donwenna La Mareschale has announced that Society Equestrian Officer, Mistress Yaasamiinaan, has updated the equestrian website and is seeking to link the individual kingdom sites to the updated version.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2006

THL Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2006.

December 25th

Christian meets Celt in Scottish mythology

Scotland's place in world mythology is explored in an article by Diane MacLean for the Scotsman. Was King Arthur a Scot? Is the blood of Jesus in Scotland, and is Scotland really the lost city of Atlantis?

Singing sheep send seasonable sentiments

The Baarmy Sheep of the Lake District in Cumbria, England have garnered so many hits on the Cumbria Tourism's website with last year's Christmas songs that the organization was forced to offer a free download.

Today in the Middle Ages: Christmas Legends

In addition to the birth of Jesus, Christmas Day is associated with many other period beliefs and tales.

December 24th

Early Christian graves discovered in the Ukraine

Early Christian burials dating to the 11th and 13th centuries have been found in Chernihiv in the Ukraine. Experts believe that the 30 tombs prove that the city was important in early Russian history.

Today in the Middle Ages: December 24, 1166

The future King John of England was born on Christmas Eve 1166 C.E. in Oxford, England to Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II. One wonders what his mother thought of her Christmas bundle.

Estrella War offers something for everyone

Baron Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXIII, has released a "short" list of activities that will take place at the upcoming War.