Archive - Apr 2006

April 30th

University of Wisconsin Whitewater to Sponsor Early Music Festival

Lord Wulfric reports that the University of Wisconsin Whitewater will hold its annual early music festival June 2-4, 2006 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 30, 1006

The brightest supernova seen in historical times appeared on April 30, 1006.

Photos from Mists Cynagua War Online

Martin of Rivenstar has posted photos from the recent Mists Cynagua War in the Kingdom of the West.

It's the SCA, Silly, Not Monty Python!

"In a forest clearing 16 miles from downtown Washington, scores of Vikings, knights and their ladies knocked lumps out of each other with three-pound rattan swords at the weekend and I swear it wasn't Monty Python," opens British journalist Elaine Monaghan in her tribute to the SCA.

April 29th

Bosnian Hill May Be Europe's First Pyramid

Semir Osmanagic, a Bosnian-American archaeologist who has excavated in Latin America believes the town of Visoko, Bosnia may be home to an earth-shrouded pyramid.

College of Medieval Military Studies Created in Meridies

THL Edward of Yarborough has announced the creation of the College of Medieval Military Studies in the Kingdom of Meridies. The mission of the College is to "bring the study of the medieval military experience to those that wish to learn about it and from it."

Today in the Middle Ages: April 29, 1429

On April 29, 1429, Joan of Arc attacked the besieging English at Orleans.

Judge in DaVinci Code case creates code of his own

Bored with solving The DaVinci Code from Dan Brown's bestselling book? Try solving The Smithy Code, created by the judge in a copyright case involving the book.

April 28th

Ownership Dispute Stops Auction of Mosque Beams

Christie's withdrew from auction five wooden beams from Cordoba's Great Mosque after questions arose about who rightfully owned them.

Felix and Madeleina Crowned King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom

Their Royal Majesties Felix and Madeleina ascended the thrones of the Middle in glorious Turkish style.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 28, 1521

The final defeat of the Aztec empire began when Hernan Cortes laid siege to the capital city of Tenochtitlan on April 28, 1521.

Photos from Fortuna's Champion Online

Arnulf der Zeilner has posted photos from the Fortuna's Champion event which took place in Ambach, Germany April 7, 2006. The event was hosted by the Shire of Isengau.

April 27th

Director's Theatre Festival to Feature SCA Participation

British Columbia's City of Chilliwack will get a taste of all types of theatre, including demos by the SCA, during the upcoming University College of the Fraser Valley's 11th annual Director’s Theatre Festival.

"Wildlife Baby Shower" to Rescue Birds of Prey

On Saturday April 29, 2006, Skye's Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in Barkeyville, Pennsylvania will host a "Wildlife Baby Shower" to raise funds for the care and rehabilitation of "injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife."

Today in the Middle Ages: April 27, 1174

On April 27, 1174, Marie de Champagne's Court of Love released its reply to the oft-debated question, "Can real love exist between married people?"

British Heralds Find Place in Modern World

Police in Middlesbrough, England have recruited heralds to accompany them on rounds to act as town criers. The heralds use their trained voices to warn citizens to lock their doors.

April 26th

Valuable Jewish and Arabic Documents to be Preserved

Cambridge University has received a grant of nearly half a million pounds to conserve and digitize its Genizah Collection of medieval Arabic and Jewish documents.

Oerthan Summer Coronet and Investiture

description:
Good gentles summer will be upon us soon and thus Prince Dietrich and Princess Rosalyn welcome you to witness the selection of the heirs to the Coronets of Oertha. Their Highnesses have chosen "The Crusades in the Lavent" as the theme of this Coronet. The Crusades in the Lavent involved most of the Christian nations bordering the northern coastline of the Mediterranean. These regions changed dramatically with various small "kingdoms" emerging and then being overtaken in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, as Muslims societies pushed into Anatolia (modern Turkey) and confronted the Byzantine Empire. Location:
Barony of Eskalya (Eagle River, Alaska)

Barony of Aneala Winner of Lochac's Most Improved Website Competition

Their Excellencies Bartholomew and Katherine, Baron and Baroness of Southron Gaard, have announced the winners of the Kingdom of Lochac's Most Improved Website Competition.

Melee in the Woods IV

description:
The Shire of Stonecroft would like to invite all comers to their annual event, Melee in the Woods IV.

This grand event will be taking place in the southwestern corner of the Constellation Region (Indiana).

Location:
Old Ben Scout Reservation
5735 East County Road 175 North
Winslow, IN 47598
812-354-3678
(800) 264-5246

We will be featuring:

  • Heavy and Rapier Melee drills Location:
    Shire of Stonecroft (Winslow, Indiana)

The Bloth

description:
A Medieval Feast on the Theme "A Celebration of the Solstice" plus… The Tournament of Roses and The Tournament of Rapier, Song & Rime.

When & Where:
Saturday 24th June 2006

The Tournaments will be held on at Potters Park, corner Dominion and Balmoral Roads, Balmoral, Auckland. Rapier Tourney commences at 12pm sharp and Tourney of Roses begins at 2pm. So bring along your picnic lunch and be enthralled by the bardic talents and swordsmanship of the Barony's finest. Entrants in the Tournament of Roses will need to bring at least half a dozen roses and a consort to bestow them upon. Location:
Barony of Ildhafn (Balmoral, Auckland, New Zealand)

Fighters Collegium

description:
The incipient College of the Three Spires presents its first fighting event, a collegium for fighters! There will be Classes, Fighting, Food  and Court at the discretion of their Excellencies of Caerthe, Sir Kronos and Lady Catherine.

The site will be the lovely Saint Francis center located downtown on the mundane Metropolitan State College of Denver, part of the  Auraria higher Education Campus on June 10, 2006. Location:
Incipient College of the Three Spires (Denver, Colorado)

Today in the Middle Ages: April 26, 1573

Marie de'Medici, Queen of France, was born on April 26, 1573.

Collegium Occidentalis

description:
Collegium Occidentalis is right around the corner and Boy! Do we have a lot of excellent classes and with more coming. We have a fabulous scribal track, an inspirational fighting track, and a wide variety of needle work classes. We have fiber classes to knot you up and costuming classes for both veteran and beginner. Our teachers are first rate and the feast is going to be a culinary delight.

Location:
Kingdom of the West (Sacramento, California)

Photos from Northshield's Fourth Coronation Online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal for the Kingdom of Northshield, shares photos from the recent Coronation of Lars Wolfsblut and Mary of Carrigart which was held in the Barony of Jararvellir.

April 25th

Roman Pottery Find in Back Yard

A homeowner in Cardiff, Wales discovered a trove of Roman pottery while digging in his garden.

Crossroads VII

description:
Join the Canton of Hawks Hollow for a full weekend of fun and frivolity! The Hawks Hollow Champions will be selected from the participating attendants from the Known World! There is fighting, fencing, archery, arts &sciences, bardic, a (unusual horse) race, children champion tourneys, kids activities and of course, shopping!

CrossRoads VII

Crow Valley Rec Area & Campground Location:
Canton of Hawks Hollow (Briggsdale, Colorado)

Rowany Festival, Dusty but Cool!

Paul Sleigh (Bat) and Damian Forlani-Brennan (Reynardine) report on the 2006 Rowany Festival held in Yass, New South Wales, in the Kingdom of Lochac. The event was hosted by the Barony of Rowany.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 25, c. 451

April 25 is both the traditional date for the founding of Venice and the holy day of St. Mark, the city's patron saint.

A Zero Waste Pennsic

Sharon Gordon has a radical idea: A Zero Waste Pennsic, one where the SCA's huge annual event does not add to the local landfill as well as the local economy.