Archive - May 2006

Today in the Middle Ages: May 31, 1223

Genghis Khan's warriors first engaged the Rus on May 31, 1223 in the Battle of the Kalka River.

Mona Lisa is 500... Maybe

She doesn't look a day over 300. Art historians have long believed that Leonardo Da Vinci's famous work was painted in 1506, but that may just be a guess.

Calontir Crown Tourney Video Online

Jean Paul de Sens has posted videos of the recent Crown Tournament which took place in the Kingdom of Calontir.

SCA Makes "Ripley's Believe it or Not"

The SCA received a brief mention in the online version of Ripley's Believe it or Not for May 29, 2006.

Unprecedented Brooch Find near Hadrian's Wall

A remarkable brooch, probably the property of a very senior Roman legionary, has been discovered in Northumberland. The object is outstanding for its size and workmanship and also because it is marked with two personal names.

May 30th

Today in the Middle Ages: May 30, 1265

Premier Italian poet Dante Alighieri was born on (or about) May 30, 1265. In his writings, he mentions that he was born under the sign of Gemini.

Photos from the Principality of the Mists Spring Investiture

Martin of Rivenstar has posted photos from the recent Spring Investiture in the West Kingdom's Principality of the Mists.

Lochac Midwinter Coronation XLI

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The first Coronation to be held in the Crescent Isles, will be held on the banks of Lake Karapiro - the birthplace of champions, in the Canton of Cluain, Barony of Ildhafn.

Mid-Winter Coronation XLI
7-9 July 2006

On this weekend we will be commemorating the glorious reign of King Ædward Stadfæste and Queen Yolande Kesteven. We also celebrate the ascension of our new monarchs. Location:
Canton of Cluain (Lake Karapiro, New Zealand)

Brass Ring Thing 6

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Once again good gentles do we invite all that is good and great from these Sylvan Lands to celebrate the medieval origins of the carrousel and to give aide to the good gentles of the Hershell Carousel Museum.

Bring your skills, your pageantry and your good will. For this day will be a day of both the Arts and the Martial. There will be the A&S tent where artists are able to work at their arts while sharing with the public. Display areas will be set up in the Museum's display room, so bring something you are proud of. Location:
Barony of Rhydderich Hael (North Tonawanda, New York)

Grand Tournament of Archery and Procrastinators Brawl

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We are here to tell you of a great event taking place on June 9th-11th. Grand Tournament of Archery and Procrastinators Brawl (the make up years) It is sure to be an event that the whole family can be a part of.

Location: Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township, MI

Fees: Adults $8, Children 5 to 13 $3, Children under 5 are free
Camping is $5 per tent, Merchant $5

This is a Wet site and dogs are allowed. Location:
Cantons of Fasach Mor & Brackendelve (Ray Township, Michigan)

Birthday Bash XI

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Greetings good Gentles! I know summer schedules are busy, but I would like to invite you all to the Loch Bais' 11th annual Birthday Bash! This weekend event will be held June 10th at the Kiwanis Camp in Pineville, LA (aka the Concrete Yurt site). The site will open Friday at 5 pm and close Sunday at 11 am.

Activites Include:

  • Shire Defender Tourney
  • FOUR Arts and Sciences Competitions: Open A&S, Bridesmaid Open A&S, Location:
    Shire of Loch Bais (Pineville, Louisiana)

L'Esercisio Della Spada

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The August Company of The Martillodores does invite all combatants and witnesses to attend the L'Esercisio Della Spada (The Exercise of the Sword) To be held on the 10th of June, 2006 Mather Regional Park, Sacramento, California.

With the gracious hosting of the and the good Shire of Betony Wood and the Barony of Fettburg, The Company of The Martillodores does send word to all would care to challenge us to once again come to our Field of Honor and fight with Courtesy, Skill, Camaraderie and Style! All who would come to meet us will be prepared to show the assembled Gallery and The Company of the Martillodores their best display of those said qualities in the Arte of Defense with the rapier. Furthermore, The Company of The Martillodores invites all who would come gather to witness this event to be welcome in our shaded galleries provided for their viewing pleasure, the better to see all of the Martial arts for the day, which will be conducted in the style of a Pas d' Armes. Location:
Shire of Betony Wood & the Barony of Fettburg (Sacramento, California)

A Call to Arms

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Here in the Shire of Hartstone, A call to arms has been sounded! We invite you to join us June 2nd thru June 4th at the Dansville Fish and Game Club (Former site for our Fall Events). The populace gathers, to hone their skills, and enjoy the company of friends, old and new by firelight. Our Autocrat, the Lovely Lady Anna Dillon invites you to come for the day, or stay for the weekend, as it pleases thee. Location:
Shire of Hartstone (Dansville New York)

Frothing at the Mouth: Ewe Two

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Come to the great boreal forest for a weekend of thrills and the (second) greatest camping event in the whole of Ealdormere.  We have a private northern forest on a tranquil creek, plus access to a number of fine lakes where you may fish, swim, or fool around (please bring your own tackle and permits). This year we have a small kitchen for those who do not wish to cook over coals (but please let the event steward know what you plan to cook) plus many food sellers close by, a fine dining hall for classes as well as eating, and a large lawn for pavilions, fighting, archery, dancing, and all the usual stuff (e.g., children's activities, trading circle, and rock throwing). Location:
Shire of Brennisteinn Vatn (Sudbury, Ontario)

Innilgard's Winter Collegium XXXXI

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This year collegium will be a 2 day event full of classes. There is room for Rapier Practice/ classes on Saturday & Heavy Practice/classes on Sunday.

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June, 2006

At the Paddocks Community House,
cnr Brigge and Kesters Rds, Para Hills
West. (Enter via Kesters Rd.) UBD map 83 H6.

Hall opens 9.00am. Closes 5.30pm

The collegium is a garbed event. Location:
Barony of Innilgard (Para Hills West, SA, Australia)

Birds of a Feather Archery Extravaganza

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Greetings to one and all! We archers usually come in third for consideration of time and space. Not this time! This one is for us, the so-called "wimps" who have, throughout history, often been the deciding factor in a battle, not to mention putting food on the table.

Come hone your skills at the many scenarios we have planned. Prove your ranking during an IKAC. Strengthen your endurance with a round of golf. Sharpen your eye with a dragon hunt. Show your worth with a castle shoot. Practice shooting vermin with a game of barchery. Take your chances with a game of cards. Test your precision with a Location:
Blackwater Keep (Clovis, New Mexico)

News from Ealdormere Crown Tourney

Duke Roak of Ealdormere, who fought for the honour of Lady Jocea of Ealdormere, defeated Count Sarnac Bahadur in the finals of Ealdormere's Crown Tournament on Saturday, May 27.

Gladiator: The Musical?

We know Russell Crowe can sing rock music, but how would he measure up in a musical version of Ridley Scott's Gladiator?

May 29th

Today in the Middle Ages: May 29, 1453

Orthodox Christian Constantinople fell to the Turks on May 29, 1453, a date that some historians consider the end of the Middle Ages.

East Kingdom Crown Tournament, May 6, AS XL (2006)

Laird Colyne Stewart reports on the recent Crown Tournament which took place in the Eastrealm.

Bardolf Defeats Lutr in Midrealm Crown Finals

Count Bardolf, fighting for Countess Brigh, defeated Sir Lutr Ulfskald, fighting for Lady Tessa of Wight, in the first and last bouts of the Middle Kingdom Crown Finals this weekend.

May 28th

New Middle Kingdom A&S Champion Named

Lady Antiontte Martel of the Barony of Northwoods won the Middle Kingdom Arts and Sciences Pentathalon today and was named the Middle Kingdom Arts and Sciences Champion.

Northshield Crown Tourney Photos & Report Online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal for the Kingdom of Northshield, reports on and has posted photos from the Kingdom's recent Crown Tournament.

"Compendium of Scottish Silver" Online

Metalsmiths and researchers of Scottish silver will be glad to know that the Compendium of Scottish Silver is now available online in a fully-searchable format.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 28, 1291

On May 28, 1291, during the Siege of Acre, the temple of the Knights Templar was destroyed. With it went the crusading Knights' last foothold in the Holy Land.

Terry Jones Seeks to Bust the Barbarian Myth

Ex-Pythoner Terry Jones hopes to dispell the myth of barbarism in his new book Terry Jones' Barbarians. The London Times provides a preview.

May 27th

Large Roman Cemetery Found in Gloucestershire

A large Roman cemetery, containing at least 100 skeletons, has been discovered near Fairford in Gloucestershire, England.

"Da Vinci Code" Renews Interest in the Grail

The popularity of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has sparked interest in grail legends, according to scholars. An MSNBC article looks the various ways the grail has popped up in literature over the centuries.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 27, 1218

On May 27, 1218, the first ships of the Fifth Crusade reached Egypt.

Photos from Double Wars XIX

Edricus has posted photos from the recent Double Wars XIX event in the Kingdom of Draconwald. This is the Kingdom's largest annual event.