Archive - Sep 2006

September 30th

Baron Rory ua Riada to be Elevated to Peerage

Master Erik of Telemark has announced that Baron Rory ua Riada will be elevated to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties of Gleann Abhann on October 7, 2006.

Red Tower Photos

THL Roger Luc Besson of the Barony of the Southdowns in the Kingdom of Meridies has posted photos from the recent Red Tower event.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 30, 1139

Matilda, also called Maud, the daughter of Henry I, landed in England to claim its crown on September 30, 1139. She was the first woman ever to rule the kingdom of England.

List of contenders for the Drachenwald Fall Crown Tourney available

The list of contenders for Crown Tournament on October 13th - 15th, 2006, at Limberg Castle in Austria, is available now at the Fall Crown Tournament Homepage of the Shire Ad Flumen Caerulum.

September 29th

Alvar Pacheco de Cadiz to be Knighted in the West

Alvar Pacheco de Cadiz has announced that he will sit vigil to comtemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry on September 30, 2006 following Crown Tournament.

National Geographic: The Joy of Shoes

The online version of the September 2006 issue of National Geographic Magazine includes an article on "The Joy of Shoes." The article includes photos and references to modern and historic shoes.

Medieval sculpture exhibit opens at the Met

Over eighty medieval sculpted heads, half from the Met's collection and half from other American and European collections, are on display in "Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture," a new exhibit at the Robert Lehman Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Kinder, Gentler Vikings

Dr Andrew Heald, the Later Iron Age and Early Historic Curator at the National Museums of Scotland, tries to lay to rest myths about the cruelty of Vikings in an article for The Scotsman.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 29, 1513

Vasco Núñez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean on September 29, 1513.

September 28th

More Photos from Outlands Fall 2006 Crown Tourney

Arwen has posted photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Early Stuart needlework exhibit at the Fitzwilliam

"Figures on Fabric" will be on display at the Octagon Gallery of the Fitzwilliam Museum (at the University of Cambridge, in England) through December 30.

Tourney of the Diamonds Photos Online

Antonio Felluci has posted photos from the Kingdom of Atlantia's Tournament of the Diamonds.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 28, 551 BCE

September 28, 551 BCE is the traditional date for the birthday of Confucius (K'ung-fu-tzu). Although not a medieval figure, Confucius exercised a profound influence over the subsequent development of Chinese culture in all periods.

September 27th

Happy New Year 5787!

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, last week brought us into Anno Mundi (Year of the World) 5787. But Jews have only figured the calendar from the Creation since the 9th century C.E.

Heralds' Fall Collegium

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Heralds' Fall Collegium

It isn't just for heralds anymore. Are you new royalty, on a guard, a court member, or a Head-of-Court? Could you be one soon? Do you work in an office that interacts with the heralds at events? Have you ever wondered why heralds do things the way they do? We've got an event for you!

Classes start at 10 am. Classes that are from 10 - 12:30 are aimed at heralds but all are welcome; classes from 1:30 - 4:30 are geared towards heralds, royalty, guard, and court members. Location:
College of Heralds (Suisun City, CA)

SCAdians Offer Fun and Educational Opprotunities at Pennsylvania Faire

The Middletown Grange Fairgrounds in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania were the seen of the recent seventh annual Village Renaissance Faire where the public was invited to learn about the Middle Ages, take part in activities and have a lot of fun. Aleea S. Slappy of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

Feast of Long Nights IX

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Join the Northernmost branch of the SCA, in the darkness which comes with the territory (and especially with the new moon), for the Ninth annual Feast of Long Nights!

We're planning a long Saturday afternoon and evening of reveling, and feasting. The event theme will be a late period feast. Wear your spiffy but comfortable garb! Contact the event host if you need to borrow clothes! It is possible our Baroness Margery may be coming up so she can view her Location:
Canton Ynys Taltraeth (Kotzebue, Alaska)

Today in the Middle Ages: September 27, 1540

The Pope issued a bull establishing Ignatius Loyola's new Society of Jesus (the Jesuit order) on September 24, 1540. The Society was and still is answerable directly to the Pope himself.

Christmas Revel

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Axemoor returns in full force to carry on the tradition of Christmas Revel with the energy and vigor of old.

The stellar William Marshall List will again prevail as a fun and cherished tradition. Youth combat, archery, and rapier championships are all expected to have a grand turnout. Toys For Tots is also on the agenda. Rules and regulations will again be posted so that all will be informed and able to participate. Location:
Barony of Axemoor (Covington, Louisiana)

Pas d'armes de l'Arbre d'Or

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Let it be known that on the eleventh day of November, Anno Societatis Forty One, the Canton of Elvegast in the Kingdom of Atlantia will host a Pas d'armes in celebration of the marriage of Margaret of York to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, for such a day of pageantry, chivalry, and celebration shall not soon be repeated. - Baroness Adriana la Bretonne rumored combatants who should wish to take the field may seek counsel from Mestre Callixtus Gill regarding the day's combat. Those of gentler talents may find advice from Lady Rosalind Delamere who shall serve as the day's minister of the arts and sciences. Location:
Canton of Elvegast (Leasburg, North Carolina)

Castle Schola

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An exciting scribal and textile arts schola is being held at the newly constructed Branstetter-McCandless Castle at 755 Stonegate Road, Wexford, PA 15090 on November 4 from 10 am to 10 pm. Several of the classrooms will be in the castle towers or the Great Hall. A feast by Margaret MacFee will be served in the Great Hall and galleries. Great Hall seating will be available for on-board only.

Fees are on board Location:
Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands (Wexford, Pennsylvania)

Three Bears: Old Norse Style

Bluejo has posted a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears written as an Old Norse saga. The poem was published on LiveJournal.

September 26th

Heraldry: Alive and Well in the U.S. Army

Think heraldry is an activity for creaky, old SCAdians in dusty libraries? Think again. The United States Army has The Quartermaster Heraldic Section and the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry.

A website with examples of military heraldry and a history of heraldry in the American Army is available to view online.

New exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci opens at the V&A

"Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment and Design," a new exhibition exploring how Leonardo da Vinci thought on paper, is on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum through January 7.

Today in the Middle Ages: September 26, 1087

On September 26, 1087, William II of England, known as William Rufus, was crowned king. He succeeded his father, William the Conqueror.

Royal University of Scir Hafoc (RUSH)

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Burg Al Mudirah (St. Louis Community College) Under the protection and the guidance of the Barony of Three Rivers is delighted to host the Fall Session of Royal University of Scir Hafoc (RUSH) Saturday - September, 30, 2006.

Due to the incredible generosity of the Barony of Three Rivers there is NO SITE FEE

Activities will include classes and demonstrations of medieval fighting, costuming, weaving, dying, woodworking, the bardic arts, and other diverse arts and sciences. Location:
College of Burg Al Mudirah (St. Louis, Missouri)

Harvest Tourney: Crimson Sky War

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As the summer fades away the sky will turn crimson in the Barony of Terra Pomaria. Come help us defend our lands from the threat of a long cold winter on Friday the 6th of October at Willamette Mission State Park in Kaiser Oregon with the return of Crimson Sky War. In addition to the war there will be a Two Man tournament to celebrate the harvest and the great bounty of our barony will go to the most worthy fighters on the field. Archers, Bring your Bows to help us hunt to build up our supplies for winter and Bards bring your bardic talents for all to celebrate and listen to by the warmth of our fire. Artisans Come display your wears and rapier fighters come hone your skills. Location:
Barony of Terra Pomaria (Kaiser Oregon)

Outlands Crown Tournament Photos Online

Simon Drake has posted photos from the recnet Crown Tournament held in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

September 25th

What Comes After Q, Matey?

Arrrrr! SCA member Matthew B. Taylor plays pirate for a young visitor at the Newport (Kentucky) Aquarium. The pair was celebrating "Talk Like a Pirate Day."

THL Caitlin Deirdre of Errelynn passes

THL Caitlin Deirdre of Errelynn, mka Deirdre Shaw, passed away early Saturday morning, September 23rd, after a three-year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her parents and her dog Shaina.