Archive - Feb 2007

February 28th

SCAtoday.net syndication URL updated

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Atlantia to side with Midrealm at Pennsic

On the 24th day of February, XLII AS, Prince Lucius Aurelius Valharic made known that his kingdom of Atlantia will side with Prince Dag Thorgrimsson and the Kingdom of the Middle this summer at the Pennsic War.

Estrella XXIII hound coursing video on YouTube

CujoSR has posted a video on YouTube depicting hound coursing at this year's Estrella War.

Medieval priory found beneath Somerset barn

Researchers working on artifacts found beneath a 16th century barn near Dunster, England believe they belong to the Benedictine Priory of Dunster which dates to 1127 CE. Archaeologists have so far discovered two walls, paving and glazed tile fragments.

Four from Outlands offered peerages at Estrella XXIII

Charles, the Blue Iris Herald-in-Ordinary for the Kingdom of the Outlands, reports that several citizens were elevated to peerages at the recent Estrella War.

February 27th

SCAtoday.net moving to new server

On the evening (U.S. Eastern time) of Wednesday, February 28, SCAtoday.net will be moving to a new server. Visitors may experience brief interruptions in service, but we'll be back online as quickly as possible. Read on for details...

Bards and performers welcome at Gulf Wars XVI

Ihon Vinson macFergus, Deputy Minister of Arts & Sciences for Bardic and Performance for the Kingdom of Ansteorra, has announced that this year's Gulf Wars will feature several bardic and performance opportunities.

Robin Hood to premiere on BBC America March 3, 2007

A new, edgier Robin Hood will join the ranks of hooded men when the latest series made for television debuts on BBC America March 3, 2007 at 21:00 (EST).

History Channel explores the Dark Ages

On Sunday March 4, 2007, the History Channel will premiere a two-hour program on the history of the Dark Ages. Long characterized as barbaric and uncivilized, the program will attempt to dispel the myths and explore the real and varied history of the period.

Roman burial ground a surprise for Lincolnshire archaeologists

Water company workers in Lincolnshire, England were surprised recently to uncover a very large Roman cemetery dating to the 1st century CE. So far the graves have yielded artifacts as well as 30 skeletons.

February 26th

Wastelands 2007

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Wastelands: A Journey to Constantinople

June 22-24, 2007

As long, sunny days and warm nights herald in the summer months, we invite you to travel with us. Our destination is the heart of the Eastern Roman Empire, the jewel of Byzantium, the glorious city of Constantinople.

So don your traveling clothes and spend the first weekend of summer with friends, fighting, feasting and fun! Location:
Elchenburg Castle, Barony of Sacred Stone, Atlantia

"Art detective" searches for lost Da Vinci painting

Self-professed "art detective" Maurizio Seracini, an expert on Leonard da Vinci's lost painting The Battle of Anghiari, has been given funds to continue his 30-year quest for the painting.

Meridies and Gleann Abhann to host new A & S Faire at Gulf Wars XVI

To increase art activities at Gulf Wars XVI, there will be arts faires other than the 'Champions Battle' between Ansteorra and Trimaris, the Kingdoms of Meridies and Gleann Abhann would like to invite all artisans of the Known World to an Open Arts Faire.

Stonehenge village archaeologist interviewed

Australia's ABC Radio National recently broadcast an interview with Mike Parker Pearson, one of the archaeologists who discovered the ancient settlement near Stonehenge. Stephanie Kennedy conducts the interview. (Transcript and podcast available)

Ymir photos online

Kynnyth Pyke has posted photos from the recent Tourney of Ymir which took place February 09-11, 2007 in the Barony of Windmasters Hill.

February 25th

"Sunstones" aid in Viking navigation

Hungarian researchers report that viking sailor used special crystals they called "sunstones" to aid in navigation. These stones helped polarize sunlight that was obscured by clouds and fog common to sea travel in Arctic climates.

Mistress Aja da Varese, OL, OP Passed Away

It breaks my heart to share this news: Mistress Aja da Varese,known to the modern world as Kare Mantegani, slipped away from us late evening on February 14, 2007. Aja passed from this world after a more than two year battle with cancer, a fight that was marked by her indomitable strength of spirit and fierce determination.

The truth about Cleopatra's good looks.

A silver denarius minted in 32 B.C. shows that the fabled image of Cleopatra is not what she really looked like.

February 24th

Siobhan Medhbh O'Roarke celebrates birth of third generation in her household

Dame Siobhan Medhbh O'Roarke is thrilled to (finally) announce the birth of her grandson, Jackson Xavier. He was born to her daughter Arlyna of Northwoods on Christmas morning.

"Walk Through a Medieval Herb Garden" in Milwaukee

On March 10, 2007, Mary Moskoff, Ph.D., LCSW will present a talk A Walk Through a Medieval Herb Garden at the Spring Symposium presented by the Herb Society of America - Wisconsin Unit. The lecture will take place at the Woman's Club of Wisconsin, 813 Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Atlantia Coronation

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Atop the Capitoline Hill, Jupiter, Juno and Minerva are greatly pleased by the statesmanship, virtue and skill of Valharic and Arielle. As the Spring sun rises, they grant their favor upon Coronation Day and bless fair Atlantia.

The Barony of Sacred Stone proudly hosts a weekend of Roman and Byzantine revelry including a great mythological Quest in honor of our new Monarchs. The format will require knowledge of the history and mythology of Rome and will provide entertainment to a broad section of Atlantia's citizens. Location:
Barony of Sacred Stone (Reidsville, North Carolina)

Hawkwood's 3rd Baronial Birthday

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April 27-29, 2007 As Spring warms the mountains and the sun's tender glow brings forth flowers and the youth of the MacGregor farm, those doggone Viking raiders are on the move again!!!! They want our breeding cattle and sheep! We say NO! and call for all our friends and neighbors to help up defend MacGregor's farm in the well-loved tradition of the TOURNEY OF THE GOLDEN MOON! The Barony of Hawkwood is celebrating its third birthday and all are invited to join us for a weekend of fun and frolic and fighting! Location:
Barony of Hawkwood (Arden, North Carolina)

Borderwinds Court of Love

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The annual Borderwinds Court of Love has been overrun by wild Amazon warriors from the cold steppes of the north! Come share challenges and feast with the Lady of Love and Beauty Kathryn Blackhart and her thrall, the Lord Protector Achmere ib’ Tamim at the Montana de Oro Horse Camp, outside of Los Osos, Ca.

With the Amazon theme we are trying to recreate an ancient Scythian nomad camp, but other Amazon themed guests and their retinues are Location:
Barony of Tarnmist (Los Osos, California)

Vision of the Twelve Goddesses

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"The Vision of the Twelve Goddesses" is an early 17th century masque, written by Samuel Daniel, was originally commissioned by Queen Anne in 1604 in honor of James I ascension to the throne.

Vision of the Twelve Goddesses
A Masque: Presented by the Barony of Carolingia
Saturday, March 17, 2007
10 Am - 6 PM

First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street

The Masque will be performed by Carolingian dancers and directed by Duke Vissevald Selkirkson and Countess Mara Tudora Kolarova Location:
Barony of Carolingia (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

St. Anne's Guild Costumers Symposium

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The St. Anne's Costumers Guild and the Barony of Black Diamond are proud to host the St. Anne's Guild Costumers Symposium in Charlottesville, VA. There will be classes all day for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced costumer, ranging from Roman to Elizabethan, undergarments to outergarments, children's garb to fighter's kit. For those with questions about SCA period clothing, a consultation table will be available. University credits will be given to students and teachers attending these classes. Location:
Barony of Black Diamond (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Peculiar aristocratic titles

Anyone who is in the SCA knows that we have our own peculiar sets of titles for nobility, but a short quiz on masquerademaskarts.com might help you choose a new persona.

Regia Anglorum demo on YouTube

Leofwen Taverner, a member of Regia Anglorum of North America, reports that a video of Regia Anglorum demo battle at the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, England is available on YouTube.

February 23rd

Comments sought on SCA Board of Director nominees

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism is looking for input from the membership about current nominees for the Board.

14th century astrolabe to be auctioned

A 14th century astrolabe quadrant, discovered beneath the clay floors of a 17th century building in Kent, England, has been listed for auction March 21, 2007 with hopes to bring between UK£60,000 and UK£100,000.

Yesungge Altan knighted on Estrella battlefield

Mistress Gwenhwyfar dinas Emrys has shared her photos from Estrella 2007 which have been posted on the Barony of Ruantallan's website. The photos include an impressive battlefield knighting.