Archive - Sep 2007

September 12th

A challenge: Cook a medieval feast

On his blog, Australian Pip Wilson challenges others to cook a medieval feast as he does with a recipe for duck a l'orange from a period recipe he found on the Internet.

September 11th

Lack of skills threatens Britain's historic buildings

Great Britain's citizens are generous with cash to protect their historic buildings, but a lack of knowledge of conservation techniques may endanger those same buildings.

Danelaw XVI: Pilgrimage to Holywell

Danelaw: Pilgrimage to Holywell, The Feast of St. Winifred Take a hard blow to the head? Lose a leg or arm in that last battle? Suffer a killing blow?

Take a drink of the miraculous waters of Holywell and find yourself restored to health and vigor, ready to fight yet another battle!

But Danelaw is is not just about the fighting! Learn about the artistry of Abbeys through Hands-on, Family-friendly activities like Location:
Barony of Bryn Madoc (Rutledge, Georgia)

3,000 year old beehives found in the Middle East

Archaeologists excavating the ruins of the city of Rehov, in northern Israel, have found thirty intact beehives and other apicultural artifacts dating to approximately 900 B.C.E.

Search for the Renaissance (Wo)Man

Arn Hold seeks her own Renaissance man or woman, who can demonstrate ability in multiple fields. The competition will take place on November 3 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Boise, and will accompany the new Baronial Investiture. Come for a day of pomp and ceremony, of skill and sheer fun, of learning and doing. The winner will receive a (nominal, I admit) commission for a permanent display piece for future baronial demos. Location:
Barony of Arn Hold (Boise, Idaho)

Feast of Knowledge

Harvest time is upon us in the beautiful (and windy!) northwest of Atenveldt, and we are all busy gathering in our grains and fruits before the cold winds of winter come. Four local Lords are feuding over the right to harvest one particular field for its rich crop of grain.

As these Lords are unable to decide who has the legal right to harvest the field, they've decided to settle this the proper way. Location:
Shire of Windale (Kingman, Arizona)

Bordescros's Tenth Birthday

Be it known that on October 20, 2007, Lochac's jewel in the crown, the fair shire of Bordescros, will be celebrating our tenth Anniversary.

This is an invite to all and sundry to come and celebrate in true Bordescros fashion. Dress to impress (Royalty will be there).

This is a catered event and bookings only. No booking, no event.

Costs will be $10.00 plus
Members $5.00
Non Members $8.00 Location:
Shire of Bordescros (West Albury, New South Wales)


Come join us to relive the Wars of the Roses as they might have been. Activities of all kinds will be centered on the years 1455-1487 as the York and Lancaster houses fought for the throne of England. Who will be victorious?

Marshal Activities:

Heavy Combat & Rapier:
Team based melee combat with varied settings (open, woods, & portal). Each team (4-8 perticapants per team) will represent one of the historical nobles that fought in the Wars of the Roses. Teams will fight for the houses of York and Lancaster attempting to carry their side to victory. Contact Auric von Regensburg (David Hernly) for more information regarding team requirements and recommendations. Location:
Barony of Tir-y-Don (Newport News, Virginia)

Holiday Faire

The wars are over for now and it has been a profitable season for all. The fighters are returning home after hard fought battles and they are returning with their bounty. The farmers have finished harvesting their summer crops and are taking a well-earned rest. Now is the time to come together and celebrate with festivities and shopping.

Merchants have replenished their inventories and are gathering in Stierbach for the festivities. Come spend the day shopping, visit with old and new friends, watch the martial activities, pick up those treasured Twelfth Night presents that can only be found here at Holiday Faire, enter into the arts and sciences competition and don't forget to place a bid or two at the silent auction! Location:
Barony of Stierbach (Manassas, Virginia)

Northshield Fall Crown Tournament


YMCA Child Development Center
aka The Old YMCA Armory
835 West Main Street
Lead, SD 57754

Site is handicap accessible, no pets or smoking, DRY!

Site opens 8:30 am to combatants, consorts and merchants; 9:30 populace.

From I-90 West: Take Exit 17 (Hwy 85) to Deadwood From Sturgis/ I-90 East : Take Exit 30 (Hwy 14A) to Deadwood Location:
Shire of Noiregarde (Lead, South Dakota)

Rapier Academy

The Barony of Thescorre is pleased to announce the return of the Rapier Academy! Join us on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at the breathtaking Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St. Rochester NY 14605) for a day of learning, fighting, comaradie and fun!

The site will be open from 9am until 9pm, with first classes beginning at 10am. The site has limited handicapped accessibility, it is extremely wet, and there will be Location:
Barony of Thescorre (Rochester, New York)

Tourney of the Yellow Rose

The Proposed Shire of Radburne wishes to invite one and all to the Tourney of the Yellow Rose. Venture forth to the shores of the Red River to celebrate honour, chivalry and friendship.

Arrive for a light lunch at the hour of one in the afternoon on Saturday the 17th day of November ASXVII at Dragon Hill. Spend the afternoon in the pursuits of target archery, learning or teaching others to dance and the Location:
Proposed Shire of Radburne (Dubbo New South Wales)

Darter's Pennsic photos

Darter the Chronicler has posted photos from Pennsic 36.

"SCA: it's like going home"

"If you've gone through your life liking the Ren fairs and you get into the SCA, it's like going home," said Jeff Mason of Stevens Point, Wisconsin at a recent event sponsored by the Shire of Falcon's Keep. Shenandoah Sowash of the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune has the story.

September 10th

"Mongol" to be released in September

Mongol, a new film by Russian director Sergei Bodrov, is scheduled to be released September 21, 2007. The film covers the early life of Genghis Khan.

You can help find missing Steve Fossett, uncle of SCA member

Mistress Medb Renata (mka Renata Fossett), niece of Steve Fossett, the pilot who has been missing in the Nevada desert since September 3, seeks volunteer help from fellow SCAdians to find him. Anyone with a web browser can help, using a special satellite image system set up by

Sneak Peek of the Upcoming Tournaments Illuminated

Do you get Tournaments Illuminated? You can get the very next issue if you call Member Services BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15TH!

Northshield Regional Fighter's Practice

Come one, come all, to the... Regional Fighter's Practice featuring Combat Archery Practice with the Cheshire Archers and the Jararvellir Archer's Brunch

Where: The home of John Bartholomew of Flanders (called Jack) 1110 Colby St, Madison, Wisconsin. (See notes below for directions and important parking information)

On Sunday, September 16th, the Cheshire Archers and the Barony of Jararvellir will be hosting a Regional Fighting Practice. Location:
Barony of Jararvellir

Birkana Coded Decimal Slide Rule

A web page blending modern-ish mathematics with period writing systems will amuse the technically-inclined among us: the Birkana Coded Decimal Slide Rule.

Clovenshield Brass Band entertains at Pennsic XXXVI

meliketrolleys has posted a video clip on YouTube of the Clovenshield Brass Band playing on the battlefield before the river battle at Pennsic XXXVI.

September 9th

Icelandic dig to be subject of Discovery Channel program

Filmmakers from the Discovery Channel are working with archaeologists to produce a series focusing on "findings in Hringsdalur and in Skriduklaustur, an old monastery in east Iceland." The series is scheduled to air in 2008.

1,500 plague victims found in mass grave on Venice "Quarantine" Island

National Geographic reports that a mass grave containing the remains of over 1,500 victims of the plague has been discovered on Venice's Lazzaretto Vecchi, an island used to quarantine the sick.

Skorri makes mead

Skorri Einarsson shares his mead-making techniques in humorous how-to videos posted on YouTube.

Tourney of the Foxes photos and video online

Sara van der Goes has posted a photo album and video from the recent Tourney of the Foxes event in the Kingdom of Meridies.

September 8th

Baby Viking hat

For the knitters out there: Bella Knitting is selling patterns for an infant's knitted Viking hat -- complete with braids!

Axes and swords flash in Iowa sun

"Rays of sun glinted off dented helms as two knights squared off on a grassy knoll. Lord Ciaran O'Heildhe, a 15th century Irish knight, armed with sword and shield, faced Lord Hamer Ulfsson a 10th century Viking with a sword clenched in one hand and a bardiche, or great ax, clenched in the other." Nicholas Bergin of the Burlington, Iowa Hawk Eye was there to cover the action.

Vintner honors Italian ancestors with castle

Daryl Sattui, a Napa Valley, California winemaker, has spent 13 years and over US$30M to build a castle, complete with towers and dungeons, to honor his Italian ancestors.

Mideast Feast videos online

Grainne the Red has posted a series of videos from the recent Mideast Feast in the Kingdom of Atenveldt on YouTube.

September 7th

Scientists still studying mystery of medieval skulls

Archaeologists from English Heritage have yet to formulate a theory about the change in shape of medieval skulls between the 11th and 13th centuries. The shape changed from a long, narrow head to a rounder shape.

Reporter visits as Philadelphia shire prepares for Scottish Irish festival

Helen I. Hwang of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently visited a fighter practice for the Shire of Harshorn-dale. Members are scheduled to participate in the area's annual Scottish Irish Festival.