Archive - 2007

January 14th

British Museum Purchases Gold and Garnet Anglo-Saxon Sword Hilt

The British Museum purchased a set of gold, garnet enchrusted Anglo-Saxon sword fittings. They were discovered by a metal detectorist in 2002 near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. The fittings are a unique find for Anglo-Saxon England.

Odysseus's Home Identified?

British researchers believe that boreholes and seismic imaging prove they have pinpointed the homeland of Homer's hero Odysseus.

January 13th

Estrella War XXIII Announcements

Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXIII, has announced that the Estrella website has been updated. He has also released several announcements regarding facilities at the War.

Meadmakers to gather in Florida for Meadllennium

On January 27, 2007, meadmakers across the nation will diverge on Orlando, Florida for Meadllennium, the longest-running meadmakers convention in the United States. The convention is open to all home-brewers and includes judgings, prizes and the announcement of the coveted "Best of Show" award.

Science proves Shakespeare good for the brain

Medical research by University of Liverpool scientists has proved that reading Shakespeare can increase brain activity. Science Daily has the story.

Canterbury Cathedral in crisis

England's Canterbury Cathedral has launched an international fundraising campaign in a effort to raise more than UK£50m necessary for urgent repairs.

January 12th

Combat cookery at Estrella

This year's Estrella War will once again offer a Combat Cookery Contest in which Kingdoms may sponsor teams to prepare a period meal for four people using their own utensils and ingredients unknown to them before the competition.

Grendel on Sci Fi Saturday

On Saturday 13, 2007, the Sci Fi Channel will present the world premiere of Grendel, a Sci Fi original movie "based on the classic legend of Beowulf and Grendel."

Ansteorran coronation postponed due to weather

The central United States is being pounded by a major ice storm today, causing Ansteorra to cancel their upcoming Coronation for this weekend.

Mysterious rings puzzle archaeologists at the tomb of Chinese empress

Chinese archaeologists are confounded by a group 10 huge rings at the site of the tomb of the country's only empress, Wu Zetian. The rings, ranging from 30 to 40 meters in diameter, were discovered when aerial photos were taken.

Ancient texts of interest to modern medical researchers

A new report from the Mayo Clinic, reported by Science Daily, shows how researchers at the Clinic used data-mining techniques to discover new cures from ancient texts. The reports cites the anti-bacterial properties of the Atun tree as discussed by Dutch herbalist Georg Eberhard Rumpf in his mid-17th century work Ambonese Herbal.

Literary cookbook

On its website, the University of Chicago Press reviews Aguecheek’s Beef, Belch’s Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections: literature, culture, and food among the early moderns by Robert Appelbaum.

January 11th

USA Today Profiles Lawsuit Teen

The recent lawsuit bewteen a SCAdian and a Rhode Island school has raised the Society's media profile. USA Today gives a positive overview of our activities and purposes.

Treasures from Kremlin Armoury Museum on display in London

Britannia & Muscovy: English Silver at the Court of the Tsars, an exhibit of rare Elizabethan and Stuart silver and gold from the collections of the Kremlin Armoury Museum, will be featured at London's Gilbert Collection until January 28, 2007.

Tournoi des Enfants

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This is an all-children's event. All activities are for children, or are in support of children. There will be Youth Combat, Youth Archery, Youth Thrown Weapons, and Youth Rapier (pending the final OK on the rules). There will be a Youth A&S competition. I am trying to work out space for lots of classes and activities. If there is need for support classes (i.e. classes for training of Ministers of Minors, training Youth Marshals, Page Academy, etc) I will try to supply space. Location:
Canton of Sudentorre (Richmond, Virginia)

Cooking With The Sun

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Come join us for a weekend of hands-on cooking classes. We are pulling teachers from the cream of the Southeast, from both Meridies and Trimaris, and we promise to have some activities for the non-cooks.

Cooking With The Sun
A Cooking Collegium from the Shire of Camden Tor
February 2-4, 2007

Lowndes County 4-H Camp
4-H Camp Road,
Lake Park, GA 31636

We do promise to have Great Food and Plenty of it! Location:
Shire of Camden Tor (Lake Park, Georgia)

Chinua al-Naran to be knighted at Estrella

Their Majesties of the Outlands have offered THL Chinua al-Naran admittance to the Order of the Chivalry. Chinua will sit vigil at Estrella War XXIII.

Free Library of Philadelphia introduces digital manuscript collection

The Free Library of Philadelphia has announced a new digital collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts available to be viewed on its website. The collection includes both complete manuscripts and single leaves with information about the work.

Chivalry in the modern world

The website Chivalry Today offers discussions of the necessity of a Code of Chivalry in a 21st century world. The site includes online discussions and podcasts on a number of topics such as "Influential People," "Women and Chivalry" and "Today's Heroes."

January 10th

Saint Nicholas honored by exhibit in Bari, Italy

An exhibition of artwork depicting Saint Nicholas will be on display in Bari, Italy, the saint's resting place. Saint Nicholas, Art Masterpieces in East and West is jointly organized by the Bari Municipality, the district of Puglia, the Bari University, the local Department of Archaeology, the Archbishopric of Bari and the metropolitan church of Saint Nicholas in Bari, and will be on display until May 6, 2007.

White Shield 20th Anniversary

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All are welcome to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Barony of Darkwood. We will be celebration at our annual Whiteshield tournament and Feast. This should a day of glory and splendor. The tournament will start with a Bar Room Brawl, so bring your most creative weapons. The tournament will be a standard double elimination. The List will open at 9:30, Armor Inspection should start at 10:00am with Invocation starting at 10:30 with the melee following. There will be 3 shields up for grabs, 1 as the tournament prize and two for auction. Location:
Barony of Darkwood (Tres Pinos, California)

Arn Hold Masked Ball and Bardic Competition

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On the heels of Twelfth Night and Christmas, but just in time to relieve that Estrella pre-event pressure comes the Arn Hold Masked Ball and Bardic Competition! This year, the theme is TOYS!

Be prepared to shine and dance in the playful atmosphere of a period toymaker's workshop. Watch the playthings come alive as YOU become part of every child's fantasy. Revel in a hall of lifesized toys and toys in the making, enjoy a Location:
Barony of Arn Hold (Middleton, Idaho)

Third Annual SCA Dance Workshop

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The Shire of Cathanar invites you to a day of dancing, both traditional Medieval Country Dance and Middle Eastern Dance.

The Workshop will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Hall in New Bern, NC, beginning at 10 AM and running until 5 PM. Instruction will be tailored to the skill level of the participants, so don't be shy if you've never done this before. If you're an old hand at it, not only can we use your experience to help others along, but we also plan to include more advanced dances in the afternoon session. If you're a drummer, feel free to bring your drum and help with the music for the Middle Eastern dancers. Location:
Shire of Cathanar (New Bern, North Carolina)

Golden Lily VIII

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THE YEAR IS 1560! COME JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE ASCENSION OF ELIZABETH TO THE THRONE OF ENGLAND. THE SPOT AND TOPS TAVERN WILL BE OPEN FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY FOR YOUR GAMING AND EATING PLEASURE. SATURDAY WILL FIND THE DAY FILLED WITH OUR ANNUAL GOLDEN LILY TOURNAMENT, ARTS AND SCIENCES CLASSES, THE MERIDIAN HERALDIC SYMPOSIUM, CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES, AND OTHER ITEMS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION. Location:
SHIRE OF BEAU FORT (FLOVILLA, GEORGIA)

Bones probably not those of Joan of Arc

Eighteen experts, working to determine if a rib bone and a piece of cloth belonged to St. Joan of Arc, have not completely finished their task but now feel that "there is relatively little chance that the remnants are hers."

Dragonsspine Candlemas and The Consorts Tourney

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As the far off and distant drums of WAR call to us, many are left to wonder…..Who will plant our crops, take care of our cattle and raise our children while we are away? Who do we trust to pay our ransom should we be in need? Who among our peoples will be left to carry on as the glorious fighters of the Outlands go off to WAR? As any fighter will tell you, those we leave behind are as important as those who fight next to us. Location:
Barony of Dragonsspine (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

War of the Roses Coronation Tournament

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The Coronation of His Highness Llywelyn Lorell of Shrewsbury & Her Highness Cadfael the Mordacious Unto the great Throne of Calontir For the enjoyment of Their Royal Majesties & to the honor of Their Royal Highnesses, the Shire of Oakheart presents: The War of the Roses Coronation Tournament March 24th, 2007

A great Warlord tournament, on two separate battlefields, will begin the days fighting to decide the leaders of the Lancaster & the York forces. All 17 WotR battles will then be fought to decide the wars’ victor. Historical notations will herald the beginning of each battle. Fighters sides will be chosen at random by lot {white or red rose stickers for their helm} – Unequal ranks & placement will be managed by the direction of The Marshals before the first battle begins. Location:
Shire of Oakheart (Strafford, Missouri)

Ealdormere Kingdom Twelfth Night

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Come and join us in the First (ok maybe it's the second) Kingdom Twelfth Night in Ealdormere. There will be games and merchants and prizes and dancing, Oh MY!! No lunch table due to the late start of the event but a wonderful German feast without a schnitzel or bratwurst in sight!

See the Queen of Fools and the foolish King and answer her riddles or forfeit. No combat in accordance with Twelfth Night traditions. Location:
Canton of Vest Yorvik (Streetsville, Ontario)

Epact offers catalog of medieval and renaissance scientific instruments

A digital catalog of scientific instruments from the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence, the British Museum, London, and the Museum Boerhaave, Leiden is now available to view online. The instruments are described and include photographs.

Regional Dance Practice

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Angels Keep is pleased to be able to host the next regional dance practice on Sunday, January 21, 2007 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 607 North Seward Avenue, Auburn NY 13021, in the upstairs meeting room from 1- 5pm.

How to find us:
From Syracuse, take Rte 5 into Auburn. Make a left onto North Seward Ave (by the Taco Bell). The UU is a small red building on your right, just over the crest of the hill. Location:
Canton of Angels Keep (Auburn, New York)