Archive - Jan 2008

January 11th

Western Martial Arts Seminar

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Schola Saint George the Omaha Study Group* Announces a Western Martial Arts Seminar” Join with Us, Saturday, February – 2nd – 2008

Meet and Study with; Mr. Brian Price, Historical Combat Systems Instructor - Founder & Head-Researcher; Schola Saint George, (a historical western martial arts academy, Hq; DFW Tx, USA) who will be presenting: “Longsword Fundamentals” using Fiore dei Liberi’s /Fior di Location:
Schola Saint George Omaha Study Group (Papillion, Nebraska)

[EAL] Skraeling Althing 12th Night

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Their Sufficiencies, the Marquee and Marqessa of Boldt Castle, and their Mainlander Friends, the Canton of Greyfells, invite one and all to participate in the celebration of Skraeling Althing Baronial 12th Night, on the 12th of January 2008. Doors open at noon and will close no later than 10pm. It shall be an evening of enjoyment with friends, food, fun and laughter sufficient for all. There is a theme, which shall become apparent, Location:
Canton of Greyfells (Kingston, Ontario)

[WES] Crosston Dance Ball

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Didn't get enough dancing at Twelfth Night? Love to dance and didn't get to Twelfth Night? Never fear! It is time once again for the Crosston Dance Ball!

If you enjoy historical dancing to music made by live musicians, here is your chance to twinkle your toes, flex your feet, nimbly amble, sonorously stamp, and lithely leap.

Saturday 26 January

Doors open at 10 AM
Beginning at 1 PM, there will be dance instruction led by our Location:
Shire of Crosston (Santa Clara, California)

Holy Grail discovery claimed in the Louvre

Glasgow historian Mark Oxbrow believes he has found the real Holy Grail in - of all places - the Louvre in Paris. Oxbrow believes it is a "green gem-encrusted serving dish which he thinks could have been used at the Last Supper."

January 10th

Viking halls may help rewrite Norwegian history

Norwegian historians are rethinking the distribution of power in Viking Norway after the recent discovery of two massive Viking halls in Borre. The halls date to around 700-800 C.E. (photos)

Ansteorra event photos online

Caelin on Andrede has posted two albums of photos from recent events in the Kingdom of Ansteorra on Flickr.

Simonetta Cattaneo de Vespucci: Botticelli's super model

The haunting, ethereal beauty of Simonetta Cattaneo de Vespucci graced the paintings of Sandro Botticelli in 15th century Florence. Darla Goodroad tells her fascinating story in an article for the December 2007 Renstore newsletter.

January 9th

"Mysterious black substance" found in West Stow pits

Archaeologists working at an Anglo Saxon village in West Stow, near Bury St Edmunds, England have discovered the remains of three 6th century pits. The pits contained a "mysterious black substance."

[NOR] Officers' Day 2008

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It is my pleasure to announce the Shire of Rockhaven will be hosting Officers' Day.

Saturday, March 1, 2008, 9 am - 6 pm
Saint Cloud State University's Brown Hall
151 8th Street South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301

A day for the Kingdom's Great Officers to meet with group officers, share their vision and answer questions. Current officers and those considering taking office are strongly encouraged to attend. Location:
Shire of Rockhaven (Saint Cloud, Minnesota)

[NOR] Hromnice Celebration

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Celebrate the ancient Czech holiday of Hromnice, akin to Groundhogs day, and a day of mid-winter feasting!

Hosted by: Shire of Shattered Oak
Start Date: 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM Thru End Date: 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM
Hyde Center for the Arts
3 S. High Street
Chippewa Falls WI 54729

Heavy Weapons Fighting Prize Tournament
This double elimination tournament will be seated by eight pooled tournaments (Pool size and number is subject to change as required by participant registrations) Location:
Shire of Shattered Oak (Chippewa Falls Wisconsin)

[NOR] Bardic Madness XVIII

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I am proud and happy to announce that Bardic Madness XVIII will take place on the weekend of April 25-27 in Phelps, WI, hosted by the Shire of Mistig Waetru in honor of their 20th anniversary, and co-hosted by the Shire of Skerrjastrond! Details are sketchy at this time, but you can expect all the fun, challenges, and inspiration that have become legendary at Bardic Madness. The site is a K-12 school in Phelps, WI. Location:
Shire of Mistig Waetru (Phelps, Wisconsin)

[NOR] Regional Archery Practice

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I would like to announce a regional archery practice for Sunday January 20th from 11 AM to 3 PM in Nordskogen. This will be after the Nordskogen 12th night event so for anyone who is in town Sunday feel free to stop on by.

In order to accommodate individual travel schedules the shoots will be up for the entire 4 hour period and you will not need to be there at the start or stay until the end. The practice will be held at the Bwana archery range located near 35E and Little Canada Road (directions below). This is an indoor 20 yard range with the option to place targets closer for new or youth shooters. there is a range fee of $6.50 per shooter, no charge for observers. Location:
Barony of Nordskogen (Little Canada, Minnesota)

Barony of Atenveldt Yule photos online

Godfrey von Rheinfels has posted an album of photos from the Barony of Atenveldt's Yule event on Flickr.

Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex Atlanticus" in jeopardy

The Codex Atlanticus, "the largest collection of drawings and writings by the Renaissance master" Leonardo da Vinci, may have suffered extensive damage due to mold.

January 8th

Whaplode Medieval Fair wins grant

WHEAT, the Whaplode (England) Heritage and Educational Action Team, is delighted to have received a grant for UK£10,000 from the Awards for All Lottery organization. The grant will help fund a fair marking the anniversary of Edward I's Royal Charter granting the village a fair.

Berold de Gilbert elevated in the Outlands

At Their Court in the Barony of al-Barran December 15, 2007, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the Outlands chose to elevate Viscount Berold de Gilbert to the Order of the Pelican.

[OUT] War Practice

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With only a few short weeks until War, now is the time to band together on the field of combat. His Excellency Sir Qara Gan requests all Heavy Fighters to join him on the battle field in preparation for WAR. Do you hear that sounds, my friends? Those are the drums of war that you here. And while they may seem faint now, I assure that it will not be long until War is upon us!!!

WAR Practice
January 20, 2008 Location:
Barony of Fontaine dans Sable (Farmington New Mexico)

[OUT] Fontaine Twelfth Night

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Their Excellencies, Qara Gan and Ceara, and Lady Isabella do send forth greetings and invite one and all to join them in a celebration of the Twelfth Night. Lady Dovey shall be teaching court dancing throughout the day.

Valentina has prepared a glorious feast that will take us across Europe. There will be a silent auction hosted my The Scatter Gold Guild. The Windover Bard has rallied others to join him in entertaining the populace. The Brewers Guild Dünkelgewässer will be hosting a soda sale. Location:
Barony of Fontaine dans Sable (Aztec, New Mexico)

"Most significant piece of wooden furniture" found in Rome

A wooden and ivory throne, dating to the times of Julius Caesar, has been discovered in Herculaneum and is considered to be "the most significant piece of wooden furniture ever discovered there."

January 7th

Bronze Sword Festival in Great Britain

Join bronze sword enthusiasts from all over the world for a 4-day event in celebration of sword-making when the 2008 Sword Festival takes place September 5-9, 2008 in Bodmin moor, England.

Great Western War photos

Esmeralda of the Lakes has posted her photos from the 2007 Great Western War. The website includes eight albums of photos taken at the War.

January 6th

Emperor Valens cursed

Sometime in the 4th century, someone was REALLY cheesed off at the emperor — at least enough to curse him by defacing his image and wrapping lead around his face.

Estrella to feature jousting tournament

Lady Isabol de Chateau Cheval Noire has announced that there will be a Jousting Tournament at this year's Estrella War on Saturday, February 16, 2008.

"Far Traveler" on NPR's not-to-miss list

On the Christmas Eve 2007 All Things Considered radio program, reviewer Lynn Neary spoke with Laura Miller of Salon.com and blogger Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation about which books from 2007 should not be missed. Included was The Far Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown.

January 5th

Bronze Age bunsen burners

Archaeologist Jacqui Wood may have discovered a form of Bronze Age lantern tops while doing research in Italy. The ceramic, pots full of strange holes and long thought to be cheese strainers, may have been, in fact, lantern covers or a sort of "medieval bunsen burner." (photos)

Estrella War XXIV: Marshals and Waterbearers Needed

Duchess Katerina O'Callaghan reports that marshals and waterbearers are needed for the upcoming Estrella War XXIV which takes place February 12-18, 2008.

Islamic calligraphy at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas) will host Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900 and Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur´an through February 3, 2008.

January 4th

Party like it's 1575!

More than 400 years ago, Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, threw the party of parties, a three-week long bash at Kenilworth Castle for Elizabeth I.

Traditional and Folk Music Hour radio program begins January 5, 2008

Melandra of the Woods has announced that she will host The Traditional and Folk Music Hour on KVHU 95.3 FM beginning January 5, 2008 at noon.

[EAS] Mudthaw

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One and all are invited to attend the Barony of Settmour Swamp's 28th annual Celebration of the Thawing of the Mud. As always Mudthaw will feature a wide variety of activities: tournaments in Armored Combat, Rapier, and Youth Combat, Archery, Thrown Weapons, a brewing competition and an array of Fine Merchants. Mudthaw will again be held at the beautiful and spacious Salaam Shrine in Livingston, NJ. Location:
Barony of Settmour Swamp (Livingston, New Jersey)