Archive - Apr 2008

April 15th

Shakespeare and politics

With the presidential election looming and politics on everyone's mind, the Los Angeles Times ponders the words of the Bard and how he would see our modern world in an opinions piece by Jess Winfield.

Two elevated in AEthelmearc

At Their Court during the 30th Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon (Barony of the Rhydderich Hael), Their Majesties Duncan and Ilish of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered two of Their subjects elevation to the Peerage.

V&A's medieval and renaissance treasures at Atlanta's High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia will host Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum September 13, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

Brendokenfest photos available for viewing

The Barony of Brendoken, located in the northeastern part of the Middle Kingdom, chose its new martial and A&S champions last weekend at the Brendokenfest event. Our own THL Milica of Varna captured an extensive photo album from the day's festivities.

April 14th

3rd century amulet places Jews in Austria

A gold amulet dating to the 3rd century CE inscribed with a Jewish prayer has been discovered in the grave of a Roman child in Halbturn, Austria proving that people of the Jewish faith inhabited the country at the time.

Estrella XXIV film teaser

A video teaser of the upcoming commercial film of Estrella War XXIV is now available online. The film by Thomas Gofton, Spencer Osborne and Martin Uus may be pre-ordered.

Falcons fly in Okeborne Keep

V. Danielle has posted an album of photos from the recent event in Okeborne Keep (Meridies). The album includes some incredible falconry shots.

The genius of ancient mechanics

Scientists and mathematicians of the past may not have had computers and other modern scientific instruments to help in their study, but they were pretty darn smart in their abilities to figure things out. The Ancient Mechanics and How They Thought, a recent article in the New York Times looks at what our scientific forebears knew and how they used these ideas.

April 13th

Silas Wolf Harold born in Atlantia

Lady Marie of Doune and Lord Geoffrey of Doune have announced the birth of their son Silas Wolf Harold March 13, 2008 in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Latin hip-hop highlights Festival of the Classics

"Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris/ Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior" ("I hate and I love. Why do I do it, perchance you might ask? I don't know, but I feel it happening to me and I'm burning up.") sings Ista, a German rap group that uses Latin verse in its performances.

Rowany Festival 2008 photos online

Lady Katrijn van Delden has uploaded a large album of photos from the recent Rowany Festival in the Kingdom of Lochac.

Time Team discovers link between Welsh and King Harald

In 2007 Channel Four's Time Team was permitted to excavate a field near the village of Portskewett in Wales and discovered what it believes is a Saxon hunting lodge built by King Harald one year before the Battle of Hastings.

April 12th

Tower lions from northwest Africa

Recent study of a pair of lion skulls discovered during excavations of the Tower of London reveals that the lions originated near the Barbary Coast of Northwest Africa. The skulls, which dated from the 13th or 14th centuries, were carbon dated and tested for DNA.

Photos from Mixed Weapons War online

The Honourable Lord Godfrey von Rheinfels has posted his photos from the recent Mixed Weapons War in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

California SCAdians learn about life in the Sault

California natives Ed and Kim Slone are moving to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where they hope to pursue their SCA interests. Linda Richardson of the Sault Star caught up with them at the recent “Passport to Unity” event designed to welcome new residents.

14th Century Game gets Official Recognition

The Sports Council in England has agreed that Stoolball, a medieval game mostly localized to southeastern England, meets its criteria to be recognized as a sport. Approximately 4,000 people in the vicinity of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire play Stoolball.

April 11th

Shava's photos from Haire Affaireski + more Gulf Wars pix

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield shares photos from Haire Affaireski in the Shire of Falcon's Keep as well as several albums of photos taken by Lady Asli and THL Alexandra at Gulf Wars 2008.

Estrella opinion survey

Dame Anita de Challis, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, has announced that a questionnaire covering various aspects of the Estrella War is available online.

The Vikings return to Nottingham

The Vikings will return to Nottingham, England April 26, 2008 for From Bones to Berserkers -- Vikings Under the Spotlight, the Midlands Viking Symposium 2008 at The University of Nottingham. The program will include presentations by some of the worlds greatest authorities on Norse and Viking culture.

Sigifrith and Kamilla Lord and Lady of the Mists

Ysa reports that Sigifrith, inspired by Kamilla, was the victor of the recent Coronet in the West Kingdom's Principality of the Mists. Sigifrith defeated Ajax in the finals.

April 10th

[ANS] King's Collegium 2008

The Collegium will be hosted at Wagonmaster RV Park in Sanger, TX, off of I35. This will be as period an event as we can hold so most classes will be under the shade of pavilions.

*Date:* Saturday, June 14th
*Time:* Classes will start around 10AM, gate will open at 9am

If you are interested in teaching, I will need the following information from you as soon as possible:

    Stargate (Sanger, Texas)

[DRA] Aarnimets Academy

Once again it is time to assemble in the Aarnimets Academy to share one's knowledge of arts and sciences. This event focuses specially on classes and different kinds of workshops.

The events open on Friday at 6 p.m. and closes on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Site: The site of this event is the beautiful camp site of Sorja (Mrrintie 4, 38100 Karkku) in Vammala, near Tampere (and owned by Tampereen kessiirtola ry). Sorja is in the best country side of Location:
Barony of Aarnimets (Vammala, Finland)

David gets a facelift

Donatello's David, the 15th century masterpiece housed at Florence's Bargello Museum, has had "work done" in the form of laser treatment to clean off residue, including gold leaf used "on the statue to highlight its wavy hair and clothing."

[MER] Dreamstone Tourney XXIX

The People's Barony of Bryn Madoc invites one and all to Dreamstone Tourney 29 to be held on April 18-20, 2008 at the large group camp at F.D. Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Their Excellencies Bryn Madoc invite you to Their Tourney to determine the new Champion of the Dreamstone. Other challenges await warriors and artisans alike. Come and join us for a weekend of fighting, food, and frivolity! Location:
Barony of Bryn Madoc (Pine Mountain, Georgia)

[ANS] Elfsea Springfaire

It is my pleasure to invite you all to Elfsea Springfaire the weekend of May 2, 3 and 4, 2008.

We have many wonderful things planned. We will be holding our competitions to choose our Titled Artisan and Titled Bard. We also have the honor of hosting Guardian of the Gauntlet.

Not an artisan, rapier fighter or bard? It matters not! We also will have heavy fighting scenarios, archery shoots and a Chirurgeon class Location:
Barony of Elfsea (Hillsboro, Texas)

[EAL] Lady Mary Memorial Tournament XXI

The Barony of Rising Waters Invites you to The 21st Annual Lady Mary Memorial Tournament

Saturday May 10, 2008
Fort Erie Native Community Centre
796 Buffalo Rd. Fort Erie, ON.

Site Opens: 10am
Site Closes: midnight

Site Fee: Adult $8.00 ($3NMS in effect) Child (5-15) $4.00 Feast: Adult $12.00 Child (5-15) $6.00 Feast is Limited to 60 and is by reservation only. The deadline for Location:
Barony of Rising Waters (Fort Erie, Ontario)

[EAL] Dandelion Festival

Come celebrate the arrival of Spring in the wilds of Tor Brant..

Alice and Fraser Rec Centre
1 Henan Road
Pembroke Ontario
K8A 6W6

Site opens: 10 AM closes:9:30 PM

Site Fees
Adult $6 Children 4-16 $2 Maximum Family rate $20
Cheques made payable to SCA-Tor Brant

Event Steward and Reservations: Lady Brennait Location:
Tor Brant (Pembroke, Ontario)

[ANS] Stargate & Loch Soilleir Baronials

Along the coast of Ansteorra stand two great Baronies, Stargate and Loch Soilleir, side by side. These Baronies invite you to the 1st annual combined Baronials and Stargate's 35th Baronial Championship Anniversary on April 19th.

In our first multi-group championship, the Baronies of Loch Soilleir and Stargate will each choose a Chivalric, Rapier, Archery, and Equestrian Champion. Double your chances to win! Expect interesting and challenging scenarios with great prizes and a wonderful feast at the end of a great day. Location:
Baronies of Stargate and Loch Soilleir (Needville, Texas)

"Honor and Glory!" in San Antonio

"We're sort of a mob of misfits," said Lisa Theriot, aka Adelaide de Beaumont at a recent SCA gathering in the Barony of Bjornsborg, in an interview with Vincent T. Davis of the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News.

[OUT]Danse Mystère and Baronial Investiture

The clock is ticking for reservations for Danse Mystere! Don't take a chance on missing this fabulous event -- Dancing! Dance lessons & dancing & more dancing! Investiture of Unser Hafen's new Baron & Baroness! Their Royal Highnesses and their Heirs will be in attendance! Games of chance and skill! Musicians & Magicians! Special activities for young lord and ladies! Dancing bears -- no wait -- Vicar Deotrich told me no on that one. Location:
Canton of Bofharrach