Archive - 2008

October 27th

Henry VIII biography marks king's 500th anniversary

Henry: Virtuous Prince by David Starkey, a two-volume biography of Henry VIII, will mark the 500th anniversary of Henry's ascent to the throne of England. John Guy of the London Times has the review.

[DRA] Dance Moot VI

When winter has fallen upon the lands, the Shire of Harpelestane has its own merry way to remain warm and entertained: dancing.

Come join us on 17th January 2009 for a day of dancing at the latest gathering of our Dance Moot. Dance classes will be held, with opportunities to practice in the evening at a small ball. For the non-dancers, there will be a selection of period games to keep everyone entertained. Location:
Shire of Harpelestane (South Queensferry, Scotland)

Calontir event photos online

Eowyth reports that she has posted an album of photos from the recent Autumn Arrows event hosted by Calanais Nuadh in Rolla, Missouri (Kingdom of Calontir)

[ATL] Winter Solstice: Mongols, Mayhem, and Murder

Good friends, on this day in the fall of 1274 on the island of Tsushima (off the coast of Japan), we are about to witness historic events. The Mongols are prepared to invade Japan, and the negotiations and banquet today are an attempt to forestall the invasion. A wealthy Japanese lord has laid on an amazing day of festivities, highlighted by a feast guaranteed to delight all guests!

In honor of the attendees, the feast will feature courses of Mongol and Chinese cuisine, in addition to Japanese. Unfortunately, these important negotiations are destined to be marred by murder(s) most foul! But this is more than a stage play, and you dear friends are more than honored guests. We are counting on you to answer the age old questions “Whodunit?” and “why”? At the end of the afternoon, each guest will be asked to fill out a sheet of paper describing their interpretation of the mystery, and who the culprit(s) is(are). After evaluating the detectives’ work, the murderer(s) will be hauled off in chains to face the Emperor’s Justice, and the detective who solved the crime most correctly will win a prize. Location:
Barony of Sacred Stone (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

[MER] Feast of the Unicorn

Feast of the Unicorn November 15-16, 2008 - Canton of Cyddlain Downs

This event will be a Sat.-Sun. event rather than the traditional three day weekend, but we plan to make up for Friday night by planning activities into the day on Sunday.

Site opens at 9:00am on the 15th and closes at 5pm on the 16th. Site allows alcohol, no pets.

Merchants are welcome!

Site & Directions
The Feast of the Unicorn will be at the The Clinton House Plantation Location:
Canton of Cyddlain Downs (Clinton, South Carolina)

[OUT] Citadel 12th Night and War Practice

Their Excellencies Nikolaus and Aine, Baron and Baroness of the Citadel of the Southern Pass, would like to invite all and sundry to celebrate Twelfth Night at their country manor.

January 10, 2009, Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass

Location: Tobin Park Methodist Church, 5501 Wren St., El Paso, TX, 79924-6624

Site Opens 9:00 AM and closes 9:00 PM; Site is Dry!

Autocrat: Lord Edmund Peregrine Location:
Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass (El Paso, Texas)

[EAS] Bare Blade Tavern Brawl

Greetings and welcome to the Bare Blade Tavern, now kindly check your weapons at the door!

Once again, Endewearde announces its annual Bare Blade Tavern Brawl!!! Fencing and trickery are sure to abound in this year's event as fencers and from across the realm vie for the right to claim the deed to the Bare Blade Tavern.

This year's fencing will feature both heavy and light rapier, so please come ready for both! The day will be divided into several rounds of fencing, with at least one round being designed on-site by some "lucky" fencer. Location:
Shire of Endewearde (Pittsfield, Maine)

[AET] Sterlynge Schola

Let the word go forth that the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle will be hosting a Sterlynge Schola on January 17, 2009 at the Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main St, Binghamton NY.

The Site opens to the populace at 9:00am and closes at 6:00pm. We are planning classes from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch at noon. Anyone found still lingering in the halls or classrooms after 6:00 p.m. may be pressed into service for site clean up. Location:
Shire of Sterlynge Vayle (Binghamton, New York)

[WES] Yule

Their Excellencies Broeck and Margaret Anne, Eighth Baron and Baroness invite one and all to celebrate the Yule season with them at the baronial hunting lodge.

There will be fighting, feasting and artisan contests to fill the day and a tree to trim. The Baroness will choose a champion during the heavy fighter tourney. An Arts and Sciences

Champion will be chosen from entrants in the following contests: Personal banners and Sweet Breads in any mode-extra points for gluten free recipes and of course, documentation. Feast will be hearty and family style. Location:
Barony of Eskalya (Anchorage, Alaska)

[ANT] 12th Night in An Tir

We invite An Tir to gather in Adiantum to celebrate the stepping down of their current King and Queen, and enjoy the pageantry and gallant deeds of renown as our new King and Queen are crowned.

This year the event will be held at the spacious and beautiful Valley River Inn where there will be merchants, an Artisans Showcase, plenty of meeting spaces for guilds, groups, shires and baronies, etc. Location:
Barony of Adiantum (Eugene, Oregon)

[CAI] Queen's Equestrian Championship

Hark! 'Tis the thunder of hooves! Valiant riders and their noble steeds shall compete in honor of Our Queen in a competition of skill and strategy. Join Her Majesty Kolfinna and Her Court on Sunday, November 16, 2008, for the Queen's Equestrian Championship Tourney.

Riders of all skill levels are encouraged to take part in the many competitions and activities honoring Queen Kolfinna. Garb your destriers in their most elaborate trappings; bring your most colorful banners and pennants; display your courtesy and your martial prowess in this day of challenge and competition! Activities are planned for non-riders and non-combatants as well, so that everyone may share in the pleasure of the day. Location:
Barony of Altavia (Chino, California)

"Forbidden Pennsic" DVD and CD now available

The production DVD and the soundtrack CD are now available for the Known World Players' premier of Forbidden Pennsic, performed at Pennsic 37. Lord Abel Frölicher has a brief review of the newly-released DVD.

October 26th

10th century timber-lined cellar found in York

Archaeologists working on excavations at the site of the new Hungate development in York, England, have discovered what they believe is the basement of a two-story Viking house. The structure has been dated to mid 10th century. (photo)


Author Edward Kritzler, author of a new book Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom — and Revenge has probably heard all the jokes about Jewish pirates, but he has the last laugh. Benjamin Ivry of the Jewish Daily Forward has a review.

Photos from Citadel's Silver Anniversary event online

Geillis has posted several albums of photos from the recent 25th anniversary celebration in the Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass (El Paso, Texas) in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Henry VIII-era chain of office set for auction

On November 6, 2008, the only known surviving chain of office from the time of King Henry VIII will be auctioned at Christie's in London. The chain is expected to bring at least UK£300,000. (photo)

October 25th

Newport ship remains displayed in Wales

Pieces of the 15th century ship discovered in 2002 on the River Usk went on display recently at Unit 22, Maesglas Industrial Estate in Newport, South Wales. Timbers from the ship are being removed individually from the site with hopes of future restoration.

"Gateway to the Roman invasion" found

New excavations in Kent, England have uncovered the hard surface of the country's coastline during the first Roman invasion (43 C.E.). The coast would have been two miles from the current coast. Also found: a Roman wall and a medieval dock.

AEthelmearc Fall 2008 Crown Tourney photos online

Maria Christina de Cordoba reports that photos taken by Alaxandair at the recent AEthelmearc Crown Tournament are now online.

WebPress blog covers Early Medieval Scotland

Senchus: Notes on Early Medieval Scotland is a WordPress blog devoted to articles on early Scottish life and history. It is the ongoing project of Tim Clarkson, an “independent scholar” with a PhD in medieval history.

October 24th

SCA members win Aurora Jack-o-Launch

Forrester reports that five valiant SCAdians took first place in the Trebuchet Division at the Aurora, Colorado Jack-o-launch. The competition was documented by Channel 4, the CBS affiliate, which provides a video of the event.

Raven's Faire photos online

Meisha reports that an album of photos taken by Al Green of the recent Raven's Faire event in the Kingdom of the Outlands is now available to view online.

Pirate hoard found in London

Arghhh! There be pirates in London. Or at least there once were according to experts excavating the Narrow Street area of Ratcliff, near Limehouse. The site included the homes of 17th century sailors and pirates.

Radio station's Halloween special features SCA musicians

Radio host Melinda LaFevers, known in the SCA as Melandra of the Woods, hosts a weekly folk music show on radio station KVHU, sponsored by Harding University. This week's show will feature the talents of several "current and former SCA bards" and will be broadcast on the web as well as on the air.

12 Most Impressive Medieval Soldiers

List Universe, a website that encourages the creation of all manner of lists, has posted one on the "12 Most Impressive Medieval Soldiers." The martial groups are numbered 12 through 1 and include a short description.

October 23rd

World Invitational Joust, 2008 coming to California in November

The only competitive jousting championship outside of the UK will take place in Poway, CA November 1 and 2, 2008. The Tournament of the Phoenix is sanctioned by the Royal Armouries of England.

Atenveldt Kingdom Arts & Sciences Competition 2008 Photo Gallery

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels has posted photo from the Atenveldt Arts & Sciences Competition that took place on October 4th in Wickenburg, Arizona.

Estrella War Treaty online

Duchess Kathryn reports that "Treaty Negotiations for Estrella War XXV were held October 18, 2008 in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Crowns and Heirs of the Kingdom of Atenveldt, Caid, and the Outlands attended, and [the] Treaty was negotiated and signed."

October 22nd

Deadline for subscribing to" Renaissance Magazine" approaches

Patrick Anderson, President, Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. reminds members that the deadline for receiving a special subscription rate for Renaissance Magazine is October 31, 2008.

18 to vie for Crown of Gleann Abhann

Their Majesties Havordh and Mary-Grace of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann have announced the list of Combatants and their Consorts for Their upcoming Crown Tournament to take place November 8, 2008 in teh Barony of Small Gray Bear.