Archive - 2008

October 9th

[CAI] Baroness' Bardic and Birthday Banquet

Milords and ladies, all are invited to join in the festivities as Lyondemere raises their goblets to their beloved Baroness Angelina Nicolette de Beaumont at this, the first Baroness' Bardic and Birthday Banquet Saturday, November 1, 2008.

Prepare for an evening of bardic, revelry, gaming, bardic, dancing, feasting, and maybe some bardic thrown in for good measure. This early evening event will start off with a "beginners welcome" open bardic circle. You say you prefer to spend your time on a good game of chess or backgammon? Tables will be set up for play and some games will be provided. But if you have a favorite Tarot deck or would like to challenge someone to the new period game you just learned, feel free to bring it along. Other creative games are being invented to increase the revelry and social time. I'm not making any promises but "Gondola Races" anyone? Location:
Barony of Lyondemere (Los Alamitos, California)

Incredible private library features historical objects

The technology magazine "Wired" takes a rare look at the private library of Jay Walker, an entrepreneur whose eclectic historical interests have led him to create a library devoted to things that have "changed the way people think." The stunningly designed room contains books and artifacts from ancient to modern times, combining museum and library.

SCA Fighter on "So You Think You Can Dance Canada"

"So You Think You Can Dance Canada" is a dance reality show and competition that airs on CTV. Izzac Smith, aka Cyrus of Wolfpack, is has made the top 20 for the show. His next big vote comes up on October 9th.

[MID] Road to Alexandria

The Marche of Gwyntarian presents: The Road to Alexandria

Saturday, November 1, 2008 10:00am - 10:00pm

Robert Pinn Armory
4630 Allen Road
Stow, OH

Site: $8 adult (13 years +), $4 child (6 - 12 years), child 5 and under free
Feast: $8 adult (13 years +), $4 child (12 years and under), lapsitters not taking a feast seat free

Please join us as we journey to fabled Alexandria during the third crusade (1189 - 1192)! Location:
Marche of Gwyntarian (Stow, Ohio)

Beer brewed with ancient yeast

Raul Cano, a scientist at the California Polytechnic State University, has brewed beer using the 45 million year old yeast from a Lebanese weevil trapped in amber.

Maia Elizabeth Mallett Born in Atenveldt

Maia Elizabeth Mallett was born on Saturday, 30 August 2008 at 2:34 a.m. to Lord Vallawulf Rurikson and Maitresse Cécile de Brétigny.

October 8th

Vikings needed women!

New research may show that the Viking raids of the 8th through 11th centuries may have been triggered by a shortage of marriageable women, possibly brought on by the Norsemen themselves.

By the Sword

"By the Sword: From Judicial Duel to Affair of Honor" October 19, 2008 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Crown Center Auditorium
Loyola University,
1001 W Loyola Ave,
Chicago, IL 60626

Event fee: Approximately $25 (includes lunch).

"By the Sword: From Judicial Duel to Affair of Honor" is a day-long seminar and workshop covering the history of dueling from the Middle Ages into the 1600s. This event will take place at the Crown Center Auditorium on Loyola Location:
Chicago Swordplay Guild (Chicago, Illinois)

[MID] Crown Tournament of TRM Ullr and Annelyse

Crown Tournament of TRM Ullr and Annelyse October 18, 2008

Dayton Masonic Temple
525 W Riverview Ave
Dayton, OH 45405

Site Hours
Open from 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Anyone still in the building at 11:00 PM will be volunteering for the clean-up crew. (Thank you in advance.)

Site Fees
Pre-registrations RECEIVED by Friday, 10/10/08:
$9.00 each for ages 13 & older, Location:
Barony Flaming Gryphon (Dayton, Ohio)

Dead Sea Scrolls come to the ROM in 2009

The Royal Ontario Museum has announced that it will bring sixteen of the Dead Sea Scrolls to Toronto for an exhibit which will run June 27, 2009, until Jan. 3, 2010.


Fun, Festivities, Fabulous Performances and Fantastic Feasting? Are these the type of things that interest you? Come celebrate the start of the Fifth Season with the Barony of Endless Hills at Fasching! This year the event is located at the Wright Township Firemen’s Association Hall located at 477 S. Main Road in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. The site opens at 9am and closes at 9pm.

The activities planned for the day is an array of Performing Arts to include a Bardic Competition, Dancing, Silver Tongued Devil, and Theatrical performances. There will be a prize tourney, weather permitting, for both heavy & rapier fighters. Armor inspection will start at 10am. Location:
Barony of Endless Hills (Mountain Top, Pennsylvania)

Digital project to analyze Middle English grammar

A team of philologists at the University of Stavanger in Norway are set to begin "the most comprehensive analysis of middle English ever" by studying original manuscripts from the 1300s–1500s. Their focus is to understand Middle English grammar.

SCA tops list of "Top Ten Complaints of the Geek's Wife"

Wired Magazine's GeekDad blog features a "Top Ten Complaints of the Geek's Wife" list supposedly written by the long-suffering female spouse of a game-playing, technology-loving, SCA member.

October 7th

The "New Yorker" looks at "The Florentine"

In an article for The New Yorker, Claudia Roth Pierpont looks at the life of Niccolò Machiavelli, "the man who taught rulers how to rule."

Was the telescope invented in Spain?

An article for the magazine History Today claims that the telescope may have been invented in Spain by a Burgundian spectacle maker named Juan Roget, rather than in the Netherlands or Italy, as previously believed.

[AET] Fifth Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks Collegium


Greetings, all, from the autocrat and staff of the upcoming Fifth Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks Collegium! Below are supplemental announcements related to the event. We hope that you will forward this message far and wide, so that it will be of best service to all who may benefit.

MARK THE DATE! November 7-10, 2008 at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (15 minutes from Cooper's Lake). Updated announcements and class listings will be posted on our web page,

Crestfield Camp & Conference Center, Slippery Rock, PA

Roman surgical instruments - Ouch!

The Claude Moore Health Service Library of the University of Virginia has a website with photos of reproductions of surgical instruments excavated from the House of the Surgeon at Pompeii. The reproductions were acquired by the University in 1947.

Chocolate Revel pictures online

Master Godfrey von Rheinfels has posted his photos from Chocolate Revel which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

October 6th

Sæunn Egilsdóttir to be elevated in the West

Mistress Eireannach nic Ghiolla Chainnigh reports that Baroness Sæunn Egilsdóttir has been invited to become a member of the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Uther and Kara of the West.

Archaeologist re-creates ancient booze

Patrick McGovern, a molecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, does not hesitate to chat about the history of alcoholic beverages, and has even re-created a "9,000-year-old Chinese drink we call Jiahu."

Mercer Shoppe photos online

Adam Ingram reports that an album of photos from the recent Mercer Shoppe event in the Kingdom of Atlantia are now available to view online.

October 5th

Renaissance artists enjoyed their own "art scene"

Where did Renaissance painters go to unwind? According to Tony Perrottet of Drexel University's The Smart Set, it was La Società del Pauiolo, the Company of the Cauldron, an artists-only club that required participants to bring an artwork and a dish to pass.

16th century pottery kiln found in Russia

Excavations have uncovered a 16th century pottery kiln near Tula, Russia. The kiln may have been used to make bricks for the Tula Kremlin. (photo)

Meridies Fall 2008 Coronation photos online

Danielle has posted an album of photos from the recent Coronation of Their Majesties Seth and Gwendolen of the Kingdom of Meridies on her SmugMug website.

October 4th

Ceridwen the Emperic to be elevated to Laurel in Gleann Abhann

Mistress Dametta of Arundel reports that Their Majesties Mary-Grace and Havordh of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann have chosen to elevate THLady Ceridwen the Emperic to the Order of the Laurel.

Organize your Estrella War activities online

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity for Estrella War XXV, encourages War attendees to take advantage of services provided on the event website.

York skeleton shows signs of tuberculosis

The remains of a 4th century Roman discovered recently at York University may be "one of the earliest British victims of tuberculosis." Experts believe that cases of TB were rare in the north of England, and the discovery may help researchers learn more about the disease's spread across the country.

Meridies War Practice photos online

Muirghein reports that photos taken by Lord Gregor Wilhelmson of the recent Meridies War Practice held at Overlook Park in Prattville, Alabama are now available for viewing on SmugMug.

October 3rd

Roman bones found near Fosse Way

Several ancient graves were found recently near Leicestershire, England containing the remains of several humans believed to have been Roman. The graves were found near the Roman Fosse Way.

Ianuk's Photos of Atenveldt's Fall 2008 Crown Tourney

Ianuk has posted a large album of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atenveldt on her Kodak Gallery website.