Archive - Oct 2009

October 16th

[ANT] Falling Leaves Ithra

Please join the Shire of Wyewood at the Falling Leaves Ithra to be held November 21, 2009 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, WA.

Ealdormere Fall 2009 Crown List announced

Nigel and Adrielle, King and Queen of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, have announced the list of Their combatants and their consorts for the upcoming Crown Tournament. The list has been published on Legio Draconis.

[EAS] The Sarab Seraglio Remembered

Murmurs of soft voices whisper in your ear. The smoky scents of Amber and Sandalwood waft through the air. Aromas of turmeric and cumin tease your palette while the low throbbing of drums caresses your soul.

[LOC] Feast of St Crispins

The Barony of Mordenvale and College of St Crispin's do invite all and sundry to a marvellous feast of Roman delicacies, to celebrate the Feast of St Crispins... after all, he is OUR saint (as is his brother).

Thorvaldr and Fiona new Heirs to Drachenwald

Lady Odindisa Bragisdottir reports that Thorvaldr, inspired by Fiona, was the winner of the October 10, 2009 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

"Missouri farmer" creates western martial arts school in Tokyo

Longtime SCA member Jay Noyes, a 40-year-old self-described "farmer from Missouri," had a dream. He wanted to bring the medieval combat he remembered from his days in the SCA to Japan, where he moved in 1991. To accomplish this, he created Avalon, a medieval history group, and started Castle Tintagel, a school for western martial arts in Tokyo. Edan Corkill of the Japan Times has the story.(photos)

October 15th

[OUT] Danse Macabre

Join us on Saturday, October 17, 2009 for a night of dancing, a subtlety contest, spookiness and general revelry. Anyone who has come to this event before can tell you what a great time there is to be had. Halloween costumes are welcome.

[ANS] Baronial Flashback

The Barony of Bryn Gwlad Proudly presents Baronial Flashback October 23-25, 2009 Austin, Texas

[DRA] Insulae Draconis Principality Coronet Tourney

The First Insulae Draconis Principality Coronet Tourney will be held on the 19th – 21st February in Gilwell Park, in the ancient Royal Epping Forest.

[DRA] Pink Challenge

When the nights are long in the northern part of Drachenwald we need some joy in our lives and therefore Attemark invites You to an event of pleasure. Pink pleasure! Pink is a beautiful color too seldomly used to create artwork in our lands. The fine ladies of Attemark challenge You to pick Your favorite shade of pink and create something amazing may it be garb, a dessert or a piece of jewelry and compete in the Pink Challenge!

[MID] Newcomer's Seminar

The Shire of Norborough is hosting a Newcomer's Seminar on Oct 31, 2009 in Troy Ohio at the Troy Hayner Center - 301 West Main Street, Troy Oh, 45373

Midrealm Fall 2009 Coronation pictures online

Hilla Hamasdohtor has posted an album of photos from the October 3, 2009 Coronation of Dag and AnneMarie in the Kingdom of the Middle.

Bones of unidentified saint found in Bulgarian cathedral

Archaeologists working at the site of a medieval church, part of the fortress of Perperikon in Bulgaria, have discovered a bronze cross bearing remains dating to the 5th-7th centuries C.E. "These are broken and decayed bones, most definitely of a saint," Professor Ovcharov said.

[EAS] Fall Crown Tournament

The Shire of Quintavia, is honored to host the Fall Crown Tournament of King Konrad von Ulm and Queen Brenwen the Faire, to be held October 31, 2009, at Camp Marshall (Worcester County 4H Center, Inc.), located at 92 McCormick Road, Spencer, MA 01562.

A newcomer's view of Slay the Hydra

Thomas Willoughby of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, loaned his camera to a new fighter of his acquaintance who was attending his first event, Slay the Hydra, with the instruction, "take a picture of ANYTHING that he found interesting." The results can be seen in an album of photos posted on Flickr.

Translations of classic fencing texts released

Richard, from the Kingdom of Lochac, reports that two classic fencing manuals are now available for study. A new translation by Ken Mondschein of Camillo Agrippa's manual of 1553, the earliest Italian rapier text, is available for purchase, while the English translation of Ettenhard's manual from 1675 can be read online.

October 14th

Gwynna Emrys elevated to Pelican at Meridies Coronation

Yves de Fortanier, Clerk of Precedence for the Kingdom of Meridies, reports that at Their recent Coronation, Their Majesties Boru and Deirdre elevated Viscountess Gwynna Emrys to the Order of the Pelican.

The St. Albans Psalter to be displayed in Germany

The St. Albans Psalter, one of the world's best examples of manuscripts from the Romanesque period, is a cherished possession of the the Dombibliothek Hildesheim in Hildesheim, Germany. The removal of its binding has enabled the Dom-Museum Hildesheim to display individual leaves from the book in a special exhibit which will run December 9, 2009 until January 24, 2010. (photos)

Mongolian games celebrate "manly sports"

An annual festival dating to the 13th century is considered the Mogolian "Olympics." The event features the "manly sports" — horse racing, wrestling and archery. Louisa Lim of NPR has the story. (audio)

Slay the Hydra photos

Gleann Abhann Historian Baroness Barbara Sterling reports that she has posted an album of photos from the Slay the Hydra event which took place September 26, 2009 in Vogelburg.

October 13th

Kingdom of Acre medieval festival video online

Julie O'Grady has created a video highlighting events at the recent Sands Point Medieval Fair hosted by the Kingdom of Acre (Medieval Scenarios and Recreations, Ltd.). The video is available on YouTube.

"Zombies" attack Gleann Abhann Royals

The recent Coronation of William II and Onora II was not without incident as Their Majesties' retinue was overcome with a fit of zombie-ism. The frightening event was chronicled by Kingdom Historian Baroness Barbara Sterling in a missive to Baroness Morgana of the Mists.

October 12th

7th century Islamic manuscripts from the J.J. Marcel collection online

In 1864, the Imperal Library of Russia acquired the "collection of ancient Kufic Qur'ans on parchment bought from Mme Desnoyer, heiress of Arabist Marcel who was among the members of the learned French expedition to Egypt equipped by Bonapart," a magnificent set of about 2000 parchment leaves in Arabic, illuminated in full color and gold.

Barony of Atenveldt 40th Anniversary photos online

Hrefna has created an album of photos from the recent 40th Anniversary event in the Barony of Atenveldt. The photos have been posted in PhotoBucket. Godfrey von Rheinfels has also posted a video from the event as well as an album on Flickr.

West Kingdom victor offers romantic proposal

West Kingdom herald Caoilinn Rose Maddox gives a "herald's point of view" of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. The Tourney was won by Sir Uther Schiemann der Hunt, inspired by Kára Báreksdóttir, who received a romantic proposal. (photos)

October 11th

Visitors invited to view processing of Anglo-Saxon grave finds

Visitors to the town of Sittingbourne, England have a rare opportunity to watch the processing of artifacts from an Anglo-Saxon burial site. (photos and video)

New performances on CalonSound

Mathurin reports that several new Jubilee performances have been added to the CalonSound project website.

War of the Pearls photos online

The Gleann Abhann Historian, Baroness Barbara Sterling, has posted an album of photos from the Kingdom's recent War of the Pearls event.

October 10th

SCA: "like adults playing dress up and getting away with it"

The Barony of Ravensfort, in the Houston, Texas area, turns 20 this year. They celebrated the anniversary at their annual event, Defender of the Fort. Matthew Jackson of the Huntsville Item spoke recently with Seneschal Lady Giovanna Lena Caronna (Carolyn Pace) about SCA life.

Abbasid Period village found in Qatar

A joint team of French and Qatari archaeologists is excited about the discovery of a 9th century town, "a remarkable village of 220 houses, two forts and two mosques," buried for centuries beneath the sands of northwest Qatar.