Archive - Nov 2009

November 15th

Hadrian's Wall: cultural melting pot

Research shows that the Roman guards who occupied Hadrian's Wall came from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, from northern to eastern European. Recently, evidence has shown that a fair number came from the Middle East.

Pictures from Griffins Needle Challenge

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Chronicler, shares photos from her visit to the Griffins Needle Challenge event, where participants created magnificent garments in a mere 20 hours.

Maighstir Thegn Bran na torcdubh mac Brude winner of Lochac Crown Tournament

Lord Benedict of Askerigg reports, by way of Katherina Weyssin on the Lochac email list, that Maighstir Thegn Bran na torcdubh mac Brude, fighting for Shayka Lilya bint Hizir, was the winner of the November 14, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac.

November 14th

Information about minstrels, troubadours, jongleurs, and trouveres sought

Professor of medieval literature at Troy University, Richard Nokes, has created Unlocked Wordhoard, a website to discuss topics of interest to medieval scholars. One of the recent discussions deals with minstrels, troubadours, jongleurs, and trouveres.

Lilies War battlefield moving

Mistress Meadhbh inghean ui Shuibhne, Lilies War Chair, has announced that the battlefield at Lilies War will be moving to a new location.

BBC looks "Behind the Book of Omens"

On its website, BBC America has posted a series of videos on the Freer and Sackler Galleries exhibit Falnama: Behind the Book of Omens, the exhibit, which runs through January 24, 2010. The exhibit focuses on "a group of rare and unusual manuscripts that were once used to explore the unknown through divination in 16th- and 17th-century Iran and Turkey."

Lochac rapier photos and video online

Emilio has posted photos and video from the recent Crescent Fence rapier event in the Barony of Ildhafn in the Kingdom of Lochac. The photos are posted on Webshots.

November 13th

SCA Announcements: New Appointments

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that several new appointments have been made by the SCA Board of Directors.

Jason and Gerhild new Heirs to Atlantia

Adeliza of Bristol reports that Jason Kynslay was the victor of the November 7, 2009 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Atlantia. His Highness was inspired by Gerhild the Willful. (photos)

Actors needed for Canadian film

Danute Dorion has announced that casting for The Making of A King, a "film version of a sonnet cycle, very artsy, very stylized" will take place November 21, 2009 at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Gleann Abhann Fall 2009 Crown List announced

On the Legio Draconis website, Hrólfr reports on the contenders for the Throne of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann and their consorts.

November 12th

Research photos from the Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde

Racaire of the Kingdom of Drachenwald reports that she has created an album of photos from her recent visit to the Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde in Vienna, Austria. The photos are on her Flickr website.

[MID] Better War Through Archery

Sternfeld's next big event is Better War Through Archery, January 30, 2010.

[WES] Golden Rivers Anniversary Banquet

Golden Rivers Anniversary Banquet is fast approaching. Do you have your ticket yet?

[WES] Vinhold All Hallows 30th Anniversary Feast

His most generous, temperate, and exalted Baron of Vinhold, Gavin, invites you to a culinary and bardic adventure in celebration fo the Barony of Vinhold's 30th Anniversary on November 14th, 2009.

[EAS] Herne the Hunter IX

Come one and all to Seashire's Annual Event Herne the Hunter on November 28, 2009 at the St. James Anglican Church!

[ATE] Northern Yule

Please join the Shire of WinDale and our good friends the Barony of Ered Sul, the Shire of Granite Mountain and the College of St. Vladimir as we celebrate this Yuletide. We have a day of fun and food in store for all.

[OUT] Dragonsspine War Practice

Attention Noble People of the Outlands, Dragonsspine will be hosting a War Practice Nov. 29, 2009 starting at 11am in Bear Creek Park.

[ANS] Bordermarch Autumn Melees

Welcome one and all to Bordermarch Autumn Melees BAM II-Nov. 19-22, 2009

[WES] Eskalyan Yule

Eskalyan Yule: Barony of Eskalya, Principality of Oertha (Anchorage, AK) University of Alaska, Anchorage, University Lake Building Annex* (3800 University Lake Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508)

[AET] Northern Region Muster

On Sunday, November 22, 2009 the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn will be hosting an armoured combat regional muster. As always, the focus will be on melee, melee, melee.

[ART] Twilight in Valhalla

By special arrangement with the Gods, the Shire of Castelleone Nuovo invites you to attend "Twilight in Valhalla."

Warriors will participate in a variety of snow battle scenarios for both heavy and light fighters. After the battles, you are invited to a Norse Style Feast in the halls of Valhalla.

Following feast the ice skating (site fee includes skate rental), garbed snowperson bui

[WES] Heralds' Collegium

All are welcome to a day of classes for both heralds and scribes, including some crossover material, like how to read the tricky hand that you're sure was done by a drunken weasel that the award scroll is in, and what exactly does "a fish counter-urinant, rayonny-fitchy pean" mean. There will be other classes as well, and an open scribal all day. Please see the heralds' website: www.heralds.westkingdom.org for further information.

[ATL] Atlantia Southern Region Cavalry Practice

Atlantia Southern Region Cavalry Practice Nov. 15, 2009 Sunday 1-4pm

[AET] Vikings on the River

In the spirit of Vetr Thing and Vikings in the Snow comes Vikings on the River. On November 14th the Shire of Riversedge will host a day for all Norse personas.

[WES] Winter Coronet

Their Highnesses Riddari Georg of Glacier's Edge and Katarzina Porjaski, Prince and Princess of Oertha, welcome one and all to a celebration of Oertha's 50th reign by bearing witness to Their Coronet Tournament and the selection of Their heirs by right of combat on January 16th and Their investiture January 17th, 2010.

The inspiration of flowers

Jehan, Giles, and Yseult of the he Royal College and Confraternity of Scribes and Illuminators of the Kingdom of Lochac have created a marvelous website to inspired scribes to use symbolic flowers and plants in their artwork. An Introduction to Floral Symbolism in Manuscript Illumination features illuminated flowers and short descriptions of their symbolic meanings.

November 11th

Raptor War 2009 photos online

Darius reports that he has created a large album of photos taken by himself and others from Raptor War 2009, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

Gulf Wars Needs Teachers!

Lady Charmayne D'aix-la-Chapelle reports that teachers and artisans are needed for the 2010 Gulf Wars.

A history of alcoholic beverages in Russia

Russians are known for their love of vodka, but in the Middle Ages, the Russians displayed great talent at creating other alcoholic beverages including mead. Later, in the early 16th century, monks developed the first recipe for vodka.