Archive - Jan 2009

January 13th

Discussion list for SCA Laurels

Mistress TSivia reports on the existence of the SCA Laurels List, an online discussion group for members of the Order of the Laurel in the SCA.

St Emmeram Codex music heard for the first time in 600 years

A collaboration of academics in England and Germany, working on the St Emmeram Codex, have recorded a CD of polyphonic music from the manuscript, the first time this music has been heard since the 15th century.

Feast gear through the ages

Karen Larsdatter has created an annotated list of sites featuring feast gear throughout the ages from antiquity through the Renaissance.

January 12th

Lilies XXIII brewing competition: Sweets IV

Michael L Wilson reports that this summer's Lilies War XXIII will feature another brewing competition: Sweets for the Sweet IV.

Calculating Roman-style

Puzzled by Roman numerals? Always in a dither about how to write the latest SCA year? Maybe Scienceblog's Good Math, Bad Math website can help. The site explains the Roman numeral system and how to do calculations with them.

New work on early medieval sexuality

German Studies professor Albrecht Classen of the University of Arizona has published a new book consisting of "articles written by scholars and historians in disciplines that include sociology, literature, art, music, history, religion and spirituality" on the subject of sexuality in the early Middle Ages.

January 11th

10th century Viking ring found in Sedbergh, England

Two farmers digging in a muddy drainage channel were surprised to see the glint of gold recently and even more surprised to discover a 10th century CE gold Viking ring.

Art Wars at Atheneum II

Kenna reports that the upcoming Athenaeum II, which will take place April 17-19, 2009 in the Shire of Tor an Riogh (Kingdom of Gleann Abhann) will feature an Art War.

Early Highland Warror Clothing

Writer Jennifer Hudson Taylor discusses the medieval clothing worn by Scottish highlanders, citing research she conducted for an upcoming novel.

10th century Russian tabletweaving featured in "Archaeological Textiles Newsletter"

Ingvild of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that the December 2008 issue of the Archaeological Textiles Newsletter includes an article by Kirill Mikhailov, "New Finds of Viking Age Textiles in Ukraine and Russia" which discusses the 10th-century, brocaded, tabletwoven bands.

January 10th

Central Regional 12th Night photos online

Dietrich von Greyssen reports that he has posted an album of photos from Ansteorra's Central Regional 12th Night on his website.

Armored teddy

Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? How about a teddy bear for your sweetie, armored in chainmail? (photo)

Mystery of Stirling Castle medallions to be studied

As part of a UK£12M renovation of Scotland's Stirling Castle, historians plan to study 33 wooden carved medallions seeking to discover who the carvings depict and why they were carved.

Scottish reporter soaks up German history in Aachen

Take a tour of Aachen, Charlemagne's 8th century capital, with a reporter from the Inverness Courier, from the city's nasty-tasting hot spring water to Frederick Barbarossa's 12th century chandelier.

January 9th

Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for January 2009.

East Kingdom 12th Night date moved due to weather

Lady Rosamund d'Alwareton reports that the East Kingdom 12th Night event will be moved to January 17, 2009 due to predicted snow.

[OUT] Caer Galen Baronial Arts and Sciences

Caer Galen Baronial Arts and Sciences 24 January 2009 Barony of Caer Galen

[GLE] Regional Fighter Practice & Combat Arrow Construction Party

THL Mika'il al-Rashid (aka Dex) and I will be hosting another combat arrow construction party. Their Highness's have offered Broken Oaks in Seleone for this one. It will occur on Saturday January 24, 2009.

[AET] Tournament of the White Hart XIII

The Shire of Port Oasis invites all lovers and fighters to the Thirteenth Tournament of the White Hart being held this year on February 27th, 28th, and March 1st at the Cabell County 4-H Camp (6040 Booten Creek Rd, Barboursville, WV, 25504).

[DRA] Coronation Summer 2009

Hereby do we welcome all gentles of the known world to an occasion of festivities and happiness. We welcome all to a coronation that will be remembered and sung about for ages to come. We welcome you all to the summer coronation of 2009 "A Viking Saga".

[DRA] Feast of the Tower Hall

The Shire of Harpelstane invite you to spend a day in the life of your persona at a day long feast in the beautiful 15th Century Barley Hall in York.

[ATL] East/Atlantian Interkingdom Practice

Given the much renowned success of our first Interkingdom practice in October, we have been asked often and loudly for a sequel. This time, the practice will be closer to Atlantian borders held on 1/25/09 from Noon to 5pm in the shire of Caer-Adamant, who proudly offered to host the practice at their indoor practice site (which just happens to have an adjacent bar).

[EAS] East Kingdom Twelfth Night

As winter once again flows over the land, snow and ice engulf our kingdom. However, down in the valley, the people have gathered to celebrate Twelfth Night. Inspired by the arms of Her Highness, along with the usual Twelfth Night courts, there will be a masked ball with a blue and silver theme. As dancing many times gets lost at the end of the evening, our ball will be midafternoon, before court. For those more martially inclined, there will be fencing and fighting also available (fighters, in order to use the indoor space, we need to protect the gymnasium floor- please be prepared). And, if that was not enough to fill your day- there will always be merchants, dayboard, youth activities and, most important, socializing with friends.

2009: International Year of Natural Fibres

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome has declared 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres. Such natural fibers as cotton, wool, silk, jute and flax are being promoted for their efficiency and sustainability, and to "contribute to a greener planet."

January 9th

Boar's Head photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has posted photos from the recent Boar's Head event in the Kingdom of Northshield on her Flickr website.

Cooks create "Feast of the Centuries"

Mistress Huette, Dame Selene and Baroness Asakura no Mashi (Mercy the Potter) have created a blog for cooks called Feast of the Centuries, an "Historical Mission to share food goodness wherever possible."

Dagorhir on Wreckreation Nation

According to the Discovery Channel's website, the episode of Wreckreation Nation featuring Dagorhir is scheduled for January 20, 2009.

January 7th

Historical remnants drive design of Leicester shopping center

Remains of a 15th century church and a Roman townhouse have changed architectural plans for a UK£30 million, nine-storey, 2,000-space car park at the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester, England. The contemporary parking garage has been redesigned to protect the ancient treasures.

Mongolia-focused SCA group gains international attention

In New York, computer professional Luigi Kapaj has created the Silver Horde, a reenactment group focused on Mongolian culture within the SCA. The UB Post, an English-language newspaper in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, recently published a feature-length article about the group.

January 6th

Jarl Boleslav Ragnarsson to be knighted at Estrella XXV

Lady Kathryn reports that Jarl Boleslav Ragnarsson was offered admittance to the Order of the Chivalry by Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the Outlands at the recent al-Barran Midwinter event.