Archive - Apr 2009

April 12th

Minas Tirith... in all its crunchy goodness

In the category of having too much time on your hands comes this story from the Miss(ed) Manners blog: Dave and his brothers have created a scale model of the Battle of Pelennor Fields from The Lord of the Rings in candy!

Alden and Constantina: Heirs to the West

Megan reports that, at the March 21, 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West, Duke Alden of Wolverton defeated Duke Connor to become Heir to the Throne of the West.

April 11th

SCA members make ready for Santiago Pilgrimage

Medieval re-enactment is afoot in Drachenwald in the form of a plan to take part in the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela "using as medieval gear as possible," an endeavor in the footsteps of thousands of medieval pilgrims.

Tournament of the Nerf

You've heard all the warnings from your mother: "Don't hit your brothers with a stick!" "Stop swinging that sword around in the house." Well, now you can! Nerf has created the N-Force sword: sturdy enough to be fun, but harmless enough to not do any real damage. ARS Technica has a review.

April 10th

[MID] Coronation of Eikbrandr and Runa

The Barony of the Cleftlands invites you to celebrate the renewal of the Dragon Throne, the Coronation of Eikbrandr and Runa.

[ATE] Wasteland Games

As the warm dry winds gently blow across the high desert wasteland…….ok so maybe they are gusting but that will not stop the Shire of Windale from preparing for Wasteland Games.

[LOC] King Salamander Camping Event

King Salamander Camping Event - Torlyon - May 29th-31st 2009. Help us say goodbye to autumn and prepare for winter.

[ART] Middle Eastern War

Join us among the fantastic red rocks of Southern Utah as we celebrate the Medieval Middle East.

[AET] Regional Fight Practice and Demonstration

A Regional Fight Practice and Demonstration will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 1pm until 5pm at Reynolds Jr/Sr High School. The Shires of Riversedge and Hunter's Home will jointly sponsor this day. There will be no cost to anyone and the public will be invited to watch and learn.

Ritchyrd McUath elevated to Pelican in Atenveldt

At the recent Mixed Weapons War 2009, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atenveldt elevated Ritchyrd McUath to the Order of the Pelican.

[MID] Brendokenfest 2009

The Barony of Brendoken cordially invites you to attend Brendokenfest 2009, to be held April 25 at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds in Dover, Ohio.

[ATE] Champions in the Pines

BACK BY POPURLAR DEMAND!!! After a great turn out last year we are looking forward to another great Champion's this year.

[ATL] Out of the Darkness

A call to all Archers!!! Get ready to come Out of the Darkness and into Spring with the Canton of Sudentorre, April 25th 2009.

[AET] Melee Madness

Madness in the form of battle fever has once again descended upon the Barony of Endless Hills! The Spanish Inquisition is upon us!

"A Yorkshire Tragedy" added to Shakespeare's works?

British academic John Casson believes that he has discovered previously unrecognized works by Williams Shakespeare. Included in these are a poem, a comedy, and his first two tragedies. Casson also claims to have proof of Shakespeare's authorship of the "lost play" Cardenio.

3 legs beat 4 in Caid

Remember the fun of the 3-legged race at summer camp? Well, maybe it wasn't all that fun, but it is fun when the contestants are in armor, as can be seen in a video from the Gyldenholt/Califia friendship tourney on March 14th, 2009.

April 9th

Galileo's telescope travels to th U.S.

For the first time, one of Galileo's telescopes has left Florence to be part of an exhibit in the United States. according to Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the 400-year-old telescope, which bears an inscription in the astronomer's handwriting, is “absolutely amazing.”

Earthquake takes lives, damages treasures in central Italy

Tragedy struck central Italy April 7 when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake toppled ancient and modern buildings in the medieval city of L’Aquila. Over 200 people lost their lives, and the earthquake damaged nearly all the historic buildings of the town. (video)

Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire will present its annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 24-25, 2009. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Carole Levin, author of Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture.

April 8th

SCAtoday.net Editor to be Honored with Peerage

On April 4, at the Grand Tournament of the Unicorn in the Midrealm Barony of Flaming Gryphon, Their Majesties Ullr and AnneLyse placed Milica of Varna, Editor-in-Chief of SCAtoday.net, on vigil for elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Sternfeld's Baron Receives Surprise Elevation to Pelicanate

Torquil MacGillavrey, Baron of Sternfeld, was placed on vigil for entrance to the Order of the Pelican at morning court on April 4 at the Grand Tournament of the Unicorn in the Middle Kingdom. He served his vigil that day and was elevated the same evening.

Duke Dag Thorgrimsson elevated to Order of the Pelican

His Grace Dag Thorgrimmsson was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on April 4 in the Shire of the Unicorn, Middle Kingdom, in morning court. Already a member of the Chivalry, Duke Dag has reigned five times as King of the Midrealm.

Northern Oaken A&S photos online

Lady Elizabethe Alles, Minister of Youth for the Oaken Region in the Midrealm, shares her photos from the Northern Oaken Arts & Sciences Faire which took place march 28, 2009 in the Marche of Alderford (Canton, Ohio).

Easter eggs: the natural way

Looking to use more natural products in your holiday celebrations? Consider using natural dyes for this year's Easter eggs. About.com: Chemistry has the information.

April 7th

Tunnel network found under Malta's capital

A series of tunnels, believed to have been constructed by the Knights of Malta, descendants of the Crusader knights, have been discovered beneath the Maltese capital of Valletta. Experts believe that the tunnels were built in the 16th or 17th centuries in defense of the city from Muslim attack.

New book on Tudor men's garb announced

Fat Goose Press has announced the recent publication of a new book on men's garb at the time of King Henry VIII. The book, The King's Servants: Men's Dress at the Accession of Henry VIII, was authored by Caroline Johnson.

College of King's Lake formally announced

At Crown Tourney, in the fair Shire of Thamesreach, their Excellencies, Dafydd and Chiara, Viceroy and Vicereine of Insulae Draconis formally announced the creation of the College of King's Lake.

[DRA] Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

The idea is to make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela using as medieval gear as possible. In short, our " frame of reference" is romantic history as seen by the SCA. The trip will take a minumum of seven days, we will walk approximately 150 kilometers and this will cost (approximately) from 200€ to 500€ (depending how much you have to fly).

[ANS] Conflict at the Faire

Celebrate 30 Years of the White Scarf in the SCA at its Birthplace as the Baronies of Stargate & Loch Soillier host Conflict at the Faire or "Should Ramy Owe for what Ewely Et"?

Face of Mary Rose's bosun revealed

Forensic artist Richard Neave has reconstructed the face of the bosun of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship sunk over 400 years ago. The head was constructed from a skull recovered from the sunken ship and identified by the whistle found with his remains. (photo)