Archive - 2010

Battle cries in Cornerstone Park

Melee combat was the plan for the day at a recent fighter practice in Cornerstone Park as members of the local SCA group gathered to fight and socialize. Tom Munds of the Littleton (Colorado) Independent visited the park to learn more. (photos)

Kraé Glas achieves baronial status

Lord Yves de Lyle, Seneschal for the Shire of Kraé Glas, reports that Their Majesties, King Edmund and Queen Leonore of Lochac have announced that the shire has fulfilled all the necessary conditions to become a barony.

Gulf Wars XX registration now open

Duchess Mary Grace of Gatland, Co-Autocrat Gulf Wars XX, reports that registration for Gulf Wars XX is now open.

December 30th

Curator's favorites from British Museum online

James Robinson, Curator of of Late Medieval Collections at the British Museum, shares photos and information on some of his favorite pieces on the International Center for Medieval Art's online exhibition.

Objets d'Art documented at the Art Institute of Chicago

In October 2010, Rohesia Anven of Thessalonica, from the Kingdom of Atlantia, visited the Art Institute of Chicago and documented many of the museum's period objects in an amazing collection of photographs. Her album is available on Picasaweb.

In praise of the mushroom

On the Coquinaria website, Christianne Muusers shares knowledge and recipes pertaining to the use of mushrooms in the Middle Ages.

December 29th

Piffaro explains medieval wind instruments

On their website, the early music group Piffaro offers a wonderful video demonstration of renaissance wind instruments.

Dancing horses

Do you appreciate the beauty of equestrian dressage? If so, you will want to view a brief video of incredible horsemanship on YouTube. Some of the moves, including the "Airs Above the Ground" shown at the conclusion of the film, are holdovers from medieval war techniques.

Determining the date of Christmas

For many centuries, western Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, while those of the Eastern Orthodox faiths have celebrated it a week later. How did experts determine the date? Andrew McGowan of Biblical Archaeology Review has some answers.

December 28th

Rock solid homes

Looking for cozy a home with climate control where you never have to fix the roof? Try a cave! This article discusses 10 residential cave complexes, several originating in the 12th-13th centuries.

Website covers opening of tomb of Tycho Brahe

Aarhus University has created an extensive website covering the 2010 opening of the tomb of 16th century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. The site includes photos and video about the project.

Historic occupations as surnames

Those searching for period names may wish to visit the Rootsweb website, which includes an extensive list of period occupations with descriptions, many of which have become surnames.

December 27th

[LOC] November Crown 2011

House Radburne will be hosting November Crown 2011 in the far western reaches of the Barony of Rowany from the 4th to 6th November 2011.

The theme will be Lochac (red, white and blue).

Steward: Katrijn van Delden katrijn.van.delden@gmail.com

Friday 4th November
Site opens at 12pm for camping set up

[MID] Winter Dance & Game Revel

Dance & Game Revel held on February 26, 2011 in Fairport Harbor, OH. This gala event will feature all of your favorite dances, period games, food and fun! Bring cordials, mead and other brews to enjoy with friends during the festivities and games to play until the wee hours of the morning.

[ATE] Granite Mountain Baronial Investiture

Granite Mountain has been hammering and forging for 3 long years.and now our dream is about to come true!!! Please come and celebrate with us as we end the journey of Shire and embark on a new and greater journey as Atenveldt's newest Barony!!

[GLE] Winter Wonders XXV

As winter settles across the land come join us for a celebration of 25 years of this glorious event. Tourneys abound, with a torchlight bridesmaid tourney Friday night, a TOC qualifier, and a warlord tourney on Saturday.

[GLE] Newbie Collegium 2011

Rumors of illness have begun to spread throughout the fair Kingdom of Gleann Abhann -- whispers of a plague most foul. The Shire of Lagerdamm offers sanctuary from this rumored plague to all good gentles who seek it, as well as an invitation to join us for this next Newbie Collegium 2011.

[ANS] Crown Tournament

Unto the populace of Ansteorra do Their Royal Majesties Ulsted and Ebergardis invite you to Crown Tournament at Castleton January 15, 2011  in the Barony of Bryn Gwlad

Site Information
Site Opens: Friday the January 14  at 6pm
Site Closes: Sunday January 16 at 12 Noon.
Gate fees: Adults $10.00 Youth ( 12-17) $5
Family Max $30

National Historical Swordsmanship Convention 2011

The NATIONAL HISTORICAL SWORDSMANSHIP CONVENTION (NHSC, pronounced "Nisk") is a 3-day special event that brings top level instruction in early-Renaissance European swordsmanship to fencers of all experience levels. NHSC will provide an integrated, focused approach that will take your historical fencing to the next level.

Gwenhwyfar Yweinon newest Pelican in Atlantia

Evan da Collaureo, Sackbut Herald for the Kingdom of Atlantia, reports that at Her recent Holiday Faire, Her Majesty Brianna placed Lady Gwenhwyfar Yweinon vigil to contemplate elevation to the order of the Pelican.

[MID] Better War Through Archery

The Barony of Sternfeld is proud to present... Better War Through Archery Saturday, January 29, 2010

[CAL] Calontir’s Fifty-Fifth Crown Tournament

One of the most important tasks set before the Crown is the establishment of a secure line of succession, thus assuring the peaceful transition of power in the event of the untimely demise of our Beloved King and Queen. The ancient and noble traditions of our Society call for the Successors to be chosen by Combat, and the Crown Tournament is the chosen vehicle for this Rite.

[EAS] A Shire Twelve Night 1078

The year comes to a close here in the small demense of Fair Haven Hall. Travelers and subjects of the manor make the trek to the small Northumbrian hamlet to spend the final day of the Christmastide in music dance, games, merriment and a camaraderie little seen outside the immense oaken doors of the picturesque hall.

[WES] New Year's Eve

Looking for something to do on New Year's Eve? Everyone is welcome to The Baronial Keep in Selviergard. We shall open our home for games, bardic, food, fighting, and whatever else we may think to do.

Medieval chess

On her website, Hamill Indexing, Carol Hamill shares extensive information about the history and play of medieval chess from its origins in India and Persia to its western medieval forms.

Papyrus manuscripts offer glimpse of "ordinary life at the dawn of Islam"

Scholars have debated the existence of the Prophet Muhammad, but Petra Sijpesteijn, professor of Arabic language and culture at Leiden University, believes proof exists on Egyptian papyrus manuscripts.

December 26th

13th century flood wall in England to be repaired

In a move that could only embarrass the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a government agency in England has ordered repairs to a river levy that has started to fail...after 800 years.

Pieta model found in moldy box?

Most people would not have given a second look to the junk in a moldy box in an antique shop, certainly not a small terracotta statue covered in paint and scotch tape. But an Italian art collector did look a second time and may have discovered the model for Michelangelo's Pieta. (photos)

December 25th

Camaraderie: best thing about the SCA

"Chivalry is a big part of the club.," Shire of Darkstone (Kingdom of Northshield) member Will Lulham said recently in an interview with Madison Carlson of the Ashland, Wisconsin Daily Press. "There is a lot less drama than you might find in other clubs." (photo)

Shava's photos from Boar's Head

Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, shares photos and memories from Boar's Head which took place recently in the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr.