Archive - Nov 2010

November 15th

Hrefna karsefni to blog hints for SCAdians

20-year SCA veteran Hrefna karsefni reports that she has created a blog to discuss helpful hints for SCAdians.

Renaissance corset on a budget

On her blog Geek Mom, Natania Barron shares her design for a Renaissance-style corset using bamboo brush mats and thrift store fabric - all for under US$20! (photo)

Sumptuary laws plagued Renaissance bankers

"Our state is less strong because money which should navigate and multiply lies dead, converted into vanities,"  said the rulers of Venice, who enforced laws designed to curb the spending habits of the rich. These sumptuary laws are the subject of an article by Sarah Dunant on the BBC News Magazine blog.

"How to History" offers video tutorials for the historic arts

The website How to History offers a divers series of videos that teach a variety of medieval crafts of use to re-enactors.

November 14th

Henry III Fine Roles give insight into 13th century society

During the reign of King Henry III (1216–1272), fines were paid to the king in installments, in exchange for a specified concession. Now these roles are available to view online thanks to the Henry III Fine Roles Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Norfolk frescoes chronicle medieval past

The discovery of medieval frescoes during repairs to a crumbling English country church has given experts a glimpse in the village's medieval past. The wall paintings at St Mary's at Houghton-on-the-Hill date to around the 12th century.

Blitz reveals history of London's Charterhouse

A combination of Word War II blitz raids and centuries of urban renewal have wrought havoc on the 14th century medieval structures contained in London's Charterhouse. Some of the remaining medieval construction is detailed in a new book The Charterhouse (Yale, UK£80).

Trees threaten Roman wall in St. Albans

Sycamore trees are the culprits in damage done to the historic Roman wall in St. Albans, England. Built in the 3rd century, the wall is what remains of a five metres high and three metres wide wall, circling the city, with a walkway on top. (photo)

November 13th

Horse archery making comback in Europe

Horse archery is a sport appreciated by only a few, but its popularity is gaining strength in England which now holds a national championship.

Medieval beadwork research online

On her blog, medievalbeadwork, Roxelana Bramante (Jonalee A. Crabb) shares her research regarding the origins of medieval beaded flowers.

Rarely-seen 9th century carpet mosaic displayed briefly in Jericho

In honor of the 10,000th birthday of the city of Jericho, officials gave visitors a rare glimpse of a 1,200-year-old carpet mosaic measuring nearly 900 square meters (9,700 square feet) which once graced the floor of the main bath house of an Islamic palace. (photo)

John Stow's history of London online

The Centre for Metropolitan History has made available the 1603 edition of John Stow's A Survey of London, edited by C. L. Kingsford. The work chronciles the history of the city from the 13th through the 16th centuries.

November 12th

Time is Running Out for SCA Census

The SCA 2010 Census Committee reminds SCA members that December 1, 2010 is the deadline for filling out the SCA Census.

[WES] St. Stephan's Day

St. Stephan's Day celebration in the Shire of Pavlok Gorod!! This event will be held December 30, 2010 from 4-8pm at Mistress Tama's home.

[LOC] Borderwar XIII

Bordescros sends out the challenge to join our Shire in fighting, feasting and the arts and sciences at Borderwar XIII.

[OUT] Blaiddwyn Toys for Tots Event

The College of Blaiddwyn presents Blaiddwyn Toys for Tots Event Friday November 19, 2010. Gate opens at 7:30 PM dancing ends at 11:30 PM University of New Mexico, Student Union Building.

[ATE] Tavern Tourney

Oyez! Oyez! All good gentles are invited to join as Saxons battle Normans for the right to rule (well there will be prizes anyway.) Do not fear the appearance of the monster Boredom as ALL our talented gentles will have a way to help win the day for Norman rule, or Saxon (to be fair.)

[ATE] Northern Yule

Ever wonder what a 16th century Banquet might have been like? Then don your best late period garb on Saturday December 11th, 2010 for this indoor Yule event. Or, come as you will, but in SCA appropriate garb.

[CAL] Twelfth Night 2011

The Barony of the Lonely Tower wishes to invite you to our Twelfth Night Celebration, "1066: Huscarls Prepare For Battle!" on January 8, 2011, from 9am to 9pm.

[ART] Masked Ball

As mid-winter approaches, come celebrate the coming Spring, pause to revel before the impending war in the Southwest, and enjoy the Deutsch Leitmotiv (German Themed) Masked Ball in the Barony of Arn Hold.

[WES] 12th Night Feast

Greetings unto the wonderful populace of Battle Rock and the Far West. We would like to welcome you out to our 12th night Feast to be held at the Kadena (Japan) USO on the 8th of January, 2011. The time of the event will be announced shortly.

[WES] Golden Rivers Anniversary Banquet

But the weekend before Rivenoak's Yule is the Golden Rivers Anniversary Banquet. The theme for the food this year is a tour of the British Isles.

[ATE] Kingdom War Practice

Estrella War is just weeks away. Bring your weaponry, skills, and courage to the Kingdom War Practice on Sunday, January 2, 2011. Site opens at 9:00am and closes at dusk.

Site Fee: Attendance is free. You will still need to check in at Troll to sign the usual waivers.

[EAL] Winter War 14

The winter months are upon us again. The Pennsic war drums have faded in the distance, and we have contented ourselves with counting our spoils in front of our warm hearth fires. Remember though… somewhere, right now, someone is training harder than you.

[MID] Festival of Maidens XXXVIII

The Shire of Würmwald cordially invites you to spend a day of fun, frivolity and fighting.

[MID] Christmas Tourney XXXIX

Barony of the Flame presents Christmas Tourney XXXIX on December 4th, 2010. Once again, it's time to gather up toys and coats for the Baron's toy tourney. This year, we'll be at a new site, with lots of space for plenty of activities.

Revised edition of "Known World Handbook" available

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board, has announced that the 2010 edition of the Known World Handbook, a compendium of articles about many aspects of the historical and the current Middle Ages, is now available for purchase from the SCA Inc. Stock Clerk.

[WES] Rivenoak Yule

The Barony of Rivenoak presents our annual Yule Feast on December 4, 2010. We welcome most warmly the populace of our glorious Kingdom back into Rivenoak Keep.

Duke Michael of Bedford winner of Fall 2010 Crown Touney in Atlantia

Baroness Bianca the Inquisitive reports that Duke Michael of Bedford was the victor of the November 6, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

East Kingdom Fall 2010 Crown Tourney photos online

Cateline la broderesse reoirts that she has created an album of photos from the October 23, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.