Archive - Jul 2010

July 11th

Blackfox winners announced

Herr Otto von Schwyz, Society Chronicler, has announced the winners of the William Blackfox Awards for A.S. XLIV. The awards are given for excellence in chroniclering, writing and the creation of newsletters.

Morwenna Trevethan to be elevated to Pelican at Pennsic

Lord Andreas de Caunteton reports that Baroness Morwenna Trevethan of the Kingdom of Atlantia has been placed on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican for her many years of service as a Chirurgeon.

Lilies War 2010 photos online

Séaghdha mac Roibeaird and Vilhelm Lich have created albums of photos from Lilies War 2010 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Midrealmer semi-finalist in modern equestrian contest -- needs our help to win!

THL Serena Kimbalwyke (Sheri Israel) is a semi-finalist in a contest to be named web correspondent for the upcoming World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. SCA members can help by casting a vote for her online, and the deadline is July 12.

Finding jousts, research and feasts in Lochac

In December 2009, Viscountess Mistress Caristiona nic Beathain, of the Barony of Rowany in Lochac spoke with reporter Melissa Davey of the Northern District Times about Her Excellency's love for the Middle Ages and the SCA. (photo)

July 10th

York Museums create history website

The York Museum's Trust Project has created a website dedicated to the history of York, England from the 1st century through the 20h century.

[MER] July Feast

The Shire of Thorngill is proud once again to present July Feast

Fool loses head in Washington

Ah, the beleaguered life of the fool! The Onion reports that "Motley, the official White House Jester, was beheaded Tuesday after delivering a poorly received jape about the spiraling national debt before President and Mrs. Obama."

[CAL] Tournament of the Virgin’s Breasts

Come join the Barony of Forgotten Sea for a weekend of tournaments, A&S classes, competitions, feasting and revelry – all for a very good cause.  All event proceeds for the weekend will go to the Susan G. Komen foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

[ATL] Silver Chalice XVIII

In Hidden Mountain, we are celebrating! Join us for an exciting weekend of fighting, feasting and revelry as we celebrate the 18th Silver Chalice!

[ATL] Flight of the Falcon

Come One, Come All! All Newcomers all day! Come share the experience of showing a newcomer what we are all about!

12th century Seitas studied in Finland

A team of archaeologists from the University of Oulu in Finland is studying seitas, sacred places of the indigenous Sámi people, some dating to the 12th century.

Tournaments Illuminated seeks metal-working articles

Tournaments Illuminated Editor, Mistress Doria Tecla, is requesting submission of articles dealing with the field of metal working for the Fourth Quarter (2010) issue of the publication.

July 9th

West Kingdom Tourney and A&S photos online

Miyake Nobuhiro reports that he has created several albums of photos from the recent June 2010 Crown Tournament and A&S Tournament in the Kingdom of the West. The photos are available on Flickr.

Skill of Atenveldt scribes showcased online

Dame Jennifer Trethewy, Signet for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, reports that the Aten Scribes website has been updated with many new scrolls. The photos are available on Photobucket.

Confirmed as Tintoretto, painting still baffles scholars

When the National Trust took over the Kingston Lacy mansion, the filthy old painting on the wall could not be identified. Now, after cleaning, the painting is confirmed as the work of Renaissance master Tintoretto, but art historians aren't sure who the allegorical figures in the picture are meant to represent.

July 8th

Have you read the Magna Carta?

Have you read the Magna Carta? Most people haven't, but now, according to Britton Morgan of Atlantia, a translation is available online at the National Archives website.


The THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL RED TOWER TOURNAMENT will be held during September 17-19, 2010 and hosted by the Barony of the South Downs, the SCA group based in metro Atlanta, GA.

Wasaga under Siege 2010

Wasaga under Siege – “A War of 1812 Experience” Nancy Island Historic Site, Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada July 23rd, 24th, 25th/2010

New insights into St. Augustine's central plaza

Archaeologists digging at the Plaza de la Constitucion in St. Augustine, Florida, are finding that the plaza is different than the plans authorized by the King of Spain in the late 1500's.

[GLE] Aphar Faire

Shire Lagerdamm wishes to invite you and yours to attend this year's joint Aphar Faire 2010: Southern Style and Kingdom Live Weapons on the weekend of August 13-15, 2010 to be located at the scenic Camp Robinson Special Use area in Conway, AR! 

[ANT] AnTir September Crown

The Barony of Glymm Mere and the Shire of Fire Mountain Keep are proud to host September Crown 2010. Please Join Their Majesties to witness the selection of their heirs at this grand tournament to be held September 3 to September 6, 2010.

Aztec exhibition opens as archaeologists seek royal tomb

Archaeologists working on an excavation in downtown Mexico City think they are on the brink of discovering the first Aztec royal tomb ever found. Meanwhile, objects from the dig are on display at "Moctezuma II: Times and Destiny of a Ruler" at the Templo Mayor Museum.

Pennsic University requires adult supervision of minors attending classes

Mistress Chai’usun, Deputy Mayor for Cultural Affairs, PW 39, announced on July 6 that anyone under age 18 will need to be accompanied by "a responsible adult designated by the the parent" when attending classes in Pennsic A&S tents.

July 7th

"Learning by doing" in Northshield

“This is for those of us who are history geeks,” said Jennifer Carlson during a recent event in the Kingdom of Northshield. “We want to know what did they wear, what did they eat, how would they camp. And we want to learn by doing." John Krerowicz of the Kenosha (Wisconsin) News has the story. (photos)

"Suburban Knights" photos feature SCA models

Photographs from E.F. Kitchen's new book, Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages, will be on display at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York beginning July 14. Kitchen will also sign copies of the book at Pennsic 39, and her work will be reviewed in the Pennsic Independent.

Shell analysis confirms early Virginia accounts

An analysis of oyster shells thrown away by colonists in Jamestown, Virginia, indicates that historical accounts of a severe drought in 1611-1612 are correct. The shells show that the James River was much saltier during those years than in the present day, indicating lower rainfall.

July 6th

AEthelmearc War Practice Court photos online

Master Broom reports that he has created an album of photos from Royal Court at AEthelmearc War Practice which took place in May 2010.

Pillars of the Earth to premiere July 23, 2010

A mini-series based on the novel Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, will premiere on Starz July 23, 2010.

Mounties learn from the SCA

Everyone knows that SCA members are always glad to help. In 2003, SCA members in British Columbia, Canada helped the RCMP riot squad train in crowd-handling techniques. (photos)