Archive - 2010

January 12th

Tarnmist Yule photos online

Zinaida the Horsegal reports that she has created an album of photos from Tarnmist Yule, which took place recently in the Kingdom of the West. The album is available to view on Flickr.

January 11th

Duchess Mary Grace of Gatland chosen as Mrs. Louisana International 2010

Nancy-Ellen Martin, known in the Society as Duchess Mary Grace of Gatland, 2nd, 4th and 7th Queen of Gleann Abhann, has been chosen as Mrs. Louisiana International for 2010.

January 10th

Renaissance portrait gallery highlights jewelry

Illusion Jewels, a retailer of medieval and renaissance jewelry, has created an online portrait gallery featuring classic paintings from the 15th - 17th centuries that feature jewelry.

Yule Toy Tourney photos on Psaltery Dreams website

The folks at Psaltery Dreams have posted photos from the Yule Toy Tourney, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Atlantia. The event raised money for Country Santa, and there were over 220 toys donated.

January 9th

Website offers detailed photos of Novgorod leather

From Legio Draconis: a website with photos of the amazingly-preserved leather from Novgorod, Russia including sheathes, pouches and incredibly, whole boots and shoes, dating to the 12th and 14th centuries.

Belles Heures to be displayed at the Cloisters

Beginning March 2, 2010, the Belles Heures (1405–1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a lavishly-illustrated manuscript, will be on display at the Cloisters Museum in New York. The unbound leaves will remain on display until June 13, 2010. (video)

January 8th

Sprang discussion group online

Franco Rios invites those interested in the textile art of sprang to visit the Sprang List Yahoo discussion group. New members to the list are moderated until determined to be on topic.

Cod, not elephants, brought down Greenland settlements

For the past ten years, Norse scholars have debated whether the breakdown in trade of walrus ivory brought down the Norse settlements in Greenland during the 15th century. In a new article, scholar Kirsten Seaver disputes the theory and offers her own: English cod fishing.

Guardian of the Gauntlet photos online

Lady Brenna MacDonald has created an album of photos from the recent Guardian of the Gauntlet event in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

January 7th

Brits balk at paying Henry's "Deer Tax"

500 years ago, merchants abutting Bushy Park in London were required to pay a "deer tax," a compensation for any deer which left the park. Today, the tax is still in effect and taxpayers are getting restless.

Boar's Head 2009 photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Northshield Kingdom Chronicler, and Elspeth O'Leary share photos and video from the recent Boar's Head 2009 event.

Laurel Office Request for Feedback on the Rules

Olwynn ni Chinneidigh, Laurel Queen of Arms of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and Juliana de Luna, Palimpsest Herald, are seeking feedback on policies and procedures for heraldic submissions within the SCA. Deadline in January 31, 2010.

January 6th

Lycanthropy and the Byzantines

Apparently the Byzantines had a werewolf problem, according to a new article by four scholars from the University of Athens. "Lycanthropy in Byzantine times ([CE] 330–1453)," looks at how doctors in the Empire dealt with patients who believed they were werewolves.

SCA Afghanistan discussion list

By long tradition, members of the SCA have served overseas in the military. For those currently serving in Afghanistan, a Yahoo Groups discussion list has been created.

Dancing and revelry in Rhydderich Hael

Lord Gyles de Blair has created a wonderful video highlighting the dancing and activities at the Masked Ball event in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The event took place December 5, 2009.

January 5th

Wikiversity offers chainmail tutorial

Catherine de Winter of the Kingdom of Caid reports that Wikipedia has a new section called Wikiversity, focusing on "experiential learning." One of the entries offered is a tutorial on making chainmail.

Gleann Abhann's Crown List X photos online

Barbara Sterling, Historian for the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, reports that her photos from the recent Crown List X, which took place November 14, 2009, are now available to view online.

January 4th

Grammar of medieval and early-modern Greek subject of major study

A major multi-year study, five years underway, seeks to provide the first detailed grammar of the 3400-year-old Greek language as it evolved from 1100 to 1700 CE.

Small Gatherings Enhance the Celtic Flame in North America

Dikran Aivazian of the Kingdom of An Tir reports on the creation of a Celtic bardic association in the western United States and Canada.

January 3rd

A&S photos and dance videos from St. Eligius online

Broom reports that he has created an album of photos of A&S entries from the recent St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Schola and Competition which took place in the Kingdom of the East. He also has posted videos of performance entries.

Insulae Draconis First Coronet Commemorative Mugs and Clothing available

Pól ÓBriain, Insulae Draconis Exchequer, reports that several items commemorating the new Principality to be created February 20, 2010 will be available for purchase.

January 2nd

[AET] Shire of Heronter 12th Night

Join the Shire in its annual 12th Night celebration being held at the First Presbyterian Church. Don your best garb and raise your banner in the main hall.

[ANT] Midwinter's Feast

The Barony of Adiantum cordially invites you to our Midwinter's Feast and Artisan's Social! We have invited artisans from throughout the Summits (and beyond) to do what they do best—show us what they do! Come and enjoy their company and partake of their knowledge.

[ATL] Midwinter's Tale

As the cold winds blow, make your way south to slightly warmer lands and join us for a day celebrating those who inspire the ones who protect our fair Kingdom of Atlantia.

[ATE] Tri-Baronial Archery Tournament

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd annual Tri-Baronial Tournament will take place on January 17, 2010 at 9 AM at El Oso Park. Come test your skills against the finest archers in the Baronies of Atenveldt, Sun Dragon, and Twin Moons.

[AET] Combat Symposium III

Brace your selves for a combat extravaganza of heavy combat and fencing that will blow your mind. Bring your sword and armor for a day of teaching and learning. Classes will be hands on and catered to the students in attendance. Those without armor, fear not: there will be a place for hands-on help building armor, hopefully with enough time to finish before Sunday's regional fight practice. There will also be an armor garage sale, so bring the extra armor you have just lying around, slap a price tag on it and see if you can get someone else to take it home!

[ATE] Granite Mountains Northern War Practice

To Arms, To Arms!! All fighters of the Glorious Kingdom of Atenveldt pray attend. The Last Official Kingdom Fighter Practice before Estrella War is here!! Come join us in the Cool Pine Mountains of the Shire of Granite Mountain as we prepare to defend Their Royal Majesties honor, and win glory for the Kingdom of Atenveldt!! All Fighters are encouraged to attend Their Royal Majesties as we perfect our fighting skills on the field of battle to defeat our foes.

[AET] Second Emprise of the Amethyst

Throughout history, Noble Men-at-Arms have sought to earn Reknown. Gathered together on the Twenty-third day of January, AS 44 in the Shire of Stormsport comes just such an opportunity.

[ATE] Southern War Practice

Atenveldt, your King calls you to war! Join the southern Baronies as they gather to prepare for the coming Estrella War.

[ATE] Lady Muirenn's Memorial Gauntlet Archery Shoot

As War Practice Looms Near, let it be known to the Kingdom of Atenveldt that the privilege of carrying the Memorial Gauntlet for the year is once again at hand. As per Kingdom Rules, this tournament is held during War Practice and thus hereby the time and place as 9:30 a.m. (set up will start at 9am.)