Archive - Nov 2011

November 25th

[ART] Yule Revel and Tourney

Your fair cousins in the Shire of Stan Wyrm invite you to join us at our Yule Revel and Tourney for St. Nicholas. It will be held December 3, 2011 at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. 600 3rd Ave., N, Great Falls, MT.

[LOC] Mid-Summer Fools Revel

Abertridwr presents Mid-Summer Fools Revel

[LOC] Harvest Feast

A Harvest Feast will be held to honour Baronial Champions past and Present. Fighters of the kingdom are invited to contest for the positions of River Haven Baronial Champion in Heavy, Rapier and Archery.

ShadowCon XVI

Winter is coming!! Who wants to fight in the cold? What if you could play in the warmth for a whole weekend? And besides, what is there to do right after New Year's?

[NOR] Twelfth Night

The Shire of Schattentor will be hosting Twelfth Night celebration on January 7, 2012.  The theme of the occasion is Feasting, Frolicking, and Fools.

[LOC] Newcomers' Feast

A feast to welcome the Newcomers to the Colleges of Saint Basil the Great and Saint Lazarus. Come and experience the food and festivities of the Medieval and Renaissance era.

[ATE] Northern Yule

The Holly King reigns over our land as the fading light struggles to shine upon a snow whitened landscape. At the base of Granite Mountain there is a great and enchanted forest, the bare branches bedecked in brilliant diamonds of ice twinkling in the starry night.

[OUT] Santa Lucia

When the nights are long and dark, the Barony of al-Barran invites you to join us in our celebration of the Festival of Lights to brighten your spirits and get you ready for the holiday season.

First church in Peru found

Peruvian and Spanish archaeologists recently used historical documents from an archive in Spain to help locate the site of Peru's oldest Roman Catholic church near Piura on the country's northern coast. The church was built in 1534.

November 24th

"Mysterious" Silk Road city found

Chinese archaeologists believe they have discovered evidence of an important Silk Road city which disappeared in the 3rd century CE.

Legacy of Lions photos online

Lady Sara de la Val reports that she has created an album of photos from Legacy of Lions which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

Archaeologists apply for funding at West Cumbrian site

A team of archaeologists led by Grampus Heritage has applied for UK£200,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery for a three-year project to escavate Roman remains at Cockermouth and Papcastle in West Cumbria, England where a building thought to be a Roman bath was recently discovered.

November 23rd

Gatalop photos online

Danielle and Aranwen of Willow Ford report that they have created an album of photos from Gatalop which took place recently in the Kingdom of Meridies. The photos are available on SmugMug and Facebook (public).

The Story of Beowulf

See Rathflaed, the Black Bard of Meridies, (Stephen Melvin) tell the tale of Beowulf in storybook fashion on YouTube. Click, click, click. The slightly-adult audio version of the book is read by the author.

SCAdians hope to send team to Battle of the Nations

Max Von Halstern has a dream: to send Team USA to take part in Battle of the Nations, "the full-contact, extremely authentic medieval martial arts tournament held in the Ukraine." A discussion is taking place on Facebook.

Farewell to Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey, noted science fiction and fantasy author, died Monday evening, leaving behind a legacy of some of the best-loved SF/fantasy novels. She is most famous for her Dragon Riders of Pern novel, and the series that followed, blending the two genres. She was 85 years old.

November 22nd

Caltontir Fall Festival photos online

Cathus reports that he has created an album of photos from Fall Festival which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Flickr.

Viking sunstone may no longer be the stuff of legend

According to Hrafns Saga in the 13th century, the mighty king used a sunstone to navigate in cloudy weather. This is one of several texts that list such artifacts as among the legendary Norse seafaring abilities. New research suggests that the sunstone may be a real navigational tool.

Fibonacci: How numbers helped shape the development of modern Western Europe

In 1202, life in western Europe was changed by the publication of Liber abbaci, a book by Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci, the first general-purpose book of arithmetic in the West, which "explained the 'new' methods in terms understandable to ordinary people."

Crusader inscription found in Arabic

A 13th century inscription written in Arabic has been translated and found to be a proclamation by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. The inscription is thought to originally be from a wall in Jaffa, Israel. The inscription is the only known example of its kind.

November 21st

Restoration of Newcastle's Black Gate planned

In the 13th century, Henry III built the Black Gate at Newcastle, England's castle to help beef up the defenses of the City. Now the City Council has been awarded UK£1.4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the site available to the public.

The story of the English language - in 10 funny sessions

Attention linguists! Prepare for your tutorial on the History of the English Language as presented by OpenLearn. The ten one-minute video sessions are narrated by Clive Anderson and illustrated by animated line drawings. Get your pencils - and senses of humor - ready.

[MID] On the Road with Saint Nicholas

The Marche of Gwyntarian presents: On the Road with Saint Nicholas

Midrealm Fall 2011 Coronation photos online

Tarmach ben Yehuda al-Khazar reports that he has posted several albums of photos from TRM Eikbrandr and Runa which took place October 15, 2011 in the Middle Kingdom. The photos are available on Shutterfly.

Toowoomba meets the Middle Ages

"Ralph Picton loves to dress up, play swords, eat with his hands and learn about the lords and ladies of days gone by," writes Megan Masters in a piece for the Toowoomba Chronicle (Queensland, Australia) about one of the members of the local SCA group. (photos)

November 20th

Nigg Old Trust to receive grant for conservation of Pictish stone

"It seems always to have stood in the churchyard at Nigg," said Liz Budge, of Nigg Old Trust about an intricately carved Pictish stone in Easter Ross, Scotland. The Nigg Old Trust has recently received a funding package of UK£178,000 for conservation and display. (photo)

Knight learns lesson in 14th century ghost story

On the blog Puremedievalry, Sirthopas, a graduate student at Trinity College in Dublin, has posted a 14th century ghost story - in Middle English. Fortunately, he also includes his translation.

Two offered Laurels in AEthelmearc

Maistir Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, reports that at Their Court in the Barony of Saint Swithin's Bog, Their Majesties Isenwulf and Rosalinda offered elevation to the Peerage to two of Their subjects.

November 19th

Oswyn and Isabella named Baron and Baroness of Southron Gaard

Their Majesties Cornelius and Elizabeth of the Kingdom of Lochac have announced that Lord Oswyn and Mistress Isabella Marie will be the new Baron and Baroness of Southron Gaard.

Metal detectorist finds Tudor wedding ring

An inscribed woman's wedding ring, believed to date to the Tudor period, has been found by a metal detectorist in Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire, England. The inscription on the gold ring is unreadable.