Archive - Jan 2011

January 26th

[CAI] Caid Spring Crown

The time approaches when brave fighters and gracious consorts ready themselves for noble and glorious combat, aspiring to achieve the Crown and Throne of Caid. To this end, the Barony of Calafia welcomes all to bear witness and enjoy a day of pageantry and splendor on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Please come spend this historical day with us as we seek the heirs to the throne who will represent our fair kingdom at Pennsic XL!

12th Night is a "time lapse" for Oregon SCA members

Lauren Fox of the Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) recently visted the Kingdom of An Tir's Twelfth Night event and spoke to a number of attendees, including longtime member Pam Perryman, about their experiences in the SCA.

Living the life medieval in a Pennsylvania castle

Twelve years after they were married, SCA members Cara McCandless and Barton Branstetter decided to translate their memories of England into a medieval home of their own. Gretchen McKay, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, visted the castle and interviewed the couple. (photos)

Celtic treasure unearthed in Germany

Archaeologists have found gold and amber jewelry in a Celtic tomb near Herbertingen, Germany. They believe the tomb belonged to a noble woman from the area. The tomb is part of a region that was an important Celtic trading center in the 7th-4th centuries BCE.

January 25th

Port Oasis celebrates 12th night

"We just take this time to share medieval foods, arts, crafts and even fencing with one another and the public," said Leland Hoburg of the Shire of Port Oasis about the group's recent 12th Night celebration. Lacie Pierson of the Huntington (West  Virginia) Herald-Dispatch has the story. (photo)

Monastic documents of Durham Cathedral online

Scribes and early medieval English scholars will want to visit the Durham Cathedral Muniments website and view a collection of documents comprising the "most important medieval archive in the British Isles outside the Public Record Office."

Five honored with peerages at Loch Salaan Solstice

Lord Padruig Mctavish, voice herald to TRM Timmur and Saige of the Kingdom of Artemisia, reports that several gentles were honored with the offer of peerages at the recent Loch Salaan Solstice.

January 24th

El Cid: epitome of the medieval leader?

Benjamin Smith is a professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His paper, Principles of Leadership in the Middle Ages: The case of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar has been recommended by Medievalists.net.

The role of teenagers in combat

Young combatants, who would be considered children by today's standards, were occasional warriors in medieval battle. In an online article Teenagers at War During the Middle Ages, Kelly DeVries looks at the roles of such youth in combat as the Black Prince and Joan of Arc and why they were so unusual.

"Knights and ladies" inspire kids in Eugene, Oregon

Library assistant Cynthia Olsen wanted to introduce kids to the Middle Ages, so she invited members of the Society for Creative Anachronism to bring their knowledge and skills to the Eugene Public Library. Winston Ross of the Register-Guard has the story.

January 23rd

Tons of Song Dynasty coins found in Chinese kiln

Several tons of copper coins dating to the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) were found recently in an ancient kiln in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. The coins were strung into ropes through a center hole. (photos)

Lochlan and Gwen new Prince and Princess of Ansteorra

Donnchadh reports that Sir Lochlan Dunn was the victor of the January 15, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. His Highness was inspired by Gwen verch Cynwrig de Ynys Mon.

Estrella Camping Map is now Online

The Estrella War Promotions Staff has announced that the Estrella XXVII camping maps are now online.

January 22nd

Battle of Towton study shows gruesome side of medieval combat

During England's War of the Roses, the Battle of Towton was a turning point in long-going warfare between the Houses of Lancaster and York. Now new forensic studies are helping researchers to understand the concept of medieval warfare in a new way.

New Prince and Princess in Oertha

Baron Khevron reports that Viscount Kenric Maur was the winner of the recent Coronet tournament in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West.

Anton Cwith new Heir to Calontir Throne

Hywela reports that Anton Cwith, inspired by Isabeau De Beauxyeux, was the winner of the January 15, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir.

January 21st

[EAL] Break the Back of Winter II

Come one and all to the Wilds of Greyfells to experience a day of ferocious fun and fellowship. We will gather together to sing the splendour of spring and celebrate earths finest fauna, real, mythological and heraldic!

[ATL] Manannan Mac Lir XXXII

Cold winds and snow may dominate the Northern reaches of our fair Kingdom, but here in the South, winter means camellias and time to fight for the Broach of Manannan.

[WES] Court of Love

We invite everyone to our annual Court of Love given in honor of M'lady Alaine ni Deorin and her champion, our Lord Protector, Lord Drell McIan Blackwood.

[WES] Cynaguan Winter Investiture

Their Highnesses of Cynagua, Loclan and Vigdis, invite the populace to come and bear witness to the Investiture of the Lord and Lady of the Swan, Takeshi and Sora.

[AET] 15th Tournament of the White Hart

Come once again to join your friends in Port Oasis for the 15th tournament of the White Hart. This year in addition to hosting the tournaments for the Lord, Champion, Yeoman, and Artisan of the White Hart we will be holding our event on the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520.

[MER] Jour d' Amour VI

The Shire of Drakenmere invites you to Jour d' Amour VI, A Day of Love Shakespearean Style at Indian Springs State Park (Flovilla, GA) 28-30 January, 2011.  Please join us for our Late Period English Pub...a warm and welcome feast for the traveler.  Feast space is limited so reserve  early and reserve often....

[EAL] Practicum 2011

Come join us in the Lands of the Hare for a day and evening celebrating Arts, Sciences, and Martial studies during the quiet days of winter. 

[ATL] A Day In the Middle East

The Barony of Dun Carraig invites you to return to another day in the Medieval Middle East. There will be the usual drumming, dancing and enough fabulous food & drink to keep all attendees happy throughout the day.

Call for Assistance in Afghanistan

Tymothe Rankyn of Cathanar (Sgt Eric Rankin, USMC) reports that gentles serving in the military at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan have created an SCA group, and are in need of rapier equipment.

Photos from Steppes 12th Night 2011

Uilliam reports that he has created an album of photos from Steppes 12th Night which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Facebook.

Preserving historic manuscripts passion of Minnesota monks

Central Minnesota is the home of Hill Museum at St. John's Abbey, an unlikely site for the world's largest collection of historic religious manuscripts. Ray Suarez of PBS Newshour interviews Father Columba Stewart, director of the museum. (video)

January 20th

[WES] Crosston Dance Ball

Dancing and merriment are the cure for the short, cold days of winter, and you are cordially invited to the Crosston Dance Ball. If you enjoy period dance to music by live musicians, good food, and fine costumes, then this is the event for you! 

[ANT] Founding Revel

The people of Stromgard have had a busy year. Founding Revel is a time for us to celebrate the founding of our Barony with our friends and neighbors.

[ANS] Candlemas

Bryn Gwlad's Candlemas Celebration will be held on February 5, 2011. At that time, a new Arts and Sciences Champion will be chosen to serve at the pleasure of their new Halberd Excellencies, Master Pug and Mistress Myfanwy.