Archive - Mar 2011

March 15th

Ryght welebeloued Voluntyne...

In 1477 Margery Brews sent the first valentine in the English language to her sweetheart John Paston begining "ryght welebeloued Voluntyne" (right well-beloved Valentine), she promised to be a good wife, adding: "Yf that ye loffe me as Itryste verely that ye do ye will not leffe me" (If you love me, I trust.. you will not leave me).

Well preserved Ming dynasty mummy found

A female mummy dating to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) has been unearthed in Taizhou, China. The mummy is in an excellent state of preservation including skin, hair, clothes, shoes, and jewelery.

Voynich Manuscript carbon dated

Since its discovery in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript has been the subject of debate among scholars and scientists who argued over the meaning of its 250,000 coded characters. Now experts from the University of Arizona have used carbon dating to determine the age of the document.

Bela and Anna new Heirs to Outlands Throne

Wimble Herald THL Tyrfingr von Wolfsberg reports that Duke Bela Kos was the victor of the March 12, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands. His Grace was inspired in His endeavor by Countess Anna de Apperleye.

March 14th

Fighter Auction Tourney at Canterbury Faire on YouTube

Alexandra reports that Grimr has posted a series of videos taken of the Fighter Auction Tourney at the Canterbury Faire this year to his YouTube account.

Academic dress in the Middle Ages

The British Burgon Society studies the history of academic dress with an aim to study, preserve and advise on all aspects of practice of wearing caps and gowns. Alex Kerr, an expert on the subject, has posted an article Layer upon Layer: The Evolution of Cassock, Gown, Habit and Hood as Academic Dress.

Woodworkers needed for Pennsic Artisan's Row

Master Brusten de Bearsul is seeking woodworkers to participate in the Artisans' Row project at Pennsic  war 40.

Did wicker help build Stonehenge?

For thousands of years, experts have debated how the huge stones that constitute Stonehenge were transported from Wales to their current site in southern England. Now engineer Garry Lavin has a new theory: wicker. (photo)

March 13th

Cormac and Elspeth to be first Baron and Baroness of Krae Glas

Their Majesties Gabriel and Constanzia, King and Queen of Lochac, have announced that Cormac and Elspeth have been selected as the first Baron and Baroness of Krae Glas in Melbourne, Australia.

Irish stone crosses subject of thesis

In her 1991 Master's Thesis, The Role of the High Cross in Early Christian Ireland: 8th to 11th Centuries, Jill Quattlebaum discusses the early Christian Church in Ireland and the importance of the stone cross as its symbol. The thesis is available to read online.

March 12th

Clothier's Seminar 2011 photos online

Vilhelm Lich reports that he has created an album of photos from Clothier's Seminar 2011 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir. The photos are available on Flickr.

"Colour, bling, excess" at Wroxeter Roman house

A new reconstruction of a Roman house at Wroxeter, England has raised more than a few eyebrows, especially when the bright red and yellow building can be seen from a mile away. (photo)

11th century English church damaged during theft

Police in Idsworth, England, are looking for thieves who stole the collection box from the 11th century St Hubert’s Church. In addition to the theft, the burglars caused damage to the historic church.

SCA Census Committee - Data Analysis Assistance Request

The SCA 2010 Census needs volunteers with experience in data analysis and descriptive statistics.

March 11th

FAQ on E-Newsletters

The SCA Board of Directors have released a Frequently Asked Questions list regarding upcoming changes in kingdom newsletters.

[ATL] Defending the Gate

The threat of war is over! Talk of the battles and victories from Pennsic and War of the Wings are now passing memories along with the winter fires. Farmers are preparing their fields for the spring and summer planting. The Canton of Sudentorre is celebrating our good fortunes with our friends and allies.

Duke Edward Senestre new Prince of Caid

Jason MacDonald reports that His Grace Duke Edward Senestre was the victor of the March 5, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Caid. Duke Edward was inspired in His endeavor by Duchess Mora de Buchanan.

[ATL] Le Grand Tournoi d'Amitie Trois

Come see the might and majesty that the The Grand Tourney of Friends has to offer! This event combines Armored, Rapier, Archery, Equestrian, and A&S competitions all into one convenient package and is open to all from across the Knowne Worlde! Also, Their Excellencies Girard and Guenièvre will be choosing Their next Baronial Champions!

[DRA] Double Wars XXIV

The Shire of Attemark would once again like to welcome all gentles throughout the Known World to the Double Wars.

[CAL] Crown Tournament and The Tournament of Horse and Falcons

The Barony of Forgotten Sea is proud to provide the venue as the Barony of Mag Mor hosts Calontir’s 56th Crown Tournament!

[EAL] Crown Tournament of Aaron and Rustique

Crown Tournament of Aaron and Rustique Saturday May 28, 2011

[EAS] Carolingia 40th Anniversary Celebration

It has been a long and wonderful journey since the first event in Carolingia, the St. Valentine’s Day Ball held at Wellesley College in February of 1971. Come celebrate with us as the Barony of Carolingia honors the 40th Anniversary of it's founding with a celebration event.

[ATL] Feast of the Saints: St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) is most popularly known as the patron saint of lost items. He is also the patron saint of barren women, amputees,  travelers, and many more found here. His passion for charity has inspired the charity activities at our event: Project Linus.

[ART] Otherhill A&S Demo

Artisians and Gentles, Fighters and Scholars! Your attendance is requested at an event seldom seen in the outer marches of the fair Kingdom of Artemisia! The Shire of Otherhill will host an Arts & Sciences Demo/Competition and Fighter Practice on March 26, 2011.

[LOC] Rapier Tournament and French Assassins Ball

Master Cormac and Mistress Elspeth have been selected by Their Majesties to be the first Baron and Baroness of Krae Glas. But disturbing rumours have reached us that not everybody is happy with this decision and there will be trouble at the ball.

[EAL] Youth In Charge - POSTPONED

The youth rebel and take over the SCA for one day. Come one come all to the Youth In Charge event in the Shire of Trinovantia Nova. This will be an event like know other.

[ATE] Coronation and Champion's

Join us in a wonderful solar display in the merry month of May, as we bid farewell to our beloved monarch's Phelan and Amirah and watch their heirs Arthur and Gabrielle ascend the throne of all Atenveldt.

[WES] Spring Offensive

Unto the known world does the Baron and Baroness of Selviergard issue this challenge to come forth unto the field of honor and display your skill in a Pas d'armes for heavy and rapier fighters. In true spirit of the dream march unto the field with your banners flying. Enjoy the start of the summer in Oertha and then let the Spring Offensive Begin.

[WES] Rumble in the Jungle 2

Greetings to one and all! The Canton of Golden Playne would like to invite anyone who is interested to come join us the weekend after Songkran for the Tournament of the Tiger! This is the first three day event the Canton has thrown together, and there should be lots of fun, fighting, and feasting.

[OUT] Battlemoor II

Please join us again as we spend the week in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains!