Archive - Jun 2011

June 10th

Diana Gabaldon reviews "Elizabeth I"

Author of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon, recently reviewed Elizabeth I by Margaret George. The review was published in the Washington Post.

June 9th

Angel's Keep May Day rapier photos

Dragos Pelikanos reports that he has created an album of photos from May Day, a recent event held at Angel's Keep in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

Archaeologists hope to find Shakespeare's final home

Excavations are under way at New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon, the site of William Shakespeare's last home. The site, which has not been excavated to the level of Tudor times, has already yielded some artifacts of the period.

The Far West Symposium Youtube channel is Alive!

Otto Spilman, Palatine Baron for the Barony of the Far West, reports that he has created a YouTube channel for SCA members in Japan, Korea and Thailand to share SCA classes in an online format.

June 8th

Issabell St. Charles becomes Pelican in Calontir

Hywela reports that Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Calontir have offered Baroness Issabell St. Charles elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Tournaments Illuminated editor seeks articles

Riordan MacGregor, the new editor of Tournaments Illuminated, is seeking articles for the SCA's magazine.

What goes around, comes around

In which "old' is "new" again. Perhaps these young Mexican gentlemen have been influenced by late 15th century footwear?

Heralds' Point at Pennsic wants YOU!

Pennsic 40 is extra large and therefore closer than it appears ... start planning now!

June 7th

Cooking Symposium photos online

Vilhelm Lich of the Kingdom of Calontir has created an album of photos from the recent Cooking Symposium. The photos are available on Flickr.

Canadian swordsman elected to Parliament

Members of the Canadian Parliament may want to think twice before they tangle with Mathieu Ravignat, the newly-elected member from Western Quebec who is a martial arts specialist and a member of the Ottawa Medieval Sword Guild.

"The Vikings" next in recent line of medieval-inspired TV shows

MGM has teamed up with the creator of "The Tudors" and "Camelot" to create "The Vikings". The show will follow Ragnar Lodbrok, a real-life legendary Norse hero who has his own saga.

Southern Regional War Camp photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from Southern Regional War Camp which took place recently in the Barony of Carillion, East Kingdom. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

June 6th

"Treasures" available for iPhone, iPad and Android

Medievalists with lots of battery life on their phones will want to download a new app from the British Library, Treasures, which offers viewers "over 100 highlights, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific documents - alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts."

The "Shiksa" looks at Tudor cooking

On her blog The Shiksa in the Kitchen, Tori Avey discusses food in Tudor England and the "exotic and lavish culinary habits of the British royal monarchy during the 1500’s."

SCAdians discuss old tradition and new technology in Oakland, California

The San Jose Mercury News catches up with Sedania De Corwin, Radnor of Guildemar, and friends as they attend a fighter practice in the same parking lot in which the group has been meeting for 35 years.

Shava's photos from Northshield Spring 2011 Crown Tourney

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has created an album of photos from the recent Spring 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Northshield.

June 5th

Peers made at Rowany Festival

Jenny reports that Their Majesties Gabriel and Constanzia of the Kingdom of Lochac chose to offer peerages to two of Their Subjects at the recent Rowany Festival in the Barony of Rowany.

The ambitions of William Wallace

Dr Reuben Davies, from Glasgow University recently made a "startling" discovery in the Exchequer rolls for 1304-1305 of King Edward I: Scotland's Protector, William Wallace, "falsely sought to call himself King of Scotland".

SCAdians, other Vikings march on Brooklyn

The SCA was one of several groups to take part in the 60th annual 17th of May Norwegian Constitution Day Parade and Viking Fest. The SCA contributed a precession of historic arms to the event.

Achillies of Sparta wins Cynagua Coronet

Elli reports that Achillies of Sparta was the winner of the Summer 2011 Coronet in the Principality of Cynagua, Kingdom of the West. Achilles was fighting for the honor of Esmerelda of the Lakes.

June 4th

Local mead: "It's like it's 1380 all over again"

According to Woody Drake of Brothers Drake meadery in Columbus, Ohio, the mead-making business is booming in the United States, thanks largely to the new trend in eating - and drinking - local products. Tim Fitzsimmons of NPR's Weekend Edition has the audio story.

Pennsic 40 Blood Drive - Be a Hero, Save a Life at Pennsic War

Baroness Angelique d'Herisson offers information for the blood drive which will take place August 5 and August 8, 2011 at Pennsic War 40.

"I Knit Guernsey" competition

Visit Guernsey and I Knit London have joined forces to sponsor  a competition to revive the tradition of unique knitted sweater patterns on the Island of Guernsey. The deadline for entry is July 4, 2011.

Ostwald Konrad von Riesetoten new Prince of Calontir

Ines reports that Graf Ostwald Konrad von Riesetoten was the victor of the May 28, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir. Graf Ostwald was inspired by Countess Kaye of Gordon.

June 3rd

A knight in Prince William's court

Viewers of the recent wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton may have been surprised to see a knight in armor in the crowd outside Westminster Abbey. The "knight" was Colin Bickers of Littlehampton, England, who walked 55 miles to the ceremony - in armor - in order to raise money for charity.

Quilliam and Dagmar new Prince and Princess of Ealdormere

It was reported on the Kingdom List that Thormot Quilliam was victorious in the May 28, 2010 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Lilies War XXV Site Book online

Andrixos and Marie Suzanne, Stewards for Lilies 25 report that the site book for the event is now available to view online in PDF format.

EikBrandr Solgyafi victor of Spring 2011 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of the Middle

Viscountess Astrid of the Yellow Rose of the Kingdom of Northshield reports that Eikbrandr Solgyafi was the winner of the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Midrealm.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for May 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous has released updates to Stefan's Florilegium for May 2011.

June 2nd

[ATE] Highlands War

The Barony of Ered Sul in the Northlands of the Kingdom of Atenveldt will host the 17th Annual Highlands War from June 9th to the 13th 2011.