Archive - Aug 2011

August 22nd

Caidan Duke Sir Guillaume Profiled In Local On The Job Column

Caid's Duke Guillaume de Belgique was the focus of a recent "On The Job" column in the Patch, a local Southern California news service website, which profiled his work with the independent educational outreach program Chivalry Today.

The mystery of the medieval tunnels

Hundreds of narrow tunnels called "Erdstalls" can be found throughout the Bavarian region of Germany and Austria. While most experts agree that they are medieval, no one knows why they were built or how they were used. This has led to the Erstalls being called "Central Europe's last great mystery."

The "cheery folk" of Crimson Wood

Armed villagers, soldiers and archers converged on Eagle Park in Rohnert Park, California when Amtgard's Duchy of Crimson Wood took on the Barony of Thor's Refuge recently for a fantasy battle. Mary Callahan of the Press Democrat interviewed members.

August 21st

Storytelling at Midrealm Crown Tourney

Master Llewellyn ap Teirnon, Minister of Arts and Sciences for the Middle Kingdom, reports that he has uploaded several videos of bardic activities from the recent Midrealm Crown Tournament to his YouTube channel.

SCA: "We play very, very hard"

History came alive recently at the El Paso Museum of History when members of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism hosted a living history event featuring combat, calligraphy and poetry. (photo) David Burge of the El Paso Times has the story.

Hikers bewitched by Bath

The folks at Lonely Planet feel that the best way to appreciate the old Roman and Regency city of Bath, England is from above, as in the 10km Skyline Walk which traverses the hills that surround the city.

August 20th

Oxford crucifixion painting may be a true masterpiece

When a painting of the Crucifixion was purchased for Campion Hall at the University of Oxford in the 1930s, the buyers never dreamed they had a true Renaissance masterpiece painted by Michelangelo himself. (photo)

British Library raising funds to buy St. Cuthbert Gospel

The British Library has begun a fund-raising campaign to purchase the 7th century St. Cuthbert Gospel from the British branch of the Society of Jesus. The small book, with its tooled leather cover, was discovered when the coffin of the Saint was opened in the 12th century. (photos)

Revamped Oystermouth Castle welcomes visitors

For the first time in over a hundred years, visitors are welcome to visit Oystermouth Castle in Swansea, Wales. The castle received a UK£1M facelift including a 30ft (10m) high glass bridge. (photo)

August 19th

Excavations to begin on Henry VIII’s Welsh blockhouse

After his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII found himself feuding with France and forced to defend his seacoast. Archaeologists now plan to excavate one of the buildings thought to have been constructed for such defense: a blockhouse on the Angle Peninsula in Wales. (photo)

Bridge to Jewish past found in Vilnius, Lithuania

Excavations of the 16th century Great Synagogue in Vilnius, Lithuania, have uncovered the site of the Aron Kodesh, or Holy Ark, along with "part of the original floor, and the top of one of the four pillars surrounding the bima."

Nibelungen War photos online

Margaret de Mey reports that she has created several albums of photos taken at the recent Nibelungen War in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

August 18th

"Magnificent" finds at Perperikon

Bulgaria's top archeologist, Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov, has been happy to announce the discovery of incredible finds at the Thracian rock sanctuary Perperikon in southern Bulgaria, including a "magnificent bronze cross from the 10th – 11th century."

[OUT] Gladiator's Holiday

Brave warriors of the outlands, pay heed! Fall approaches after a glorious summer of fighting and the temptation to take your armor off and lay down your sword for the approaching winter is strong!

[WES] Debardchery

The Shire of Cloondara's annual fun filled event! Something for everyone! Saturday, August 20, 2011 (PST) - Debardchery. Location: Golden Gate Park Archery Range (47th & Fulton) San Francisco.

[MER] Black Rose

Please join the Shire of Crimson River this August 19-21, 2011 at the Cumberland Centre for a day of fun, fighting, and discovery.

[ATE] Crown Tournament

The Seventh Wonder of Atenveldt has been chosen to once again dazzle the Kingdom with hosting Crown Tournament on August 27th and 28th, 2011.

[ART] Lochtoberfest

As fair München prepares to celebrate its 178th Oktoberfest, the Barony of Loch Salann invites you to be exceptionally creative about your anachronisms and join us in a lighthearted mimicry of an event that didn’t have its inception until 1810.

[OUT] Here There Be Dragons!

The Shire of Plattefordham wants to extend an invitation to all for our grand event.....Here There Be Dragons! Come and join us for tournaments, melees, both heavy and light. If you wish to participate in a river battle then come and see who is tough enough to stay dry.

[ANS] Fall Brawl

Come join us for a day of tournaments the likes of which you have never seen, revel in the celebration of the harvest....and fill your coffers all at the same time!

[DRA] For the Glory of Rome

The Roman Empire has returned to Insulae Draconis! Come and join the Shire of Flintheath and the Coventry group, at the Roman Fort Lunt site. 

Graham Ryder discusses the firearms of Henry VIII

In a short BBC video, Graham Ryder from the Royal Armouries in Leeds discusses Henry VIII's fascination with and promotion of firearms.

[LOC] Baroness' Birthday Bash

Baroness's Birthday Bash 20/8/2011 in Mordenvale

[OUT] Stags Bloodbath

The time has come again to revisit a favored tradition of our Kingdom. August 19 through the 21st in the grand Barony of Caer Galen will be Stags Bloodbath.

[ANS] Laurel's Prize Tournament

The Barony of Namron invites all to Laurel's Prize Tournament! Being held in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Laurel's Prize Tournament (LPT) is a chance for all artisans, novice or experienced, to showcase their latest works in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere.

[ATL] Raven's Cove Baronial Birthday

Unto the glorious lands of Atlantia does your most recent Barony ask that you come join us in our first year celebration as well as assist us repel the threat that is coming to the coastal lands.

[CAL] Cattle Raids

The Barony of Mag Mor presents: Cattle Raids: Great Danes Vs Saxon Hounds August 26-28, 2011

[ART] October Crown Tournament

The Barony of One Thousand Eyes has the distinct honor and pleasure of inviting one and all to attend Their Majesties' Fall Crown Tournament to determine the heirs to the Griffin Thrones. Come enjoy the pageantry of the day and view the contest for the right to wear the Crowns of Artemisia.

[LOC] Kraken Picnic

The Kraken Picnic hosted by Ynys Fawr on 3/12/2011

[OUT] 3 Stags Autumn Battle and Fair

As summer wanes and the skies turn orange 3 Stags Autumn Battle and Fair will bring you many challenges and fun things to keep you busy for the last camping weekend of the summer!