Archive - Aug 2011

August 18th

[LOC] Samhain & Oestmark Ball

Samhain (Halloween) Feast & Oestmark Ball on 29/10/2011

*Event Details*
Event Date :   29/10/2011
Group Hosting Event :   Ynys Fawr
Event Name :   Samhain (Halloween) Feast & Oestmark Ball
Event Type :   Feast and Ball
Event Time :   4.30pm

[NOR] St. Radegund's Faire

Shire of Rivenwood Tower Hosts St. Radegund's Faire Kingdom Arts and Sciences Fair Days of Divers Arts and Sciences Classes August 19, 20, 21 2011

Medieval skills showcased at Hobbyfest

Residents of Sarnia, Ontario were transported to the Middle Ages while viewing the fighting prowess of SCA members wielding swords and shields. The demo took place at the city-sponsored Hobbyfest. Cathy Dobson of the Observer has the story. (photo)

Portrait of Elizabeth of York revealed

Duncan Leslie of Hever Castle explains about the importance of Elizabeth of York, the mother of Henry VIII, in a short BBC video. A 16th century portrait of the queen has been recently revealed.

August 17th

Disney princesses get historical makeover

Anyone who loves, or interacts with, a little girl is bound to be familiar with the "Disney Princesses," the heroines of movies whose costumes have inspired many a Halloween. Now LA-based illustrator Claire Hummel reinterprets the costumes with an historian's eye.

Medieval chess piece found in Iceland

A 12th or 13th century chess piece has been found in Iceland. The piece is carved from herringbone and looks  similar to the Lewis Chessmen.

Shire of Hadrian's Keep prepares for war (and lots of fun)

While some in the Shire of Hadrian's Keep (modernly found in Maine, USA) prepared for Pennsic, others took the fight closer to home. The newspaper Republican Journal discusses Orchard Wars III and SCA life on and off the battlefield.

Pilgrimage for the modern penitent

Walking to Compostella is so 1482! Today, pilgrims reach Santiago de Compostela by bicycle, bus, and even airplane. This is one of many ways that the famed Pilgrim route has adapted to the modern world.

August 16th

Gamers converge on Germany

Consider the result of a mashup of Pennsic merchants, Costume Con, and thousands of gamers of all kinds, and you will imagine Role Play Convention 2011, held this year in Germany. Video in German on YouTube.

Early music scores available from the CMME Project

Utrecht University in the Netherlands has created a website to make available early musical scores "to students, scholars, performers, and interested amateurs."

Thorvaldr Skegglauss knighted in Drachenwald

Haldan reports that at Their Royal Court at Niebeleungen War, Their Majesties Lief and Morrigan of the Kingdom of Drachenwald offered His Grace Duke Thorvaldr Skegglauss the accolade of Knighthood.

Food fit for a Stuart king

An article in the UK's Southern Reporer takes a looks at food and how local meals were shaped by political circumstance in Stuart Scotland (1603-1746).  Through battle and peace, famine and plenty, recipes changed to fit the times.

August 15th

Sackler Gallery receives collection of Tibetan Buddhist Art

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. has announced that it has received a collection of Tibetan Buddhist art from collector Alice S. Kandell. Objects in the collection date from the 12th through 20th centuries CE.

Aylwin Watkyns elevated to Pelican in Meridies

Eirikr reports that at Their recent RUM, Their Majesties Caspar and Cecilia of the Kingdom of Meridies elevated THL Aylwin Watkyns of the Shire of the Eagle to the Order of the Pelican.

THL Amelia of Grey Niche to be raised to the Order of the Laurel

The Honorable Lady Amelia has been summoned by Their Majesties of Gleann Abhann to stand vigil at the upcoming Kingdom A&S, after which she will be offered elevation to the Order of he Laurel.

Anglo-Saxon sapphire ring found in England

A gold and sapphire ring found in Yorkshire, England, likely belonged to royalty or to someone else of very high rank. The ring would have belonged to an Anglo-Saxon or a Viking. The ring is very high quality, even compared to other treasure of its time.

August 14th

Varyag and Trava 54th Prince and Princess of Oertha

Baron Khevron reports that Lord Varyag Hildisivin, inspired by Lady Trava of the West, was the victor of the July 16, 2011 Coronet in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West.

Cold Steel demonstrates the power of the great sword

The proprietors of Cold Steel, a company that makes knives, swords and other weapons, offers an info-mercial advertising its greatsword. The video is available on YouTube.

Shava's photos and videos from "Dub-Dub"

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has created a gallery of photos from the recent Warriors and Warlords event in the Kingdom of Northshield on the Northshield Gallery. She has also posted videos from the event on her YouTube channel.

August 13th

Ruling with an iron hand - literally

In the early 16th century, Gottfried “Götz” von Berlichingen, a knight  - and rogue - of the Holy Roman Empire, found his hand ripped off by a cannonball during the Siege of Landshut. This did not stop the staunch German, however, who had an iron prosthetic crafted to replace the appendage. PG-13 for language.

Walters Art Museum features digitized Islamic manuscripts

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland has begun a project to digitize its collection of Islamic manuscripts. A gallery of images, including covers and bindings, is available on the museum's website.

Ansteorra Summer 2011 Crown Tourney photos online

Talana reports that she has created an album of photos from the Kingdom of Ansteorra's Summer 2011 Crown Tournament. The photos are available on Flickr.

August 12th

Medieval Scotland determined to have had thriving pottery industry

A new study of 12th century monastic and castle sites in southern Scotland shows that the country's pottery industry was larger than previosuly believed, and it was much less dependent on foreign imports. (photo)

"Elegant" local Vale Ware aquamanile found in Cosmeston, Wales

A fragment of a locally-made pottery aquamanile, used by dinner guests to wash their hands, has been discovered at an archaeological dig of a manor house near Cosmeston, Wales. The fragment dates to the 13th century. (photo)

14th century Byzantine church found in Sozopol, Bulgaria.

In the 15th century, the Ottoman Turks brought an end to the Byzantine Empire. Among the last to fall were the small towns on the Black Sea, one of which, Sozopol, is the site of the recent discovery of a late Byzantine church.

August 11th

Remains of Irish beauty discovered at Dungannon

Archaeologists working on a dig at Dungannon, Ireland's Castle Hill have discovered what experts believe are the remains of Mabel Bagenal, third wife of the Earl of Tyrone, Hugh O'Neill, and known as Ireland's "Helen of Troy."

Drachenwald Summer Coronation 2011 photos online

Margaret de Mey reports that she has created an album of photos from Summer Coronation 2011, which took place recently in the Shre of Flintheath, Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Alheydis von Korckhingen elevated to Pelican in AEthelmearc

THLord Brandubh Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc reports that Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen have chosen to make Mistress Alheydis von Korckhingen a member of the Order of the Pelican.

August 10th

Battle in Bangkok park

One would not expect to find knights in armor battling out on a Sunday afternoon in Bangkok, Thailand, but that's exactly what visitors to Lumpini Park find each week. CNN GO has the story and video.

"Beer Archaeologist" adds ancient flair to modern brews

The August 2011 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features alengthy article on "Beer Archaeologist" Patrick McGovern whose series of books examines the history of the brew. The article is written by Abigail Tucker.