Archive - Sep 2011

September 18th

Weavers' links treasury online

Janis Saunders has created the Weavershand, a treasure house of links to websites involving weaving, tablet weaving, inkle weaving, Kumihimo, sprang, finger weaving, and ply-splitting.

"Legendary Swedish warship Mars" found in Baltic Sea

Andreas Olsson, head archaeologist at the Royal Swedish Maritime museum, believes that a team of divers has discovered the wreck of the Mars, the "legendary Swedish warship lost in a sea battle with the Danish-Lübeckian navy in 1564."

September 17th

Tale of a 15th century Spanish "conversa"

In an article for the Jerusalem Post, professor of Jewish history and dean at the Schechter Institute, Renee Levine Melamme tells the story of a family of 15th century "crypto-Jews" tried by the Spanish Inquisition in Ciudad Real.

"Wonderful" medieval walls found near Llanrwst, Wales

Drainage work at a hotel near Llanrwst, Wales has unearthed three 13th century walls believed to have belonged to the cloister of a Cistercian abbey.

Photos - "Ffair Rhaglen VII", Insulae Draconis, Drachenwald.

My photos taken at the "Ffair Rhaglen VII" event in Insulae Draconis (Drachenwald) including photos of the ID Coronet tourney.

September 16th

Previously unknown medieval archbishopric discovered in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov has discovered two archbishop's seals during excavations of the city of Perperikon, a crucial urban center during the Middle Ages and the Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires. The two lead seals belonged to Constantine, Archbishop of Archidos.

Roman port discovery "exceeds all expectations"

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Roman port near Newport, Wales, only the second of such ports known from Roman Britain. Excavation has revealed the main quay wall, as well as the landing stages and wharves.

Outlands Heirs and Laurel offered

At Crown Tournament on 10 September the new heirs to the Outlands thrones were selected. The final bout was between Duke Kynan of Wyre Forest fighting for Lady Gilliana versus Sir William Flanagan fighting for THL Drahomira von Augsburg. Duke Kynan was the winner and will next sit on the Stag's throne!

Three elevated in Ansteorra

Their Royal Majesties King Lochlan and Queen Gwen of the Kingdom of Ansteorra have offered elevation to Peerages to three of Their subjects.

September 15th

Craven and Elzbieta new Atenveldt Heirs

Hrefna reports that Craven and Elzbieta are the new Heirs to the Throne of Atenveldt. The Atenveldt Crown Tournament took place August 27, 2011 in Granite Mountain.

[LOC] Canterbury Faire

Imagine the scene: 250 gentles garbed in soft wools and linens. Banners and pennons fly gently in the breeze that stirs the firs.

[EAL] Fall Coronation

The Barony of Rising Waters is proud to host The Fall Coronation of Their Royal Highnesses Quilliam and Dagmar, Crown Prince and Princess of Ealdormere. We are also proud to be hosting The Knighting Of Count Quilliam.

[WES] Westermark Shipwrecked Madness

The Barony of Westermark cordially invites you to attend the Westermark Shipwrecked Madness, September 16-18 2011, in the nearby and scenic Ed Levin Park, Milpitas, California.

[LOC] Pie Picnic and Heavy Tourney

The Shire of Dismal Fogs would like to invite you to a Pie Picnic and Heavy Tourney in the park behind Melrose Hall in Emu Plains, between Park St and the Great Western Highway.

[ANS] Championships of Bryn Gwlad

Baron Phelim and Baroness Myfanwy cordially invite you to witness and participate in trials at arms for the titled Championships of Bryn Gwlad held at their mighty holdings in Castleton 23-25 September, 2011

[LOC] 2 Day Rapier, Arts and Sciences Collegium

Two day rapier and A&S Collegium: Rapier Collegium by Dameon Greybeard for all including beginners and further training for those who are authorised. 

[EAS] Coronation of Gregor and Kiena

Rejoice, worthy subjects of the Eastern Kingdom rejoice! For Coronation draws near. Let fly the banners, let sound the trumpets! Let there be music and dancing, tournaments of heavy and light, feasting and revelry. 

[AET] Harvest Raid XVIII

The Shire of Heronter invites one and all to join them for Harvest Raid; to be held once again at the beautiful Lake Chautauqua Luthern Center located at 5013 Route 430 in Bemus Point, NY 14712

[GLE] Slay the Dragon 2011

Once again the shire of Vogelburg cries for its defenders. Save our humble Shire and stop the dreaded dragon TROGDOR from destroying us all. 

[DRA] Kekri-All Hallows Feast

Come and celebrate the harvest season carnival of Kekri / All Hallows Feast with the Canton of Hukka! This brand new event boasts with royal presence and plentiful activities: archery, both heavy and light tournaments, arts and sciences, autumn market and – of course – the abundant harvest season feast.

Vindolanda finds point to advanced textile industry

It's not just about togas anymore. New evidence shows that "the Romans had a surprisingly advanced textile industry -- and possibly a luxury fashion addiction," with garments that included paenulas and laenas of wool, leather or felt.

[GLE] Diamond Wars XXVI

To Arms! One and All! King Henry V of England prepares to wage a decisive battle upon the armies of the French king, Charles VI. Come to Agincourt! You too can be part of the activities that ended the Hundred Years’ War.

Abu Shahid Malik al-Haddad offered Peerage in the West

Baroness Anastasia Grindstead reports that her protégé, Baron Abu Shahid Malik al-Haddad, has been offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Rolf and Aurora of the Kingdom of the West.

September 14th

Drachenwald impresses with Pennsic gift basket

It is a tradition for SCA royalty to gift other kingdom royals with a basket of items made by members from Their Kingdom. In 2011, Drachenwald's gift basket to Ealdormere was particularly splendid. Annika Madejska shares photos of items included in the basket on PicasaWeb.

Legend leads archaeologist to Roman discovery

As a little girl, Rose Ferraby listened to stories about a Roman amphitheatre near the village of Aldborough in northern England. Now her attention to his tale has paid off with the discovery of England's "lost" Roman cultural center.

"Living the medieval life" in Michigan

"As closely as we can we live the medieval life," said Ed Roehre of Grand Rapids, known in the SCA as Baron Edward Aelredson, to reporter Trace Christenson of the Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer during the recent Havoc in Hastings event. (photos)

Res Obscura offers review of Rensaissance clothing book

The blog Res Obscura offers a review of the book Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe by Ulinka Rublack, which chronicles the importance of clothing to the merchant class during the Renaissance.

September 13th

Pennsic Photo Galleries

Ursus of Anglesey has posted a new on-line gallery covering Wednesday at Pennsic, including the Mooselodge Tourney, Children's fête, Battle of Hastings, and a lot of sparring. The new gallery joins others previously posted in the Pennsic XL set.

Michael S. Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, dead at 64

Michael S. Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg and inventor of the e-book, has died. His vision of seeing all literature made available for all people has revolutionized the way SCAdians and other amateur researchers gain access to data.

September 12th

Same-Gender Couples March in An Tir List Processional

At Crown Tourney on Saturday, September 4, 2011, An Tirians once again took to the list field to fight for the cause of Inspirational Equality -- the right of all couples, regardless of gender, to enter Royal Lists in the SCA.