Archive - 2011

November 1st

English kings and queens remembered in song

Remembering the names of English Royals can be daunting, but the folks at Horrible Histories have made it a song - literally. View the video on YouTube.

October 31st

Video of 1978 West Kingdom Crown online

Hirsch von Henford reports that the West Kingdom History site can now display videos. The first video posted online is from Hal Ravn, June Crown, 1978.

Own an ancient English Monument

For a mere UK£30,000, interested parties can purchase a two acre site in Driffield, England containing Moot Hill, where archaeologists believe an 11th century motte and bailey castle may have stood.

The search for the Stirling Roman road

The site of the new visitor center at Bannockburn, Scotland may hold more history than just the battlefield. Archaeologists are looking for evidence of a Roman road which is believed to have run through the site.

SCA Legal Committee calls for volunteer legal professionals

The SCA Inc.'s Legal Committee is seeking new volunteers from the modern-world legal profession.

Peerages offered at An Tir Crown Tournament

THL Angharad Albanes reports that several Peerages were offered and Peers made at the recent Crown Tournament of Their Majesties Thorin and Dagmaer of the Kingdom of An Tir.

Release #2 of the SCA Census is available

The Census Committee of the Society for Creative Anachronism has announced the second release of data from the 2010 Census.

October 30th

The William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 45

Society Chronicler, Countess Honor of Restormel , has announced the winners of the A.S. 45 William Blackfox Awards. The awards are given for excellence in the production of SCA newsletters.

Norman involvement in 11th century Spain

In his 2007 dissertation for the University of Nottingham, Norman and Anglo-Norman Participation in the Iberian Reconquista c.1018 – c.1248, Lucas Villegas-Aristizabal considers the contribution of the Normans, especially Crusaders, in the Christianizing of the Iberian Peninsula.

Introducing Clinton War

Spend seven minutes with some happy campers as Ronin of the Freehold introduces the eastern Kingdoms to the wonders of Clinton War, one of the largest SCA events in Canada. The video, on YouTube, is accompanied by music.

Estrella Acceps is Open

The Estrella War XXVIII Pre-Reg Staff has announced that Pre-Registration for Estrella War XXVIII is now available through ACCEPS.

October 29th

Ratan Champs photos online

Cateline la Broderesse reports that she has posted photos from MSS Ratan Champs, an event that took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

[ATL] In a Phoenix' Eye

The Barony of the Sacred Stone and the Companions of the Order of the Phoenix' Eye invite all Atlantia to join them in Sacred Stone's Arts and Sciences Pentathlon on Saturday, November 12, 2011 A.S. XLVI to be held in the Canton of Crois Brigte.

How's your English history?

The British publication, The Independent, challenges readers' historical knowledge in Are you a master of history? Answers are provided, but don't cheat!

[ATE] Atenveldt Coronation and Champion’s

Join us as we bid farewell to our beloved monarchs Arthur and Gabriela and watch their heirs ascend the throne of all Atenveldt. On November 5-6, a weekend of pageantry and spectacle will take place at the Montessori Day School 9215 N. 14th St. Phoenix, AZ 85018

[AET] Hallowtide VI

Greetings unto the populace of Æthelmearc. The Shire of Blackwater once again invites you to find time to come celebrate Hallowtide with us on November 5th 2011 A.S. 46.

[AET] Facshing

Come join the barony of Endless Hills for a day of fighting, games, songs and theater. We will be having a tourney to determine our new baronial Rapier champion. All members of the barony are invited to bring their blades and compete.

[DRA] Fortuna’s Champion VIII

To all gamers, gamblers and everyone enjoying merriment, meeting with friends and good food:

[EAS] Musicians' Day

The Crown Province of Østgarðr invites Both All And Some to a day of classes on all aspects of medieval and Renaissance polyphonic music. Bring your voice, your recorders, shawms, dulcians, cornetti, and sackbuts (or trombones pretending to be sackbuts), your viols, vielles, violins, and rebecs, your harps, citoles, lutes, gitterns, and psalteries, ... you get the idea.

[ART] Kingdom Collegium

Kingdom Collegium, hosted by the Barony of Gryphon’s Lair, Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gleann Abhann's Barbara Sterling to be elevated to Pelican

Mistress Daphne of Colchester reports that Their Majesties, Ashi and Kimiko, King and Queen of Gleann Abhann, have placed Baroness Barbara Sterling on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

Own a castle in California

Once a brewery, now a home, Albion Castle in Hunter's Point, San Francisco, California, complete with underground underwater cavern, is for sale for US$975,000. (photos)

October 28th

The scribes behind the Middle English masters

“The clerks of the London Guildhall form the invisible link between medieval authors like Geoffrey Chaucer and their first audiences, the original owners of the medieval manuscripts we study today,” said Professor Linne Mooney of the University of York.

Ajax and Uta new Lord and Lady of the Mists

Catherine Lorraine reports that Ajax Thermopylokles was the victor of the October 15, 2011 Coronet Tournament in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the West. Prince Ajax was inspired by Üta Kathrina Felhamer.

West Kingdom October Crown 2011 photos online

Antonia reports that she has posted an album of photos from the October 2011 Crown Tourney which took place in Rancho Seco Park, Herald, California. The photos are available on Flickr.

October 27th

Life of Jewish patroness Benvenida Abravanel explored

In an article for The Jerusalem Post Magazine, writer and professor of Jewish history Renee Levine Melammed explores the life of Benvenida Abravanel, a 16th century resident of Naples and Ferrara, known for her philantrophy and patronage of David Hareuveni, the 16th century messianic claimant.

Edward the Red winner of Ealdormere Crown Tourney

Elrik the Bastard reports that Count Sir Edward the Red defeated THL Bjarn Aaronson in the final round of the October 22, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Sir Edward was inspired in his endeavor by Mistress Rylyn Buchanan.

"Arrogant Jewish woman" revisited by modern historian

In 1171, Pucellina, a Jewish moneylender with ties to Count Thibaut of Blois, France, was arrested, along with 40 other Jews, for the killing of a Christian child. Her execution by burning is now attributed to a witness' aversion to an "arrogant Jewish woman with the gall to consider Count Thibaut her patron."

October 26th

Important Viking site in Ireland confirmed

Archaeologists working on the excavation of a Viking village in Louth County, Ireland are calling it "one of the most important Viking sites in the world." The site is believed to be where the Vikings brought their long ships for wintering and repair.

Two placed on vigil in Artemisia

Osondrea and Lady Fiametta da Trastevere report that, at Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Majesties Ronan and Clare placed two of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.