Archive - 2011

January 28th

[GLE] Plunderers & Privateers

Ahoy there! Many a culture lived and died on the seven seas! Join the crew of the Shire of Iron Ox as we follow the code and set sail for High Adventure!

[MID] Bardic Comfort Zone

It's time to put down your sword. Bardic Comfort Zone is a bardic get-together designed to encourage you to expand your comfort zone.

[MID] Winged Hills Collegium

Once again we here in the Marche of Winged Hills are pleased to present the Winged Hills Collegium.  The Collegium is two days of classes, meetings, and social gatherings with the goal of providing educational opportunities in all aspects of the SCA.

[EAL] Forward into the Past XXI

FITP XXI: April 2, 2011 Bricker Academic Building, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

All fees include access to the Full Day of sessions (6 sessions and keynotes)
Pre-Registration       On-Site Registration
Adult Price     $15.00    $20.00

[OUT] Dragonsspine War Practice

Dragonsspine will be hosting a war practice at Bear Creek Park on Sunday, January 30, 2010 the day after Dragonsspine's Peacock Fantasy event. The practice will start a 10am and go until we are all too tired to continue.

[ATL] Bright Hills Baronial Birthday and Investiture

Escape Winter's Dreary hold; bask in the promise of Spring; join us in a Japanese Garden for Bright Hills Baronial Birthday and Investiture.

[ANS] Fall Ball in the Small Hall

The Shire of the Shadowlands is excited to announce the return of our celebrated (though seasonally-challenged) day of merriment, Fall Ball in the Small Hall! This year's theme is Ballhalla, so wear your finest Norse attire, brush up on your bransles, and join us for a day of fun with something for everyone on Saturday January 29, 2010!

Photos posted from Jararvellir's Yule Moot

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva shares photos from the recent Yule Moot in the Barony of Jararvellir, Kingdom of Northshield. The event was held in Waunakee, Wisconsin on January 9, 2011.

"Enigma" discovered in Renaissance church

For centuries, church historians have been puzzled by the symbols carved into diamond-shaped stones in the fascade of Naples' renaissance Gesù Nuovo church, but new eivdence shows that the engravings are a musical score. (audio)

January 27th

Irish "giants" more truth than myth

The myth of Irish giants such as Fionn Mac Cumhail may contain a grain of truth, according to a recent genetic study. DNA may show that a strain of gigantism ran through five families in the northern part of the country.

Hadrian’s Wall trench intended as road

Archaeologist Geoff Carter has proposed a controversial new theory concerning the trench that runs south of Hadrian's Wall: It was intended to be a Roman road, linking the forts that were part of the wall complex.

Mead makes a comeback

Vicky Rowe knows a lot about mead. The owner of Gotmead.com, "the Internet's premier resource for everything to do with mead," spoke recently to Allen G. Breed of SFGate.com about the comeback of the drink in mainstream society.

January 26th

[CAI] Caid Spring Crown

The time approaches when brave fighters and gracious consorts ready themselves for noble and glorious combat, aspiring to achieve the Crown and Throne of Caid. To this end, the Barony of Calafia welcomes all to bear witness and enjoy a day of pageantry and splendor on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Please come spend this historical day with us as we seek the heirs to the throne who will represent our fair kingdom at Pennsic XL!

12th Night is a "time lapse" for Oregon SCA members

Lauren Fox of the Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) recently visted the Kingdom of An Tir's Twelfth Night event and spoke to a number of attendees, including longtime member Pam Perryman, about their experiences in the SCA.

Living the life medieval in a Pennsylvania castle

Twelve years after they were married, SCA members Cara McCandless and Barton Branstetter decided to translate their memories of England into a medieval home of their own. Gretchen McKay, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, visted the castle and interviewed the couple. (photos)

Celtic treasure unearthed in Germany

Archaeologists have found gold and amber jewelry in a Celtic tomb near Herbertingen, Germany. They believe the tomb belonged to a noble woman from the area. The tomb is part of a region that was an important Celtic trading center in the 7th-4th centuries BCE.

January 25th

Port Oasis celebrates 12th night

"We just take this time to share medieval foods, arts, crafts and even fencing with one another and the public," said Leland Hoburg of the Shire of Port Oasis about the group's recent 12th Night celebration. Lacie Pierson of the Huntington (West  Virginia) Herald-Dispatch has the story. (photo)

Monastic documents of Durham Cathedral online

Scribes and early medieval English scholars will want to visit the Durham Cathedral Muniments website and view a collection of documents comprising the "most important medieval archive in the British Isles outside the Public Record Office."

Five honored with peerages at Loch Salaan Solstice

Lord Padruig Mctavish, voice herald to TRM Timmur and Saige of the Kingdom of Artemisia, reports that several gentles were honored with the offer of peerages at the recent Loch Salaan Solstice.

January 24th

El Cid: epitome of the medieval leader?

Benjamin Smith is a professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His paper, Principles of Leadership in the Middle Ages: The case of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar has been recommended by Medievalists.net.

The role of teenagers in combat

Young combatants, who would be considered children by today's standards, were occasional warriors in medieval battle. In an online article Teenagers at War During the Middle Ages, Kelly DeVries looks at the roles of such youth in combat as the Black Prince and Joan of Arc and why they were so unusual.

"Knights and ladies" inspire kids in Eugene, Oregon

Library assistant Cynthia Olsen wanted to introduce kids to the Middle Ages, so she invited members of the Society for Creative Anachronism to bring their knowledge and skills to the Eugene Public Library. Winston Ross of the Register-Guard has the story.

January 23rd

Tons of Song Dynasty coins found in Chinese kiln

Several tons of copper coins dating to the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) were found recently in an ancient kiln in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. The coins were strung into ropes through a center hole. (photos)

Lochlan and Gwen new Prince and Princess of Ansteorra

Donnchadh reports that Sir Lochlan Dunn was the victor of the January 15, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. His Highness was inspired by Gwen verch Cynwrig de Ynys Mon.

Estrella Camping Map is now Online

The Estrella War Promotions Staff has announced that the Estrella XXVII camping maps are now online.

January 22nd

Battle of Towton study shows gruesome side of medieval combat

During England's War of the Roses, the Battle of Towton was a turning point in long-going warfare between the Houses of Lancaster and York. Now new forensic studies are helping researchers to understand the concept of medieval warfare in a new way.

New Prince and Princess in Oertha

Baron Khevron reports that Viscount Kenric Maur was the winner of the recent Coronet tournament in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West.

Anton Cwith new Heir to Calontir Throne

Hywela reports that Anton Cwith, inspired by Isabeau De Beauxyeux, was the winner of the January 15, 2011 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Calontir.

January 21st

[EAL] Break the Back of Winter II

Come one and all to the Wilds of Greyfells to experience a day of ferocious fun and fellowship. We will gather together to sing the splendour of spring and celebrate earths finest fauna, real, mythological and heraldic!

[ATL] Manannan Mac Lir XXXII

Cold winds and snow may dominate the Northern reaches of our fair Kingdom, but here in the South, winter means camellias and time to fight for the Broach of Manannan.