Archive - 2011

November 10th

An Tir subjects elevated at Emprise of the Black Lion

THL Alessandra da Montefeltro and THL Angharad Albanes report that Their Royal Majesties Thorin VII and Dagmaer II of the Kingdom of An Tir offered elevation to the Peerage to three members of Their populace at the September 17, 2011 Emprise of the Black Lion.

[AET] Rapier and Costuming Academy

The Barony-Marche of the Debatable lands invites one and all to escape the winter weather and join us for a day dedicated to the arts of Rapier and Costuming on December 3, 2011, at the Pittsburgh Chinese Church, 8711 Old Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

[OUT] Fighter practice in Plattefordham

The Shire of Plattefordham would like to invite one and all to our Northern Outlands, Middle of Nowhere, Defenders of the Northern Boarders, Armpit of Insanity, indoor fighter practice on November 19, 2011!!! 

[WES] Coronation - Fall 2011

Come one, come all to the oasis that is Fontaine dans Sable to welcome Prince Kynan and Princess Gilliana as the newest regents of the Kingdom of the Outlands.

[WES] Mists Fall Investiture

It is a time of joy and celebration as the Principality of the Mists come together to bear witness to the investiture of our new Prince and Princess.

[ANS] Bordermarch Autumn Melees

Welcome one and all to BAM. The biggest melees battles in Ansteorra! Fighting, Equestrian, Classes, Hafla, Fellowship, Bardic and more. A&S populace choice Competition, Baronial Championships in Equestrian, Adult Bardic and Youth Bardic.

[GLE] Fall Crown List

The Shire of Tor an Riogh is pleased to invite all to attend and bear witness to the pageantry and prowess of the combatants and their consorts as they vie on the list field to become the heir to the mighty ram throne.

[WES] Beaconsgate Boar Hunt

Dem boars is running wild in the fields of Old Beaconsgate squashing all our crops. We have begged our protectors, the Lords of the Province of the Mists, for help. They have grudgingly graciously agreed to come on December 10th and hunt dem boars down and kill dem dead. 

Art historian finds devil is really in the details

An art historian claims to have found an image of the devil in the fluffy clouds of a 13th century fresco by the early Renaissance artist Giotto. The fesco, in the Assisi Bascilica in Italy, depicts the death of St. Francis of Assisi.

Valizan changes bellydance stereotype in southern Ontario

Canadian bellydancer Rob Galbraith, known as Valizan in the SCA, considers himself a shy person, but those who watch his performance as a male bellydancer, complete with scimitar, would be surprised. Jeff Mahoney of the Toronto Star has the story.

November 9th

Northshield Fall Crown 2011 video online

Roisin has posted a number of videos of the Northshield Fall Crown held October 8, 2011. The videos are available to view on YouTube.

Michel and Bengta to be new Baron and Baroness of Gryphons Lair

Their Royal Majesties Ronan and Clair of the Kingdom of Artemisia have announced that Sir Michel the Lucky of Lancaster and Mistress Bengta Rolfsdotter will be the next Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Gryphons Lair.

November 8th

Traceable art for scribes

Scribes looking for heraldic images for scrolls, or heralds wishing to help newcomers choose charges, may wish to check out the Pennsic Traceable Art Project created by Ailis Linne.

November 7th

The history of print comes full circle

First there was the printing press. Then the printer. Then the PDF, and then the e-book reader. And then there was...the printing press?  The Sacramento Public Library is about to become one of the few libraries in the nation to operate an Espresso Book Machine.

Creating a Gothic fitted dress

In a September 2011 article on the Fabric-Store.com website, Nicole Novembrino discusses the history and structure of the Gothic fitted dress, featured prominently in images from the mid-1300s until the mid-1400s.

All things horse on display in Kentucky

The International Museum of the Horse is opening a new exhibit, aptly named 'The Horse", that looks at the relationship mankind has had with horses for the past 19,000 years.

Ansteorra's Queen's Champion photos online

Lady Sara de la Val reports that she has created an album of photos from Queen's Champion, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

Marian of Heatherdale winner of 2011 Pegasus Award

Folk and filk singer Heather Dale, known in the SCA as Mistress Marian of Heatherdale, is the winner of the 2011 Pegasus Award for Best Romantic Song. The winning song, As I Am is available on the album Avalon.

November 6th

Rethinking William Wallace

When Mel Gibson brought the story of Scottish hero William Wallace to the screen in Braveheart, Wallace became a worldwide symbol of freedom, but the seeds of rebellion may have had a slightly different beginning according to a new study.

Scottish archaeologists investigate vitrified fort

1,300 years ago, a tribe of warriors tried in vain to defend a fort below Abbey Craig in Stirling, Scotland. Their failure led to the total destruction, or vitrification, of the fort by fire. Recently archaeologists spent four days investigating the site.

14th century Ottoman conqueror found at Perperikon

Discoveries continue to be unearthed at the Perperikon archaeological site in Bulgaria. The latest is the tomb of a 14th century Ottoman conqueror.

Viking boat burial found in Scotland

An intact Viking boat burial has been found in the highlands of Scotland, the first burial of its kind found on the UK mainland. The artifacts found at the site indicate the man buried there may have been a high ranking warrior.

Professor investigates newly-discovered Missouri runestone

Dr. James Frankki, of Sam Houston State University, has studied the Kensington Runestone in Minnesota and the Heavener Runestone in Oklahoma. Now he is taking look at a recently-discovered stone in Missouri.

November 5th

Roman baths discovered in London

Builders of a new office block in the Southwark district of London will not see their dreams realized until they have determined what to do with the remains of a Roman bath house, complete with cold plunge bath and hypocaust heating system. (photo)

"Penn in Hand" database online

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the conclusion of a two-year project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to digitize and make available on the World Wide Web its medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Restoration planned for Greece's Bourtzi Castle

In the late 15th century, the Bourtzi fortress castle was constructed to protect the Byzantine city of Nafplio from invasion from the sea. Now the castle is to be restored as a tourist attraction. (photo)

River Wars photos online

Cateline la Broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from River Wars which took place recently in the East Kingdom. The photos are available on PacasaWeb.

November 4th

Greetings from Atenveldt: Estrella War Information

Mineko of Twin Moons, Estrella War Promotions Officer, has released a number of announcements for the upcoming War.

Eyrny Omarsdottir to become Pelican at Wassail

At Pennsic Court, Their Majesties Aaron and Rustique of the Kingdom of Ealdormere placed Baroness Eyrny Omarsdottir on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican. Her Excellency will give her answer at the upcoming Wassail.

Churches in Sudan shed light on saints and pilgrims

A series of well-preserved medieval churches in central Sudan are giving researchers new information into the world of medieval pilgrimages and veneration. Inscriptions at one site show that pilgrims came from as far away as Catalonia.