Archive - Nov 2012

November 30th

[ART] Yule Revel

Greetings and salutations from your fair cousins in the shire of Stan Wyrm! We invite you to join us at our own Yule Revel and Tourney for St. Nicholas. It will be held December 1, 2012 at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Great Falls, MT.

[ART] Shire of Cote du Ciel Birthday

This Saturday December 1, 2012 is the Shire of Cote du Ciels Birthday celebrations, being held at the Cache Valley Fairgrounds. (near Willow Park, on the west side).

[LOC] Leichtenauer 101

Matthew Browne, who many will know as Lucas, previous Baron of Ynys Fawr, will be teaching a fundamentals course in wrestling, dagger and longsword. He will be covering principles, techniques and drills interpreted from teachings of the students of famed German fight master, Johannes Leichtenauer. Wrestling, dagger combat and longsword will each be given study.

[ATE] Twelfth Night

With winters coming, the nights have gotten longer and colder. Come it in this warm place and rest. Close your eyes and image a gathering of friends and family listening to music and watching others dance, while others are having a good time with period games.

Raising of Mary Rose marked

Tudor archers with longbows marked the 30th anniversary of the raising of Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, from the floor of the Solent. The BBC celebrated the occasion with a short video.

Archaeologists seek Kingsholm Palace

A BBC video reports that archaeologists believe they have discovered the site of the Anglo-Saxon Kingsholm Palace in Gloucester, England.

Photos from Drachenwald's Kingdom University online

Edicrus reports that he has created an album of photos from Kingdom University which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. The photos are available on Flickr.

November 29th

[ATL] Lion's Head Tavern

Come to our day of feasting and fun on the Eve of the Epiphany. Bring your Bardic entries and your brewing delights for our competition. Enjoy a day of feasting, music, dancing, and tale telling. The Bright Hills Cooking Guild will be providing a day board and mid-winter feast. Wear your finest and celebrate the season.

The beauty of Devon's bench carvings

Historian Todd Gray believes the English often marvel at the beauty of craftsmanship in other countries without realizing what they have in their own backyards. In a short BBC video, he looks at the church bench carvings of Devon.

16th century artificial hand

The loss of limbs in the Middle Ages and Renaissance was a fact of life, so it is no surprise that armorers were employed to fabricate prosthetic hands. One, made of iron, is featured on the My Armoury.com website. (photo)

November 28th

"Epic parties" marked spectacular Anglo-Saxon feasting hall

1,300 years ago, a "spectacular Anglo-Saxon feasting hall" was abandoned in Kent, England. Recently a team of archaeologists from the University of Reading marked the end of their excavations of the site with a candlelight ceremony surrounding the building which knew so many "epic parties."

I say, is that a sword you're carrying...

Fans of rapier combat and regency romance will appreciate a short film by Leo Burton. The Duel At Blood Creek is the winner of several short film awards. [OOP and PG13]

Three awarded Peerages at Outlands Newcomers Event

Lord Cilléne mac Conghalaigh reports that at Their New Comers Event, Their Royal Majesties, Flanagan and Drahomira of the Kingdom of the Outlands offered Peerages to three of Their subjects.

November 27th

2012 Flights of Fury photos online

THL Evain Macrae of the Barony of Fontaine dans Sable reports that she has created several albums of photos from Flights of Fury, the Kingdom of the Outlands "Premier Archery Event." The photos are available on her public Facebook page.

Subject of Holbein painting identified

X-rays and infra-red photography used during conservation work on a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger have identified the subject as Hans, a merchant working in London's steelyards, rather than the goldsmith Hans of Antwerp, the identity given to the man for over 400 years.

November 26th

Viking roleplaying game to be released

Game creator Gregor Vuga reports that he is developing a roleplaying game focusing on the lives of Icelandic settlers in the 10th century CE. Sagas of the Icelanders is an independent endeavor funded by private contributions. A short video explains the project.

Star Wars illuminated

Fandom meets fantastic when artist Chey Chao used medieval illumination techniques to tell the story of Star Wars. The illuminations were created for a school project.

Reporter spends A Day in the Caliph's Court

Boston Globe correspondent Emily Files visited with members of the Barony of Carolingia as they presented their outdoor event, A Day in the Caliph's Court, on a beautiful fall afternoon. Carolingia in a barony of the East Kingdom.

November 25th

Learn Latin and feed the hungry

Are you a compassionate person? Are you a person who enjoys practicing your Latin? You can be both on the Free Rice website where every right answer in a Latin language quiz wins 10 grains of rice for the World Food Program.

Tore av Uddevala elevated to Pelican in the Outlands

Master Adam Stedefast reports that, at Their final court, Their Royal Majesties Flanagan and Drahomira of the Kingdom of the Outlands offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Master Tore av Uddevala.

Isabeau Lia Rossedal made Pelican in Artemisia

At Their recent Crown Tournament, Their Royal Majesties Timmur and Saige of the Kingdom of Artemisia offered elevation to Isabeau Lia Rossedal, who gave her answer in the affirmative.

November 24th

Travel through time with Queen Margot

Travel through time with this French video which portrays changes in fashion from 1550 to 1615 through the person of Queen Margot. The short video is available on YouTube.

Robin Hood Land?

The city council of Nottingham, England and a private concern are at odds over plans to construct two major attractions honoring Robin Hood in Nottinghamshire. The city hopes to revamp the Nottingham Castle, while Discovery Attractions wants to build a UK£13m theme park near Edwinstowe. (graphic)

Aethelmearc's Hunter's Moon photos online

Mistress Euriol of Lothian reports that she has created an album of photos from Hunters Moon which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on her Google photo site.

November 23rd

US government determines Drake landed at Point Reyes, California

Apparently fed up with four centuries of sqabbling, US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has designated the Point Reyes Peninsula, north of San Francisco, in Marin County, California, as the site where Sir Francis Drake came ashore and claimed the land for England.

Teffania de Tuckerton to become Laurel in Lochac

Their Majesties Henri and Beatrice of the Kingdom of Lochac have offered Baroness Teffania de Tuckerton admittance into the Order of the Laurel.

November 22nd

Leicester burials continue to mystify

The mysteries surrounding remains found under a Leicester, England car park continue with efforts to identify the bones of a woman found in the vicinity of those suspected to belong to King Richard III. Experts are puzzled at the burial of a woman in Greyfriars church, a male institution.

Two receive Laurels in AEthelmearc

Maistir Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that at Their Academy in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn of Aethelmearc, recognized the efforts of two of Their subjects with elevation and invitation to peerages.

Do-it-yourself recurve

Have the urge to build your own recurve bow but have no idea where to start? David Radtke can help you. In an illustrated, online article for American Woodworker, Radtke takes you through all the steps to creating a finished bow.

November 21st

William Blackfox Award winners announced

TH Lady Ysabeau Tiercelin, Chronicler for the Society for Creative Anachronism, has announced the Annual William Blackfox Awards for A.S. XLVI. The Blackfox Awards recognized excellence in the field of newsletter production, writing and illustration.