Archive - Feb 2012

February 10th

Guinea pig joins the ranks of favorite medieval pets

Was there a guinea pig sitting in the cage of a 16th century classroom? A new archaeological find proves it's possible. The 3rd ever early European guinea pig skeleton has been found in Belgium. Experts believe it was buried like a pet.

February 9th

Mona Lisa Has a Twin

The Prado Museum in Madrid recently announced that it has what is thought to be the earliest copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.

[DRA] Double Wars 25th anniversary

Attemark is once again hosting the great Double Wars, this time for the 25th time and it is with great pleasure that we invite You to celebrate this joyous occation with us.

[ANT] Winter's End

The Barony of Terra Pomaria invites you to our Winter's End celebration. There will be fighting, feasting and revelry.

[AET] Feast of Bacchus

Come one, come all to Endless Hills and help us celebrate the Fest of Bacchus, Roman God of wine! This wondrous event will be filled with Greek and Roman themed activities.

[ATL] Team Wench's Privateer Feast

Team Wench will hold its eleventh annual Privateer Feast on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Earleigh Heights VFC in Severna Park, Maryland.

[CAL] Chieftains Tournament

Come join the Barony of Three Rivers in our annual Chieftains event! This year's theme is the early Tudor dynasty, Henry VII and Henry VIII. There will be food, fighting, arts and sciences, and a whole lot of fun!

[ATE] Practicum of the Sword VI

Come join us in the Barony of Starkhafn, and partake of our famous hospitality in the desert, as we once again engage in a weekend of classes with an emphasis on sword combat in SCA armored, unarmored and rapier formats, with an eye on the historical use of the weapons, and other matters of import to the well-rounded swordsman and swordswoman!

Video captures tournament action in Canton of the Golden Playne

Ii Toonishinokami Katsumori reports that a video is available on YouTube of armored combat at the January 7, 2012 Tourney of Skyhawk in the Canton of the Golden Playne (Thailand).

13th century Scotland is closer than you think

Medieval Scotland can be closer than you think...in New York, for instance. A home inspired by a 13th century Scottish castle is up for sale in New City, New York, just an hour north of Manhattan.

February 8th

Scholar thinks original Robin Hood may be from Kent, England

An English scholar and author has put forth the theory that Robin Hood was originally William of Keynsham, a bailiff who led a group of archers against the invading French in the woods near Sussex and Kent in 1216.

Same-Gender Consorts: Proposed Corpora Change

Ariel de Courtenay, from the Inspirational Equality consortium, offers her analysis of the Board's recent proposal for a change in Corpora related to same-gender couple in Royal Lists.

February 7th

Roman brothel coin first of its kind found in Britain

London pastry chef Regis Cursan must have been surprised by his discovery of an ancient coin near Putney Bridge in West London, especially since the coin "depicts a man and a woman engaged in an intimate act." (photos)

First Same-Gender Couple to Ascend Baronial Thrones in Caid

Baron Ursul and Baroness Colette of Caid’s Barony of Gyldenholt have made SCA history by inviting a same-gender couple to become their heirs (posted with kind permission of the author, Mistress Caitlin Christiana Wintour).

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Baron Giles Hill and Messer Giuseppe Francesco da Borgia invested as reeves of the Barony of Gyldenholt

Messer Giuseppe Francesco da Borgia offers a first-hand account of the recent investiture in the Barony of Gyldenholt.

February 6th

Peerapalooza at West Kingdom Twelfth Night

At Teufelberg, in the West Kingdom, Their Majesties Rolf the Relentless and Aurora Komnene created seven new peers at Twelfth Night on January 7.

Dragon lanterns shine light on centuries past

In honor the the Year of the Dragon, the Chengdu Temple Fair in China is displaying 43 dragon-themed lantern sets, some dating back centuries.

A Challenge to all Houses in the Known World

In an open letter, Clan Marshin Fayne challenges households, clans, and other non-official groups to offer assistance to the SCA's official branches in meeting the financial stipulations of the recently-announced legal settlement.

February 5th

Call For Gulf Wars classes/events/demos, etc.

Mistress Solveig Eiriksdottir, Overall Class Coordinator for Gulf Wars 2012, is seeking class and demo instructors for the upcoming War.

SCA Inc. announces settlement of major lawsuit

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) has been operating under the burden of a massive and difficult legal battle that has critically drained resources and caused significant ongoing difficulties for the organization. In October 2011, the board of the SCA and its legal counsel were finally able to resolve this issue, but not without significant financial costs.

"The Mourners" at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is currently hosting the exhibition The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy, one of the masterpieces of late medieval sculpture in Europe. The exhibit will run January 21, 2012 through April 15, 2012.

Swords stolen from California Shakespeare company

Insurance News Net reports that, in late December 2011, three thousand dollars worth of swords were stolen from the Redlands Shakespeare Festival, Redlands, California. The theft included many large swords and specialty items.

February 4th

[EAL] Break the Back of Winter

Greetings unto the populace!  It is our great pleasure to extend to you an invitation to Break the Back of Winter 7th: Skraeling Althings 30th. Join us as we ring in three decades of history.

[EAS] Black Rose Ball XXXV

On March 3, 2012 the 35th Annual Black Rose Ball will be held in the Crown Barony of the Bridge. We invite everyone from far and wide to join us on this historic occasion, as we come together to celebrate the longest continuously running dance event in the entire known world.

[LOC] Trans-Alpine Darton Autumn Feast

On 10 March TransAlpine Darton is hosting an Autumn Feast in Featherston. Master Stefano da Urbino will be cooking this feast.

[LOC] Lightwood Newcomer's Feast & Tourney

The canton of Lightwood is the new canton in the Huon Valley, south of Hobart. Our first event is a tourney and feast, featuring rapier, heavy and perhaps even some archery, plus boffers for the younger participants.

[ATL] Performers' Revel

Continuing a tradition whose origin is lost in the mists of time ... on Saturday, March 3, 2012, the ancient and venerable Performers' Revel will take place in the vasty halls of Caer Bear. This is an event OF performers FOR performers BY performers!

[LOC] Single Sword Tourney

Abertridwr presents Single Sword Tourney on 11/2/2012

[EAL] Step Spritely 2012

In honour of our Lupine Majesties Thormot Quilliam and Dagmar Halvdan, Step Spritely 2012 has a Viking theme. This is an opportunity to work on an alternate persona OR to come as your Renaissance self attending a Viking theme party.