Archive - Apr 2012

April 13th

[MER] Hit List

Join the Barony of the Osprey as we celebrate the Hundred Years' War and the Investiture of our new Baron and Baroness, The Honorable Lord Lugh of Osprey and Mistress Christine Silkewymman!

[MID] This Land is Our Land

There is still time to come to the lovely Shire of Shadowed Stars on April 21, 2012 to our This Land is Our Land and We are Dressed to Impress event. 

[WES] Vinhold Baronial Championship

Her Excellency, Aurelia the Meek, invites all combatants to determine the new Champions of the Barony of Vinhold. 

[NOR] SUN / Heralds & Scribes Symposium

The Canton of Nordleigh, the Northshield College of Heralds and the SUN Chancellor cordially invite you to attend the summer session of the Stellar University of Northshield, in association with the Heralds & Scribes Symposium!

[ANT] Grand Thing VII

The winter snows begin to melt and soon we will see the first green of spring.  It’s time once again to gather together, meet in celebration, take council, and renew our bonds of friendship.

[MER] Coronation

The Barony of Iron Mountain invites you to attend the CORONATION of Ailgheanan and Amber

[ART] Regional Fighter Practice

Welcome to Silverkeep on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 1-7pm at the SOB barn on MSU campus.

[CAL] Kingdom A&S Competition

Kingdom A&S Competition 5 May 2012 hosted by the Shire of Heraldshill

[WES] Archery Hunt and Novelty Shoot

A hunting we will go, A hunting we will go… Wax your bowstring and come out to play at the archery range.

Archaic laws to be swept from UK books

Those hoping to kill a Scotsman in York for carrying a bow and arrow had better act fast. This law, along with many others dating as far back as 1322, will soon be removed from the UK law books.

Customary Law Before the Conquest

How were disputes settled in Anglo-Saxon England? Implications suggest there was a common law, but "...where had it come from and how had it developed?"

April 12th

Gotland bucket reveals silver and bronze

A bronze bucket filled to the brim with silver coins was found in a field on the island of Gotland, Sweden. The coins date to the Viking era.

Replica 13th century stave church door on display in California

A hand-carved replica of the Borgund Stave Church door will be on display this weekend at the Scandinavian Festival at California Lutheran University in Thousan Oaks, California (USA).

Kathie Lee and Hoda go "full metal" in joust

Co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb of the Today Show recently went medieval when they received jousting lessons from Full Metal Jousting's Shane Adams. Julieanne Smolinski has the story, photos and video.

April 11th

Chicago meets the Mongols

Chicago is about to be invaded by the Mongols, or at least the Field Museum is when it presents Genghis Khan, "the largest single collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled," February 24 through September 3, 2012.

Shakespeare's Sisters at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Women had little impact on writing in the renaissance, or so common wisdom believes, but a new exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library proves otherwise. The exhibition showcases the work of  more than 50 women from Britain, France and Italy from 1500-1700.

Deadly Carnival photos online

Augusto G. reports that he has created an album of photos from the Deadly Carnival event which took place recently in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. The photos are available on Photobucket.

Medieval Science Manuscripts Now Digitized

The British Library began the final phase of an 18-month project, and has uploaded numerous scientific works to its Digitised Manuscripts site, with more additions in the coming weeks.

Uncle Samulus wants YOU!

1,800 years ago, a mixed martial arts champion retired from the ring and decided to give back to his country, successfully using his celebrity to recruit for the army.

April 10th

Gulf Wars pics from Thursday

Ursus of Anglesey has posted over 400 photos from Thursday at Gulf Wars.

Game of Thrones inspires interest in medieval cooking

HBO's popular medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones is inspiring fans to try their hand at medieval cooking. The show even has its own cookbook.

History of the Helmet

While the word helmet dates to the 15th century, military headgear has been around for much longer. This article traces the history of the helmet from ancient warfare to modern sports.

Eirik Andersen's photo album from 2005 Spring Coronation are back online

Eirik Andersen, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that the album of photos from Ealdormere's Spring Coronation 2005 is now available on his new website.

Volcanoes key to "Little Ice Age"

A new study, led by Gifford Miller at the University of Colorado at Boulder, US, may show that a series of volcanic eruptions around 1300 may have led to the Little Ice Age, which dropped temperatures in Europe in the 1500s.

April 9th

Anglo-Saxon tools for the re-enactor

Daegrad Tools in Sheffield, England offers a wide range of Anglo-Saxon tools and equipment, extensively researched, including knives, tools and crafting items such as spindles and looms. The website features close-ups of the tools.

Lincolnshire hobbyist strikes gold with silver seal matrix

Metal detctore hobbyist Devin Warmsley had a great day December 7, 2011 when he discovered a 14th century silver gilt seal-matrix worth between UK£5,000 and UK£20,000, according to the British Museum. (photo).

YouTube video showcases Gulf War XXI rapier melee

Rose Eriksdottir reports that she has posted a video featuring photos from the Rapier Fort Battle at Gulf Wars XXI. The video is available to view on YouTube.

Bards offer SCA fundraising album

Lady Isolde de Lengadoc of Ealdormere reports that a bardic fundraising album is now available to download from the iBards website. Profits from the album will be donated to the SCA General Fund.

April 8th

U.S. Magna Carta to return to display

On February 17, 2012, the only medieval copy of the Magna Carta in the United States will return to display in the National Archives. The copy was purchased by philanthropist David Rubenstein in 2007 and is on long-term loan at the museum.

"Best preserved medieval timber barn in England" bought by English Heritage

English Heritage has purchased Harmondsworth Barn, the "Cathedral of Middlesex," for UK£20,000. The barn, originally used for storing grain, "resembles the nave of a large church." It was built in 1426. (photo)