Archive - Jun 2012

June 30th

Rare black-tinted Flemish manuscripts online

In the second half of the 15th century, the noble families of Burgundy were privileged to enjoy illuminated books with black tinted pages, scribed with gold and silver script. Examples of these rare and magnificent manuscripts may be viewed on artist Daniel Mitsui's blog, The Lion & the Cardinal.

The Dark Ages: Everything old is new again

In a new documentary, filmmaker and historian Michael Wood compares the economic gloom and social unrest of modern Europe with conditions in the western world at the beginning of the Dark Ages.

Good and evil in Machiavelli's "The Prince"

400 years after its publication, Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince still inspires analysis and comment. One of the latest is a two-part story by Nick Spencer in the Guardian. The premise of the article: How do we utilise power to do good while utilising evil to keep power?

June 29th

Anglo-Saxon woman found buried with cow

Archaeologists excavating a late 5th century CE grave in Cambridgeshire, England have come across something completely uniquie - a women buried with a cow. This is the first known burial from this period of a woman with an animal in England, and the first case of anyone being buried with a cow.

Newcomer classes at Pennsic 41

Lady Alison Wodehalle, East Kingdom Chatelaine, reports that the Kingdom will sponsor a series of classes targeted for newer SCA members at the upcoming Pennsic War.

Nominees sought for SCA Ltd. Board

Master Kilic ibn Sungur ibn al-Kazganci al-Turhani, Chairman of the SCA Ltd. (Australia), has announced that the SCA Ltd Board has a need to fill three Board vacancies.

June 28th

[CAL] Tournament of Valor XXXIII

Tournament of Valor XXXIII Site opens at 5:00 pm Friday, August 31st • Site closes at noon on Monday, September 3, 2012.

[EAL] Baronial Investiture at Queen's Picnic

Come for a picnic day of fun and games and join us in welcoming the new Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven, and in honouring their Excellencies Kolbjorn Skattkaupandi and Brehyres Wencenedl of Rokesburg.

[LOC] Spring War XVIII

We send invite to all of Lochac and beyond to join Mordenvale for their annual SPRING WAR.

[LOC] 4-man Team Melee

Abertridwr presents 4-man Team Melee July 15, 2012 at the Wandi Community Centre, De Hare Drive, Wandi WA

[WES] Palatine Barony of the Far West Coronet

It's that time of year to once again start preparing for the fall coronet. The dates have been approved locally and assume that we will have no issues getting them approved by kingdom.

[GLE] Star Mangled Spanner

Come join the Shire of Hammerhold in the park for a one day event. There with several tournaments that will crown both our shire defender and warlord. The Defender tournament will be a TOC qualifier run double elimination, open weapons format list.

[EAL] Baronial Muster

This is event is a Baronial camping event which will try to continue the tradition of Baronial Muster and of Autocrat’s Day Off. The facility, Raven’s Knoll is a private campground of just over 100 acres between Golden Lake and Eganville on the Bonnechere River.

[MER] Summer Collegia VII

The Shire of Drakenmere invites you to Summer Collegia VII: Machen und Treffen, August 13, 2012, to be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 515 S. Liberty Street, Waynesboro GA, 30830

[EAS] All Things Scribal

The people of the Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant are pleased to offer a day of classes dedicated to ALL THINGS SCRIBAL. The day will offer a range of classes ranging from basic introductions to more advanced tips and tricks for experts.

[ATL] Last Chance Authorization Day

Back by popular demand, Highland Foorde will be hosting a "Last Chance Authorization" day in Highland Foorde just before Pennsic, on July 22nd - A Sunday.

[NOR] Crispin's Archery Thing

The Barony of Nordskogen presents Crispin's Archery Thing

[OUT] Drygestan SCA Village & Fall Melee

The Shire of Drygestan welcomes Outlanders near and far and thanks the populace for their
help in past years.

[MER] Regional Fighter Practice

I would like to invite all my good friends out...

[ANT] Game of Thrones and Stormgods

Once more the Barony of Stromgard invites all to play the Game of Thrones and Stormgods July 27-29, 2012 near Woodland, WA.

[MER] Arabian Nights 2012

Follow the first pilgrimage to Jerusalem on its path through Europe and Byzantium sampling all to be had along the way.

[OUT] Pageantry in the Hills

Their Excellencies of Fontaine dans Sable, Estevan and Emily, cordially invite one and all to join them for a day of heavy weapons fighting and fun on July 14, 2012.

[WES] il Palio di Eskalya

What is the Palio di Eskalya? It is inspired by the Italian Palio festivals which encourage civic pride, pageantry and multiple competitions where the winning Contrade takes the Palio banner and bragging rights for the next year! 

[NOR] Warriors and Warlords XIX

The Baronies of Jararvellir and Nordskogen proudly welcome their friends and family to return to beautiful Kronshage Parkin Boscobel, WI for our grand celebration that is Warriors and Warlords XIX.

English as linguistic "vacuum cleaner"

Linguist David Crystal loves the English language and its habit of adopting words from other languages. In a recent NPR interview, Crystal discusses English as a "vacuum cleaner of a language," and his book The Story of English in 100 Words. (audio)

SCA demo at Phoenix Comicon

Lord Alystyr (Yoshi), Kingdom Media Officer for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, reports on SCA participation at the recent ComicCon in Phoenix, Arizona.

June 27th

Stunning locations mark Morrocan Roman ruins

Most tourists of Roman sites rave about the beauty of Rome or Hadrian's Wall, but most ignore Roman Morocco. In an article for The Star Online, Paul Schemm looks at several Roman sites in Morocco.

SCA rapier fighters draw crowds at Keokuk ren faire

Armored combat and rapier flighting caught the eye of 14-year-old Dylan Sapp at the recent Tri-State Renaissance Faire in Keokuk, Iowa. "I loved swords before I even knew what they were," he told reporter Jeff Hunt of the Hawk Eye. (photo)

Fighters prepare for West - An Tir War

On weekends, armored fighters from the An Tir have gathered to prepare for the annual West-An Tir War in Gold Beach, Oregon. Theresa Novak of the Corvallis Gazette-Times caught up with some of them recently in a local park.

June 26th

Medieval head coverings

Lady Racaire of the Kingdom of Drachenwald has posted an album of photos from a class she taught in 2004 on medieval veils and head coverings.