Archive - 2012

December 8th

6th century tsunami devasted Lake Geneva

New research shows that a killer tsunami devastated the shoreline of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in the 6th century, swamping villages around the lake. The disaster is believed to have been caused by falling rocks on the Rhone River side of the lake.

Hadrian's Wall: England's defendable border

Owen Jarus takes a look at Hadrian's Wall in a recent feature story on the Live Science website. The article traces the history of the wall and its importance to the study of Roman life in England.

Remains of Northampton Castle discovered

Three feet (one metre) beneath the surface of the site for the new railway station building in Northampton, England, lay a secret, recently discovered: the remains of the 11th Century, Northampton Castle.

December 7th

Board of Directors changes Corpora IV.B.1 allowing same-gender consorts at discretion of Crown

The Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. has announced a change to the Governing Documents that allows same-gender consorts to be permitted in Royal Lists at the discretion of the Crown of each kingdom. The change is effective immediately.

Volunteers needed for Youth Center at Estrella War

Atenveldt Kingdom Youth Officer, Lady Edeline de Diekirche, is seeking volunteers to help with youth activities at the upcoming Estrella War.

Phiala O'Ceallaigh elevated to Pelican at Fabric Fiber and Fighting Collegium

Maistir Brandubh O Donnghaile, Silver Buccle Herald, reports that Their Majesties Khalek and Branwyn of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Mistress Phiala O'Ceallaigh at the recent Fabric Fiber and Fighting Collegium in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais.

December 6th

Bye bye, Bythewood

The medieval surnames of England are disappearing. That means no more Bythewoods, Pauncefoots or Foothead, according to Debbie Kennett of the Guild of One-Name Studies, a group dedicated to investigating the origins and heritage of surnames.

Artisan Showcases at Estrella War XXLX

Master Ritchyrd McUath, Estrella War XXLX Artisan Showcase Coordinator and THL Brigit ni Sheachnasaigh, Estrella War XXLX Deputy Artisan Showcase Coordinator report on the Artisans' Showcases scheduled for the upcoming Estrella War XXLX.

December 5th

“Roads of Arabia" premieres in Washington, D.C.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. is currently playing host to Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an "unprecedented assembly" of artifacts which tell the story of of the trade routes across the Arabian Peninsula.

Tycho Brahe not poisoned

For over 400 years, rumours have surrounded the death of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, including one which suggested that Brahe was murdered using mercury by his assistant Johannes Kepler. Now, after two years, evidence from the scientist's exhumed body disproves the theory.

Caelin on Andrede's BAM 2012 photos

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created a large album of photos from Bordermarch Autumn Melees which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

December 4th

Pennsic War will be one week earlier in 2013

The East Kingdom Gazette reports on changes to the 2013 Pennsic War which takes place July 19, 2013 through August 3, 2013.

Viking "slash and hack"

Unlike Hollywood's version of sword fighting, based on fencing, the true Viking fighting style was close in and vigorous. In a short video posted on the Discovery website, a father and son team of professional fight choreographers shows how it was really done.

Edward and Dejaneecie to be new Baron and Baroness of Nordskogen

King Yngvar and Queen Luce of the Kingdom of Northshield report that Don Edward of Kent and  Domna Dejaneecie Amidarium Vu have been chosen as the new Baron and Baroness of Nordskogen.

December 3rd

Battle of Hastings cancelled due to rain

Sunday October 14, 2012 marked the 346th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings which brought Norman rule to Anglo-Saxon England. Unfortunately, rain and mud put a damper on the celebration, cancelling the battle re-enactment.

Edward Aldwin knighted at Castle Wars

Lady Rosamond Playfayre, Herald of Drakenmere in the Kingdom of Meridies, reports that Their Majesties Thomas and Elisenda knighted Edward Aldwin on the field at Their Castle Wars event.

100 Mins War 2012 photos online

Cateline la broderesse reports that she has created an album of photos from 100 Mins War 2012 which took place recently in the Kingdom of the East. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

December 2nd

Spartacus online auction

On December 9, 2012, Webb's Auction House in New Zealand will host an auction of props and set dressings from the Starz television series Spartacus. Online bids will be accepted.

December 1st

[ATE] Tri-Baronial Youth and Family Shoot

Come join the Baronies of Twin Moon's, Sundragon and Atenveldt at the archery range at Papago Park this Sunday at 9:00am for our Youth & Family day!

[ATE] Spring Crown Tournament

The time has come for the next King and Queen of these Glorious Lands of Atenveldt to be decided!  The Spring Crown Tournament will be held in the Shire of Burning Sands.  We here at the Shire would like to invite the populace of the Kingdom to come and see this largely unknown part of the Kingdom.

[DRA] Academia della Danza

The right noble lord Baron and the trusty lady Baroness of the Ancient lands of Knights Crossing have declared that their subjects, noble in their demeanour, should learn the ancient art of dance, that they may better grace their court with knowledge of this gentler art. To this effect, they have hired sundry dance masters from lands far and wide to come and provide instruction.

[ANS] Yule Revel XXII

The Canton of Dragonsfire Tor invites you to help us celebrate Yule Revel XXII December 8, 2012 at Oakdale Park, Glen Rose, TX

[OUT] Soft Grand Opening and Toys for Tots Tournaments

We would like to invite you to join us for an evening of fun and camaraderie.

[WES] Cynagua Business Meeting

It is that time again for our semi-annual business meeting. We have a new location for this one and I am already in love with the owner, he is fabulous. His banquet room holds 50 and he stated we can add to that if necessary. I will be trying out the food this weekend, but if what I heard online is true, we are looking at some good stuff.

[ATE] A Day in Vahalla

Once we invited you to Dante’s Inferno - now we invite you to heaven!  Valhalla, a place of legend, a place where only the best fighters unite with Odin to prepare for Ragnarok.  Join the Barony of Twin Moons in celebration on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 from 10 am to 5 pm at Chuparosa Park, 2400 S. Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ, 85244. 

[MID] Twelfth Night in the Black Forest

Come all good Gentles of the Realm. Come to Twelfth Night in the Black Forest, a Tree-Girt-Sea Twelfth Night, and share in the joyful delight that is the Season of Warmth and Friendship.

[WES] Yule

Welcome, one and all to our Annual Celebration of Midwinter Solstice and Yule!! Join us for a day of warmth and merrymaking as we fend off the terrible cold outside.

[ANS] War College 2013

The Barony of Raven's Fort will be holding a War College at The Stones February 15th - 17th, 2013.  Gate will open at 5 pm on the 15th.  This will be one of the last chances to get authorized before Gulf Wars in our area.

[ATL] Tournament of Love and Beauty

In celebrations of the 21st year of the Barony of Ponte Alto a passage of arms will be held that exemplifies chivalric love and beauty, both on and off the field, as can be found in the ballads and tourneys of the 15th century.

[NOR] Fighters Retreat

Canton of Blachemere hosts Fighters Retreat December 15, 2012.