Archive - Apr 2013

April 24th

[NOR] Bardstock II

What is Bardstock, you may ask, and I'll tell you. Bardstock is three days of music, music-themed workshops, and more!

[ATL] Garden of Thyme: Herbal Collegium

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme are just a very few of the wide range of herbs used in period. Cooking, Curing Ills, & Coloring Fabrics, just a few of their uses.

[AET] Bards and Bows, Now with Brewing

The Shire of Sterlynge Vayle is pleased to announce that Bards and Bows, Now with Brewing!! sponsored by the Damp Dragon Inn, on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at our traditional site, Camp Sertoma, Johnson Road (no number), in Windsor, NY. The site opens at 9:00 AM and closes when everything is clean on Saturday night. Anyone still lingering after 9:00 PM will be pressed into service for site clean up.

[EAL] Pikeman's Pleasure XXIII

Please join us at Pikeman's Pleasure XXIII for a Day at the Fair, June 1, 2013.

[ATL] Southern Atlantian Archery Day VII

Welcome to SAAD 2013!  This year, join us as Bubba Goes on Crusade.  This event will have target archery, thrown weapons, atlatl, A&S, Event-wide pot luck, Bardic & drumming and LOTS OF FUN!

[ART] Kingdom Arts and Sciences Competition

On site crash space is available Friday and Saturday nights. Please bring your own bedding. Site is discreetly damp (alcoholic entries are okay) Chairs and tables are provided. The kitchen can be made available for food entries, please contact the event staff to reserve kitchen time/space.

[MER] Mayhem

Winter has abated and the whistling zephyr of Spring beckons the soul, igniting the passion for life in young and old. Rising passions possess our gallant fighters and call them to test their mettle on the field of glory. Nature cries out for her glory to be renewed. Come forth and join us, as we raise the Maypole and let the Mayhem of Spring ensue!

[OUT] Caer Galen Defender

Caer Galen Defender
Barony of Caer Galen
6/21/2013 - 6/22/2013

[OUT] Tourney @ Bloodstone Cairn

Come join us at the Baron Patrick Grove at the Cornerstone Park. A day of tournaments and games for all. Both Heavy and Rapier, Prize for Champion in both categories.

[OUT] Clan Wars

The Shires of Nahrun Kabirun and White Mountain Invite you to join us at Clan Wars AS XLVIII (48) Friday, August 2, 2013 @2 pm through Sunday August 4, 2013 @ 2 pm, Cedar Creek (Sam Tobias Campground), 901 Mechem Drive,Ruidoso, NM 88345

[ANT] June Faire

Their Excellencies, Baron Arontius and Baroness Laurellen, invite you to celebrate the 31st anniversary of June Faire with the Barony of Dragon's Laire! Join Their Royal Majesties, King UlfR and Queen Caoimhe, for a full weekend of festivities and camping, May 31-June 2, 2013.

[ART] Archery Workshop

Here is the much anticipated information on the upcoming Archery Workshop, to be held in the Shire of SilverKeep on April 27th and 28th.  HE Ryryd ap Gwerstan has planned this archery workshop and its curriculum; we are very fortunate that he, with the help of his protege, Lady Aingeal, are coming North to give us this opportunity to learn.

[DRA] Informal gathering in Heidelberg

Spring has finally come to Frankmark!  The sun is out, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming.  What better way to celebrate than with a picnic in the gardens of a medieval castle?

[ATL] Hawkwood Baronial Birthday IX

The warm winds of spring have banished the cold and frost -- come celebrate the continued reign of Baroness Deirdre and the birthday of the Barony of Hawkwood with a weekend of fighting, food and fun!

[ATE] Gawd Awful Grail

Avert your eyes!  The Grail will make its annual appearance on Saturday, April 27, 2013!  Please join us at Greenfields Country Day School as we watch unbelted fighters vie for the honor (some say punishment) of hosting this terrible relic within their home.

Shakespeare as educator

The works of Shakespeare have often been used to educate scholars throughout the world, but to historians in Titchfield near Southampton, England, the education may have taken place closer to home. Scholars there believes that William Shakespeare may have spent the years 1589-1592 working as a schoolmaster in the town.

European debt crisis - past and present

The debt woes of Cyprus and Greece, along with other European countries, have garnered headlines in recent days, but the stories are not new. Renaissance Florence had its own debt crisis, with a solution that looks surprisingly modern.

April 23rd

Unidentified Winchester bones could be exhumed for testing

The recent discovery of the remains of Richard III have led experts to wonder if an unmarked grave in Winchester, England might hold the bones of King Alfred the Great.

Gulf Wars XXII: "My kid brother thinks I'm crazy"

When interviewed by Donesha Aldridge of WHLT 22 television, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Gulf Wars Media Specialist Sheila Doughty and rapier fighter Theorn Rutyna spoke about the fun and comradery of the SCA. (video)

Who's the rightful British monarch?

Is Queen Elizabeth II the rightful ruler of Great Britain? Tony Robinsons doesn't think so. He explains in a 48-min. documentary produced for Channel 4.

Jethro Stille placed on vigil for Pelican in the Outlands

Master Mordrake reports that Their Majesties Garick and Yasamin of the Kingdom of the Outlands have chosen to place THL Jethro Stille on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican. The offer was made at the Tri-Baronial A&S Competition.

April 22nd

SCA offers tutorials on Social Media

Lady Avelyn Wexcombe, Interim Social Media Coordinator for the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that the Society Social Media Officer, Lord Tobias Morgan, has posted some new tools and links from of the SCA's home page.

Knights invade Arab Elementary School

It was a fun day for students at Arab Elementary School in Arab, Alabama when nine members of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism brought the Middle Ages to life in the classroom. Arab Tribune photographer David Moore was on hand for the fun with his camera. (photos)

April 21st

Ransom profitable for medieval rank-and-file

History has recorded that the ransom of kings and nobles was a popular way for armies to raise money during the Middle Ages, but new research shows that the practice may have also been popular among common soldiers.

"State-of-the-art" medieval medicine showcased in mummified head

For centuries, medical historians have believed that advancements in medicine were stalled between the days of Galen and the Renaissance. Now radiocarbon dating of a mummified, dissected head to the 13th century, shows that medieval doctors may have been more sophisticated than previsouly believed. (photo)

The case for the "blood eagle"

While the image of the Vikings has been rehabilitated in the past few years, showing them as peaceful farmers and artisans, some evidence of cruel and bloodthirsty behavior does exist. In Smithsonian's blog Past Imperfect, Mike Dash looks at the more brutal side of the Norsemen, and the fact of torture such as the "blood eagle."

April 20th

Honoring Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus was honored recently when Google recognized the 450th anniversary of the scientists's birth with a Google Doodle. The Christian Science Monitor followed with a article which looks at the career of the Polish astronomer.

Cyber-archaeology in Petra

In its March 2013 issue, Antiquity Magazine reports on a partnership of several universities and organizations to use the latest developments in computer science and engineering to analyze archaeological sites. In this instance, they focus on the UNESCO World Heritage, Petra Archaeological Park.

Hadrian's Wall: Exciting New Aerial Photographs

Aerial photographs are rewriting the history of Hadrian's Wall. Images indicate there were hundreds - even thousands - of Iron Age settlements there long before the Romans. (photos, video)

April 19th

Remnants of Iron Age Feast Found

Cattle skulls and thirteen cauldrons which showed residue of animal fats were unearthed in England.