Archive - 2013

April 12th

Tasha Kelley costuming lecture and workshop

Just a reminder that April 13th and 14th are the costuming workshops with Tasha Kelley. We have plenty of openings for the Saturday workshop, and three openings left for the Sunday workshop. The cost is $20 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $40 for both. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested.

[ANS] Queens Championship

On May 10th ~ 12th 2013, Her Royal Majesty, Queen Gwen verch Cywrig de Insula Mona will choose her champion. Fighters from all over the land are invited to compete with honor for the right and privilage to act as Her Majesty's Champion. Along with the best duelists competing for this glory, there will be many other activities to delight both the Queen and the populace including:

[ATE] Barmaids

Wacky weapons, barroom brawls, buxom babes and more fun than you can shake a stick at! Don’t miss out on the fun and mark your calenders for the best little event in the South! Come on down and join us for fun, food and frolics Featuring Armored combat, Rapier, Archery, A&S classes and more!

April 11th

Roman skeleton contains calcified ovarian tumor

Scientists from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain are studying the remains of a 5th century Roman woman found buried in a Roman cemetery in the archaeological site of La Fogonussa. The woman, aged 30 to 40 years, had suffered from an ovarian tumor.

Castra Aestiva

Imagine yourself as part of a heavily armoured column of Roman soldiers marching slowly and rhythmically along a narrow forest road. Small clouds of dust are kicked up by your heels. The sun beats mercilessly down on you in-between the shadows, and the humming sound of cicadas rattles off of your helmet.

[AET] Iron Comet

The Barony-Marche of Debatable Lands invites you to join them on April 13, 2013, for the Iron Comet competition. Like the Pentathalons of yore, you may test your skills at Archery, Thrown Weapons, Rapier, Heavy Combat, and only the fittest and finest shall prevail! A truly gifted combatant is also skilled at the Arts and Sciences.

[CAI] Mons Draconis Anniversary & Dreiburgen Spring Tourney

The Heavy Weapons Champion will take the title of Dragon-slayer of Gorgonoth and receive a Viking bench made and donated by Lord Ranulfr Thorfinnsson.

[GLE] Regional Practice

Interested in swinging a stick at someone? Interested in swishing a epee' at someone? Interested in learning how to swing a stick or swish a epee'? Have a project in the works? Then please join the Baronies of Axemoor and Seleone for a Regional Fighter Practice on Sunday April 21, 2013t at John Slidell Park in Slidell, LA.  Starting time is noon.

[CAL] Warrior Child

Join us for a weekend of family-friendly fun in support of Kids Living Brave, an Iowa non-profit dedicated to supporting children with cancer and their families. Many activities are planned, including A&S Competitions, Fighting, Equestrian, and Youth Activities with more to come. Donations to Kids Living Brave will be accepted on site.

[NOR] THACO

The Armored Combat Outing - Round 4 Hosted by the Barony of Nordskogen Saturday April 20, 2013

[CAL] Spring Crown Tournament 2013

The Barony of Three Rivers invites you to attend Their Royal Majesties as They host Their tournament to determine the succession of the Crown! Crown Tournament will take place on May 3-5, 2013 at the Village of Puddleford, with the event itself occurring on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

[MID] Spring Training

Join the Shire of Rivenvale for Spring Training at Christ Episcopal Church of Warren, Ohio

[EAS] Hunter's Moon

The Great War is behind us.  Weary warriors have returned home to rest themselves.  Pennsic mud has been washed out of clothing...repeatedly.  Summer is coming to a close and Autumn draws near.  But wait!  Don't sheathe your sword, pack away your bow and arrows, hang up your ball gown and slippers, or fold up your tent just yet!

[OUT] Bryngolau Mayday Festival

The Shire of Bryngolau would like to invite one and all to welcome spring by joining us for a Mayday Festival, to be held on May 4th, 2013. The celebration will feature fighting, games, frivolity, food, and laughs.

[WES] Fool’s Revel

Come! One and all to the Barony of Winter’s Gate, Fool’s Revel, on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Celebrate the masque including, a Boffer Tourney, a Feast of Fools and a performance of Oberson the Fairy Prince, at Fool’s Revel!

[MER] Meridies Crown Tournament and A&S Faire

Come one and all to look upon the prowess of the Kingdom of Meridies! The works of our finest artisans will be on display for your amazement and education. Likewise the martial skills of the Kingdom's mightiest warriors will be put to the test as they vie for the right to be the next Heir. A great celebration will accompany these events, including savory foods, beautiful pageantry, and joyous revelry late into the night.

Remarkable Roman Finds in London

Eight photos from London's "deepest" Roman dig include leather goods, tableware, a horse pendant and amber.

Caelin on Andrede's Gulf Wars 2013

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created several albums of photos from Gulf War XXII. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

Old drinks get new life in Maryland

New small cider and mead breweries are cropping up in Maryland, part of a larger resurgence in these drinks. The brewers are mixing traditional methods with modern sensibilities, like focusing on locally-grown ingredients.

April 10th

“It went beep, beep, beep. Then we dug into the mud"

Finding treasure with a metal detector is a hobby for all ages. Just ask three-year-old James Hyatt who, along with Dad and Grandpa, discovered an engraved gold reliquary locket from the early 16th century 8 inches beneath the Essex soil. (photo)

Avebury ranks second in world heritage sites

The "quiet, bucolic setting, the lack of crowds and the ability to wander freely" has won Avebury's stone circle in Wiltshire, England a second place among best world heritage sites by Which? travel magazine.

Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook becomes Pelican in East Kingdom

At Their Court in the Barony of the Bridge, Their Majesties Edward and Thyra of the East Kingdom offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

April 9th

Roman "industrial complex" found in Wales

"We have a remarkably well-preserved Roman road in good condition and the site is throwing up all manner of interesting things including a lot of lead, which suggests it was connected with the lead workings on Halkyn Mountain," said Will Walker, of Earthworks Archaeology about the discovery of a Roman site near Flint, Wales.

"Sons of Calontir" at Gulf Wars XXII

A video posted on YouTube captures Johann Steinarsson, of the Kingdom of Calontir, as he sings The Sons of Calontir.

Middle Kingdom law allows same-gender baronial consorts

An amendment to Middle Kingdom law now allows Their Majesties to appoint baronial couples of same or opposite gender, or individuals, as Their Majesties deem "most fit to represent the Royal Presence in the Barony."

April 8th

"Princes in the Tower" to remain unidentified - for now

Shakespeare wrote that Richard III plotted the deaths of his young nephews in the Tower of London, a theory touted by the Tudors but never confirmed. In the 17th century, the bones of two young children were found in the Tower and were reburied in Westminster Abbey as the princes, Edward V and Richard Duke of York.

Flash Mob Recreates Rembrandt Painting

In an Amsterdam mall,  a costumed flash mob chases a thief, rappels down ropes, and surprises modern shoppers to recreate "The Night Watch", and advertise the reopening of the Rijksmuseum. (video)

German Cooking Pots Discovered

Copper, bronze and brass cooking pots, which had been buried during the Thirty Years War, were unearthed in Guetzkow, Germany.

April 7th

"Whispers in stone" on Norwich Cathedral walls

"Just about everything that would have been important to the citizens of Norwich during the Middle Ages" has been found scrawled on the walls of Norwich Cathedral report volunteers from the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey, who are cataloging the grafitti. (photos)

Albrecht von Trier placed on vigil at Gulf Wars

Francesca di Pavia, Blue Iris Herald, reports that at Their Court at Gulf Wars, Their majesties Garick and Yasamin, of the Kingdom of the Outlands, called forth THL Albrecht von Trier, and placed him on vigil to contemplate admittance to the Order of Chivalry.