Archive - 2013

October 16th

Gepa of Sundragon becomes Pelican in Atenveldt

At Their Court at the recent Chocaloate revel event, Their Majesties Ivan and Ian'ka of the Kingdom of Atenveldt offered elevation to the order of the Pelican to Lady Gepa of Sundragon.

Queen's Champion 2013 photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted two albums of photos from Queen's Champion, which took place October 5, 2013 in the Barony of Stargate, Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

Ten ways to know you'e getting "Middle Aged"

In a recent post on her Confessions of a Geek Queen, Diane Morrison, D&D player and SCA member, shares thoughts on being middle-aged in the Middle Ages.

Viking sword from Isle of Man on display

Showcased at the ongoing Heroes exhibition at the Jorvik Viking Centre in York are the fragments of a highly-decorated Viking sword, discovered in 2008 by metal detector enthusiasts Rob Farrer and Daniel Crowe on the Isle of Man. The sword dates to the 10th century. (photo)

October 15th

The historic beauty of Rouen

Rouen, france is the home of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Rouen and of Gustave Flaubert, the spot where Joan of Arc was burned and where painters Claude Monet and Roy Lichtenstein were inspired. Nell Casey of the New York Times visited the city and writes of its beauty. (photos)

Pictures: Ansteorra Coronation and Dyeing Symposium

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has posted several albums of photos from Coronation, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Also recently posted was a photo album from Dyeing Symposium. The photos are available on Flickr.

The "Formula 1" of jousting events

Stacey Evans is a world-class jouster. As Sir Edward Stacey, he took part recently in a medieval joust at Carisbrooke Castle, a motte-and-bailey structure, on the Isle of Wight. Stacy was interviewed in a short video from the BBC.

SCA - not LARPing!

At a demo of SCA armored combat by the Iron Brigade, interviewer Homer learns the difference between medieval armored combat and LARPing. The interview took place at the 2013 San Diego ComicCon.

Archaeologists search for graves at Flodden

In September 1513, thousands of bodies were buried on or around the battlefield of Flodden in Northumberland, England. Now, 500 years later, excavation has taken place to locate and protect the remains and to declare the burials as war dead.

October 14th

Rethinking Henry VIII

For 500 years, Henry VIII has had a reputation as a womanizing villain, but TV historian Dr Lucy Worsley has a different view: Henry was a family kind of guy who just wanted to settle down with a good woman.

Dame Jane Beaumont elevated to Laurel in Gleann Abhann

Dame Dredda reports that, at Morning Court, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann offered elevation to the Order of the Laurel to Dame Jane Beaumont.

Galileo ice debate continues

Why does ice float on water? This was the subject of debate between Galileo and his arch-enemy Lodovico delle Colombe during the summer of 1611, which brought into focus some of the odd properties of water.

University of Leicester offers free course on Richard III

Starting November 25, 2013, the University of Leicester and FutureLearn will offer a free, online history course entitled "England in the time of King Richard III." The six-week course is the first history offering from FutureLearn, and will be taught by Deirdre O’Sullivan, Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Leicester.

October 13th

Three offered Peerages in Ansteorra

Detlef von Marburg, Zodiacus Herald, reports that at Their Coronation, Their Majesties Aaron and Nicollet of the Kingdom of Ansteorra chose to offer elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.

Introducing Hernán Cortés

Arguably, Hernán Cortés is the most famous - or infamous - of the Spanish explorers. Jessie Szalay, LiveScience Contributor, offers a biographical feature on the conqueror of the Aztec Empire and governor of New Spain.

500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden marked

14,000 individuals -- 10,000 Scots and 4,000 English -- lost their lives in the Battle of Flodden which took place in 1513 in Northumberland, England. Among them was King James IV of Scotland. This year re-enactors and others are marking the 500th anniversary of the history-changing battle. (photo)

October 12th

Earl of Sandwich risked health with frozen chocolate delight

In 1668, the Earl of Sandwich collected recipes for chocolate, a treat just introduced to England believed to be "unwholesome." His iced chocolate recipes are a highlight of a paper by Dr Kate Loveman of the University of Leicester entitled The Introduction of Chocolate into England: Retailers, Researchers, and Consumers, 1640–1730.

Stefan's Florilegium updates for October 2013

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates for Stefan's Florilegium for October 2013.

Connecticut faire-goers risk "excessive jubilation"

Visitors to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, in Norwich, have the chance to chat with King Henry VIII, but also risk getting slapped with a ticket from the faire's sherrif for "excessive jubilation." The faire runs through October 20, 2013.

October 11th

Konrad and Kortland new Heirs to Artemisia Thrones

Duke Alan reports that Duke Sir Konrad von Krixen was the victor of the October 5, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Artemisia. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Duchess Kortland Stirling Mayfaire.

Duke Prothell Wolfbane wins Drachenwald Fall 2013 Crown Tournament

Pól ó Briain report that Duke Prothell Wolfbane was victorious in the Fall 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald. His Grace was inspired in his endeavor by Duchess Cecilia Jonsdottir.

Thorfinn and Violante new Prince and Princess of the West

Baron Khevron reports that Thorfinn the Cruel, inspired by Violante Seraph, was the winner of the October 5, 2013 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the West.

From the Society Seneschal - New Sanction Guide comments sought

Sir Modius von Mergentheim, Society Seneschal, reports that comments are requested on the SCA's new sanction guide. The deadline for comment is December 28, 2013.

October 10th

Will and Kate's conjugal arms

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the conjugal arms of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a combination of the coats of arms of the Royal Family and the Middleton arms.

SCA "did well” at McMaster University Clubsfest

Freshman at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, recently had the opportunity to learn about over three hundred campus organizations at Clubsfest, the annual outdoor fair. Among the groups represented were the Renaissance Dance Club and the local chapter of the SCA. Josh Dehaas of Macleans has the story.

October 9th

Byzantine pilgrimage site found in the Sudan

The excavation of the medieval monastery al-Ghazali in Northern Sudan is astonishing archaeologists who have unearthed a second church on the site as well as a large number of fragments of funerary stelae and inscribed vessels. The monastery is believed to have been a major pilgrimage site before the 13th century. (photos)

Society Seasonal Archery Competition

Archers of the Known World are invited to participate in the Fall Society Archery Competition, currently in progress around the SCA. Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf introduces the competition.

Re-living history at the Michiana Renaissance Festival

Kamm Island Park in Mishawaka, Indiana became the "Kingdom of Kamm" recently when the Michiana Renaissance Festival came to town. Tricia Harte of WNDU - Channel 16 - in South Bend hosts three videos on the Faire.

The history of the octothorpe and more

Modern social networkers will recognize the octothrope as the opening character of a hashtag, but the lowly punctuation mark has a noble history. In his book, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks, Keith Houston looks at punctuation marks' roots from Greek, Roman and 14th century texts.

October 8th

The Coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II

The East Kingdom Gazette provides a full account, with pictures, of last weekend's coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II at Barony of the Bridge.