October 4th, 2004

Dragon's Laire Baronial Bardic Championship

I am very pleased to announce the very first Dragon's Laire Baronial Bardic Championship! It will be held at our annual Yule Feast on December 4, 2004 at the Longbranch Improvement Club; 4312 Key Peninsula Hwy S., Longbranch, WA 98351.

October 3rd

First Cistercian Nunnery in Scotland Excavated

St. Leonard's, the oldest Cistercian nunnery in Scotland, is the site of a new excavation that has delivered on its promise of impressive artifacts.

Sabrina Welserin's Wine Pudding

Original(c) Valoise Armstrong 1998:

44. To make a wine pudding Take grated bread crumbs, brown them in fat until they become crisp, put in good wine and egg yolks in it and sweeten to taste.

Redaction (and it's to die for, even with non-alcoholic wine!)

The simplicity of this recipe belies its exquisite taste. We made some changes to the original to appeal to modern diners: The bread was cut into irregular chunks rather than as crumbs, since one gets a pasty baby food texture otherwise (as evinced by a previous redaction). Also, we finished it in the oven with a small sprinkling of sugar to make the dish look as appealing as it tasted. The overall appearance was thus more of a rustic bread pudding, which was more acceptable to the diners. For strict authenticity, however, the crumbs should be used, and the Wine Pudding should be served without the finishing steps below. Be sure to use a good wine, slightly sweet and preferably German.

On the stove top in an oven-proof pan:

Melt butter. Add breadcrumbs and allow the bottom layer to brown. Stir once, and allow to brown carefully again. The browning adds an important flavor element and great texture contrast, but it's easy to burn the cubes. Add 2 1/2 cups of wine, sugar, and egg yolks. Stir well to mix but don't break up the bread cubes. Cook over low heat briefly to set the yolks. Remove from heat, sprinkle with perhaps 2 tbsp sugar and place under the broiler (set to a low broil) to brown, watching carefully that it doesn't burn. When browned on top, serve warm.

Oerthans Gather at Old Buzzard Inn

Herr Wilhelm von Düsseldorf, autocrat for Old Buzzard Inn, reports on the festivities at this year's event.

Norman Pillar Uncovered in Coventry

A pillar from the Benedictine Priority Cathedral, which was destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII, has been unearthed in Coventry, England.

October 2nd

An Tir Annouces Formation of Bookbinders Guild

Alienor Sanz-Argent has announced the formation of a Bookbinders' Guild in the Kingdom of An Tir.

Where knights delight: Renaissance fair relives history

The Ocean County Observer visits an SCA demo held as a fundraiser for the Lakewood Lions Club.

Toronto Star: Modern Epics More Political than 1950s Films

In an essay for the Toronto Star, columnist Philip Marchard finds today's epic films more political than those of the 1950s.

October 1st

Outlands Earl Marshall elaborates on Crown Tourney situation

Sir Lavan Longwalker, the Earl Marshall of the Kingdom of Outlands, has published an explanation of how a fighter who was technically not authorized entered and then won the recent Crown Tournament.

Chateau de Malvoisie

The Shire of Nea Nikopolis (Greece) invites you all to an extraordinary event at the magnificent Castle of Monemvassia.

Vigil and Elevation News for THL Heirusalem Crystoma

THL Heirusalem Crystoma’s elevation to the Order of the Pelican is slated to take place October 30, 2004 at Middle Kingdom Crown Tourney in Narrental (Peru, IN).

Modern Middle Ages offers forums of interest to medievalists

Lord Geoffrey Makepeace announces the creation of Modern Middle Ages, a web site "for fans of the SCA."

September 30th

Outlands Crown Tournament Invalidated

The Society Seneschal, with approval of the BoD, has declared Outlands' recent Crown Tournament to be invalid, due to a technical problem with the winner's fighter authorization.

V & A Image Searching Now Available

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa reports on the Known World Librarians List about a new research resource from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London: online searching.

Teen Kills Neighbor with Sword

A Texas teenager allegedly used a sword to kill a neighbor during an argument.

£67.5m Visitors' Centre Planned for Stonehenge

English Heritage has unveiled its plans for a new visitor center at Stonehenge at a cost of UK£67.5m.

September 29th

Bloodletting may have had benefits

A new study finds that the ancient practice of bloodletting might actually have been beneficial to some patients.

Herald: 6th Century Christian Cemetery Found in Scottish Quarry

Workers excavating a quarry in Forfar, Scotland have discovered 17 graves dating back to the dawn of Christianity in the country.

Lost Stretch of Hadrian's Wall Discovered in Newcastle Garden

Eileen Maas, a Newcastle grandmother, was delighted to learn that her garden wall is a lost section of Hadrian's Wall.

Wolgemut to Perform in Midrealm

Wolgemut's last concert in the United States before returning to Europe will take place October 28, 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Surrey Online: Roman Treasure Trove Discovered in Surrey

One of the largest caches of Roman coins ever discovered has been found on a farm near Leigh, England.

Kris Kinder Market

A holiday medieval marketplace with A&S events, court and the Forgotten Sea Baronial Champion's Tournament.

Calontir Crown Tournament

The tournament will determine who are the Heirs to Their Majesties Garick and Yasamin.

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September 28th

Spring Show Camp

Company of the Duke's Leopards would like to invite all SCAdians to its Spring Show Camp to be held on the Island of Jersey May 28-30, 2005.

Even More Photos from the Coronation of Rurik and Angelik

Alaxandair O'Conchobhair has posted even more photos from the Fall 2004 Coronation of Rurik and Angelik, 14th King and Queen of the Sylvan Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

Feast of the Unicorn

Join us as we celebrate the noble and virtuous unicorn, symbol of strength and purity! Chivalry, courtly love, and grand display will be the focus of this wonderful event.

Feast of Saint Andrew

Autumn is upon us and the air grows cooler each day. It must be time once again for The Canton of Tear Sea's Shore to host our annual celebration of The Patron Saint of Scotland - St. Andrew. This gathering will also grant an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the Yuletide season as well.

Henry VIII Comes to "Masterpiece Theatre"

An all-star cast will highlight the new Masterpiece Theatre production of Henry VIII which will premiere November 7, 2004 on PBS stations.

9th Century Mercian Penny Names King Coenwulf

A man walking his dog on a footpath near Bedfordshire, England idly picked up a coin believed to be worth 120,000-150,000 pounds.

Weapons seized from university housing

Guns and swords were confiscated from the apartment of a former member of the SCA by police at the University of Missouri-Columbia.