Archive

July 1st, 2004

Was There a 15th-Century "Little" Medieval Warm Period?

Editorial commentary from CO2 Science Magazine, the journal of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, discussing the scientific evidence for "a major spike in surface air temperature that began sometime in the early 1400s."

June 30th

Exhibit on 15th Century Manuscripts at the Getty

''Fit for a King: Courtly Manuscripts, 1380-1450'' will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, through August 29.

SCAdians Gather to Remember Viscount Kylson

Hirsch von Henford reports on the memorial serivce for Viscount Sir Kylson held June 27, 2004.

Feast of St.Bruno, The Extended Edition

Lots of fighting and classes in the extended version of the Feast of St. Bruno event.

Scottish Clans Battle Over Claim to King Arthur

Clan MacArthur and Clan Campbell are challenging Cornish claims - and each other's - to the right to claim King Arthur as their own.

June 29th

Winged Detectives Find Renaissance Fresco

A flock of pigeons has led a group of art historians to a lost Renaissance fresco hidden in the ceiling of a Valencia cathedral.

The Independent: The Care and Feeding of the Renaissance Horse

The British Library has recently acquired a 16-page pamphlet published by Wynkyn de Worde in 1497, the earliest known veterinary textbook printed in Britain.

Rabbits Threaten Viking Site

"What? Behind the rabbit?" "It is the rabbit! It's got nasty, sharp, pointy teeth!" A two-acre site in South Uist (Scotland) that once contained a Viking village is threatened by destructive rabbits.

Polderslot Byzantine Pentathlon

In these cold seasons, when the fruits have departed the trees, the leaves are falling and the weather is declining, the sunny days are longing in the back of our minds, and thus, the shire of Polderslot is proud to host the Polderslot Pentathlon. An event where we will entertain ourselves with byzantine games and sports, and pretend the weather is gorgeous, the sun is shining and warmth is radiating from the sky.

Battle for Gully Branch Demo

Citizens of Atlantia, we have need of thee! We are being invaded by hordes of mundane and we need your fighters, performers, and your artisans to entertain them.

Merchant Reports Large Theft, Seeks Help Locating Goods

A merchant, Autumn Tree Productions, seeks help in locating US$4000 in goods that were stolen last weekend.

June 28th

Archdruid Demands Return of Stonehenge

The Archdruid of Wales has called for Stonehenge to be returned to his country.

Photos from a Storm-Tossed Lilies War

Giudo di Niccolo has posted photos from the recent stormy Lilies War 2004.

Nibelungenkrieg

Gentle Side of Vikings

According to this report in Buxton Today, the common image of Vikings as marauding raiders overlooks their many contributions to the gentler arts and sciences.

June 27th

Siege Cooking at Lilies War

The Honorable Lady Kateryn de Develyn has written an extensive report on the Siege Cooking Competition at Lilies War.

June 26th

Combat with a Flourish: Rapier Links

In this week's column, Dame Aoife provides annotated links pertaining to rapier combat.

Grant Helps Speed up Anglo-Norman Dictionary

The work of updating a revised version of the Anglo-Norman Dictionary -- which will probably take until 2019 to complete -- will go just a little faster, thanks to a grant of over three quarters of a million U.S. dollars.

June 25th

Garage Demolition Allows 13th Century Priory to be Rebuilt

The demolition of a garage in Gloucester will enable the original cloister of the Blackfriars Priory to be restored.

West/AnTir War to Feature A&S War Point

Sabrina de la Bere, Minister of Arts for the Kingdom of the West, has announced that there will be an A&S War Point at this year's West/An Tir War July 2-5, 2004 in Crescent City, CA.

Santa Maria's Bell Returned to Spain

The ship's bell from Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, has been returned to Spain after a legal dispute with Portugal.

Tip of the Tente [POSTPONED]

You've heard of the tip of the iceberg? Well, this is the Tip of the Tente!

La Grande Tente will be holding a summer event the weekend of July 10, 2004. Please join us! There will be:

  • Fighting--at least two tourneys! (showers on site)
  • Archery--on three ranges!
  • Arts and Sciences--two competitions (tent in any medium and anything made with a "tip", like the tip of a pen, the tip of a chisel, the tip of a needle…..)

There will be NO feast this year, but there are grills available for your use and a firepit for post-revel.

We will be holding this event at Black Hawk Park, on Lone Tree Road, in Cedar Falls, IA.

Site opens 4 pm Friday and closes noon Sunday. Troll opens 4 pm Friday. The park closes at 10 pm and opens at 6 am each day. If you are arriving after 10 pm let the autocrat know!

Directions: Take your best route to Highway 218, North of Cedar Falls. Exit at the Lone Tree Road exit, and turn west (right if coming from the North, left if coming from the South) onto Lone Tree Road. Slow down for the tracks and proceed to the stop sign, somewhere around 3 miles. Go forward, and keep going forward. The road will veer to the right, but the entrance of the park is forward and slightly left. We are to the right, once you enter the park--just keep following the signs!

Fees: site is $5 (with an additional $3 for non-members), $3 for children 13 to 18, and ages 12 and under are free Make checks payable to: SCA, Inc., Shire of La Grande Tente Camping fees are to be paid to the park, and are $11.00 per tent.

Autocrat:

Driving Directions for Great Northeastern War Updates

The staff of the Great Northeastern War, which will take place in July in East Hebron, ME, has announced changes in the driving directions.

June 24th

Estrella War XX

Schedule Special Events for Estrella XX

Mistress Meadhbh ní Dhubhthaigh, Special Events Coordinator for next year's Estrella War, invites registration for special events which need to be scheduled for specific venues.

Rose Tournament

The champions of the Ladies of the Rose will gather in the Marche of Gwyntarian to exhibit their honor and chivalry on the field. More info at http://brendoken.org/rose/.

World's Most Expensive Glass to be Auctioned

A 1700-year-old Middle Eastern bowl known as the Constable-Maxwell Cage-Cup will be auctioned in London next month, and is expected to sell for about 2 million English pounds.

Who's Buried in St. Mark's Tomb?

A British historian is claiming that St. Mark's Tomb in Venice contains not the bones of the saint but those of Alexander the Great.

Known World Costuming Symposium

The Marche of Alderford proudly presents "Known World Costume Symposium IV", September 24-26, in North Canton, Ohio (USA). The featured speaker this year is Mistress Drea di Pelligrini.

For further information and an online pre-registration form, see the event web site: http://sca.4th.com/alderford/events/kwcs2004