Heraldry

The art of SCA naming

One for the most challenging tasks of a newcomer in the Society for Creative Anachronism is choosing an SCA name, one that will satisfy both the user and the heralds whose job it is to register it. In a recent article for the blog Wulfhere's Devices, Wulfhere of Eofeshamme of Calontir shares advice for new members on how to choose a good name.

Students live their medieval characters in Rhode Island

Sixth grade teacher Patricia Bastia of Warwick, Rhode Island has a favorite quote from Ben Franklin: "Tell me, I forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand." This is why Bastia invites members of the SCA each year to involve her students in learning about the Middle Ages. Reporter Ryan D. Murray of the Warwick Beacon spoke with Bastia about the event.

45,000 English surnames now in database

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Family Names of the United Kingdom Project has completed its first phase with 45,000 surnames, from the 11th to 19th centuries, researched and explained.

Upcoming Known World events

Master Raven Mayne reports that several Known World events for the Society for Creative Anachronism have been scheduled for 2014.

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.

The History of Heralds in Europe: call for papers

The University of Münster in Münster, Germany has sent out a call for papers for a conference to be held March 26-28, 2014. The theme of the conference is The History of Heralds in Europe  (12th-18th c.)

Ye Steady Hands

Ye Steady Hands specializes in banners and tapestries, as well as custom art featuring your theme, motif or heraldry.

Unique horse harness found at Cork castle dig

Archaeologists working on excavations at Caherduggan, near Doneraile, Co Cork, Ireland, have discovered a gilt-covered leather harness with heraldic symbols dating to the 13th-14th century, the only "intact example ever found in Britain or Ireland."

KWHSS 2013 Proceedings online

Cainder ingen hui Chatharnaig, Trillium Principal Herald for the Kingdom of Ealdormere, reports that the proceedings for the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (KWHSS), which took place the weekend of 28-30 June 2013 in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, are now available online.

Oyez! Oyez! A prince is born!

The recent birth of Prince George has led to a great deal of pomp and circumstance including the appearance of unofficial royal crier Tony Appleton, whose bell and bellow announced the blessed event. (video)

Heraldic badge found at Scottish battlefield

A heraldic badge showing the Scottish crown has been found at the site of the Battle of Flodden. The badge may have been worn by someone closely affiliated with King James IV.

[WES] Mists Spring Coronet

Their Highnesses, The Hammer-Handed Bjarnheðinn, and Dýrfinna both Fleet and Beautiful, invite all to bear witness at Their Coronet Tournament, to determine Their heirs.

Red Comyn's pendant found in Scottish field

“It’s the find of a lifetime. I’ve been searching for historic gems for more than 30 years and found nothing like this.," said John Eldridge from North Berwick, who used a metal detector to find a 14th century harness pendant belonging to Sir John Comyn in a field near Loch Leven Castle in Scotland. (photo)

Festschrift to honor Magistra Jaelle of Armida

Many list subscribers have read about the recent passing of former Laurel Queen of Arms, Magistra Jaelle of Armida. Friends and associates of Magistra Jaelle are attempting to create a festschrift in her honor.

[ANS] Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium

The Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium will take place June 28-30, 2013 in the Barony of Bjornsborg, San Antonio, Texas.

[ATL] Bright Hills Scribal Schola

Are you interested in the scribal arts, perhaps need a refresher in a certain area? Are there books you want but do not have the budget? Then this may just be the place for you!

[MID] Middle Kingdom's Herald's Pointe and Scribal Collegium

The Herald's Pointe is to provide an opportunity to meet with heralds without the distractions of other events. No need to rush between tournament bouts, etc. - just the heralds and you.

TI searching for articles on "Court as Theatre"

Magister Riordan MacGregor, editor of the SCA's Tournaments Illuminated, reports that the "quest article" for the Second Quarter 2013 Issue is "Court as Theatre."

Bye bye, Bythewood

The medieval surnames of England are disappearing. That means no more Bythewoods, Pauncefoots or Foothead, according to Debbie Kennett of the Guild of One-Name Studies, a group dedicated to investigating the origins and heritage of surnames.

[EAS] Fall Feast of Simplefare

Good gentles, this is a reminder that the annual Fall Feast of Simplefare will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012 in the Barony Beyond the Mountain in Manchester, CT 06040.

Banking records found under 15th century heraldry

Economic historians at Queen Mary, University of London have discovered Italian banking records dating to the early 15th century half covered by English coats of arms in a book of British heraldry.

[MER] Tourney of the Foxes

Tourney of the Foxes Festival of Chance, August 24-26, 2012, Chattanooga, TN, Shire of Vulpine Reach

How to Make Silk Standards

As part of the 50/50 A&S Challenge, Madame du Pont of the Kingdom of An Tir has created a series of instructional videos on "How to Make a Silk Standard." The videos are available to view on YouTube.

[WES] Baroness’ Champion

Who shall defend the honor of the Baroness Etain whilst His Excellency is on the crusades?  All fighters are invited to show their skill in the bear pit for a chance to win the honor of being the Baroness’ Champion for the upcoming year. 

Best Irish Horse Harness Ever

A "virtually complete" horse harness of leather and metal pendants was brought to light from a well at Caherduggan in County Cork.

Photos of silk banner making class in Northshield

Sara reports that she has posted an album of photos from the Silk Banner Class taught by HSH Luce Tolle at the recent Stellar University of Northshield (SUN).

[EAS] All Things Scribal

The people of the Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant are pleased to offer a day of classes dedicated to ALL THINGS SCRIBAL. The day will offer a range of classes ranging from basic introductions to more advanced tips and tricks for experts.

Lochac website showcases work of Kingdom scribes

The Provost of Scribes for the Kingdom of Lochac, Caristiona nic Beathain, reports that new content has been placed on the Lochac College of Scribes website, showcasing the marvelous work of the Kingdom's calligraphers and illuminators.

Medieval occupations

Modern people are often surprised to find that their medieval ancestors left them a legacy in their occupational surnames. The website What did people do: in a Medieval City? identifies professions of the Middle Ages and what those people did.

[NOR] SUN / Heralds & Scribes Symposium

The Canton of Nordleigh, the Northshield College of Heralds and the SUN Chancellor cordially invite you to attend the summer session of the Stellar University of Northshield, in association with the Heralds & Scribes Symposium!