In Memoriam: The Passing of Logan the Boyer

On March 26th Logan the Bowyer passed away. 

Logan was a brother Boga Fyrd, and a stalwart supporter of the Barony of Coeur d’Ennui.

Logan also acted as a court herald when called upon. In fact, he was always ready to perform any service for his Barony and Kingdom.

Most people remember his kindness, his willingness to help and his joy. He was always willing to help new archers, and to expand our understanding of the art. But it did not end with archery; Logan would help anyone with anything. Simply being there, with a smile and a willing set of hands, was his great strength.

He also loved the making of things, receiving a Leather Mallet for his cooking and woodworking. He loved learning, and would ask very tough, detailed questions in his quest to grasp a concept.

Logan embodied the yeoman archer of “Strike the Drum” and well deserves to have the song sung in his memory:

 

 

Unslung Heroes Postponed to May 19th

Men harvesting wheat, Queen Mary’s Psalter, circa 1310. Public domain in the US

Due to site flooding Unslung Heroes has been postponed until May 19th (the date previously held by Melees and Mayhem, and still also occupied by Spring Arrows: Splitting Hares). The Kingdom Calendar has already been updated and the event site will be updated shortly.

Post expires at 9:25am on Monday June 4th, 2018

On This Day: Ponce de Leon Claims Florida for the Spanish Crown

On this day in 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon lands near present-day St. Augustine to explore the Florida coast. He was searching for a “Fountain of Youth,” a magical water source said to bring eternal youth. (He didn’t find it.)

Ponce de Leon made a detailed exploration of what he thought was an island, and named it “La Florida” because he discovered it during the Easter “Pascua Florida,” or “Feast of Flowers” feast.

Ponce de Leon will return in 1521 and try to set up a permanent colony. However he will be wounded after a battle with Native Americans. His force will retreat to Cuba, where he will die.

Current BoD Nominees

Men harvesting wheat, Queen Mary’s Psalter, circa 1310. Public domain in the US

The Chairman of Board is requesting feedback on the current list of Board Nominees. The list is at http://www.sca.org/BOD/nominees.html

Our own Contessa Giulia Isabella da VenezieSyr Duncan of Skeene and Honorable Lord Saito Takauji are on the list.

Also, new nominations are always needed. Any member of the SCA may nominate any member, including themselves.

Please direct any commentary, positive or negative, or any new nominations, to Chele Martines, Board Recruiting, PO Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036, recruiting@sca.org

Please include your name and address, and the name and address of anyone you are nominating. You will be notified when your communication is received.

 

Melees & Mayhem Canceled

Detail from the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 229 (U.3.2) circa 1170. Public domain in the US

It was announced today (March 29, 2018) that the Shire of Crescent Moon will not be holding Melees & Mayhem this year, but hopes to return next year.  Melees & Mayhem is on the Kingdom Calendar for May 19-20, 2018.

Post expires at 10:45am on Tuesday May 29th, 2018

The Real Middle Ages Podcast Review

The Real Middle Ages
By Aron Miller
therealmiddleages.com

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The “Real Middle Ages” podcast is not a complete narrative of the the Middle Ages. Instead author Aron Miller tackles discreet topics for several episodes in a row before moving on to a new topic. His main focus is the European medieval period, which he describes as the period between 476 CE and 1492 CE.

In episode two he describes why he has chosen 476 CE as his beginning point and what happened in the lead up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. In episode three he discusses several competing dates that could be used for the end of the Middle Ages and why he has settled on 1492. (The first episode is an introduction to the podcast. It probably could have been shortened and added to the beginning of the second episode.) Although he proclaims in his introduction that he will not turn the podcast into a data dump of names and dates, his long beginning and end introductions do just that. In his defense, though, it’s difficult to sum up any beginning or end of a period without a lot of dates and names.

Miller states that he will “explore different characters and themes throughout the Middle Ages that demonstrate the human experience.” And one of his goals is to dispel common misperceptions and myths. For example, he explains how the costumes for a 19th century Wagner opera lead to the ridiculous horned Viking helmets we see all too often. He explains that certain peoples or periods in time suffer from what he calls the “cool factor,” which leads to all kinds of misperceptions. Case in point is the Norse, or Vikings. A mythos has developed in popular culture about who the Vikings were and how they behaved that isn’t supported by primary sources or archeology.

Miller is an academic, so his early podcasts suffer as a result. For one thing, he has three introduction episodes, followed by his introduction to the Rus in episode four. That’s several hours of introductions straight out of academia.

He starts to figure out how to do things better about episode eight or nine, although he still has poor sound quality. And his pronunciation of many words is jarring. But his writing becomes less of a masters’ thesis. He starts learning how to speak conversationally. He adds fun little facts and digressions.

Beginning in episode four he tackles the early beginnings of the Rus, starting with a look at the Russian Primary Chronicle and its limitations as a source. In episode five he describes the founding of the Rus kingdom by Rurik.

He digresses during October 2017 with a two-episode look at witchcraft, but picked up his look at the Rus again in November 2017, wrapping up in December 2017 with the death of Vladimir the Great in 1015. He followed that with a question and answer episode. In February 2018 Miller began his new topic, A Norman Foundation, with a look at the beginnings of Normandy, Rollo and the primary sources for this time period.

I enjoyed listening to the Rus episodes, particularly about their interactions with Byzantium. I’m listening to the History of Byzantium and that podcast just now is getting to the same time period and the same interactions with the Rus. But I’m more interested in the Norman topic he’s just beginning.

Miller’s web page offers illustrations and maps to go with his episodes, along with a lengthy bibliography, but not much else. He has a Patreon button, but he doesn’t ask for donations, at least not in the early episodes. He does ask for reviews on iTunes of course.

I’m a binge listener, so I like history podcasts that have been around for a few years and have many episodes available. Despite the fact that Miller began his podcast a year ago, he only has 20 episodes in the can. I’ve caught up to The Real Middle Ages and now have to wait three weeks or a month for the next episode to drop. With my memory I often can’t remember the previous episode by then. But if you listen more sporadically, Miller’s slow delivery schedule may not be an issue for you.

“The Real Middle Ages” began in March 2017 and is up to episode 20 in March 2018.

Stile Field Battle at Gulf

Detail of fol. 5r from Royal Armouries Ms. I.33, circa 1300. Public domain in the US

by Baroness Ayisha bint Asad

Many of you have heard this already. The lucky ones have lived it. I beg your indulgence for repeating once more the glories of the Calon Host.

At Gulf Wars this year, there were three battles planned: the Town, the Field, and the Ravine. The Town was fought, and lost. The Ravine was flooded. It is of the Field I will now speak.

We gathered upon a Wednesday, fair and sunny. At the appointed hour of 1pm we mustered. With many still weary from the armored battle, our small group started out towards the field, a few stragglers trailing behind. No songs had we this time, but still our banner in front, and a wagon full of water and shields.

We were directed here, then there, as the generals organized their troops and counted the tally. Fourty-some per side, if memory serves. Anthills were active, and we were cautioned accordingly. Our Commander, Master Donald, was given our assignment: to harry and delay the enemy, as the cavalry to our side ran ahead and picked them off.

And delay we did! The first round, we advanced as one; then came the command to fall back. Twice, thrice, we retreated in good order, stringing along our adversary as their flank was picked apart. Then came the call to press, step and step again. Across the field we swept them, across the world’s edge, as our line held and theirs crumbled.

Few fighters we lost that round, and our side’s generals sang the praises of the Calon Host! Our enemies, too, saw our worth, and sent over their Masters to better deal with us in the second round.

We were hard pressed then, and many perished. What little I saw: Uji beset our foe, until he was legged. One reached forth to end him, and in that moment exposed himself to me. I took the shot, before I too was slain. My comrades fought bravely, but as the tide advances, so too the wave of the enemy overtook our lines.

The third and final round then came. Again we advanced, again fell back, and once again, we pressed the line. One by one our fighters fell, until four still stood – Ujimori, shield in hand, and no hand left to hold a sword. Baron Donald, Master of Defense, now defenseless, but still standing. Master Gawin, and a recruit from the West, Ibrahim, still stood with arms. Stepped forward they then with what they had in hand (or with what they did not). Other kingdoms fell in line, and together forced out the foe. A few scattered fighters then remained to be picked off, and the third round was ours!

The Calon Host fought as one, and both sides alike acknowledged our role in the fray.

(Apologies to anyone whose part I remembered incorrectly. Fog of war, and all that.)

Bardic Bedlam: call for classes and challenges

Bardic Bedlam is a celebration of what is spoken, sung, written, and played, everywhere on the spectrum of “from the Middle Ages” to “about the Middle Ages” to “about the current Middle Ages.”

This year the event will be in the Barony of Lonely Tower on April 28th, and we’re looking for people to teach, to join, and to listen.

If you’d like to share your skills by teaching or leading a workshop, please contact Mistress Dorcas Whitecap at dorcas_jean@yahoo.com

If you aren’t a teaching type but would like to encourage others to grow in ability and knowledge, consider sponsoring a Flyte (challenge). Sponsors decide on a criterion, and bring some type of token to be given to all who participate in that Flyte. (Examples of past Flytes are “First Timer Performers,” “Extant Pieces,” and “Why the Snail?”). Please email Mistress Dorcas at dorcas_jean@yahoo.com

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute.
13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid. Public domain in the US

Lilies A&S World Tour

Gleaned from the Calonlist. Organizer links have been changed to email addresses instead of Facebook links:


While A&S classes and activities will continue to be scheduled freely, we’re also organizing a multi-day celebration of the many of the possible cultures and time periods that make up the “pre-seventeenth century world.”

• Sunday: Sixteenth Century Europe – Mistress Sibilla Swaine
• Monday: Mongolia – TRM Ashir and Ashland ( Through their chamberlain Mistress Ishmala
• Tuesday: Norse – Ylva kennara Jonsdottir
• Wendesday: The Islamic World – Mistress Rahil Al-Sirhaan
• Thursday: Japan – The Honorable Lord Saito Takauji
• Friday: Late Middle Ages – The Honorable Lady Maegwynn Attewode

Each day of the “world tour” will begin with a 9:30 intro to their era and/or culture, but thematic classes and activities are being asked for to accompany the morning tour meetings.

Please reach out to the organizers of the days you are interested in, and I’m happy to answer questions or point you in the right direction.

If you’re interested in teaching a world tour day class, please submit it via the class form in addition to reaching out to an organizer:  Class Submission Form

Hvgo van Harlo

http://lilieswar.org/arts-sciences

Post expires at 4:12pm on Friday July 20th, 2018

Court summaries from Gulf Wars 2018

This reporter did not make it to Gulf Wars.  My thanks to Meisterin Brigida von München for her court notes.  As always, updates and corrections are welcome.

On the field Wednesday (March 14):
Juan Hector Valdez – Iren Fyrd
Galen MacColmain – Stile Fyrd

At the Calontir party Wednesday (March 14):
Rebecca Beaumont – Silver Hammer

On the Equestrian field Thursday (March 15):
Gavin O’Shannon – Eo Fyrd
Christiaen Janssen – Eo Fyrd

Thursday evening Court:
Gawin Kappler – Golden Calon Swan
Pepin of Forgotten Sea – Leather Mallet
Luther Hoffen Drunck – Leather Mallet
Mattheu Chartrain – Stile Fyrd
Jon Chesey – Torse
Germanicus – AoA
Oisín Haconson – AoA
Da’ud ibn Ibrahim al-Sisari (Dawi) – Cross of Calontir

Other court tidings:
Epay is now available to preregister for some events.
Janos Katona & Dulcibella de Chateaurien received RUSH War Certificates.
Duchess Aislinn Morcroft was introduced as the new RUSH chancellor. The deadline to make the Lilies book for RUSH classes is April 15.
War pay was given and the muster book passed around.
Baroness Marie Du Puy presented largess: lanterns made by Baron Hugh Du Puy.

Illustration of the Battle of Barnet (14 April 1471) on the Ghent manuscript. Public domain in the US