I send fond salutations to my gentle friends on this hot summer day!
This week's links are legion and varied.We have the archive of Tournaments
Illuminated articles, the Ceolas Music Archive, Henrik's Traditional Tunes
and Songs, Bits plucked from the Air (more music), the Woad Page, and site
dedicated to Spiffing Up Your Campsite, Antiquity, the Journal of Expert
Archaeology, What's Period Where (a site dedicated to tracing foodstuffs to
their proper historical perspective), Guy Clark's Ancient Coins and
Antiquities (see some great artifacts here including a Roman baker's mark),
The Bread Always rises in the West, an historical baking site, along with an
excellent article on baker's marks, and Building and Using a Medieval-style
Hemispherical Bread Oven.
Leaving the subject of food for a moment, we go on to Therion Arms Links
page (very comprehensive), Footwear of the Middle Ages, Defensive Archery
Techniques, Knife laws by state (essential knowledge for re-enactors!), The
Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, The Kitchen Musician
Website (historic and folk music), Anne Boleyn's Banquet (more food, but
also history of Anne Boleyn), a site dedicated to Medieval Art References,
an SCA e-Newspaper called Medieval Times, The Rolls Ethereal and
Farspeaker,com, search engines for SCAdians, Choosing a Society Name, Teen
SCA, Society Children's Officer web-page, Royal Genealogy of the Known
World (also SCA), Christine de Pisan and her Noble Friends, Czechs and
Moravians: A History, Trivial Pursuit for the Anachronist, the SCA-Brew
Historical Brewing page, Chirurgeon's Point (a site for those interested in
the SCA-chirurgeonate), Blazons, a program that will help you with heraldry,
the Old Norse Language Institute, Joseph of Locksley's Guide to Hand
Kissing, Tokens and Favors, A Survey of Tokens in the Middle Ages, and last
but not least, a web-site for Free Translations.
Many of these sites are SCA-centric, but many more appeal to the masses of
non-SCA historians. Please feel free to forward these links anywhere they
will be of interest.
Please note that there will be no Links posts during August 1st-21st as I
prepare, go to, and recover from The Great Pennsic War.
Tournaments Illuminated Past Articles Archive (a work in progress)
(Site Excerpt) TI publishes material that furthers research, education, and
"living history" recreation in the field of pre-seventeenth-century Western
culture. As the single publication sent to all subscribing members of the
Society for Creative Anachronism, TI also publishes Corporate policy
statements and announcements from Corporate officers.
Ceolas Celtic Music Archive
(Site Excerpt) Welcome to Ceolas, the home of Celtic music on the Internet,
since 1994. Ceolas houses the largest online collection of information on
celtic music, and has links to hundreds of related sites. Current popularity
is over 200,000 hits per month.
Henrik's Traditional Tunes and Songs
(Site Excerpt) Here are a some tunes (.GIF files and Abc format) and songs
that I play or sing. Last updated 24 March 1997.
Bits plucked from the air
Traditional Irish Tunes posted to IrTrad-L
(Site Excerpt) Find and download: By Alphabet, By Rhythm, By Origin, Bulk
Economy Download- Tunes by weight!, Links of interest for ABC
A page devoted the Woad plant and it's uses.
Spiffing-up your camp site
(Site Excerpt) Some articles by Charles Oakley:The "Spiffing up your
Antiquity, an international journal of expert archaeology
What's period where?
(Site Excerpt) Any time I hear someone ask a question like "Are frimblepods
period?", I start to get itchy. I immediately want to respond with questions
like "For which time period?" and "For what geographical area?" I mean
really, think about it. While honey glazed parsnips were likely to be found
in 16th century England, I'd be really surprised to find haggis in 7th
century Japan. This site is an attempt to answer such questions with a
little more precision. Simply select the location and approximate year in
the form below and a list will be generated of the ingredients documented on
or before that year in that location.
Guy Clark's Ancient Coins and Antiquities
This merchant of ancient artifacts generously displays photos on the web.
Check out Item A511 Under Roman Artifacts to see a genuine Roman bakers mark
in remarkable condition (pun intended). Celtic Artifacts item A421 is a neat
cast silver Celtic fibulae. There are many examples of leatherwork,
metalwork, seals, glass, jewelry, etc.
The Bread Always Rises in the West
An SCA baking web page. See also a page on baker's marks:
Building and Using a Medieval-Style Hemispherical Bake Oven
(Site Excerpt) This document is not a directive on the only way to build a
medieval oven. This document simply describes how we in Buðgarðr build the
particular style of mud bake oven that we cook in for ten days at the
Pennsic War each year. There are already two generations' worth of heirs to
our design being used at Pennsic, as well as other related designs descended
from the same ancient and venerable ancestors, Hansel and Gretel; feel free
to design one that works for you, too.
Therion Arms Links page
More links about armoring and armor than you'll find anywhere else.
Footwear of the Middle Ages
(Site Excerpt) An ongoing examination of the history and development of
shoe-making techniques up to the end of the sixteenth century.
Defensive Archery Techniques
(Site Excerpt) As a combat archer usually your only defense against incoming
arrows is a good eye and fast reflexes. However there are examples from the
history of archery in warfare that you as a SCA combat archer can use. The
Assyrians along with having the advantage of iron weapons over their bronze
using opponents, made highly effective use of archery in war. The bow was a
primary weapon and of major importance in their battles.
Knife laws by state
A summary of the laws state by state. Note that not all states are listed.
Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University
(Site Excerpt) The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University was
established in 1961 as a center of instruction and research in the history
and culture of the Middle Ages. Its pioneering function then was to
introduce the first Master of Arts in Medieval Studies offered at a
state-supported university in the United States.
The Kitchen Musician Website
Hammered Dulcimer, Living History & Traditional Music
Anne Boleyn's Banquet
(Site Excerpt) Born Anne Boleyn the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of
Wiltshire and Elizabeth Howard. It is thought she was born around 1507 but
there are some sources that say as early as 1501. Although tradition has it
that she was born at the family estate of Hever, but it is also believed by
some that she was from Norfolk. Anne was the second wife of Henry VIII,
they were secretly married in January 1533 when she was already pregnant
with the future Queen, Elizabeth I
Medieval Art References
Site includes references for Early Christian, Carolingian, Celtic,
Romanesque, Gothic, and Museum resources
The Medieval Times (News spanning Three Millennia--an SCA site)
A newspaper of SCA and Medieval news, including: News,Arts & Sciences,
Events, Sports, Resources, Classifieds, Links, Merchants, Archives, etc.
The Rolls Ethereal
(Site Excerpt) The Rolls are intended to be a sort of "phone book" for
SCAdians on the Net, at least those who are interested in being in it.
Anyone who considers
themselves SCAdian, and who has some sort of
Internet/Compuserve/Prodigy/whatever access is welcome to send in an entry
Choosing a Society Name: Hints for Newcomers (St. Gabriel's Guild)
(Site Excerpt) As a newcomer to the SCA you have an opportunity to choose
your own name. Here are some helpful hints to get you started and hopefully
help you avoid some common pitfalls.
Teen SCA (Caid-based)
(Site Excerpt) Welcome to our page! This was constructed by and for
teenagers in the SCA or the Society of Creative Anachronisms.
Society Children's Officer Coordinator's web-page
(Site Excerpt) Many SCA local groups and kingdoms have Children's Activities
officers, who assist parents in integrating children's activities into
events. The Society Children's Officer Coordinator oversees the efforts of
these kingdom officers.
(Site Excerpt) We would like to welcome you to a web site dedicated to
bringing SCA members together. Please take a moment and add yourself to the
database so that other SCA members can find you.
Royal Geneaology of the Known World
(Site Excerpt) This site contains information about all the Royalty of all
the Principalities and Kingdoms throughout the history of the Society for
Creative Anachronism. Please note: this is not a database of real-world
Christine de Pisan and her Noble Friends
(Site Excerpt) Christine de Pizan (1364-c. 1430) was born in Venice. Both
her father and her grandfather were graduates of the University of Bologna.
They were taught the science of medicine at this, the oldest university in
Europe. They were also both active in Venetian politics, both being members
of the Venetian government for a time.
Czechs and Moravians. A History
(Site Excerpt) The earliest known inhabitants of what is now the Czech
Republic were a Celtic tribe called the Boii. This tribe gave the region its
Latin name, Bohemia. The dates for the dominance of the Boii in the region
are unclear. For awhile the region was ruled by a Germanic tribe, the
Marcomanni. It is not clear when the first Slavs arrived in the area, but by
the sixth century they were the dominant population group in the area.
TRIVIAL PURSUIT FOR THE ANACHRONIST
(Site Excerpt) Some of these dates are approximate; time and dates meant
little or nothing to most people in the Middle Ages. Erasmus, the great
Renaissance humanist, didn't know the year of his birth, and he was hardly
alone. Of course, I can't promise that I haven't made any mistakes.
The SCA-Brew Historical Brewing Library
A tremendous list of links to information on historical brewing of any sort.
Comprehensive information and resources about the chirurgeonate.
Blazons, a Heraldry program for the computer
BLAZONS! is a computer program that allows you to type in a description of a
coat-of-arms (the description is known as a blazon) and will attempt to
interpret and display the coat. It comes with a file of about 1400 family
names and blazons which can be searched by name. This database of names and
blazons can be added to. It also provides for display of the coat with
mantling, helmet and wreath. The display can be printed or saved in 'BMP' or
'GIF' graphics format.
The Old Norse Language Institute.
Includes: An English/Old Norse Dictionary and Old Norse Linguistic Tools
Joseph of Locksley's Guide to Hand Kissing
(Site Excerpt) Hand-kissing is a wonderful means of greeting a lady. It is
very common, and unfortunately very commonly abused, in the SCA. Hopefully,
this short article will help us do it right. First of all, one kisses the
hand in only two social situations: 1.If you already know the lady, and she
offers her hand, or 2. If you are being introduced to her, and she offers
Tokens and Favors
(Site Excerpt) A token and a favor are generally thought of as the same thing... and in design, they are... technically they aren't.
A survey of Tokens in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
(Site Excerpt) What is the history of the token in the Middle Ages and Renaissance? To begin, the SCA "fingertip towel" token worn on the belt has no basis in medieval practice. How or when it came into being I do not know, but it seems to be a strictly SCA phenomenon. Mediaeval tokens were also
not, as is frequently the case in SCA practice, strictly gifts of a lady to
her champion. A knight might equally give his lady a token of affection. The
history of tokens is traceable through both literature and artifacts, and
spans much of the mediaeval and Renaissance periods in Europe.
(Site Excerpt) FreeTranslation.com is an easy-to-use site for rapid
translations where you can get the "gist" of foreign language text and web