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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

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Interesting article. Not sure I would want to drink it. But a good read.

Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette

quill pen, scroll, candleThis is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence..  There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period.  If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s name is Frasier.

A few people have asked about Frasier (or Fraser or Frazier) as a male given name, usually assuming it to be a medieval Scottish name.  In fact, it does not appear to have been a period given name.  It was a surname found largely in Scotland but occasionally in England.

However, Frasier, Fraser or Frazer can still be registerable as a given name in English and Scots names in the SCA.  There is an established pattern of 16th…

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Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette

quill pen, scroll, candleThis is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence..  There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period.  If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s name is Liam.

Liam has long been a problem name for the heralds.  Many people assume
it is medieval, but in fact we have no evidence of its being used as a
given name in the medieval or Renaissance era.  Nor has there been any
evidence of its being a period nickname for “William.”  The closest
thing to Liam we have found so far in an Irish context is a woman
named Joan nyne Lyeme (in other words, Joan daughter of…

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Tips for Becoming a Better Swordsman – Keep a Diary

Nice ideas

Grauenwolf's Study of Western Martial Arts

One of the easiest ways to imped one’s progress as a fencer is to relearn the same lesson over and over again. As both students and teachers, you’ve all probably seen this scene play out numerous times.

Through careful instruction and attentive drilling for several hours, the whole class masters the principals of a technique. Even in free play the technique, as written or in spirit, is used successfully. The master proclaims success and moves onto other topics.

A month later a variant of the the technique is presented in the text. Seeing the corollary, the instructor begins by having the students review the earlier technique. And it’s a disaster. Most of them don’t remember the technique and the few that do can no longer perform it.

Why did this happen? Because the students didn’t practice it on their own.

Why didn’t they practice on their own? Because neither they…

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Explaining Persona Video

This video (which is a work in progress) was posted originally to the S.C.A. Anthropology, History, Sociology Facebook Group by Christopher LeClere and is shared here with his permission.

The short video looks at how persona and real life roles effect each other. It is a good look at the S.C.A. for long time members and newcomers alike.

Why do I bow the knee

This missive was originally posted in the Barony of the Sacred Stones’ Facebook Group by Justin Eiler. I think it is a good missive and one worth reading by as many in the Society for Creative Anachronism as is possible.

Dedicated, with much love and admiration, to Their Excellencies Marc (Mark Green) and Alianor, and to our past Coronets, Master Matsudaira Kentarou Toshiyori and Mistress Jane Davis Sellers.

Why do I Bow the Knee

by Justin Eiler

Within the Game, I am Madog Hir, a man of no personal titles, no honors, no awards. I have a willingness to help, so I have volunteered as a Herald. I love to sing, and to share my music with others, so I perform as a bardd–the Welsh word for a poet. And I hope–if I can do the physical therapy and get my hands into shape–to volunteer as a scribe once the PT is finished and I’m back in practice.

I will NEVER be a Knight–I don’t fight. I will most likely never be a Laurel–my A&S interests, while broad, are fairly shallow, and I like making things with the tools that I have far more than researching how to make them in a period manner. I will probably never be a Pelican, because I have physical limitations that preclude me from serving in several fields I would willingly volunteer for.

Outside of the Game, however, I am a modern, Western, egalitarian, and democratic individual. I grew up in a culture that largely rejected the entire concept of titled nobility (while, I will note, retaining at least some of the class distinctions). All that bowing and scraping … why ever would I want to do that?

And outside of the game, I do NOT do that. Oh, certainly, if I visited England and happened to meet the Queen, I would bow–refusing to do so would be the height of rudeness, and I always try to be polite to those around me.

But why would I do so within the Game?

Well, for one thing–and the most trivial of the lot–again, it’s basic politeness, but simply in a different form. The same urge of courtesy that prompts me to hold open doors for ladies, for my elders, for those less able, or simply for my fellow human beings is expressed in differently here in the SCA, but it has the same roots.

But outside of the SCA, I do these things for my _equals_. Why should I treat certain persons as my _betters_?

And then I got to thinking about it.

Landed barons take two or three years out of their own time and commit to being at all of the “official” events for their barony–in my own barony of Sacred Stone, that’s a _minimum_ of ten events, plus various Wars if at all possible. Over and above that, they often show up when they don’t have to, with members of their populace in events occurring in neighboring baronies.

And the royalty? For six months as Prince and Princess, and six months as King and Queen in our kingdom, our royalty runs all over the kingdom to _please the populace._ They’re not going around from event to event to collect the accolades–they’re going around to events primarily to reward people and acknowledge–and honor–the activities of the members of the Populace. (And we’re not even talking about the amount of physical abuse they receive to attain the position in the first place!)

The Peerage? These are people who have literally given of themselves, above and beyond the call, for _years._ They’ve given of themselves not just with combat, arts and science, and service, but with teaching, leading, and organizing others to fight, create, and serve. Some of them open their homes and their lives to squires, apprentices, and proteges, cultivating these individuals to achieve all that they can in their endeavors.

Why would I bow to these people? Because they have taken jobs I can’t, or don’t want, to do … not for their own pride or glory, but because they chose to _serve_ the populace in this manner.

That’s what our Game is all about–people serving other people, not because they have to, but because they WANT to.

And yes, for that kind of person, I will doff my hat and bow the knee.

Problematic Historicism

Yes. I like this very much.

The C is For Creative

Be aware, the following could be deemed a little offensive. But if you read through to the end, I hope you’ll see my point, and I hope you, too, will try a little harder.

I’ve been mulling over this subject for a long time but haven’t really found the right way to put it all together. I’ve tried a few times to talk about my issues with Modern Life invading my History, but today I have a bit more to say on the subject.

I have lived and played in the SCA in four different kingdoms. Each had its pros and cons, and each its slightly divergent culture, although some of the differences were surely made through time, as much as through distance, since I’ve been in and out of the SCA for over 20 years.

Today, my husband and I attended our first event in about a year and a half. It…

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An Demo planners article

A good article with some nice ideas for organizing a demo.

 

http://honorbeforevictory.com/organizing-sca-recruitment-events-preparations-printables-and-people/

Practica – June 1st, 2014

Period or Not…Names

Shakespeare Heroines

East Kingdom Gazette

quill pen, scroll, candleThis is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence..  There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period.  If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s names are Shakespeare’s heroines.

The names of Shakespeare’s heroines are frequently requested as SCA names.  Many of these names are easily found in period Europe.

Beatrice is found in various spellings throughout Europe, including England, France and Italy, through the later parts of period. [1], [3]

Bianca is found as a female name in Italy.[2]

Celia likewise is a female Italian name.[3]

Cordelia is found in sixteenth and early seventeenth century England.[4]

Hero is found as a female given name in…

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