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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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Staying In Persona: An SCA Dilemma?

La Bella Donna

This is an abstract from “A Miscellany,”a legendary work in the Society, produced by the equally legendary Duke Cariadoc of the Bow. See below for a link and information on acquiring a copy.

The Little Things

by Cariadoc of the Bow [Giata has inserted her Italian persona suggestions in bold]

Staying in persona does not mean saying you are a different person. It means being a different person. One of the hardest, and most interesting, parts is getting the little things right. Before you worry about inventing ancestors for seven generations and an elaborate personal history-things which few people tell strangers in any case-it is worth first learning as much as possible about the little things that anyone from your time and land would have known. The more such details you integrate into your medieval self, the better you can convince others (and yourself) that you are your persona.

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Reconstructing a 15th century German frame saw: Back to basics

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I recently posted about developing a prototype for a medieval frame saw or bow saw. I was successful in creating a wooden frame that would hold a saw blade, but I was dissatisfied in the excessive bulk and weight of the frame, and when I went back to compare the finished prototype to an early 15th century illustration of a frame saw, I was disappointed to see how different my finished prototype looked from the original. I had been thinking like a modern woodworker, adding bulk to key places for extra strength, generating lots of waste, and willing to make up for all the waste with a more marketable product.

So with due shame, I literally went back to the drawing board and designed a very different saw from a very different way of thinking. I looked very closely at the saw in the picture, studied its curves, studied each detail…

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Solo-braider tutorial for the Nun’s letterbraid

check it out

Loop Braiding

This is a video-based tutorial on my workaround method for braiding the ten-loop Nun’s Book letterbraid* as a solo braider. I learned the traditional method from Noémi Speiser and Joy Boutrup’s Instructions for Letter Braids in 17th Century Manuscripts*, which describes how the braid would be made by two braiders working together. My solo-braider method is very different from the two-braider method, but the actual loop movements are the same. (My new plan is to make a separate tutorial later on for the traditional method.)

Page numbers apply to Speiser and Boutrup’s Letterbraid publication. You don’t need this publication to follow my tutorial, but you’ll need it afterwards if you want to braid other letters than U, J, and Q.

Here’s the rest of my last post’s unfinished quick fox story:

Nun's Book letterbraid type, by Ingrid Crickmore ("the quick fox jumped")

Nun's Book type letter braid by Ingrid Crickmore (17th C. textile technique, loop braiding

Nun's Book letterbraid by Ingrid Crickmore

(In case you are younger than me, and/or didn’t go to school in…

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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/

Italian Renaissance Font

La Bella Donna

I found this and *had* to share it for all those who would like historically accurate font types.

Reblogged from: http://www.pia-frauss.de/fonts/st.htm#pd

“This font is based on the handwriting of Giovanni Borgia/Joan Borja, duke of Gandia, who was the son of a pope and the grandfather of a saint, member of a much-decried family, and founder of a most pious one. Having been sent to Spain, to marry, in 1493, the widow of his deceased brother Pedro Luis — Maria Enriquez, a cousin of king Ferdinand of Aragon –, and take possession of the Spanish dukedom said brother had left him, he corresponded a lot with his father back in Rome. It seems his father had much to complain about. Not only did Giovanni spend tons of cash to manage, enlarge, and aggrandize his Spanish possessions, but there were also reports that he had not consumed his marriage, didn’t share his…

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