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Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
6:38 pm
[tedeisenstein]
New old book
Arrived in yesterday's mail:

MEXIA, Fernando. Libro intitulado nobiliario. Seville, Pedro Brun and Juan Gentil, 30th June 1492.
"FIRST EDITION folio, 96 unnumbered leaves...final leaf with 47 woodcut shields, 3 herald’s tunics and 15 pennants...
"First and only early edition of the first book on heraldry printed in Spain in the only known production of this Seville press....
"The present work in fact is not just heraldic, but also deals extensively with the rights, duties and attributes of the princes and nobility of Spain, illustrated with biographical exemplars depicting their chivalry, greatness and other noble virtues, generally categorised under ‘history.’
"...the first book contains a history of the world from Adam, discussing the different ages of the world, mentioning the fall of Babylon, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the coming of Christ. Drawing on sources such as St. Jerome and Eusebius, matters both geographical and anthropological are discussed: the division and population of the world, focussing on Asia, Libya, Armenia, Persia, Africa, Egypt, and Judea....
"The discovery of arts and sciences, decrees on nobility, and its nature – theologically, morally and naturally, politics, orders of precedence in heredity, are also part of the contents. Chapters LXXV-C then enumerate in meticulous detail the duties, prerogatives, and privileges of the different offices and dignities, covering viscounts, barons, generals, judges, legal authorities, marshalls, cavalry, maestros, marquisses, Roman officials, mentioning dress, residences, and accoutrements etc. "...The third book focusses on heraldry proper.
Beginning with a discussion of insignia and coats of arms that are borne on banners and shields, Mexia considers the right to bear arms, and the practice of adopting the arms of important figures as a sign of subjection. Sharing arms, and the technicalities of doing so are touched upon – a precursor of copyright – as well as the inheritance of arms by both legitimate and illegitimate children. The pictorial display and deeper significance of arms, standards, blazons, signals and pennants are dealt with, covering their invention and use, how animals should be depicted, colours, metals, iconography and their significance, and the physical materials most suitable for the adornment of the armigerous classes. The sub-sections are accompanied by numerous small woodcut crests."

A sample!

I'll be digitizing it in the coming months, time and arthritis permitting.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
10:16 pm
[tedeisenstein]
heraldry in action
Seen at the 48th Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, a couple of weeks ago. It was worn by a numismatist, of all things:

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012
9:08 pm
[marchaunt]
blazon fu and conflict

hello all! :still a bit new so of I can ask for help with my blazon fu and conflict checking please: Per bend wavy sinister, sable and argent an astrolabe argent and a lotus vert.

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
10:59 am
[bend_gules]
Friday, November 18th, 2011
12:47 pm
[mariedeblois]
Moderator crossposty

For those of you on Dreamwidth, there's a good question over in the sca_heralds community there: http://sca-heralds.dreamwidth.org/434.html

If you're not on Dreamwidth and are interested in trying it out, I've got six invite codes.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
11:16 pm
[mariedeblois]
For the Dreamwidth folks ....
For anyone on Dreamwidth, there's now an [community profile] sca_heralds community there as well.
Monday, September 5th, 2011
8:16 pm
[demoncaller]
name help (12th century byzantine)
My persona that I am working on is a female who lives in 12th century Antioch. I found some info on the Academy of Saint Gabriel website, and put together what looks like a plausible name for my persona: Eirene Dalassene (feminine version of Dalassenos). Does this sound like an appropriate name? If it is, what do I have to do to get it registered? If not, what do I have to do to change it?
Thursday, September 1st, 2011
11:12 am
[sibilla_dangers]
Name help - 6th century Gotlander/Swede
Hey all!

I have a client looking for a name fitting a 6th century Gotlander/Swede.

He wants something as close to 'Wulfgaar Silverhair' as we can get.

i found:  Wulfagaizaz, Vulfegar, Vulfhar, Wuldgoer, Wulfgar, Wulfhere, Ulfar, Ulvar or Ulfarr

here: http://www.sofi.se/servlet/GetDoc?meta_id=1465   

in this: http://www.sofi.se/images/NA/pdf/urnord.pdf

the client liked: wulfgar, vulfegar ulfarr (in order of preference) 

however, I can't read most of the website or pdf (I think its sweddish) to be sure its a viable resource or even applicable to his desired location and time. 

I also am stuck on the actual full name structure. I realize its per-viking era by most standards, and i'm just not sure where to go. The byname i'm stumped on. Do i just go for a translation into sweedish? That seems wrong, but i'm not finding much direction...  I can possibly convince him to document to a later period if this one is completely a wash for something close to his desired by name, but he does prefer to attempt to find his options before making that choice. 

help?

Thanks!!!
Sibilla

edit to add: 

One thing I'm concerned over is the date - 6th.. from what i can tell (and I am by no means an expert) Old Norse came into use in the 8th Century and Proto-norse was in used between the 3rd and the 7th. Am I misinformed? I fully admit I got that from wikipedia which I am well aware is not an academic resource, however, I have found it a reasonable starting place with things such as this. 

also to clearify: At this point - he very much want the period/location more than the name. That may change once i have better data to give him, but I need to respect that desire and see what I can do on that account first. 
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
11:55 pm
[mariedeblois]
E-book files, take 2.

I updated my post from yesterday, but so that it comes up again ...

For anyone be interested in having the (current) RfS and AH for Kindle or other e-reader ... here we go! It's not a fancy conversion, but it seems to work (including the internal links within the document).

The files are pretty small and you can grab them from this website:

Kindle should read the PRC files, and most other readers should be able to read the EPUB files. If there's something else you need, please comment and hopefully someone can convert these to whatever you need.

Thank you to mamamoira for making the EPUB version!

11:59 am
[mariedeblois]
RfS and AH for Kindle and other e-readers

Would anyone be interested in having the (current) RfS and AH for Kindle (or any other e-reader that handles .prc files)? It's not a fancy conversion, but it seems to work (including the internal links within the document.

The files are pretty small and you can grab them from this website:

You should be able to upload them with the USB cable or, if you have a SD memory card slot, put them on the memory card. At least, that's how it works with my 1st gen Kindle.

Edit: Now with EPUB files!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
5:43 pm
[giselle0002]
Known World Heraldic & Scribal Symposium
It will be in High Point NC June 24-26, 2011 ... that's 10 days from now!!!!

All the information is up at http://kwhss.atlantia.sca.org/index.html including class schedules and information on the trip to UNC-Greensboro Manuscript Collection on Friday afternoon!

Bring your Scrolls (given you, done by you, works in progress, things you're really proud of, things you want input on ...) to display ...

BRing your Heraldic Garb, Tabards, Banners whatever for the Heraldic Fashion Show on Saturday night ...

Bring your smiles and a drink and some snacks to share in the Hospitality Suite!

Come on down, y'all!

There are still rooms available at the group rate of $69 a night ... call the hotel directly and ask for the SCA, INC rate ... See y'all there!!!!
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
11:09 am
[mariedeblois]
Yet another route to be notified of LoARs as they come out

Announcement on SCAHRLDS:

Some of you know what this is and how to use it:
http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/loar.rss

The feed is updated when new LoARs are published to the web archive.

Bug reports directly to me, please.

- Istvan

It's also available as a feed here on LJ: loar_rss



Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
3:56 pm
[splagxna]
court reporting
hello, all! i would like to know the process/procedure/policy/etc for how court reports get completed where you are. what do you like about it? what don't you like?

(we don't currently have a policy. this will be changing. i want it to be awesome. :)

thanks!
Thursday, November 4th, 2010
8:11 pm
[sue_n_julia]
I will admit this isn't heraldry, but it is something we need to be aware of as amateur scholars
Forgive the off-topic post, but given the number of researchers on this list, I thought it relevant.

A SCAdian friend of mine from Pittsburgh has run into an unethical on-line cooking magazine. The magazine found an article on her cooking research online and published it under her name, but without her permission. Their excuse was anything published on the web is public-domain (and they had the audacity to tell her how they had to copy-edit it because it was poorly written -- more like they couldn't read). This is false.

This has been picked up by a number of news outlets at this point: Washington Post, LA Times, and MSN to name a few.

The way I understand copyright law to work is that copyright is assumed to be true, not released. But, to cover yourself, add a copyright statement to the web page. If you have published any of your research on the web, periodically google an idiosyncratic statement (in quotes) to see if anyone has appropriated it.

Richenda
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
11:42 am
[bend_gules]
For the name geeks - the UK's stats names tools/online toys
 The UK's office for national statistics keeps records of popular baby names, and this year created 'name clouds' based on popularity (also useful links to other UK gov't names lists). 
Baby names datasets for the truly geeky include historically popular names, grouped at 10 year intervals (Excel download).
The comparison tool compares current England and Wales name choices (requires Flash).

Current Mood: amused
Monday, October 11th, 2010
11:34 am
[kolfinnaruns]
Conflict help!
 Greetings all!

My husband would like to register this device:


Per saltire argent and azure,a raven migrant to dexter and a raven migrant to sinister sable.  (My attempt at blazoning.)  Also, the submission form version is much more heraldy.  This was the "let's knock something together in photoshop for the Fridge Test" version.

Now, we're trying to figure out if it's clear this device:


Per saltire argent and azure, in pale two ravens displayed sable and in fess an increscent and a decrescent argent.

I *think* we have one CD for change of direction to the ravens (from both up-and-down to one going left, one going right) and a CD for the removal of the crescents.  Is this correct?

Thank you all,
Kolfinna the Noob Herald


Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, September 30th, 2010
11:11 pm
[meguey]
Greetings all, and a question
Greetings from Lady Kiersten of Bergental! I received my AoA 15+ years back, but am only now, at long last, thinking of registering the device I've long thought to use. I'm all excited for my first event in 8 years, coming up this Saturday - amazing how much time raising kids takes! And here's hoping I get a scroll assignment for the coming season! Anyway, I wanted to ask about this possible device:



I'd be fine with making the bend proper as opposed to sinister, if that makes a difference. [Edit: or vice versa, as this is actually a regular old bend :) Thanks to etfb for the catch; my heraldry's rather rusty!]  Well met, all, and my thanks.

ETA:
Lozengy gules and ermine, a bend sinister azure
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