Author Archives: redspears

Sweetening the Spirit- Making Cordials

Boswyn of Baðon mka Sean Wilson

Shire of Caer Gwyn, Middle Kingdom, Known World

Making a cordial is actually quite easy; take a distilled liquor, add flavors, add sweetener, add time. Then you are done. But even this easy task can lead to bad results. What follows is part how-to and part my journey in making cordials.

Sweetening the Spirit 101

Sweetening the Spirit 201 – Sugars

Sweetening the Spirit 301 – Nuts

Sweetening the Spirit 302 – Spices

Sweetening the Spirit 401 – Combination Cordials

The Whey of the Curds

The Whey of the Curds– a history of cheese in Western Society in period.

By Oswyn of Baðon mka Sean Wilson

Shire of Caer Gwyn, Middle Kingdom, Known World

Legend has it that cheese was discovered by a travelling nomad.  The nomad kept a quantity of milk in a skin (probably a stomach).  As a result of his bumpy ride and hot conditions, the milk had turned into curds.  

It is a nice legend but a problematic one.  Why would a nomadic adult be carrying milk and where did he get it?  

Vinegar 101, 201, and 301 from

Oswyn of Baðon mka Sean Wilson

Shire of Caer Gwyn, Middle Kingdom, Known World

French wine makers have a saying, “God loves to make vinegar.”  Making vinegar is very easy; it will happen on its own.  However, like brewing, you can control the process and make this easy but versatile product for yourself.

Vinegar 101 Anti Brewing Vinegar

Vinegar 201 Vinegar and Mustard

Vinegar 301 Vinegar and Shrubs

The Kingdom of Zion in Muenster of 1534

The Kingdom of Zion in Muenster of 1534 by Christoffel dAllaines leComte

What follows is a review of historical accounts about an event of social and religious
significance. Everyone has different religious beliefs and this work is not intended to denigrate
any of them. The radical behaviours of the people in this situation were viewed at the time
through the lens of people with very ideological points of view that held their beliefs as sacred
and unbending. To a modern reader in this time of free will and live and let live philosophies
some of the actions of both sides of this conflict seem unthinkable while others seem to be
common sense.

On the Evolution of Jewish Names

On the Evolution of Jewish Names by Eleazar ha-Levi

The purpose of this paper is to trace the evolution of Jewish names from the earliest Biblical names to the vernacular names used throughout the medieval period to encourage future research and as an aid to those wishing to submit a Jewish name.  The lists of names referred to in this article are from articles found on the Medieval Names Archive and from my own research as published in various proceedings of Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposiums

Al-Kahina: Jewish Warrior Prophetess

Al-Kahina: Jewish Warrior Prophetess by TH Gideon ha-Khazar

In the latter 600s, the Arab Muslim armies that had
conquered fortified Byzantine Egypt in just two years tried to
conquer western North Africa – and were stopped for five
years by Berber tribes under by Dihya Al-Kāhina, a Jewish
prophetess of the Berber Djeraoua (aka Jerawa) tribe. In modern
times she became a symbol of resistance, with different Berber,
Jewish, and feminist groups claiming her as “their” heroine.

What is Digital Alexandria?

Digital Alexandria is a way of cataloging and storing the collective Arts & Sciences knowledge of the members of the SCA.  How often have you wished to be able to read someone’s research, or attended a class only to have lost the hand out?  Maybe you want to start researching something but don’t know where to start?  This website contains A&S projects that have been submitted by the users.  You can search for projects by meta tag or feel free to “browse the stacks”.