Woo!

Feb. 1st, 2012 10:06 am
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From the December 2011 Letter of Acceptances and Returns on heraldic stuff used in the Society for Creative Anachronism...

Ásfríðr Ulfvíðardóttir. Badge. (Fieldless) A vegetable lamb gules.

Nice badge!


Yay!

To celebrate, see some information and images of vegetable lambs [PDF]. Because the earlier paintings are damn cute.
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I find it interesting that the new draft rules on OSCAR (especially the Asian Name Registerability bit) well, discusses Asian names at all, but also seems to be wanting to be more 'liberal' in their allowances. Certainly, I wasn't expecting that, but I was expecting some clarification of what was 'significance.'

I also find the line in 'Documented Exceptions for Names' a bit weird though:
"But some mixes, especially involving Asian languages, are not included in the new lingual mix rules (nor do we intend to include them, as they would require extensive investigation of medieval Asian languages, which is not an area of expertise for most heralds)."

There are European languages that are 'not an area of expertise' either! And why is it so hard to imagine if you give legitimacy to people looking at the scary Asian languages, that you won't suddenly develop some heraldic experts?

Edit: fixed spelling. Can't fix my mangling of English in the comments, though.

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16th century French Emblem Books at Glasgow.
Fully searchable in English, French and Latin.

PS. 16th century firefox, Devises heroïques (1551).
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Yamada Nakaba, Ghenko, the Mongol invasion of Japan (London, Smith, Elder: 1916)
Available online from the Internet Archive.

Page 74

IN the grand city of Kublai, where adventurers
from Turkestan, Persia, Armenia, Byzantium,
even from Venice lived, serving the grand
Khan as ministers, generals, governors, astrono-
mers or physicians, there was a physician from
Korea, Cho-I byname. He was a most popular
doctor among the Mongol officials, owing more to
his sociable nature than to his medical art. He
had so much geographical knowledge, which he
had procured by travelling, that the uninformed
Mongols were delighted to hear him talking in his
witty way of his journeys to different seas and
lands. Among the unschooled Mongolians, there-
fore, Cho-I grew in influence, and at length his
buffoonery won him access even to the most
prominent people in the city.


It should be pointed out, I didn't find this by myself, the reference that led me was:

J. Homer Herriott "Folklore from Marco Polo: Japan" California Folklore Quarterly,
Vol. 4, No. 4. (Oct., 1945), pp. 398-403.

Herriott points out that Yamada insinuated that Marco Polo and Cho-I put ideas in Kublai Khans' head about invading Japan, which you can find on page 264.
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I'm looking for anyone who would be able to photocopy some pages from a book.

The book is Herbarz średniowiecznego rycerstwa polskiego
by Józef Szymański, and it's not available in Australia.

It is in some public libraries in the USA though, according to Worldcat.
See: http://worldcat.org/oclc/31411405

I'm looking for pages 75 and 76, because hopefully they have information about the Abdank clan.

Can anyone help? I'm more than willing to trade articles or photocopies.
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My God! We actually have something approaching a definition of significant contact between cultures! Damn those tricky 16th century Koreans, only having ONE westerner enter the country before 1600, and no Koreans travel to Europe until the 17th century. That isn't significant enough contact.

But having Koreans travel to China (and Japan) and have contact with Western missionaries and scholars doesn't count because it wasn't in Korea nor Europe? (Am I understanding this correctly?)

Read more... )

So, the Japan and Korea interacted side of the argument has been discarded, but there are other avenues to pursue.
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The Ten Commandments for a Designer of Finnish Heraldry, from Wikipedia.

Don't forget, Finnish heraldry is some of the most beautiful in the world, and has brilliant canting arms and everything.

I'd completely forgotton about this link: Finnish Names, on the SCA website.
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Heraldry in Iceland
Civic Heraldry of Kaunas, Lithuania.


After I've finished my botany essays, I'm so going to have to write some SCA-specific articles. The problem is that I have so many of them that are half-finished because I've been so busy this year.

Also should put a photo of me in Baltic garb up somewhere. I look just like a photo from Kernaves' Days of Archaeology, which was surprising since I thought I just looked silly. :)

(I have a lovely book in English that discusses all the different tribes in Lithuania, and for illustrations it uses photos from Kernave. I wouldn't use the photos as documentation for anything, but it is nice to know that I look vaguely correct like the 'experts'.)

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