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Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on February 13, 2021, 06:03:23 PM »
Sir Andrew Barton  (c. 1466 – 2 August 1511)

Andrew Barton was a Scottish sailor from Leith, who served as High Admiral of the Kingdom of Scotland.
Some of Andrew Barton’s trading voyages to Flanders ports in the 1490s are recorded in the Ledger of Andrew Halyburton. He was the oldest of three brothers, a younger brother Robert Barton of Over Barnton became Lord High Treasurer of Scotland.
Andrew became notorious in England and Portugal as a ‘pirate’, though as a seaman who operated under the aegis of a letter of marque on behalf of the Scottish crown, he may be described as a privateer. The letter of marque against Portuguese shipping was originally granted to his father John Barton by James III of Scotland before 1485. John’s ships had been attacked by Portuguese vessels when he was trading at Sluis in Flanders.
James IV revived the letters in July 1507. When Andrew Barton, sailing in the Lion tried to take reprisals against Portuguese ships in 1508, he was detained by Dutch authorities at Veere. James IV had to write to Maximilian, the Holy Roman Emperor, and others to get him released in 1509. Andrew then took a Portuguese ship which carried an English cargo, leading to more difficulties, and James IV had to suspend the letter of marque for a year.Andrew captured a ship of Antwerp in 1509, the Fasterinsevin (the Shrove Tuesday), which did not come within his letter of marque. James IV ordered him to recompense the captain Peter Lempson and his officers for her cargo of woad and canvas.
The Bartons were in demand to support John, King of Denmark, and were allowed by him to harass the shipping of Lübeck. In return for this service, John of Denmark sent James IV timber for the masts of his ships from Flensburg. Andrew joined John’s service briefly in the spring of 1511, but sailed away without permission, also taking a ship that James IV had given to John.
Later in 1511, Andrew Barton was cruising the English coast looking for Portuguese prizes when he and his ships the Lion and Jenny Pirwyn were captured after a fierce battle with Sir Edward Howard and his brother Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, off Kent at the Downs. According to the story told in ballads, Andrew was subsequently beheaded. If true, such action would perhaps have been illegal because Barton possessed a letter of marque. Contemporary English and Scottish chronicle accounts agree that Andrew died of wounds received in the fight.

I am hurt but I am not slain.
I’ll lay me down and bleed awhile,
Then I’ll rise and fight again

The ballad:
When and where are your local highland games?
Aye ... local Highland Games is scheduling for 2021 .... at this time it looks like the usual attending history groups for the Living History area are not excited ... guess we all have a ways to go before "normal" arrives ... Cheers !

Johnnie, 93rd Highlanders
Korean War / Sugarloaf 1951 Tactical, Colorado
« Last post by Mjr.tman0617 on January 25, 2021, 07:44:55 PM »
June 10-14, 2021
Pike National Forest near Deckers, CO

Join us for a one-of-a-kind tactical/immersion event in early June, in the Pike National Forest of Colorado. Four days of living on the line, complete with foxhole digging, patrols, night raids, and full-scale assaults. With a focus on daily life and a heavy emphasis on logistics, this experience aims to be as realistic to Korean combat as possible. Hosted in a burn scar at 8,000 feet ASL, and only a few miles North of the 38th Parallel, you won't find a more authentic Korean terrain in the country.

Actively seeking KPA and CCF reenactors to help bolster the Communist forces. Without them, we'll still have a slow-paced and immersive experience; with them, though, we can host a number of intense combat-focused scenarios to keep everyone on their toes.

To participate, send me a message and I will direct you to the registration. See you at the front!
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 27, 2020, 04:07:17 PM »
Thorfinn Sigurdsson  aka Thorfinn the Mighty, Earl of Orkney (c 1009 - 1065)

One viking era pirate was the grandson of Malcolm, King of Scots. Earl Thorfinn began his raids at the age of fifteen, and became noted for his courage and tactical abilities. Tall, strong, and ugly, he craved fame. He often raided with his nephew, Rognvald.

Perhaps the most noted of the Orkney raiders was Svein Asleifarson. After his five ships raided the Hebrides, he headed for Dublin. Along the way he captured two merchant ships laden with broadcloth. Upon his return to Orkney, Svein made awnings from the broadcloth and stitched it to his sails to give the appearance that they were made of fine fabric. Doing so earned the raid the name "the broadcloth viking trip.'"

On his last raid, he left Orkney with seven longships. Finding little plunder in the Hebrides, Svein and his men plundered settlements along the coast of Ireland until they reached Dublin. They took the town before the people even knew the pirates were there. The Dubliners offered to pay Svein whatever he wanted, but only the next day. During the night, they dug deep pits in strategic places, then camouflaged them with branches and straw. In the morning, when Svein and his men came to collect, the Dubliners positioned themselves so that the Norse fell into the pits where they were slain.

Middle Ages Events / Re: Gulf Wars XXIX (SCA) - October 2-10, 2021
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 25, 2020, 05:26:58 PM »
"Christmas Greetings Unto the Knowne World,
We as the Crowns of Meridies, Ansteorra, Trimaris, and Gleann Abhann in conjunction with Our Kingdom Seneschals and the Event Stewards for Gulf Wars have worked diligently to find an option for Gulf Wars XXX scheduled for March 2021. We are happy to announce that Gulf Wars XXX will occur on October 2-10, 2021. (Gulf Wars XXXI will be in March 2022.)
More information regarding Gulf Wars XXX in October 2021 will be forthcoming but We look forward to seeing everyone in October at King Arrow's Ranch.
We wish you a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
TRM Meridies, Timothy & Ysmay
TRM Ansteorra, Jason Drysdale & Margherita de Mantua
TRM Trimaris, Kurn O’Farrell & Maisie of Dunbarton
TRM Gleann Abhann, Caillin & Danielle
Mistress Kendra Dey, OP & Mistress Magdalena de Segovia, OP, Gulf Wars XXX Autocrats"
Pirate Life / William Dampier, Pirate Foodie
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 13, 2020, 02:00:28 PM »

When William Dampier permitted himself a curiosity for food, he played a pioneering role in spreading ingredients and cuisines. He gave us the words “tortilla,” “soy sauce,” and “breadfruit,” while unknowingly recording the first ever recipe for guacamole. And who better to expose the Western world to the far corners of our planet’s culinary bounty than someone who by necessity made them his hiding places?

"Dampier wrote of a fruit “as big as a large lemon … [with] skin [like] black bark, and pretty smooth.” Lacking distinct flavor, he wrote, the ripened fruit was “mixed with sugar and lime juice and beaten together [on] a plate.” This was likely the English language’s very first recipe for guacamole."

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Middle Ages Events / Re: Gulf Wars XXIX (SCA) - 2021 Cancelled
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 12, 2020, 10:28:40 PM »
Middle Ages Events / Re: Gulf Wars XXIX (SCA) - 2021 Cancelled
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 05, 2020, 11:10:58 PM »
The SCA Board of Directors has extended the no face-to-face event rule for America through 5/31/2021.  See SCA.ORG or your kingdom website for more details or updates. 

Off-Topic Stuff / Re: Historic Cartoons?
« Last post by Karl Helweg on October 16, 2020, 03:18:25 PM »
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