From The Page (June, 1976):
The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., presumes all persons receiving Awards of Arms, Knightood, Laurels, Pelicans, and other honors, are trained in the arts of dancing, courtly games, and other attributes of the nobility of the Middle Ages.
The University of Ithra has been organized so that SCA members and other persons may gain the required knowledge in the medieval arts and sciences.
An earned degree from the University, while not a prerequisite to any honor or award, will certainly prove that the prospective recipient has received the necessary training and is able to utilize his or her skills.
The first session of the University of Ithra at Mists will take place on June 2, 1976, at the Berkeley Campus. Catalogs are now available for $1.00 from: University of Ithra at Mists, (contact info omitted). Within the catalogs are complete class descriptions, schedules, and information about fees.
Briefly, the classes planned are: Basic Heraldry; An Early History of the SCA (including origins of most traditions, offices, and titles); Belly Dance Costume Workshop (a discussion of th edifferent possibilitise); Survey of Gothic Architecture (no previous knowledge of architecture necessary); Survey of Irish Mythology; Costume Design and Construction (practical workshop on both modifying existing and drafting original patterns); History of Costuming; Survey of Art History; Basic SCA Dancing; Calligraphy; Bardic Workshop (various forms discussed; production of work in class attempted); Herbs of the Middle Ages (history and use); Historical Development of the Tournament; History of European Armor; Introduction to Alchemy (as a philosophy and science); and Firearms to 1650 (with examination of various firearms).
Enrollment in some of these classes is limited, so send for your catalog now.
From the History (by Wilhelm):
Held on the UC Berkeley Campus. Eighty-seven students attended some sixteen courses. A revel followed a symposium in the evening, at which a Master of Arts degree was awarded.
"I fought as good a battle to get the University of Ithra in Caid as anyone ever did on the field! Then I had to protect it against being messed with (long and involved story). First time I'd ever seriously delved into politics (yuck!) and I'd never have done it if the subject had been less important to me. But this was why I joined the SCA. That and the good company I sometimes found there.” – Flavia Beatrice Carmegiani
Description of this event,
© Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:
Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.
Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).
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