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A Request for Fencers Entering Rapier Champs

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-10 17:15

Greetings to the Fencers of the Kingdom from the Editors of the East Kingdom Gazette,

We at the Gazette would like to report on the King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champion tourney much the same way we do Crown Tourney, as we continue to expand our coverage of important kingdom events and tourneys.

One of the things that makes it easier to cover tourneys like this is having the list of combatants in advance, to make it easier for our on site reporters to get posts up. Unlike Crown Tourney, Rapier Champs has no requirement for a letter of intent or pre-event sign up.

We have created an online poll with the intent of getting as many names as possible pre-typed and spelled correctly. We have the permission of Don Lupold to do so, however this is in no way official or binding. You will still need to sign up for the tourney when you arrive on site. We fully understand that we will not reach every fencer who may be competing, but each fencer we do reach is one more name spelled correctly we won’t have to type in the moment.

The form can be found here.

Thank you for helping us share the day with those who are unable to be there.  If you have any questions, please email us at Please share this widely so that we can reach as many combatants as possible.

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Update on the Kingdom Email Migration

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-10 13:21

Greetings once again from the Webministry of the East Kingdom!

The migration of our Kingdom’s email services to Google for Nonprofits proceeds apace. We have now moved 11 branches and the Kingdom Exchequer and his team, and have 7 more branches scheduled for next week. These are out of totals of 67 branches, 11 Kingdom Offices, 3 event sites, and 9 guilds.

Now we have a problem. We’re trying to schedule such that after we receive a branch’s list of officers and create their new accounts, they have a week to get their password set and get accustomed to the new environment before they have to rely on that environment to get their jobs done. However, we don’t have anything to schedule, and this is starting to open up days off on our calendar. We have 4 people doing these migrations, don’t worry about setting us up for days off, we’re covering that just fine internally.

Please, we need the user information spreadsheets returned from every branch or we can’t proceed. (If you’re about to hold elections for all of your Officers, please feel free to hold off until after that. Migrating everything once is enough, we don’t need to do it twice.) Our goal is to complete this migration before the end of the reign of Their Majesties Ivan and Mathilde, which means we have to be migrating something at least every other day in order to succeed. That includes weekends, and holidays. But we can’t migrate without users to migrate.

As a reminder, our calendar can be viewed at:

Also, our Frequently Asked Questions List is accessible at:

Progress is definitely being made on the mechanism that will be used to manage officer transitions in the future (we’re starting to test), and that has lead to some advances in working with mailing lists. I expect these will be ironed out in the next week or so and ready for public consumption.

As always, please direct any questions or concerns to

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

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Kingdom Website Redesign Planned

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-10 11:38

Greetings Unto the Good People of the East!

I write to you today as the new Deputy Kingdom Webminister for Design. As you know the webministry is in the process of significant upgrades to our systems. This will include our site. I’d like to talk to you about plans and opportunities for participation. 

Technology evolves rapidly. One goal will be to migrate the site onto a new platform which is in line with current best practices and usability. That will be managed by the Webministry. Where we would like to invite members of the populace to contribute is the “look and feel” of the new site. Come the New Year I will be seeking submissions for a new visual design for I tell you now NOT to overburden anyone at this busy time of year, but to plant a seed that may germinate in your minds.

Further details for those who may be interested in participating:

  • I will draft the guidelines and finalize requirements with the Webministry staff during December/early January.
  • By mid-January provide the requirements and scope of the project/ high-level information architecture along with any rules. Take public questions from then until submissions open.
  • By Birka, begin accepting design submissions and accept them through the end of February.
    • During the visual design submission timeframe I will be working with select webministers and content owners on (NOT yet all of the sub-sites) to plan the content organization and text. Surveys will be shared to gather populace needs and opinions as well as looking at metrics in the various logs our servers keep.
  • During March, we will pare down the designs to those that best meet the requirements and then gather our panel of judges to discuss their feedback and make a selection. The panel will be comprised of Their Majesties, Their Highnesses, our Kingdom MoAS, and myself. We will notify all parties of the selection.
  • In April, begin working with the winning team on implementing the design on a development site.
  • Debut the new site at the 50th Celebrations in June.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to write to me at I will do my best to answer questions – or develop answers – as we move this process along.

Yours in service to Kingdom and Crown,

Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal

Deputy Webminister, Design East Kingdom
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From the Board of Directors – New Director-Elect

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-09 19:48

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Carter (Quintus Aurelius Dracontius) as Director-Elect for Seat E for the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Craig Carter is the Chief Operating Officer for Radiology Associates of North Texas. Quintus Aurelius Dracontius is a Duke and a Knight from the Kingdom of Ansteorra.


Mr. Carter will take his seat at the conclusion of the April 2018 quarterly meeting.


The Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. establishes the rules of the Society’s historical recreation activities and minimum administrative requirements for officers and branches. It is the final arbiter of the interpretations of these rules as made by the officers of the Society. Members of the SCA Board of Directors serve three-and-a-half year terms. Candidates for the Board are nominated by SCA members and participants. For more information on this process please contact Director Chele Martines at

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

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From the Board of Directors – New Society Seneschal – Elect

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-09 19:41

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Mike Watkins (Alywin Watkyn) as Society Seneschal-Elect for the Society for Creative Anachronism. Mike Watkins is the a Tech Projects Manager for Auburn University. Alywin Watkyn is a Pelican and former Kingdom Seneschal for Meridies. Mr. Watkins will undergo an intense training period, before succeeding current Society Seneschal, Anthony Pongratz (Antonio Giordano da Sicilia).


The Society Seneschal is responsible for coordinating the administration of the Society’s historical re-creation. This involves directing the activities of the Kingdom Seneschals and of Society-level deputies. Where questions arise concerning the intent of Corpora, the Board specifically authorizes the Society Seneschal to make interpretations and clarifications. The Society Seneschal is also responsible for reviewing all sanction related activities.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Filed under: Announcements, Corporate Tagged: corporate announcements, society seneschal

How to host a spice-tasting party!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-12-08 21:32

On Sunday, December 3, the gentles of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn convened to sample the results of our second redaction challenge. I challenged our cooks to mix a blend of spices to create a Powder Forte and a Powder Fine — two frequently occurring additions to many a medieval recipe.

The base recipes can be viewed here

After an initial flurry of “where can I get galingale?” and “can I swap some grains of paradise for long pepper?”, we made a group spice order and set to blending. Some folks used modern grinders, while others employed mortar and pestle, sifted the results through a sieve, then ground the remainder — over and over until the spice reached a consistent texture.

It turns out that online suggestions for “how to host a spice tasting party” aren’t very helpful, and I found myself in the position of creating a template for doing so. To sample and compare the dozen spice mixtures, we used sandwich picks dipped in canola oil, then dipped in the spice mixture. I made gluten-free and oyster crackers available to cleanse the palate between tastings, though at least one individual dipped the cracker and then tasted the spice on the crackers.

Sandwich picks

The strong powders and fine powders were arranged together; some folks tried the fines then the fortes, others in reverse. It didn’t seem to make a difference to the tasting which spice combination we tasted first, but it was very nice to be able to sample fortes and fines side-by-side.

Once again we had an array of flavors from the same recipe. There were no clear favorites among the group, and more than once I heard “this is good, but I like mine better.” (Given the nature of the recipe, this was not a surprising comment; we were making blends to suit or own tastes.)

As a group, we decided that this methodology did work well to sample the various spices. After more thought, I would recommend the following additions, should you hold your own spice-tasting event:

  • Provide water for palate cleansing.
  • Offer a mild bread, chicken cubes, and warm elbow pasta to carry spice on — some folks though it odd to be eating spices plain, and this would overcome that feeling (plus add some different flavor to think about how the mixture would “work” with different base ingredients).
  • Find sampling dishes that are flat, without sharp corners and crevices, so the spice doesn’t get lodged into unreachable corners.

Once again, we had many folks participate, and we all look forward to using their mixtures in future challenges!

Lady Meadbh ni Clerigh
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn

Photos by Elska á Fjárfelli

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Brewers Guild Promotes Participation

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-12-06 19:04

by Viscountess Lucilla Theresa de Courtenay

Recently, the Æthelmearc Guild of Brewers, Vintners, and Meadhers (affectionately known simply as the Brewers Guild) implemented a program designed to promote greater participation among its members as well as to entice new people to join the ranks: Points for Participation.

“We have been struggling for a couple of years to increase participation in guild activities,” said THL Madoc Arundel, the current head of the guild. “There are a lot of really decent brewers in this kingdom, and guild activities provide an opportunity for them to showcase their product.”

The goal of the new program is not just to get more brewers involved in A&S competitions, but to promote participation in many of the other opportunities available, such as roundtable discussions, teaching and attending classes, and largess.

“We looked at the archery and thrown weapon communities for inspiration. The ranking programs they have encourage people to shoot or throw as often as possible while rewarding improvement in their skills,” said Madoc. “The programs did not translate directly to the brewing community, but we were able to adapt the basic concept to a construct that works for us.”

Harvest Raid roundtable, 2017.

The new program works on an individual rolling 12-month cycle, meaning that brewers can jump in at any time without missing out on opportunities. Points are awarded for attending or hosting roundtables; organizing, judging, entering, and winning competitions; publishing research or informative articles; contributing to social activities or largess; and teaching or attending classes with a brewing theme. The scale rewards both the breadth and depth of participation. As points are tallied, and thresholds are met, guild members receive a token of recognition of their advancement from Novice to Grandmaster.

Leading into the implementation of this new program, the guild has been promoting greater visibility of its members throughout the Kingdom. Beginning with the regional representatives reaching out within their regions to provide more organized opportunities. Currently, the goal is a minimum of one roundtable and one regional competition within each region every year. Regional representatives are also reaching out to event stewards and local A&S officers to ensure brewing considerations are taken into account whenever an A&S activity is planned for an event. Regional representatives and their contact information can be found at

Since the implementation of the program in late September, roundtables appeared in Regions 2 and 4 with a focus on the historical ingredients in the various beverages brought by the participants. “I think a big part of AE brewers … is that they also don’t focus on the historic part of the drink. Isn’t that what we’re trying to change?” quipped THL Elska á Fjárfellí, the Region 5 guild representative. Elska is the point person on revamping and restructuring the guild’s competition program to make it easier for local groups to conduct a brewing competition either as a standalone activity or as part of a larger A&S activity. Additionally, the Fall Æcademy included three classes focused on alcoholic beverages: “What the Irish Drank” by Baron Charles O’Connor; “Judging an SCA Brewing Competition” by THL Madoc; and “Brewing a Basic Beer” by Lord Ulf the Barelegged. Classes are being developed or encouraged in future Æcademy and schola events, as well as War Practice.

Since the inception of the new program, sixteen people have qualified for the initial activity level of reward and two people have qualified for advanced levels. Any brewer, judge, teacher, student, activity coordinator, or A&S officer can report brewing activity for themselves or their constituency by sending an email to with the type of activity, the date/event, and the names of the people participating. “We are planning to announce the first group of achievers at BMDL Twelfth Night,” stated Madoc.

Learn more about the Points for Participation program at the unofficial AE brewers Facebook page ( or the official Brewers Guild website (



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In Quest of Volunteers – Perfect Period Feast Heian-kyō 2020

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-12-04 11:17

Unto the people of Æthelmearc, greetings!

There is a small team of individuals currently working on an all-day immersive event set in 16th Century Japan planned for September 2020.

Right now, the team is looking for additional volunteers who are interested in committing 3 years to helping bring this event to fruition.

Right now we are looking for:

+ Someone who would be interested in heading up our fund raising activity.

+ Someone with a background in the technical side of theater who can help us design and plan the “set” to turn the event space into an appropriately dressed Japanese house.

+ Craftspeople in pottery, wood, and fabric to assist with creating the items needed for the set and for use during the day.

If you have any questions or are interested in signing up to be on the staff, feel free to write the event stewards below. We plan to have a general question and answer session, as well as a staff meeting, at Æthelmearc Kingdom Twelfth Night, plus additional sessions at upcoming events this spring.

Baroness Orianna Fridrikskona, Event Steward • email
Baroness Othindissa Bykona, Deputy Event Steward • email

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The Fencers’ Cult of the Queen in Æthelmearc

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-03 21:06

by Don Corwyn Montgomery

Each reign, a celebration is held, the celebration of the Queen’s Rapier Championship. Through our efforts on the field, by bringing our best training and fighting wholly with our hearts, we praise the Queen through our actions, knowing full well at the end of they day one of us will be given the important duties of being the Queen’s rapier champion until another is chosen with the following reign. While we admire the excellence of the skills of those on the field, the praise of the tournament is rightly only for the Queen. Some may ask why the fencers have such a cult of worship built around the Queen and from whence did it originate.

The inspiration of documented history demonstrates the cult of the Queen being foremost in Elizabethan England during the reign of that illustrious and world-shaping woman. Notable heroes of the day such as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh credited their renown to efforts on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, and their examples were not isolated but were instead forefront of those common of many men contemporary to them. A culture grew with this as instinct for soldiers of the realm with echoes continuing through England’s history with successive queens, most notably with Queen Victoria and again in the modern day with Elizabeth II.

Historical fiction enhances the importance of fighting for the Queen in the works of Dumas both in the original literary forms and further pursued in representations in film. Echoes of the same devoted fascination are brought forth in Rostrand’s writings as well. In the wake of D’Artagnan and his companions and Cyrano de Bergerac, the hopeful ambition of everyone who lifts a rapier is to serve the Queen.

In the culture of the Society, these inspirations took root throughout the Known World, but in Ansteorra, they were formative in the foundations of a Kingdom remarkable in its history as a leader of progress for Society fencing. The enthusiastic vigor for the cult of the Queen sparked imitation and competition in other kingdoms new and old with each developing a unique approach for their own pursuit of devotion to their respective Crowns.

In Æthelmearc, the Queen is first and foremost for fencers in our own unique fashion.  With the first reign, the King and Queen established the Order of the White Scarf to grant a firmament for their fencers, but discussion of who would claim the fencers of the kingdom was silenced by Queen Caryl when she firmly stated, “They are mine.” Having been so lovingly adopted by our Queen, we have returned that love tenfold perpetually. The Order of the White Scarf invited the Queen to be an honorary member of the Order and upon stepping down as a Lady of the Rose has been welcomed to advise and guide the Order with noble wisdom beyond our ken, and this tradition has and will continue.

The love of the Queen for the fencers and the fencers for the Queens has been circular and brought forth great things. Impressed with the friendship, service, and honor given her by the fencers of her guard, Queen Dorinda joined her friends on the field and led them when she returned as Princess on a following reign. This inspiration brought forth great works by many, the volley of which was returned by Her Grace Dorinda who showed the power of a Rose with steel thorns by winning the day repeatedly as Warlord, White Scarf, and Principal of the Æthelmearc Order of Defence. The garden of Roses with steel thorns continues to bloom in Æthelmearc as we are joined, inspired, challenged, and humbled again and again on the field by Elena, Rosalinda, Kallista, Branwyn, Ariella, and more.

As much as we respect the skill and tenacity of Roses as compatriots on the field, we are ever in awe of the constant gentle guidance and protection they have all given us, exerting their influence to shape the world to allow us to prosper, speaking kind words of encouragement when we need it or stern words of reprimand when we need it more, and setting an example of nobility, grace, and honor we ever strive to mirror within ourselves.

In this cultural phenomenon, we have our Cult of the Queen. We take joy in it and seek to preserve it. For all of those who have had the good fortune to serve a Queen closely, whether as a retainer, a guard, or a Champion, we are left with an indelible imprint and continuing devotion to them, a devotion that brings us to the feet of each new Queen hoping to serve again. The Crown of our Kingdom grant us the gift of the illusion of us recreating history serving them, and in our devotion to them, we are given the chance to allow them to experience the greatness and reality of Their Reign. It is a circular gift made more enduring and mighty the more we give.

Set forth for Queen’s Rapier Championship, and carry in your thoughts something greater to fight for than winning. You will be with the Queen, and you will have the opportunity to sing for Her in an opera of steel in harmony with your friends, glorifying She who makes our fight meaningful. Fight well. Fight with honor. Fight with courtesy.  Fight to praise the Queen.

Long live the Queen.
Ad gloriam Æthelmearc!

The event announcement for the Queen’s Rapier Tourney can be found here.

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Eastern Results from the September 2017 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-02 12:53

The Society College of Arms runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the September 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Chiara Foscari. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for 15th Century Venice. This name appears to meet that request.

Cristina Volpina. Household name House of the Golden Schelle and badge. (Fieldless) An escallop bendwise Or.

Nice late 14th century inn-sign household name!

Damian Ísólfsson. Name and device. Vert, a wolf rampant and in chief two crosses of Saint Brigid argent.

This name combines a Russian given name from 1148 with a Scandinavian byname from 1254, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

There is a step from period practice for the use of crosses of Saint Brigid.

Artist’s note: Please draw the crosses larger to fill the available space.

Damian Ísólfsson. Badge. (Fieldless) On a wolf’s paw print vert the rune Dagaz argent.

Commenters questioned whether a tertiary charge on a disjointed primary or secondary charge would need to overlie all parts of the charge. This is not the case. Unless specifically blazoned, such a tertiary charge would appear on the largest part of the charge (in this case, the central pad).

There is a step from period practice for use of a paw print.

Artist’s note: Please draw the rune larger, to fill the available space.

Dash Altan. Name.

This name was pended on the April 2017 Letter of Acceptances and Returns to allow commentary on the submitter’s request for authenticity for mid-13th century Mongol, which had not been summarized on the Letter of Intent. After the name was pended, the submitter dropped the authenticity request.

The submitter may be interested to know that this name is probably authentic for mid-13th century Mongol, although it would be more usually transliterated as Ta{sv} Altan. The {sv} code represents an s marked with a small v at the top, a character not found in English.

Dionise O Towie. Device. Azure, on a pale purpure fimbriated argent a domestic cat sejant guardant Or.

Eudes de Creully. Blazon correction (see RETURNS for other blazon correction). Purpure, a bend sinister ermine, overall a falcon Or.

Originally registered in December 2016 as Purpure, a bend sinister ermine, overall a falcon hooded Or, an artist’s note read: “Please let the submitter know that if a falcon is hooded, you cannot see its eyes, but without the hood there would be no tuft on the top of its head.” This note is appropriate for either blazon.

Guillermo Solario. Name and device. Per saltire sable and gules, a sun in his splendour argent.

This name combines a Spanish or Catalan given name with an Italian byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

The submitter has permission to conflict with Cosmo Solario, Per saltire sable and azure, a sun in his splendor argent, and with Giuseppe Ferraro, Per saltire sable and gules, on a mullet of eight points argent a rose gules.

Marcus Marius Felix. Name and device. Vert, two lynxes sejant addorsed argent.

Nice classical Roman name!

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Badge. (Fieldless) A domestic cat rampant contourny sable.

Nice badge!

Ravensdale, Stronghold of. Device. Per chevron inverted embattled argent and vert, in pale a raven displayed sable maintaining an apple branch fesswise vert fructed gules and a laurel wreath argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a bird displayed other than an eagle.

Roland le Taillefer. Name and device. Argent, an axe-head azure.

Nice device!

Síle Dhubh inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh. Device. Sable, an eagle rising wings displayed maintaining three annulets interlaced one and two argent.

Artist’s note: Please draw all charges larger, to fill the available space.

Sofya Gianetta di Trieste. Device. Or, a fleur-de-lys and on a chief gules two mullets of eight points Or.

Sofya Gianetta di Trieste. Badge. Or, a fleur-de-lys within an orle gules.

Nice badge!


EAST returns

Eudes de Creully and Eyda von Rothenburg. Blazon correction. (Fieldless) On a cup Or a falcon’s head erased gules.

Originally registered in December 2016 as On a cup Or a hooded falcon’s head erased gules, an artist’s note read: “Please let the submitter know that if a falcon is hooded, you cannot see its eyes, but without the hood there would be no tuft on the top of its head.” While we have reblazoned the full falcon in the device on this same letter, we are less inclined to change the blazon when it’s just the head. The tufts at the top of the head make up a good 15-20% of the height of the charge, and the hood (or lack thereof) is almost the entirety of the charge. Therefore, the tuft cannot be dismissed with an artist’s note as easily on this badge as it could on the device. Because the tuft affects the silhouette of the charge, it gives the unmistakable appearance of being part of a hawk’s hood.

If the submitters wish to have a hood-less falcon, they are encouraged to submit a badge change with a smooth-headed falcon


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

100 Minutes War Unofficial Court Report

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-02 12:47

On Saturday, November 18 th , AS LII, Their Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, did visit their Shire of Rusted Woodlands, and attended the 100 Minutes War.
In the morning, they went out to the Rapier field, and held a brief court. The following gentles were awarded thusly:

Name Award Scribe(s)
Ciaran Ua Meic Thire Silver Wheel Magdalena Lantfarerin

Alastor Tucker Silver Rapier Shoshana Gryffyth


From there, Their Majesties went to the Heavy list field. The following gentle was awarded thus:

Name Award Scribe(s)
Seamus Mac Neachtain Order of the Tygers Combatant Saerlaith ingen Chennetig


The Hundred Minutes War did take place, as well as rapier, thrown weapons, and archery tournaments.
In the afternoon, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde resumed court.
Ivan Shishov, leading the Rainbow Warriors, received a scroll by Nyfain merch Coel for captaining the winning team.
Hashiji Morikatsu, leading the Murder Ponies, received a scroll by Nyfain merch Coel for captaining the
second team.
The Children’s toybox was run, and the many newcomers attending their first, second or third event received tokens.

Additionally, these gentles were awarded as follows:
Name Award Scribe(s)

Fahad Rouf Award of Arms I:Marieta Charay C: Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir

Aislin of Surtr’s Brood Award of Arms I: Melina Al-Andalusiyya W: Dankwert Bathory C: Robin dit Dessaint

Jadidja the Jewess, called Jade Award of Arms I: Triona MacCasky C: Jonathan Blaecstan W: Galefridus Peregrinus

Arne Ulrichsson Silver Brooch Thyra (Þóra) Eiríksdóttir

Muirenn ingen Ciric Award of Arms Mýrún Leifsdóttir and
Ciaran Ua Meic Thire

Whistler o’ the Pit Artemis Eadaoin Chruitire
(The Artemis is a closed order. As
such, Whistler would be included
in the Order of the Golden Mantle,
and further receive a Grant of Arms)

Pádraig Ó Brádaig Award of Arms Mari Clock van Hoorne

Bjorvig Huldarson Silver Wheel I: Ellesbeth Donofrey
C: Jonathan Blaecstan

Yasemin bint al-hajjar Silver Wheel C&I: Brangwyne of Wentworth W: Alys Mackytoich

Hassan Ibn Abd Al-Malik Silver Wheel Aaradyn Ghyoot

Ulricch van Kathen’ Award of Arms Aelisif Hoarr Kona

Eyvindr Bjarnylr Award of Arms Perronnelle de Croy

Kári Gáranhirsson Golden Lyre

Kári Gáranhirsson performed for the assembled populace. His Majesty of the Mid also addressed the crowd, thanking everyone for an excellent event.
Thus concluded this year’s Hundred Minutes War.

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald
PS – Thank you to Marian Kirkpatrick and Mabel Fortune for helping to herald court.

Filed under: Court Tagged: 100 Minutes War, court report

Kingdom Historian Position Open

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-11-30 08:00

Unto the Kingdom of Æthelmearc does Lady Aine O’Muirghesan, Kingdom Chronicler send greetings:

I write to you today to inform you that Dame Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir is unable to continue as Kingdom Historian because of changing responsibilities in her modern life. I would like to thank her for this tremendous service to our Kingdom.

This leaves us in need of a Kingdom Historian.

The Kingdom Historian is responsible for overseeing the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of historical information pertaining to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and for making this history accessible to the public.

The office coordinates, promotes, and fosters Kingdom-related research, projects, events, and displays at the Kingdom, regional and local levels. Candidates for this office should have knowledge of Kingdom law and Officer Policies, especially that of Historian, Web Minister and Chronicler.

The position is considered a Lesser Kingdom Office, reports to the Kingdom Chronicler, and works in conjunction with other Kingdom Officers in promoting the study of Society and Kingdom history. Good communications skills, both written and oral, the ability to network and a curious nature will help greatly in this position.

We are also now in need of a Historian Web Minister as THL Grimolfr Ormalfsonust is stepping down as well. The Historian Web Minister works with the Kingdom Historian to update and maintain the Kingdom History website. I wish to also thank His Lordship for his service to the Kingdom as well.

If you would like further information about these positions please feel free to reach out to Dame Hrefna at

If you are interested in applying for either of these positions please let me know at

In Service,

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Court Report: King’s Crossing Birthday B(r)all

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-11-29 22:16

Here continues the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at the Kings Crossing Birthday B(r)all, October 28, AS 52, in Their Shire of Kings Crossing; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald to Their Majesties.

His Majesty Gareth, being unaccompanied by Her Majesty Juliana at this event, first asked those attending their first event to come forward and receive a drinking vessel, so that they would be better prepared for the many future events He hopes they attend.

His Majesty then called for the presence of Jodocus Van de Kloof. He spoke of Jodocus’ willing heart, serving his Shire of Kings Crossing as chatelaine and deputy seneschal, training to be a thrown weapons marshal, and helping to autocrat the day’s events. For this work was he Awarded Arms. Scroll by THL Zosia Kowaleska.

Jodocus Van de Kloof receives his AoA. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.

Katie (Katryn) Whyte was next summoned before His Majesty. She, too, was deeply involved in the day’s event, serving as feastocrat. She also helps to spread word of the Shire’s activities, both internally reviving the Shire newsletter, and externally helping to organize demos. She, too, was then Awarded Arms for this work. Scroll by Lady Gillian McGill de Verona.

Katie Whyte receives her AoA. Photo by Lord Jodocus Van de Kloof.

His Majesty then summoned Lord Alfonso de Santo Domingo before him. Word of Lord Alfonso’s success on the archery range had reached His Majesty’s ears, as had stories of his willingness to hold practices and provide equipment when most needed. For this was He minded to create him a member of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Lord Alfonso receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Mistress Gabrielle de Winter.

His Majesty next demanded the presence of Her Ladyship Katerina Das Vogelen. Long has this gentle worked to promote the Arts and Sciences studied by the Society in her Shire, helping others find garb when needed and information on other crafts when she could not provide it, wearing a smile the entire time. For this did His Majesty name her to the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Master Aelric Ravenshaw.

THLady Katerina receives a Keystone. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.

Lord Thrain inn Riki was then summoned to attend His Majesty. Lord Thrain serves as the Shire’s Knight Marshal, and has worked to insure that others might join him on the field well-equipped and well-trained to defend the Kingdom for His Majesty. So did He create Lord Thrain a member of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Gulsah Aydini and Lady Shirin of Susa.

Lord Thrain receives a Keystone. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.

His Majesty then called Lord Sven Tyrvisson to appear before him. His Majesty noted the decade passed that Lord Sven had at various times labored to run a local practice for the heavy fighters, hauling extra gear to and fro so all could practice, as well as serving as Shire Seneschal, and helping with demos and events. For this long history of service was he added to the number of the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by THL Sumayya al Ghaziyya.

Lord Sven receives a Millrind. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.

His Lordship Donnchadh Dubhghlas was summoned before His Majesty, who recalled the great number of years that his Lordship had served both Kingdom and Shire in a manner most worthy of recognition. So did His Majesty make that recognition known by calling forth His Most Noble Order of the Pelican, sending his Lordship with them to set a day and hour to sit vigil and contemplate his elevation to join that august Order. Scroll by Count Jehan de la Marche and Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh. Note: THL Donnchadh’s vigil and elevation will occur at Region 1 Twelfth Night in Misty Highlands on January 27.

THLord Donnchadh receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.

His Majesty then asked those present who contributed to the scrolls and tokens handed out that morning to stand and be recognized by the populace.

Their being no further business, the Court of His Majesty was then closed.

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Another update from the Webministry

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-11-28 12:02

Greetings again from the Webministry of the East Kingdom!

After this, I expect the frequency and volume of these updates to lessen, as we go from the excitement of getting started and transition in to the drudgery of just digging through everyone.  But that means we’re to that point!

Tonight we moved our third branch and we now have scheduled 7 more branches to move and an entire Kingdom Department. We haven’t yet tried to move 2 branches in a single evening, but tonight proved it is possible.  We’re also now making this available:

That’s the schedule of all the migrations as they fill in.  Once we receive the spreadsheet of user information from a branch, we create their accounts, send those folks their welcome letters, and then we can schedule their migration.  That’s when it goes on the calendar.  If your group isn’t on the calendar, we haven’t yet received the information we need to put you there.  Seneschals?  Get us info.  You can see the queue now, the power to get on that line is in your hands.

We’re also releasing the Frequently Asked Questions list, so you can see that (most likely) the questions you have are questions many people have… and see the answers, too!

Lastly for this time out, we’re getting questions about when all the rest of the features of GSuite will be available, and what features we’re getting.  Well, we’re getting a pretty full selection of the standard features (Mail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Sheets, Forms, etc.) but not Sites.  The “When”, on the other hand, is not yet.  The “price of admission” to use any of these features is having a login account and email address.  That’s how Google’s stuff works.  That’s why we’re pushing to get everyone migrated over to GMail first.  Once we have that process completely ironed out, including how we handle mailing lists (solved, but not ready for public consumption yet!) and officer transitions (we think we know how this one will work), then our crack Development Team (David Cortijo) will be able to start working on Team Drive so we can figure out how to do what is needed to safely, securely, and possibly most importantly easy to transition to a successor in the future, share files that need to be shared around a Branch, Kingdom Department, or the Kingdom as a whole.  But that largely means that this stuff, while wildly useful and needed, is going to take a backseat to the email migration that we really have to complete _first_.

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

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On Target: Christmas Gifts for Archers

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-11-27 18:17

It’s Christmas time again, so here are some tips for the Archer you love.

No matter how good a shot they are, new arrows are always a wonderful gift, along with a period-looking quiver, arm guard, or shooting glove. I prefer a Bear Paw glove because it breathes, so your hand doesn’t sweat.

Next, check out this pen that I found at the dollar store. It’s a stylus, a pen, a laser light, and a flashlight.

If you’ve had a long hot day on the range, how about this period-looking water cooler.

If your recipients don’t mind gag gifts, check out this Whitetail beer bottle opener.

Remember last year’s motto: GLG, which stands for Guys (and Girls) Love Gadgets! I found this multi tool with a small hatchet.

This month’s safety tip: whether you’re driving to the range or driving to Grandma’s for the holidays, these two things don’t mix.

In service, and happy holidays.

Deryk Archer

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Icons: Why Their Style Never Changed

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-11-26 17:54

By Lady Grainne Rudha (formerly Miklos Magdolna)

Pronunciation: ‘I-“kän
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin, from Greek eikOn, from eikenai – “to resemble”
Date: 1572

  1. a usually pictorial representation: image
  2. [Late Greek eikOn, from Greek]: a conventional religious image typically painted on a small wooden panel and used in the devotions of Eastern Christians
  3. an object of uncritical devotion : idol
  4. emblem, symbol <the house became an icon of 1860’s residential architecture — Paul Goldberger>
  5. (a) a sign (as a word or graphic symbol) whose form suggests its meaning (b) a graphic symbol on a computer display screen that suggests the purpose of an available function

Christ Acheiropoietos (Image of Edessa), c.1100, from Wikimedia Commons.

This very bland definition from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary led me to wonder about this facet of church art in the early part of the Byzantium. I had run across references to icons and their symbolism during my research of triptychs and diptychs. In the readings, icons seemed rather dry and didn’t quite answer my basic questions regarding why their style never progressed like the other works of religious art work did with the advent of the Renaissance.

Then, serendipity happened. I found a business card on a corkboard at an art supply store for Darya Carney, Traditional Orthodox Iconography in Egg Tempera. This was the break I had been looking for; it turned out that Mrs. Carney was the wife of a Russian orthodox priest and had been painting icons for more than 10 years, all less than a mile from my house. When I met her, Darya showed me her work. That’s when I discovered that icons are a venerated object used for meditation and prayer. She showed me all the aspects of mixing the tempera, gesso, and gilding.

The icon makers feel that the work is God moving their hands with every stroke and that the icon is imbued with the sacred spirit. So, although she didn’t feel comfortable making an icon for someone who was not orthodox, she readily agreed to answer my questions so I could write an article on the subject; she and her husband were thrilled to share the information and allow me to use their extensive library.

It was while I spent time with this couple that I saw how important the art is to them and how invaluable it must have been to people all through the period we attempt to recreate. Our ancestors believed the icon was the embodiment of the spirit talking to the artist to open a window of God’s grace.

Where do icons come from?

Praying With Icons offers this origin: “The first icon was made when King Abgar of Osrone, dying of Leprosy, sent a message begging Jesus to visit him in Edessa and cure him.  Hurrying to Jerusalem and his crucifixion, Christ sent a healing gift, instead. He pressed his face against a linen cloth, causing the square of fabric to bear his image. The miraculous icon remained in Edessa until the tenth century until when it was brought to Constantinople. After the city was sacked by the Crusaders in 1204, it disappeared altogether.  Known as ‘not made by human hands’ or the ‘Holy Face,’ the icon has been reproduced over and over until today.”

This legend was intriguing but I had suspicions that the icon might have had its life in a pre-Christian history. This bore out when I remembered a three-paneled triptych that had a goddess and two gods from Romanised Egypt.

The concept of a sacred image to aid in prayer was around before the Byzantine Empire. This theory was confirmed in Origins of Christian Art:

“Another form of painting, especially associated with the Eastern Church, was that of the icon.  The icon may well have originated in Egypt, where the common pagan practice to adorn mummy cases with portraits of the dead, or to affix wooden plaques painted with their likeness over the shrouds of the less wealthy.

“For those portraits, the encaustic process of burning colored wax into the surface of the wood was used; a technique that which had the advantage of producing a very tough finish which, combined with the climate of Egypt, made the portraits well nigh indestructible.

“The earliest known Christian icons are examples from St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai, so it seems not unlikely that the pagan Egyptians’ veneration of the likeness’ of there dead was later transferred to Christ and the Virgin.”

The author follows up later with this statement, “The earliest icon, of the sixth century, represents the Virgin, enthroned and wearing the imperial purple, as a young mother of highly individual features and positive personality.”

I confirmed this idea, in Byzantine Painting, which discusses the 6th century icons in Sinai and their resemblance to the wax funeral effigies in Egypt, and by consulting Dr. Alexander Boguslawski’s website on Russian art work (see References below).

So we have its origins and what it was used for, but why did the icon remain a stilted, unchanging style?

To sum it up, I offer this quote from, E. H. Gombrich’s The Story Of Art:

“The Egyptians had largely drawn what they knew to exist, the Greeks what they saw: in the Middle Ages, the artist also learned to express in his pictures what he felt.”

The artist didn’t feel the need to show the reality of a portrait, but instead the mystery and symbolism of the saint or religious figure — the feeling of the holy and the miraculous.

When I inquired to my resident icon maker regarding the unchanging nature of the art, Mrs. Carney said that the people who painted icons in the Middle Ages and earlier are closer to the time when the venerated walked this earth. To deviate from those images would be to go away from what the image is supposed to look like. The icon is to be meditated upon and, when combined with prayer, should cause you to reflect on that person’s work on this earth and the message of the kingdom of heaven. Icons are simple and unchanging; nothing to distract or to take focus away from their primary objective. The faces, while kind and somewhat stoic, are never to be sensual or beautiful enough to distract your mind from worship.

What happened to so many of the early icons?

I wondered why there were so few icons from the 10th century; why was there a gap in their history? Once again, Mrs. Carney had the answer and explained that they were ordered to be destroyed when they where thought to be too close to idol worshiping. I went to the library and learned  that between 726 and 843 AD, the Byzantine Empire was caught in a huge debate on whether the icon was a venerated object or an idol.

One side of the fence was the Iconoclasm: this word comes from the Greek eikon (icon) and klao (destroy). This group felt that icons and images of God, the saints, and apostles were idols. They felt that when God said to Moses, “Thou shalt not make an idol, thou shalt not bow down to (idols) nor serve them” (Exodus 40-4-5), that these icons were in violation of that decree and had to be destroyed.

The Iconophiles, or lovers of these images, were the ones who argued in support of their use. They formulated rules of icon painting and the prayers to govern their use. They cited stories of icons healing people in times of need and making wells run with water. “They must be blessed by God, if the miracles happen,” they argued.

In 725, this argument came to a head when Emperor Leo III began to write a document, Legos, to condemn the holy images.  He had serious problems with the new Arabic religion, Islam, rising at his back door. In 726, during the turmoil after an earthquake, the image of Christ was removed from the gates. It was said that a group of iconophiles killed the guards. Leo had had enough problems and he finally ordered all the icons removed from the churches in 730. He believed their use was angering God and the Moslems were God’s punishment. Strangely enough, the Moslem faith had restrictions on the human body in religious art as well.

The icon would have died out completely had it not been for Empress Irene, who convinced the Council of Nicaea to call the removal of icons a “detestable error” in 787. By 843, her son Emperor Michael III had the face of Christ replaced on the gates to the palace.

How are icons made?

When most people think of icons, they picture a wooden slab-like board with gesso and tempera paint. The truth is that the very early icons were made using a colored wax burned into wood. We also see icons made of frescos applied directly on walls, as well as cloisonné glass in a frame. There are even remnants of mosaic icons made with tiny ceramic tiles.

During the 10th century, the icon settled into the style we now generally consider its typical form: a slab of wood; sanded and squared; sized in an animal hide glue (sealed and making a base for the gesso to adhere); gessoed with a mixture of white alabaster or plaster and size (animal hide glues); painted with a mixture of tempera (a pigment suspended in egg yolk); and sealed with a copal resin varnish.

Why is Russia connected to icons?

The early Russian people, called  “Rus,” were Vikings settlers. They began visiting Constantinople in 838.  In 860, they attempted an aborted attack on the city. The Emperor negotiated monies for protection but it wasn’t until 988 that Emperor Bales listed his Rus troops at 6,000 (Prince Vladimir of Kiev).

The Rus had contact with the Byzantine Empire as the Varangian Guard. We know that Vladimir (ruler from 980 to 1015) converted to Orthodox Christianity.  This was accomplished through his sister Anna’s marriage to the Emperor Basil II around 989. The event was marked in the settlement of Kiev by a church being built, dedicated to the Holy Mother of God. Craftsmen from the Byzantine Empire were sent to build and decorate it.

This convergence of craftsmen was to continue as more churches where built. But when the Byzantine Empire became more riddled with civil war in 1321, the throne was eventually abdicated in 1328. The Empire was crumbling and the artists and crafts men could see the writing on the wall. In 1453, the Byzantine artists (particularly the icon makers) fled to Christian lands that would accept their icons. They knew the Moslem religion with its prohibitions on recreating the image of holy figures would not take kindly to them.

Stable and entrenched in the Orthodox Church, the Russians welcomed them in, as did Greece. By this time, the Church in Europe had moved to portable altar work for personal uses, such as triptychs and diptychs, and had left behind the stilted look of the Byzantine icons.

In Russia and Greece, the reproduction of icons never deviating from the original was respected and kept alive until modern times. Even today, you can purchase an icon made by a Russian icon maker with the appropriate prayers said over the work as it is painted, bearing the approved subject matter and symbols.


Merriam Webster Online Dictionary,

Boguslawski, Alexander, PhD (2002) Russian painting web site,

Forest, Jim (1977) “Praying With Icons” ISBN 1-57075-112-9

Gilbert, Stuart (1979) “Byzantine Painting” ISBN 0-8478-0225-6

Gombrich, E.H. (1979) “The Story Of Art” ISBN 071481208

Gough, Michael (1972) “The Origins of Christian Art” LCC 73-8233

Lowden, John (1997) “Early Christian & Byzantine Art” ISBN 0-7148-3168-9


Appendix: Prayers for the Iconographer

This was supplied to me by my resident icon maker. I do not know the age or history around this set of prayers. It has been established that, even in period, no icon was considered holy until prayers where performed for consecration and guidance of the iconographer’s hand.

A Prayer for Consecrating an Iconographer

from Mt. Athos

Thou Who hast so admirably imprinted Thy features on the cloth sent to King Abgar of Edessa, and hast so wonderfully inspired Luke Thy Evangelist: Enlighten my soul and that of Thy servant; Guide his hand that he may reproduce Thy features, those of the Holy Virgin and of all Thy saints, for the glory and peace of Thy Holy Church. Spare him from temptations and diabolical imaginations in the name of Thy Mother, St. Luke, and all the Saints. Amen.

Prayer Before Beginning an Icon

O DIVINE LORD of all that exists, Thou hast illumined the Apostle and Evangelist Luke with Thy Holy Spirit, thereby enabling him to represent Thy most Holy Mother, the One who held Thee in her arms and said: The Grace of Him Who has been born of me is spread throught the world! Enlighten and direct my soul, my heart and my spirit. Guide the hands of Thine unworthy servant so that I may worthily and perfectly portray Thine Icon, that of Thy Mother, and all the Saints, for the glory, joy and adornment of Thy Holy Church. Forgive my sins and the sins of those who will venerate these icons and who, kneeling devoutly before them, give homage to those they represent. Protect them from all evil and instruct them with good counsel. This I ask through the intercession of Thy most Holy Mother, the Apostle Luke, and all the Saints. Amen.

Prayer After Completing an Icon

Thou, Thyself, O LORD, art the fulfillment and completion of all good things. Fill my soul with joy and gladness, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind. Let Thy grace sanctify and dwell within this icon, that it may edify and inspire those who gaze upon it and venerate it; that in glorifying the one depicted, they may be repentant of their sins and strengthened against every attack of the adversary. Through the prayers of the Theotokos, the holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, and all the Saints, O Savior, save us! Amen


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Things to Know about Yule in the Barony Beyond the Mountain

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-11-26 13:57

For many years now, the Barony Beyond the Mountain has celebrated
certain traditions as part of our Yule feast. In more recent times we
have been pleased and honored to bring them to a joint Yule with our
cousins of Bergental. If you are planning to attend Yule feast this year on December 2 or in the future, a quick read will help you to enjoy your time with us.

The first thing is that we ask everyone to please refrain from lighting their own candles. The provision of light for the tables is part of the

At the beginning of the feast before the food is served, First Foot, a
child embodying the spirit of the season enters the hall and leaps over
the yule log which will be set before High Table. After taking a flame
from the yule log, First Foot asks the populace “Would you have the
spirit of the season enter this hall?” The proper response is “Aye.”
First Foot lights the candles at High Table, and then proceeds
throughout the hall, lighting a candle for each table. It is traditional
to offer First Foot a coin for luck, which are provided on each table.

A pitcher of scented water is presented to High Table, that Their
Majesties, Their Highnesses, and Their Exellencies may refresh their
hands prior to presentation of the feast.

Salt is formally presented to the High Table. If Their Excellencies in
consultation with Their exchequers have determined that Their lands have
prospered in the prior year, salt is also provided to the populace to
season their meals.

The pantler presents a specially baked loaf of bread to High Table, and
slices and serves it to Their Majesties, Their Highnesses and Their

The butler presents drink to the High Table. To ensure the quality of
the bottle, s/he will open it and sample the contents to confirm its worth.

The toasts are offered during the meal as is traditional in the Kingdom.
However, in honor of the holiday season, the customary response of
“vivant” is replaced by “wassail!”

During the feast, the boar’s head is processed through the hall while
the “Boar’s Head Carol” is sung.

Should the nobles and populace of the hall be deemed to be generous,
hospitable, and welcoming, there is a gift, in the form of twelve
sterling silver rings. Should you find one, it represents luck for the
coming year.

A Little History or Where on Earth Did They GET This Stuff?

The Barony Beyond the Mountain has celebrated our Yule feast with some
variation of these traditions and ceremonies for over thirty years. But
what do they mean? Where do they come from? All of them are grounded (if
loosely) in some part of history, although over the years things have
changed and shifted to suit the people and the event, and while the
history is still visible through the cracks, it is now a tradition of
our own.

First Foot: First Foot is a tradition of Scotland/Northern England,
which says that the first person to set foot over the threshold of a
home on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune for the coming year. In
the original tradition, First Foot brings gifts.

Yule Log: Current tradition holds that the Yule log has its origins in
the fire ceremonies of pre-Christian paganism that celebrate the return
of the sun at the turn of the year. As most sites do not have a hearth
suitable for the day-long burning of a log, the barony utilizes a
symbolic representation.

Hand-washing: Medieval books of manners describe ritual hand-washing
both before and after the meal. The water and towels were presented in
order of the social standing of the guest, and it was an honor to thus
serve a king or great noble.

Salt: Salt has been a valuable commodity throughout history. Universally
valuable for both seasoning and food preservation, salt was mined,
produced, transported, taxed, sold, and sometimes used as currency.
Hence it was a demonstration of wealth on the medieval table, and in the
great houses would be served in ornate salt cellars and nefs that were
placed in front of the host or most honored guest.

Pantler: The pantler (from the Middle English pantelere) was the servant
of a great house who was in charge of the bread and the pantry. When
bread is baked in a wood fired oven, the upper portion is more
desirable, as it will not be ashy or over-baked. Interestingly, the
phrase “upper crust” does not appear to have been applied to *people*
until the nineteenth century.

Butler: the butler (from the Anglo-Norman buteler, a variant of the Old
Norman butelier and Old French botellier – all variants on
boteille/bottle) was the servant of a great house who was in charge of
the service and care of the household’s beverages, whether in barrels or

Wassail: from the Old English wæs hæl – “be you healthy,” and associated
with the drinking tradition of wassailing in Southern England which is
done to ensure a good cider apple harvest for the following year.

Boar’s Head: the hunting and serving of boar is ancient. The procession
of the boar’s head to the singing of the “Boar’s Head Carol” originated
at Queen’s College in Oxford England. It has continued to this day.

Rings: In England the Christmas cake/pudding sometimes had coins added
as good luck touch pieces at least as far back as the 19th century. Even
if no older than that, it is a charming tradition.

– Article submitted by Baroness Eloise of Coulter

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Polling Deadline is Tonight at Midnight

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-11-26 09:00

Responses to the second poll of Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde need to be sent before midnight TONIGHT – Sunday, November 26. The polls close at 11:59 pm, and the polling link will be inactive after that time.

Polls are sent to the members of the Orders of High Merit and the Peerages so that they may provide input to the Crown on future members.  Orders which conduct polls include the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Defense, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combatant, Sagittarius, Maunche, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance.

If you are a member of one of the Orders of High Merit or the Peerage and are not currently receiving polling emails, please sign up via the instructions on the East Kingdom Polling Lists page. Please note that the discussion lists and the polling lists must be subscribed separately.

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Service Shines at Crown Tournament

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-11-25 21:53

At the Crown Tournament to determine the heirs of Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, fighters of the East Kingdom vied for the right to be heir to the Tyger throne. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, many hands were hard at work to make a the day a success for all.

Mistress Suba heralding to the crowd assembled

Crown Tournament is fairly unique in its great need for heralds and list runners in order for the Mistress of the Lists to do her job and run the tournament. Mistress Suba al Hadid is the Troubador Herald, in charge of vocal heraldry for tournaments such as Crown Tournament. She and her deputies are the reason that those on the sidelines know who is fighting who, and those who are fighting know which list they should report to. They are assisted by list runners who are responsible for getting cards with fighters’ names on them from the Mistress of the List and her staff, and bringing them to the heralds to announce.

Throughout the chilly day, the lists were heralded by Mistress Suba, Deputy Troubadour Herald Don Lucien de Wyntere, Lord Agapios Cargos, Lady Jehannette Bouchart, Baroness Tasha Medvedeva, Allie Drovich, Lord Drake Oranwood, Lady Sisuile Butler, Bronwyn of Wentworth, Master Ryan McWhyte, Robert Tytes, Baron Yehuda ben Moshe, Baroness Maria Von Osseheim, Edmund Beneyt, Master Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, Lady Oriana Volpe della Octavia de Venizia, Audrye Beneyt, Lord Justinius Alexander Eternus, Mistress Sabine de Kerbriant, Lord Declan Gobha, Master Rowen Cloteworthy and Behi Kirsa Oyutai.

Charlotte takes a quick pause from her list running duties for a photograph.

The list runners who assisted included Baroness Alanna of Skye, Baroness Jocelyn del Espada, Wentlyanna Bengrek, Simona bat Leone, Roseeia Posaeia, Master Colin Monro, Elian of the Fellsword, Charlotte Coulter, Bartholomew of Northampton, Lady, Siobhan ni Dhonnabhain, Evan, Caleb Patrassio, Emma Lovell, Mistress Eowyn Eilonhwy of Alewife Brook, Rodrigo Medina De La Mar, Eryn FitzPatrick, and Zachary Kerr.

Mistress Suba pointed out that at least eight of her staff were under the age of eighteen, and worked hard to make sure that cards were delivered, fighters heralded, and they day treated with the pomp and circumstance it deserved.

On the other side of the event, Boyar Aleksei Dmitriev and  Lord Fergus Redmead worked tirelessly to cook a delicious dayboard, and chose to tackle a huge challenge to better support the focus of the day. “We said at the same time, we wanted to something special for the fighters and consorts to make it easier for them and bring lunch to them,” Aleksei explained, having cooked dayboard for two Crown Tournaments prior to this one. “I always wanted to do this, but I needed a co-cook just as excited as me about it.”

A “boxed lunch” provided for fighters and consorts

Aleksei, Fergus, and their team prepared approximately 100 boxed lunches for fighters and their consorts, so that those who were focused on the tournament would not need to leave the field in order to eat lunch.

Fergus’s idea was to label each box with the heraldry and name of the combatant or consort. This added the ability to deal with with special dietary needs. Aleksei put out the call to those competing that they could send in their needs, and the dayboard team would do their best to accommodate. Aleksei explained that approximately 20 people took advantage of this to let him know about gluten-free, vegetarian, and other needs in advance.

When Lady Aikaterine reached out with the offer for youth fighters who were attending to help out by delivering the boxes, the final piece of the puzzle fell into place. Several youth delivered dozens of boxes, and also helped put together the lunches, assembly line style.

Photo provided by Sir Alexander de Hautville

The teens ran joyfully through the crowd, matching the shields on the boxes to the shield trees in an attempt to find the gentles whose lunches they held. Discussions about matching heraldry to clothing and banners were held, and the youth seemed to benefit as much from the heraldic education as the combatants and consorts did from the food. “No, that’s a griffin, we’re looking for a tyger!,” was overheard as the youth worked to deliver dozens of meals.

“The kids were a crucial element,” said Aleksei, “We couldn’t have done this without them.” Fergus echoed the sentiment, complimenting four youths in particular who toiled throughout the day

Ulf and Ragnard hard at work at the smokers. -Photo by Fiona

Ulf and Ragnar ran the smokers, and helped to smoke 120 lbs of chicken and 20 lbs of trout, while Emma Lovell and Caleb Patrasso worked inside to prepare the meal. The kitchen was filled with youth and newcomers to the society, joyfully preparing food for the attendees of the event.

All photos by Brendan Crane, unless otherwise indicated

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Court Report: Fabric, Fiber, and Fighting

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-11-25 09:09

The report of Their Royal Majesties Gareth and Juliana at the Fabric, Fiber, and Fighting event held in their Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais on the 17th day of November Anno Societatis Fifty-Two. Maighstir Uilliam MacantSaoir, Sycamore Herald, reporting.

Their Majesties bid welcome to the populace and invited all who were attending their first event to come forward. Their Majesties welcomed the newcomers by giving them a drinking vessel so that they could enjoy themselves at future events.

Their Majesties gift those gentles at their first event with drinking vessels.

Their Majesties invited Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill and Lord Robert Hawksworth before them, Robert and Robert having served the kingdom as Bearers of the Toybox. They bid Their Majesties that another should have this honor, and at the suggestion of the Roberts, Their Majesties bestowed this honor on Lord Eustacius. Their Majesties gave Lord Eustacius di Mecina the toybox and gave him ample time to run before releasing the children.

Their Majesties asked for Baroness Elena de la Palma to come forward. It being her birthday, Their Majesties bid the populace sing to her for her birthday. Upon finishing the song, Their Majesties spoke of Elena’s overwhelmingly generous spirit, her care and dedication to helping people in the SCA and for the purest of courtesy. With that Their Majesties entered her name into the roles of the Order of the Cornelian and gave her a token from Countess Margerite Eisenwald that had been gifted to her by an artisan in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Baroness Elena receives a Cornelian

Their Majesties welcomed Lady Dierdre Kildare, seneschal of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais to their presence. Lady Dierdre presented Their Majesties with a gift basket from the Shire to thank them for visiting.

The Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais brings gifts for Their Majesties

Their Majesties invited the Autocrat, Her Ladyship Elys la Bref before them. Elys thanked everyone for attending and called forth Master Bedwyr Danwen, giving him a token for service to the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais for his work with helping at the event for many years.

THLady Elys gives Master Bedwyr a shire service token

Their Majesties welcomed Mistress Alicia Langland forward, Mistress Alicia begged a boon of Their Majesties to take Elys la Bref as her protegé. This was done in the presence of Their Majesties’ Court.

Mistress Alicia takes THLady Elys as her protégé

Their Majesties then welcomed Baroness Therasa du Domremy, who took on Lady Serena as a student and asked for permission to revisit Their Majesties at Twelfth Night with a charter to begin a Milliners’ Guild.

Baroness Therasa takes Lady Serena as her student

Their Majesties requested the presence of Mistress Phiala O’ Ceallaigh. Mistress Phiala spoke of the wonders of those who came to teach and learn at the event. She then asked Master Bedwyr Danwen, Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa and Mistress Rosalinde Ashworth forward, naming these gentles Fellows of Fabric, Fiber, and Fighting.

Mistress Phiala then begged a boon of Their Majesties, Mistress Phiala stated that as a Mistress of the Laurel, it is her job to notify the royalty when they believe a person is prepared to be a member of the order and how there is a person present that has worked hard for the Fiber Arts, both creating and teaching others and asked Their Majesties to consider this candidate.

Their Majesties asked for this candidate to come forward and summoned Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi into Their court. Their Majesties then asked for Their Order of the Laurel, Their Majesties spoke of the good works Mistress Mahin has given to the Fiber and Arts community. Mistress Mahin was then given a writ to consider entrance into the most noble Order of the Laurel. (Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh). Note: Mistress Mahin’s elevation will take place at Ice Dragon in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael. 

Mistress Mahin receives a Writ for the Laurel

Their Majesties called for Katharina of the Twin Moons. Their Majesties also sought Katharina’s children, who were not present this day. Their Majesties spoke of the work of Katharina, that she has done amazing blackwork embroidery and embroidered items of largesse for the Royalty. For this, Katharina was entered into the Order of the Sycamore and Awarded Arms. (Scroll by Lady Kadlin).

Katharina receives a Sycamore with Arms, and accepts AoAs for her children

Their Majesties then asked Lady Katharina to carry these words to her children, Krystalis Caopziello da Napoli for her work at demos, armoring and heavy fighting, was awarded Arms. (Scroll by Mellen Fenella, Calligraphed by Isabella Montoya)

Rowhan is a heavy fighter, helps at demos and opens his shop to others to help make armor. For this, Their Majesties award him Arms. (Scroll by Mellen Fenella, calligraphed by Isabella Montoya)

Their Majesties again called for Mistress Phiala O’Ceallaigh. Their Majesties spoke of over 25 years of service to the Fiber and Arts community, of her starting the Fabric, Fiber, and Fighting event, and of her work in the Shire of Nithgard and as a local and Regional Seneschal. For her work and dedication, Mistress Phiala was granted an Augmentation of Arms. (Scroll calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, words by Duke Malcolm and Mistress Rosalinde)

Mistress Phiala receives an Augmentation of Arms

Their Majesties ordered the presence of Lord Hrolfr Fjarfell. Lord Hrolfr is well known for his work in Viking age textiles and fiber arts, so much so that there are those who wished to speak with him about his work. Their Majesties then called for Their Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Lord Hrolfr was granted entry into this order.( Scroll painted by Elys la Bref, Words by Master Fridrikr, Caligraphy by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix)

Lord Hrolfr receives a Fleur medallion from his Laurel, Master Fridrikr

Their Majesties saw Her Ladyship Elska Fjarfelli as she was leaving with the Order of the Fleur and asked her to come forward. Their Majesties complimented her on her research, teaching, and creation of items from the Viking age. Their Majesties then called for their most noble Order of the Laurel. Her Ladyship was then given a writ to consider elevation to this order at a time of her choosing.

THLady Elska reecives a Writ for the Laurel

Her Majesty then asked for Lady Antoinette deLorraine to come forward. Her Majesty thanked Antoinette for the hard work that she had done to make sure that Their Majesties were comfortable and had anything they needed. Her Majesty then gave Antoinette a Golden Escarbuncle, naming her the Queen’s Inspiration for the day.

His Majesty addressed the populace, thanking all who taught through the day and for the fighters who attended the Gage fighting that day. His Majesty reminded the populace that a Crusade was fast approaching and to prepare to travel to the southern lands of the continent at Gulf Wars and show Æthelmearc’s spirit there.

His Majesty exhorts the populace to attend Gulf Wars

Their Majesties’ Court was then closed.

All photos by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

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