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Join us on June 5, Sunday at her place in Hamberg NY and discover for yourself. There is space and materials for 20 scribes/ 8 teachers and support teaching staff to attend for a very special day of learning and community for Æthelmearc scribes. You must register to attend, how? Send an email to – MistressAntoinettedelaCroix@Gmail.com.
There are 4 spots left, preregister soon!
Who: You! Scribe! and 19 other scribes. Space will accommodate 20 scribal students.
What: Visconti Book of Hours Workshop
• Gilding with Mistress Tiercelin
When: Sunday, June 5, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 pm.
Where: Mistress Tiercelin’s home in the Rhydderich Hael, Hamburg, NY
Why: Scribing is more FUN together, come and share the day with 27 other scribes
Cost: $10.00 for materials- blank scroll (all different/no repeats) on pergamenata, gold leaf, correct nib to caligraph, paint/palette, handouts. No garb, plenty of parking, bring a brown bag lunch (we’ll have drinks here).
Come prepared to learn and paint your tuchas off!
If you are contemplating teaching a class at Æcademy but are daunted by the financial investment needed to purchase tools and supplies, I invite you to submit a proposal for one of the two stipends ($100 and $50) offered to help defray teaching costs.
Proposals detailing your expected expenses (see additional details, below) are due by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, May 29th, 2016.
This money will be used to defray the cost of non-consumable teaching materials for a hands-on class for a minimum of 6 people.
(“Non-consumable teaching materials” are tools and supplies that would be
YES: Purchase 10 sets of calligraphy nibs with holders and a toolbox to keep them in
YES: Purchase 6 chip carving knives
YES: Pay for laminating color copies of visual aids for class
Items purchased with the money would be the property of the teacher who is awarded the stipend.
In addition to teaching at Spring AEcademy, the teacher who receives the stipend must also teach the class at least once more, in a different region in the Kingdom.
Those wishing to submit a proposal should include the following:
– your name (SCA and modern)
This offer is open to anyone teaching at Spring Academy, no matter whether this is your first time teaching the class … or your fourteenth. You do not have to have an Arts award to submit a proposal.
I will review all proposals and select one to receive the stipend. (HINT: The more persuasive your proposal, the better your chance of being selected.) By Wednesday, June 1, I will contact everyone who has submitted a proposal.
If your proposal is selected, at AEcademy you will hand me a receipt for the supplies you purchased for the class, and I will hand you a check for $100.
Please contact me PRIVATELY at ae.aecademy AT aethelmearc DOT org if you have questions.
Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested in submitting a proposal.
Yours, in Service to the Arts,
Æthelmearc Æcademy, hosted on June 11 by the Shire of Ballaclagan (Wheeling, WV), currently offers 42 classes covering more than 15 different fields, ranging from Bardic to Woodworking.
We are confident there will be something of interest to everyone, of all ages. (For a listing of class titles and descriptions, please visit the website.
Are YOU thinking of joining the ALL-STAR line-up of teachers? Whether
If you’ve never taught at Æcademy (or if it’s been a while), no problem!
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at ae DOT aecademy AT aethelmearc.org.
I look forward to hearing from you … SOON!
Yours, in Service to the Arts,
PSSST! Only a handful of War College classes have been registered thus far. Registering your WC class means that anyone with Internet access can see what you’re offering. PLEASE register today!
There has been a lot of interest in Hrodir and Yehudah, the Heirs of Northshield, who are the first same-sex couple in the SCA to win a Crown Tournament.
Hrodir is a Duke, Knight, and Laurel; this will be his fourth time on the throne of Northshield. Yehudah was Northshield’s first Polaris Kingdom Herald, and is a Court Baron and Master of the Pelican. They are friends, rather than romantic partners. As Heirs, They are using the titles “Hrodir Fyrste” and “Yehudah Tarkhan.” Once crowned, They will be “Hrodir Bek” and “Yehudah Khagan.”
The Heirs have created a website for Their Reign that includes some fascinating information about Their plans, which Yehudah Tarkhan has described as being in many ways an A&S project. They will be basing Their reign on the precedents of the Turkic land of Khazaria, during the time period from 750 to 1050. Their website describes the ruling structure of Khazaria this way:
Khazaria was ruled under a dual-king system common in Turkic kingdoms, derived from Mongol practice, in which a Khagan was the spiritual and cultural leader while the Bek evolved to be the military and administrative leader. In historical practice, the distinction was somewhat akin to that of the Japanese Emperor and Shogun.
For more information on this innovative approach to SCA monarchy, see Their website, most especially the page on “Information for Heralds and Scribes” which includes a great deal of historical information at the bottom.
To all Rattan and Rapier Combatants that are attending War of the Roses, please pray attend.
There will be “Pennsic like” authorization and inspection points at War of the Roses this year.
The process will work the same as it does for Pennsic. Combatants will have their armor and weapons inspected by the marshals. Once that is done, they proceed directly to the MOL, where their authorization card is checked. They will then receive a sticker for their helm/mask. This will allow the marshals on the field to know who has been authorized and approved, and if there is someone who has not.
Please make sure to bring your authorization card with you to make the process as smooth as possible. The Points will be open during the published authorization and inspection times, and will extend during some fighting times as well. This process is going to help keep the combatants of the East Kingdom safer, and help the marshals do their jobs more effectively.
The Authorization and Inspection Point process is already planned for NRWC as well. We hope to do the same for SRWC, GNEW, and 100 Minutes War.
I look forward to a fun and successful summer. See you at Roses!
Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings
The next in our series of Æthelmearc Artisan Profiles, from Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe: Robert l’Etourdi.
Like most long-time SCAdians, Robert l’Etourdi has dabbled in quite a number of things over the years: Quill pens, iron gall ink, ink research, fencing, working with period pigments, making English long bows, making arrows, teaching, learning how to make/shoot flat bows, learning how to make/shoot laminated recurve bows, making mead and ale, research of Asian calligraphic brushes, and making clothing. What he loves best, though, is making bows and arrows and brewing mead and ale.
“Since I started making meads it became recently very popular and is currently the fastest growing segment of the alcohol market” Robert informed me. “A good mead can take on the same complexity as wine”. When asked what his preferred mead to brew, he said that he prefers strong meads and mellomels (fruit flavored meads). The popularity of meads has made the general population more open to trying them when, in the past, mead was considered to be “strange” or reserved for, well, people who do medieval reproduction or attend Renaissance Faires.
The thing that Robert likes most about his work is starting with a bunch of materials and at the end of the project, having a real, working thing. “There’s a feeling of accomplishment that comes with building something that you don’t get with other things.” Robert also shared that he keeps his work fresh by choosing to not engage in activities that he doesn’t enjoy. It focuses his work and makes his hobby enjoyable over the long term.
The person who has most inspired Robert along his path as an artisan was the late Edward the Gray, who he calls a “major inspiration” and someone who he seeks to emulate in all that he does. The most fitting description of the kind of person Edward was is contained in Robert’s announcement of Edward’s passing, “[He] shared his knowledge of bow building, fletching and knife making with anyone who wished to learn. His spirit, even in his declining health never faltered. His joy when seeing a student successfully shoot a new bow that he taught him to make never dimmed.”
While Robert’s focus has been on brewing and archery, what he is best known for is his research into and teaching how to make quill pens. When I asked him how he got his start, he said “When [Mistress] Gillian was the head of the scribal guild in the Rydderich Hael she saw what I was doing and began to describe the scroll that I was going to be working on. It became my first assignment and the beginning of my scribal career.” It took two years to perfect the process that he uses for making quill pens, this is the process that he teaches to others. After teaching his quill class one Pennsic, a Sofer (a Jewish scribe who can transcribe religious writings) approached Robert afterwards to inform him that the process that he teaches is the process that the Sofer learned when he was learning to cut quills.
Robert’s dream project is to make a functional composite bow using all period materials. This is the kind of project that takes years and draws upon essentially all of Robert’s experience and skill. It’s the kind of project that takes a great deal of skill and passion, two things that Robert has in abundance. At this time, Robert does not have a website detailing his work, but he frequently teaches at Æcademy and Pennsic, depending on his availability.
Palfreys & Polearms: Being The Rhydderich Hael Baronial Championships, Kingdom Equestrian Championships and Langstrand Regional Army Muster
Join us for an incredible weekend in the country with the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael as we host our own Baronial Championships, the Kingdom Equestrian Championships, and a VERY large regional fighting muster! There will be equestrian, heavy fighting (including a polearm tourney), fencing, archery, thrown weapons, A&S, children’s activities and so much more!
We start at 4 pm on Friday, May 27, and end at 11 am on Sunday, May 29. The actual main event activities will take place on Saturday the 28th.
You may download the pre-registration form here. We encourage pre-registration as you will not get a lunch unless you pre-register. DEADLINE for pre-registration is Thursday, May 19, so you need to either pop this in the mail today or email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may certainly pay at the gate on the day, but you will have no lunch, so plan accordingly.
The site is Nash Hill Equestrian, 10999 Persia Rd, Gowanda, NY 14070.
The autocrat is Riobard o’ Suilleabhain (Brother Bobby)(Robert Bajak), 28 W. Hill St, Gowanda, NY 14070, 716-241-7276. Deputy Autocrat is Ysabeau Tiercelin (Phoebe Waller-Sharp), 7132 Taylor Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075, 716-860-1550, email@example.com. Equestrian Marshal in charge is Maeve ni Surtain (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The reservations clerk is Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd (Brandon Baranowski), 60 Rand Ave. #3, Buffalo, NY 14216, email@example.com.
Site fee is $10 for adults, $5 for 7-17, 6 and under free, family cap of $25. NMS fee of $5 applies for all non-members. Make checks payable to SCA NY Inc, Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.
Camping is $10 per tent and $25 for hook-ups, per night. We ask that you let us know if you will be camping, for space planning purposes.
There will be a sack lunch sideboard with pasties and other delights (vegetarian and GF options available). You MUST reserve for the sack lunch, even though it is included in the cost of the event (see above). The site is very discretely damp, and alcohol is allowed for the A&S entries. Under no circumstances may there be any alcohol in the barn; this will be grounds for immediate expulsion from the event. No animals except for service animals and horses.
This is an active equestrian facility, no-one may enter the boarding barn areas without permission; this will be grounds for expulsion from the event. Please do not feed anything to any horse without the permission of the owner. Aside from adhering to the normal youth policies, we ask that parents keep a sharp eye on their children; the fences are electrified, and there are many other normal farm dangers present.
We will be asking all participants to sign the equestrian waiver at check-in. Horses must have negative coggins and rabies for in-state, and also health certs if from out of state.
The Scarlet Apron, a new cooking competition, will held for the first time this weekend at Æthelmearc War Practice, May 21. Open to all levels of cooks, the theme is Illusion Food. See the competition guidelines here.
Anyone wishing to participate must create an example of such a food from anywhere in the SCA’s period of study. This could be an interpretation of a subtlety that has been described in a cooking text, or an original creation that can be considered “period-plausible” based on its design, construction, and the materials used to create it.
Competition coordinator Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere shared the following frequently asked questions with The Æthelmearc Gazette, and also talked to Food Editor Baroness Katja (Chris Adler-France) about cooking competitions in Æthelmearc:FAQs
1) To whom is the Scarlet Apron open?
2) How will the competition be judged?
3) Do I have to choose which category I want to be judged within?
4) Can I enter as part of a team?
5) I’m not great at writing documentation. Will that affect my ability to
All entrants are encouraged to provide a short photo diary of their piece. Pictures should include any extant pieces that inspired the finished product and/or the production process, as well as any photos of the actual entry piece being made (progress photos). These will be especially helpful for entries that do not include a whole lot of written documentation. Don’t forget to describe what each photo is!
Your other option is to sit with your entry all day so the judges may have an opportunity to ask you questions about your work. You will need to be present from 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m., or until all of the judges have reported in.
6) Do I need to be present in order to be judged or be declared a winner?
7) I’m nervous about the rubric. Can I see it ahead of time?
8) Who are the judges?
9) Does my illusion food/sotelty need to be sweet or a dessert?
10) Will the entries be judged on taste as well as appearance?
Entrants who provide an edible piece should provide their own napkins, paper plates, plastic cutlery, etc. for the judges to use.
11) When and where should I bring my entry to be judged?
12) When will I need to collect my entry at the end of the competition?
13) When will the winners be announced?
14) I really want to enter! But I don’t know where to begin! Is there
15) Will I need to prepare my entry on site?
16) What kind of illusion food/sotelty should I plan to make?
17) Do I need to pre-register?
18) How much room will I have to set up my entry?
19) Will I need to dress my table space?
20) Will any table dressings be available on the day of the competition?
21) I cannot make it to War Practice, but I would still like to submit an
22) Does my entry need to be period?
However, the only REQUIREMENT is that your entry be “period-plausible,” dealing with
Q: Last fall, you ran the Cast Iron Chef cooking competition at A Shoote in the Wildwood, where four teams cooked period-inspired dishes on site in a couple of hours, much like Chopped and other cooking competition television shows.
The Scarlet Apron, however, is closer to the Wooden Pin and other display competitions where cooks bring an already prepared dish to be judged. How do you choose which kind of competition will work for a given event?
A: A lot of factors were considered when coming up with the format of each of these very different cooking competitions. When I was asked to revive the cooking competition held at previous Æthelmearc War Practices (then called the Wooden Pin) I did consider something similar to Cast Iron Chef, where the contestants cook on site. Ultimately, I decided to make this one closer to the original Wooden Pin format for a few reasons.
First, I was the head cook for Crown Tournament, which was being held in my barony of Delftwood only two weeks before the competition. I knew I would, personally, not be able to maintain enough momentum to promote and run a cooking event that required the kind of time and preparation that Cast Iron Chef has.
Second, I know that Æthelmearc War Practice is an event many people attend for the purpose of attending Order meetings, getting together with their far-away Friends, and spending as much time on the battlefield or taking classes as possible. It’s a really busy time! I recognized that people who may be interested in entering the competition may have other obligations, or just other things they wanted to do, rather than take up a whole day to participate in one activity. At A Shoote in the Wildwood — Delftwood’s archery event that takes place over Labor Day Weekend — we were looking for a large-scale event to encourage people to stay on site for the whole weekend. Usually, most of the major archery competitions were finished on Saturday, and Sunday attendance was significantly lower. By creating an all-day cooking competition on Sunday, we boosted our attendance numbers, while providing something fun for those who are not archers to participate in!
So I guess the TL;DR version is, I try to assess what I think would be fun for people to participate in, what other things are happening at the event, and how much time I am personally able to commit to the planning and execution of the competition in order to decide its format.
Q: You’ve also coordinated some event and cooks guild food challenges in Delftwood, such as asking gentles to bring items made with honey to Mistress Othindisa’s Laurelling (who was inducted for her knowledge of period beekeeping). What advice would you give to local groups to hold their own cooking challenges at their events, social meetings, or cook guild sessions?
A: I’m always looking for ways to stretch my culinary muscle and challenge myself. Sometimes preparing a feast with a limited budget does not allow me to do this, and I’m the kind of person who needs a reason (meaning an event or prescribed activity) to motivate myself. I figured I’m not the only one in the SCA who feels like this, so I began thinking about what I would have fun doing at events that was not necessarily preparing a feast, but still allowed me to interact with other cooks, share knowledge, learn a bunch, and have fun while doing it. The idea of competitions or discussion sessions at which food was the main attraction seemed to be a great solution to the challenge of bringing all of these things together.
In terms of challenges taking place at events – promote, promote, promote! I tend to get a bit zealous when hosting any kind of event or program within an event, so I’m going to take this moment to apologize to anyone on my Facebook friends list who also subscribes to all of the other historical cooking groups and local SCA groups that I do, because I tend to post announcements to them all for the widest reach possible, which means they get about 15 notifications at once all saying the same thing!
When it comes to creating activities for local meetings, I recommend creating specific challenges. When the Delftwood cooks’ guild meets, it is to discuss or present the results of a specific request, usually decided upon at the previous month’s meeting. For example, some of the topics we have covered have included: Vegetarian entree options that are NOT pies; Cook Thine Enemy, for which you must determine which culture or people your persona was fighting against during your chosen period of study, and cook a dish that they would have eaten; Sauces and Condiments; Illusion Food; Seasonal and Regional – food your persona would have eaten at that particular time of year in their particular region; and Outdoor Picnic foods. At each meeting, I usually solicit suggestions for challenges from those who are present, and then we agree on which one we want to use for our next meeting, while the rest are recorded for use at a later date.
Lately, however, our schedules have gotten a bit busier than usual, and the format of issuing a challenge, then cooking the dish to discuss with the group has gotten a bit stale. In order to give our cooks a bit of a break, and to encourage and welcome the new people who have recently come to Delftwood with an interest to food and cooking, we have initiated a series of classes on Medieval Gastronomy. For these classes, one person volunteers to lead a small team (or some choose to work by themselves) to research the cuisine of a specific culture within the SCA range of study. They create a presentation that discusses the ingredients, flavor qualities, and cooking techniques that are indicative of that culture, and cook samples of dishes that best illustrate these points (because, let’s face it, you can’t really talk about the flavors and qualities of food without tasting it, right?). So we have had small groups of people present their findings on the food culture and flavors from 13th to 15th century England and France, ancient Rome, and medieval Japan.
Our next class is coming up on June 2, at which Meisterin Felicity will be teaching us all about Medieval German gastronomy! I have found these classes to be helpful for our new SCA participants to learn what they should expect from medieval food and SCA feasts. It is also a great way to encourage new people to get their hands dirty in the kitchen (and wash them after!). In fact, one of our newest members cooked her very first medieval recipe, AND presented her very first A&S class through one of these classes, and she has been challenging herself in the kitchen ever since!
So I guess, be open to variety – try to include topics for those who are timidly dipping a toe in the water, as well as for those who are comfortable on the high dive. The future of SCA cooking depends on those of us who have a passion for food encouraging the next generation, and helping them find their footing. These casual meetings are a great way to do it!
Q: What are the logistics/needs for each kind of competition? For example, for the Cast Iron challenge, your barony’s populace donated the food stuffs for the pantry from which the entrants cooked.
A: It really depends on the challenge issued. Like I mentioned earlier, I did originally want to do something similar to Cast Iron Chef at War Practice. That would have required me to begin soliciting food donations and promoting the competition MUCH earlier than I knew I realistically had time for, considering my timeline for Crown Tournament prep (paired with the fact that, mundanely, my husband and I were moving from our apartment of 10 years into our first house exactly one month before Crown). This year’s Scarlet Apron was intentionally planned because I knew that I could not live up to the high standards I have for how I would like to see this competition go off, so I planned accordingly.
In addition, Cast Iron Chef was something special last year, and we in Delftwood would like to see it grow. If both Cast Iron Chef and the Scarlet Apron are to last, they must be in different formats, as not to burn out or bore our cooks, many of whom may take part in both competitions! Variety is the spice of life, after all!
Q; Four teams entered the Cast Iron challenge, which was at a smaller local event and was an on-site cooking challenge. How many entrants do you hope to attract to the Scarlet Apron challenge at War Practice, which is a larger event and requires entrants to bring a finished piece?
A: Well, I am hoping to see both competitions grow! It warms my heart to see people get creative and passionate about food. I have noticed that the art of historical cooking has tended to fall into the lap of whoever is in charge of cooking dayboard or feast for events, but does not usually get a place outside of these job duties at most SCA events. This is my attempt to bring the Culinary Arts into the spotlight, and allow our cooks to really show off what they can do!
With that in mind, I hope to see lots of people entering the Scarlet Apron this year! I am prepared for 20 individual people, which includes those working independently and in small teams. Everyone who participates will receive a token so they can brag that they rose to the challenge issued! Of course, I would be ecstatic to see more than that participate, but I know that the first year of a new activity can be a little tricky to get off the ground sometimes (hence why I inundate social media and mailing lists to promote these types of things).
Still, the idea is to encourage the cooks of the kingdom to join in – each year that the Scarlet Apron is held, there will be a new medallion to collect, similar to how Pennsic medallion art changes every year, and have become collector’s items for some people. It is my hope that we will all be Ooooo-ing and Aaaaaah-ing at the participants’ achievements and shiny new flare items for years to come!
Q: What are your future cooking competition goals?
A: I just want to continue to promote historical, researched cooking as much as I can while having fun! I am hoping that both the Scarlet Apron and Cast Iron Chef become a “thing,” for their respective events, and I have some ideas on how to do that.
Cast Iron Chef, for example, will remain an on-site cooking tournament; however, the format may change from time to time. This year, in order to keep within our archery event theme, we will be asking the cooks to team up with an archer for a special shoot. The archer will have targets of images of food. While all the cooks will have access to a “peasant’s pantry,” of basic staple foods like grains, common spices, and basic garden vegetation, the archers will be trying to acquire the cooks access to more “premium” items like dairy and animal protein. Whatever the archer is able to shoot with his or her arrow is what the cook will be allowed to use for their recipe. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this plays out!
As for the Scarlet Apron, I would love to see this blossom into a well-regarded, kingdom-level activity. War Practice tends to be one of those events attended by a more diverse group of SCAdians. Most of the time, a local group’s event will only attract local, or mostly local people. War Practice gives cooks from all over AEthelmearc to connect, meet, and interact with each other. I am hoping that, over the next few years, cooks of all experience levels see the Scarlet Apron as an opportunity to network and make new friends, and allow this competition to grow in such a way that we all become better – and more fearless – cooks for it.
Q: Anything else you want to add?
A: One of the other things I would love to see happen in the Scarlet Apron is more Youth participation. I am a big fan of SCA children participating in relevant activities alongside the adults when it is appropriate to do so. I love it when I see kids helping in the kitchen – in fact, Meisterin Felicity’s children, Fela (who is nine) and Frytz (who is almost five), were a HUGE help in forming all 200 homemade pretzels that were served at Crown Tournament. I know that if I were a young child in the SCA, I would much prefer to do the stuff the adults were doing, because, to me, that is what the SCA is. (NB: Please understand that I am NOT criticizing the separate kids’ activities hosted at events at all. Many children prefer to do these kinds of crafts or games, and that, too, is awesome!)
I am hoping to see some Youth entries, to demonstrate their talent to the kingdom, to let them know that their contributions are worthy of recognition, and to encourage those kids interested in learning about food and cooking to take a leap of faith! Ideally, I would like to have young members of our populace also act as judges for the Youth entries, however I do not yet have many volunteers – I will be reaching out to the kingdom shortly to put feelers out for this. In the meantime, I am hopeful that we will see at least one entry by someone who falls into our Youth category!
Finally, I would like to encourage everyone attending War Practice to come by the Great Hall any time between 11 and 4 to look at the amazingly creative talent of our kingdom’s cooks. And while you are there, please pick up a token from the check-in table to vote for your favorite – whichever entrant receives the most tokens will win a prize for being the Populace’s Choice winner!
I am very excited about the Scarlet Apron’s inaugural year, and hope that everyone has fun creating and viewing the entries that will be on display!
The King’s Champion is Lord Gellyes Joffrey.
The Queen’s Champion is Lord Kenimathor of Lochleven.
The EK Gazette thanks Master Rowen Cloteworthy for reporting today.
Filed under: Heavy List Tagged: champions, King and Queen's Champions, Kings and Queens Champions
From the SCA Kingdom of Northshield Facebook page:
Heirs of Northshield! Hrodir Fyrste and Yehudah Tarkhan.
Northshield has made history! Prince Hrodir and his consort, Prince Yehudah, will be the first same-sex monarchs in the Society.
It is with regret that the EQUESTRIAN Activities at this weekend’s Hastilude Event in the Barony of Dragonship Haven, Bethany, CT are CANCELLED.
Everything else is still a go!
Filed under: Announcements, Equestrian, Events
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Unto the people of Æthelmearc, and especially Our beloved Barony of Delftwood, do Byron and Ariella, King and Queen, send Greetings.
Our journey to Our home castle gave Us many hours to reflect on the good works of the populace of Æthelmearc, and the glory of Our Crown Tournament.
First and foremost, We extend Our thanks to Lady Amelia and the staff of good gentles who worked throughout the day to make this event a truly memorable experience. The cooks and kitchen staff are to be complimented not only on the quality of the food, but on the clever theme of stadium food.
We thank all of the marshals who kept the fighters safe, and the heralds whose flair kept the populace entertained in the procession and throughout the day. Our thanks also go to Their Excellencies Delftwood and all the populace of that good Barony, for making Us feel so welcome in Our Eastern lands.
And to all the fighters who showed their prowess, and all the artisans who showed their talents, We thank you for enhancing the glory of Our Crown Tournament. We were especially impressed with the works of THL Solveig Throndardottir, as her treatise on Japanese recipes nears completion. We were so pleased to see such a noble display of chivalry from all the combatants. We felt that everyone present was amazed at the quality of this Crown.
Finally, Our congratulations go out to Our Heirs, Marcus and Margerite, Crown Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc. We are much relieved to know that when Our days as Sovereigns come to an end, Æthelmearc will continue in able and trustworthy hands.
In Service to the Dream,
Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc
Medievally speaking, what gets your creative juices flowing?
Is it getting your hands dirty making stuff?
Is it figuring out how things were done?
Delving into the when and where and why of medieval life?
Is it learning something you didn’t know before?
Is it learning more about something that intrigues you?
If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, consider teaching at Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College, hosted by the Shire of Ballachlagan (Wheeling, WV), on June 11.
So far, we have 25 classes (that’s 31 class-hours!) scheduled, on these topics: Bardic, Brewing, Clothing, Dance, Embroidery, Heraldry, History, Metalworking, Research, SCA Life, Scribal, Youth Track, War College — Fencing (for a listing of class titles and descriptions, please visit the Æcademy website).
But sadly, there are NO classes (yet) in Cooking, Equestrian Arts, or Fiber Arts. If you’ve never taught at Æcademy (or if it’s been a while), no problem! It’s easy to register — Just go to the Æcademy registration page and supply the requested information about yourself and your class.
If you’ve never taught a class (or have taught but are still a bit nervous about teaching), I have a solution! On Saturday of Æthelmearc War Practice, from 3 to 4 pm, I’ll be teaching a class called “Documentation to Class,” which will give you ideas to turn what you know into a successful class.
If you have signed up to teach at Pennsic, consider teaching at Æcademy as a “dress rehearsal.” Teaching in June will give you time to fine-tune your class. Plus, the feedback and experience will boost your confidence.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Yours, in Service to the Arts,
Mistress Alicia Langland
Looking for something to do at War Practice? Wishing to try your hand at a new art?
Come to the Great Hall and do just that!
In addition to classes in music and dance, and an embroidery salon run by THL Cristina inghean Ghriogair, you can try calligraphy and illumination under the helpful guidance of Mistress Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon and Mistress Liadin ní Chléirigh na Coille, play with fibers with Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi, or try cooking over an open fire with Mistress Katla úlfheþinn.
Scribal play time and the embroidery salon will run 3pm to 6pm on Friday; on Saturday, the various play times will be from 10am to 4pm. Stop in and try your hand at something new – embroidery, calligraphy, illumination, cooking, weaving in between attending the classes being run in the Hall. Or stop in and lend a hand to one of the areas, or just come spend the day doing something you love and sharing it with others!
Looking forward to the day.
Baroness Orianna Fridrikskona
Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron Rex and Ariella Regina, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at Blackstone Raid XXV, 30 April, Anno Societatis L, in the Barony of Blackstone Mountain. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Lady Katherine McClung, Millrind Herald, and Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, and Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure, Silent Herald.
Their Majesties invited forward those children in attendance. With the permission of their parents, the children were encouraged to see Lady Astrid vigaskegg for activities and treats to amuse them during Court.
Their Majesties brought before Them Baron Ichijo Honen and Baroness Cerridwen de Skeine. Before giving them leave to conduct the business of their Baronial Court, Their Majesties demanded that the Baron and Baroness duly swear their fealty to the Crown. Such fealty being given and received to Their Majesties’ satisfaction, Their Excellencies held their court.
Their Majesties next invited Count Sir Jehan de la Marche to approach. His Excellency offered his own personal fealty to the Crown, and thereupon asked the Court to witness as he renewed his relationship with Master Morien MacBain as both squire and apprentice.
Their Majesties then received Octavius Flavus, a visitor from distant lands. This gentle carried with him words of wisdom from a far shire, which he had transformed into a scroll of his own illumination, calligraphed by Beatrix. Their Majesties accepted it with pleasure and promised to provide Their own message for Octavius to take with him on the next leg of his continuing journey.
Their Majesties next sought Lord Borislav of Novogord. Her Majesty spoke of the many steps fighters must take to perfect their armor and weapons, the dedication necessary to fight in all weathers and at all times, and the skill developed over time in the face of such dedication. In recognition of Borislav’s efforts and skills, They named him a Companion of the Golden Alce. Scroll forthcoming.
Next Their Majesties summoned The Honorable Lord Tegrinus de Rhina, and questioned him regarding his service to his group as Knight Marshal, as well as performing setup, teardown, and other labors for groups throughout the kingdom. To recognize his long service, They named him a Companion of the Keystone. Scroll by Misress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Their Majesties next sought Lady Reina Dulcedame. The Lady being not in attendance, Their Majesties asked Dame Hrefna Úlfarvinnsdóttir to carry Their words, and named Lady Reina a Companion of the Keystone. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Ismay Ponde on wording by Count Jehan de la Marche.
Lady Crystal MacUrsus was brought before Their Majesties, who noted her labors on behalf of events such as the Tournament of the White Hart and others in her group. In recognition of her acts of service, They were moved to name her a Companion of the Keystone. Scroll by Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba.
Gremian Ulfhednar was next summoned to attend Their Majesties. Again, Their Majesties remarked on the service he provided to White Hart and other events, performing setup and cleanup alike. Being moved by reports of his dedication, Their Majesties saw fit to name him a Companion of the Order of the Keystone, thus Awarding him Arms. Scroll by Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba.
Their Majesties called into Their presence Kismira Rothiem, and spoke with her of her work as reservations clerk and at the registration desk for Blackstone. In recognition of her service to the Barony, Their Majesties created her a Companion of the Keystone, further Awarding her Arms. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.
Their Majesties called for Tiberius of Sylvan Glen, who was also not in attendance. Once more, Dame Hrefna Úlfarvinnsdóttir came forward to carry Their words of praise to him, as well as Their wish to name him a Companion of the Silver Buccle. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Then was Lady Onora Inghean ui Donmhnaill asked to attend Their Majesties. Their Majesties praised this noble lady’s clothing and embroidery, including the clothes she was wearing at the time. Faced with the obvious evidence of her skills, and knowing the reports of her good works, Their Majesties saw fit to name her a Companion of the Sycamore. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Their Majesties next required The Honorable Lord Gareth Whytebull to enter Their presence. They spoke of His Lordship’s constant service to his Barony, region, and the fighting community as a whole. Mindful of the acclaim of others to this same accomplishment, Their Majesties called before Them Their Order of the Millrind and inducted him into its rolls. Scroll by Meisterin Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen.
Before releasing the Order, Their Majesties called for Lady Odette D’Arques to attend Them. This lady’s service as exchequer, cook, and housing coordinator were among the many reasons Their Majesties were moved to Grant her Arms and name her also a Companion of the Millrind. Scroll by Baroness Alexandra di Campagnella.
Her Majesty then spoke of the one who inspired Her on this day: Bear, who had newly authorized as a Thrown Weapons marshal. He had supplied the butts for the day’s range and spoken with Her Majesty of his plans to transform his estates into an archery and thrown weapons range for all. Her Majesty presented him with Her token in appreciation for the inspiration he provided.
Their Majesties also thanked the event staff who made the day so enjoyable for all, and the cooks who provided food for Them despite additional restrictions and constraints governing Their Majesties’ diet on the day.
Their Majesties also thanked all scribes and regalia wrights who contributed their talents and largesse to enhance the Court’s proceedings. They further invited any and all who might take up the scribes’ pen to speak with or contact the Sylvan Signet, as the Scribes of Æthelmearc have particular need of reinforcements and wish to grow their community again.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres
Submitted by Mistress Alicia Langland.
Surely one the of the things that has helped our Society flourish for fifty years is our willingness to share what we’ve learned with others. Let’s continue that tradition to the century mark … and beyond!
May 19-22: Æthelmearc War Practice XXVII, Canton of Steltonwald
One of the many activities offered at this busy event, classes are a great way to meet new friends and meet up with old ones. If you would like to teach a class, please contact the Class Coordinator, Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday from 3 to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, stop by the Great Hall, where various salons focused on different art forms — such as fiber arts, cooking, C&I, embroidery and needlework, music, dyeing — will be on display. Come and try a new art form, or learn more about a familiar one! If you have questions or would like to participate, please contact Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona at email@example.com
May 28: Thescorre Baronial Champs, Barony of Thescorre
Among the many competitions at this event is an A&S competition.
(HINT: Documentation with your entries allows you to “teach” others about your art even when you’re not in the room! Sweet!)
Thanks to Laegaire Mac Conaill Meic Shiadahail for allowing us to share his poetic and evocative recounting of the finals from Crown Tournament.
I couldn’t have asked for a better match up to watch to determine the Heirs of Æthelmearc. Two knights who I look up to greatly came together in love, chivalry, and brotherhood to fight under the eyes of the populace, their King and Queen, their wives, and the Gods. When Duke Marcus and Duke Timothy stepped into the list, a thought occurred to me and I voiced it to those around me.
No matter which of these men takes victory today, Æthelmearc wins.
And so it was. Two titans of honor and martial skill crashed together, laughter and joy heralding their steps, even as their sword blows brought thunder and fire. At the choice of Queen Ariella, the first of five bouts was fought with polearms.
Timothy took the bout decisively, and Marcus chose to fight the second bout great sword. Like the very plates of the earth they came together again, exchanging blows and words until Timothy fell, choosing that the third round should be fought two-weapon.
An honorable move, as Timothy’s bailiwick is sword and shield, and he chose an even fight over that which would give him the best odds at victory. This round may have been the longest, as the combatants circled one another, engaging cautiously at first, until finally in a brutal bind, Timothy found the opening, bound Marcus’ weapon with his axe, and won the bout with a windmilling strike from his sword.
Emulating Timothy’s decision to favor the most even fights possible, Marcus chose to fight their fourth bout with sword and shield.
This was when something amazing happened. The stuff of dreams. Timothy ceded the bout. These two had come far, and fought hard, and were holding the weapons commonly held to be the “traditional” weapons of Society Chivalry. So, he ceded the fourth bout. And so it came down to one last fight. The joyous tension in the air was palpable. Tents were emptied. Conversations silenced. All turned out for this fight. I repeated to myself, quietly.
No matter which man becomes Prince, Æthelmearc wins.
The beginning of their bout was a beautiful thing of laughter and friendship. “Sweep the legs!” cried one from the side, as the two took a “crane’ stance, much to the amusement of the many spectators. More words were exchanged, but what I remember most is just before the bout, Timothy simply calling out to Marcus, “my friend.”
Finally, after much ado, they clashed. Zeus and Odin, the Morrigan and Athena. Launcelot and Arthur. John McClane and Rambo. Mountain and Mountain. They fought back and forth, traversing the entirety of the list at least three times. To me, it felt that a killing blow might never be struck. No matter how hard one pressed the offense, each man defended himself with grace and prowess. Even when Marcus lost a shield strap, he elected to continue the fight, maneuvering his shield with alacrity. In the end, the fight wasn’t decided by brute force, or a long series of blows. The friends tangled a final time and broke apart, circling each other. With the dexterity of a viper, Marcus lashed out with a thrust, the tip of his blade flying towards his opponent. The air hung still. No one breathed. From the sides, it was impossible to tell. Had the blow struck true, or had it stopped a fraction of an inch short? After what may have been a moment, or a year, Timothy fell.
The crowd gasped, collectively. With one blow, it was decided. With one thrust, Marcus had seized the crown, and become Prince of Æthelmearc, in a tourney worthy of story and song.
Finally, the Shield of Chivalry is given to the fighter in Crown who the Ladies of the Rose and Garnet decide showed the most honor and chivalry.
Of course, Duke Timothy received the Shield, excellent, yes. But the ladies charged him with a geas to, at each event, select a fighter who displays excellent chivalry, and make them the bearer of the Shield for a day. There are so many reasons I find this beautiful. It helps the kingdom to recognize chivalry all throughout its borders, instead of singling out only one individual. This is a quest which I know His Grace will love greatly, and enjoy undergoing throughout his time as the Shield-bearer. Lastly, it shows a sense of love for the entire kingdom, and pays respect to our need to recognize chivalry whatever we find it. I love this.
I hope only that my words have conveyed some part of the magic of that day, and the monolithic honor and prowess that I saw.
Greetings dear populace,
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that, due to circumstances beyond our (the Canton of Beau Fleuve) control, we must cancel the Brass Ring Thing Demo. The demo was to be held June 4th from 11-6 at the Hershel Carrousel Museum.
Thank you for all of your support in the past and look forward to the future!
THL Govindi of Dera Ghazi Khan
The theme for the Ӕthelmearc Kingdom Party at Pennsic VL will be “Arthurian Legends”. Dress as your favorite hero from the time of King Arthur. Even better, imagine how your persona would view King Arthur and how your persona would dress for Arthurian tournaments (which were surprisingly popular in medieval Europe). We will have more details about the Party as Pennsic draws near, but the King and Queen wished to give the populace plenty of time to think about costumes. The Ӕthelmearc Kingdom Party will be held on the evening of August 8, starting at 8:30PM, in the Ӕthelmearc Royal encampment. All members of the populace and friends of Ӕthelmearc are invited.
Our thanks go to THL Elss of Augsburg, who provided the idea for the theme.
Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Ӕthelmearc
Unto the populace of the East Kingdom, greetings,
It has been my pleasure to serve this realm as EK Archivist for these past 12 years. It is now time for me to step down and pass the office unto another gentle.
The responsibilities of the office include maintaining the accrued items that presently are in storage and to organize any new items that are passed onto the office. Presently the items are being stored in north New Jersey, but can be moved to where they are convenient for the new officer.
Anybody interested in the position should contact the Kingdom Seneschal or myself no later than June 30, 2016.
In service to the East,
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