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On Target: Another Flying Creature

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2018-02-23 23:41

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Underdog….

No, its not Underdog, it’s the second installment of Flying Creatures!

Thinking back to the Wizard of Oz, I came up with” parachute pooch.”

First you need to make a basket. To do that, cut construction paper in to strips.

Take a paper plate and tape the strips to the bottom of the plate, then turn the plate over. Weave the paper like you would a basket.

Then, take a small plush dog and a cloth napkin, Tie the napkin to the dog with heavy cord to make a parachute and place him in the basket.

Now, this is why the basket is made of paper…..You hang the basket from the front of the witch’s broom from last month’s column. If the basket is hit by an arrow, the paper will tear and the pooch will parachute to the ground.

There are two ways to play: 1) You shoot to hit the basket so “Toto” can jump for freedom, or 2) shoot to miss the basket and hit the witch because you don’t want “Toto” to fall.

Either way, you will need a lot of baskets.

If you want to try this shot, it will be at the Castle Archery Muster on April 22 in the Debatable Lands.

This month’s safety tip: Time to check your bow string.

In this picture you can see this string has not been waxed in years. Even if it was waxed, there are two broken strands and the serving is worn out on one end. Warning DO NOT REPAIR, Get a new one.

In service,

THL Deryk Archer

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The Barony Endless Hills Kicks off its Year of Tournaments!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2018-02-22 17:00

2018 is the 20th anniversary of Endless Hills becoming a Barony. In celebration, Their Excellencies, Verde and Fiona, have declared that there will be a Year of Tournaments, culminating in a Grand Tournament on January 1st, 2019. January 23rd saw the first qualifying tournaments.

Don Po ran the first Fencing Tournament. We had a great turn-out with 10 fencers coming in from groups across Æthelmearc and the East Kingdom to fence in the tournament. The format was a “Throw Me Under the Bus,” Bear Pit. The fencers fought their first two bouts like a traditional bear pit, but if they made it to their third fight, the fencer got to pick their opponent from anyone in line. The competition was furious, but in the end there must be a victor and that victor was Lord Lucha Delion of ACG. Initially tied for second place were Lady Jenevieve Spillane of Hartshorn, Dale, and Curt the Confused of Endless Hills, with Lady Jenevieve edging out second place. Lord Lucha also walked away with the Bragging Stick of Endless Hills. If you want it, track him down and challenge him for it.

On the Heavy side there were six heavy fighters who competed. It was a standard best of three Round Robin tournament. Completion was as close as it could be, with three fighters tying for the win: THL Lotharius, Lord Ulfkell Dongelsson, and Baron Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde. The three went into a sudden death round. First up were THL Lothar and Baron Cormacc, with Lothar coming out on top. Next up, Baron Cormacc fought Lord Ulfkell, with Cormacc taking the victory. The third match was THL Lothar against Lord Ulfkell, with Ulfkell coming out on top. Once again, a tie. This forced yet another round. After 2 very dramatic tie-breaker rounds, Baron Cormacc squeaked out a victory, with THL Lothar finishing second and Lord Ulfkell third.

Lord Lucha and Baron Cormacc are the first to earn one of the 16 spots for the Grand Tournaments.

There will be plenty more opportunities to earn a spot. There will be a Fencing Tourney the first Tuesday of every month and a heavy tournament the third Tuesday of every month in 2018. These tournaments are open to all combatants who are authorized in the fighting style that they are competing in. Both will be at 8pm with doors opening at 7pm, at the Jackson Township Fire Hall, 1160 Chase Road, Shavertown, PA 18708. Come help the Endless Hills celebrate the Year of Tournaments!


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A Call to Fiber Artists for the Royal Wardrobe

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2018-02-21 19:28

Æthelmearc Seamstresses, Weavers, Embroiderers!

Their Highnesses are looking for help from the Populace on their Royal Wardrobe. Are you interested in being involved in making our next Royals look fabulous? Do you have ideas, skills, thoughts to share? Their Highnesses are hoping for outfits inspired by what the travelers of the Nordic countries would have encountered during their trips (raids?) around the years 950 -1050, from Sweden, to Dublin, to Paris, to Iceland and over to Constantinople.

Interested? In the spirit of the Wardrobe Project hosted by Mistress Elisabeth we are hoping to provide more exposure to our wonderful Æthelmearc artisans. Participants would work in groups towards a specific outfit with a predetermined deadline. Historical plausibility is requested. Materials will be provided for or reimbursed. We will again make use of the Wardrobe Project Facebook group to update progress and for the inspiration and enjoyment of all!

We like everyone to share with us ideas for wardrobe items that fit the time period, but don’t worry, we have a few starting ideas as well. Also let us know if you don’t have a specific idea, but would like to participate. Together we will find a way to contribute your skill.

We are looking forward to working with many of you towards another wonderful Royal Wardrobe.

Mistress and Master of the Royal Wardrobe,
Elska á Fjárfelli and Hrólfr á Fjárfelli

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Court Report Harvest Raid Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, A.S. LII (2017)

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2018-02-21 08:28

The Report of the Court of Their Majesties Gareth, King and Juliana, Queen of Æthelmearc, held on the 30th day of September, Anno Societatas fifty-two, at Harvest Raids, in the Shire of Heronter. Business of the court recorded by Propraetor Marcus Claudius Cincinnatus with the assistance of THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, and Baroness Helena Mutzhasen, Windmill Pursuivant.

In the morning at the list field:

Their Majesties called before them The Honorable Lord Thorsol Solinauga, and summoned the Members of the Order of Chivalry in attendance to join him. Their Majesties questioned His Lordship as to his preparedness to sit vigil, in contemplation of elevation to the Order of Chivalry. His Lordship replied in the affirmative.

THLord Thorsol is sent to vigil for Knighthood.

Before releasing the Order of Chivalry from Their presence, Their Majesties commanded that Baron Dominic MacMorland be brought before them. Their Majesties noted His Excellency’s prowess in the lists, and commanded that he too would sit vigil and contemplate elevation the Order of Chivalry. His Majesty invited Sir Michael of Northwood to conduct a final piece of business with his squire. Sir Michael reclaimed his squire’s belt from Baron Dominic, and they both noted the long years His Excellency had worn that belt. Thus freed of conflicting loyalties, the Order of Chivalry was commanded to take the candidates to their places of vigil. Scroll by Mistress Roberta McMorland.

Baron Dominic is sent to vigil for Knighthood.

Court Suspended

Court Resumed, In the evening:

Those gentles attending their first event were invited before Their Majesties. Five gentles came forward and were given gifts to commemorate the beginning of their journey in the Society.

Morgan Littlejohn was brought before Their Majesties and named a companion of the Silver Sycamore in recognition of her burgeoning culinary skills. Scroll by: Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure.

Morgan receives a Silver Sycamore.

Madeline of Ballachlagan was named a companion of the Silver Buccle for her willingness to help others in both her Shire and Household. Scroll by: THL Suilean

Madeline receives a Silver Buccle.

Their Majesties called forth the youth present, and set them upon the task of finding the Kingdom Toy Chest being hidden at that moment, by Tristan.

The Honorable Lord Oliver Sutton was called forth and invested as the captain the Queen’s Guard.

THLord Oliver is made Captain of the Guard.

Maestro Antonio de Luna came forward and spoke of the day’s competition to determine the next Kingdom Thrown Weapons Champion. He noted that all of the gentles who participated in the competition threw well, but in the end Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnson had proven victorious. Lord Snorri was called forth and invested as champion.

Before allowing Lord Snorri to take his place amongst their other champions, His Majesty noted that the Crown had further business with him. Their Majesties then created Lord Snorri a companion of the Golden Alce in recognition of his skills and service in both the Archery and Thrown Weapons disciplines. Scroll by: Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Lord Snorri receives a Golden Alce.

Maestro Antonio begged a further moment in Their Majesties court to recognize gentles having achieved the Thrown Weapons rank of Huntsman. Baron Caleb Reynolds, Baron Edward Harbinger and THL Renata L’Rouge were so recognized. Sir Aquila d’Athos was also recognized as having achieved the Thrown Weapons Rank of Marksman.

Master Diego Muñoz de Castilla approached Their Majesties and presented them a blade to succeed the one carried by Her Majesty’s Rapier Champion. Master Diego reminded Their Majesties that the Countess Æthelmearc had first bestowed the now retired rapier, and suggested that it be returned to her. Their Majesties, finding this right and proper, summoned Countess Caryl Olesdottir, First Rose of Æthelmearc and Master Diego presented the blade to her.

Master Diego returns the retired sword to Countess Caryl.

Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf came forward and renewed the fealty of the Barony of Thescorre to the Crown of Æthelmearc.

Baroness Sadira swears fealty.

Baron Magnus de Lyon and Baroness Muriel du Lac, came forward and renewed the fealty of the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael to the Crown of Æthelmearc.

Baron Magnus and Baroness Miriel swear fealty.

Propraetor Marcus Claudius Cincinnatus and Propraetrix Desiderata Drake came forward and renewed the fealty of the Barony of Delftwood to the Crown of Æthelmearc.

Propraetor Marcus and Propraetrix Desiderata swear fealty.

For her service in coordinating garb for several Crowns of Æthelmearc, and stalwart leadership in the Shire of King’s Crossing, Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdene was named a Companion of the Keystone. Scroll by: Isabella Montoya.

Mistress Chestienne receives a Keystone.

Lady Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce came before Their Majesties and was given permission to award prizes to the winners of the days Arts & Sciences competition, THLady Elska Fjarfelli, and THLord Hrolf Fjarfelli.

Their Majesties retained Lady Ginevra in their court and spoke of her sewing, her work as Arts & Sciences minister, and newfound interest in Calligraphy. She was therefore created a companion of the Sycamore. Scroll by: Dona Alessandra Bentivegna da Faenza, called Yasmina, calligraphed by Sophie Davenport.

Lady Ginevra receives a Sycamore.

In recognition of her many deeds helping with Pennsic setup, and service to the fencing community, Lady Alita of Hartstone was named a companion of the Keystone. Scroll by: Lady Gulsah Aydini.

Lady Alita receives a Keystone.

For his arts and his willingness to answer to His Majesty’s ‘science-y’ questions, Lord Marius Sittius was named a companion of the Sycamore. Scroll by: Sirina Milani.

Lord Marius Sittius receives a Sycamore.

Apollonia of Heronter was Awarded Arms and named a Lady of Their Majesty’s court in recognition of her infectious enthusiasm and being helpful at all turns. Scroll by: Duchess Dorinda Courtenay and Lady Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce.

Apollonia receives an AoA.

Lady Isabelle of Dunbar was named a companion of Keystone for her service to the Crown of Æthelmearc, and its heirs on behalf of her Shire over the course of years. Scroll by: THL Elyse le Bref.

Lady Isabelle receives a Keystone.

Lord Akayama Yatoru Kage’o, in recognition of the deadly accuracy with the throwing of pointed and bladed weapon. So fierce is his throw, Their Majesties noted, that even the handles of his aerial arsenal pierce the intended target, and so named him a companion of the Golden Alce. Scroll by: Baroness Rosemunde von Glinde.

Lord  Akayama Tatoru Kage’o receives a Golden Alce. 

Lord Mikus was inducted in to the order of the Keystone for his long hours of quiet service with broom and camera. Scroll by: Mistress Cori Ghora.

Lord Mikus receives a Keystone.

Their Majesties then summoned Lord Angus the Bull. They spoke of Lord Angus’ prowess on the Heavy Weapons field and noted that they had not been the only ones to observe his skill. So speaking, Their Majesties summoned forth Their Order of the Gage, and commanded that Lord Angus be Granted Arms and made a Companion that august company. Scroll by: THL Mairghead.

Lord Angus is inducted into the Gage.

Mistress Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur was commanded to present herself to Their Majesties. After remarking on Mistress Gillian’s skills with both needle and pen, Their Majesties presented her with a Writ of Summons. Further, she was commanded to appear before Them at a later date and answer whether she would accept elevation to the most noble Order of the Laurel. Writ by: THL Mary Elizabeth Clayson.

Mistress Gillian receives a Writ for the Laurel.

Their Majesties then called for The Honorable Lord Thorsol Solinauga. His Majesty inquired if Thorsol had sat vigil and if it was still his desire to join the Order of the Chivalry. His Lordship answered in the affirmative, and Their Majesties summoned forth the present members of the Order of Chivalry.

Duchess Etain ingen Dalaig stepped forward and offered words of support for Thorsol as a royal peer. She told all present of Thorsol’s ability to always see good in others, and his inner strength that inspires others.

Meisterrin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin then spoke as a member of the Laurel and attested to Thorsol’s desire to grown and learn. She explained that every time Thorsol asked her for new knowledge, he would work to learn it and then share with any who asked, and in so doing, grow himself.

Master Benedict Fergus atte Meade then addressed the court, and declared that he had seen Thorsol learn wisdom, had seen him share his knowledge, and be an ever dedicated defender of Æthelmearc and its lands.

Countess Caryl Olesdottir, Mistress of the Pelican, spoke to Thorsol’s willingness to serve in any way he could, stating that the question, “How can I help you?” was indeed, the very personification of Thorsol.

Duke Magnus Tindal, stood and addressed Thorsol’s worthiness to join the Order of the Chivalry. His Grace shared that Thorsol listens when advice is offered to him, and that he is ever willing to share his joy. Further, his Grace noted that no matter how much is asked of Thorsol, he will continue forward.

Having heard the words of Their Counselors, Their Majesties called for the ancestral chain and presented it to His Lordship. Duke Magnus Tindal, presented Thorsol with a personal chain. Sir Murdoch Bayne presented Thorsol with the spurs of a knight. Sir Beatrix Krieger placed the white belt of Chivalry about Thorsol’s waist. Kilauren placed a coat about her father’s shoulders, to warm him during his quests. Seeing Thorsol properly attired and prepared, His Majesty drew the Sword of State of Æthelmearc and dubbed Thorsol a knight of Æthelmearc and the Society.

THLord Thorsol is knighted.

Sir Thorsol then rose, and received from His Majesty his last blow to be left unanswered. Finally, Their Majesties accepted the Oath of Fealty of Sir Thorsol Solinauga.

Scroll-Wordsmithing: Baron Fridrikr Tomasson; Calligraphy and Illumination: THL Abigail Kelhoge; Parchment created by: THLady Ayleth of Stormsport and THL Abigail Kelhoge.

Their Majesties then called forth Baron Dominic MacMorland, and asked him if he had sat vigil per Their Majesties wishes. His Excellency answered in the affirmative and indicated his desire to proceed.

Their Majesties then asked who would speak for Dominic. Duke Khalek Shurrag Od rose and spoke to the noble qualities of His Excellency. Count Robin Wallace, also as a royal peer, next rose and also affirmed Baron Dominic’s worthiness to be a peer of the society. Maestra Imigla Venture, Laurel, vouched for His Excellency’s artfulness and learning. Master Eric Grenier de Labarre, as a member of the Order of Defense, next gave words on behalf of Dominic’s abilities and willingness to defend Society, Kingdom, and those in need. Mistress Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina approached Their Majesties and vouched for the many acts of service of His Excellency. Countess Isabeau de l’Isle, Order of the Rose, next addressed the Court and verified Dominic’s quality and worthiness. Finally Viscount Edmond Dracatorr, Knight of the Society, came forward and declared His Excellency’s chivalric virtue and his readiness to stand as a peer of the realm.

Hearing these words, Their Majesties called for the Ancestral chain of Chivalry for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Sir Thorsol Solinauga brought forth the Chain and read the Chivalric lineage of Æthelmearc. Sir Michael of Northwood then presented Dominic with a personal chain of chivalry. Sir Michael and Viscount Edmond then strapped the spurs of a knight upon Dominic’s feet. Eleanor MacMorland placed a belt of white about Dominic’s waist.

His Majesty drew the sword of state and dubbed His Excellency Sir Dominic MacMorland. Sir Dominic then rendered his oath of fealty unto The Crown of Æthelmearc, and rose. Lastly, His Majesty delivered the last blow which Sir Dominic MacMorland, Knight, will leave unanswered.

Scroll by: Mistress by Mistress Roberta McMorland.

Sir Dominic swears fealty.

Their Majesties recognized the many scribes who had provided scrolls for the day’s awards.

Team Project Norse was recognized for their efforts and generosity in providing clothing for the Crown of Æthelmearc.

Maestro Antonio de Luna was named the Queen’s inspiration for the day.

Master Antonio is named Queen’s Inspiration.

As Their Majesties prepared to close Their court, they were informed that an item of business had been overlooked, and so they demanded that Her Excellency, Countess Margerite Eisenwald, present herself before them. Their Majesties spoke of Her Excellency’s long service to both shire and kingdom. They spoke of her many efforts, particularly regarding the children of the Sylvan Kingdom, and her service as Seneschale of Æthelmearc. Having considered the length and breadth of Her Excellency’s good works, Their Majesties summoned also the Order of the Pelican and instructed them to counsel Countess Margerite on elevation to that Most Noble Order.

Countess Margerite receives a Writ for the Pelican.

Court Closed


Later that evening, Their Majesties later celebrated that His Grace, Duke Maynard von dem Steine, stood as victor of the Æthelmearc 500.

All photos by Lady Aine ny Allane.

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This is a Marathon Not a Sprint: A Love Letter to the SCA Newbie

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:35

As you attend your first events and marvel at all the wonders this society provides you- keep a few thoughts close to your heart.

Firstly, you don’t have to rush, there’s time to relax and I encourage you to relax often. There’s no need to choose a name today, and it doesn’t matter what you wear so long as you are happy. Most importantly you don’t need to define who you want to be, use this time to explore who you can be. Take years if you want and try everything, let no person tell you who you are!

This society is a wondrous entity with something for everyone. Don’t worry if your “thing” isn’t obvious in the beginning − that’s ok.

Secondly, try something new and scary! There is more to the SCA than can be imagined at first glance. At your fingertips there are fighting, the arts, and the sciences. While you’re learning, takes notes, you’ll never know when someone will want that knowledge. Don’t be afraid to speak up, no matter how new you are, YOUR voice matters. Like everywhere in life, there will be people you love and some you can’t stand. Wherever individuals fall on that scale and no matter what title they hold, treat all your fellow SCAdians with respect and expect nothing less than the same.

Thirdly, be cautious with your words and actions. As life has taught us, words hold weight and actions cannot be undone. We all make mistakes; to be human is to err, but remember: when mistakes inevitably happen, be honest, own up, and never be afraid to reach out. Your fellow SCAdians have all been new to the society at one time in their lives, from Kings and Queens to merchants and teachers and all of us in between. We know it can get overwhelming and we are all here for you, rooting for you.  All of us from every part of the Known World want you here, we want you to enjoy yourself and to grow within the society for that purpose. Your local Chatelaine is an ocean of knowledge, a fantastic guide through your first days, and any questions you have that they can’t answer, they definitely know a member who can.

Lastly, speaking for all of us, if ever you need, we are here.

Yours in Service.

Lady Syele Pfeifferin

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A Missive about Pennsic from the Society Chatelaine

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2018-02-19 21:05


Pennsic is rapidly approaching and we are starting to work on some plans to make it an even better experience for any newcomers in attendance. We are reaching out to all of the Chatelaines who will be attending Pennsic, for we need your help to again implement our ideas.

We are going to once again have a dedicated Newcomers track of classes. It will be open and available to newcomers during Pennsic, at a location that is easy to find at the center of activity. Newcomers can take classes geared towards newer members and learning about the SCA and/or ask questions. Right now we are looking to first fill the time slots of 10 am – 5 pm from the Thursday of Peace Week through Wednesday of War Week (8/2/17 – 8/8/17) for Newcomer oriented classes. If we can fill those time slots, we can open up additional days and hours. I have already scheduled a couple of classes, and we are in the process of scheduling a Newcomer’s Social/Ask a Chatelaine Q & A Session, but that leaves many time slots that we need to fill with classes. And that is where you all come in. We need your help to assist with teaching classes.

You don’t need to be a Chatelaine to teach a newcomers class. These classes will need to be registered through Pennsic University like any other class being taught at Pennsic, but on the special request/accommodation part of the form, you will need to fill in “Please schedule this as part of the “Newcomer Track” in the tent set aside for newcomers (tent 19).” We are specifically looking for classes geared toward individuals who are new to the SCA. This is less about offering classes on beginner A&S topics, because individuals can seek those types of classes out on their own if they are interested, and more about helping newcomers to get acclimated and interested in the SCA. For example, a couple of years ago there was a class specifically about Pennsic and what was offered there for newcomers (and it included a guided tour). Another great class could be a guide to how court works. These are just some suggestions, but we really do need your experience and excitement about the SCA to make this a success. We are also looking for classes specific to Chatelaines and training or discussion groups. They could also be booked in the same tent. So if you have any interest in teaching some classes designed to help Chatelaines, that would be fantastic!

We are also going to have a dedicated Newcomers’ Point. Our goal is to have a place that is open and available to newcomers, where they can feel comfortable and learn more about the event and the SCA in general. Newcomers’ Point will be a set place where Newcomers can come to ask questions or get information about the SCA and/or Pennsic. We will also be able to help Newcomers get involved with their local group after Pennsic. It will be located under the same tent as the Pennsic Watch, and we will need your help staffing the tent. Please consider having your Kingdom sponsor a day of volunteering at Newcomers Point. We will be posting more about volunteer opportunities as it gets closer.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at Let’s work together to make this Pennsic amazingly special for newcomers!

In Service,
Duchess Kalisa Aleksandrovna
Society Chatelaine

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A Request for Assistance in Tragedy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2018-02-19 09:01

Great friends and fellow SCAdians have been struck by devastation. If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated.

The home of Malys MacGregor, Lady Sophia von Konstanz, Lady Ysabeau du St. Wandrielle, and Lord Derek Fairhair has been struck with tragedy. Anything helps. Thank you all.

~Reinert der Spinner
Mountain Confederation

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Spring Crown Letter of Intent Deadline

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2018-02-15 18:30

Greetings unto all those intending to enter Spring Crown Tournament.

Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a joint letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred): or by email to TRH Prince Brennan mac Fearghus and Princess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal.

The Letters of Intent must be received prior to 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2018, which is Coronation. If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency, a statement that both the combatant and consort affirm that they do not have knowledge of any legal basis why they would not be able to legally cross the United States/Canadian international border for the duration of their reign, and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated.

A recent change to Kingdom Law requires that the consorts be present at Crown Tournament.

Should you wish for Their Highnesses to grant any allowable exception to the requirements, be sure to clearly state your request in your letter of intent.

TRH also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees.

Google for Non-Profit Migration

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2018-02-15 18:11

Google for Non-Profit Migration – Local Seneschals please review.

The Webministry has asked, they have been patient, they have reminded, yet, they still do not have the required information from the following groups:

Distant Shore


Frosted Hills



Northern Outpost

Rusted Woodlands





The following groups need to complete their information:





I have instructed the Kingdom Chronicler to only publish official email addresses in the Regnum of next month’s Pikestaff.  East Kingdom Law requires officers of the East Kingdom and their deputies to use their officially-provided online account for all business of their Office. If your group does not have official email addresses, your group will be in violation of East Kingdom Law and will be suspended.

Please make sure that all of the required information is sent to the Webministry immediately.

Thank you.

Katherine Barr

East Kingdom Seneschal

Unofficial Court Report: A Market Day At Birka

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2018-02-15 17:10

Their Majesties, Ivan Tsar and Matilde Tsaritsa, did pay a visit to their Barony of Stonemarche, whereupon they attended the annual Market Day at Birka on 27 January, AS LII (2018)

The Royals address the crowd at morning court.

Their Majesties did hold a brief court in the morning.  There, the following gentles were thus awarded:

Marguerite inghean Lachlainn, Order of the Golden Rapier, with a scroll illuminated by Camille des Jardins calligraphed by Cezilia Raposa and words by Jean du Montagne Cedric of the Floppy Hat, Order of the Golden Rapier and a Grant of Arms, with a scroll by Arianhwy barwnes
Johannes Jensen Mikkinen, Silver Tyger, with a scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova containing words by Yehuda ben Moshe
Juliana de Essex, Silver Tyger, with a scroll illuminated by Carmelina da Vicari, and calligraphed by Harold von Auerbach

Order of the Golden Rapier scroll for Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn.

Theodricus of Malagentia, Silver Tyger and an Award of Arms, with a scroll by Fiona O’Maille ó Chuan Coille
Snorri Olafson, Silver Tyger
Ariana of the North, Maunche, with a scroll by Robin dit Dessaint containing words by Dalla Olafskona
Lambert d’Ogremont, Order of the Tygers Combatant and a Grant of Arms, with a scroll by Robin dit Dessaint containing words by Pellandre dit le Frère
Bric James Beech, Order of the Tygers Combatant and a Grant of Arms, with a scroll illuminated by Cassius (Pontianus) calligraphed and worded by Nadia Hart


Their Majesties further sent Antonii Machinevik to sit vigil in contemplation of his elevation to the Order of Chivalry.

After an amazing day of various combat tournaments, lots and lots of shopping, Arts and Sciences, and general carousing, Their Majesties once again opened court.

Her Majesty West, Helga, Her Highness Atlantia, Una, and His Highnesse Ealdormere, Baldric, joined Ivan and Matilde in their Court.

These gentles were called into court, and awarded the following awards:

Gaius Suletus, Tyger’s Cub, with a scroll illuminated by Leonete d’Angely & Aeryn Fitzpatrick and calligraphed by Leonete d’Angely
Evan Ivanovich, Tyger’s Cub, with a scroll by Embla Knútrdottir containing words by Caleb Patrasso
Rowyn, Tyger’s Cub, with a scroll by Annika Björnsdóttir
Dana, Tyger’s Cub, with a scroll by Aelisif Hoarr Kona
Leo MacCullan, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Matilda Fossoway
Robin Baillie, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Nyfain merch Cohel
Catherine of the Beladies of Carolingia, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne
Joshua Mustard, aka Drunkybear, Silver Tyger and Award of Arms, with a scroll by Sláine báen Ronan containing words by Nicol mac Donnchaid and heraldry (Tyger) devised by Vettoria Antonello
Rodrigue Ignis, Award of Arms,with a scroll by Mýrún Leifsdóttir

Award of Arms for Rodrigue Ignis

Godewyn du Nord (aka : Godewyn of Bois Ardent), Silver Brooch, Scroll 1: Triona MacCasky, containing words by Arianhwy Wen Scroll 2: Alisay de Falaise
containing words by Kirsa Oyutai
Olev le Hellequin, Silver Brooch, with a scroll by Elena O’ Sirideain containing words by Marion of Ruantallan
Aurnia MhicWard, Silver Brooch, with a scroll by Kenric aet Essex
Lavina Attewode, Silver Brooch, with a scroll by Ysemay Sterlyng containing words by Sorcha inghean ui Niall
Barrett the Map Maker, Court Barony and a Grant of Arms
Ealusaid Mac Phaidin, Queen’s Order of Courtesy, with a scroll by Ysemay Sterlyng containing words by Matilde de Cadenet
Hemma Eilika Shweisenfür von Nuremberg, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Maud de Bracebridge containing words by Peter de Bracebridge
Veronika Caterina di porto di Ghiaccio, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Onora ingheann Ui Rauirc
Padraig Ó Riain, Maunche and a Grant of Arms, with a scroll by Tola knitýr
Svalinn of Mountain Freehold, Silver Tyger, with a scroll illuminated by Lisbetta Medaglia and calligraphed by Tola knitýr
Khayra bint Sa’id, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Soffya von Kulpe (Midrealm scribe)
Will le Phoénix, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Kira and Vettorio Antonello
Christina Jenevra de Calvalhal, Writ for Laurel, with a scroll by Eva Woderose containing words by Alys Mackyntoich
Grind Jul (Juliana Berners), Award of Arms, with a scroll by Melina al Andalusiyya containing words by Robin dit Dessaint
Floreyne Doukas, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Matilda Fossoway
Kira Asahi, Apollo’s Arrow, with a scroll by Mariette de Bretagne
Madok Arwe, Apollo’s Arrow and an Award of Arms, with a scroll by Keziah Planchet
Ysemay Sterlyng, Queen’s Order of Courtesy, with a scroll by Matilde de Cadenet
Anastasia of the Oaks, Court Barony,  with a scroll illuminated by Keziah Planchet and calligraphed by Harold von Auerbach
Beitris Mc Tavish, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Uaine as Ar n-eilean-ne
Bran Mc Tavish, Award of Arms,with a scroll by Sunnifa I Hvalseyju
Ronan O’Faelan, Award of Arms, with a scroll by Harold von Auerbach
Tegwen ferch Cydifor, Silver Wheel, with a scroll by Marieta Charay
Ottilia des Hauterives, Silver Wheel and an Award of Arms, with a scroll by Mergriet van Wijenhorst (Griet)

Tsar Ivan and Prince Brennan tie spurs on Antonii

Edgithe Hlammandi, Silver Wheel and an Award of Arms, with a scroll illuminated by Carmelina da Vicari and calligraphed by Harold von Auerbach
Antonii Machinevik, Chivalry, with a scroll by Vettorio Antonello containing words by Analeda Falconbridge
Bess Brechin, Silver Mantle
Regnulf of Crakehale, Silver Mantle



The following also happened during the Court of Their Majesties:

  • Her Majesty’s “Beast of the East” garb challenge winner – Liadan ingen Chineada was announced
  • Her Majesty Helga of the West ran the Children’s Toybox
  • Newcomers were presented with tokens

    Tsar Ivan greets newcomers and gives them tokens.

  • Chatricam Meghanta, King’s Bard,  told a story during a brief intermission of Court
  • During his elevation, Antonii Machinevik proposed to his lady, Ciar of Skye.  


Another Birka concluded, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde closed their court.  Long Live the Kingdom of the East!


Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

Thank you to the following court heralds for the day: Mylistant Grey, Elizabeth Elenore Lovell, Audrye Beneyt, Connell an Doire, Lucien de Wyntere, Marian Kirkpatrick, Maria von Ossenheim, Simona bat Leon, Yehuda ben Moshe, Ilulia Baebiana, Kirsa Oyutai, Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle, Rose Erembourc

Photos by Brendan Crane

New Accessibility Icon in Event Announcements & Calendar

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2018-02-15 14:51

Greetings unto Æthemearc!

There is an important update to our new icon for wheelchair accessibility, as per Duke Christopher, Kingdom Seneschal:

The inclusion of the accessibility icon MAY be done IF, and ONLY IF the site is ADA compliant. The site owner will have to tell the autocrat if the site is ADA compliant. If the site owner does not know if the site is compliant, then, we should not be including the accessibility icon.

Individual autocrats should not make a determination as to whether a site is going to be accessible, or not, based solely on their discretion. We will include the icon only on those site that are known to be ADA compliant by the person renting the site to us.

This update also means the icons for accessibility will switch to the following meanings:

Wheelchair icon – ADA Compliant for Accessibility

Wheelchair icon with “do not” slash – Not ADA Compliant for Accessibility / Not Able to Confirm ADA Compliance for Accessibility

Additional information regarding site accessibility can be added when filling out the online Event Announcement Form (or Update Form), and will appear underneath the icons area on an event announcement. Examples of this could be (but are not limited to):

  • “indoor site level, but 3 steps to entrance”
  • “bathroom stalls are narrow”
  • “spaces between tables in great hall will not be wide enough for wheelchairs to pass”
  • “outside ground is uneven with no paved paths”
  • “site is 2 stories – elevator is broken; event will be on main floor, vigil will take place downstairs”
  • “no accessible port-o-castles will be available”
  • “accessible port-o-castles will be available on-site (including times that clubhouse is closed)”

If an autocrat submits an event where the ADA Compliance is answered “Yes”, the Kingdom Events Coordinator will send an email to the autocrat to confirm that this information is true as per the site owner.

We will be contacting autocrats who have submitted events since we instituted the accessibility icon to ensure we have information that reflects this update.

Please remember, the Kingdom and its web-team cannot be held responsible for any misinformation provided on the announcement form. We can only relay information submitted, in good faith, to the events calendar.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this update, please feel free to contact me or Duke Christopher. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to improve our event announcement icon system.

In service,
Æ Webminister

Categories: SCA news sites

Unofficial Court Report: K&Q A&S and Bardic Champs

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2018-02-14 18:34

Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the Kingdom of the East, did visit their Crown Province of Ostgardr on February 10, 2018, AS LII. While in the fair Crown Province, they did hold both the King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Competition AND the King’s and Queen’s Bardic Competition.

Before the competitions could begin, however, Their Majesties called forth Raziya bint Rusa and Muin Maqq Minain, both of whom had previously received writs, to sit vigil in contemplation for elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Cedric of Armorica was called into court. Their Majesties did name him the new Deputy Earl Marshal for Armored Combat, and received his fealty.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde suspended their court.

There were fierce bardic competitors, as well as many of the best artisans in the Kingdom competing. At the conclusion of the day, Their Majesties held conference with their outgoing Champions, as well as the judges, and decided who would be named to be the new King’s and Queen’s champions.

Thus was court re-opened. His Majesty began by calling forth his current Arts and Sciences Champion, Raziya bint Rusa. He thanked her for her service, and took from her the regalia of her station. Next did Tsar Ivan name his new Champion of Arts and Sciences, Elena Hylton. She attended the court, receiving the regalia and a scroll by Shoshana Gryffyth with a font by Sarah the Lymner.

Her Majesty called forth her current Arts and Sciences Champion, Sofya Gianetta di Trieste. She thanked her for her service, and took from her the regalia of her station. Next did Tsaritsa Matilde name her new Champion of Arts and Sciences, Doroga Voronin. He attended the court, receiving the regalia and a scroll by Shoshana Gryffyth with a font by Sarah the Lymner.

The Lady of the Northern Shores, Courtney Rose, did wish to see Eva Woderose. Courtney spoke of her appreciation for Eva’s Arts and Sciences entry, and presented her with a favor. Vivants followed.

Next did Tsar Ivan call forth his Bardic Champion, Chatricam Meghanta. He thanked her for her service, and took from her the regalia of her station. Then did his Majesty call forth Juliana Bird, naming her his new King’s Bardic Champion. She attended the court, and was presented with the regalia, and a scroll by Millicent Rowan with words by Chatricam Meghanta.

Next did Tsaritsa Matilde call forth her Bardic Champion, Sabine de Kerbriants. He thanked her for her service, and took from her the regalia of her station. Then did her Majesty call forth Geoffrey of Exeter, naming him her new Queen’s Bardic Champion. He attended the court, and was presented with the regalia, and a scroll by Millicent Rowan with words by Sabine de Kerbriant.

With the new champions of Arts and Sciences and Bardic named, their Majesties Ivan and Matilde did continue their court.

Their Majesties invited the children in attendance to come forward. Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova volunteered to be the sacrificial lamb, and took the toy box and the children for a run, much to the delight of all.

Court continued, and the following were gentles were awarded thus:

SCA Name, Award, C&I

Elena Hylton, King’s Champion of A&S , Shoshana Gryffyth / Font: Sarah the Lymner

Doroga Voronin, Queen’s Champion of A&S , Shoshana Gryffyth / Font: Sarah the Lymner

Juliana Bird, King’s Champion of Bardic , Millicent Rowan / WORDS: Chatricam Meghanta

Geoffrey of Exeter, Queen’s Champion of Bardic, Millicent Rowan / WORDS: Sabine de Kerbriant

Raziya bint Rusa, Laurel, Rhonwen Glyn Conwy / WORDS: Alys Mackyntoich

Cedar-san Barefoot, Troubadour, Aaradyn Ghyoot

Simon Talbot, Award of Arms, Jonathan Blaecstan

Francisco de Braga, Award of Arms, I: Lorita deSiena / C: Faolán an Screcain

Apollodora of Delphi, Award of Arms, Wulfgar Silverbraid / WORDS: Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah

Olivia Baker, Maunche, I: Ro Honig Von Sommerfeldt / C: Jonathan Blaecstan / WORDS: Fortune St. Keyne

Thorfinr Hróðgeirsson, Maunche, Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir (Feilinn) / WORDS: Vika Grigina z Prahy / Rune translation: Magnus hvalmagi

Randve’ Litill Hamar, Award of Arms , Lada Monguligin

Alanna of Skye, Silver Mantle, Katherine Stanhope

Rhiannon the Curious, Defense, Conor O Ceallaigh / Oak frame: Mongo Chinua

Ibrahim al-Rashid, Silver Rapier, Onoro ingheann Ui Rauirc / WORDS: Alys Mackyntoich

David Vázquez de Valençia, Silver Crescent, Mari Clock van Hoorne / WORDS: Alys Mackyntoich

Violet Hughes (aka Purple of An Dubhaigeainn), Silver Crescent, I: Ro Honig Von Sommerfeldt / C: Jonathan Blaecstan

Fiona the Volatile, Silver Crescent, Eadaoin Chruitire

Hugoline the Delicate, Silver Crescent, I&WORDS: Leonete d’Angely / C: Eleanor Catlyng

Alienor Salton, Silver Crescent, Katrusha Skomorokh/ WORDS: Tristan le Chanticler

Zoya the orphan, Award of Arms , Charis Accipiter

Charitye Dale, Queen’s Order of Courtesy, Glove Only

Poplyr Childs, Sagittarius, Harold von Auerbach

Patraic O’Donagal, Silver Wheel, Mairi Crawford / WORDS: Ysmay de Lynn

Roseia Poseia, Silver Wheel, Mairi Crawford / WORDS: Ysmay de Lynn

Nicole la Bouchiere, Silver Wheel, Kayleigh Mc Whyte / WORDS:Nicol mac Donnchaid

Dahlia of House Three Skulls, Award of Arms, Tegwen ferch Cydifor ap Bleddyd

Kiera of House Three Skulls, Award of Arms, Leonete d’Angely & Smalls the cat / WORDS: Alys Mackyntoich and Leonete d’Angely

Konner MacPherson, Silver Crescent, Mariette de Bretagne

Mariette de Bretagne, Silver Crescent, I: Ellesbeth Donofrey / C: Jonathan Blaecstan / WORDS: Kisume no Tanaka / French translation: Arthur de Beaumont

Violet Gray, Silver Crescent, Jonathan Blaecstan

Engracia de Madrigal, Silver Crescent, Vettorio Antonello / Words: Lorenzo Gorla

Jibril ibn `Ammar al-Fayyad, Court Barony, Scroll forthcoming

Muin Maqq Minain, Laurel, Vettorio Antonello

Additionally, the Newcomers in attendance received tokens, both from the Tsar and Tsaritsa, and the Viceroy and Vicerene of Ostgardr.

The day complete and new champions chosen, the courts of Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde was closed. Long live the Kingdom of the East!


Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to the additional court heralds at the event: Ryan MacWhyte, Pagan Graeme, Yehuda ben Moshe, Marian Kirkpatrick, Violet Hughes, Liadan ingen Chineada, and the Silent Herald, Lorita deSiena.

Southern Region Rapier Army Practice Scheduled

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2018-02-13 10:27

Welcome, all fencers, to the first Southern Regional Rapier practice of the year!

We’ve got a new site with lots of space, but the site is outdoors, so feel free to bring shade and seating. If it looks like the weather is against us, I will announce plans for an alternate site near the end of February, so stay tuned. 11:00-5:00 Sunday, March 4th, 2018 Westampton Sports Complex
301 Bridge St, Westampton, NJ 08060 There will be plenty of time and space for pick-ups and, of course, some melee practice. You can direct any questions to me.

See you there!

Don Eldrich Gaiman, Southern Region Rapier Commander

Unofficial Court Report – At the Sign of the Dancing Fox – XX

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2018-02-12 19:31

At the Sign of the Dancing Fox XX

On Saturday, February 3rd, AS LII, Their Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, did visit their Shire of Nordenhalle, and attended the Sign of the Dancing Fox XX.

In the morning they held a brief court, and the following individuals were called in and sent on vigil to contemplate their elevation:


Joel of Vestfell Vigil for Pelican

Fenice D’aix Vigil for Pelican

Thyra Eiriksdottir Vigil for Laurel

Their Majesties suspended their court to join in the festivities of the day.

In the afternoon, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde did reopen their court.

The Children’s toybox was run. Baroness Maria von Ossenheim announced the establishment of the Childrens Toybox for the Kingdom of the West and that East will be collecting donations for it. Many newcomers received tokens.  Additionally, these gentles were awarded as follows:

Name Award Scribe(s)


Raki Suzuki

Dorothy Tyger’s Cub I: Keziah Planchet

C: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova William the Mysterious AoA W&I: Anneke Walmarsdotter

C: Brian Smiley Hilde Perdue AoA C&I: Mari Clock van Hoorne

W: Alys Mackintoich Lady Janna von Guggisberg Silver Wheel C: Nataliia Anastasiia EvgenovaI: Carmelina da Vicari Cailleach Dhe’ ingen Chiarain Silver Wheel W&C: Faolin an Sccreccain

I: Lisabetta Medaglia Andrew of Nordenhall Silver Wheel W: Alayne Nightwatch

I: Mairi Crawford

C: Matilde deCadenet Thyra Eiriksdottir Laurel C&I: Isabel Chamberlaine

W: Aildreda de Tamwurthe Ceolwenne Wyrhte AoA Katherine Barr Matthias Grunwold OGR Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Fenice D’aix Pelican Aleksei Dmitriev Katherine Barr Silver Brooch I: Mairi CrawfordW&C: Ysemay Sterling Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir Silver Brooch

Silver Crescent Nataliia Anastasiia EvgenovaEva Woderose Hrelgar den Igelkottson Silver Crescent Jonathan Blaecstan Harvey Wynegode Silver Crescent Fiona O’Maille ó Chuan Coille Finnguala ingen Néill meic Chuircc Silver Crescent Onora ingheann Ui Rauirc Joel of Vestfell Pelican C&I: Thyra Eiríksdóttir

W: Aildreda de Tamworth Estgar Hrothcaster Writ for Pelican C&I: Eleanor Catlyng

W: Aildreda de Tamworth


Thus concluded the Sign of the Dancing Fox XX


Lady Liadan ingen Chineada

PS – Thank you to Maria von Ossenheim, Marian Kirkpatrick, Aethelflied Brewbane, Aildreda de Tamworthe, and Lorita deSiena for helping to herald court.

Spring Crown Tournament

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2018-02-12 16:23

Greetings unto the Kingdom of Æthelmearc,

We have announced the format of the spring Crown Tournament in the March issue of the Æstel, which now is available at the website.

The Kingdom newsletters of all Kingdoms in the SCA are facing challenges, with few members making the small effort to look in them.

In an effort to encourage everybody to find their login information to the SCA newsletter portal, and actually look in the Kingdom’s official publication, we hope that sharing the text on social media be held off for a little while.

It would be a good thing if Our members use this opportunity to get familiar with how to access the online newsletters!

The link to the newsletter is:

If you have any problems with this, please use the information on that web site to help you, or contact Our dear Chronicler, Lady Aine O’Muirghesan, as she will be very happy to assist in solving your issues, at

We hope you have some understanding for why We choose to do this.

In Service,
Sven and Siobhan, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc

Categories: SCA news sites

Polling Deadline is Tonight at Midnight

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2018-02-12 15:59

Responses to the first poll of Their Majesties Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III need to be sent before midnight TONIGHT – Monday, February 12. 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.

Arts & Sciences Research Paper #23: The Roots of Valentine’s Day

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2018-02-12 15:42

Our twenty-third A&S Research Paper comes to us from Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan, of the Barony of Dragonship Haven. She takes a closer look at the historical roots of a very public upcoming holiday – Valentines’ Day! (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

The Roots of Valentines’ Day

Venus presiding over a group of men and women, who are presenting their hearts to her. The Book of the Queen, by Christine de Pizan (1410), f100r, MS Harley 4431. Image courtesy The British Library,

Table of Contents
Roman Beginnings
Medieval Flowerings
Be Mine?
A Model Celebration

What do you think of when you hear Valentine’s Day? For me, it’s chalky sweet hearts with silly sayings on them, the smell of Elmer’s glue, and a ridiculous amount of paper lace doilies that Sister Jerome and Sister Helen Collete at Holy Rosary passed out to us all (they were sisters and they were also Sisters, my young mind boggled!)

Valentine’s Day, filled to the brim with modernity: flavorless chocolate, scentless roses, packed restaurants!  And yet, it has ancient and medieval ancestry – let us examine.

Roman Beginnings

It began as an ancient, and likely Pre-Roman, fertility festival called Lupercalia (Green). Lupercalia had been long connected to the Presentation of Christ to the Temple. In the 5th century, the Senator Andromachus wished to encourage a time of purification, which Lupercalia also represented. Pope Gelasius I suggested in a letter to Andromachus that they not revive the pagan tradition, but instead set aside the month of February as a month of purification dedicated to the Virgin Mary: Candlemas, which begins February 2nd.  Thus, Galesius not only suppressed Lupercalia but also abolished it.

(Candlemas – If you wish to celebrate Candlemas, light all the candles in the house and eat crepes or pancakes. And if you still haven’t put away your nativity scene, now is the time.)

For several hundred years it was a Saint’s feast day: several martyrs appear to share the same day, including Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae), Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Scholars now believe that these Saints were actually the same person.

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Medieval Flowerings

Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem “Parlament of Foules” (written 1382-1383) is the first written instance where Valentine’s day is thought of as a romantic notion and was written to celebrate the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia. Lines 309-310:

“For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.” /
For this was on St. Valentine’s Day,
when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”

However, this day isn’t February 14th either! Scholars believe it to be actually May 2rd, which was the Feast Day for Valentine of Genoa, which has since been moved to November 6th. And at any rate, early spring would be far more likely to be when birds would come and choose a mate than the middle of winter. Although the date is not the likely the same, the sentiment is.

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Be Mine?

The word “Valentine” for a lover was first written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, while in the Tower of London following the battle of Agincourt. This letter, written in 1415 when the Duke was twenty-one, constitutes the earliest Valentine, and was sent to his wife Bonne of Armagnac:

Je suis desja d’amour tanné,
Ma tres doulce Valentinée, Car pour moi fustes trop tart née,
Et moy pour vous fus trop tost né.
Dieu lui pardoint qui estrené
M’a de vous, pour toute l’année.
Je suis desja d’amour tanné,
Ma tres doulce Valentinée.

 I am already sick of love,
My very gentle Valentine,
Since for me you were born too late,
And I for you was born too soon.
God forgives him who has estranged
Me from you for the whole year.
I am already sick of love,
My very gentle Valentine. (trans.)

Five years later, in 1420, Henry V hired the poet and monk John Lydgate to write a poem for Catherine of Valois:

“Seynte Valentine of custome yeere by yeere
Men have an usance, in this regioun
To loke and serche Cupides kalendar,
And chose theyr choyse by grete affeccioun,
Such has been move with Cupides nocioun,
Takying theyre choyse as theyre sort doth falle;
But I love oon whiche excelleth alle.”

The second oldest extant Valentine letter still in existence was written in 1477 is the first we find associated with the date we now associate with Valentine’s Day, February 14th. It was written by Margery Brews to her fiancé John Paston:

Letter from Margery Brewes to John Paston, 1477, Add MS 43490. Image courtesy The British Library.

“Unto my right well-beloved Valentine John Paston, squire, be this bill delivered. Right reverent and worshipful and my right well-beloved Valentine…”

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On January 6, 1400, Charles VI, along with nobles of his court created a charter, written by Pierre de Hauteville, the steward, and cupbearer of Charles VI, and in this court Pierre was titled, Prince of Cour Amoureuse (“Court of Love”). The charter describes the feasting, jousting, singing, dancing and poetry competitions that were to be attended by the royal court.

It was also a time for ladies to hear about lovers’ disputes and rule on them in a Court of Love. This was purely for the wealthy to pass their time with something that was enjoyable during difficult times, specifically the second major plague pandemic of 1399-1401.

An armorial for the Cour Amoreuse, c. 1560. Jacques Le Boucq [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Charter set dates of celebration for Feb 14th and May 2; as noted above May 2nd is the Feast Day for Valentine of Genoa and the day that Chaucer wrote about in his poem. However, the latter date was dropped.

The court of love helped redefine the nobility to coincide with what was written in popular poems like the Roman de la Rose (Romance of the Rose) by Jean de Meun: the only notice of nobility that mattered was defined by the heart and lifestyle, and one’s renown could be an acceptable surrogate for lacking a noble birth.

This Charter was read at Hôtel D’Artois on February 14th, 1401. (The term Hôtel, in this case, describes a lavish townhouse). The Hôtel D’Artois was Jean sans Peur, the Duke of Burgundy’s, residence in Paris, and future site of his planned assassination of his cousin Duke Orleans, the younger brother of the King, on November 23, 1407, setting the civil war between the Armagnacs and Burgundians.

(No Valentines were sent that day.)

In 1537, Henry VIII took up this fashion in England and established a Charter for the Valentine’s Day fair, a time of trade and celebration.

In the 18th Century, the Charter of Charles the VI was rediscovered and used as a model for how society should behave on Valentine’s Day. Handmade Valentine’s cards were the norm until the late 19th century when purchasing pre-made cards became common practice. The Victorians and their obsession with Medieval Courtly Love and Chivalry indulged extensively in Valentine’s Day.  In 1861, Cadbury sold a heart-shaped box of chocolates, in 1907 Hersey created their famous Kisses for the holiday, and in 1913, Hallmark began making their now ubiquitous cards.

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A Model Celebration

How is Ysabella de Draguignan celebrating this day?

The crèche(nativity) has been safely stored away, and a lavish feast has been prepared for her household, invited wealthy merchants, and even the bishop – her house is definitely a place to see and be seen. A poetry contest will take place mid-morning, and later there will be jousting. After dinner, of course, there will be music and dancing; indeed, there will very likely be music all the day. At the end of the dancing, there will be handwashing and the guests will all retire to her drawing room while their servants eat; after this, all will depart for home.

What follows are the arrangements for the Valentine’s Day feast that her cook, Master Jehan, will give on a Thursday in February. It is a dinner of eight platters; eight platters indicate that there are 16 guests, each pair of guests will share one platter.

To accompany the meal: two half gallons of Granache wine which is enough for dinners and their servants, Raison Drink, hot biscuits, walnut jam, red cider apples roasted and topped with white comfits.

Pottage – Menjoire, White Porée, Green Egg and Cheese Soup
Saltwater Fish – Fresh cod, Jance Sauce
Roast – Helmeted Cock, Norse pies
Entrements – Flan
Dessert – Parti-colored Blanchmanger (Azure and Gold)
Closing – Wafers and hippocras
Boutehors – Wine and spices

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Raison Drink

Take sweet raisins cleaned of twigs and dirt and wash them with water until they are clean. If you like it infused, throw in for each measure of raisons, two parts of hot water and put in a clay vessel until it infuses; then strain and mix in it honey. And if you like it cooked, place one measure of raisins with three of water and take the measure with a stick [to see the height in the pot]. Then add to the pot as much water as you wish. Cook it until it returns to the measuring mark [the water boils away]. Then strain it and mix in honey and leave it until it cools, and then drink it, God willing.


Menjoire – Firstly, the meat needed is young peacocks, pheasants or partridges, or if you can find none of these, plovers, cranes, larks or other small birds. Roast the meat on the spit and when it is nearly cooked, dismember them (especially the large birds such as young peacocks, pheasants or partridges), fry them in lard in an iron pan, and put them in the pot in which you wish to make your pottage.

To make the broth, take some white bread browned on the grill, soaked and sprinkled with the broth of a shin of beef, and strained through cheesecloth. You need cassia flowers, cinnamon, Mecca ginger, a bit of clove, long pepper, grains of paradise and some Hippocras (depending on the quantity of pottage you wish to make). Steep the spices and Hippocras together, throw them into the pot with the meat and broth, and boil everything together. Add just a bit of vinegar, but do not let it boil for very long. Add sugar to taste. According to the fashions, put gilded wafers on the pottage when it is set out, or white or red anise, or pomegranate powder (this could also be seeds).

If you wish to make it for a fish day, take whole unpeeled almonds, wash very well, crush and grind in a mortar, and strain through cheesecloth. If there is not enough liquid, take a bit of white bread, or bread crumbs from two or three white bread loaves; have a bit of clear puree [of peas] in which the peas have not burst too much, a bit of white or red wine, and a bit of verjuice; steep the almonds and bread; and strain everything through cheesecloth. You need the same spices mentioned above. Fry all the fish (to wit, perch, pickerel, crayfish tails and loach, the finest that you can find) in fresh or salted butter, and then de-salt it. Set out your fish on plates and put the broth on top. Add white or red anise, pomegranate [seeds], or some peeled almonds browned a bit in a little fresh butter on the fire.

White Porée – Made from the white of leeks and pork chine. In winter when leeks are tougher they should be boiled instead of blanched as in summer. Fry with onions and pork, and add cow’s milk. This is sometimes thickened with bread.

Saltwater fish

Fresh cod – Cleaned and cooked like red mullet; add some wine while cooking; eaten with Jance Sauce. Add some garlic if you wish.

Jance Sauce – Put almonds in hot water, peel, and grind together with two pieces of gingerroot or powdered ginger, a little garlic, untoasted white bread (rice flour in Ysabella’s household), a little more of than almonds, mix with white verjuice and a quarter part of white wine. Strain, then boil very well and serve in bowls. Serve more generously than you would other sauces.


Helmeted cocks – Roast pigs, and poultry such as cocks and old hens. When the pig is roasted on one hand, and the chicken on the other, stuff the chicken (without skinning it, if you wish), and [glaze] it with beaten egg batter. When it is glazed, set it riding on the pig with a helm of glued paper, and with a lance fixed at the breast of the chicken. Cover them with gold or silver leaf for the lords, or with white, red or green tin leaf [for the others].


Flan –  Take tench, large pike, carp, almonds and some saffron (for colouring it a bit), crush everything together, steep it in white wine, and fill your flans and tarts. When they are cooked put some sugar on top.


Parti-colored Blanchmanger -Take blanched and peeled almonds, crush very well, steep in boiled water, [and make your milk]. For thickening you need some starch or beaten rice. When your milk has been boiled, divide it into several parts, into two pots (if you wish to make only two colours) or (if you wish) into 3 or 4 parts. It should be as solidly thickened as Frumenty, so that it cannot spread out when it is set out on the plate or in the bowl. Take alkanets, turnsole, fine azure, parsley, or avens. Sieve a little saffron with the greens so that they will hold their colour better when boiled. Soak the alkanets or turnsole, and the azure likewise, in some lard. Throw some sugar into the milk when it boils, remove it to the back [of the fire], salt it, and stir it strongly until it is thickened and has taken the colour that you wish to give it.


Wafers (waffles) – First, beat eggs in a bowl, then add salt and wine, toss in some flour (blanched almond flour at this home), then spread the batter a little at a time into two irons, each time as much batter as the size of a slice of cheese. Press it between two irons, and cook one side; then turn and cook the other.

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Pen vs Sword VI – Point Taken!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2018-02-11 21:17

A Date has been chosen for Pen vs. Sword VI in the Shire of Angel’s Keep!  March 17, 2018

A Site has been found!  Auburn United Methodist Church

Food is being provided!

Now all we need are TEACHERS!!

If you can teach a class related to the Scribal Arts, the Art of the Rapier, or Heraldry, we would love to have you teach at our event. We have plenty of classrooms, and a new list area in the basement of the church.

Please contact me, Moniczka Poznanska, by email,, on Facebook as Moniczka Poznanska, or by phone at 315-515-3086.

We have 5 classes already, but would love to have more! Can Rapier classes finally outnumber Scribal classes??

Come join us and find out!!


Class coordinator

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Kings and Queens Bardic Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2018-02-10 18:31

The King’s Bardic Champion is Juliana Bird.

The Queen’s Bardic Champion is Geoffrey of Exeter.

Kings and Queens Arts and Sciences Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2018-02-10 18:23

The King’s Arts and Sciences Champion is Elena Hylton.

The Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champion is Doroga Vornin.