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Things to Know about Yule in the Barony Beyond the Mountain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Article submitted by Baroness Eloise of Coulter

Filed under: Events Tagged: Barony Beyond the Mountain, Yule

Polling Deadline is Tonight at Midnight

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

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

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

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

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Service Shines at Crown Tournament

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

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

Mistress Suba heralding to the crowd assembled

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

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

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

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

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

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

A “boxed lunch” provided for fighters and consorts

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

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

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

Photo provided by Sir Alexander de Hautville

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

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

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

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

All photos by Brendan Crane, unless otherwise indicated

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Court Report: Fabric, Fiber, and Fighting

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baroness Elena receives a Cornelian

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

The Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais brings gifts for Their Majesties

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

THLady Elys gives Master Bedwyr a shire service token

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

Mistress Alicia takes THLady Elys as her protégé

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

Baroness Therasa takes Lady Serena as her student

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

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

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

Mistress Mahin receives a Writ for the Laurel

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

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

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

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

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

Mistress Phiala receives an Augmentation of Arms

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

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

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

THLady Elska reecives a Writ for the Laurel

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

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

His Majesty exhorts the populace to attend Gulf Wars

Their Majesties’ Court was then closed.

All photos by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

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The Myrkfaelinn Redaction Challenge: 14th Century Tart de Bry and Rice Moulds

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-11-22 20:49

By Meadbh ni Clerigh and Elska á Fjárfelli
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn

November 12 marked our first Sunday A&S practice: “Redaction Challenge,” organized by Lady Meadbh ni Clerigh for both adults and youth. She distributed the challenge recipes, at practice and online, two weeks prior. The basic idea: interpret a medieval recipe, then taste-test the result with all in attendance. We could participate at any level, from basic follow-the-instructions cook to freestyle chef.

Our challenge:

Tart de Bry, a 14th century English cheese quiche or pie

The challenge gives the original recipe transcription, a modern translation of the recipe, and then one cook’s modern interpretation. Your challenge is to make that same recipe, which we’ll then share with all attendees. Use the modern interpretation, or go to the original and make your own version! Write down the proportions you used, and the steps, to accompany your creation. We’ll taste and compare, and share recipes.

BUT WAIT! There’s more!

Our young chefs-in-training have an option to participate as well! I have a second, simpler, concoction for the younger cooks (Rice Mould, 15th century). Encourage your mini-mes to give it a try!

With those words, we all set down to do some serious cooking!

The first Facebook post showed up Saturday evening, from Armegard: “Our interpretation of Tart de Bry is out of the oven. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow and see what everyone else comes up with!” That post was quickly followed the next day by a handful of delicious shots of sumptuous tarts, ready for the tasting. From Don Matteo Pesci: “Our Tart for the redaction challenge. Taste you soon!”

Simon and Angelika’s Tart de Bry, as posted on Facebook. (photo by Simon) 

We brought six different Tarts de Bry (and two Rice Moulds) to practice in total. Big thanks to all who participated in our first redaction challenge! It was amazing to see, and taste, how one recipe turned into six very different tarts!

Each tart was delicious, in its own way. We loved having the two gluten-free options made by Angelika and Don Matteo Pesci. Elska loved the aged cheese version, which was by far the most savory interpretation. The bread cheese tart had a wonderful bouncy consistency, and the goat cheese version was the sweetest of all. Elska had assumed from the sugar ingredient that it was supposed to be more like cheesecake, and due to the freshness of the goat cheese it even had an otherwise unexpected delicate hint of lemon.

Same recipe, different cooks – six wonderful tarts, all wonderfully different!

Left to right: Angelica, Armegard, Meadbh, Algirdas, Elska. (photo by Algirdas)


Notes on the challenge format

With the thought that not everyone in the Dominion has contemplated medieval cooking, the impetus behind the challenge is to get folks baking like a 14th century boss. To that end, Meadbh used the following rough guidelines:

  1. The recipe needs to be approachable for a medieval food newbie and average (or busy!) cook.
  2. The first few recipes shouldn’t contain too many exotic spices at one time (but those who participate will find themselves with many fancy spices to work with for future dishes).
  3. Since we lack kitchen facilities at the meeting hall, find recipes that don’t hinge on being served hot.
  4. When trying a meat-based recipe, offer a vegetarian challenge as well.
  5. Keep it economical.

For youth:

  1. Desserts (or foods) that …
  2. Don’t have too many steps/ingredients, with …
  3. Flavors that are kid-friendly.

The youth recipes are geared towards kids who are comfortable in the kitchen with no or little supervision, so as not to burden the parents with two work-intensive recipes to make. Medieval flavors can be challenging to a modern child’s palate, so our challenges might be dessert-heavy at first.

Myrkfaelinn’s challenge and results:

The original recipe

From Hieatt & Butlers’ 14th century Curye on Inglish:
174. Tart de Bry. Take a crust ynche depe in a trap. Take yolkes of ayren rawe & chese ruayn & medle it & þe yolkes togyder. Do þerto powdour gynger, sugur, safroun, and salt. Do it in a trap; bake it & serue it forth.

Gode Cookery translation: Tartee. Make a pie crust an inch deep in a pie pan. Take yolks of eggs raw & Autumn cheese & mix it & the yolks together. Do there-to powder ginger, sugar, saffron, and salt. Do it in a pie shell; bake it & serve it forth.

Ingredients suggested: One 9-inch pie shell, raw egg yolks, cheese (semi-soft, but not so soft that it can’t be grated), ginger (powder), sugar, saffron, and salt.

Learning opportunities: “Pie crust” and “cheese.” This recipe provided an opportunity for folks to research cheeses available to a 14th century cook, and to play with what “pie crust” meant and how to make it.

Left to right: Meadbh, Marie’s rice mould, Matteo, Elska, Angelika, Simon’s rice mould, Armegard.

Myrkfaelinn variations:

 Algirdas and Aldanza Wolthus:

Filling: 6 yolks, 15 oz. basket cheese (fresh cheese made the previous morning from whole cow’s milk and cream), 1 Tbsp sugar, 8-10 strands powdered saffron, and 1 tsp salt.
Crust: butter, lard, einkorn flour, wheat flour, and water.

Result: between sweet and savory, with a smooth filling.

Angelika and Simon St. Laurent:

Filling: 6 yolks, 0.64 lb. Fontina and 0.32 lb. Bucherondin cheeses, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 cup sugar, 6 saffron threads, and 1/4 tsp salt, with the sugar sprinkled on top of the tart.
Crust: 2 cups oat flour, 1-1/2 sticks butter, 1/2 tsp salt, and 5 Tbsp cold water.

Result: savory – strong cheese flavor.

The mother and daughter team of Armegard and Emily:

Filling: 4 yolks, 32 oz. ricotta cheese, 1/2 tsp. ginger, 4 Tbsp white sugar, a few threads of saffron, and a dash of salt.
Crust: a store-bought shell.

Result: sweet – close to a modern cheesecake.

Elska á Fjárfelli:

Filling: 12 yolks, chevre (fresh goat’s cheese started Saturday and strained Sunday morning), 1 cup sugar, no saffron, and a pinch of salt.
Crust: 2 cups flour (wheat and all-purpose), 2 sticks butter, 3/4 cup sugar, and some cold water.

Result: sweet – close to a cheesecake, with notes of lemon.

Don Matteo and Alden:

Filling: 12 egg yolks, 8 oz. cheese (gouda-ish, grated); 2 tsp grated ginger; 2 Tbsp honey; 1/4 tsp saffron threads, crushed; and 1/4 tsp salt.
Crust: 1-1/2 cups oat flour, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup water, and 1/2 tsp salt.

Result: savory – smooth texture.

And last but not least: Meadbh ni Clerigh

Filling: Wisconsin Bread cheese (grated), powder fine, and some ground saffron threads.
Crust (based on Paest Royall from A Proper New Booke of Cookery, 1545): 2 cups flour, 2 egg yolks, 2/3 cup butter, and 3-4 Tbsp cold water.

Result: savory – more spongy texture, with balance of saffron and powder fine spice notes.

Myrkfaelinn youth redaction challenge #1

 Rys (15th century), found in Seven Hundred Years of English Cooking:
Take a porcyoun of Rys & pyke hem clene, & seethe hem welle & late hem kele; then take gode Mylke of Almaundys & do ther-to, & seethe & stere hem wyle; & do ther-to sugne an hony, & seue forth.

Modern redaction: Pour the rice into the boiling water, stir, and then simmer until tender. Drain. Return the rice to a smaller saucepan, add the almond milk, sugar, and honey, and stir well. Bring to the boil and then simmer gently, stirring continually, for 10-12 minutes or until thick. Allow to cool. Pour into an oiled mold and chill. Turn out and serve.

Ingredients suggested: 1/2 cup rice, 2-1/2 cups water, 2-1⁄2 cups almond milk, 1⁄4 cup sugar, and 4 Tbsp honey.

Two of the youth participated in this challenge. Simon made his with red rice, sugar, honey, and almond milk; but the red rice would not set, so his mom ended up putting the stick blender in to get it to gel. It was yummy, but next time, no extra sugar: the honey is enough!

Mary of Harford made hers with basmati rice: double the rice and milk, but not the sugar and honey (which was a good call).

Both rice moulds were outstanding, but it was thought that maybe next time use a short-grain rice, like dessert rice, and see how much a difference that makes. They were, however, very nice dessert dishes. The mild rice flavor blended well with the sugar, honey, and almond milk flavors. These are strong contenders for economical dessert dishes at a feast. They are easy to prepare, can be made in advance, and are served cold.

What’s next for the Dominion cooks?

Meadbh’s second challenge is dual: powder fine and powder forte. She advised us to think of these powders like curry—everyone has their own preferred blend of spices. So despite having a recipe to follow, we were encouraged to think of these recipes more as guidelines and come up with our own flavor profile! They won’t sit in our cupboards, either – Meadbh plans to bring more challenges this winter, which include using one or the other as an ingredient.

Since the adult challenge is less time intensive, she upped the youth challenge. This time, they’re charged to make a medieval mac and cheese: Makerouns from Forme of Cury (14th century).

Tart de Bry recipe can be found here at
Rice Mould at
Powder fine and powder forte at…
Makerouns at…

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Court Report: Kingdom A&S Champion’s Event

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:58

Here continues the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Championship, October 28, AS 52, in Their Shire of Nithgaard; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald to Their Majesties.

Their Majesties first invited the Children of the Kingdom forward as the Kingdom Toy Box was carried away, for them to discover and retrieve a toy with which to entertain themselves during Their Court.
Having sent the children on their quest, Their Majesties then called for a moment of silence in memory of Maestro Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato, who had passed from the world that morning.

Their Majesties then called before them Baroness Elena de la Palma and Lord Tassin to speak as Autocrat of the event that day.
As this was the event to determine Their Champion of Arts and Sciences, Their Majesties then proceeded to announce Cornelia of Harford as the Youth Champion, and named Baroness Ekaterina Volkova and Lord Hrolfr Fjarfell jointly Their Arts and Sciences Co-Champions. Scrolls by Countess Anna Leigh and Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Their Majesties then recognized three of the family Harford for their contributions to the Society: Robert of Harford was made a companion of the Sycamore for his artful talents in many crafts, Shelley of Harford was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her service in a thriving youth program and in maintaining the website of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn, and Mary of Harford was awarded a Silver Alce for her time and effort growing her skill on the archery range. Scrolls are works in progress.

Tychon of Nithgaard was summoned before Their Majesties.  Tychon has spent significant time defending Æthelmearc on thefield of battle, and spent hours in the marshal’s tent ensuring arrows were safe for use by all.  He is known as a reliable support for those in need at events, and so did They Award him Arms. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Their Majesties then called for Lady Oribe Tsukime to appear before Them.  Oribe is known for her great art, but that renown sometimes clouds her work in other arenas, as autocrat, A&S minister, chatelaine and volunteer.  And it was for those services that Their Majesties inducted her into Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll was in transit and created by Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria.

Their Majesties summoned to their presence Lady Syele Pfeifferin.  Word of Syele’s work making Landsknecht garb, as well as feathered hats and children’s clothing had made it to the attention of Their Majesties, as had her research in the process, and so was she named to the number of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll created by THL Luceta di Cosimo.

Master Ambrosius Mac Dhiabhidh and Lady Catlin Svensdottir were then summoned before Their Majesties.  Word had reached Their Majesties’ ears of their courtesy and hospitality, opening their home and helping to make armor for new fighters, as well as providing camping space and even on occasion the tent at events.  For this was each awarded a Cornelian. His scroll was created by Mistress Hrefna inn heppna Thorgrimsdottir. Her scroll was created by THLady Eleanor Godwin.

Their Majesties next called for Their Head Retainer Lady Raven Whitehart.  They spoke highly of her time spent as retainer both before and during Their Reign, as well as her work as a scribe, helping newcomers, and the massive amount of calligraphy she creates.  For this did They call for Their Order of the Millrind and add Raven to their number. Scroll painted by Lady Rivka bat Daniyel and calligraphed by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruadh.

Her Majesty called forth Her Ladyship Abigail Kelhoge and named her as the Queen’s inspiration for the day, awarding her a Golden Escarbuncle in recognition of the work she presented that day.

Their Majesties then thanked the scribes and artisans who contributed to those awards issued on the day, and thanked the clothiers who had created Their garb on the day

There being no further business, the Court of Their Majesties was then closed.

All photos by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Categories: SCA news sites

Another posting from the Webministry

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-11-21 07:48

Greetings again unto the Populace of the East from the Office of the Webministry!

As His Highness and Her Majesty said earlier today on Facebook, the project of moving our email system to Google for Non-Profits is proceeding. Since my last posting several things have clearly changed, and we have gotten some very good questions that we feel answers to must be spread widely.

First off, in one of my previous posts I said that the accounts would have to go last for lots of reasons. Well, we solved the _technical_ reasons, obviously, and can now move those accounts. HOWEVER, the process takes more effort, leaves more of a mess to clean up afterwards, and will be a bookkeeping nightmare (which of these 700 accounts have we moved?) so we’re only moving those accounts who can demonstrate a significant need to get on the new system early. “I wanna” only counts if you’re Royalty, and they’re all already moved.

Next, an explanation of the timeline by which we move a branch:

1) We receive back the spreadsheet of account information
2) Fairly promptly we will create the new accounts
3) We send a welcome letter email to both your current officer account AND your provided “recovery email” account, that is, your personal email. We want to make sure that everyone sees at least one of these.
3A) The welcome letter includes instructions for setting your initial password, how to log in to check you email, and a note that your migration HAS NOT YET been scheduled.
4) When we schedule your migration, it will be at least a week after your accounts have been created and we will then send another email including the time and date. We are leaving a week in between so you can get your password set, make sure you can get in to your email, etc. BEFORE you are relying on this to get your job done.
5) When your migration happens:
5A) We start by switching over the flow of new mail to Google. Nothing more in the old account after this point
5B) We start the copy process to move all your old email over to the new Google account. This takes about 1 second/message, so if you’ve got the time to do a cleanup of old junk, please do.
5C) When it’s done, we send out YET ANOTHER email, this one telling you the migration is complete.

One big takeaway from this is that if your account was just created and you follow the instructions to set your password and log in, there won’t be anything in there to see. But you are ready for when there is.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email We are working on a Frequently Asked Questions document, but at the moment really polishing up the migration to be as easy and smooth as possible has taken priority. Soon.

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: server migration, webminister

Bids Sought For Spring Coronation

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-11-20 19:56
Unto the people of the East, do Caoilfhionn and Brennan send greetings. Her Highness and I are in search of a venue to celebrate Their Majesties and the service They do the Kingdom. To that end, We are seeking bids for April 7th. We are open to any region, require no feast, and seek only a picturesque location to lunch while we celebrate Their Majesties and, oh yeah, hold a Coronation. If you and your local group are interested in hosting the occasion, We would welcome your bids and are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you for your time and consideration. In Service to the East, Caoilfhionn and Brennan, Heirs to the Tyger Throne
Filed under: Announcements, Events Tagged: announcement

Court Report: Crown Tournament/20 Year Anniversary

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-11-20 16:08

Here continues the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at Their Crown Tournament, October 7, AS 52, in Their Shire of Hornwood; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, with the assistance of Lord Ronan O’Conall.

In the morning court:

On October 7, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, issued a royal sanction – banishment from the royal presence against Matthew Gibson, known in the Society as Tegrinus de Rhina. This sanction will expire at the end of our reign.

Their Majesties then summoned before Them those members of the Order of the Pelican there present. Having been informed of and agreeable to the Order’s desire to add to their number, they summoned in turn Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr and Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenburg, and sent each to the place prepared for them to sit vigil and contemplate elevation to that noble Order.

Their Majesties then received before Them those combatants and consorts who were to vie for a place beside Their Majesties as Heirs to the Sylvan Throne, giving Their tokens to the couples as they were received.

Count Andreas and Countess Callista greet Their Majesties before the tourney.

Their Majesties then gave leave to Their Officers to conduct the Crown Tournament and Their Court was thus suspended.

At the conclusion of the tournament:

Having emerged victorious from the list of combatants, Their Majesties invited before them Duke Sven Gunnarsson and Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Liathain. Having confirmed his desire to serve as Prince, His Majesty placed the crown on Duke Sven’s head, creating him the Prince of Æthelmearc. His Highness then received the consort’s crown, and put it on the head of His lady, Duchess Siobhan, creating Her as His Princess.

Prince Sven crowns Princess Siobhan.

The Court of Their Majesties was once again suspended.

In the evening, holding Their Court:

Their Majesties summoned before Them the Children of the Kingdom who were then sent in pursuit of toys carried by his Lordship Darri inn Valski with which to entertain themselves during the business of Their Majesties’ Court.

Next, those attending their first event with the Society were summoned before Their Majesties. As a token of Their welcome to the Society and the Kingdom, each were given a drinking vessel to use for themselves as they attended further events in the future.

Their Majesties then invited before Them the Ladies of the Rose to speak about the chivalry witnessed on the field during the tournament. The Order noted the chivalry displayed by many of the fighters present that day, but determined one had demonstrated that chivalry above the rest, naming Duke Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn to carry the Shield of Chivalry.

Duke Malcolm receives the Shield of Chivalry.

His Lordship Alrekr Bergson was called forth to discuss the archery competition held during the day.
Their Majesties then received Baroness Fiona ingen ui Fhaolain to swear her oath of loyalty on behalf of the Baronage of the Endless Hills.
Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers was then invited before Their Majesties. They noted Sir Alonzio’s many years of service to the Army of Æthelmearc, but also noted that a sign of his position as member of the Order of Chivalry had yet to be presented to him. So did They present him with a (only slightly overdue) scroll announcing his Elevation to the Chivalry by Their honored Ancestors Rurik and Elspeth in AS 37. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Their Majesties Awarded Arms to Rollo Bastardson for his service in the Kingdom Army, especially over the past three Pennsic Wars, fighting with the Borderwatch in defense of Their lands. Scroll by Lady Shirin of Susa.

Ulf Halfdansson was then summoned before Their Majesties and was Awarded Arms for setting a fine example, first as a youth fighter, and then as an adult, offering a hand of service wherever needed. Scroll by Master Kieran MacRae.
Their Majesties next called for Bryna Barth, and Awarded her Arms for giving of her talents as cook, webmistress and retainer, among many others. Scroll by Lord Jacques of Sylvan Glen.
Felineaous Wratheon was next Awarded Arms by Their Majesties. Called Wraith, he has contributed to the Society for more than 20 years, before recently gaining citizenship in Æthelmearc. He, too, fights with the Borderwatch and serves as a herald and bard. Scroll by THL Eleanor of Godwin.
Joel of Hunter’s Home was next Awarded Arms for his service on the field of battle with the Borderwatch, defending the Kingdom both with heavy weapons and on the rapier field at this past Pennsic War. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Lucius Livis Lazarus was then summoned to the Royal Presence. Lucius has quietly served the Kingdom and His Majesty’s House Sable Maul for years, providing his arm on the field, and his talents in casting and cooking when the fighting had ceased. For this did they Award him Arms as well. Scroll by Lady Edana the Red.
Lady Thyri Erbewyf was summoned before Their Majesties, who had heard of her service as a key part of the Borderwatch siege crew. She trains new siege engineers and was the Borderwatch’s field commander on the field this past Pennsic. For this did they induct her into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Lord Leonardis next was called to appear before their Majesties. Word had reached Their ears about his continued prowess on the fighting field, and his contributions to the heavy weapons community. For these reasons did They create him a member of the Order of the Gage. Scroll by Alita of Hartstone.

Lord Leonardis receives a Gage token from Count Andreas.

Baroness Miriel du Lac was called before Their Majesties. Her Excellency currently serves as Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael, but word of the other forms of service she provides helping to set up and dismantle events, and contributing on the fencing field and in the kitchens had reached the ears of Their Majesties. So did They induct her into Their Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.

Their Majesties next summoned to them Lady Deidre Scot of Clan Scott. They had heard of her work at events doing a myriad of tasks from cooking to retaining to being sure all were fed, as well as the more onerous tasks of securing event sites and serving as exchequer. For this was she also added to the number of the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Lady Shirin of Susa.
Their Majesties the invited back from her vigil Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenburg, who confirmed her desire to be elevated to the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Words in support of her Elevation came from Mistress Drea, delivered by Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdenne, Master Jose de Madrid, delivered by Mistress Cori Gora, and Master Robert of Sugar Grove, all as members of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Words from Mistresses of the Pelican Rosemarian of Edgewater and Ysabeau Tiercelin were also shared, as were words from Duke Marcus from the Chivalry, Duchess Liadain and Duke Elffin O’Mona, shared by His Highness Sven as Royal Peers, and from Lord Christian Goldenlok and Elizabeth and Isabelle von Halstern speaking as members of the populace.

Having heard those words, Their Majesties did then bestow upon Mistress Elisabeth the symbols of her new position, and created her one of their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Scroll is a work in progress.

Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr was next summoned from her vigil, to speak to her desire for elevation to the same Order. Speaking to her worthiness was Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella as one of the Pelicans, Duke Rurik as one of the Chivalry, Meesteress Odriana vander Brughe as a Laurel, and Countess Elena as a Royal Peer. Also heard were words from Mistress Amaryllis as a chirurgeon, and words from Count Jehan de la Marche as a Jewel of Æthelmearc, conveyed by Master Morien MacBain.
Their Majesties heard the testimony from those worthies, and did also induct Baroness Constance as one of their Most Noble Order of the Pelican, having bestowed upon her the signs and symbols of that Peerage. Scroll is a work in progress.

Her Majesty then bid Lady Dorothea Stark Shutze attend Her, as she had decided to name Lady Dorothea Her inspiration for the day, and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle.

Their Majesties then thanked the scribes and craftsmen who had provided their gifts and talents in the creation of the awards and scrolls handed out that day.

However, before closing Their Court, Their Majesties summoned Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh before them. Having heard of her work as a scribe and assisting the Sylvan Signet in the work of that office, They thanked her, and did summon Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel to attend them, at this point bidding Mistress Graidhne to accept a writ to sit Vigil to contemplate elevation to that Noble Order at a later date. Scroll by Mistress Hrefna inn Heppna Thorgrimsdottir.
Their being no further business, and by that hour, no further light with which to conduct it, the Court of Their Majesties was then closed.

All photos by Lady Aine ny Allane.

Categories: SCA news sites

Pennsic Rapier Command: A Call for Volunteers

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-11-20 15:23

Their Highnesses Brennan & Caoilfhionn, and Maistre Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne, General of the East Kingdom Rapier Army, have put out a call for volunteers for the EK Rapier Command Staff for Pennsic 47.

They’re encouraging any fencer interested in being part the command staff to fill out the below Google form by December 1, 2017.

In addition to the form, they have provided an overview description of the different command roles in the rapier army.

KINGDOM XO – The General’s tactical assistants on the field. Help carry out General’s orders, moves troops around, help create battle plans. The General’s right hand people during combat.

KINGDOM XO – The General’s tactical assistants on the field. Help carry out General’s orders, moves troops around, help create battle plans. The General’s right hand people during combat.

NORTHERN REGION COMMANDER – Leads the Northern Army units into battle. Makes local alterations to battle strategy based on flow of battle.

NORTHERN REGION XO – Northern Region Commander’s lieutenant on the field. Similar to Kingdom XO but on a smaller, regional scale.

SOUTHERN REGION COMMANDER – Leads the Southern Army units into battle. Makes local alterations to battle strategy based on flow of battle.

SOUTHERN REGION XO – Southern Region Commander’s lieutenant on the field. Similar to Kingdom XO but on a smaller, regional scale.

SINGLES CHAMP COORDINATOR – In charge of our Pennsic Champs teams. Selects the Single’s Champs team and works with Melee Champ Coordinator to choose the melee team. Works with Allies in filling ally spots for Single & Melee. Leads the discussion in choosing the fight pairings for Pennsic Champs.

SINGLES CHAMP DEPUTY COORDINATOR – Assistant to the Single’s Champ Coordinator. A second pair of eyes during any tryouts. Helps selects the single & melee teams.

MELEE CHAMPS COORDINATOR – Captain of the Melee Champs team. Works with the Singles Champ Coordinator to choose fencers for the unit. Works with the Allies in filling the ally melee slots. Creates fight plan for our melee champs team.

CHAMPS TEAM ADVISORY COUNCIL – Helps the Singles Champ Coordinator choose the fight pairings for Pennsic Champs. Extra set of eyes during any tryouts.

AIDE DE CAMP – The General’s go-to for “This Needs to Get Done.” Includes getting people moving hay bales, working with battle field on field layout, taking head count before battle for accurate troop numbers, anything else the General needs that’s not combat-specific.

Additional questions should be directed to General Remy & Princess Caoilfhionn.

Filed under: Pennsic, Rapier

Unofficial Court Report: Harvest Festival/Rapport de la Cour Non Officielle: Festival des Récoltes

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-11-16 22:16

Scrolls on display after court, an idea developed by Dominus Spirius Genucius Rutilus.
Photo by Godfroy de Falaise‎.

En français

Indeed, there was a festival, held in the Barony of Ruantallan, whereas the Baron and Baroness, Guthfrith and Isobel, did welcome Their Royal Majesties, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, to Their shores.
And a great day was celebrated by the peoples of Ruantallan, since it had been so long since a Royal visit had happened in their lands. And as it was, many peoples from Tir Mara did come to witness the event.
Lo, on that said day, a court was held by the Tsar and Tsaritsa, to recognize the people of Tir Mara.

And into Their court they did invite The Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan, to sit and bear witness with them. And then they did invite Their Excellencies, Baron and Baroness Godfroy and Alisay, from the shores of Havres des Glace, to also sit with them and bear witness.
They did call before them Ulric von Spandau, of whom they knew him to be a good man, who had helped found a shire in the Barony of Ruantallan, and they did make him a Lord of their court and award him the right to bear arms.
Then, they called for Lord Thorrin, who had “encouraged” the visit through ways and means. This gentle was given a task. A task to run with a toybox. Followed by many children! And so he ran until he was brought down by the children with much mirth!
Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton did then approach the throne. He knelt before them, and took the sword of office in his hand, and the chain from his neck and did swear fealty unto the King and Queen.
And then the Tsar and Tsaritsa did have the herald call into court Verdiana di Camerino. She who has done so much in such a short time in the Barony was made a Lady of the court with the right to bear arms. But that was not all, for the Royal couple had also noted the work done on the fencing list fields and did award Verdiana a Silver Rapier as well. And there was much rejoicing!
M’lady Freydis Egilsdottir then did approach with her young daughter and they did kneel in front of the Tsar and Tsaritsa and did swear fealty to the Eastern crown. And after hearing her words, and knowing them to be true, the Tsar and Tsaritsa did see fit to make Freydis a Lady of their court, with the right to bear arms.
Sir Yesungge Altan did then approach the crown. He presented his sword to the Tsar and Tsaritsa, knelt down on his knees, brought his chain to his hand and did swear fealty unto the crown of the East. And the Tsar and Tsaritsa thanked him and knew his words to be true.
And then the Eastern crown did call forth Hillavie of Ynys Y Gwaun, for they had heard that she did provide land for the populace of Ruantallan to gather and celebrate the end of summer. They also heard of her work within her shire, as exchequer and other things. And so they made her a Lady of their court, with the right to bear arms.
And then there was sadness, for a gentle to whom they called out was not in the hall. The Tsar and Tsaritsa did then consult with the Baron and Baroness Ruantallan, and did convey their wishes that this gentle be recognized at a later date, in a Baronial court. And the populace in attendance was sworn to secrecy, that the gentle would not be told until the Baron and Baroness deemed fit.
The Tsar and Tsaritsa did call for Lady Maired Drake, who was carried into court by Lord Garth, with much fare! And when he dropped her gently to the floor, and she did regain composure, the Tsar and Tsaritsa did ask if the clothing she wore was by her own hand. And she agreed that it was and They did
say They had heard she sewed for many in the Barony. And that she wrote Comedia de L’art as well! And this pleased them so that They awarded Maired Drake a Silver Brooch.
Once again, the Tsar and Tsaritsa called forth a gentle who had long been overlooked for an award, but alas he was not in attendance. Once again, They turned to the Baron and Baroness who did say they would tell the Lord of Their words at a future date.
With the Baron and Baroness of Havres des Glace also in attendance, was Lord Rowan Fergus called into court. He had won the Prince’s Rapier Championship at an event in Their Barony, and the Tsar and Tsaritsa wished to recognize that will a long overdue scroll.
The herald then called forward Rosaline Vella, who is a promising young soul in the Barony. They had heard of her skills with fencing, and her ability to cook for the masses, and to sew and do whatever required of her for the populace. And so they awarded her a Silver Wheel. But the order was not complete. So they then called upon Lloyd the Forester, who kept the woods free of villainous folk who might terrorize the unknowing people of Tir Mara. His work and skill with people was noted and he was given a Silver Wheel. And yet the order was still not complete. And so the Tsar and Tsaritsa called one last person, Juliote de Castlenou D’Arry (called Lilou) who was known to work with children, be in charge of knowledge given to the populace, and who happened to autocrat the event, and did induct her into the Silver Wheel as well.
The foresters then begged a boon to acknowledge one of their own in front of the King and Queen and did recognize Yogi Fell as a member of their order.
His Honorable Lordship Angus MacIntosh was then called forward and the Tsar and Tsaritsa did recognize his work with the archery community. As a driving force in the Barony he was recognized with being awarded an Apollo’s Arrow. But the order was not complete, and they did call his wife, Dame Sarra of Birnham to the dais, whereas they also included her in the Apollo’s Arrow for her work as well. And all in Ruantallan knew it to be true, for they benefitted from the hard work of these two individuals.
And as Dame Sarra and THL Angus walked away, they did tell Sarra to return, for they were not finished with her yet. For it had come to their attention that this Mistress, Order of the Pelican, founding member of the Barony of Ruantallan, had never been recognized as a Silver Crescent. And they did rectify that oversight, and call the order of the Silver Crescent forward. And many people did stand and join the King at Queen at the front of the stage and did witness Dame Sarra entering the order of the Silver Crescent.
And when all that rejoicing and welcoming was done, The Tsar and Tsaritsa did call all people who had never attended a Royal Progress to the stage. And lo, nearly half of the people in the room did come forward (including Syr Yesungge, who was corrected of his mischievous ways) and the Tsar and Tsaritsa did acknowledge all these new people and give them a token from the East Kingdom.
And when all was said and done, The Tsar and Tsaritsa did call for court to close, and so it was.

Reporting herald,
Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys



En français


Il y eut un festival, tenu en la Baronnie de Ruantallan, où le Baron et la Baronne, Guthfrith et Isobel, ont reçu Leurs Majestés Royales, le Tsar Ivan et la Tsarine Matilde, en Leurs rivages.
Et un grand jour fût célébré par la population de Ruantallan, puisque cela faisait bien des lunes depuis la dernière visite Royale en leurs terres. Et comme il se faut, plusieurs personnes de Tir Mara furent témoins de cet événement.
En ce jour, une cour fût tenue par le Tsar et la Tsarine, afin de reconnaître les gens de Tir Mara.
Et à Leur cour furent invités le Baron et la Baronne de Ruantallan, afin de siéger et observer avec eux la cour. Puis, ils convièrent Leurs Excellences, Baron Godfroy et Baronne Alisay, des rivages du Havre des Glaces, à aussi siéger avec eux pour être témoins de cette cour.
Ils appelèrent ensuite devant eux Ulric von Spandau, le connaissant comme un homme noble, ayant aidé à fonder un fief en la Baronnie de Ruantallan, et firent de lui un Seigneur de leur cour et lui décernèrent ses armes.
Puis, ils appelèrent le Seigneur Thorrin, qui avait “encouragé” la visite par divers moyens. Ce gentilhomme s’est vu assigner une tâche. La tâche de courir avec un coffre à jouets. Suivi par bien, bien des enfants ! Et donc il courût jusqu’à temps qu’il soit cerné par les enfants, avec beaucoup d’allégresse!
Sire Gareth Grey de Wilton approcha ensuite le trône. Il s’agenouilla devant, prit
l’épée d’office dans sa main, ainsi que la chaine à son cou, et jura suite fidélité au Roi et à la Reine.
Ensuite, le Tsar et la Tsarine firent appeler par leur héraut Verdiana di Camerino. Ayant fait autant, en si peu de temps pour la Baronnie, on lui décerna ses armes, ainsi que le titre de Dame. Mais ce n’était pas tout, car le couple Royal avait aussi remarqué le travail effectué sur le terrain d’escrime et récompensèrent Verdiana avec une Rapière d’Argent aussi. Et la population était en liesse!
Se sont approchées par la suite dame Freydis Egilsdottir, accompagnée de sa jeune fille, et toutes deux se sont agenouillées devant le Tsar et la Tsarine, pour jurer fidélité à la couronne de l’Est. Après avoir entendu ses mots, les sachant véritables, le Tsar et la Tsarine jugèrent bon de faire de Freydis une Dame de leur cour, avec le droit de porter ses armes.
Sire Yessunge Altan s’approcha ensuite de la couronne. Il présenta son épée au Tsar et à la Tsarine, s’agenouilla, amena sa chaîne à sa main et jura ensuite fidélité à la couronne de l’Est. Le Tsar et la Tsarine le remercièrent, sachant ses mots véritables.
Puis la couronne de l’Est appelèrent Hillavie d’Ynys Y Gwaun, car ils avaient entendu qu’elle avait fourni terres pour la population de Ruantallan afin de se rassembler et de célébrer la fin de l’été. Ils avaient aussi entendu parler de son travail en son fief, comme échiquière, entre autre choses. Ils la firent donc une Dame de leur cour, avec le droit de porter ses armes.
Il y eut ensuite de la tristesse, car un gentilhomme appelé n’était pas présent dans le hall. Le Tsar et la Tsarine consultèrent donc le Baron et la Baronne de Ruantallan, et ils transmirent leur désir de voir ce gentilhomme reconnu à une date ultérieure, lors d’une cour Baronniale. La population présente fût tenue au secret, tant que le Baron et la Baronne ne jugent opportun de lui dévoiler ce fait.
Le Tsar et la Tsarine appelèrent Dame Maired Drake, qui fût accompagnée à la cour par Seigneur Garth, en grande pompe ! Quand elle chût doucement à leurs pieds, et qu’elle regagnât sa composition, le Tsar et la Tsarine lui demandèrent si les vêtements qu’elle portait était de sa main. Elle leur dit que oui, et ils lui rétorquèrent qu’ils avaient également entendu qu’elle effectuait de la couture pour beaucoup de gens de la Baronnie. Même, qu’elle écrivait de la Comedia de l’art ! Et ceci leur plût tellement qu’ils donnèrent à Maired Drake une Broche d’Argent.
Encore une fois, le Tsar et la Tsarine appelèrent un gentilhomme qui avait été longuement négligé pour une reconnaissance, mais qui n’était malheureusement pas présent. Encore, Ils se tournèrent vers le Baron et la Baronne, qui assurèrent qu’ils relateraient Leurs mots au dit Seigneur, à une date future.
Puisque le Baron et la Baronne du Havre des Glaces étaient présents, Seigneur Rowan Fergus fût appelé à la cour. Étant devenu le Champion d’Escrime du Prince à un événement de Leur Baronnie, le Tsar et la Tsarine souhaitaient reconnaître cet exploit avec un parchemin amplement mérité.
Le héraut appela ensuite Rosaline Vella, étant une jeune âme prometteuse dans la Baronnie. Ils avaient entendu parler de ses talents en escrime, ainsi que de son habileté à cuisiner pour les foules, ainsi que de coudre tout objet nécessaire à la population. Pour ceci, elle reçut une Roue d’Argent. Mais l’ordre n’était pas complet.
Ils ont donc appelé Lloyd the Forester, qui garda les bois exempts d’infâmes rodeurs, pouvant potentiellement terroriser les gens de Tir Mara. Son travail et son talent avec les gens fût noté, et on lui décerna une Roue d’Argent. Et malgré cela, l’ordre n’était toujours pas complet. Donc le Tsar et la Tsarine appelèrent une dernière personne, Juliote de Castlenou d’Arry (appelée Lilou), qui était connue pour œuvrer avec les enfants, à être en charge de la connaissance donnée à la population, et qui justement était l’intendante de cet événement, et l’introduisirent dans l’ordre de la Roue d’Argent aussi.
Les forestiers ont ensuite demandé à faire reconnaître un des leurs devant le Roi et la Reine; et donc Yogi Fell fût reconnu comme un membre de leur ordre.
L’Honorable Seigneur Angus MacIntosh fût ensuite appelé et le Tsar et la Tsarine reconnurent son travail avec la communauté des archers. En tant que force motrice dans la Baronnie, il fût reconnu en lui donnant une Flèche d’Apollo. Mais l’ordre n’étant toujours pas complet, ils appelèrent sa femme, Dame Sarra of Birnham à s’avancer au dais, où elle fût elle aussi inclue dans l’ordre de la Flèche d’Apollo pour son travail. Tous au Ruantallan savaient que ces faits étaient véritables, ayant bénéficié du dur labeur de ces deux individus.
Alors que Dame Sarra et l’Honorable Seigneur Angus quittaient, ils demandèrent à Sarra de revenir, comme ils n’avaient pas encore terminé avec elle. Il fût porté à leur attention que cette Maîtresse, de l’Ordre du Pélican, membre fondatrice de la Baronnie de Ruantallan, n’avait jamais été reconnue comme un Croissant d’Argent. Et ils rectifièrent cet oubli, et appelèrent l’ordre du Croissant d’Argent à s’avancer. Et bien des gens se joignirent au Roi et à la Reine devant le dais afin de constater l’introduction de Dame Sarra dans l’ordre du Croissant d’Argent.
Lorsque toutes ces célébrations et bienvenues furent terminés, le Tsar et la Tsarine appelèrent toutes les personnes n’ayant jamais assisté à un progrès Royal au dais.
Presque la moitié des gens présents dans la salle marchèrent devant (incluant Syr Yessunge, qui fût corrigé de ses façons espiègles) et le Tsar et la Tsarine prirent note de tous ces gens, et leur donnèrent un gage du Royaume de l’Est.
Et quand tout fût dit et fait, le Tsar et la Tsarine ordonnèrent la fermeture de leur cour.

Héraut chroniqueur,

Maîtresse Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys

Filed under: Court, En français

Pen vs. Sword VI: Point Taken

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-11-16 18:42

‘Tis a simple thing to take a man’s life with a sword, and once it’s done, it’s done, but when a man’s life is eviscerated by the pen, it remains that way for eternity. Last year, the Pen won.  Sword: consider this a challenge.

The Shire of Angels Keep will once again celebrate the art of the pen and the arte of the sword on March 17, 2018 and attempt to answer the age-old question; which is mightier, the pen or the sword?

Join us to discover the answer at the Auburn United Methodist Church, 99 South St, Auburn NY. Site will open at 9 a.m. and the first classes will start at 10 a.m.  Classes will end at 5 p.m., Site fee, including day board, is $15, $5 for children under 14, babes in arms are free.  SCA member discount is $5.

We will again be offering a full day of classes featuring two distinct tracks: one for the scribal arts and the other for the art of the sword. Those interested in teaching please contact THL Moniczka Poznanska (Martha Powers). A full list of classes and schedule will be available on the Shire website before the event.

A generous dayboard featuring items designed for grabbing on your way to class, as well as sit-down dishes will be provided. Reservations are encouraged so we can plan for how much food to cook without generating a lot of waste. No feast will be served, but a list of local restaurants is available on our website. Please contact our dayboard steward, Volbjorn Grimmsons (Wayne Sweet) regarding any food-related concerns or allergies.

Autocrat for this event is Dyryke Hastings (Mark Lefler).

Categories: SCA news sites

The Saga of the Burning of Njal

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-11-16 15:51

The cast of performers for Njal’s Saga. Photo courtesy of Myra Hope Eskridge.

…and Bergþora will make you a promise, which she will keep, that you will be paid for in blood…

On October 14 of this year (AS LII), over fifty performers gathered to tell a story. Not just any story; either. It the biggest, bloodiest saga in all of Icelandic literature: The Saga of the Burning of Njal. A huge, sprawling epic tale of feuds and betrayals, unbreakable friendships and shattered families, the saga stretches over decades, includes hundreds of names and characters, and is tied so tightly to the complex Icelandic legal system that it is even used as a text in law school. The telling would take an entire day.

How to bring such a story to life? Master Toki Skáldagörvir, formerly of the East Kingdom and now of Aethelmearc, had already produced a full and immersive telling of the entirety of the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, first in full and then broken into two performance, enacted by dozens of individual performers. He turned to Njal’s Saga as a next and deeply ambitious step. A translation was chosen and broken into appropriately-sized sections, and then he went about recruiting performers from seven different kingdoms.

Rehearsals of various sections were held over the course of almost two years, both in person and via the Internet, and there was much discussion of background reading, pronunciation of Icelandic names, and research, even to the circulation of photos of each of the very real places mentioned in the text. But the very first time that every performer was in the same place was the final day of the telling.

Inside a camp lodge in the Barony of Thescorre, event staff created an immersive eleventh-century hall space, right down to the crackling of logs on the fire. And at ten in the morning, the first speaker began, speaking the Icelandic words of the original. For hour upon absorbing hour, storytellers of every kind handed the tale back and forth, from outright laughter to near weeping, roaring to whispering.

And for an entire day, pausing only for excellent food, Njal and all his story came vivdly to life once more.

To see all the performers for the event, please check out the Performer Bios!

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Bardic Tagged: Arts and Sciences, Bardic

How to Use the Online Award Recommendation Form

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-11-15 09:06

by THL Antoinette DeLorraine

How many times have you thought “Wow! I would love to put so-and-so in for an award, but I don’t know how…”?  Here is a step-by-step guideline on how to find our kingdom’s online form.

Under the drop-down on the Kingdom webpage, look for “Documents and Forms” and poof!  It’s the first hyperlink.

The form asks for basic things like your name and your contact information, as well as any awards you have relevant to the recommendation.

Nervous about the “Relevant Awards”  line?

Don’t be! This line is not required, nor is it necessary for you to have received any awards (or the one you are recommending) in order to submit someone’s name for any award. Your name and contact information helps the Crown, Signet, or order clerks contact you with any questions.

As for the other information needed:  the recipient’s name, years involved, and what award you are submitting him or her for are just a few of the questions involved. 

If you are not sure about some of the answers, in the lower half of the form there is a space where you can write in the name of someone who may have that information (“Other comments”).

It is suggested that award recommendations be submitted a minimum of six weeks prior to an upcoming event where the recipient will be present (longer if the recommendation is for a grant-level or peerage-level award).

If you still have questions, you can always ask local members for help. You too can write recommendations and support Æthelmearc!

Categories: SCA news sites

Greetings unto the Populace of the East from the Office of the Webministry!

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-11-14 11:54

En français

It has been posted here previously that we are embarking on a quest to migrate the email services of the East Kingdom from our existing system to Google for Non-Profits. We felt it would be appropriate to give a public update to the status of that quest.

As of yesterday evening, we have fully migrated our first branch, Nordenfjord, off of the old server.

Last Friday Master Mael Eoin sent out requests for information to all of the branch Senechals in the Kingdom. When we receive those back we will then be able to start creating accounts in preparation for migrating. This will give our Officers the opportunity to get set up reading their new email account prior to the actual cutover of their branch. Holders of multiple offices will only receive one account, with multiple office email addresses all delivering to it.

There are three emails that will get sent to our users at both their current officer addresses and their personal addresses. The first welcome letter has instructions for setting your password and checking your email. The second will inform you as to the scheduling of your branch’s migration. The third is to let you know that your migration is completed.

If you have any questions about the project or the process, please feel free to ask here, or to send email to

In service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

En français

Salutations à la population du Royaume de l’Est de la part de l’Office des Webmestres !

Il y a eu, au cours des 9 derniers mois, plusieurs références faites à “Google for non-profits” (Google pour les organismes a but non-lucratif) dans une variété d’endroits. Si vous ne les avez pas vues, ce n’est pas grave, mais si vous en avez aperçu, elles étaient très vagues. Il est temps d’être clairs.

En mars dernier, nous avons commencé une relation d’affaires avec Google for Non-profits (ci-après mentionné comme GfNP), le service gratuit que Google fourni aux organisations classées 501(c)(3). Les services de GfNP incluent presque tous les services que Google fourni, comme Gmail, Calendrier Google, Formulaires Google, etc. Depuis ce temps, nous avons lentement et méticuleusement planifié comment nous pourrions gérer le déménagement de plus de 700 comptes courriel, répartis sur environ 70 chapitres locaux, en plus du Royaume lui-même, afin de minimiser les désagréments. Nous avons tous passé au travers de la dernière migration des serveurs du Royaume de l’Est, et nous ne souhaitons pas répéter cette expérience.

À ce jour, il n’existe pas de plans pour remplacer le calendrier des événements du Royaume de l’Est avec le calendrier Google, ou de bouger les sites web sur la gestion des sites web Google.
Le calendrier Google peut certainement être exploité par les Officiers ou les chapitres locaux afin d’offrir des services de calendrier eux-mêmes. Utiliser les sites Google serait beaucoup plus difficile et à ce moment-ci n’est pas une option.

Il y a, cependant, des plans afin d’utiliser Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Sheets, etc. Mais ceci concerne une phase 2. La phase 1 concerne seulement les courriels.

Nous avons travaillé fort à planifier et à faire tout en notre possible afin de rendre le système sur lequel nous déménageons aussi facile a utiliser que possible. Nous commençons seulement à tester la procédure avec des comptes utilisateurs réels au sein des Webmestres, et bientôt nous enverrons des requêtes à tous les chapitres locaux et les offices du Royaume afin de fournir les informations des personnes nécessitant un compte.

Ceci est où le premier gros changement entre en jeu: nous allons créer des comptes pour des individus, et non pour des offices. Donc, une personne  ayant 4 offices différents aura seulement un compte courriel à vérifier. Lorsque cette personne voudra envoyer un courriel, elle devra choisir de quel office elle enverra sa correspondance, mais répondre à un courriel choisira automatiquement une adresse pour eux. Donc, nous avons besoin de savoir qui vous êtes, alors que dans le passé nous avions besoin de savoir quel office vous teniez.

L’autre gros changement est que Google a les ressources afin d’efficacement filtrer les pourriels, alors que nous ne pouvons tout simplement pas.

Donc, dans un avenir rapproché, tous les sénéchaux de chapitres locaux devraient recevoir une requête pour de l’information sur vos officiers, comme tous les officiers du royaume. En novembre, nous planifions migrer les premiers chapitres, en commençant avec de petits groupes avec des Webmestres très techniques, pour que nous soyons en mesure d’éliminer les problèmes techniques du processus de migration avant que nous passions au reste du Royaume. Avec un peu de chance, nous n’aurons pas besoin de plus de deux groupes test pour paufiner le processus. C’est aussi l’étape où nous rédigerons les instructions pour tout le monde. Ne vous inquiétez pas, nous avons un expert technique sur notre équipe qui s’assurera que nous écrivions de l’anglais au lieu d’un charabia technique, comme nous comprenons que la majorité du Royaume ne sont pas familiers avec notre jargon.

Une fois que nous saurons que les choses fonctionneront rondement, nous commencerons à augmenter la cadence à chaque semaine. Le Royaume lui-même, pour de multiples raisons, devra être traité en dernier. Nous sommes prêts à nous engager à finir cette migration pendant le règne de Leurs Majestés Ivan et Matilde, mais nous allons procéder aussi vite que nous pouvons raisonnablement le faire une fois que nous aurons commencé. Bien que nous soyons anxieux de terminer cette tâche, nous souhaitons encore plus l’accomplir *correctement* avant tout.

En Service,
Joel Messerer (connu précédemment comme “of Vestfell”)
Député Webmestre des Services du Royaume de l’Est

Traduction par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: webminister

Unofficial Court Report: St. Eligius Arts & Sciences Competition

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-11-14 10:07

On November 11, AS 52, Tsar Ivan and Tsartisa Matilde ventured to their Barony of Dragonship Haven, to witness the Saint Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition.

After an excellent day observing the works of many of the East Kingdom’s finest artisans, Their Majesties convened court.

Their Excellencies Dragonship Haven, Baron Joseph of the Red Griffin and Baroness Bronwen Rose of Greyling, named the winners of the competition.  They also presented awards to numerous gentles of the Barony.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde resumed their court, and invited Dionisia of Haus Ragnarsson to attend.  Having previously received her Award of Arms, they presented her a scroll with calligraphy and words by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte, illuminated by Mairi Crawford.

Their Majesties invited the Children attending the event into their court.  They called forth Angus Pembridge to take the basket of toys and lead the children on a merry chase.

Next did the Tsar and Tsaritsa invite into court Mikkel Bildr.  Having previously received a Silver Rapier, they presented him with a scroll by Eva Woderose with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Their Majesties next called before them those in attendance of their first, second or third event to receive tokens.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde invited into their court Mýrún Leifsdóttir, Olaf Shieldbreaker, Finnguala ingen Neill meic Chuicc and Bartholomew of Northampton.  Speaking of their excellent artistry, Their Majesties did present to each an Award of the Golden Lyre.

Their business complete, Their Majesties closed court.  Long Live the King and Queen!  Long Live the Prince and Princess!  Long Live the Kingdom of the East!


Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

Filed under: Court

Competition rules announced for King’s & Queen’s Arts & Sciences Championships

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-11-14 07:55

Greeting from Master Philip White, Kingdom minister of Arts and Sciences,

We’re excited to have completed the materials for King’s and Queen’s Arts & Sciences Champions that will be held on February 10, 2018 in the Crown Province of Ostgardr.

This includes:

* Competition entry rules
* Competitor expectations
* Competitor entry form
* Judges rules
* Judges expectations
* Judges volunteer form
* Rubric – General Score Sheet
* Rubric – Research Score Sheet
* Rubric – Performing Arts Score Sheet

All of this information can be accessed through the East Kingdom A&S Officer website.

Thanks and appreciation to:

  • The Kingdom A&S Special Deputies who led (and continue to lead) this effort, Mistress Elysabeth and Master Magnus along with their team who helped with feedback and editing.
  • Support and feedback from Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste , Queen’s Champion of Arts and Sciences, and Lady Raziya bint Rusa ), King’s Champion of Arts and Sciences.
  • Support and feedback from Their Majesties, Tsar Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov and Tsaritsa Matilde de Cadenet.

Remember… Have fun! Learn! Teach!



Filed under: Events, Official Notices Tagged: Arts and Sciences, competition, kings and queens, Kings and Queens Champions, rules

Gold Chain Muster Thanksgiving Weekend

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-11-13 19:23

Sir Ariella vs. THLord Rouland at the Gage Meet ‘n’ Beat, War Practice 2015. Photo by Lady Valentina de la Volpe.

Greetings All Fighters!

The Chivalry of Æthelmearc invite you to join us for a regional fighting practice in the Shire of Hunter’s Home on Sunday afternoon after Thanksgiving, November 26, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The site has indoor and outdoor fighting space, including room for long weapons. It is not far from I-79 at 1898 Grant Street, Utica, PA 16362.

Please drop armor at the site and then park at the Fire hall at Grant and Academy Streets one block away. Sir Arnthor lives nearby and is available for questions about the site or directions. For questions or suggestions, please contact Sir Ariella by email or on Facebook (Cara McCandless) or Sir Arnthor.

We hope to see you all there!

Categories: SCA news sites

Unofficial Court Report: Fall Crown Tournament 2017

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-11-11 18:09

Their Majesties, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, rulers of the East, did determine they needed heirs.  Thus it was on the 4th day of November, AS LII, they ventured to their Barony of Bergental, and held their Crown Tournament.

The entrants presented themselves to their Tsar and Tsaritsa.  Then, they received words from the Kingdom Marshal of Armored Combat, and the rules of the list from the Troubadour Herald.  Their Majesties did say some words, and opened a court.

Ivan and Matilde called before them Alton Hewes.  They spoke of his prowess in combat, and called forth the Order of the Silver Tyger.  He received a medallion, and a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa next invited before them Dmitri Stephanovich.  They spoke of his artistic skills, and called for the Order of the Silver Brooch.  He received a medallion.

Next, their Majesties called before them Thomas of Effingham.  Having previously received a writ, they placed him on vigil for the Order of Defense.

Ivan and Matilde called before them Viktor Dominik.  Having previously received a writ, they placed him on vigil for the Order of Chivalry.

Their Majesties invited Briony of Chatham into their court.  She reported that her term as Mistress of the Guild of Athena’s Thimble was over, and named Vienna de la Mer as her successor.


Their Majesties suspended their court, and the Crown Tournament began.


Photo by Leonete D’Angely

It was a day of impressive, honorable and chivalrous combat, and at the end Brennan mac Fergus faced Matthew d’Arden.  Both fought well, but Brennan emerged victorious.


Their Majesties crowned Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain Princess of Tir Mara, and Brennan mac Fearghus Prince of Tir Mara, and the heirs to the Crown of the East. 



Not long after the end of the tournament, Their Majesties held court.


The Tsar and Tsaritsa invited the Ladies of the Rose to join them.  The nine Roses did select and award tokens to gentles who had impressed them.  Further, they presented the Shield of Chivalry to Euric Germanicus.

Next was Matthew d’Arden called into Court.  For placing second in their Crown Tournament, they named him Admiral of the Armies, and he received the traditional hat.

The Admiral of the Armies with his very fine hat -photo by Brendan

Their Majesties next invited Damian Isolfsson into court.  The named him a Lord of the Court, presenting him with an Award of Arms, and a scroll by Aradyn Ghyoot.

Ivan and Matilde next welcomed before them Duncan Kerr.  They spoke of his prowess as an equestrian, and called for their Order of the Golden Lance.  They inducted him into the order, presenting him with a medallion and a scroll featuring illumination by Carmelina da Vicari and calligraphy by Harold von Auerbach.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa called forward the children.  As always, they entertained the populace in attendance as they chased the toybox. 

Matthew d’Arden is tasked with running the toy box

Their Majesties welcomed into their court Kellenin de Lanwinnauch.  She was made a Lady of the Court, receiving an Award of Arms, and a scroll by Wulfgar Silverbraid with words by Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah.

Ivan and Matilde invited Kai of Mountain Freehold to attend their court.  He was made a Lord of the Court, receiving an Award of Arms with a scroll by Aelisif Hoarr Kona.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa did welcome into their court all those attending their first, second or third event.  The newcomers received tokens, and were welcomed into the SCA.

Next was Þórý Veðardóttir invited into court.  Their Majesties invited the Order of the Silver Wheel to attend.  Þórý was presented with a medallion, and a wood scroll by Elen Alswyth of Eriskay.

Ivan and Matilde next invited Eloise of Coulter to attend then.  She was accompanied by several members of the Order of the Laurel who were present, and read a petition signed by numerous members of the Order of the Laurel of the East, denouncing the actions of Mord Hrutsson.

That unfortunate business complete, Their Majesties invited the Kingdom Exchequer, Ignatia la Ciega, to attend them.  Her term of office was up, and they presented her with a sock, the symbol of her freedom.  They called for Hugh Tauerner, who spoke his fealty, and became Kingdom Exchequer.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa invited before them Bryon De Burgh.  They spoke of his prowess with Thrown Weapons, and presented him with a medallion for being the 2nd in the kingdom to achieve the rank of Master Thrower.  Not finished yet, they inducted him into the Order of the Silver Mantle.  His induction into said order made him a Lord of the Court, and Awarded him Arms.

Their Majesties called before them Thomas of Effingham, to answer the question for which he’d sat vigil.  Thomas was inducted into the Order of Defense, receiving a Patent of Arms, a coat, three separate collars and a pair of gloves, as well as a scroll illuminated by Camille des Jardins, with calligraphy by Eva Woderose and words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Next was Marieta Charay invited before the Court.  Her scribal works noted, their Majesties called for their Order of the Silver Brooch.  Marieta received a medallion, and a scroll by Eva Woderose with words by Alys Mackyntoich. 

The order not yet complete, the Tsar and Tsaritsa invited before them Antonii Machinevik.  They inducted him into the order, presenting him with a medallion made by his own hand, and a scroll with illumination by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova,

photo provided by Antonii

calligraphy by Þóra Eiríksdóttir, and words by Merrill Wyntere.

Though the order departed from the presence, their Majesties had further business with Antonii Machinevik.  

photo by Leonete

Speaking of his prowess in armored combat, they called for their Order of the Chivalry.  Antonii was presented a writ to sit vigil at A Market Day at Birka, and received a scroll by Tola knitýr. 

photo provided by Antonii




Ivan and Matilde called for Viktor Dominik to answer the question for which he’d sat vigil.  Viktor was knighted, receiving a Patent of Arms as he was inducted into the Order of Chivalry with belt, spurs and chain.  He received a scroll by Aleksei Dmitriev.

Court complete, Their Majesties and their newly crowned heirs departed.  Long live the Tsar and Tsaritsa!  Long life the Prince and Princess!  Long live the Kingdom of the East!

In Service,

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to the heraldic staff for the day.  Kirsa Oyutai, Maria von Ossenheim, Lucien de Wyntere,
Lorenzo Gorla, Audrye Beneyt, and Lorita da Siena for working as the sign herald.

Photos taken by Brendan Crane, except where marked otherwise. 

Filed under: Uncategorized

BBM Bergental Yule Feast Announcement

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-11-10 10:20
The days grow shorter, the leaves fall, and the mornings bring frost on the ground.  Our thoughts turn to… mustard soup?
Remember the Feast of Simple Fare?  The smells, the tastes, the sensation that you won’t need to eat for about a week?  Mustard soup… roedd grodd mit floedd (cold berries and cream)… spinacci… bockwurst… mustard soup…  For many of us, Simple Fare was a tradition – cherished for decades, and remembered fondly afterwards.   Good lords and ladies, we are offered an opportunity to revisit happy memories – and tastes – that few people are afforded.  As a special favor to Eloise, Baroness Beyond the Mountain, Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn has agreed to bring us the highlights of the Simple Fare feast for BBM/Bergental Yule.  All the best dishes will be there: will you?   Feast spots are still available, but going quickly.  Send in your reservation today – you can even do it via PayPal.   It has been five years since the last Feast of Simple Fare was held.  Who knows how long it will be before we do it again?  If you remember it fondly, come revisit old times.  If you never had the opportunity to attend, come see what we’re talking about.   We look forward to welcoming you to our Barony.  Come hungry. Event details can be found at: Yule 2017
Filed under: Events, Uncategorized