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New Land Procedures for Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:35

Photography by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Lady Magdalena Winter, Deputy Mayor Planning & Zoning of Pennsic War 4, has posted new procedures for land registration for the upcoming Pennsic War.  These procedures can be found here on the official Pennsic website.

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Arts & Sciences Glories at Kingdom Twelfth Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-15 01:30

Kingdom Twelfth Night featured an amazing array of Arts & Sciences activities. Here’s a report on the highlights, submitted by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

At Æthelmearc Kingdom Twelfth Night, in the morning court, the office of Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences passed from Mistress Alianor de Ravenglas to Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn, assisted by his lady, Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona. Master Fridrikr and Mistress Orianna, both from the Barony of Thescorre, have stated that their goals in the office are to promote the Arts & Sciences within Æthelmearc, expand the opportunities for artists, scientists, and artisans to practice and promote their crafts, and to support the on-going mission of the Æcademy to provide educational opportunities for all of Æthelmearc.

Master Fridrikr swearing fealty as Kingdom Minister of A&S. Photo by Master Alaxandair O’Conchobhair

Lady Teresa Alvarez with her Sycamore scroll. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

Their Majesties wore some beautiful new clothing to Their Twelfth Night celebration. His Majesty, King Titus, was arrayed in an intricate German Landsknecht outfit with slashed and interlaced breeches in red, black, and white, made by Lady Madeleine de l”Este.

Her Majesty, Queen Anna Leigh, drew all eyes in a beautiful green wool German gown crafted by Lady Teresa Alvarez, who put over 120 hours into embroidering the stunning bodice and sleeves with flowers in white silk. She based the gown on a portrait of Kunigunde Stammbaum der Babenberger from the Babenberg Family Tree triptych at Klosterneuburg Monastery (Hans Part, 1489-1492), shown below. The embroidery on Her Majesty’s gown, farther below, is Lady Teresa’s own design – she used a stylized edelweiss flower because the Babenberg family was from Austria. Lady Teresa was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore at court that evening for her skill in costuming and embroidery.

Portrait of Kunigunde Stammbaum der Babenberger courtesy of Lady Teresa Alvarez.

Queen Anna Leigh’s embroidered gown. Photo by Mistress Hilderun.

The Æthelmearc Sylvan Bard Competition

After the morning court, six performers vied for the honor of becoming Sylvan Bard. Pictured below are the competitors along with our Monarchs: Lady Bugga Bilibit, Master Ruaidhri an Cu, Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful, Her Majesty Queen Anna Leigh, Lady Cairdha Eilis O’Coileain, His Majesty King Titus, Master William de Montegilt, and Lady Aibinn Mhor Inghean Rioghbhardain.

Sylvan Bard competitors with Their Majesties. Photo by Mistress Hilderun

The competition, which was hosted by the outgoing Sylvan Bard, Lady Alianora Bronhulle, and past Sylvan Bard, Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta, featured three rounds. In the first round, entrants were asked to perform a piece on the theme of Courtly Love. All of the bards chose to sing; some did period pieces, others sang filks or original compositions. Then in the second round, the performers were given an hour or two to write a new piece on a theme chosen by the Crown. The competitors gathered in a circle around Their Majesties to learn in secret what that theme would be before going on their way to scribble madly.

Baroness Gwen reciting a sonnet for Don Orlando for his birthday. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope

Only when the second round performances began was it revealed that the bards were told to write their new pieces on the numerous knightly virtues of… Don Orlando! His birthday had been celebrated only a few days earlier, so Their Majesties bade Don Orlando sit on the steps of the stage so that each bard could perform directly to him.

The competitors were also required to choose a different performance medium from the one they had used in the first round, so for Round 2, most recited poems or told stories, many of them humorous in nature. There was a rhyme improvised on the spot by Lady Cairdha and a “doggerel” by Master William that was greeted with much laughter:

Don Orlando comes from far away
To celebrate with us his natal day,
‘Tis of his knightly virtues I would sing,
But I must choose just one! So says the King.
He sings of courtly love and such,
And eager ladies seek his touch.
Of chastity, Orlando is sans peer,
And so no ladies his amours must fear.
But truly chaste, he does rebuff
Their pleas and sighs and even tears,
Because he knows, though it be tough,
Once a king, always a king,
But once a (k)night is enough.

Master Ruaidhri. Photo by Arianna

Master Ruaidhri an Cu then followed. Although he lives in Atlantia, Master Ruaidhri had received permission from Their Sylvan Majesties to join the competition. As he began his second round entry, he said that since he did not have enough time to compose great verse (with an aside of “Damn you, William!”), he’d fallen back on the old Scottish plan of drinking heavily. He then told a story of Don Orlando having taken a vow of temperance, but being gifted with alcohol by an unnamed Baron who Master Ruaidhri admitted was, in fact, present in the room. Baron Gunnar of Endless Hills and Baron Ichijo of Blackstone Mountain, who were sitting together, looked at each other, laughed, and said “That leaves only the two of us…” In the story Master Ruaidhri recounted, the unnamed Baron repeatedly tempted Orlando by sending him gifts of various types of potables, at which the Baron’s wife complained to her husband that Orlando would do the Baron bodily harm for such insults. In the end, though, the unnamed Baron told his wife that it would be fine, as he had put Baron Ichijo’s name on the gifts.

Lady Bugga performed an interpretive dance in honor of Don Orlando’s humility while reciting verse interpersed with singing, for her Majesty Anna Leigh had informed the competitors that she would look with favor on such performances. Indeed, later during a brief intermission in the evening Court His Majesty commanded a round of interpretive dance in the middle of the hall, which was later dubbed a Mosh Pit.

Mosh Pit of interpretive dance during the intermission at evening Court. Photo by Master Alaxandair.

Lady Aibinn told a story of a young man who sought the definition of valor, which he learned was to slay a dragon. So he went to where a dragon was reputed to be, but found only a woman. She told him the dragon was away, but demanded various things of the man before consenting to be “saved. “ This took many years, as each time the man returned the following year with the items she requested, the lady insisted on more, culminating in a requirement for his allegiance. The man then requested her name, which she told him was Valor. As the man swore his fealty, night fell and the lady transformed, revealing herself to be the dragon. The man paused, said, “A knight is sworn to Valor” and completed his oath, at which point the dragon was vanquished, and the lady reverted to human form and departed the dragon’s lair with him forever.

Baroness Gwen then recited a sonnet on the theme of honor, extolling Don Orlando’s skill with both his rapier and his voice:

In January, winter’s frost doth bite;
The wind whips cloak and cuts through woolen hose.
Yet to the season one was born who fights
With blade as sharp as any wind that blows.
It flashes, ever dancing, but fear not,
For honor guides this fencer, and no foe
Could e’er complain of one excessive shot,
But merrily unto their deaths they go.
And afterward, he’ll sing us songs most sweet
Of knights and ladies, love and chivalry,
Or something of less lofty goals, of cheats
And vagabonds, and joyful ribaldry.
Therefore, Orlando, think this no mean trick:
We honor you, and not upon you pick.

At the completion of the second round of the competition, Their Majesties selected three finalists to continue to the third and final round: Baroness Gwendolyn, Master Ruaidhri, and Master William.

Don Braennan. Photo by Arianna.

Master William sang a humorous filk to the Song of Shield Wall in which a group of men struggled to erect their Pennsic camp’s sheetwall against various impediments, only to finish just as closing ceremonies began. Master Ruadhri performed an original piece called “The Wrath of the Bard” about the perils of offending bards, while Baroness Gwen sang more than twenty spellbinding verses of her own composition about the story of Tam Lin.

After the finals, Lady Alianora announced that Don Braennan MacEarnan, called the Misguided, had arrived at the event too late to compete, but still wished to sing, and Their Majesties granted his request. Don Braennen then performed “Tom O’Bedlam” about the residents of Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane in London. His singing ranged from lyrical to disturbing and creepy as he feigned a variety of mentally ill people, at one point even crawling on the floor. It was a memorable performance.

Their Majesties announced at Court that evening that They had chosen Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful as Their Bardic Champion. Baroness Gwen was invested with the baldric of her new office.

The new Sylvan Bard, Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful. Photo by Arianna

Their Majesties thanked Their outgoing Bardic Champion, Lady Alianora Bronhulle, for her service, then before she could escape, They seized her and inducted her into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her skill in the bardic arts.

Lady Alianora Bronhulle, newest member of the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Photo by Arianna

Yet More Arts and Sciences!

In addition to the Bardic competition, there was a performance by the Sylvan Singers of the Shire of Sylvan Glen, directed by Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta. They sang an array of choral pieces including We Be Three Poor Mariners and Since First I Saw Your Face, then were joined by members of the Debatable Choir in performing three Yuletide songs.

The Sylvan Singers. Photo by Arianna.

At the evening court, Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Sylvan Signet, announced the winner of the first round of the Scroll Blank Challenge, in which the scribes of Æthelmearc were asked to submit illuminated borders to be used for Kingdom award scrolls. THLord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie submitted the highest number of scrolls: 59 painted blanks, all on documented Japanese designs. The Scroll Blank Challenge will continue, with the next collection point happening at the Festival of the Ice Dragon in the Rhydderich Hael on March 21st.

THLord Ishiyama. Photo by Arianna.

Baron Rauthbjorn Lothbroke won both the Queen’s Choice and the Period Brewing competitions at Twelfth Night. He also contributed to the Taster’s Tavern organized by THLord Madoc Arundel and Lord Kyoshiro Kumagai, working with the Kingdom Brewers’ Guild. The Tavern offered gentles over the age of 21 with ID the opportunity to partake of potables donated by the brewers of the Kingdom. The Tavern was a big hit, and many gentles are looking forward to Debatable Lands Twelfth Night on the 17th when THLord Madoc will host a second such tavern.

Baron Rauthbjorn with his prize scrolls, both calligraphed by Lady Lara Sukhadrev. Photo by Mistress Hilderun.

Event goers then retired to an elaborate and tasty feast prepared under the direction of three different cooks:
— Master Gille MacDhomnuill was responsible for the First Course (lunchtime);
— THL Byrghida Zajacszowa was in charge of the Second Course (mid-afternoon); and
— Master Thorsten Christiansen Ronnow directed the preparation of the Third Course (evening).
The host of servers needed to serve all this food was ably managed by Baron Meszaros Janos. As the kitchen’s “point person,” Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuin was responsible for non-cooking duties: keeping track of guests’ food allergies, preparing the feast booklet and table menus, and ensuring the kitchen ran smoothly.
The Children’s Feast was prepared by Lady Maacah Sitt al Galb. For more information on how the feast was designed, see the article “Q&A: Savor the Feast at Twelfth Night, No Waiting!”

Another amazing item that debuted at the Twelfth Night feast was a baldequin designed and built by Baron Robert of Sugar Grove with furnishings by THLady Jacqueline de Molieres.

Baldequin by Baron Robert and THL Jacqueline. Photo by Mistress Hilderun

Congratulations to the Autocrat, Mistress Alicia Langland, and the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, for hosting a truly wondrous Twelfth Night!

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Curia Agenda Posted

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-14 21:33

The next East Kingdom Curia will be held on Sunday, January 25 at 10 am.  The site will be the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH where A Market Day at Birka is being held.  The agenda for Curia is available at the East Kingdom Seneschal’s website.


Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia

Deadline Tomorrow: Commentary Sought for APEC Proposal

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-14 18:30

The deadline is tomorrow (January 15) for comments:

Currently open for commentary is a proposal by the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) for a new Rapier Peerage.  The language for this proposal can be found below.  Due to the long-reaching effects of this proposal, the Board of Directors would like to emphasize that commentary is being accepted until January 15, 2015, and would strongly recommend that all members forward their opinions for consideration.


At the July 2013 Board Meeting, the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) proposed that the Board of Directors create a new Patent-bearing Peerage Order parallel to the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. This Rapier Peerage would be for the related martial arts of rapier and all forms of cut & thrust in the SCA. In August of 2013, the APEC’s proposal for name, heraldry and badge was sent out to the membership for commentary, and a second committee was formed of representatives appointed by the Kingdoms of the Known World to review the proposal and represent their interests. After reviewing all commentary received from the membership and the committees, the Board believes there is enough interest to request further commentary on the changes that would be required to Corpora if the Board decides to create such an Order. This will be the final opportunity for the membership to make its opinions and wishes known on this subject as the Board will vote at the January 2015 Board meeting on whether or not to create this Order.

In the event a rapier/cut & thrust peerage is created, the following would be the proposed changes to Corpora (additions in red; deletions in blue and struck out.)

Glossary, page 9.


[• Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.]


  • Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, and the Order of Defense are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.


  1. Patents of Arms
  2. Order of Precedence Within the Peerage


[The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.]


The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.

  1. Patent Orders:


  1. The Order of Defense:

(i) Members of the Order of Defense may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of rapier and/or cut-and-thrust combat. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.

(2) The duties of the members of the order are as follows:

(a)     To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor.

(b)     To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and Corpora.

(c)     If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.

(d)     To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.

(e)     To enhance the renown and defend the honor of the peer’s Lady or Lord.

(f)     To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Order of Defense

(The section on royal peerage becomes section e, etc.)

  1. Titles
  2. The titles listed here are considered standard, and may be used by those who have earned or been granted the appropriate rank or award within the Society. The College of Arms publishes a more extensive list of titles and alternative forms, which may also be used freely by qualified persons. In addition, the College of Arms has full approval authority over new alternative titles, which must be added to their list before being released for use in the Society.




Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, and Mastery of Arms.




Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, Mastery of Arms, and Defense.

  1. Society Combat


[C. Rapier Fighting in the Society

The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for royal ranks and armigerous titles. ]


  1. Royal Lists

Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists for royal ranks.

[This last might need some explanation. The current Section IX.C is a holdover from a Governing and Policy decision from October 1979, when the Board decided that rapier combat would be allowed in the SCA as an ancillary activity. Rapier combat is no longer considered an ancillary activity and has not been for many years. Also, the duties of the Society Earl Marshal are properly defined in section VI.D. So this section is reduced to a single clear, unambiguous rule.]

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments at

The deadline for comments for the following is January 15, 2015.

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

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

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Teachers Wanted for Pen v. Sword III

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-14 10:17

Are your dagger skills sharp? Can you flourish a cloak ? Does your illumination light up the Kingdom? Then we need you!

The Shire of Angels Keep is looking for teachers for our event, Pen vs Sword III: Cloak and Dagger, on 4/25/15!

If you are interested, please contact me on Facebook (Moniczka Poznanska), or at Thank you!

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EK Kings and Queens Arts and Sciences Championship Details Announced

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-13 17:08

Roman writing implements. Work by Master Luke Knowlton. Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

The 2015 Kings and Queens Arts and Science Championship will take place on Saturday March 7th in the Barony of L’lle du Dragon Dormant (Montreal). Please see the Kingdom Announcement for full event details.

The championship will be judged as a body of work. Entrants shall enter a minimum of two items and a maximum of five. No item should have won a previous King’s or Queen’s Championship. Each item should have been made within three years of the competition.

The items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines. The winner of the competition is the Queen’s Champion of Arts and Science. The King determines the Kings Champion of Arts and Science.

Please see the complete announcement here:  King and Queen A and S Championship Announcement

Competition Registration Information

Please email the Registration form or the information to Master Luke Knowlton at with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS REGISTRATION.

Entrants MUST register in by February 1st, 2015 in order to coordinate judges.

East Kingdom Arts and Science Competition Registration Research Papers and other Written Entries to be received no later than February 1st, 2015. Please email the entries with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS WRITTEN ENTRY to both:

Judging: Those interested in Judging please contact Master Luke Knowlton at the email above with the subject line A & S CHAMPIONSHIP JUDGING.

Cooking Access: For entrants requiring cooking / kitchen access: it will be limited, but available. Please contact Cellach Donn Mhican Mhadaigh

Phone: 450-667-1292 for further information and to have a spot reserved.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences, east kingdom events, events, King and Queen's Champions, Kings and Queens Champions

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium to be held June 26-28 in Toronto

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-13 14:08

Greetings from Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, co-steward for the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium 2015!

I am pleased to invite you to attend KWHSS in the canton of Eoforwic (Toronto, ON, Canada) in the Kingdom of Ealdormere June 26-28, 2015.

The website and registration is now live! Please click here to visit the KWHSS 2015 Website.

To make it easier for our non-Canadian friends to attend and pay for the event, we have been approved to use ACCEPS for our event registrations.

We would also like to extend an invitation to all heralds and scribes to teach at the symposium. The class proposal form is now live on the website as well.

You may also send an email to if you would like more info or to propose a class.

Over the years, there has been an excellent relationship between our two kingdoms, and we are very much hoping that many of our friends will make the trip to teach, share and learn. We are very much hoping to see many of you this coming June!

Want more information about past Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposiums? Here’s the webpage.

Filed under: Heraldry, Official Notices Tagged: Calligraphy and Illumination, classes, events, heraldry, heralds, Kingdom of Ealdormere, known world events, kwhss, scribes, symposium

Stonehenge in 8th century poem? - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:53

The 8th century, Old English poem called The Ruin may be the oldest surviving literature to mention Stonehenge, says medieval liguist Dr Graeme Davis. The poem refers to stones called "the old ones" or the "elders."

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Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium is in Close-By Ealdormere!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-13 10:37

Greetings from Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, co-steward for Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium 2015!

I am pleased to invite you to attend KWHSS in the canton of Eoforwic (Toronto, ON, Canada) this coming June 26 to 28.

The website and registration is now live!

To make it easier for our nonCanadian friends to attend and pay for the event, we have been approved to use ACCEPS for our registrations.

We would also like to extend an invitation to all heralds and scribes to teach at the symposium. The class proposal form is now live on the website as well. You may also send an email to if you would like more info or to propose a class.

Over the years, there has been an excellent relationship between the heralds and scribes of our two kingdoms, and we are very much hoping that many of our friends from across the border will make the trip to teach, share, and learn. We are very much hoping to see many of you this coming June!

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Former Æthelmearc Subjects Honored in An Tir

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-12 20:37

~ Submitted by Master Alaric MacConnal

At An Tir 12th Night, held on January 10th AS 49 in the Barony of Adiantum, two former Debatable Landers, Richenda du Jardin and Juliana de Luna, were inducted into the Order of the Pelican. Speakers from across the Known World, including Dame Elsbeth Anne Roth and Master Andrewe Bawldwyn, Laurel Sovereign of Arms, who sent words read by Dame Lillia de Vaux, Pelican Sovereign of Arms, praised their many years of service to the College of Heralds, not only in the Kingdom of An Tir but also to the Society. They both received the ancestral Pelican Heraldic medallion, also held in the past by Dame Elsbeth and Dame Margaret MacDubsidthe. In addition to Dame Elsbeth and Master Alaric MacConnal, former Debatable Lander Mistress Graidhne ni Ruadh also made the long trip to see her protégé, Richenda, elevated.  Vivant to these wonderful ladies!

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Pennsic Registration Office: Preregistration is live - Mon, 2015-01-12 20:18

The Pennsic Pre-reigistration Office reports that pre-registration for Pennsic 44 is now live

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Æthelmearc History Facebook Page

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-12 09:51

A young Morgan Elandris and Elric of Erewhon.

Would you like to learn more about the history of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc? Want to hang out with people who are sharing their memories of our Kingdom?

 Well, then, you’re in luck because we live in an age with wondrous social media and electronic communication options that allow us to connect with each other over long distances. We can come together, share the pieces of our history that each of us hold, and stitch the pieces one by one to create a rich tapestry that tells our collective story.

 As the Æthelmearc Kingdom Historian, I’d like to invite all who read these words to join the quest to discover and document the history of our Sylvan Kingdom. Become a member of the Æthelmearc History page on Facebook. You can find the group here.

 Once there, browse through the posts and pictures to spark memories, learn something new, or share a favorite memory or two with the 500 plus members already there. Oh, and be sure to tell your friends about this group, too. The more people we can bring together, the more history we can discover.

 In Service,
THL Hrefna Ulfvarrinsdottir
Æthelmearc Kingdom Historian

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Pre-Register Soon for King’s & Queen’s Bardic Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-12 09:00

Greetings fellow citizens! Please pray attend to this most important event update for King and Queen’s Bardic Champions.

1. The deadline for pre-registration draws near (1/17/2015) – you have the option of credit card via ACCEPS or snail mail. You may also, if you wish, attend EK 12th night and deliver your pre-registration to Lady Erlandr Nordenskald who will be happy to accept it.

2. After this event concludes, there will be a seamless and magical transformation into a DEMO. With such a critical mass of talents under one roof we could not resist. The Shire of Nordenfjord will offer a free concert of instrumental and vocal music to our town seniors. This is scheduled to run from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Limited performance opportunities remain available and all are invited to participate. If interested, please contact Lady Erlandr Nordenskald as soon as possible – – (845) 358-7576.

In service,

Lord Æthelstan St. Maur, Co-Autocrat

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Bardic

An Open Letter to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-11 18:01

Editor’s Note: There are moments that remind me why this Kingdom and this Society hold a dear place in my heart. And moments that remind me why the most important award that the Royalty give is the Award of Arms. This is one of these moments that does both as the newest Lord & Lady of Æthelmearc conveyed these heart felt words. I am grateful I call them friends. ~ Euriol of Lothian

From Lord Christian

You all make this society great.

Unto the populace who does reside in these most sacred Sylvan Lands of Æthelmearc, does one Lord Christian Goldenlok of House Sable Maul present greetings:

I am indeed humbled to be the newest member of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc to be merited the honor of an individual Award of Arms. In the youth of my privilege, I am moved to express again why I am so grateful to be among the blessed populace of Æthelmearc.

This is a special award to me. It is so because of the words of my Knight, Sir Gareth Kincaid, the talents of his lady, Mistress Julianna Delamere, and the writing of the lady who holds my heart; the scroll is personally touching.

It is also deeply meaningful because the act is made so by the hands of both my King and Queen. I now feel that besides a flexibility in political freedom, it’s a way for the Kingdom itself to include me in a blanket marked not just by where I live, geographically. The award gives me great confidence, because the path I have taken these past few years has now been officially encouraged by the Kingdom, itself. I feel more connected to my kingdom than ever because of the kind actions of those I am in fielty to.

I always speak highly of my Knight, his fine lady, my House, and my shire, the Shire of Misty Highlands. Time has solidified those bonds. In my heart, those bonds are sacred and meaningful. They are my beloved.

For a moment I take liberty to speak highly of my fellow subjects of Æthelmearc and its King and Queen. I do so because as I have strived to form relationships with you, I have been met in turn with overwhelming amounts of warmth, compassion, encouragement, largess, empathy, love, acceptance, bruises, and inclusion. The events of the entire day during our Twelfth Night celebration was shining examples of those qualities.

I am ailed with beloved pride for my kingdom, but I am also grateful for having made friendships with so many of its subjects.

Although you may have read my words through your computer screen previously, it was always my intention to occasionally travel and personally reach out to you from my home in Misty Highlands. In the months that followed, every single one of the relationships I have formed with you is important to me. Every move of friendship returned has been overwhelmingly inspiring to both me and my love, Lady Adelyn Idesborn. You enhance the quality of my life.

In conclusion, to those who call my Sylvan Lands home, as the newest Lord of Æthelmearc I declare that it is my supreme honor to help hold high the torch of this fine society. I will carry, with instruction from my mentors, the flame of our kingdom proudly so as others may see the light of our Kingdom’s goodness and feel the warmth of its inclusion.

I am humbled to be the next generation of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. The witnessed examples shown by my Knight, his household, and your participation in this great Kingdom have rooted in me a deep love and sense of wonder. I am inspired to be among you, and I am proud to proclaim that we are alive, we are well, and we are thriving.

In Glorias,
Lord Christian Goldenlok

From Lady Adelyn

I would like to take the time to genuinely thank and praise each person who attended the Twelfth Night celebration on January 10 who made me feel so warm, welcome, and at ease. I randomly saw people doing a type of weaving I had never seen before, and so they went out of their way to show me what they were doing, explain what it was, and tell me the history of it.

I had friendly acquaintances drop everything to include me in conversations and provide me with a loaner goblet and loaner feastware. Daniel Rufus, thank you again! I was asked to stand guard to the queen, where I was then included in conversation and was humbled by how kind and thoughtful so many members of our society are–both lowest and highest ranking. Thanks to Gabrielle de Winter for asking me to guard!

I was given delicious samples of mead, cordial, ale, and scotch by some of the best Brewers in Æthemaerc. Thanks to Rauðbjorn Loðbrok for not just watering us on site, but for sending us home with your award winning brew!

Lastly, I attended the most interesting and fun court I’ve ever been to where there was interpretive dance, genuine gratitude expressed to and by so many people, and above all, my Lord Christian Goldenlok and I were recognized by the kingdom and awarded arms. Gareth Kincaid and Juliana Delamere — Christian was overwhelmed by your words and artwork, I am grateful for having been included in the planing of his scroll! I cannot express how thankful I am to all those who made this possible. Anna Leigh and Titus Germanicus certainly are worthy and gracious leaders to our Sylvan Lands and I am beyond honored to have been recognized by them.

I also finally met face to face many people who up till now I have only interacted with online. What a blessing it was! Here, though, I would also like to apologize. The time was short at this event, and I did not get to talk to everyone Id like to have gotten to know better. Also, this is the first event I’ve been to where I did get to meet and talk to so many people who I don’t generally get to see in person. Being a person who is just naturally shy the first few times I talk to someone new, I struggled quite a bit to be as open and candid as I find it easy to be online. I wish to apologize to anyone who wanted to talk who I did not find the time to meet with personally, and I apologize to anyone who I did find time to talk to if I was a little clammy and introverted–each time I meet you in person my shyness melts away and I fear for you all the day I run through events blabbering to each of you without cease.

I would like to close by telling everyone in house, shire, region, and kingdom, I appreciate you all, for your kindness, your inclusion, your support, your largess, and how each of you has invested in making me a better person. I hope to honor each and every one of you with my actions and words as I move forward as a lady of these Sylvan Lands of Æthemaerc.

In glorias!

Yours truly,
Lady Adelyn Idesborn

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Early Stories of the East from Count Jehan de la Marche, Part II

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-11 13:01
This is the second part of a two-part article
re-printed from our friends at the East Kingdom Gazette.

The East Kingdom Gazette asked Count Jehan de la Marche, eighth King of the East, for memories of some of his early SCA experiences. This is the second installment he sent, which covered his memories of his reign.

King Jehan de la Marche, wearing the ancient crown of the East. The crown had a Velcro attachment so it could be resized for each wearer.

The next event I recall was my coronation, which was also the next Crown Tourney, which was supposed to be the tradition at the time, though observed irregularly. (I believe it fell in late September or early October 1972.) It was held on a site in Beyond the Mountain which was basically an unmown field –the owner of the site had told the autocrat that it would be mowed in advance of the event, but it was not, so the field was covered in grass two or three feet high. Oddly enough, I have no distinct recollection of the moment that Cariadoc put the crown on my head, though I know the ceremony was very simple by later standards. I believe we used a version of the Archenlandish oath from C. S. Lewis’s The Horse and His Boy (”This is what it means to be a king: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there’s famine in the land, as must be sometimes, to wear finer clothes and laugh louder over a scantier meal than any man in your kingdom.”) However, that belief is based on what I recall of the practice of the time, not direct memory of hearing it. The one moment I distinctly recall is that when I kissed my queen after crowning her, her crown fell off.

There was also the episode of the Queen’s Piper. Sometime before the coronation, I was walking through Wolsey Hall at Yale and heard a man playing a bagpipe alone in an empty auditorium. I had invited him to the coronation, and since there was already a King’s Piper (Sir Eyolf) I appointed this one (whose name I do not recall), the Queen’s Piper, whereupon Lauryon said “All right, now play.” Someone said “The queen has issued her first command,” and he played.

I recall asking Duke Cariadoc and Duke Akbar to serve as my guards. We had a lot of byplay in those days over our personas’ religions (nowadays it might be more sensitive). I said approximately that although I was a Christian king I had found Saracen dukes very reliable.

There was a very small crown tourney –I believe there were five fighters entered (the minimum under SCA law at the time) and I asked Duke Akbar to enter so we would have even numbers for the first round. He did and ended by winning the crown, defeating Sir Finnvarr de Taahe, who had lately moved to the East from the Middle Kingdom (Barony of North Woods).

The next event I recall was a tourney in the Barony of Myrkwood (Baltimore), then led by Begum Sita of Oudh. The main point I remember was the tourney destroyed four swords (all those available in the barony at the time). I believe Middle-trained fighters tended to hit harder than Eastern ones (on average) –there were some exceptions, such as Shlomo and Garanhir. Sir Finnvarr and I met in the final, and I won. I believe one of the other fighters was Alain du Rocher.

I believe the next event was the Carolingian Yule Revel –the ancestor of the masked ball, though I am not sure it was masked at that time. All I recollect distinctly was that there was some elegant dancing and that I ended the event (or at least the formal part) with a quotation from Shakespeare “Our revels now are ended.”

During my reign, I did issue the first code of laws for the East Kingdom, all or nearly all of which have since been superseded. They included an attempt to have a representative of the Crown in each group to encourage communication –which was never implemented –and a law advocating (as it could not be required) that subjects who could not attend the wars should contribute to the costs of those who served (scutage). Although this was never enforceable, and has not been law for many years, I was told lately that one lady in the East still abided by it and contributed to her friends’ costs of going to war. My recollection is that I circulated these laws by postal mail (there being no email in those days) rather than discussing them in a live council.

I also reorganized the kingdom order of merit – as I understand the situation (it was before my time), Duke Akbar in one of his earlier reigns had created the Order of the Silver Crescent, and then Shogun Rakkurai had created an equivalent Order of the Golden Dragon . I merged the two orders into the one Order of the Silver Crescent (all members of the Golden Dragon becoming members of the SIlver Crescent). At that time, I believe that order was the only order beneath peerage level in the kingdom.

The last major event of my reign was Twelfth Night held in the Barony of Myrkwood. My queen Lauryon was unable to attend due to illness, and so I asked Countess Abrizhade al-Medina O.L. (who had been queen to Franz von Blickend-Lichten, second king of the Middle) to serve as my ceremonial consort, which she graciously did.

A recent photo of Count Jehan de la Marche.

The guests at the event included members of the Maryland Medieval Mercenary Militia (later Markland) who contributed considerably to the liveliness of the occasion. Two of them staged a mock dagger fight (with steel daggers) and rolled around my feet as I was sitting at the feast. There was also an episode I never fully understood in which I remarked my drink tasted odd and one of the MMMM shouted “The king has been poisoned.” I am not sure whether someone had actually put something in the drink or it was just an improvised response.

More seriously, I did (as I mentioned before) knight Asbjorn the Fairhaired, chiefly for his valor at the First Pennsic War. Since he was squire to Duke (at the time Prince) Akbar, I asked Akbar if he would prefer to actually dub Asbjorn, but he replied that he wished me to do it, so I did. This was the only peerage granted in my reign.

Afterward I did crown Akbar as king (his third and last reign), and his lady Duchess Khadijah was crowned queen. Oddly enough, I do not recall the ceremony at all. There was no ceremony making me a count –I think the title was only developed a little later, though Atenveldt had Crown Barons and I believe Franz von Blickend-Lichten had been made a baron after serving as king of the Middle.

I do remember that the next morning El of the Two Knives asked me how it felt to be a duke, and I replied I was not a duke as I had only been king once. In fact, I never became a duke – I sometimes like to say “I only made one mistake” – though in fact I fought hard in several later crowns

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Stefan's Florilegium files for December 2014 - Sun, 2015-01-11 12:28

THLord Stefan li Rous provides updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2014.

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Committee Formed to Explore Two Handed Swords in Rapier

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-10 22:49

Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,

First and foremost, Happy New Year! Second, I have been asking for resumes to put together a committee to formulate a set of rules for 2 Handed Swords in Rapier, and I am pleased to announce that I have selected that committee. This group of individuals will, over the next few weeks, work out a set of rules for 2 Handers that will be usable and accommodating. The following gentles will form the 2 Hander committee:

Sir Antonio Patrasso
Master Matthaus Plattnersohn
Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Baron Malcolm Bowman
THL Owynn Greenwood
Don Griffith Davion
Don Thomas of Effingham
Lord William Deth
Lord Yehuda ben Moshe
Lord Cedric of the Floppy Hat

In addition to these gentles, the Regional Marshals will also have a say on this committee. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to speak to any of the people listed, any of my Regional Marshals, or myself. We look forward to working out a set of rules that most everyone can be happy with and will keep 2 Handers safe and fun.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

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Schedule Change for Twelfth Night

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-10 22:43

The time of first court at Twelfth Night has been moved back to 11:30 am.

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Keeping Time: Calendars and Clocks Through the Middle Ages

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-10 09:32

Detail of the Zygtlogge Tower in Berne, Switzerland. Photo source:

Hallo everyone, and happy New Year. Will your new year be tropical or solar? Will it be Julian or perhaps Gregorian? Will you keep standard time, or will you update that extra second that scientists now say our current Greenwich mean time lacks? Does anybody really know what time it is?

Our period of study is to blame for much of the over-scheduling of lives we currently… I want to say enjoy, but that might be too strong a word. Think about it. Starting with Stonehenge and moving to the Gregorian calendar and the Astronomical (and simultaneously astrological) clock in Prague, we as a race have experienced a timekeeping renaissance.

Once, folks knew what time it was from the position of the sun. Modern medievalists might be hard pressed to accurately guess the time based on sun placement in the sky. Your personae, during the actual middle ages, might know by the tolling of church bells announcing the time in sound code, what they should be doing. Today, most modern municipalities consider that type of ringing to be sound pollution. I say most because I was privileged to hear a call to prayer piped into the Grand Bazaar via loud speaker (the call was in voice, not bells) in modern Istanbul this past July. It was lovely to witness the city workers suddenly stop, and redirect themselves to their individual mosques. The Turks, though more than 90% Moslem, are very respectful of other religions in general and have taken beautiful care of the land marks and iconic historic buildings of other faiths in their care.

I hope you enjoy this timely column. Wouldn’t it make a terrific subject for a term paper? Here’s your research, already accomplished! I invite you to share this column wherever it will find an interested audience.

Dame Aoife Finn, m/k/a Lisbeth Gelatt
~from the cold and wintry wilds of the Barony of the Endless Hills, an Eastern highpoint in the snow-capped woodlands of the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Ancient Wisdom. Stonehenge. Retrieved 01/07/2015.
There are many sites dedicated to Stonehenge on the web. Whatever religious or metaphysical purposes these various websites ascribe to this ancient monument, nearly everyone agrees that part of the purpose of the giant stone circle is to track the various positions of the sun throughout a solar year. Stonehenge, at its most basic, is one of mankind’s earliest calendars. To the right is one of several positions that would mark the sun’s rise between the pillars on cloudy days such as the one pictured.

Bettelheim, Matthew. Nature’s laboratory: What’s a Sundial in the Shade? Retrieved 01/06/2015.
This article, in .pdf format, is about the development and history of the Aquitaine, arguably the first “pocket watch.” Named after Eleanor of Aquitaine, it provided an advantage to those who were able to schedule their lives tightly and accurately. It might be worth learning how to work an Aquitaine, so that if it should make an appearance again as a Pennsic token, (as it was for Pennsic XXV) you will be prepared.

Time and Date. From the Julian to the Gregorian Calendars. Retrieved 01/06/2015. This site will explain in layman’s terms why the most common method of time keeping was changed, and how the change made it more accurate to measure time. However, not everyone agrees with those changes, and some folks still follow the Julian calendar.

About. The Invention of Clocks and Calendars: Part 1: Ancient Calendars – Aztec, Egyptian, and Sumerian Calendars – Stonehenge. Retrieved 12/27/2014. Although I usually hesitate to recommend because of its terse treatment of any given subject, this particular page is well connected to leads for further study. See the emnu boxes to the right of the article to find further reading to a good number of related articles.

Miklos, Vincze. I09: Astronomical Clocks Were a Wonder of the Medieval World. Retrieved 12/31/2014.
Please ignore the sidebar, which trends titles to some NSFW articles from the web. It will be easy to do so when you load the terrific photographs of astronomical clocks from Europe. How did I live without seeing these wonders? If you think your life is regimented, imagine living by the many religious cues these clocks produce! This beautiful cobalt colored timepiece, left, graces the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, and was built from 1496 to 1499.


New York Carver. Medieval Inventions: The Clock. Retrieved 01/03/2015.
New York Carver has done it again with a great article on how the medieval clock came to be, and how it developed to its current state of magnificence. Did you know a former pope is credited with the invention of the gear driven mechanical clock? His clock rang bells on the hours, ushering in the age of town clocks regulating the lives of everyone within hearing distance. The photo, right, graces the article.

Medievaljo1 of Winchester University’s student history blog. On Medieval clocks. Retrieved 01/03/2015.
Note the feature “historicalish” hand-drawn image is NSFW and features suspiciously perky mammaries. Regardless of the image, however, this is a terrific scholarly article on the medieval development of clocks brought to you by the history department of Winchester University. Be sure to check out the reference section if you want more quality sources.

Murphy, Trevor. How tower clocks work. Retrieved 01/04/2015.
|The title says it all. Watch this video to see behind the scenes of tower clocks. This is an informational and instructional video, not somebody’s holiday video. There are two further updates listed on individual bits of the mechanisms, for the diehard clockworks fan.

Claytonav. Medieval Clock in Berne Switzerland. Retrieved 01/03/2015.
In contrast to the above video, this video from May 2nd 2008 is actually home video from someone’s vacation. Please watch the first bit, as it is the best, being fascinating footage of the striking jester and hurrying mechanical townspeople.

GypsyNester. Astronomical Clock of Prague. Retrieved 01/02/2015.
When this astronomical clock strikes every hour, the deadly sins make an appearance. Pictured left is the dial of the piece from the above link Astronomical Clocks Were a Wonder of the Medieval World.

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Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-09 16:30

This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence. There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period. If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s name is Kira:

I’ve been asked by a Gazette reader to talk about period names that sound like “Kira.” This set of sounds appears in several languages in period, although not necessarily in the ones that people expect.

The name Kira appears as a female name in Russian, dated to c. 1202.[1] It also appears as a surname in 14th century Japan.[2]

In very late period German, we find the female given name Kyrra, which *may* be pronounced like “Kira.”[3]

In Gaelic, Cera was the name of at least three Irish saints who lived prior to c. 1200 CE.[4] The post-1200 spelling of the same name is Ceara, which is also registerable as a saint’s name.[5] Note that this name is probably pronounced more like “Kara” or “Kera” than “Kira.” However, there are also the period Gaelic women’s names Ciar and Ciarnat, which are pronounced with a long ‘i’ sound.[6] The name Ciara appears to be a wholly modern form, based on current evidence.

For a person looking for an English name that sounds like “Kira,” we have to resort to the rule I’ve discussed before, where 16th century English surnames can be used as if they were English given names. Based on a quick bit of research, that gets us the spellings Kyrre[7] and Keyre[8], which are close to but not exactly like “Kira.”

All in all, for someone who wants the sound of “Kira,” there are a couple of options for time, place and culture.
[1] “Russian Names Database” by Paul Wickenden of Thanet (

[2] Nostrand, Barbara. Name Construction in Mediaeval Japan (1999) lists Kira as a historical surname dated to 1332.

[3] Kyrra Sranis; Female; Marriage; 02 Jan 1629; Evangelisch, Schotten, Oberhessen, Hesse-Darmstadt; Batch: M92548-1

[4] O Corrain, Donnchadh and Fidelma Maguire, Irish Names (Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1990), s.n. Cera

[5] Martyrology of Donegal (, at p. 375.

[6] O Corrain & Maguire, s.n.n. Ciar, Ciarnat

[7] John Kyrre; Male; Burial; 24 Dec 1585; Cranbrook, Kent, England; Batch: B02880-3

[8] Mergery Keyre; Female; Marriage; 13 Aug 1576; Cranbrook, Kent, England; Batch: M01834-4


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