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A Missive from the Order of the White Scarf

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-24 21:18

To the populace of Sylvan Æthelmearc,

The Order of the White Scarf sends well wishes and greetings. We are reaching out to anyone who has ever considered joining us on the rapier field, but hesitated due to lack of equipment, not knowing who to talk to, or even just where to begin. To those people, and all who would believe that they cannot make a difference: You are who we want standing with us!

The Order of the White Scarf is a source of information, help, and guidance that is here for you. Even if you are unable to participate on the field, there are other avenues to help.  We welcome all who would be interested to contact us through our Clerk at whitescarf_clerk@aethelmearc.org after which one of the order will assist you as best we can.

In service to the Sylvan Kingdom,
Æhelmearc Order of the White Scarf
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Mystery of the Viking pot: Solved

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-04-24 16:40

In September 2014, metal detectorist Derek McLennan discovered over 100 artifacts in a field near Dumfries, Scotland. Among them was a 1,200-year-old Viking pot, heavy enough to contain something, but too fragile to open. Now archaeologists have been able to determine what is in the pot with the help of a CT scan. (photos)

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Bacon & Brewing!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-24 16:30

This past Saturday, the Shire of Hunters Home hosted the second iteration of its popular Bacon and Brewing Bash.

Brewing activities were a featured part of this event, and well received. The brewers, vintners, meadhers, and apothecaries of Hunters Home and the surrounding area provided an even dozen beverages for the Tasters Tavern – a corner of the main hall where the populace could enjoy the beverages throughout the day. As part of the tavern, the populace was asked to vote on their favorite beverage. Additionally, a visiting guest from outside our organization was asked to make his choice of favorite.

Two competitions were also held: a Judges’ Choice, in which each competitor was required to judge all entries – including their own – using the kingdom’s A&S rubric for brewing; and a competition for “Best Brew with a Bacon Theme”. The winners were as follows:

Judges’ Choice: THL Madoc Arundel for his Riesling wine
Populace’s Choice: Baron Rauthbjorn Lothbroke for his blackberry melomel
Guest’s Choice: Lady Caolifhion of the Woods for her hard apple cider
Best Bacon Theme: Lord Geirolnir the Huntsman for his “Baconator” bacon bock

In addition, Lord Hundthor the Master Pintsman was presented his award of arms scroll for brewing excellence, read into the court record by Their (then) Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh at the Coronation of their heirs two weeks ago.

THL Madoc Arundel


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Gulf Wars 2015 photos online

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-04-24 11:31

Giovanni della Torre reports that his lady, Kathy, has posted photos from Gulf wars 2015. The photos are available to view on PhotoBucket.

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The Founding of a Barony circa 1970

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:23

Tabitha of Windmoor, one of the first members of the Barony of Carolingia, graciously wrote this account about how the group got its start.  The Gazette thanks her for providing more information about the early years of the East Kingdom.

I was in the SCA from 1970 – 1975. Virtually all of my involvement was with the Barony of Carolingia. I was one of the founding members, more or less by chance.

In the fall of 1970 I started my sophomore year at Wellesley with a roommate selected by lottery. Lois and I were friends at once. We threw a party a couple of weeks into the school year for all our friends. Lois invited Patri Pugliese, a freshman roommate of her boyfriend. Pat and I became friends at that party where he also acquired a new girlfriend, Ann, who was one of my friends.

When Patri landed in the infirmary with a sore throat a few weeks later I stopped in to see him on my way to join Lois and her boyfriend for the Yale/Harvard game. While I was trying to cheer Pat up – he was very sick and things were already going bad with Ann – a guy neither of us knew just walked right into the room and asked “Are you Patri?” Upon being assured that the guy in the bed answered to that name, he introduced himself as Dan and said he had been told that Pat might be interested in helping him start a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Neither Pat nor I had ever heard of it. Dan described it with great enthusiasm. I said it sounded like fun and would be interested in hearing more. Dan invited me to talk further at his place that evening and I went on to join the game watchers. Lois and I went to the post game party as well and had a bit more spiked cider than was consistent with any further activity than a long nap on boyfriend’s bed. We were awakened by Dan’s knock on the door and I did go off with him for further discussion of what he envisioned us doing – namely starting a barony. He was clear that he did not want to be baron and preferred merely to be seneschal (which he pronounced sennaskull, it was several months before I discovered the correct pronunciation).

Somehow, Dan’s clock “got mis-set” and by the time I realized that was the case I had missed the last bus back to Wellesley which in those days departed Harvard square at 11PM. Not being interested in Dan’s offer to spend the night I said I would walk home – it’s only about 12 miles. Dan insisted on walking me home where we arrived just in time for me to rush off to a Sunday morning babysitting job. Left on his own in my dorm room, he was surprised by Kathy (SCA name Giselle de Lavande, I think) who was looking to borrow something from me. He talked SCA to her too. She was our first mistress of arts and for a short time baron John Smythe of Isleoway’s girlfriend.

I think the organizational meeting of the barony took place in November. The meeting, attended by people from Wellesley, Harvard, and MIT, established a barony which after much discussion we named Carolingia because we were based around the Charles river, Carolus is latin for Charles, and besides it had a nice medieval sound to it (think Carolingian dynasty of the Holy Roman Empire – started by Charles the Great – Carolus Magnus).

We did not have a baron. Dan from MIT (Daniel de Tankard) was to be Seneschal, Carl  from MIT (Chaim Elyhu ben David) Secretary of State, Patri  from Harvard (Patri des Tours Gris) Master of Sciences and Master of Arms, Dianne – not a student and don’t recall her SCA name – Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lorraine from MIT (Lorimel the Gentle) Mistress of Equiries, and I was herald which mostly meant recording secretary back then. Pat was charged with finding a place and setting times for fighting practice. I was asked to design a barony coat of arms and I offered to create a newsletter. Dianne was set to raising funds – i.e. dues and we all were to figure out how and where to hold a first event.


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Une annonce au sujet de la Couronne Tourney

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-23 19:44

Cet article est maintenant disponible en Français. Veuillez cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous.

An announcement regarding Crown Tourney / Une annonce au sujet de la Couronne Tourney

(English Translation: The following article is now available in French. Please click on the link below.)


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Court Report: HRM Gabrielle Queen’s Rapier Championship 18 April A.S. 49

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-23 15:12

 

 

 

 

 

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Her Majesty’s Court at Queen’s Rapier Championship in the College of Silva Vulcani 18 April AS 49. As recorded by Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald, with the assistance of Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

 

Her Majesty wished to invite all the children who attended the event to take some treats that they might amuse themselves during court.

 

Her Majesty invited Don Orlando de Bene del Vinta, Her Rapier Champion, to attend Her. Orlando expressed how honored he was to have served these past months as Queen’s Rapier Champion, however he did this day host a grand tournament of 55 fencers to determine who would bear the honor of being his successor. The fighting was fierce, yet one did emerge through the double elimination tournament to prove victorious. Master Don Lodovick of Gray’s Inn was summoned to attend Her Majesty, after affirming his willingness to serve as Her Majesty’s sword and shield he was invested with the regalia of champion and invited to join Her Court. Scroll forthcoming.

Her Majesty next did invite Duchess Dorinda Courtenay to attend Her. The vigilants of the Order of Defense have a most noble and venerable tradition that has happened for each vigilant some time between the issuance of their writ and their sitting vigil, and Dorinda did wish this day to ensure that Don Orlando de Bene del Vinta did not miss out on this long and venerable tradition. Thus the Order of Defense delivered unto him a pie with a sword on it, as is the Order’s most venerable tradition. The pie was made by the hands of Baron Iago, and was made of apples.

Lord Magnus Bastiano di Vigo was commanded to present himself. Her Majesty did affirm with him that it was still his desire to join Her guard. Magnus did indeed still wish this, so Her Majesty placed upon him the baldric of Her guard and invited him to take his place in Her Court.

Their Excellencies of the Debatable Lands, Baron Uilliam mac an t’Saoir and Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr, were invited to present Themselves. They reaffirmed Their fealty to the Kingdom and to Their Majesties as the landed nobles of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands.

Her Majesty invited all who entered their first Queen’s Rapier Championship this day to present themselves with their consorts. She then gave each of them a rose and invited them to continue to enter tournaments, as their deeds of valor and chivalry did not go unnoticed.

Dona Gabrielle de Winter was invited to address the Court. She wished to thank her staff and the Shire of King’s Crossing for their assistance in hosting the College of Silva Vulcani’s first royal progress event. She further thanked Her Majesty for attending, and the populace for making the event such a success.

Murdoch Stewart was summoned to present himself to Her Majesty. Murdoch has jumped right into both fencing and rattan combat with much gusto and aspires to hold the chivalric virtues foremost in his mind. He furthermore volunteered to join Her Majesty’s guard that he might defend her from harm and is frequently seen helping happily. Thus Her Majesty felt moved to Award him Arms. Scroll by Master Jon Blaecstan.

Her Majesty wished to have words with Niccolo Salvietti. His love of fencing is great. He is often first on the training field and last off of it. He pushed himself to authorize for Queen’s Rapier Championship, that he might expand Her Majesty’s honor by competing. He further is a member of Her Majesty’s guard and assists around the College of Silva Vulcani where needed. Thus he was Awarded Arms. Scroll by Lady Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.

Dromund Geirhjalmson did catch Her Majesty’s eye, and her subjects had spread word of his mighty deeds, such that it has reached Her noble ears. He is always volunteering to do every task. His love of fencing and rattan is obvious as he strives always to improve his skills. His good mood and enthusiasm permeates everything he does. For this and many more reasons did it please Her Majesty to bestow upon him an Award of Arms. Scroll by Lady Elizabeth of the Bog and Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower.

Her Majesty Awarded Arms to Mollie O’Donnell in absentia for her work in sewing garb, and teaching others how to sew garb. Scroll illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan with calligraphy by Kameshima-kyo Zentarō Umakai.

Dominique Von Weissenthurn was invited to attend her Majesty. Dominique is well known for making hoods and arming caps for the members of the Shire of Ballachlagan. She goes further to teach classes to share with others the skills she is learning. These actions please Her Majesty thus she was moved to bestow upon her an Award of Arms. Scroll calligraphed by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova upon illumination by Gail Hope.

 

Lord Sergei Ratimirov was invited into court. Her Majesty wished to deliver to him the scroll and medallion marking his induction into the Order of the Golden Alce bestowed upon him last week at Her Coronation by Her predecessors Titus and Anna Leigh that he was not present to get directly.

 

Lord Bjorn Einarsson has shown great skill and enthusiasm for fencing as his skills continue to increase. This pleases Her Majesty thus She inducted Bjorn into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Dona Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen.

Her Majesty wished to continue Her tradition of recognizing one who inspired her this day. On this day of much courtesy and inspiration Lord Jehan Le Blanc did impress Her Majesty with his comportment right from the first bout that she witnessed.

Her Majesty wished to recognize and thank all who had a hand in making the scrolls for this day, as Æthelmearc has many wondrous scribes, without whom the glory of court would be lessened.

Her Majesty thanked everyone who attended this day and all the fencers who vied to be her Champion. His Majesty wanted to be here, and was here in spirit and is eagerly awaiting the tales of chivalry and honor that arose from this day.

After Court, in the royalty room:
The College of Silva Vulcani wished to present to Her Majesty a gift basket full of the works of their hands.

There being no further business, Her Majesty’s Court was closed.

All photos in this article by Maistir Brandubh O Donnghaile 


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Spring Crown Tournament Schedule

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-23 08:23

photo by Ida Caroline Cliff

Greetings unto the populace of Æthelmearc, from the Autocrat for Spring Crown Tourney!

Here is the schedule of events for the day as it stands currently, and a few housekeeping notes too:

Æthelmearc Spring Crown Tournament A.S 50
Schedule of Events

8:30 am ~  Site Opens

8:30-11:30 am ~ Armor Inspection and Pavilion Set-up

11:00 am ~ Consort’s Tea  (Royal Pavilion)

12:00 pm ~ Morning Court

1:00pm ~ Tourney Begins

1:30-3:00 pm ~ Dayboard Served to Combatants and Populace*

12:00-4:30 pm ~ A&S Display available for viewing

5:00 pm ~ Evening Court (or 30 minutes after the end of the Tourney)

7:00 pm ~ Site Closed

*Populace will be served once, then Dayboard will be available in Cafeteria.

Please plan on tearing down pavilions by 6:30 pm so grounds may be cleared for clean-up.

And now for the note.  Please keep in mind that this site is mundanely a school facility and the rules of such must still be obeyed. There is no drinking of alcohol or smoking allowed on the grounds; this includes in your car in the parking lot. We must be out of the building and they prefer us to be done by 7pm, please plan accordingly with your setup and tear down requirements. COMBATANTS/CONSORTS: Please contact myself or Baroness Helene of Delftwood with the complete dimensions of your day shade/pavilion/gallery so we can map out your space ahead of time. Above all else, good luck and welcome!

IS,
Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa
Autocrat
vpressler@yahoo.com
or find me on FaceBook – Vicki Presler


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Æthelmearc Youth Combat Champions’ Tourney at War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 21:34

Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Youth Fighters, it’s time to spiff up your armor and put fresh duct tape on your swords! The Æthelmearc Youth Combat Champions’ Tourney will be held on May 16 at Æthelmearc War Practice in the Canton of Steltonwald. Anywhere from one to three Champions will be chosen by Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, based on their prowess and chivalry. Champions will receive the regalia from the current champions, Otto Brandulfarson (Division 1) and Stephen of Æthelmearc (Division 3), and serve as Kingdom Champions until the next tourney is held by Their Majesties’ successors.

Schedule for youth fighting at War Practice:

Friday night:
  • 6:30 pm to dark – authorizations and a “Try it” session, with loaner armor available. We encourage all youth fighters who are not yet authorized to attend this session if possible. This will give you a little extra practice before fighting in the tourney and help us get things started quickly Saturday morning.
Saturday morning:
  • 8:00 am – list opens for inspections
  • 9:00 – Authorizations
  • 9:30 – Youth Champion’s Tourney begins
  • 10:30-11:30 – Melees

The Youth Combat list will be on the main battlefield, to the east of the thrown weapons range and alongside Currie Road. Look for a blue pop-up canopy.

For more information on Æthelmearc War Practice, see the Steltonwald website.

If you have any questions about youth combat at Æthelmearc War Practice, please contact the Marshal-in-Charge, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.


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An announcement from the Earl Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 19:17
Greetings Unto the East Kingdom!

As some of you may know, my first daughter is scheduled to be born the day before Crown. This will be happening in Colorado and as such I will not be able to act as the Marshal-in-Charge for the Crown tournament. In accordance with East Kingdom Law I have asked Duke Gregor Von Heiseler to be the Marshal-in-Charge and Their Royal Majesties have consented to the substitution. As such, Duke Gregor has graciously agreed to run the Crown tournament.

As Crown is rapidly approaching I ask all Chivalry and OTC marshals, who are not fighting, to make every effort to attend and stand ready to assist Duke Gregor as he deems fit. In addition, Olaf Haraldson, Deputy for Rules Clarification, has agreed to be my Drop-Dead. Being that I much prefer this side of the grass, I have no intention of dropping dead.  So I may be in the market for a food and wine taster at future events. While Olaf has a shifty look about him, he also has a keen sense of the rules and laws of our Kingdom and integrity beyond reproach.

I thank Their Majesties for trusting in my choices and both Gregor and Olaf for being willing to step up and serve our glorious and noble East Kingdom.

Yours In Service,
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil, EK,EM


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SCA Communications Survey

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 19:14

The following was posted to the Society for Creative Anachronism Facebook page. The original can be found here.

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey designed to gather data to assist us in the evolution of communications within the SCA.

We appreciate your time and the opportunity to gather information so we can best serve your needs in the future.

https://docs.google.com/…/1_ihUYVPNPJleoLyouPvSR0A…/viewform

Countess Honor of Restormel
Society Publications Manager


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An announcement regarding Crown Tourney / Une annonce au sujet de la Couronne Tourney

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 19:10

Greetings to the combatants in the East Kingdom’s Spring Crown Tourney!

Their Majesties have informed us that They do not want to use list
trees and personal devices for this Crown Tourney. For those of you
who were planning to bring your device for the list tree, you are
encouraged but are not required to use the device for personal display
at the tournament. For those of you planning to make a device for the
list tree, you may delay that project to a later time. On the day of
the tourney, we’d ask your help in making sure the heralds are able to
be heard across the listfield so that we can get all combatants and
their consorts to the proper lists.

Lady Rosina von Schaffhausen, Jongleur Herald
Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Troubadour Herald

En français par leurs excellences Godfroy de Falaise et Alisay de Falaise

Salutations aux participants du Tournoi printanier de la Couronne.
Nos Majestés nous ont informés qu’ils ne souhaitaient pas que les participants au Tournoi de la Couronne présentent leurs armoiries dans la lice. Ceux qui souhaitaient le faire le pourront, mais cela n’est nullement obligatoire. Pour ceux qui souhaitaient fabriquer leurs armoiries pour être présentés, peuvent remettre ce projet à plus tard. La journée du tournoi, nous demandons votre plus grande collaboration pour vous assurer que les hérauts puissent être entendus d’un bout à l’autre des lices. De cette manière les combattants et leurs consorts pourront se présenter à la bonne lice.

Lady Rosina von Schaffhausen, Jongleur Herald
Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Troubadour Herald


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Missive From Their Majesties

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 16:47

All pay heed to these words from Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle:

BE IT KNOWN to all that profess arms that We, Timothy and Gabrielle, by right of Arms, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc,  do honor and invite all to whom these words come – that We commend Dorinda Courtenay, Member of the Order of the White Scarf, Duchess of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, and Vigilant for the Society’s Order of Defense to play her Master’s Prize against all who might wield the Rapier in its subtile mysterie at these weapons, viz: rapier, rapier and dagger, rapier and parry item, case of rapier or longsword.  Each Gentle being offered three passes of their choice.  We would also provide gaming challenges for those who are not able to meet Her Grace on the rapier listfield. These words are to give notice that Our said Vigilant will be present beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the First day of May, at the appropriately entitled “Celebration of the Art of the Rapier” to perform and do her utter most for the achievement and bearing away of the prize.

Credits to Don Po Silvertop based on the writings from
http://iceweasel.org/lmod.html


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Richard III: Just misunderstood?

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015-04-22 08:54

Members of the Richard III Society have long believed that the last medieval king of England got a bad rap from the conquering Tudors and their bard, William Shakespeare. Now, with the discovery of Richard's remains, others are beginning to reconsider the monarch. (audio interview)

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SCA Newsletter & Communications Survey

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 21:49

The Society Publications Manager asks for your help by responding to a survey on SCA communications.

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey designed to gather data to assist us in the evolution of communications within the SCA.
We appreciate your time and the opportunity to gather information so we can best serve your needs in the future.

The survey can be found here.

Honor of Restormel
Society Publications Manager


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Les participants et format au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est.

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 20:34

Cet article est maintenant disponible en Français. Veuillez cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous.

Spring Crown Tourney Entrants and Format / Les participants et format au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est.

(English Translation: The following article is now available in French. Please click on the link below.)


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In Memoriam: Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 19:30

Photo of Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada on display as part of his memorial at Balfar’s Challenge on April 18th.
Photo courtesy of Cateline La Broderesse

Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 8th, following a chronic illness. Baron Adhemar was active in the Society for more than twenty-five years. For fifteen of those years he served as the Baron of Dragonship Haven, stepping down only last month. He was recognized as a Master of the Laurel by Brion and Anna in 1999 for his skill with illumination, calligraphy, and costuming, and as a Master of the Pelican by Darius and Roxane in 2002 for his long service to the College of Heralds and his Barony.

A longtime member of Duchy von Grunwald, he also was the founder and patriarch of the Maison Sainte Claire, a group dedicated to recreating the culture, customs, and crafts of the year 1405 through the structure of a French nobleman’s household. He was the Commander of La Grande Compagnie de Sainte Claire, devoted to the study and use of black powder weapons in period. Baron Adhemar was well known for his interest in and willingness to teach about 15th century French history, and was recognized with the King’s Order of Excellence in 2002 for his high standards of personal authenticity. He taught and published extensively about authentic scribal practices and was the first in the East to adapt period court and legal documents into SCA award texts.

Baron Adhemar was a Companion of the Orders of the Maunche (1992) and the Silver Crescent (2000). He was made a Baron of the Court with a Grant of Arms by Balfar II and Luna II in 1995. He was gifted a King’s Cypher from Balfar III, as well as with Queen’s Honor of Distinctions (now the Queen’s Award of Esteem) from both Olivia and Anna II. In 2004, Balfar IV and Luna IV revived the very ancient title of Captain-General of Guatemala (traditionally the very last entry in the East Kingdom Order of Precedence) for him in humorous recognition of his long service to the Kingdom. Baron Adhemar was also recognized by his Barony. In 1990, he was named a Companion of Dragonship Haven’s Order of the Yale for service. He was also a Companion of the Barony’s now-closed Order of the Hawk’s Bell for arts and sciences.

Baron Adhemar steps down as Baron of Dragonship Haven.
Photo courtesy of Cateline La Broderesse

Baron Adhemar served many of the Crowns of the East as Their Majesties’ Court Herald, now called the Eastern Crown Herald. He taught the heralds of the list-field as Troubadour (Tourney Deputy) Herald from 2001-2005. He assumed the office of Brigantia Principal Herald of the East in 2005 and served until 2009. In 2012, in the Court of Kenric and Avelina at Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, Rowen Brigantia named him a Herald Extraordinaire (one of the four named that day) among the first named in the East in fifteen years.

Baron Adhemar’s former ward, Baroness Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire shared the following remembrance of him with the Gazette. “I am not good with stories or quotes, but I can tell you the sort of man Adhemar was. Everyone who’s met him knows he’s fabulous, but he is also patient. In his role as Baron and Brigantia he frequently had to deal with well-meaning but totally lost volunteers and even those purposely trying to stir things up. And though he always had a creative swearing session over them in private, he always helped them calmly and even attentively. He kitted out more people than I can
count. Cutting and sewing clothes for them, frequently out of linen and wool that he purchased. He taught freely. When I first met him he would open his tiny apartment up for a weekly scriptorium. He would teach you everything he knew if you let him. His personality could take up a room and his laugh could fill every little crack and crevasse. He was more than just funny or witty, he was fluent in sarcasm and absurdity. He loved his friends very deeply; he also loved history, his art and his Kingdom. Sometimes he forgot that he was not actually a medieval baron, but in many ways that’s what made him so wonderful. And fabulous.”

Photo of Baron Adhemar’s memorial at Balfar’s Challenge on April 18th.
Photo courtesy of Cateline La Broderesse

Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan adds “He was not only my persona’s brother, he was also my foster Laurel. I would often come to him with the most ridiculous ideas for projects and each time through my exciting spiel he would laugh exuberantly, littered with “Yes, Dear”. But when it was done he would do his best to help me research my ideas and encourage me in my pursuits. He never once said no, that’s an unsuitable idea. Not once. We may have decided through research it wasn’t period, but he would never dismiss it out of hand.”

A memorial tent was set up at Balfar’s Challenge in Dragonship Haven on April 18th, and there is also a Facebook page where friends may share photos and remembrances. The memorial service will be held on May 30th at 1 PM at Christ Episcopal Church in New Haven, CT.


Filed under: History, Tidings Tagged: Dragonship Haven, in memoriam, obituary

Spring Crown Tourney Entrants and Format / Les participants et format au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est.

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 17:15

The entrants in this Spring’s Crown Tourney are listed below.  The details on how Crown Tourney will be fought are as follows. The tourney will be double elimination with fighters bringing their weapon of choice for all rounds of the tourney. For the final four, two wins will be required to advance.  This means an undefeated fighter will need one win; a fighter who has already lost a bout will need two wins. The finals will be comprised of only one bout.

The entrants are listed according to the Order of Precedence, and the Gazette would like to thank Baron Rowen Cloteworthy for providing us with the ordered list.

En français par Sir Pellandres dit Le Frère

Ci-bas seront indiqués les participants au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est. Ledit tournoi sera combattu selon les règles suivantes. Item, le format sera celui d’une élimination double où chaque combattant décidera de son propre armement, et ce pour chacun des tours. Item, les quatre finalistes devront avoir deux victoires pour passer en finales. Ainsi, un combattant invaincu de tout le tournoi pourra passer avec un seul combat victorieux. Un autre qui aurait déjà perdu une joute aura besoin de deux victoires. Item, la finale ne sera décidée que d’un seul combat.

Les participants sont ordonnés en fonction de leur Précédence. La Gazette offre ses remerciement à son excellence Rown Cloteworthy pour avoir recherché et établi ledit ordre.

Duke Randal of the Dark for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Duke Kenric aet Essex for Duchess Avelina Keyes
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver for Lady Gracia Vasz de Trillo
Count Brennan mac Fearghus for Countess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain
Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Lady Áine an Neamheaglach
Sir Rhys Ravenscroft for Viscondesa Jimena Montoya
Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern for Lord Harold Hawkinson (Combatant Couple)
Sir Antonio Patrasso for Mistress Elizabeth Lovell
Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon
Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies for Master Philip White
Sir Luis de Castilla for Lady Berenika Varjo
Sir Wilham de Broc for Mistress Isabel Chamberlaine
Master Aethelhawk Keyfinder for the Honourable Lady Siubhan Wallace
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov for Baroness Mathilde De Cadenet
Baron Duncan Kerr for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick
Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche for Lady Isabeau Du Valle
Baron Jozef Ludwiczak for Lady Gwenliana Vachan
Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn for Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Baron Matthias Grunwald for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
Lord William MacCrimmon for Lady Susanna of Dragonship Haven
Lord Harold Hawkinson for Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern (Combatant Couple)
Lord William Ravenhair for Lady Kris Spinster
Lord Anton LeFlamme d’ Saint Aubin for m’lady Cassandra Blondel de Seint Alban
Lord Sterling De La Rosa for Lady Caitrina Gordon called Katya
Lord Richard Crowe for m’lady Ameria Brown
Lord Dmitri Stephanovich for Baroness Nadezhda Voronova
Lord Turi mac Kinnon for Baroness Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson for Lady Cezilia Raposa
Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius for Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt
Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies for Lady Indrakshi
Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice for Lady Lady Lavina Attewode
Dominus Tiberius Nautius Maximus for Lady Sandrine de Berry
Lord Gawyn O’Clery for m’lady Maeve O’Clery
Lady Saikhan Saran for Lord Lorenzo Gorla
Lord Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh for Baroness Molly Schofield
Lord Marcus Antonius Scaevola for Lady Octavia Valeria Laevina
Lord Eliayahu al-Talhi called Tally for m’lady Maria Charriez
Lord Ôzurr for Lady Julianna Le Chaluner
Lord Nicolai Wegener for Lady Æsa Sturludottir
Lord Corwin Blackthorn for Lady Solveig Bjorndottr
m’lord Arne Ulriksson for m’lady Anna Von Baden


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Notes from the April 18 Board Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 17:15

This article is republished from The Æthelmearc Gazette with permission. Our thanks to them for allowing us to share this post. Please click here to see their original post.

Master William de Montegilt attended the April 18 Board Meeting and has submitted the following notes to the [Æthelmearc] Gazette.

If you’ve never been to a Board of Directors meeting, you might want to attend one. The ceremonies are very impressive. The directors are carried in, each on his or her own palanquin, to the central meeting table laden with gold plate and jeweled cups, where they are greeted by cheering members of the populace…..

OK, fine. It’s not like that at all. This is a corporate board meeting. The directors and officers wear suits or other formal business attire. The meetings are run according to the Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis. Meetings are held quarterly, and the Saturday session, which is a working meeting, is open to the public.

At the April meeting, the corporation was represented by the directors, the newest director-elect (who gets to watch, but not vote), several corporate officers, and about a dozen members of the populace. The guests get to speak and ask questions at the discretion of the Chair. Everyone is addressed by their modern names.

Dr. Scott Berk, the Chair, opened the meeting by asking all present to introduce themselves, and to tell everyone what their alternate persona would be if they could start over. There were lots of interesting choices, and the majority seemed to be driven by clothing. A new director-elect, Chele Martines (Sabine de Rouen) was announced, and she will be present at the next meeting. Directors serve for 3 ½ years, and typically one is replaced at every other meeting.

Standard business included recognizing new groups, approving group advances in status, approving bank accounts, and approving a new affiliate corporation in the Netherlands (the Shire of Polderslot). The member in charge of Board recruiting noted there were currently 40 nominees out of roughly 35,000 members. That is very nearly an all-time high. Five of these are from Æthelmearc. The Board likes diversity of geography and fields of interest when choosing among new candidates. It requires the approval of all seven members to elect a new member. The Saturday meeting also covers correspondence. There was NO written correspondence this quarter, which I found interesting. Everything (and there was a lot) came in electronically. Each director has to read a lot of correspondence before each meeting. Twenty years ago, this worked out to about a 4-5 inch binder. There is a deadline for consideration, which is generally the first day of the month in which the meeting is held. Anything later may likely not be considered until the next meeting, so plan accordingly.

There was no Old Business this time. There were three New Business items. One was Polderslot which got covered earlier. The second was a resignation from the Peerage (you have to write to the Board, or it doesn’t count). The last one was the proposal for the Omnibus Peerage.

The proposal was presented by Tessa Williams (Duchess Tessa the Huntress). This was the longest single item of the meeting, and discussion took almost two hours. When asked what she would like the Board to do, she asked them to approve the proposal. This was not possible, as it would require a change to Corpora, which must be put out to the membership for comment. Generally, the directors were in favor of the concept, but made it very clear that they were going to take the time to get it right, recognizing that whatever action is taken (or not), there will be some folks who won’t be happy.

Seven other guests spoke about the proposal, and the audience was included in the general discussion that followed. (Editorial note: Folks who consider the Board to be a monolithic hive-mind really need to see one of these discussions. They will be…enlightened). There was discussion of timing and whether it is too much too fast for the Kingdoms to handle? Build on the Order of Defense? Include this in the Order of Defense? Another consideration was that future martial activities be included in this new peerage so that the process would not need to start over yet again. Fairness, inclusion, and paths to mastery for everyone, and the ensuing benefits to the membership were also considered major factors. Opinions both pro and con were aired on the proposal. Eventually, the Board decided to take the following actions: First, a conference call will be held with the Board, certain officers, and the Crowns of each Kingdom, to get their thoughts. Second, a proposal with a variety of alternatives will be put out as a membership survey. Some of these are: 1) The Omnibus proposal as written 2) Similar, but for all martial activities not included in the Orders of Chivalry and Defense (the Omnibus proposal only covers martial activities, present and future, that fall under the purview of the Society Earl Marshal) 3) Inclusion in the Order of Defense 4) Do nothing at this time. There may be other alternatives depending on the feedback from the Crowns. The target for reconsideration of the proposal and its alternatives is the October meeting.

After a lunch break, the meeting reconvened. There was a very nice presentation from the 50-Year Celebration committee. They are expecting attendance in the 3-5000 range. It will be in the Midrealm, in June of 2016, near Indianapolis. There are 19 large buildings, mostly climate controlled, including horse barns, and large outside areas. They believe this will be the largest equestrian event in the history of the Society. There are about 75 merchants and over 200 classes arranged thus far, and these numbers will increase. There will be themed balls for the dancers every night. There will be a period encampment area. The local area is supportive. There will be 5000 gift packets from the local chamber of commerce. The Baroness of Sternfeld sent a letter making it very clear that the RFRA was modified to prevent discrimination by gender identity, and that attendees would find themselves very welcome by the folks in the area. Other accommodations: handicapped and mobility services will be available, as well as docents for non-SCA folk who show up. There will be a display area with the history of each of the kingdoms, including a YouTube presentation for each on a big screen. It is expected that the one from Avacal will be fairly short.

Next were officer reports, and here are a few highlights. The Society Seneschal (Vice-president for Operations) noted that commentary on the Chirurgeonate is open until July 1. The Vice-President for Corporate Operations mentioned that a survey on electronic communications will be pushed to the e-newsletters. Sign in if you want to respond. Also, the SCA, Inc. passed a fairly rigorous audit by the State of California with flying colors. The Minister for A&S had 39 pages of ongoing activities and commended the A&S community for being awesome. The Chair of the Grand Council commended a number of people, including Æthelmearc’s Arianna of Wynthrope!

Officer changes: A new director was elected (Chele Martines) as mentioned above. The new Society Marshall will be Alan Smith (Alan Gravesend). Interestingly, he will be one of the premier Masters of Defense from Atlantia. Applications for Society Chronicler will be accepted until May 15th. There were various tributes to Lisa May, who is stepping down after this meeting, and she was given the traditional privilege of adjourning the meeting.

The October 2015 meeting will be held in Pittsburgh at the Embassy Suites by the airport. I encourage as many as possible to attend, and get a better idea of how the administration behind our hobby/lifestyle is run.


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Notes from the April 18 Board Meeting

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 17:03

Master William de Montegilt attended the April 18 Board Meeting and has submitted the following notes to the Gazette.

If you’ve never been to a Board of Directors meeting, you might want to attend one. The ceremonies are very impressive. The directors are carried in, each on his or her own palanquin, to the central meeting table laden with gold plate and jeweled cups, where they are greeted by cheering members of the populace…..

OK, fine. It’s not like that at all. This is a corporate board meeting. The directors and officers wear suits or other formal business attire. The meetings are run according to the Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis. Meetings are held quarterly, and the Saturday session, which is a working meeting, is open to the public.

At the April meeting, the corporation was represented by the directors, the newest director-elect (who gets to watch, but not vote), several corporate officers, and about a dozen members of the populace. The guests get to speak and ask questions at the discretion of the Chair. Everyone is addressed by their modern names.

Dr. Scott Berk, the Chair, opened the meeting by asking all present to introduce themselves, and to tell everyone what their alternate persona would be if they could start over. There were lots of interesting choices, and the majority seemed to be driven by clothing. A new director-elect, Chele Martines (Sabine de Rouen) was announced, and she will be present at the next meeting. Directors serve for 3 ½ years, and typically one is replaced at every other meeting.

Standard business included recognizing new groups, approving group advances in status, approving bank accounts, and approving a new affiliate corporation in the Netherlands (the Shire of Polderslot). The member in charge of Board recruiting noted there were currently 40 nominees out of roughly 35,000 members. That is very nearly an all-time high. Five of these are from Æthelmearc. The Board likes diversity of geography and fields of interest when choosing among new candidates. It requires the approval of all seven members to elect a new member. The Saturday meeting also covers correspondence. There was NO written correspondence this quarter, which I found interesting. Everything (and there was a lot) came in electronically. Each director has to read a lot of correspondence before each meeting. Twenty years ago, this worked out to about a 4-5 inch binder. There is a deadline for consideration, which is generally the first day of the month in which the meeting is held. Anything later may likely not be considered until the next meeting, so plan accordingly.

There was no Old Business this time. There were three New Business items. One was Polderslot which got covered earlier. The second was a resignation from the Peerage (you have to write to the Board, or it doesn’t count). The last one was the proposal for the Omnibus Peerage.

The proposal was presented by Tessa Williams (Duchess Tessa the Huntress). This was the longest single item of the meeting, and discussion took almost two hours. When asked what she would like the Board to do, she asked them to approve the proposal. This was not possible, as it would require a change to Corpora, which must be put out to the membership for comment. Generally, the directors were in favor of the concept, but made it very clear that they were going to take the time to get it right, recognizing that whatever action is taken (or not), there will be some folks who won’t be happy.

Seven other guests spoke about the proposal, and the audience was included in the general discussion that followed. (Editorial note:  Folks who consider the Board to be a monolithic hive-mind really need to see one of these discussions. They will be…enlightened). There was discussion of timing and whether it is too much too fast for the Kingdoms to handle?  Build on the Order of Defense?  Include this in the Order of Defense?  Another consideration was that future martial activities be included in this new peerage so that the process would not need to start over yet again. Fairness, inclusion, and paths to mastery for everyone, and the ensuing benefits to the membership were also considered major factors. Opinions both pro and con were aired on the proposal. Eventually, the Board decided to take the following actions: First, a conference call will be held with the Board, certain officers, and the Crowns of each Kingdom, to get their thoughts. Second, a proposal with a variety of alternatives will be put out as a membership survey. Some of these are:  1) The Omnibus proposal as written 2) Similar, but for all martial activities not included in the Orders of Chivalry and Defense (the Omnibus proposal only covers martial activities, present and future, that fall under the purview of the Society Earl Marshal) 3) Inclusion in the Order of Defense 4) Do nothing at this time. There may be other alternatives depending on the feedback from the Crowns. The target for reconsideration of the proposal and its alternatives is the October meeting.

After a lunch break, the meeting reconvened. There was a very nice presentation from the 50-Year Celebration committee. They are expecting attendance in the 3-5000 range. It will be in the Midrealm, in June of 2016, near Indianapolis. There are 19 large buildings, mostly climate controlled, including horse barns, and large outside areas. They believe this will be the largest equestrian event in the history of the Society. There are about 75 merchants and over 200 classes arranged thus far, and these numbers will increase. There will be themed balls for the dancers every night. There will be a period encampment area. The local area is supportive. There will be 5000 gift packets from the local chamber of commerce. The Baroness of Sternfeld sent a letter making it very clear that the RFRA was modified to prevent discrimination by gender identity, and that attendees would find themselves very welcome by the folks in the area. Other accommodations:  handicapped and mobility services will be available, as well as docents for non-SCA folk who show up. There will be a display area with the history of each of the kingdoms, including a YouTube presentation for each on a big screen. It is expected that the one from Avacal will be fairly short.

Next were officer reports, and here are a few highlights. The Society Seneschal (Vice-president for Operations) noted that commentary on the Chirurgeonate is open until July 1. The Vice-President for Corporate Operations mentioned that a survey on electronic communications will be pushed to the e-newsletters. Sign in if you want to respond. Also, the SCA, Inc. passed a fairly rigorous audit by the State of California with flying colors. The Minister for A&S had 39 pages of ongoing activities and commended the A&S community for being awesome. The Chair of the Grand Council commended a number of people, including Æthelmearc’s Arianna of Wynthrope!

Officer changes:  A new director was elected (Chele Martines) as mentioned above. The new Society Marshall will be Alan Smith (Alan Gravesend). Interestingly, he will be one of the premier Masters of Defense from Atlantia. Applications for Society Chronicler will be accepted until May 15th.  There were various tributes to Lisa May, who is stepping down after this meeting, and she was given the traditional privilege of adjourning the meeting.

The October 2015 meeting will be held in Pittsburgh at the Embassy Suites by the airport. I encourage as many as possible to attend, and get a better idea of how the administration behind our hobby/lifestyle is run.


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