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Gazette Editor profile Mistress Hilderun Hügelmann

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-08-13 15:14

Name: Mistress Hilderun Hügelmann

Editor Area/Title: Region 2 Editor









What made you want to join the Gazette staff?

I was thrilled when Tiercelin reached out to me about it. I had a lot on my plate at the time, but I jumped at the chance anyway. The “official” channels of the SCA have been improving, through the generous dedication of officers and volunteers, but they’re just not at the same point yet as how we as a community share information online. I’d been a reader of the East Kingdom Gazette, and every time I read an article, I wished Æthelmearc had something similar. Vivat to Tiercelin for her vision, time and energy!


What do you like most about being on the Gazette staff?

It’s awesome helping to facilitate our Kingdom’s unofficial foray into modern communication. I especially love how fluidly the Gazette interacts with social media. How *fast* it is. A time-sensitive piece of information can reach hundreds of people in hours. People can subscribe via RSS feed, or we also push each article to our Facebook and G+ pages. I myself read it through Facebook.

Also, it’s been a joy to experience the generosity of photographers around the Kingdom. Several talented folks have given the Gazette blanket permission to use photos of events that they post to their Facebook pages. Other times, the editor or article’s author asks permission to use a photo, or provides pictures themselves. I think the use of imagery really enhances the experience, and lets our readers interact with the information on multiple levels.


How has the Gazette been received in your area?

Really seamlessly. The way I hear folks talk about articles, it’s like the Gazette has always been around. Occasionally, for a particularly interesting bit of news (like the Order of Defense), I’ll hear people talking about it online or in person, and it’s obvious that they’ve gotten their information from an article on the Gazette, or they’ve shared the Gazette’s link as a way to pass on information. It’s cool to be a part of that.


What kinds of articles would you like to encourage people to submit?.

I’d like to encourage all event stewards to submit event announcements and updates to the Gazette as a matter of course, after updating the official channels. We have lots of space, and the Gazette is a great way to help build buzz for fun and interesting activities that you may not have room to talk about in an official announcement.

It would also be wonderful to see some more great “think pieces” about the SCA and what we do. Because it’s a blog, and the links can be shared and re-shared, we have a very wide reach at times – for example, Master Daniel del Cavallo’s piece, “On the Peerage” reached over 3,000 SCAdians across the Known World, and Lord Magnus de Lyons great article, “The SCA and Recruiting in the World of Live Action Role Playing Games” recently reached over 1,000!

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First two centuries of English printed books now available online - Thu, 2015-08-13 08:50

In an article for the University of Michigan Record, Mary Morris of the University library reports that "more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from 1473-1700" will now be available to read online. According to the article, "The texts represent a significant portion of the estimated total output of English-language work published during the first two centuries of printing in England."

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Volunteers Needed for SCA Demo at the Great Falls Balloon Festival

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-08-12 16:10

Home from Pennsic and feeling like you want to help promote the SCA to even more people? Or just haven’t had quite enough camping, fencing, fighting, and fun?

Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23 the Incipient Riding of Ravensbridge will be hosting a weekend-long demo and medieval encampment at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Auburn, Maine. This festival draws over 100,000 people annually to view the hot air balloons and learn about and support a variety of local nonprofit organizations — this year, including the SCA!

The schedule for the weekend will include armored and rapier combat demos, live demonstrations of a wide variety of period crafts and arts, and education to festival attendees about what the SCA is and how they can get more involved. There will also be a “medieval village” period encampment. All Scadians are welcome to come to help promote the SCA – whether you can attend for the weekend or just for an afternoon, your help is needed!

The medieval village portion of the demo will be a walk-through medieval encampment that includes the live arts demonstrations. Currently there are 26 period tents in the village (with room for a few more), and arts demonstrations of the following crafts: Spinning, card weaving, archery, brewing, games, heraldry, enameling, embroidery, blacksmithing, soapmaking, medieval confections, bardic, and scribal arts.

The demo coordinator, Lady Sigrida Arnsdottir, is still looking for additional artisans to participate in all or part of the live arts demonstrations, particularly in the areas of armoring, stained glass, and medieval foods.

If you would like to attend and camp in the medieval village, please contact Lady Sigrida to reserve space. Campers must be in period tents, must pre-reserve space, and must be prepared to have their camp open to the public during the day. Campers should be prepared to be set up from Friday afternoon through 5 pm Sunday. Above ground fire rings only! Carry in, Carry out. No alcohol is allowed as it is a public park. Public hours for the medieval village walk through are Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.

For those not able to spend the entire weekend at the Festival, there are many other opportunities to get involved. Many hands are needed to man the information tables, and the demo staff welcomes all authorized fighters and fencers to come and show your stuff.

Armored combat demos will take place on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, combatants muster is at noon, and there will be combat demos (rapier and armored) from 2 to 3 pm and again from 5 to 6 pm. On Sunday, there will be a “vikings invade the village” battle at 1 pm, plus other activities during the “family fun” portion of the festival from 10 am to 1 pm. There will also be a youth combat demo if enough youth fighters and marshals are available.

Scadians from everywhere are encouraged to attend and get involved in telling festival attendees about this great hobby we all enjoy.

The demo coordinator is Lady Sigrida Arnsdottir. Please contact her at or via phone at 207-890-5349 (leave a message).

For questions about the combat demo, please contact Syr Marcus Blackaert at

For more details, including directions, please see the announcement on the East Kingdom Webpage.

Filed under: Events Tagged: demo, demos, festival, Malagentia, medieval village, ravensbridge

What does +NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI+ mean? - Wed, 2015-08-12 15:37
The British Library is looking for help trying to solve an inscription on a medieval sword...

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London Chaucer Conference 2015: All The Tweets #Chaucer2015 - Wed, 2015-08-12 14:29
All the tweets (in chronological order) from the Biennial London Chaucer Conference, held at Senate House Library, 10-11 July 2015. [Note: this captures only tweets using the official confernece hashtag #Chaucer2015]

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Getting the Word Out: Medieval Manuscripts Now - Wed, 2015-08-12 14:27
UCL Festival of the Arts, 21 May 2015, 18:30 to 19:30 - Live tweets from public discussion on the use and abuse of digital images of medieval books: #ManuscriptsNow

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Alexandre and Eularia newest prince and princess of Insulae Draconis - Vivant! - Wed, 2015-08-12 10:15

In a clean and decisive victory, Master Alexandre d'Avigne, fighting for Mistress Eularia Trewe, won the Insulae Draconis coronet tourney over Lord Johannes of Uffingdon, fighting for Viscountess Susannah of York. The tourney took place on Saturday 8 August AS 50 in the shire of Mynydd Gwyn (mka Wales and borders) on the beautiful grounds of Raglan Castle.

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Fun at Pennsic with the Known World Assassins Guild

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-08-12 06:31

The Gs are for “Grandfather”, the head of each team.

Shenanigans were the order of the day this Pennsic. After sending a general invite to all the queens of the Known World, I received responses back from seven Kingdoms. Seven! In the end many of the teams could not get together to play due to busy schedules at Pennsic and I was left with four: Æthelmearc, East Kingdom Royal, East Kingdom Rogue, and Atlantia.

I scheduled them all to meet me at some point during the five-hour long Arts and Sciences Display. I designed belt flashes for each to wear while on their journey. Then I designed four mini-games to challenge their skills.

They were given a background story: At one time we were ONE.

In commemoration, a special token was made from the Dream, along with a ring. As time passed these gifts were separated and lost. The lands were divided.

Recently, a rumor was heard that the Elfrida Brooch and the Ring of Dreaming have been located again. Legends say these tokens can re-unite the Kingdoms…or allow one to rule over them all. The tokens are on their way to a Dark Lord who intends to use them to wrest control of all the lands of the Known World. 

The cipher letter they “intercepted”

The Kings are at war but each Queen recognizes the threat and has summoned their own personal agents and spies to track down and capture the prize …

But will the successful Queen use the these tokens to re-unite the lands?

Or does she intend to control all the Kingdoms? 

Then they were given a package and a letter with a cypher around the borders, appearing as scrollwork. The code gave them the location to deliver the package (a ceramic egg) the next day.

So Monday rolls around and finds me at the Bartertown in the Great Hall at noon. East Kingdom Royal is right there first thing and an hour later EK Rogue stops by as well. Each is given a picture that indicates they are to go to the archery range, thus beginning a scavenger hunt that would take them all over Pennsic while describing the brooch and ring.

The opening of the scavenger hunt

HOWEVER, just as I go find Æthelmearc and Atlantia to tell them to start the scavenger hunt, it becomes clear that EK Royal misunderstood the directions and took the pieces, ensuring that the other teams would be unable to partake of the hunt as well. Things happen, and I reset the four teams at the next game at the Blue Feather Ball, Tuesday night.

Here there was a lady (not a lady) with veils and sashes all about her waist. Each sash was a scytale (strip of fabric that wraps around to line up the words). They had to sneak these sashes off of the “lady” without being caught. Æthelmearc was there and the fastest, followed by Atlantia, then EK Royal, then EK Rogue.

The scytale led to the finale: “Kill the Man with the Basket”. A brightly decorated basket was dropped in the middle of Midnight Madness and contained several items all tied to the basket. Each item (and the basket itself) had words attached to them, creating two sentences: “The Tree on the Path of Cariodoc” and “The bridge where a Kingdom Used to Be”. Whoever had the basket could not kill and once killed the basket had to be dropped while the person resurrected at me, the Resurrection Point. There were 27 kills in one hour, with EK Royal Leading on most kills and least deaths. EK Rogue was killed the most, Æthelmearc had the least kills (Atlantia did not show up for this final battle).

So EK Royal was the clear winner in being assassins.

But Æthelmearc figured out the two codes and was able to bring her Majesty Gabrielle the brooch and the ring, which she rewarded to her faithful servants. So Æthelmearc’s diligence and hard work was rewarded.

Congratulations to all who played, and I hope we have more teams next year.

Your in Service,
Lady Rue, Spokesperson for the Known World Assassins Guild

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The Æstel Needs Cover Art!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-08-11 15:26

From the Kingdom Chronicler.

An Æstel cover from the past.

The September Æstel came very close to having a blank front cover with
a call for cover art submissions in bold text.

This should not happen in a kingdom as artistic as Æthelmearc.

How can you prevent this from happening you ask? Simple.

Send me a good quality photograph or scan of your artwork or project
that will look good in black and white (I know the Middle Ages and
Renaissance were very colorful periods, but the printed copies are done
in black and white 11 months of the year to save money, so the Æstel is
in Black and White)

What is good quality? Clear scans and sharply focused photographs with
enough contrast that you can see what is going on from a couple of feet
away, and not so much contrast that the details are blown away or lost
in shadow, with an image size of at least 1600 pixels wide by 2000 pixels
high (8×10 at 200 pixels per inch) at the highest quality JPEG, TIFF, or

Please include the appropriate usage releases, and if people are
included and recognizable, modeling releases. Captions are nice too :)

Also if you have an A&S project that you have written up, and
photographed, I would love to have enough material to put together an
A&S Æstel Æxtra

In service,
Master John Michael Thorpe
Æthelmearc Chronicler

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How to Join Polling and Discussion Lists

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-08-11 08:52

The following message is from the Duchess Katherine Stanhope, who is the Polling Clerk for the East Kingdom.

Greetings all,

Many, many new awards have been bestowed recently, so there are many people to be added to polling and discussion lists. The link to join these lists is:

Note that the polling and discussion lists are SEPARATE. You receive the polls on the polling list ONLY, and all discussion takes place on the discussion lists.

Because there are so many new award recipients, I haven’t been able to keep track. When you join the lists, please send me an email to explaining who you are, and when you received your award. This will help prevent delays to processing your request. Also, the current polling is open until August 23. If you sign up before then, I will send you the link to the poll.

If you think you are subscribed but haven’t received your poll, the first thing you should do is check your spam filter. If you don’t find the polls in there, then go to the link and resubscribe.

Thank you!

Katherine Stanhope
Polling Clerk

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Duke Finn Herjolffson

PainBank - Wed, 2015-07-22 07:38

This was a great interview with an older knight of the Midrealm, who at the time was on the down slope of participation in the SCA.

The Midrealm Chivalry page shows him as Inactive. Hope you enjoy it.
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New file in the PERSONAL CARE section: Hiccups-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Sat, 2014-01-18 18:34
Hiccops-art (6K) 12/28/13 "Medieval oddities: Hiccups" by Lady Catherine Ambrose.

New file in the PERIOD-THOUGHT section: E-Eglsh-Prose-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Sat, 2014-01-18 18:32
E-Eglsh-Prose-art(165K) 12/27/13 "Echoes of Oral Tradition in the Dialogues of Ælfric’s Natale Sancte Agnetis" by Detlef von Marburg. (Master's thesis)

New file in the PERFORMANCE ARTS section: Early-Keybrds-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Wed, 2014-01-15 19:54
Early-Keybrds-art (7K) 12/11/13 "Early Keyboards and Their Music" by Domhnall O'Dochartaigh.

Updated file in the FOOD-MEATS section: horse-recipes-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Wed, 2014-01-15 19:51
horse-recipes-msg (61K) 12/13/13 Period horse recipes. References.

Updated file in the FOOD-DAIRY section: dairy-prod-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 00:23
dairy-prod-msg (108K) 12/15/13 Dairy products. milk, butter, curds, cream.

New file in the FOOD-DAIRY section: milk-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 00:22
milk-msg (31K) 12/15/13 Medieval and modern milk.

Updated file in the FOOD section: illusion-fds-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 00:20
illusion-fds-msg (147K) 12/13/13 Medieval illusion foods. Disguised food.

New file in the CLOTHING section: Gaelic-Dress-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 00:18
Gaelic-Dress-art (81K) 11/30/13 "Gaelic Dress" by HL Finnacan Dub.

New file in the SCA-CAMPING section: Bear-Safety-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 00:16
Bear-Safety-art (6K) 12/22/13 "Bear Safety in Oertha" by Kurios Halfdan 'Two Bears' Ôzurrson.