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An Announcement from the East Kingdom Chirurgeon

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-07-19 22:26

Greetings from the Kingdom Chirurgeon!

I write this message in an effort to address some false rumors concerning the Chirurgeonate.

As many of you are probably aware, some months ago in mid-January, the SCA Board of Directors (BoD) announced a proposal to do away with Chirurgeons as officers within the Society. They invited comments and ultimately made their decision in April. Effectively, the BoD decided to suspend action on this matter, pending further study and research. No decision was made at that time, nor has any decision been made since then; however, a committee (on which I am honored to serve) has been formed to investigate and discuss the issue.

Since the BoD announcement in January, rumors concerning the ultimate disposition of the Chirurgeonate have abounded. I have heard folks state with certainty that Chirurgeons no longer exist, or that their days are numbered. As stated above, these rumors are false. At this time, the Chirurgeonate continues to exist in the same manner as it has in the past: Chirurgeons – persons with mundane first aid and CPR certifications – continue to serve at SCA activities, patching up minor injuries and referring persons to higher levels of care when necessary.

In service to Chirurgy and the East,

Magister Galefridus Peregrinus,

East Kingdom Chirurgeon


Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: Chirurgeonate

Sterling Renaissance Festival opens for 38th season despite financial stress

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-07-19 20:22

It almost didn't happen. Weeks before Sterling, New York's famous Renaissance Festival was scheduled to open its gates, the management found itself lacking the US $300,000 needed to operate the faire. The public raised money and a bank came through with a loan, but the event's future is still uncertain. Sarah Blazonis of Time Warner Central NY has the story.

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Norfolk "Q-tip" declared treasure

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-07-19 13:34

Everyday toilet implements, such as an ear scoop found by a metal detectorist, were among the recently-declared treasures in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England. Also discussed was an early Anglo-Saxon "gold and garnet cloisonné circular domed object." (photos)

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Cabbage Hurling goes global

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-07-18 17:28

Prepare yourslef for the newest global sensation: Cabbage Hurling. Nothing like America's Punkin' Chunkin', Cabbage Hurling consists of a smallish trebuchet and lots of rotten cabbage. Simon Spark reports for the BBC. (video)

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Video of Coronation of Ealdormere's Siegfried and Ragni online

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-07-18 15:39

Andrew Lowry reports that he has posted a video of the Coronation of King Siegfried and Queen Ragni of the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The video is available to view on YouTube.

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Archers on Safari at Pennsic 43

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-07-18 14:00

Archery Champs on the line at Pennsic 42

The Archery War Points at Pennsic this year will all have a Safari theme, and rumor has it that the Saint Sebastian Shoot will as well!

Before we provide a brief run-down of archery matters, there is an important equipment issue to report: PVC Bows will NOT be allowed for target archery at the War. This decision, agreed to by the East’s Captain General of Archers and the Archer General of the Midrealm, came too late to appear in the Pennsic booklet. This is the result of a recent catastophic failure of such a bow. Master Godric of Hamtun, the Marshal in Charge of Archery this Pennsic, feels these bows and their manufacture require more extensive study of their safety and reliability, so they are now banned until further notice.

Be an East Kingdom Patriot!!!

Some archery ringers at Pennsic 42

Everyone can and should shoot the Populace Archery War Points and be an East Kingdom hero! Unlike most other martial activities, no authorizations are needed to participate in target archery — with just a bit of instruction, anyone can score points and help determine the outcome of the War. Most experienced archers have equipment they are willing to lend, so just ask one you know. Equipment can be used by multiple archers, it only needs to be inspected with each archer who will be using it.

An Overview of Archery at the War:

Please help with Archery Range setup on Monday 7/28. The more folks who help, the sooner we can start shooting.

Archery Champs at Pennsic 42

Classes, novelty shoots, instruction, activities geared to young archers and special contests will take place throughout the War. Check the announcements posted at the Marshal Tent on the range.

All Archery Marshals should attend one of the Marshal meetings (Thursday 7/31 at 5pm or Sunday 8/3 at 4pm) and EK Archery Marshals must sign-up and serve two shifts of two hours each.

Atlantia will again sponsor the day-long Saint Sebastian Shoot, on Saturday, 8/2, 10am to 5pm.

The Archery Champions Team Tournement (1 War Point) is scheduled for Wednesday 8/6 at 9:00 am. Practices/tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 5pm to 7pm.

Please note that the archery range is CLOSED from 5pm Tuesday until after the ranges are re-set following the Champions Team competition Wednesday afternoon.

Lord Alberic and King Gregor

The Populace Archery War Points (3 points x 3 shoots = 9 War Points) will run Sunday 8/3 through Friday 8/7, excluding Wednesday. Archers can shoot each of the three shoots five times during the War. The familiar Clout, Castle Window and Soldier shoots return again this year, but the castle turret of the Clout will be square.

Range tear-down will begin when war point shooting ends on Friday afternoon, and help is always welcome.

The results of the Populace Archery War Points will be announced at Closing Ceremonies Friday afternoon.

For more info, see the Pennsic 43 Archery web page, and watch for updates posted on-site.

(Photos graciously provided by Baroness Rainillt.)


Filed under: Archery, Pennsic Tagged: War Points

Order Meetings at Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:27

Their Highnesses wish to consult with the Companions of Their polling award Orders in person at Pennsic. If you are a member of these Orders, please make every effort to attend these important but brief meetings!

Please let it be known that we will be hosting our Pennsic order meetings and invite the companions to attend us per the following schedule:

Sunday, August 3, in EK Royal

  • The Order of the Silver Crescent will meet from 8:00 to 8:30 pm
  • The Order of the Pelican will meet from 8:30 to 9:00 pm

Monday, August 4, in the EK Battlefield Pavilion

  • The Order of the Golden Rapier will meet following the field battles/friendship battle until 4:30 pm
  • The Order of the Sagittarius will meet from 4:30 to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 5, in the EK Battlefield Pavilion

  • The Oder of Tygers Combatant will meet from 5:00 to 5:30 pm
  • The Order of the Chivalry will meet from 5:30 to 6:00 pm
  • The Order of the Maunche will meet from 6:00 to 6:30 pm
  • The Order of the Laurel will meet from 6:30 to 7:00 pm

Thank you,

Edward & Thyra

(Photo by Baroness Rainillt.)


Filed under: Official Notices, Pennsic Tagged: Chivalry, Golden Rapier, Laurel, Maunche, meeting, orders, Pelican, Sagittarius, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combatant

Order Meetings at Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-07-18 11:41

Their Highnesses wish to consult with the Companions of Their polling award Orders in person at Pennsic. If you are a member of these Orders, please make every effort to attend these important but brief meetings!

Please let it be known that we will be hosting our Pennsic order meetings and invite the companions to attend us per the following schedule:

Sunday, August 3, in EK Royal

  • The Order of the Silver Crescent will meet from 8:00 to 8:30 pm
  • The Order of the Pelican will meet from 8:30 to 9:00 pm

Monday, August 4, in the EK Battlefield Pavilion

  • The Order of the Golden Rapier will meet following the field battles/friendship battle until 4:30 pm
  • The Order of the Sagittarius will meet from 4:30 to 5:00 pm
  • The Oder of Tygers Combatant will meet from 5:00 to 5:30 pm
  • The Order of the Chivalry will meet from 5:30 to 6:00 pm
  • The Order of the Maunche will meet from 6:00 to 6:30 pm
  • The Order of the Laurel will meet from 6:30 to 7:00 pm

Thank you,

Edward & Thyra

(Photo by Baroness Rainillt.)


Filed under: Official Notices, Pennsic Tagged: Chivalry, Golden Rapier, Laurel, Maunche, meeting, orders, Pelican, Sagittarius, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combatant

Peerages offered at Northshield's Border Skirmish

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-07-18 11:14

Katerinka Ministro reports that in Their Court at Border Skirmish, Their Majesties Siegfried and Elizabeth offered elevation to the Peerage to three of Their subjects.

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The evolution of London

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-07-18 00:36

How did London evolve as a city from Roman times to the present? Researchers at UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis know the answer and privdes a visual aid in the form of a map which shows the city's development from the 1st century military center to today's megacity.

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Great Northeastern War Report

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-07-17 18:17

Great Northeastern War (okay, Great Northeastern Judicial Dispute) this year was fought between the Barony of Endewearde and the Province of Malagentia over the tolls charged in Malagentia. Opening ceremonies began with a grand procession of the Barony of Endewearde, many in black and gold garb, to the fighting field, where the forces of Malagentia and its allies were arrayed. Baron Ane du Vey pointed out to His Imperial Majesty, that not only are Endeweardians being taxed for going through Malagentian territory, their own people are likewise taxed, and none of these taxes have reached the kingdom coffers. Colonel Christian Woolfe, seneschal of Malagentia, presented Malagentia’s case, and the Emperor decided that this could only be resolved by fighting. And anyway, as he said in court several times, he loves fighting. There were many war (judicial conflict) points. The judicial conflict ended with Endewearde
being vindicated and winning the war. Here are the results:

Heavy: Endewearde 2, Malagentia 1
Fencing: Endewearde 3, Malagentia 2 (Endewearde won the Youth Fencing, as all the entrants were Endeweardians, Malagentia won the five person melee and the castle battle, Endewearde won the field battle, and Thomas of Effingham was undefeated in the Cut and Thrust tourney and had declared for Endewearde).
Archery: Endewearde 3, Malagentia 0 (Krakken probably singlehandedly won the clout shoot with a near perfect score of 23)
Thrown Weapons: Endewearde 3, Malagentia 0
Arts and Sciences: Endewearde 1, Malagentia 3 (Malagentia has scholars and artisans, but Endewearde has brewers). Malagentia also took the shopping point

There were many allies helping Endewearde prove that the taxation of the roads in Malagentia were unjust. Here is a partial listing: Barony of Havre des Glace, Barony of L’ile Dragon Dormant, Barony of Stonemarche, and the Barony of Bergental. The three Thunder clans also joined Endewearde on the fields of battle. The Emperor of the East, Brennan, declared for Endewearde and brought his people with him. He sided with Endewearde to make the sides as even as possible (and probably because he hadn’t yet gotten his cut of the road taxes…). ;) The Empress joined Endewearde’s forces on the fencing field. Standing with Malagentia were Serpentius and the Barony of Carolingia (and possibly others I have missed).

Several fundraisers were held over the weekend, and over $1500 was raised for the Pennsic State Dinner fund. There were donation jars at Baconpalooza and Papa’s Bar at the End of the World, and Smokehaus and the Second Wurst Fundraiser sold sausages, and hot dogs with all the fixings.

Court was so long that there had to be an intermission in the middle, but many worthy people were recognized. Duke Kenric read an AoA scroll in Anglo-Saxon which had been written by Aneleda Falconbridge. There were several emotional moments, including when Camille des Jardins, newest OGR, was presented with a pin made by Master Gregory Finche for Don Jehan Fitzalan. The capstone was the induction of Maxton Gunn and Anna Mickel von Salm into the Order of the Laurel, with the presentation of handmade medallions and books.

At closing ceremonies a treaty was signed and gifts of good will were
given. Malagentia gifted Endewearde with a hand made wooden candle lantern with one side bearing the moon of Malagentia and the other the tower of Endewearde; Master Christian Woolfe made this lovely gift! Endewearde’s gift to Malagentia included the following items: 2 rattan swords made by Lord William, a throwing javelin made by Lord Seamus, a pile of vambraces (arm guards) for archery made by Godric and other archers who shared the work, and a silk heraldic banner made by Lady Yzabel.

(Thanks to Baroness Sylvia du Vey for this article, which I have edited and added to)

Brita Mairi Svensdottir


Filed under: Events Tagged: Endewearde, Malagentia

Call for Replacement Thrones

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-07-17 17:13

Unto the good people of the East Kingdom,

While they served through a great many courts, and bore witness to the recognition of many of the glorious deeds that have been performed in our kingdom, the mighty thrones of the East have carried the burdens of the royalty for far too long. While built with the strongest materials and finest craftsmanship, they could only withstand the relentless care of over-eager guards for so long.

As such, we are putting out a call to the Woodworkers and Joiners of the East Kingdom to replace the thrones. We are interested in two sets to be built by different artisans, one pair for the King and Queen, and one pair for the Prince and Princess.

Designs should be sturdy and easily transported, and able to serve the kingdom for many reigns to come. As we do not know who our heirs will be, they should be comfortable for anyone from the most delicate of ladies to the stoutest of knights.
Please send inquiries as well as proposals (to include a budget and schedule), to Baron Lachlann the Graheme. The existing thrones may be viewed and measured at Pennsic War, on a noninterfering basis. Proposals are due by Sunday, August 31st.

In Service to the East,
Edward & Thyra
Prince & Princess


Filed under: Official Notices

Vikings: Lives Beyond the Legends - exhibition now underway at Royal BC Museum

Medievalists.net - Thu, 2014-07-17 16:17
For those living in North America who were envious of the British Museum's recent exhibition on Vikings, there is now an exhibition under way at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia. Vikings: Lives Beyond the Legends features over 500 artifacts. It will be on display until November 11th.

You can see this preview of the exhibition:



 For more details, please visit the Royal BC Museum website


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Vigils at Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-07-17 16:12

All open vigils for which Writs have been given in advance by Their Imperial Majesties will be taking place on Tuesday of War Week (August 5th) at the following times and places:

Lillia de Vaux – Pelican: 4 p.m. until 11 p.m., Oaken Glen camp, next to East Kingdom Royal

Note added July 18: Oaken Glen is at the top of the block, closest to the Horde entrance. If you show up at the camp directly next to EK Royal, you’ll be in An Tir Royal.

Rainillt de Bella Marisco – Laurel: 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in ICOD camp on N15, gate entrance on By The Way

Judith fitzHenry/the Uncertain – Laurel: 1 pm to 5 pm in the Barony of Bhakail’s camp in N11 with the entrance on Fletcher’s Road

Aethelhafoc Caegfindan (aka AEthelhawk Keyfinder) – Pelican: 9 p.m. to Midnight at ICOD on N15, gate entrance on By The Way


Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: Pennsic, vigils

Discover the art of the Song Dynasty at the Freer/Sackler Gallery

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2014-07-17 10:13

The Freer/Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution presents an exhibition of Chinese landscape painting from the 10th through 13th centuries entitled Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy, May 17–October 26, 2014.

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Society Seasonal Archery Competition: Summer: Slots

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:57

Sir Jon has provided the rules for the SCA's Society Seasonal Archery Competition.

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Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Body Armor

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-07-16 11:00

In little more than two decades Alexander the Great of Macedon (356-323 BCE) conquered by military force nearly the entirety of the known world. Despite the fact that he led one of the most successful armies of all time, surprisingly little is understood about the main type of body armor that apparently both Alexander and many of his men wore.

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Tips for Pennsic Troll from the East Kingdom Gazette

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-07-16 05:40

So, you’re going to Pennsic. The last thing you want to do is get held up at Troll, right? Follow these simple tips, and getting in will be a breeze!

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Three Queens 2014 photos online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-07-15 18:41

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created two albums of photos from Three Queens 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.

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Pennsic 43 dance music available

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-07-15 15:46

Aaron Drummond and Meg Raynsford, Pennsic 43 Musician Coordinators, report that the Pennsic Pile, dance music for Pennsic War 43, is now available to download.

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