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East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-03-15 15:23

Master Philip the Pilgrim has launched The Midrealm Gazette. If you are interested in reading the news from the Midrealm, you can find their Gazette here.  They are also on Twitter and Facebook.

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: Midrealm

In Memoriam: Master Kali Harlansson of Gotland

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-03-15 13:11

Master Kali as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2003

It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports that Master Kali Harlansson of Gotland passed away on March 12, 2015 after a long illness. Kali was well known for his gifts as a story teller and was a beloved member of the Barony of Carolingia. “Tell us a story, Uncle Kali” was the frequent request as people would sit at his feet and wait for him to speak.

“I remember Kali Harlansson as a warm, humorous, gentle and courteous man,” wrote Countess Elspeth. “So courteous, and gentle, that he, being very tall, would usually drop to his knees, with a grin and a twinkle in his eye, so that we could converse at an equal level. I always found this charming, and when I was in a position to do so, I presented Kali Harlansson with my Queens Order of Courtesy.”

Kali was best known for his story-telling and for this work was made a Companion of the Laurel by Their Majesties Kelson and Geneviere. “Kali had the gift of breathing life into stories that were a thousand years old,” wrote Master Alexsandr Yevsha. “When he told a section of an Edda or a Saga it was a fresh as this season’s television. When he talked about ancient political rivalries he made them as captivating as any modern political scandal”.

Master Kali as Oberon and his wife, Mistress Caryl, as Titania in 1982

Kali shared his gift for words, wry sense of humor and deep love of history in the All That column that he wrote for the Carolingian Miniscule and can still be accessed on here.   He taught and encouraged others, formally and informally. Mistress Gwendolyn of Middlemarch remembered his engaging and amusing lectures at the Carolingian Medieval Universities, in particular “Conjugation: The Verb and You” in which he illustrated the verb “to nibble” with small squeaking mice.

Over the years, Kali performed in and directed many plays in the SCA. He was Oberon in the first full length Shakespearean production staged in Carolingia in 1982. Twenty-one years later, he performed again in Midsummer Night’s Dream as Bottom. Baron Fergus MacRae, who directed him in the latter production, remembered Kali as an actor who was “a wonderful man to work with who always brought a warmth to rehearsal and unexpected depths to his roles.”

Kali supported the East through his work in the seneschalate also. He served as seneschal of the Barony of Carolingia and the Canton of the Towers, as well as Central Region Deputy Seneschal. “When I was elected seneschal,” said Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For, “one of the first things I did was talk to Kali. He generously shared his time and experience. Whenever I needed advice, he was always there with his gentle bits of wisdom and keen observations.”

Master Kali’s Laurel scroll by Mistress Rhonwen, inspired by Aldhelm’s “Riddles,” England, 10th century, and a Gospel, Northumbria, 8th century. The Skald-drapa praise poem by Lady Susanna la Flor was inspired by “The Head-Ransom,” c.935

Early in his SCA career Kali became thegn to then Master Vissevald, along with Johan von Traubenberg and Kobayashi Yutaka. This proved to be two more than Master Vissevald’s lady wife was willing to keep straight, so she addressed them all as “Thegn 1A”. While this was the cause of some confusion for others, it was oddly true that the thegns themselves always knew which one she was addressing.

Master Steffan of Silverwing put words to the loss felt by so many Easterners in this way. “In the early days, although he probably didn’t know it, and would have been surprised by it, he was a mentor to me just by being who he was, an example of How to Be in the world, around other people.”

Kali is survived by his wife, Mistress Caryl de Trecesson, and his children David and Bethany. Messages of condolence may be left at this website, where the obituary can also be read. Details on the memorial service are not yet available, but requests for notice can be sent to Memorial donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association ( or to the Unitarian Universalist Association (

Filed under: Tidings

Midrealm Gazette Now Online

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-03-15 12:41

We are pleased to welcome the Midrealm Gazette to the growing family of unofficial Kingdom blogs!

You can find the Midrealm Gazette here. They are also on Twitter and Facebook.

Congratulations to Master Philip the Pilgrim and his staff!


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Polypropylene Swords Now Allowed for Rattan Combat

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-03-13 16:25

As of March 12th, 2015 polypropylene swords are legal weapons for rattan combat in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc with the below restrictions:

1) The polypropylene rod must be 1.25” in diameter.
2) All polypropylene swords must have the length of the blade completely wrapped in strapping tape.
3) The polypropylene must be one of the below two listed types. Any other type (such as Tecafine PP or other random co-polymer) are explicitly banned for use in combat within Æthelmearc under any circumstances.

Type A: co-polymer 7823, also known as pro-fax 7823 from McMaster-Carr.
Type B: “SCA ROD” from Brast Industrial Solutions. (Brast does not have a part # for this, the “sca rod” designation identifies the rod required, as per Barry Ellison.) Brast Industrial Solutions can be reached at 502-585-5171 or 800-292-2396.

My thanks to everyone who helped with the testing and tracking of the test results. Especially to Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn, my experiemental deputy for the above wording.

Tessa, KEM

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2015 Known World Children's Fete at Pennsic Seeking Volunteers - Fri, 2015-03-13 15:26

The organizers of this year's Children's Fete are seeking volunteers to assist with, and to sponsor, activities.

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An Announcement from Master Padraig MacEanruig, East Kingdom Pennsic Warlord/Une annonce de Maitre Padraig MacEanruig, Seigneur de Guerre du Royaume de l’Est à Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-03-12 18:54

Photo courtesy of Baroness Leonete D’Angley.

En français

An announcement from Master Padraig MacEanruig, East Kingdom Pennsic Warlord

Greetings all, after consulting with Their Royal Highnesses  I am pleased to be able to announce the chivalric advisor and co-captains of this years Eastern Unbelted Team. They are Sir Alex as advisor, and as captains, Lord Harald Hokonson and Lord Tiernan MacAlpine. Although the format has yet to be decided for this upcoming war, they will help the Chivalric advisor and myself prepare a strong and chivalrous team.

En français

Une annonce de Maitre Padraig MacEanruig, Seigneur de Guerre du Royaume de l’Est à Pennsic:

Bonjour à tous,

Après avoir consulté leurs Altesses Royales, je suis heureux de pouvoir annoncer qui seront le conseiller chevaleresque et les co-capitaines de l’équipe Sans-Ceinture de l’Est pour cette année. Ils sont Sire Alex comme conseiller, et comme capitaines, Seigneur Harald Hokonson et Seigneur Tiernan MacAlpine. Quoi que le format de la guerre à venir reste encore à être choisi, ils aideront le conseiller et moi-même à préparer une forte équipe chevaleresque.

The Gazette thanks Mórag filia Scayth for translation services.

Filed under: Announcements, En français, Heavy List, Pennsic Tagged: Pennsic, unbelts

Spring Schola and Feast

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-03-12 15:48
The Ducks of the Barony of Andubhaigeainn are excited to announce this year’s annual Spring Schola and Feast in Huntington, NY, inspired by a visit to the Sorbonne in the 13th Century.  Learn to cook the “local” cuisine, take classes in various artistic and scientific endeavors. Schola Classes Our Friendly Neighbors in Lions End had their Schola just four short weeks prior, and many of their classes were PART I. Come on out to the Ducky Domain for the PART II’s. Please see the event announcement on the East Kingdom website or for more details on the classes.  Some classes are RSVP dependent so the instructor can have enough materials on hand. Some classes have a materials fee. There is a track especially for youth and there are many, many classes that do not require that you completed a PART I in Lion’s End. Baronial Championships Baronial Bardic Champion Eanraig MacEanraig and Baronial Arts and Sciences Champion Lady Saruke thugater Elmanos will be stepping down after a long hard winter, choosing new Bardic and Arts & Sciences Champions. All are invited and encouraged to participate in these annual competitions that welcome Spring’s beauty back into the lands of our Barony. The rules of both contests can be found on the event announcement on the East Kingdom website. Garb Sale We have an over abundance of “Gold-Key” or Loaner Garb.  In order to help cut down on the extra, there will be a display and SALE of many pieces.  Please contact the Autocrat with any questions. Populace Badge A badge for the people, by the people.  Try out your badge designing skills to help come up with ideas for the An Dubhaigeainn populace badge!
Lady Violet Hughes has a few ideas to suggest, and can help you with sources for inspiration and rules for how it all goes together.  This is not a formal class, and Violet will be available all day long. Feast and Dayboard There will be a delectable dayboard and a fantastic feast prepared by our own Lady Vetra with assistance from those participating in the Feast Creation Class. The feast will be served after the Spring Court of Baron David and Baroness Suzanne.
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A Kingdom for a Stage

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-03-12 11:45

A Kingdom for a Stage is just a few weeks away on March 28, A.S. XLIX, and there are very fun things happening at the event that you won’t want to miss!

The Bardic Bear Pit
Bring your best pieces to do battle against other bards! Bards will go head to head, and the person with the most wins will win the day!

The Brag Off
Have you ever wanted to be a Vocal Herald? Ever wanted to announce a person into Crown Tourney? Here is your chance to brag with the best. Each participant will be given their “Bragee”, and then will have 10 minutes to sit down with this person and write a brag for them. The brags will be rated by some notable judges and the top four scores will have a final brag off after being given 4 new “Bragees.”

The Bad Bards Room
Not the best bard in the world? Like to write and may not be the best performer? We have an area for you to hang out, have fun, and hone your skills!

Children’s Activities
Lady Aíbell ingen Chernacháin has plans for a Children’s Bardic Circle and Puppet-making for Puppet shows! Also Kid’s Mask Making!

Baroness’ Bower
Not a Bard? Bring an A&S project to work on, hang out with Baroness Constance and others, and work on a project while enjoying the entertainment.

Did I mention Food? The will be an all day sideboard prepared by Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn, with a very secret theme.

There will be a performance by the Debatable Choir, and there is space for others to perform in areas around the site throughout the day.

We also have room for Bardic-related classes. If you are interested in teaching or holding a discussion on a bardic-related class, e-mail Baron Liam.

The event will take place at the Lodge at North Park (no street number) North Ridge Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101. North Ridge drive is directly across from the North Park Skating Rink.

Reservations for this day can be sent to Lady Hara Kikumatsu, 246 Whipple Street, Pittsburgh PA 15218.

Prices: (all prices include dayboard)

  • Adults (12 and up) – $10.00
  • Children (5-11) – $5.00
  • Under 5: Free

Make checks payable to “SCA-PA Inc. – Debatable Lands.” The $5 Non-Member Surcharge shall be collected at the door from adults not presenting proof of membership.

So come and join us for a day of Bardic Arts and Fun!

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Q&A: East Kingdom Mistress of Lists

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-03-12 09:41

This is one of a series of Q&A articles with East Kingdom Officers.  The Gazette thanks Lady Sabina Luttrell, East Kingdom Mistress of Lists, for answering our questions.

Please describe your job responsibilities.
My job as the Kingdom Minister of Lists is multi-layered.

My very visible task is to run the Crown Tournament of the King and Queen twice a year. I am also responsible for running the King and Queen’s Champions Tournaments for Heavy Rattan Combat and Period Rapier. “Running” means that I check all fighter and rapier authorizations to make sure that everyone is safe and playing within the rules of the East Kingdom. I am also the scorekeeper and historian for each tournament. I keep track of who has won what bouts and who moves on to the next round of the tournament.

Behind the scenes is a much busier place. All rattan fighters and rapier fighters are required to authorize in different weapons forms. They are also required to sign a waiver to participate in practices and tournaments in the East Kingdom. I am the person that keeps track of all of those waivers and weapons forms. I, along with my database deputy, update a central database roughly once a month, that allows all marshals and MOLs (local minister of lists) to do their jobs efficiently.

What do you enjoy about this activity?
I LOVE being the Minister of Lists. I enjoy interacting with the people of the East Kingdom. It is so much fun to see other people enjoying themselves. I get a front row seat to all of the best tournaments and get to cheer on everyone! I also have to admit that I like to organize things. Paperwork and databases are fun to me. Call me crazy!

Do you have a goal for your term?
My goal for this term, as in last term, is to continue to update entries regarding all combatants and marshals. If you ever see anything in the database that is incorrect, I would love to fix it.

Are you currently looking for any deputies?
I am always looking for MOLs for local groups. MOLs at large are also very important and help the fighters of the East more than you would imagine.

What was your first event? And what made you stay?
My first event was around 7 years ago with my family. We attended a very wet and rainy archery event in the Barony of Stonemarche. My children were young and we didn’t stay long, but the people were very friendly so we decided to try again. We next attended A Shire 12th Night in the Barony of Smoking Rocks. This is a 10 foot rule event that is geared toward a specific time period. I think that year it was 1180? Anyway, it was a fabulous event and again, the people were fantastic. I couldn’t wait to attend more. All in all, I would have to say that it is the people of the East that keep me coming back.

Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
Three people have really shaped my SCA experience.

The first was Duchess Avelina Keyes. She was the first person that my husband and I made contact with in the Society. She was welcoming and encouraged our enthusiasm for archery and “All the things”. She made sure that we felt welcome and at home.

The second and third great SCA influences were Baroness eLeri of Concordia of the Snows and Baroness Lily of the same. These ladies were having so much fun running tournaments! They loved every minute that they spent behind an MOL table. I couldn’t help but fall in love with them both and want to spend more time doing what they were doing and spend it with them. I am so grateful that I was able to spend the time that I did with eLeri. She showed me what it was to have a true love of service to the people of the East.

Filed under: Interviews Tagged: Mistress of Lists

Unofficial Court Report – Estrella War

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-03-11 21:25

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 1 March in the forty-ninth year of the Society upon the fields of the Estrella War; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Their Majesties called before them the following good and noble gentles and inducted them into the Company of the Pennon of the East, the which Company had formerly been known as the Tyger of the Foreign Legions, it being a gift of the Crown for those honored persons who support the East Kingdom at events held in another Kingdom:

• Matthias Grunwald
• Simony Gwyn
• Mael Eoin mac Echuid
• Eva Woderose
• Ellisif Veymundarsdottir

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Filed under: Court

Welcome to the SCAdian Castle in the Debatable Lands

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-03-11 15:35

- by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

This castle looks like it would be entirely at home in Europe, but it’s actually situated in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, aka Pittsburgh, PA.

Many gentles from the western portions of Æthelmearc are familiar with the castle of Sir Byron of Haverford and Sir Ariella of Thornbury through their generosity in offering it as a site for occasional events in the Debatable Lands. For those who have never seen the castle, we offer you a photographic tour and encourage you to attend an event or practice there. The next one will be the Regional Archery Muster on Sunday, April 12, which is the day after the Coronation of TRH Timothy and Gabrielle.

Their Excellencies, Sir Ariella of Thornbury and Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford

For many years, Byron and Ariella dreamed of a home that reflected their interest in late 14th century England. They began planning for their castle in 1998. In 2002, they took their architect with them to England, where they visited the castle they had chosen as their model, Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, to look at how it was designed and constructed.

Byron and Ariella explained, “One of the major goals in constructing this castle was maintaining historical accuracy. We used Bodiam castle as a model in part because the entire castle was built at one time. Most castles were built over centuries, with elements ranging from the Norman invasion to the Tudor period. These different styles make it difficult to maintain a consistent style of construction in reproductions.”

Originally, there was only a manor house at Bodiam. Then, due to the impending invasion of French forces in 1385, King Richard III granted Sir Edward Dalyngrigge a license to “strengthen and crenellate” the manor house at Bodiam, and “to construct and make thereof a castle in defense of the adjacent countryside and for resistance against our enemies.” However, instead of fortifying the manor, Edward decided to build a new castle near the River Rother, where any attack would most likely have occurred. Bodiam Castle was completed between 1385-1389. Sir Byron and Sir Ariella requested and received a similar license to crenellate their castle from King Malcolm and Queen Tessa of Æthelmearc.

After returning home to the Debatable Lands from their trip to England, they had architectural plans developed to match those period elements as much as possible, while also providing a comfortable home for a family with growing children as well as complying with local building codes. They also engaged Master Johan von Traubenberg to provide a historically accurate design for the post and beam columns that support and frame the Great Hall.

“The castle is divided into “period sections” and “modern sections”, so that we can suspend our disbelief when we want to, but still live comfortably.” Their Excellencies said. “The appearance of the construction and all of the furnishings within the period sections of the house have been researched and are documentable within 50 years of 1385AD in Great Britain.”

Another decision Their Excellencies had to make was how authentic they could afford to be in the construction of their castle. They explained, “There are two basic philosophies of castle reconstruction: authenticity of style, and authenticity of materials. Ideally, one would have authenticity of both style and materials, but that is prohibitively expensive. We have chosen authenticity of style as our primary goal.”

Construction began in the fall of 2004 with the clearing of the land, followed by pouring of the foundation the following spring.

The exterior of the castle was built of wood framing with Tyvek sheathing, then a cast concrete veneer was applied to give the castle the appearance of being made completely of stone.


By the fall of 2005, work could begin on the interior. The exterior of the castle was completed in the spring of 2006.

Their Excellencies were also very exacting in their requirements for the interior of the castle. They chose lighting to look like sconces, and special-ordered the interior and exterior wood doors from England. The main entrance features a portcullis (non-lowerable, alas, for safety reasons) and “murder holes” accessible from the 2nd floor laundry room. Their Excellencies’ three children have been known to drop ping pong balls through the murder holes on entering visitors, which most guests take in good sport.

While the windows at the front of the castle are small to simulate arrow loops, the windows at the back of the castle along the Great Hall are large to let in lots of light.

The Great Hall, which can seat about 65 people for a feast, also features period-style chandeliers, a large fireplace, patterned tile floor, and murals that Master Brendan Brisbone spent a year of weekends painting with assistance from Mistress Kris Gilibari. Each mural represents various aspects of the family’s life, including a portrayal of a battle with combatants bearing the Kingdom and Barony badges, feasts, hawking and hunting, and the entire family dressed for their favorite pastimes. There are four large murals, each in a different style and covering multiple time periods, as well as a set of roundels reflecting the seasons of the year surrounding the entrances to the kitchen and the upper musicians’ gallery.

The fireplace wall has a diapered floral pattern and a motto in Latin that translates as “I am for my beloved, and my beloved is for me.”

Though the upper floor of the castle is reserved for the family’s private living quarters, it is used as changing rooms or classrooms at events. The musicians’ gallery opposite the fireplace is frequently employed for performances by the Debatable Choir and Consort. Another gallery along the adjacent wall makes a good vantage point for watching people in the Great Hall below.

Around the time the castle was being completed, Byron and Ariella also gained new responsibilities when they were elected Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands. They served in that position from May of A.S. XLII to August of A.S. XLVI. While ruling the Barony, they hosted numerous smaller events at their castle, which they have continued to do since stepping down as Baron and Baroness in 2011.

Scadians have enjoyed fighting on the drawbridge over the dry moat (the drawbridge is fixed in place) as well as in the woods behind the castle, or fencing in the Great Hall or on the driveway.

A thrown weapons range is traditionally set up along the driveway in front of the castle.

Gentles especially enjoy using the castle for archery, both from the western side of the castle at ground level at traditional Royal Round and Gwyntarian Winter Challenge targets…
…and from the parapets, engaging in either combat archery at fighters below or target archery at novelty targets in the wooded hillside in front of the castle, which are often provided by the ever-inventive THLord Deryk the Archer.

While archers typically shoot from the lower level of the roof, stairs lead to the top of the northeastern tower, from which archers can test their skill at distance shooting. It’s very, very high up; well over three stories above the ground. During these shoots, marshals gather spent arrows and place them into a basket that is lowered from the main parapet so archers don’t have to go up and down the stairs each round.

You can learn more about the castle by visiting Their Excellencies’ website at


The castle is Their Excellencies’ private home, so please do not show up unannounced. However, Their Excellencies welcome guests at regularly planned events and practices. If you would like to visit the castle, we encourage you to attend the Regional Archery Muster on Sunday, April 12th, A.S. XLIX, which is being organized by Master Urho Waltterinen.

Master Urho shooting from the parapet of the castle

When: Sunday, April 12, 10am – 5pm
Where: 755 Stonegate Drive, Wexford, PA 15090 (Byron & Ariella’s Castle) (parking on the street)

By the kind generosity of their Excellencies, Sir Byron and Sir Ariella, we will once again have a regional archery practice open to all at the Castle on Sunday, April 12th. This is the day following Æthelmearc Coronation. We will begin at 10:00 in the morning and continue until 5:00 that afternoon.

We will be joined by Thrown Weapons, Youth Combat, and Arts & Sciences.

One of the goals of this practice is to allow people to shoot their last rounds for the Gwyntarian Winter Challenge which closes a few days later. We would like to conduct this as our morning project and leave the afternoon for everything else, although the range will be open all day.

We will have novelty targets and anything that we can think of that is safe to shoot at. Space permitting and marshal availability, there may be some individual training. Of course, we will have archery from the Castle parapets. His Lordship Deryk Archer has been challenged again.

The Barony-Marche loaner gear will be available.

Food will be pot luck. You are encouraged to bring hot and cold meals, side dishes, desserts, and snacks as you wish. Try out something new – we’re all hardy souls. Plates, cups, utensils and soft drinks will be provided.

Their Excellencies ask that everyone wear garb for the day.

This is not an event; it is an “enhanced practice.”

Please contact Master Urho Waltterinen with any questions and requests.

- All photos courtesy of Sir Byron and Sir Ariella.

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A Memorial Roll for Their Majesties

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-03-10 18:23

by Gun∂ormr Dengir and Eleanor Catlyng

As the end of the reign of our Majesties Edward and Thyra approaches, we have started work on a scroll to commemorate their reign. The pattern is that of a Mortuary Roll. These were sent upon the death of an Abbot, Prioress or other high-ranking member of a religious community to other, related houses. The roll began with an obituary for the deceased and then, upon arrival, each house added a short, usually formulaic, prayer. These begin with the place name, introduced with the word “Titulus”, and then proceed to offer a prayer for the deceased. In some cases, they then tack on the names of deceased members of their houses, with the admonition “When praying for them, please also remember ours”. The final scroll, in some cases more than 10 meters long, then returned to the original house with a complete record of its travels.

One titulus, that of Notre Dame in Watten, from the roll for Abbot Foulques of Corbie with the title line of the following one, for St. Omer. Despite Folques having died in 1095, the roll probably dates to about 1106. (BNF Latin 11636, f.208v)

Using this pattern, we are constructing a memorial roll for the soon-to-be-former King and Queen. A modified text has been written to use as a skeleton for the Tituli.   In addition to asking for prayers for the soul of the dead, we’re remembering the wisdom, deeds or fame of those who have left us for other lands or those whose deeds inspire words and songs that travel the world.

The goal is to represent as many of the Baronies, Shires and Cantons of this and even other kingdoms to with contributed Tituli, adding any members from their local community whom they wish to celebrate. Where possible we are working with resident scribes, but the fates are harsh mistresses and the end of the reign draws nigh. Therefore we’re hoping to have other local groups contribute names to be remembered, with the Titulus added by whichever scribes may dedicate themselves to this work.

As such, those who wish to contribute one for remembrance, should submit information here.

We shall arrange a scribe to record your memorial, provided that we receive your contribution by the 22nd of March.

Those who may wish to lend their hand to the project as a scribe are also welcome to submit their interest here.  One does not need to be a well practiced scribe, as those who laid letters historically also ranged in skill, but a willingness to learn the appropriate hand for this project is necessary.

For more information about this project and the research behind it, please visit: or contact Gun∂ormr Dengir or Eleanor Catlyng.



Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Court Tagged: Calligraphy and Illumination, Edward and Thyra

From the EK Seneschal about Tir Mara/De la part du Seneschal du Royaume de l’Est, à propos de Tir Mara

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-03-10 16:27

En français

The following is posted at the request of the East Kingdom Seneschal.

After much thought and conversation I am pleased to announce the selection of Baroness Allessandra Francesca di Milano as the regional Seneschal for Tir Mara. She and I will be working together to continue Tir Mara’s vital place in the East Kingdom.

Please feel free to contact her at

Yours, In Service to the East,

Mercedes Vera de Calafia
East Kingdom Seneschal

En français

Ce qui suit est annoncé à la demande du Seneschal du Royaume de l’Est.

Après beaucoup de réflection et de discussions, je suis heureuse d’annoncer la sélection de Baronne Allessandra Francesca di Milano en tant que Seneschal régional pour Tir Mara. Nous allons travailler ensemble afin de maintenir et continuer la place vitale que Tir Mara a dans le Royaume de l’Est.

N’hésitez pas à la contacter à

Bien à vous, au Service de l’Est,

Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal du Royaume de l’Est

The Gazette thanks Lady Frenya Thorsteinndottir for translation services.

Filed under: En français, Official Notices Tagged: seneschal, Tir Mara

Spin Like a Viking!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-03-10 09:32

In our ongoing series featuring Æthelmearc bloggers, we bring you The Missing Spindle, the spinning blog of Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa, OL, OP (mundanely known as Lois Swales).

You will find the blog here.

You will find information on drop spindles, distaffs and whorls (including an interesting and humorous section on using potatoes as whorls).

There are also links to her YouTube videos, a sample which can be seen here:

If you are interested in period hand spinning, check out this blog!

Categories: SCA news sites

Are You Going to Gulf Wars?

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-03-10 08:41

photo by Master Guiseppe di san Donato

Greetings, this missive is for those attending Gulf Wars with Æthelmearc.

Their Majesties thank you for crusading to the southern climes with Them! A
couple of details you may want to know.

1. If you happen to Facebook, please do join the group “AEthelmearc Goes to
Gulf Wars”. It’s not necessary, but it is a handy thing.

2. As is traditional, there will be a Kingdom Court in the Æthelmearc
encampment during Gulf Wars. It will be Thursday at about 7pm.

3. Dona Illadore has offered to run a meal plan, and it looks mighty
tasty!! However, you must contact Sir Koredono at koredono at gmail dot com by
the end of today (3/10) at 9pm if you want in. Or comment on the relevant
post on the Facebook group.

The details:
• The meal plan will consist of breakfast and dinner each day; everyone is
on their own for lunch;
• Breakfast will consist of oatmeal, eggs (probably scrambled and
hardboiled), fruit (probably bananas and oranges), commercially-produced
muffins and pop-tarts, along with coffee (I think);
• Dinners will consist of whatever Illadore comes up with (she has a menu
already), but there will be vegetarian / non-mammal options for each night;
if you have more specific dietary requirements, you’ll have to speak with
Illadore either online or on site;
• The cost for being on the entire meal plan will be $35 for 5 days,
Monday-Friday (plus breakfast Saturday); if you want to be on for *just*
breakfast or *just* dinner we can do that, but you must be on for the
entire week, or not at all. Also, each person must help with prep /
clean-up once or twice (depending on numbers), to spread the labor and not
overburden Illadore. Note that this is a personal endeavor and uses
personal funds, not SCA funds.

4. Their Majesties are trying to compile of list of folks from Aethelmearc
that are going, but are having a difficult time. If you’re going (and
haven’t been commenting such on the Facebook group), please drop me a line at krista.cogan at gmail dot com.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

In Levitate et Caritate,
Mistress Hilderun, co-Head of Court to King Titus and Queen Anna Leigh

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White Hart Refunds and Future Plans

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-03-09 23:06

The following information was posted to the Tournament of the White Hart Facebook page by the Autocrat and Reservations Clerk.

Greetings from the White Hart Autocrat and the Shire of Port Oasis,

We deeply regret having to cancel this year’s Tournament of the White Hart and the disappointment it has caused. Originally, in our hurried planning of what to do, we thought to just hold the tournament at our next event. Several other options have been considered since that time and we feel we have reached a plan that will work best for everyone.

After much consideration, it has been decided to not have a 2015 Tournament of the White Hart at our June event as had been previously published. Instead, the current Lord and Lady will continue in their role along with the rest of the White Hart Champions until the next Tournament to be held on March 4 – 6, 2016. At that time the current Champions can hold there respective tournaments and choose their successors.

We feel that this option will give the Lord and Lady, and other Champions an event with the focus that they deserve.

Updated event announcements will be forthcoming.

Thank you
Master Robert the Grey
WH autocrat

Greetings, a message from our reservations clerk.

Attention to all who pre-registered for White Hart…

Please contact Lady Máirin Ó Nialláin (Debbie Serrianni Preston), the reservations clerk, to make arrangements to have your payments returned.

You may contact her via personal message on Facebook or email at so she can discuss refunding options with each of you individually.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter and our apologies for the inconvenience of cancelling this wonderful event.

Lady Máirin Ó Nialláin

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Saturday’s Novice Schola Helps Newcomers Get Started

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-03-09 16:12

This Saturday, March 14th, the Barony of Bergental will host their annual Novice Schola, including a wide spectrum of classes on diverse topics of interest to those who are new to the SCA.

The event will be held in Springfield, MA, and full event details can be found online at the East Kingdom Website.

Click here to view the 2015 Novice Schola class list with descriptions (.pdf document) or take a look at the overall class schedule (.pdf document).

Filed under: Announcements, Local Groups Tagged: Bergental, classes, events, newcomers, novice schola, sca events, schola

Event Report: The Donnan Party, Shire of Ballachlagan, March 7, A.S. XLIX

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-03-08 17:49

Master Donnan receiving his birthday smacks.

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the Donnan Party event.

The Donnan Party began around 20 years ago as a way to celebrate the birthday of Master Donnan the Solitary by providing an opportunity for other fencers to give him his traditional fencer’s “birthday smacks.” This year that meant 52 bouts that Master Donnan had to win, which he did while facing a long line of people eager to sing happy birthday to him, hug him, or stab him (or sometimes all three in succession).

The event, hosted by the Shire of Ballachlagan, featured numerous fencing activities, including classes on such topics as footwork by Sir Kadan Chákhilgan Ger on Echen, sword and buckler by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen, becoming a rapier marshal by Doña Gabrielle de Winter, the body mechanics of cut and thrust by Don Anias Fenne, using a cloak as a parry device by Countess Elena d’Artois, and “Jedi Mind Tricks” by Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn.

Don Donnan the Solitary vs. Don Lodovic of Grays Inn

Master Donnan also taught a class on the user of the German longsword. At the end of the afternoon, the White Scarves held a workshop for combatants to receive advice and practice against these premier fencers. In addition, there was a cut and thrust tournament and pickup singles fencing throughout the day. Approximately 38 fencers were in attendance. Lady Aemelia Soteria and Grace of Steltonwald served is MOLs for the rapier list.

Master Donnan’s German longsword class.

Lord Magnus bastiano di Vigo vs. Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill.

THLord Jussie Laplein vs. Lord Ulrich von Schwartzburg

While the fencers monopolized the main gym, the rattan fighters used the auditorium gym for both singles combat and melee practice.

THLord Arnthor inn Sterki won the round robin tournament, and 33 fighters participated in a variety of melee practices

Æthelmearc’s Warlord, Sir Stefan Ulfkelsson, ran the fighters through melee scenarios with marshaling assistance from Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter, Lord Oliver Sutton, Sir Vladimir Mechnik, and Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers, while Lady Sabrina Godolphin served as Mistress of the Lists.

In the video below, fighters were grouped into five-man teams. Each team took a turn in the “bullring” at the center of the room, which they had to defend against each other team in quick succession. This video shows just one round; over the course of the drill, each team took a turn in the center, defending against the other four teams.

Other drills included simple formation marching and commands, as well as lots of open field battles, some with one side being told to do something specific to help the other side learn a skill or tactic. The last scenario of the day was a resurrection bridge battle.

Sir Vladimir Mechnik and Sir Stefan Ulfkelsson.

Sir Stefan commented: “As an army we continue to grow in skill. Every time we gather I am inspired by the effort which others are putting forth towards building a better army and making themselves better fighters. I have tried hard at each muster to give time for fighters who have traveled (sometimes over seven hours) to meet one another in singles as well as melee. It is a bit of a balancing act but I think it has been pretty good at each one; at least, the comments have been positive. Our Heirs have set a mighty task for our Kingdom at Pennsic, one which I am happy to be a part of and inspired to see others take such joy in. So please, if there ever was a year to dust off your armor, fencing gear, bow, etc., this is the year to do it!”

Those of less martial persuasion (or who wished to take an occasional break from all of the slaying that went on throughout the day) could enjoy the A&S classes offered.

THLady Beatrice de Winter’s class on the subject of death.

Gentles practicing fingerloop braiding with wire.

Lady Sumayya al Ghaziya teaching her class on fingerloop braiding with wire.

Dominique Von Weissenthurn’s class on making Elizabethan buttons.

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope’s class on illumination.

Mistress Aleea Bagah’s class on applying trim to garb.

Lady Phelippe “Pippi” Ulfsdottir also taught an embroidery class. Late in the afternoon Don Anias Fenne revealed that it was Pippi’s birthday, at which the assembled gentles sang “Happy Birthday” and cupcakes were distributed.

- All photos and video by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

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Region 5 Deputy Chatelaine Needed

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-03-08 13:20

A message from the Kingdom Chatelaine.


The Region 5 Deputy Chatelaine, Vrouw Lijsbet de Kuekere, will be stepping
down at the end of April. I thank her for her years of service, and wish her
well in her future endeavors.

Those interested in becoming the next Region 5 Deputy Chatelaine should
submit a letter of interest to me via email by March 31.

What does a Regional Chatelaine do?
A regional deputy to the Kingdom Chatelain is one who helps collect and
compile local officer reports, sets regional goals for the office, helps to
train and educate local officers in office duties and responsibilities, and
keeps the lines of communication open between Kingdom and local levels.

Requirements of the Office:
Current SCA Membership. Active and responsive on internet, email, and social media on a regular basis. Residence in Region 5 is preferred, but not required.

If you have an interest or questions regarding the Region 5 Deputy
Chatelaine position, please feel free to contact me.

In Service,
THL Desiderata Drake
Aethelmearc Kingdom Chatelaine

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