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“Ask a Herald” Debuts on the East Kingdom Website: Get Help With Research and Registrations of Names and Armory
With ever increasing amounts of information becoming available every year, providing advice about period naming practices and armory has become more and more complex. Even the hardest-working local herald cannot possibly know every culture or every subject matter. So, in order to better match people with knowledgeable heralds, today we have launched an e-consulting application.
SCAdians who want to work on medieval names and armory can now get in touch with a herald to help them with research through the East Kingdom website. Under the “Getting Involved” tab, the menu now includes “Ask a Herald”. Clicking “Ask a Herald” will bring you to a form. Once you fill out the form, your information will be sent to the College of Heralds and your request will be matched with a herald who has knowledge to meet your particular needs.
For example, if you want a Gaelic name, you’ll be directed to our in-Kingdom Gaelic expert. If you want Hungarian armory, you’ll be directed to the person with expertise in that area.
Help will be available for basic research, as well as filling out the paperwork and the process of registration.
Please note that filling out an “Ask a Herald” request is not the same as submitting your name, device or badge to the College of Heralds for registration. The submission process requires the payment of fees and preparation of paperwork.
Questions about the “Ask a Herald” application, as well as questions about the submission and registration process for names and armory, should be directed to Mistress Alys Mackyntoich.
Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: heraldry
Freshman at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, recently had the opportunity to learn about over three hundred campus organizations at Clubsfest, the annual outdoor fair. Among the groups represented were the Renaissance Dance Club and the local chapter of the SCA. Josh Dehaas of Macleans has the story.
The excavation of the medieval monastery al-Ghazali in Northern Sudan is astonishing archaeologists who have unearthed a second church on the site as well as a large number of fragments of funerary stelae and inscribed vessels. The monastery is believed to have been a major pilgrimage site before the 13th century. (photos)
Archers of the Known World are invited to participate in the Fall Society Archery Competition, currently in progress around the SCA. Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf introduces the competition.
Kamm Island Park in Mishawaka, Indiana became the "Kingdom of Kamm" recently when the Michiana Renaissance Festival came to town. Tricia Harte of WNDU - Channel 16 - in South Bend hosts three videos on the Faire.
Modern social networkers will recognize the octothrope as the opening character of a hashtag, but the lowly punctuation mark has a noble history. In his book, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks, Keith Houston looks at punctuation marks' roots from Greek, Roman and 14th century texts.
The East Kingdom Gazette provides a full account, with pictures, of last weekend's coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II at Barony of the Bridge.
Charles Brandon, the first duke of Suffolk, was a great chum of Henry VIII. In fact, he married Henry's sister Mary. Evidence of this royal connection was discovered recently in the form of a silver vervel found in a Norfolk, England field.
The Gazette asked Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe to provide background about the poem performed by the King’s and Queen’s Bards as part of the Coronation ceremony. Her explanation and poem follow. Our thanks to Lady Aildreda and Lord Lucien for their help.
When the Queen’s Bard, Lucien de Pontivy, was inspired to write an Old English account of our new King’s history, he naturally turned to Beowulf as his source. A dead King lies on a funeral pyre. A familiar-looking challenger arrives to fight a veteran of many battles. A victorious warrior is surrounded by his thanes. A regal Queen charges that warrior with the care of her people. The story of Kenric aet Essex and Avelina Keyes – but every one of those things happens in the story of Beowulf as well.
Working with a close translation of the original, he found sections of the poetry that told the necessary parts of the story, and preserving intact some of the famous lines of the very beginning. Once the framework was in place, he changed words and phrases to make it Kenric’s story instead of Beowulf’s, and wrote new words to connect the sections into a full narrative. It was a tricky, detailed business; the rules of Anglo-Saxon poetry are strict, the lines are very compressed, and the word-stock of Old English is small, with uneven emphasis. (There are a lot of words for battle!) Moreover, Old English is an inflected language, like Latin, where each word actually changes with its part of speech – it is not enough to find the right word, but also the poet must use the right tense or case or number.
When all was assembled and polished, with the aid of several reference works and one in-house student of Old English, Lucien split the finished poem into dramatic sections, assigning Grim the Skald the part of Kenric, since he is the King’s Bard, and taking on himself the roles of the challenger, Sir Thomas Ravenhill, and also the part of Avelina, since he is Queen’s Bard. Both bards accompanied themselves on lyres as they acted out the challenge, the combat, the death of Sir Thomas, and the charge of Avelina. The fight was fierce, and “Sir Thomas” fell slain, only to rise with the help of his opponent, who knelt to receive the charge of the Queen. All concluded with a ringing “paet waes god cyning” – that was a good king!
CYNE-WEORC : Kingmaking
þeodcyninga, / þrym gefrunon,
hu ða æþelingas / ellen fremedon. Listen! We have heard / of the East-thanes glory,
in the old days / the kings of tribes –
how noble princes / showed great courage!
Aledon þa / leofne þeoden,
beaga bryttan, / on bearm bǽl-fýres They laid down the king / they had dearly loved
their tall ring-giver, / in the center of the bier.
Sin ge-swegra / weg-gomen com. His cousin / came to the tourney.
Eodon him þa togeanes, / gode þancodon,
ferþ-grim þegna heáp, / ferhþum fægne They clustered around him, / his thanes
Fierce in battle / happy in their hearts
Tomas Hrafn-hyll maðelode, / on him tohte scan
Aras ða bi ronde / rof oretta,
heard under helme, / hiorosercean bær Thomas Ravenhill spoke, / gleaming from battle
The famous champion / stood up with his shield
brave behind helmet / in hard war-shirt
“Eart þu se Essex, / se þe wið Edward wunne?” “Are you the same Essex / who challenged Edward?”
Kenric maþelode, / “Na! Ge-swegra ic beo!” Kenric replied, / “No! I’m his cousin!”
æfter þæm wordum / weorold-cempa leod
efste mid elne, / nalas ondsware
bidan wolde; / wig-wylm onfeng After these words / the warrior of the world
turned boldly / would not wait
for answer / surging battle enfolded them.
Swa mec gelome / leód-mægen
þreatedon þearle / þryðswyðe ecgþræce
Kenric gemærunge gemacode / mægenræs forgeaf
hildebille, / Hrafn-hylle cwellede. Again and again / the champions
made fierce attacks / with violent swordplay.
Kenric finished it. / He put his whole force
behind his sword-edge, / killed Ravenhill.
þa wæs Essex / heresped gyfen,
wig-gomen weorð-mynd, / þæt him his winemagas
ágirnon hyrdon. / Eode Avelina forð,
cwen Kenrices / cynna gemyndig, Then Essex was given / victory in battle
such honor in the tourney / that the men of his house
eagerly served him / Avelina came forward
Kenric’s queen, / mindful of courtesies;
“Bruc ðisses cyne-rice, / Kenric leofa,
cen þec mid cræfte / ond þyssum cyn-ren
wes lara liðe; / Wes þenden þu lifige,
æþeling, eadig.” “Enjoy this kingdom / the treasure of a people.
Make known your strength, yet be / to these common-folk
gentle in counsel. / While you may live,
be happy, O prince!” þæt wæs god cyning! That was great king-ship!
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Court Tagged: Bardic
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian in Washigton D.C. have received a US$1 million challenge grant, awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to endow the position of an assistant Chinese painting conservator.
Master El of the Two Knives, one of the founders of the East Kingdom, passed away on October 1, 2013 after a long illness. He will be remembered for his kindness and his long years of service.
To most historians, Steinkjer was just a name mentioned in the Norse Sagas, but new evidence discovered in two boat graves in Lø, Norway, may have solved the puzzle of the mysterious trading center.
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