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New SCA Board Nominees

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-02-02 20:58

Additions have been made to the list of nominees to the SCA’s Board of Directors.  The Board requests input on the existing nominees and also new nominations.  The list of nominees and information on how to submit commentary is available at this webpage.  Current nominees from the East are Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, Duchess Sabine de Rouen and Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy.

 


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A Missive From Prince Timothy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-02-02 17:45

Unto the Kingdom of Æthelmearc does Prince Timothy send greetings,

These last few weeks have been hard on all of us. Regardless of their good intentions, the BoD’s decision of the 17th opened up wounds that will take a very long time to heal. People on every side of the issue have said things that they wish they hadn’t, friendships have been torn apart. Grievances, both real and perceived that have occurred over decades, have been brought into the light of day. It is up to all of us to try to fix the rift that has developed in our midst. I ask you to help me understand what must be done for us to move on. To my mind, the most important thing any of us can do is to see things from other points of view.

Aside from my wedding band, my knight’s belt and chain are the most prized possessions I own. While my ring is a bond with my wife, my belt and chain are a bond with the Kingdom and her Crowns. In the case of the knighthood, if both parties aren’t a part of the relationship, they are just a meaningless hunk of leather and a length of chain. The trappings mean nothing if I am not worthy of the people I am trying to serve.

By the grace of Michael and Seonaid, King and Queen of Atlantia, I was knighted on the field of battle at Pennsic 19. In all these years, I have striven to be an example worthy of the bond those trappings represent. I am only human, and as such, have stumbled on occasion. For these instances, I can only apologize and redouble my efforts in the future. But as I said, I have been a knight for a long time. My ideas of what our Kingdom and her people need of me may be outdated.

I beg your indulgence. On the eve of our Coronation in April, I would like to sit vigil and reflect on how I may serve. I’d have all the populace offer any words of wisdom and guidance that may serve me as a knight, as Prince, or as King. I invite any of my brother and sister knights to sit vigil at my side.

So, on April 10th, AS 49, at the site of our Coronation, I shall sit vigil from 8pm until 1am. Any who would offer their council are welcome to visit, or if they are unable to attend, send words so that I may read them. Even if your wisdom is simply your point of view, I ask that you offer it, so that it may guide me in the future.

In service to our Kingdom and Society, I remain,

Timothy


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Event Report: Steltonwald 12th Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-02-02 10:56

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the merriment of Steltonwald 12th Night.

Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson, Countess Genevieve du Vent Argent, Sir Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono, and THLady Anna Malakina. Photo by Baroness Cecily of Whitehaven.

The Canton of Steltonwald held its Twelfth Night event on the last day of January. Steltonwald is best known for hosting Æthelmearc War Practice, at which the entire Canton puts in countless hours of work, so for their 12th Night they made the decision some years ago to let others handle the work and just enjoy themselves. Hence, each year the feast is catered by a local restaurant. A few years ago, the event was moved to the Hyeholde Restaurant, an upscale establishment built almost 80 years ago to look like a French chateau. For $40 per person, 12th Night attendees were provided with valet parking, servers offering drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a gourmet meal held in a large and beautiful private dining area where they could all enjoy each other’s company at their leisure.

Lady Teresa Alvarez receiving her Keystone. Photo by Baroness Cecily of Whitehaven.

Their Majesties held a court that spanned the entire evening, pausing the festivities from time to time to bestow awards on various gentles. Notable among the recognition given was a Keystone to the autocrat, Lady Teresa Alvarez, a Fleur to THLady Madeleine de l’Este for her skill in costuming, and a Court Barony to Master Robert Marsden.

Late in the evening Their Majesties called forward Master Jacopo di Niccolo and Master Creature Twinedragon, called Creador, and enquired of the populace which of the two was the “most evil.” While Master Creador’s son, Lord Gunther Schwartzrosen, maintained that his father was clearly the more evil for the simple act of having unleashed Gunther on the world, many others cried that since it was well-known that everything is Master Jacopo’s fault, he was obviously the more evil. Accusations flew back and forth. but in the end it was agreed to much laughter that they both men were truly evil.

Lord Vigo di Napoli. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

After dinner and court, Steltonwald’s infamous “Mongolian style” gift exchange began, with Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile and Master Kameshima Zentarou Umakai serving as masters of the ceremonies. Each participant had brought a wrapped gift which was placed on a table, and then received a number from Lady Teresa. As each number was called, the holder of that number could choose a gift from the table or steal a gift from another gentle. As usual, alcoholic items (especially several bottles of whiskey, rum, and gin) were hotly contested, but a highly decorated drinking horn, a beaded veil, and a bag of Japanese silks were also exchanged many times.

When the final gift from the table had been unwrapped, the heralds announced that the festivities were at an end, and gentles wound their way up the stairs to retrieve their vehicles. Some went home while others retired to a nearby hotel to continue their celebrations by the pools and hot tubs, cheered by a pleasant evening with friends.


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St. Augustine dig: "a 16th century jackpot!"

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015-02-01 21:12

Archaeologists working at the site of a new garden at the gallery of the Art Association in St. Augustine, Florida, have unearthed "some of the earliest artifacts found in the downtown area." City archaeologist Carl Halbirt said, "This is a 16th century jackpot!" WFGA, Jacksonville, has the story. (video)

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Cheese Gnocchi: Little Medieval Pillows of Love

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-02-01 20:21

At today’s Hael Storm (see earlier post), we did a short class on making cheese Gnocchi, a popular dish at the Hael’s Masked Ball in December. The original recipe is from a manuscript Frammento di un libro di cucina del sec. XIV, edited by Olindo Gierrini in the late 1800s. This redaction is from The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy, Redon, Saabban and Serventi, University of Chicago Press, 1998. If you have made modern gnocchi, you will notice that the technique has not changed in hundreds of years. The ingredients, however, are different; most modern gnocchi recipes use potatoes, which are a New World food. The original translation:

Put cream cheese and flour in large bowl.

If you want some gnocchi, take some fresh cheese and mash it, then take some flour and mix it with egg yolks as in making migliacci. (Note: interestingly, there is a Corsican specialty bread still made today called migliacci that is made with fresh sheep’s cheese, eggs and flour.)  Put a pot full of water on the fire, and when it begins to boil, put the mixture on a dish and drop it into the pot with a ladle, and when they are cooked, place them on dishes and sprinkle with plenty of grated cheese.

Mix flour, cream cheese and egg yolks by hand.

The Recipe:
3 8 oz. packages cream cheese
6 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups (more or less) flour
salt to taste
grated parmesan
chicken broth

Mash up the cream cheese and mix in the flour with your hands. Add salt to taste and blend in the egg yolks. Keep kneading to form a smooth mixture. It should be about the consistency of a soft bread dough. Separate out balls about as big as your fist, and roll into inch thick ropes. Add more flour as needed to maintain consistency. Cut off pieces (the rolling on the fork thing is a later invention) and dropinto boiling water. When they rise to the top, they are done. You can also cook in broth. For the Masked Ball feast we cooked them in water, and then served them in bowls of broth, just enough to coat, not enough to make soup. Sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Another Hael Storm hit!

Knead on board until consistency of soft bread dough. Then roll pieces into 1″ snakes.

Cut into small pieces.

Gnocchi ready to drop into water.

Rising to the top – they are done. This will only take a minute or two at a rolling boil.


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Polling Recommendation Deadline Extended

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-02-01 18:19

Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda have extended the deadline for recommendations for their first round of polling to Friday, February 6. Award recommendations can be submitted through the online form.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: award recommendations

SCA BoD February 2, 2015 Conference Call

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015-02-01 14:52

Due to the large amount of information surrounding the additional peerage matter, the Board of Directors has decided to participate in a conference call on February 2, 2015. 

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Candidates Sought for Society Marshall

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-31 20:48

The position of Society Marshal will soon be open. Candidates must apply in writing to the Board of Directors. This is an unpaid position.

The position entails administrating the marshallate activities of the Society and coordinating the activities of the kingdom Earl Marshals. Reports are required to be filed quarterly to the Board summarizing the martial activities of the Society and of each kingdom. The Society Marshal is also responsible for holding meetings to communicate with the kingdom Earl Marshals.

The successful candidate must be well versed in administrative techniques, problem solving, and interpersonal communications. Knowledge of marshallate policy, rules, and procedures is essential. The ability to travel is necessary, as well as having a telephone and e-mail. Knowledge of the traditions and history of the Society is required.

Resumes (both professional and medieval, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Resumes must also be emailed to resumes@sca.org, with a copy to marshal@sca.org.  Resumes must be received by April 1, 2015.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Shawn Lindsey (Ritter Asoph Hearts) Society Marshal. He may be reached by phone at 817-822-4303 (please no calls after 9 PM CST), or via email at marshal@sca.org.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


Filed under: Heavy List, Official Notices Tagged: corporate, heavy list

King and Queen’s Bardic Championship Results

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-31 20:36

At today’s King and Queen’s Bardic Championships, hosted by the Shire of Nordenfjord, the results were as follows:

Final Four:
William the Alchymist
Katrusha Skomorokha Negodieva Doch’
Judith Fitzhenry
Ysemay Sterlyng

The King’s Bard is Ysemay Sterlyng, and the Queen’s Bard is William the Alchymist.

Thank you to Sir Michael of York for this report.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: Bardic, champions

Bottling on a Budget

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-31 19:01

As any home brewer can tell you, buying bottles can be a significant cost. A five or six gallon batch of wine or mead will take at least two cases of bottles, costing $12 or more per case. This is why most brewers collect bottles from friends and family to clean, sterilize and re-use.  However, there are other largely untapped sources out there for the enterprising brewer.

Many bars and restaurants serve various wines & beers from bottles and with current recycling laws they cannot just throw out the empties. Obviously knowing someone who works there is helpful, but even just asking the manager or bartender can work. Be prepared for the odd look and occasional rejection, but this can be a ready source. One collection of several dozen bottles sitting in my garage waiting for a use was acquired from a restaurant in just this fashion.

Similarly, even small wineries use bottles in staggering quantities. They will often have surplus lots either from an overage or discontinued batches. If they have a tasting room or banquet hall then they will generate cases of empties on a regular basis. Due to the various legalities involved, it is just not worth their time to re-use the bottles and they are generally considered a disposal problem. The wineries I have spoken with generally destroy, cart off or otherwise recycle bottles by the pallet load. They are also generally very supportive and welcoming to home brewers. If you are operating on a slightly larger scale, wineries and brewers will also often have kegs, vats, bladders and other equipment that they are upgrading from or otherwise getting rid of which you might be able to acquire.

Lastly, a final nod to garage, estate and downsizing sales is warranted. A careful watching of the listings for this sort of sale can turn up the occasional trove of collected bottles or other brewing equipment.

Always be friendly and be ready to accept a brush-off now and again, but a little bit of effort and luck spotting the right opportunity can greatly enhance your brewing ventures!

~ Lord Wolfgang Starcke, Guildmaster Æthelmearc Brewer’s Guild

 


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Society Marshal Applicants Wanted

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-30 22:37

The position of Society Marshal will soon be open. Candidates must apply in writing to the Board of Directors. This is an unpaid position.

The position entails administrating the marshallate activities of the Society and coordinating the activities of the kingdom Earl Marshals. Reports are required to be filed quarterly to the Board summarizing the martial activities of the Society and of each kingdom. The Society Marshal is also responsible for holding meetings to communicate with the kingdom Earl Marshals.

The successful candidate must be well versed in administrative techniques, problem solving, and interpersonal communications. Knowledge of marshallate policy, rules, and procedures is essential. The ability to travel is necessary, as well as having a telephone and e-mail. Knowledge of the traditions and history of the Society is required.

Resumes (both professional and medieval, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to the attention of the Board at the SCA Corporate Office, P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Resumes must also be emailed to resumes@sca.org, with a copy to marshal@sca.org.  Resumes must be received by April 1, 2015.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Shawn Lindsey (Ritter Asoph Hearts) Society Marshal. He may be reached by phone at 817-822-4303 (please no calls after 9 PM CST), or via email at marshal@sca.org.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


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Inter-Kingdom Archery Standings for 2014

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:45

The Inter-Kingdom Archery Competition (IKAC) and Inter-Kingdom Combat Archery Competition (IKCAC) are privately sponsored, year-long, standardized tournements open to all archers of the Known World. The Keeper of the IKAC and IKCAC, Lord Lorenzo il Confuso, has just officially announced the results of the 2014 season, which ended December 1, 2014.

The kingdoms are ranked based on the average of the top three archers’ scores, and medallions are awarded for each division. (Members of the winning kingdom’s “team” always receive first-place medals; second-place awards or more may be given if enough archers submitted scores.) East Kingdom archers submitted scores in all but the Combat division, and placed as follows:

  • Open Handbow: East #2
    There was an unprecedented tie for first place between An Tir and Lochac, and the East was only one-third of a point behind their team average!
  • Open Crossbow: East #2
  • Period Handbow: East had no average; only one submission.
  • Period Crossbow: East #2
  • Child (age 9 and under): East #3
  • Youth (age 12 and under): East #2
  • Yeoman (age 15 and under): East #2, but very close to first!

Complete results for 2014 and past years can be viewed at the IKAC Results website.


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Photos of Ansteorra's Winter Crown Tourney 2015

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:45

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has published several albums of photos from Winter Crown Tournament 2015, which took place revently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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New Address for Society Archivist

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:26

The Society Archivist’s PO Box has expired. If you have any documents to forward, please begin using the address below immediately.
(Editor’s note: It is a Society requirement that copies of all Baronial newsletters be sent to the Society Archivist – email is fine – and it is suggested the local newsletters do so as well.)

Society Archivist
Charles Alderson
Aldred Von Lechsend Aus Froschheim
SCA Archive c/o CT Alderson
22650 Markham ST
Perris, CA 92570
760-401-0446
archivist@sca.org

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


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Jarl Sven Randallson wins Ansteorra Winter 2015 Crown Tournament

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-01-30 10:06

Annes reports that Jarl Sven Randallson was the victor of the January 10, 2015 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

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Advisory Opinion from the Society Seneschal

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 19:41

Subject: Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry

Greetings,

I felt that the following Advisory Opinion was required in view of the potential for confusion brought to my attention by one or more Kingdom Seneschals; however, in view of continued questions, I would like to amplify the bandwidth as I want everyone to have access to this Advisory Opinion of the rules of the SCA; this advisory opinion is based upon my independent reading of Corpora as presently constituted, a 1999 policy interpretation (by a prior Society Seneschal) and the affirmance of that position by the Board of Directors in 1999. As such, I am presenting the following Advisory Opinion for maximum distribution in view of continued questions. Please be advised that this is not an invitation to further debate; rather, it is a rather simple statement of the state of the Governing Documents of the SCA, i.e. Corpora. While the final authority regarding Corpora rests with the Board of Directors, the Board is devoted to transparency, and in all cases any change in Corpora must first be put out for comment to the membership prior to any Board action.

Best regards,
A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Society Seneschal)

January27/2015

Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry

Greetings unto Kingdom Seneschals,

After January 17, 2015, I have received inquiries regarding whether a Crown may grant admission to the Order of Chivalry to a rapier or cut-and-thrust fighter. The following opinion is being disseminated to all Kingdom Seneschals to assist Their Crowns in view of the recent amendment of Corpora by the Board of Directors.

Despite the recent change in the language of the governing documents of the SCA, Inc. thereby removing the “ancillary activity” language from Corpora by the Board of Directors on January 17, 2015, an individual combatant should not be admitted to the Order of Chivalry based upon the combatant’s prowess in the areas of rapier or cut-and-thrust combat; my position is in conformity with the previous policy interpretation of the 1999 policy interpretation by the then Society Seneschal, affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999, which clearly indicates that only rattan combatants (heavy or armored combatants) are eligible for recognition in the Order of Chivalry. I have determined that the key controlling factor in answering this question rests in the language of corpora dealing with “tournament combat”, namely:

Article IV. ROYALTY
A. Selection
1. Royal Lists must be conducted at a tournament announced in the kingdom newsletter as being for that purpose. Crowns or Coronets who wish to conduct a royal list in a manner other than individual combat must obtain the prior approval of the Board of Directors.
—as well as–
Article VIII. PERSONAL AWARDS AND TITLES
A. Patents of Arms
4. Patent Orders
The following institutions are established for all kingdoms in the Society. A Patent of Arms may be conferred only upon a person being admitted into one of these orders. Each candidate for a patent order must satisfy the general requirements listed above in A.1., as well as the specific requirements listed here.
a. The Chivalry: (i) The Chivalry consist of two equal parts: Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. No one may belong to both parts of the order at one time. When a member is admitted to the Chivalry by the Sovereign, the choice of which part of the order to join is made by the new member. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of tournament combat. To become a Knight, the candidate must swear fealty to the Crown of his or her kingdom during the knighting ceremony. Masters of Arms may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so.

It is clear that “tournament” combat in the SCA pertains exclusively to Crown Tournaments and Coronet Tournaments prior to January 15, 2015 and tournament combat is exclusively rattan, heavy, armored combat. The January 17, 2015 amendment to the governing documents, made by the Board of Directors, is in conformity with this position, namely, the only martial combat that may decide Crown and Coronet Tournaments is rattan combat and this amendment to Corpora is consistent with all of the governing documents of the SCA.

When the Order of Chivalry was created, it was conceived as the peerage whereby the best tournament fighters (both Crown and Coronet Tournaments), i.e. rattan, heavy, armored combat, would be honored with the title of Knight or Master at Arms. Such has been the case for almost fifty years. I must conclude that removing the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language or any other additions made by the Board of Directors has no definitive impact on the clear intent of the governing documents.

In 1999 the Society Seneschal (Lee Forgue), was asked by the Crown of the Midrealm for a Corpora interpretation as to whether or not a Crown could Knight a rapier fighter; Lee Forgue as Society Seneschal (circa 1999) responded with an official policy interpretation that was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999. Ms. Forgue’s affirmed interpretation of what was previously Article VII (which is now Article VIII) is noted below in pertinent part.

“My interpretation is that, when Corpora VII.A.4.a.(1).(a) speaks of tournament combat as the prerequisite for admission to the Order of Chivalry, the form of fighting referred to is that variously referred to as armored, heavy, chivalric, or rattan combat or, in the Rules of the Lists (Corpora Appendix B), traditional Society combat, i.e., the form of fighting done wearing substantial armor and using rattan weapons that was totally developed in and for the SCA.”

In view of my own research as well as the prior policy interpretation made by Lee Forgue in 1999 (which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999), I cannot hold otherwise in this opinion even in view of the removal of the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language as there is no evidence that this “ancillary activity” impacts either the 1999 holdings of the Society Seneschal and the Board of Directors, the traditions of the SCA or the other pertinent portions of Corpora including but not limited to Articles IV and VIII.

In the face of nearly 50 years of tradition, the totality of Corpora (i.e. the governing documents of the SCA), the 1999 policy ruling of the Society Seneschal which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999 and my own independent interpretation of Corpora, there is no question that, absent a change in Corpora, a Crown may not grant a rapier fighter into the Order of Chivalry as a Knight or Master at Arms.

Please pass this official advisory opinion on to your respective Crowns. I know that there has been a lot of confusion recently and I also know that there has been a lot of angry and frustrated feelings in terms of the possibility of an additional peerage; however, nothing truly precious or dear is ever achieved easily. I have complete confidence in the men and women of the Board who are trying to best serve the individual members of the SCA as well as the future of the SCA. They are individuals like you and me, who volunteer their time and try to be good stewards of this game that has become such an important aspect of our lives.

When I think about the SCA and how it has affected my life, I know full well that I am a better man because of it and I also know that each of us serves this dream with our hearts, minds and bodies… and the members who volunteer and serve as Board Members are no different than any of us… they want to do what is best for the women and men of the SCA… and they want to give us their very best… and at times, as you know, it is a thankless job.

If either you or Your Crown have any questions, please feel free to contact me by telephone after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at (916) 600-2716.

Very truly yours,
A.J. Pongratz, Esq.
Society Seneschal/V.P. of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Barone Antonio Giordano da Sicilia, O.P.)

Cc: The Board of Directors

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: announcements, society seneschal

Advisory Opinion from the Society Seneschal on the Inclusion of Non-Rattan Fighters into the Order of the Chivalry

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 19:14

The following is a message from the Society Seneschal.

Greetings,

I felt that the following Advisory Opinion was required in view of the potential for confusion brought to my attention by one or more Kingdom Seneschals; however, in view of continued questions, I would like to amplify the bandwidth as I want everyone to have access to this Advisory Opinion of the rules of the SCA; this advisory opinion is based upon my independent reading of Corpora as presently constituted, a 1999 policy interpretation (by a prior Society Seneschal) and the affirmance of that position by the Board of Directors in 1999.  As such, I am presenting the following Advisory Opinion for maximum distribution in view of continued questions.  Please be advised that this is not an invitation to further debate; rather, it is a rather simple statement of the state of the Governing Documents of the SCA, i.e. Corpora.  While the final authority regarding Corpora rests with the Board of Directors, the Board is devoted to transparency, and in all cases any change in Corpora must first be put out for comment to the membership prior to any Board action.

Best regards,
A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Society Seneschal)

January27/2015
Advisory Opinion Regarding the possible inclusion of non-rattan righters into the Order of the Chivalry

Greetings unto Kingdom Seneschals,

After January 17, 2015, I have received inquiries regarding whether a Crown may grant admission to the Order of Chivalry to a rapier or cut-and-thrust fighter.  The following opinion is being disseminated to all Kingdom Seneschals to assist Their Crowns in view of the recent amendment of Corpora by the Board of Directors. 

Despite the recent change in the language of the governing documents of the SCA, Inc. thereby removing the “ancillary activity” language from Corpora by the Board of Directors on January 17, 2015, an individual combatant should not be admitted to the Order of Chivalry based upon the combatant’s prowess in the areas of rapier or cut-and-thrust combat; my position is in conformity with the previous policy interpretation of the 1999 policy interpretation by the then Society Seneschal, affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999, which clearly indicates that only rattan combatants (heavy or armored combatants) are eligible for recognition in the Order of Chivalry.  I have determined that the key controlling factor in answering this question rests in the language of corpora dealing with “tournament combat”, namely:

Article IV. ROYALTY
A. Selection
1. Royal Lists must be conducted at a tournament announced in the kingdom newsletter as being for that purpose. Crowns or Coronets who wish to conduct a royal list in a manner other than individual combat must obtain the prior approval of the Board of Directors.

—as well as–

Article VIII. PERSONAL AWARDS AND TITLES
A. Patents of Arms
4. Patent Orders
The following institutions are established for all kingdoms in the Society. A Patent of Arms may be conferred only upon a person being admitted into one of these orders. Each candidate for a patent order must satisfy the general requirements listed above in A.1., as well as the specific requirements listed here.
a. The Chivalry: (i) The Chivalry consist of two equal parts: Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. No one may belong to both parts of the order at one time. When a member is admitted to the Chivalry by the Sovereign, the choice of which part of the order to join is made by the new member. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of tournament combat. To become a Knight, the candidate must swear fealty to the Crown of his or her kingdom during the knighting ceremony. Masters of Arms may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so.

It is clear that “tournament” combat in the SCA pertains exclusively to Crown Tournaments and Coronet Tournaments prior to January 15, 2015 and tournament combat is exclusively rattan, heavy, armored combat. The January 17, 2015 amendment to the governing documents, made by the Board of Directors, is in conformity with this position, namely, the only martial combat that may decide Crown and Coronet Tournaments is rattan combat and this amendment to Corpora is consistent with all of the governing documents of the SCA. 

When the Order of Chivalry was created, it was conceived as the peerage whereby the best tournament fighters (both Crown and Coronet Tournaments), i.e. rattan, heavy, armored combat, would be honored with the title of Knight or Master at Arms.  Such has been the case for almost fifty years. I must conclude that removing the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language or any other additions made by the Board of Directors has no definitive impact on the clear intent of the governing documents.

In 1999 the Society Seneschal (Lee Forgue), was asked by the Crown of the Midrealm for a Corpora interpretation as to whether or not a Crown could Knight a rapier fighter; Lee Forgue as Society Seneschal (circa 1999) responded with an official policy interpretation that was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999. Ms. Forgue’s affirmed interpretation of what was previously Article VII (which is now Article VIII) is noted below in pertinent part:

My interpretation is that, when Corpora VII.A.4.a.(1).(a) speaks of tournament combat as the prerequisite for admission to the Order of Chivalry, the form of fighting referred to is that variously referred to as armored, heavy, chivalric, or rattan combat or, in the Rules of the Lists (Corpora Appendix B), traditional Society combat, i.e., the form of fighting done wearing substantial armor and using rattan weapons that was totally developed in and for the SCA.” 

In view of my own research as well as the prior policy interpretation made by Lee Forgue in 1999 (which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999), I cannot hold otherwise in this opinion even in view of the removal of the “rapier as an ancillary activity” language as there is no evidence that this “ancillary activity” impacts either the 1999 holdings of the Society Seneschal and the Board of Directors, the traditions of the SCA or the other pertinent portions of Corpora including but not limited to Articles IV and VIII. 

In the face of nearly 50 years of tradition, the totality of Corpora (i.e. the governing documents of the SCA), the 1999 policy ruling of the Society Seneschal which was affirmed by the Board of Directors in 1999 and my own independent interpretation of Corpora, there is no question that, absent a change in Corpora, a Crown may not grant a rapier fighter into the Order of Chivalry as a Knight or Master at Arms.

Please pass this official advisory opinion on to your respective Crowns. I know that there has been a lot of confusion recently and I also know that there has been a lot of angry and frustrated feelings in terms of the possibility of an additional peerage; however, nothing truly precious or dear is ever achieved easily. I have complete confidence in the men and women of the Board who are trying to best serve the individual members of the SCA as well as the future of the SCA. They are individuals like you and me, who volunteer their time and try to be good stewards of this game that has become such an important aspect of our lives. 

When I think about the SCA and how it has affected my life, I know full well that I am a better man because of it and I also know that each of us serves this dream with our hearts, minds and bodies… and the members who volunteer and serve as Board Members are no different than any of us… they want to do what is best for the women and men of the SCA… and they want to give us their very best… and at times, as you know, it is a thankless job.   

If either you or Your Crown have any questions, please feel free to contact me by telephone after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at (916) 600-2716.

Very truly yours,
A.J. Pongratz, Esq.
Society Seneschal/V.P. of Operations, SCA, Inc.
(Barone Antonio Giordano da Sicilia, O.P.)

Cc: The Board of Directors

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
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Box 360789
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You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


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Announcing Jeanne Blue Alaunt

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 18:12

As part of the ongoing efforts to grow the Tir Mara College of Heralds and provide better customer service to our Tir Maran brothers and sisters, Ryan Brigantia has approved the appointment of Jeanne de Robin as Blue Alaunt Herald, the new deputy to my office, responsible for handling submissions from Tir Mara.

Submissions and fees for Tir Mara subjects should be sent to Jeanne Blue Alaunt. She will make sure that they get to me and get input into OSCAR appropriately. We are also working on finding a way to create a bank account in Canada for Canadian submissions fees, so that Tir Marans will no longer have to endure the extra expense of getting money shifted into US dollars.

Tir Maran submissions should be sent to:

Jeanne de Robin, Blue Alaunt Herald

Please join me in welcoming Jeanne to the staff and assisting her in getting up to speed in her office. Expect to hear more news from Ryan Brigantia about Badger and the French-language liaison very soon.

Also please feel free to distribute this missive to any and all relevant mailing lists, social media sites and other information distribution methods.

Your faithful and obedient servant,
Alys Blue Tyger


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: announcements, heraldry, Tir Mara

Rulings From The Earl Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:50

The following letter was written by Baron Jibril al-Dakhil, East Kingdom Earl Marshal, and is being posted by the Gazette at his request.

Greetings Unto the East Kingdom,
The following are official rulings effective immediately.

YIS,
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil

Ruling 1
A new deputy shall be immediately created as follows:
Earl Marshal Emeritus: the outgoing Earl Marshal shall serve as advisor to the current Earl Marshal as needed to facilitate continuity and transition.  This position shall not prevent the holder from holding any other Kingdom position including Royalty.  Sir Oskgar of the Woods shall serve as the first Earl Marshal Emeritus.

Ruling 2
Be it known that two-inch Mandrake tips on fiberglass spears shall be immediately banned.  Mandrake tips may be used on rattan spears. I understand this is an inconvenience for many and it is no less for me as I have spears of my own that I must rebuild.  However, in keeping in line with the need for safety and the fact that the two-inch Mandrake tips were not designed for this purpose I find this ban necessary. Icefalcon or homemade two-inch tips are allowed on all spears.

Ruling 3
The EK Marshal’s Handbook shall be amended as follows:

Old CC4: Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatant being struck by the weapon, unless he or she relinquishes this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat.

New CC4: Judging the effects of blows is left to the honor of the combatant being struck by the weapon, unless he or she relinquishes this responsibility, with the exception of clear violations of the Rules of the Lists or the Conventions of Combat. Effectiveness of a blow may not be judged by the opposing combatant, the marshal on the field, or other observers. Information unavailable to the combatant being struck may be supplied by the opposing combatant or the marshal, including blade orientation upon impact, apparent force transmitted, or apparent location and angle of the blow’s impact based upon the observer’s angle of observation.

Old: Part IV: Censure and Suspension
Violators of the rules of the list can be brought to the attention of the Earl Marshal or his Representatives by anyone in the form of a written report. The report should contain the names of all involved the action involved and include the date event and name of the MIC at the time along with the reporters name and contact information including an email address and phone number. The marshalate, after consideration and investigation can come back with the following results:

New:Part IV: Sanctions
Violators of the Earl Marshal’s rules and policies can be brought to the attention of the Earl Marshal or his Representatives by anyone in the form of a written report for censure or suspension. The report should contain the names of all involved the action involved and include the date event and name of the MIC at the time along with the reporters name and contact information including an email address and phone number. The marshalate, after consideration and investigation can come back with the following results:

Definition:
Deferment- A fighter’s removal from all participation in any SCA fighting practice or activity, in the Kingdom, or falling under the office of the Earl Marshal,  for one day.

Actions:
Deferment- This may be done by any marshal at any time for any violation of the Earl Marshal’s rules and policies.  This may be done orally and is expressly not subject to the requirement that violations be done in writing.  This shall take effect immediately and last for the duration of the fighting practice or activity, in the Kingdom or falling under the office of the Earl Marshal.  The marshal exercising a deferment shall notify the DEM of the Region in writing of the deferment.  The writing shall include the name of the fighter, name of the marshal, date of the deferment and reason for the deferment.  The DEM of the Region shall forward the written report to the EM for review and recording.


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Unofficial Court Report: A Market Day at Birka

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-29 11:45

First Court at Birka. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

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 24 January in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Stonemarche; 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:

Item. Their Majesties gave thanks to Lady Sylvia du Vey for her service as Equestrian Marshal, whereupon they accepted the fealty of Baroness Doucette de Verdun as the new Equestrian Marshal.

Sir Oskgar of the Wood (left) and Sir Jibril al-Dakhil (right) at the transfer of the office of the Earl Marshal of the East. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Sir Oskgar of the Wood for his service as Earl Marshal and accepted the fealty of Sir Jibril al-Dakhil as the new Earl Marshal.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson (called Ulfgar the Nice) before the Court and, praising his skills in combat, inducted him into the Order of the Tygers Combatant, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item. The aforenamed Order being incomplete, Their Majesties then summoned the mighty Sigurdr Berserk and caused him to be added to the Order of the Tygers Combatant, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item. Their Majesties called Aiden McShane before the assembled Court and inducted him into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Renye Wurm and Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain.

Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh, upon learning she is to sit vigil for the Order of the Pelican. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item. Their Majesties bade Rafael de Ayala de Santiago to appear before them, whereupon they inducted him into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was memorialized with a document created by Aesa Sturludottir.

Item. Their Majesties summoned before the assemblage the good man Lucien de Wyntere and, praising his skill with the rapier blade, endowed him with the Order of the Golden Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Item. Their Majesties commanded that Eleanore MacCarthaigh appear before the Court, and thereupon put her to the question of whether she would accept membership in the Order of the Pelican, the said question to be answered that afternoon.

Tiberius is called to vigil. Photo courtesy of Baron Tadea Isabetta Di Bruno

Item. Their Majesties summoned Tiberius Iulius Rufus and commanded that he sit vigil and answer the question of whether he would accept membership in the Order of the Pelican, the said question to be answered that afternoon.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned, and then did reconvene upon the hour of Matins.

Item. Their Majesties invited the King and Queen of Acre to attend upon them and join in their Court, and renewed the friendship between the two lands.

Item. With leave of their Majesties, Countess Caoilfhionn gave tokens to children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item. Their Majesties called Cody of Endewearde before the assemblage and inducted him into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Aesa feilan Josursdottir.

Item. Their Majesties made gifts of toys to the children of the East.

Item. Their Majesties welcomed Konstantia Gold Falcon Principal Herald of Calontir as ambassador from the Crown of Calontir, and made her a gift of a document created by Alys Mackyntoich and Eva Woderose.

Lord Simon Peter Squirrel is presented to the Court. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. Their Majesties called Simon Peter Squirrel before the Court and Awarded him Arms.

Item. Their Majesties called Poplyr Childs before the Court and Awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Marie Heather Hall.

Item. Their Majesties called Carl of Anglespur before the Court and Awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Katrusha Skomorokh.

Item. Their Majesties called Robert of Anglespur before the Court and Awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Lilian ate Valeye and Lada Monguligin.

Item. Their Majesties awarded Arms to John of Southwick, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nemania filia Huweli.

Item. Their Majesties awarded Arms to Marcus Antonius Leptis, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc and Ulrich Reinhart.

Item. Their Majesties called before the Court the good lady Dalla Olafskona and, praising her artistry in knitting and embroidery, inducted her into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Elisabeth Greenleaf.

Item. Their Majesties, seeking to augment the aforesaid Order further, then summoned Sunnifa Heinriksdottir before the assemblage, and in token of her great skills in the fiber arts, invested her with the Order of the Maunche, and confirmed that investiture with the gift of a glass and document created by Solskinn of Smoking Rocks, Nest verch Tangwistel and Henna Sinclair, with words by Toki Redbeard.

Item. Their Majesties then called Lisabetta Medaglia before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her skill at illumination, inducted the said Lisabetta into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Eleanor Catlyng and Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Item. Duena Mercedes de Califia, Seneschale of the East Kingdom, announced that the Riding of Giggleswick had achieved official status.

Item. Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item. Their Majesties called before the Tyger Throne the noted bookseller Devra the Baker and, having heard word of her retirement, granted her a pension fit for her station, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aildreda de Tamworthe and Eva Woderose.

Item. Their Majesties commanded the presence of Thomas de Winterwade, good and noble servant of the Kingdom; whereupon they caused the said Thomas to be entered into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Anastasia Gutane and Fiona O Maille O Chaun Coille.

Item. Their Majesties then further commanded that Magnus de Londres appear before the assemblage, and in witness of his great labors for the Realm, elevated the said Magnus to the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Baron Harald kneels before Her Majesty. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Harold von Auerbach to appear before the Tyger Thrones, whereupon the said Harold was endowed with the Order of Terpsichore, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Katherine Stanhope.

Item. Their Majesties called into their presence Lili von der Tann and endowed the said Lili with the Order of the Troubadour, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Anne of Framlingham, Constance de St. Denis and Marietta Charay.

Item. Their Majesties called upon Eleanore MacCarthaigh to answer the question put to her that morning, to wit that she would join the Order of the Pelican; and Their Majesties took testimony from Peers and good persons of the Realm, whereupon they did invest the said Eleanore with the Order of the Pelican.

Item. Their Majesties invited Muirenn ingen Dúnadaig to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Lilian ate Valeye and Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item. Their Majesties invited Rúadán mac Paidín to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Lassar ingen Aeda and Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item. Their Majesties invited Vuradech Mac Aed Finn to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Sarah Davies of Monmouth and Bronwyn of Wentworth.

Baroness Aneleda of Falconbridge (left) and Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For (right) confess their roles in the East Kingdom Calendar Project. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. His Majesty summoned before the Tyger Thrones the good ladies Aneleda of Falconbridge, Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate and Catrin o’r Rhyd For and, thanking them for their work raising funds for the good of the Realm through a calendar project, endowed them with the King’s Esteem of Merit.

Item. Her Majesty summoned before the Tyger Thrones the artists who had contributed to the fundraising calendar project and endowed all of the following good people with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction:
Alexandre St. Pierre; Christian von Jaueregk; Rhonwen glyn Conwy: Lada Monguligin: Sakura’i no Kesame: Eleanore MacCarthaigh; Ro Honig von Summerfeldt; Carolyne de laPointe; Eva Woderose; Palotzi Marti; Emma Makilmone; Camille des Jardins; Isabel Chamberlaine; Khioniya Nikolaevna Ryseva; Lisabetta Medaglia; Eleanor Catlyng; Henna Sinclair

Item. Their Majesties awarded Arms to Remy le Bastard, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain and Shadiyah Al-Zhara.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Christine Violet before the assembled Court, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aud Lifsdottir.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Aud Lifsdottir before the assembled Court, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Harold von Auerbach.

Lady Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate. Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item. Their Majesties called before the Court the good lady Lucie Lovegood of Ramsgate and, in witness of her labors for the good of the Realm, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eloise of Coulter.

Item. Their Majesties invited Barbeta Kyrkeland to attend upon them, whereupon they endowed the said Barbeta with the Order of the Silver Crescent for her many good works for the Kingdom, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Marie Heather Hall.

Item. Their Majesties invited Lily of Eastham before the assembled Court and, praising her good and diverse labors for the benefit of the Realm, created the said Lily a member of the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Catarina Giaocchini.

Item. Their Majesties called Carmelina de Vacarri before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized with a gift of embroidery created by Gwenlliana Vachan.

Item. Their Majesties called Petra de Cilicia before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Anna Doukeianina Syrakousina and Aldis Thorbjarnarsdottir.

Item. Their Majesties called Elvira Violante Ballesteros before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nicolette Bonhomme and Sakurai no Kesame.

Item. With leave of Their Majesties, Master Godric of Hampton, Captain-General of Archers, created Aesa Ormstunga a Master Bowman.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Master Godric of Hampton for his service as Captain-General of Archers and bade him take his rest; in witness of the love they bear him they further gave him their tokens.

Mistress Jehannine offers her fealty. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item. Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Mistress Jehannine de Flandres as the new Captain-General of Archers.

Item. Her Majesty endowed the good lady Alexandra of Silverwood with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction in witness of her work at Market Day at Birka.

Item. His Majesty endowed Alexander Clarke with the King’s Order of Excellence, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Raistlin the Quiet.

Item. Their Majesties commanded Tiberius Iulius Rufus to attend upon them and give answer to the question set before him; and the said Tiberius affirmed that he would accept the offered accolade; and Their Majesties took testimony from notable persons of the Realm; whereupon they endowed the said Tiberius with the Order of the Pelican and Arms by letters patent.

Tiberius Iulius Rufus, newly elevated to the Order of the Pelican, welcomes his Knight, Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton as he is also admitted to the order. Photo courtesy of Lady Isolda Fairamay.

Item. Their Majesties then summoned Gareth Grey de Wilton to appear before the assembled Court, whereupon Their Majesties took testimony from notable persons of the Realm and upon the strength of that testimony, offered the said Gareth admission into the Order of the Pelican; and the said Gareth so accepting, the deed was confirmed in a document created by Harold von Auerbach.

Item. Their Majesties thanked the musicians who had played for the courts.

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.

Witnesseth:
Ryan Mac Whyte
Kayleigh Mac Whyte
Mylisant Grey
Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Malcolm Bowman
Donovan Shinnock
Anastasia da Monte
Yehuda ben Moshe


Filed under: Court Tagged: birka