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On September 4, 2013, Sarah Bellian became the new curator of the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas. A self-professed "geek," Bellian often gets her historical fix in the SCA where she practices rapier combat and archery. The new curator was interviewed recently by Erinn Callahan of the Port Arthur News.
In early December, the SCA's official website got a new look. Mistress Jessa, who is responsible for the website, discussed the changes in an article in the East Kingdom Gazette.
This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence.. There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period. If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.
Today’s name is Wendy.
For a very long time, it was believed that Wendy was a name invented in the 19th century by the author of Peter Pan, and therefore was thoroughly modern. Recently, however, a very large new database of English names extracted from parish records of weddings and christenings became available. Searching that database, I found “Wendy” appearing as a male name in England in 1615 and 1635. For the purposes of the heralds, evidence of a name in documents prior to 1650 is sufficient to allow it to be registered. So yes, “Wendy” is a period name, although not at all in the way we expected. In all likelihood, “Wendy” was a surname used as a given name, much in the same way that names like Leslie and Douglas were first used as surnames and then became given names.
Filed under: Heraldry, Interviews
As part of a "How do I..." series the East Kingdom Gazette is running, Queen Avelina II wrote an article on how to write an awards recommendation letter.
Hail to gentles from far and near…as Estrella War XXX approaches, Atenveldt warmly greets you, and bids you welcome here!
As a child, Jay Secord wanted to grow up to be a knight. Today at 42, Secord may not be a knight, but he is an armorer with television and movie credits. Doug Williams of the San Diego Union-Tribune has the story.
Rebecca Beaumont reports that Their Majesties Damien and Issabell of the Kingdom of Calontir have placed the Honorable Lady Sung Sai-êrh on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.
THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2013.
Why would I want to register my name in the SCA?
What are the requirements for picking an official name?
An SCA name must use period spellings. History books often modernize spellings to make them “easier” for modern readers. Modernizing is more common with older spellings than with later-period ones.
What are the requirements for registering a device?
Can you give us examples of period names that sound unusual to a modern ear? (Humorous or otherwise…)
What is the difference between a device and a badge?
A “badge” is any other piece of visual art associated with you. You can have up to six pieces of armory – so one “device” and five “badges.” Badges are usually simpler than arms, but not necessarily so. If you have alternate personas, their devices/arms are called “badges” for administrative purposes, even if they look like devices/arms.
When you’re talking about period practice, the answer is a little more complicated. Speaking quite broadly, a device/arms defines you. The only people wearing it should be you or your herald. A badge identifies things that are yours. Your household, your dependents, etc. display your badge. That’s something of an over-simplification, but details varied in period depending on era and culture.
What online or book sources would you suggest for research?
Are there any on-line resources to show me what period heraldry looks like?
Where can I find someone to help me pick a name or design a device?
How does the registration process work and how long does it take?
The forms can be found here.
Once I receive the forms, I enter the submission information for the name, device or badge into an electronic program called OSCAR. Once a month, I release a “letter” on OSCAR with all of the submissions received that month. You can see the letters here.
For about a month, heralds within the East Kingdom and some from outside the East will comment on the submissions on the letter, checking documentation, doing additional research, and checking for conflicts with existing names and devices. At the end of the month, I decide whether the submission needs to be returned for further work or should go up for further commentary at the Society level. You can see the Letters of Decision here.
If I decide to send the submissions up, they go into another OSCAR database for review and commentary by heralds throughout the Society. That process takes about two more months.
At the end of that review and commentary process, the chief armory herald (Wreath Sovereign of Arms) and the chief name herald (Pelican Sovereign of Arms) hold meetings with their staffs where they make decisions to accept or reject submissions. These meetings discuss submissions from throughout the Society, not just the East.
After the meetings, Pelican and Wreath write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Returns. The writing process takes about a month or so. The public can find and read the LoARs here.
Overall, we average about 8-9 months these days from submission to decision.
If you submit your name or device or badge at Pennsic Herald’s Point, it will actually take longer than if you submit it another time of year. The East gets, on average, about 175 submissions out of Pennsic. We can only reasonably handle commentary on a maximum of 50-55 submissions a month. It takes us until nearly Christmas to work through the Pennsic deluge of submissions and the resulting backlog of submissions that I receive after Pennsic.
Filed under: Heraldry, Interviews
Experts working on excavations at Dingwall's Cromartie Memorial car park have confirmed that the site was the location of an 11th century Thing, or Norse parliament. The structure may have been built at the instruction of Thorfinn the Mighty.
Archaeological digs on a farm near Newborough, England have unearthed several layers of history from Roman to Saxon times. The excavations were commissioned before the land could be used for proposed renewable energy parks.
If you are a member of a polled Order and are not subscribed to the polling distribution or the discussion list, you may sign up here: Polling Lists
And if you are subscribed to the polling distribution but did not receive the most recent polls, please contact the Clerk of the Polling Lists, (currently Duchess Katherine Stanhope).
Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings
East Kingdom Twelfth Night will be held in Troy, NY, on January 4, 2014 and hosted by the Shire of Anglespur and the Barony of Concordia of the Snows.
Per the autocrat, Lord Joel of Vestfell, the feast has a very hard cap of 150, and it’s “selling fast”. Online registration (by ACCEPS) ends on December 15th, and mailed reservations must be postmarked by December 22.
Celebrate the end of the holiday season with:
For more information, please see the event announcement.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Anglespur, Concordia of the Snows, Twelfth Night
In early December, the SCA.org website got a new look.
The motivation behind the “facelift” was the recent debut of the SCA Newcomers’ Portal. ”We wanted to add a very noticeable link to the Portal, so that visitors and new members could easily find their way there,” said Mistress Jessa d’Avondale, Webmaster of SCA.org *. “This led to streamlining the front page, which previously had 4 different sections and menus, and left plenty of room in the center for a large slideshow of photos.”
The new SCA.org front page features photographs of SCA participants from the SCA Digital Scribes Program, along with five buttons with prominent links for new members (the Newcomers’ Portal, On-line Membership, and Kingdom Lookup), and for existing members (the SCA Marketplace, and the Kingdom eNewsletter website).
A lighter-colored background on all pages provides more contrast for the text, and the website’s menus have been consolidated into one main menu at the top of the screen, to make it easier for visitors to navigate their way around the site.
Please send feedback and suggestions to Mistress Jessa *
* Mistress Jessa is responsible for the contents of the SCA.org website. Please note this is a separate office from the Society Webminister, Baroness Alesone, who is in charge of electronic publications, oversees the kingdom websites, and makes policy about local group websites.
Filed under: Corporate Tagged: websites
The discovery of an old forge, an iron arrowhead and utensils has led archaeologists to believe that they had found an area used by blacksmiths dating to the 1500s. The site was unearthed under Klosterenga in Oslo, Norway.
The agenda for Their Majesties’ upcoming Curia is now available on the East Kingdom Seneschal’s web site: Curia
The Curia will be held the day after Birka, in the Barony of Stonemarche:
Questions may be directed to: Clerk of Laws
Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: birka, curia
Archaeologists working on the site of a railway line in Old Uppsala, Sweden are trying to puzzle out the purpose of two rows of large wooden pillars near a 5th century pre-Viking burial ground and religious center. (photos)
SCA Ltd is again seeking nominations for board members.
Aryanhwy reports that the first edition of the blog What's Up Wednesday is now online. The blog looks at what is going on with the A&S community in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.