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An announcement from the Earl Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 19:17
Greetings Unto the East Kingdom!

As some of you may know, my first daughter is scheduled to be born the day before Crown. This will be happening in Colorado and as such I will not be able to act as the Marshal-in-Charge for the Crown tournament. In accordance with East Kingdom Law I have asked Duke Gregor Von Heiseler to be the Marshal-in-Charge and Their Royal Majesties have consented to the substitution. As such, Duke Gregor has graciously agreed to run the Crown tournament.

As Crown is rapidly approaching I ask all Chivalry and OTC marshals, who are not fighting, to make every effort to attend and stand ready to assist Duke Gregor as he deems fit. In addition, Olaf Haraldson, Deputy for Rules Clarification, has agreed to be my Drop-Dead. Being that I much prefer this side of the grass, I have no intention of dropping dead.  So I may be in the market for a food and wine taster at future events. While Olaf has a shifty look about him, he also has a keen sense of the rules and laws of our Kingdom and integrity beyond reproach.

I thank Their Majesties for trusting in my choices and both Gregor and Olaf for being willing to step up and serve our glorious and noble East Kingdom.

Yours In Service,
Baron Sir Jibril al-Dakhil, EK,EM


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SCA Communications Survey

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 19:14

The following was posted to the Society for Creative Anachronism Facebook page. The original can be found here.

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey designed to gather data to assist us in the evolution of communications within the SCA.

We appreciate your time and the opportunity to gather information so we can best serve your needs in the future.

https://docs.google.com/…/1_ihUYVPNPJleoLyouPvSR0A…/viewform

Countess Honor of Restormel
Society Publications Manager


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An announcement regarding Crown Tourney / Une annonce au sujet de la Couronne Tourney

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 19:10

Greetings to the combatants in the East Kingdom’s Spring Crown Tourney!

Their Majesties have informed us that They do not want to use list
trees and personal devices for this Crown Tourney. For those of you
who were planning to bring your device for the list tree, you are
encouraged but are not required to use the device for personal display
at the tournament. For those of you planning to make a device for the
list tree, you may delay that project to a later time. On the day of
the tourney, we’d ask your help in making sure the heralds are able to
be heard across the listfield so that we can get all combatants and
their consorts to the proper lists.

Lady Rosina von Schaffhausen, Jongleur Herald
Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Troubadour Herald

En français par leurs excellences Godfroy de Falaise et Alisay de Falaise

Salutations aux participants du Tournoi printanier de la Couronne.
Nos Majestés nous ont informés qu’ils ne souhaitaient pas que les participants au Tournoi de la Couronne présentent leurs armoiries dans la lice. Ceux qui souhaitaient le faire le pourront, mais cela n’est nullement obligatoire. Pour ceux qui souhaitaient fabriquer leurs armoiries pour être présentés, peuvent remettre ce projet à plus tard. La journée du tournoi, nous demandons votre plus grande collaboration pour vous assurer que les hérauts puissent être entendus d’un bout à l’autre des lices. De cette manière les combattants et leurs consorts pourront se présenter à la bonne lice.

Lady Rosina von Schaffhausen, Jongleur Herald
Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Troubadour Herald


Filed under: Announcements, En français

Missive From Their Majesties

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-22 16:47

All pay heed to these words from Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle:

BE IT KNOWN to all that profess arms that We, Timothy and Gabrielle, by right of Arms, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc,  do honor and invite all to whom these words come – that We commend Dorinda Courtenay, Member of the Order of the White Scarf, Duchess of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, and Vigilant for the Society’s Order of Defense to play her Master’s Prize against all who might wield the Rapier in its subtile mysterie at these weapons, viz: rapier, rapier and dagger, rapier and parry item, case of rapier or longsword.  Each Gentle being offered three passes of their choice.  We would also provide gaming challenges for those who are not able to meet Her Grace on the rapier listfield. These words are to give notice that Our said Vigilant will be present beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the First day of May, at the appropriately entitled “Celebration of the Art of the Rapier” to perform and do her utter most for the achievement and bearing away of the prize.

Credits to Don Po Silvertop based on the writings from
http://iceweasel.org/lmod.html


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Richard III: Just misunderstood?

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015-04-22 08:54

Members of the Richard III Society have long believed that the last medieval king of England got a bad rap from the conquering Tudors and their bard, William Shakespeare. Now, with the discovery of Richard's remains, others are beginning to reconsider the monarch. (audio interview)

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SCA Newsletter & Communications Survey

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 21:49

The Society Publications Manager asks for your help by responding to a survey on SCA communications.

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey designed to gather data to assist us in the evolution of communications within the SCA.
We appreciate your time and the opportunity to gather information so we can best serve your needs in the future.

The survey can be found here.

Honor of Restormel
Society Publications Manager


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Les participants et format au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est.

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 20:34

Cet article est maintenant disponible en Français. Veuillez cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous.

Spring Crown Tourney Entrants and Format / Les participants et format au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est.

(English Translation: The following article is now available in French. Please click on the link below.)


Filed under: Announcements, En français, Events, Heavy List

In Memoriam: Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 19:30

Photo of Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada on display as part of his memorial at Balfar’s Challenge on April 18th.
Photo courtesy of Cateline La Broderesse

Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 8th, following a chronic illness. Baron Adhemar was active in the Society for more than twenty-five years. For fifteen of those years he served as the Baron of Dragonship Haven, stepping down only last month. He was recognized as a Master of the Laurel by Brion and Anna in 1999 for his skill with illumination, calligraphy, and costuming, and as a Master of the Pelican by Darius and Roxane in 2002 for his long service to the College of Heralds and his Barony.

A longtime member of Duchy von Grunwald, he also was the founder and patriarch of the Maison Sainte Claire, a group dedicated to recreating the culture, customs, and crafts of the year 1405 through the structure of a French nobleman’s household. He was the Commander of La Grande Compagnie de Sainte Claire, devoted to the study and use of black powder weapons in period. Baron Adhemar was well known for his interest in and willingness to teach about 15th century French history, and was recognized with the King’s Order of Excellence in 2002 for his high standards of personal authenticity. He taught and published extensively about authentic scribal practices and was the first in the East to adapt period court and legal documents into SCA award texts.

Baron Adhemar was a Companion of the Orders of the Maunche (1992) and the Silver Crescent (2000). He was made a Baron of the Court with a Grant of Arms by Balfar II and Luna II in 1995. He was gifted a King’s Cypher from Balfar III, as well as with Queen’s Honor of Distinctions (now the Queen’s Award of Esteem) from both Olivia and Anna II. In 2004, Balfar IV and Luna IV revived the very ancient title of Captain-General of Guatemala (traditionally the very last entry in the East Kingdom Order of Precedence) for him in humorous recognition of his long service to the Kingdom. Baron Adhemar was also recognized by his Barony. In 1990, he was named a Companion of Dragonship Haven’s Order of the Yale for service. He was also a Companion of the Barony’s now-closed Order of the Hawk’s Bell for arts and sciences.

Baron Adhemar steps down as Baron of Dragonship Haven.
Photo courtesy of Cateline La Broderesse

Baron Adhemar served many of the Crowns of the East as Their Majesties’ Court Herald, now called the Eastern Crown Herald. He taught the heralds of the list-field as Troubadour (Tourney Deputy) Herald from 2001-2005. He assumed the office of Brigantia Principal Herald of the East in 2005 and served until 2009. In 2012, in the Court of Kenric and Avelina at Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, Rowen Brigantia named him a Herald Extraordinaire (one of the four named that day) among the first named in the East in fifteen years.

Baron Adhemar’s former ward, Baroness Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire shared the following remembrance of him with the Gazette. “I am not good with stories or quotes, but I can tell you the sort of man Adhemar was. Everyone who’s met him knows he’s fabulous, but he is also patient. In his role as Baron and Brigantia he frequently had to deal with well-meaning but totally lost volunteers and even those purposely trying to stir things up. And though he always had a creative swearing session over them in private, he always helped them calmly and even attentively. He kitted out more people than I can
count. Cutting and sewing clothes for them, frequently out of linen and wool that he purchased. He taught freely. When I first met him he would open his tiny apartment up for a weekly scriptorium. He would teach you everything he knew if you let him. His personality could take up a room and his laugh could fill every little crack and crevasse. He was more than just funny or witty, he was fluent in sarcasm and absurdity. He loved his friends very deeply; he also loved history, his art and his Kingdom. Sometimes he forgot that he was not actually a medieval baron, but in many ways that’s what made him so wonderful. And fabulous.”

Photo of Baron Adhemar’s memorial at Balfar’s Challenge on April 18th.
Photo courtesy of Cateline La Broderesse

Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan adds “He was not only my persona’s brother, he was also my foster Laurel. I would often come to him with the most ridiculous ideas for projects and each time through my exciting spiel he would laugh exuberantly, littered with “Yes, Dear”. But when it was done he would do his best to help me research my ideas and encourage me in my pursuits. He never once said no, that’s an unsuitable idea. Not once. We may have decided through research it wasn’t period, but he would never dismiss it out of hand.”

A memorial tent was set up at Balfar’s Challenge in Dragonship Haven on April 18th, and there is also a Facebook page where friends may share photos and remembrances. The memorial service will be held on May 30th at 1 PM at Christ Episcopal Church in New Haven, CT.


Filed under: History, Tidings Tagged: Dragonship Haven, in memoriam, obituary

Spring Crown Tourney Entrants and Format / Les participants et format au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est.

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 17:15

The entrants in this Spring’s Crown Tourney are listed below.  The details on how Crown Tourney will be fought are as follows. The tourney will be double elimination with fighters bringing their weapon of choice for all rounds of the tourney. For the final four, two wins will be required to advance.  This means an undefeated fighter will need one win; a fighter who has already lost a bout will need two wins. The finals will be comprised of only one bout.

The entrants are listed according to the Order of Precedence, and the Gazette would like to thank Baron Rowen Cloteworthy for providing us with the ordered list.

En français par Sir Pellandres dit Le Frère

Ci-bas seront indiqués les participants au tournoi printanier de la Couronne de l’Est. Ledit tournoi sera combattu selon les règles suivantes. Item, le format sera celui d’une élimination double où chaque combattant décidera de son propre armement, et ce pour chacun des tours. Item, les quatre finalistes devront avoir deux victoires pour passer en finales. Ainsi, un combattant invaincu de tout le tournoi pourra passer avec un seul combat victorieux. Un autre qui aurait déjà perdu une joute aura besoin de deux victoires. Item, la finale ne sera décidée que d’un seul combat.

Les participants sont ordonnés en fonction de leur Précédence. La Gazette offre ses remerciement à son excellence Rown Cloteworthy pour avoir recherché et établi ledit ordre.

Duke Randal of the Dark for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Duke Kenric aet Essex for Duchess Avelina Keyes
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver for Lady Gracia Vasz de Trillo
Count Brennan mac Fearghus for Countess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain
Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Lady Áine an Neamheaglach
Sir Rhys Ravenscroft for Viscondesa Jimena Montoya
Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern for Lord Harold Hawkinson (Combatant Couple)
Sir Antonio Patrasso for Mistress Elizabeth Lovell
Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon
Sir Gui Avec Cheval De Guies for Master Philip White
Sir Luis de Castilla for Lady Berenika Varjo
Sir Wilham de Broc for Mistress Isabel Chamberlaine
Master Aethelhawk Keyfinder for the Honourable Lady Siubhan Wallace
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov for Baroness Mathilde De Cadenet
Baron Duncan Kerr for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick
Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche for Lady Isabeau Du Valle
Baron Jozef Ludwiczak for Lady Gwenliana Vachan
Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn for Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Baron Matthias Grunwald for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
Lord William MacCrimmon for Lady Susanna of Dragonship Haven
Lord Harold Hawkinson for Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern (Combatant Couple)
Lord William Ravenhair for Lady Kris Spinster
Lord Anton LeFlamme d’ Saint Aubin for m’lady Cassandra Blondel de Seint Alban
Lord Sterling De La Rosa for Lady Caitrina Gordon called Katya
Lord Richard Crowe for m’lady Ameria Brown
Lord Dmitri Stephanovich for Baroness Nadezhda Voronova
Lord Turi mac Kinnon for Baroness Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson for Lady Cezilia Raposa
Lord Ionness Aurelius Serpentius for Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt
Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies for Lady Indrakshi
Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice for Lady Lady Lavina Attewode
Dominus Tiberius Nautius Maximus for Lady Sandrine de Berry
Lord Gawyn O’Clery for m’lady Maeve O’Clery
Lady Saikhan Saran for Lord Lorenzo Gorla
Lord Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh for Baroness Molly Schofield
Lord Marcus Antonius Scaevola for Lady Octavia Valeria Laevina
Lord Eliayahu al-Talhi called Tally for m’lady Maria Charriez
Lord Ôzurr for Lady Julianna Le Chaluner
Lord Nicolai Wegener for Lady Æsa Sturludottir
Lord Corwin Blackthorn for Lady Solveig Bjorndottr
m’lord Arne Ulriksson for m’lady Anna Von Baden


Filed under: Announcements, En français, Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown Tourney

Notes from the April 18 Board Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 17:15

This article is republished from The Æthelmearc Gazette with permission. Our thanks to them for allowing us to share this post. Please click here to see their original post.

Master William de Montegilt attended the April 18 Board Meeting and has submitted the following notes to the [Æthelmearc] Gazette.

If you’ve never been to a Board of Directors meeting, you might want to attend one. The ceremonies are very impressive. The directors are carried in, each on his or her own palanquin, to the central meeting table laden with gold plate and jeweled cups, where they are greeted by cheering members of the populace…..

OK, fine. It’s not like that at all. This is a corporate board meeting. The directors and officers wear suits or other formal business attire. The meetings are run according to the Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis. Meetings are held quarterly, and the Saturday session, which is a working meeting, is open to the public.

At the April meeting, the corporation was represented by the directors, the newest director-elect (who gets to watch, but not vote), several corporate officers, and about a dozen members of the populace. The guests get to speak and ask questions at the discretion of the Chair. Everyone is addressed by their modern names.

Dr. Scott Berk, the Chair, opened the meeting by asking all present to introduce themselves, and to tell everyone what their alternate persona would be if they could start over. There were lots of interesting choices, and the majority seemed to be driven by clothing. A new director-elect, Chele Martines (Sabine de Rouen) was announced, and she will be present at the next meeting. Directors serve for 3 ½ years, and typically one is replaced at every other meeting.

Standard business included recognizing new groups, approving group advances in status, approving bank accounts, and approving a new affiliate corporation in the Netherlands (the Shire of Polderslot). The member in charge of Board recruiting noted there were currently 40 nominees out of roughly 35,000 members. That is very nearly an all-time high. Five of these are from Æthelmearc. The Board likes diversity of geography and fields of interest when choosing among new candidates. It requires the approval of all seven members to elect a new member. The Saturday meeting also covers correspondence. There was NO written correspondence this quarter, which I found interesting. Everything (and there was a lot) came in electronically. Each director has to read a lot of correspondence before each meeting. Twenty years ago, this worked out to about a 4-5 inch binder. There is a deadline for consideration, which is generally the first day of the month in which the meeting is held. Anything later may likely not be considered until the next meeting, so plan accordingly.

There was no Old Business this time. There were three New Business items. One was Polderslot which got covered earlier. The second was a resignation from the Peerage (you have to write to the Board, or it doesn’t count). The last one was the proposal for the Omnibus Peerage.

The proposal was presented by Tessa Williams (Duchess Tessa the Huntress). This was the longest single item of the meeting, and discussion took almost two hours. When asked what she would like the Board to do, she asked them to approve the proposal. This was not possible, as it would require a change to Corpora, which must be put out to the membership for comment. Generally, the directors were in favor of the concept, but made it very clear that they were going to take the time to get it right, recognizing that whatever action is taken (or not), there will be some folks who won’t be happy.

Seven other guests spoke about the proposal, and the audience was included in the general discussion that followed. (Editorial note: Folks who consider the Board to be a monolithic hive-mind really need to see one of these discussions. They will be…enlightened). There was discussion of timing and whether it is too much too fast for the Kingdoms to handle? Build on the Order of Defense? Include this in the Order of Defense? Another consideration was that future martial activities be included in this new peerage so that the process would not need to start over yet again. Fairness, inclusion, and paths to mastery for everyone, and the ensuing benefits to the membership were also considered major factors. Opinions both pro and con were aired on the proposal. Eventually, the Board decided to take the following actions: First, a conference call will be held with the Board, certain officers, and the Crowns of each Kingdom, to get their thoughts. Second, a proposal with a variety of alternatives will be put out as a membership survey. Some of these are: 1) The Omnibus proposal as written 2) Similar, but for all martial activities not included in the Orders of Chivalry and Defense (the Omnibus proposal only covers martial activities, present and future, that fall under the purview of the Society Earl Marshal) 3) Inclusion in the Order of Defense 4) Do nothing at this time. There may be other alternatives depending on the feedback from the Crowns. The target for reconsideration of the proposal and its alternatives is the October meeting.

After a lunch break, the meeting reconvened. There was a very nice presentation from the 50-Year Celebration committee. They are expecting attendance in the 3-5000 range. It will be in the Midrealm, in June of 2016, near Indianapolis. There are 19 large buildings, mostly climate controlled, including horse barns, and large outside areas. They believe this will be the largest equestrian event in the history of the Society. There are about 75 merchants and over 200 classes arranged thus far, and these numbers will increase. There will be themed balls for the dancers every night. There will be a period encampment area. The local area is supportive. There will be 5000 gift packets from the local chamber of commerce. The Baroness of Sternfeld sent a letter making it very clear that the RFRA was modified to prevent discrimination by gender identity, and that attendees would find themselves very welcome by the folks in the area. Other accommodations: handicapped and mobility services will be available, as well as docents for non-SCA folk who show up. There will be a display area with the history of each of the kingdoms, including a YouTube presentation for each on a big screen. It is expected that the one from Avacal will be fairly short.

Next were officer reports, and here are a few highlights. The Society Seneschal (Vice-president for Operations) noted that commentary on the Chirurgeonate is open until July 1. The Vice-President for Corporate Operations mentioned that a survey on electronic communications will be pushed to the e-newsletters. Sign in if you want to respond. Also, the SCA, Inc. passed a fairly rigorous audit by the State of California with flying colors. The Minister for A&S had 39 pages of ongoing activities and commended the A&S community for being awesome. The Chair of the Grand Council commended a number of people, including Æthelmearc’s Arianna of Wynthrope!

Officer changes: A new director was elected (Chele Martines) as mentioned above. The new Society Marshall will be Alan Smith (Alan Gravesend). Interestingly, he will be one of the premier Masters of Defense from Atlantia. Applications for Society Chronicler will be accepted until May 15th. There were various tributes to Lisa May, who is stepping down after this meeting, and she was given the traditional privilege of adjourning the meeting.

The October 2015 meeting will be held in Pittsburgh at the Embassy Suites by the airport. I encourage as many as possible to attend, and get a better idea of how the administration behind our hobby/lifestyle is run.


Filed under: Corporate Tagged: Board Meeting, board of directors, BoD, bod meeting, bod meetings, corporate

Notes from the April 18 Board Meeting

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-21 17:03

Master William de Montegilt attended the April 18 Board Meeting and has submitted the following notes to the Gazette.

If you’ve never been to a Board of Directors meeting, you might want to attend one. The ceremonies are very impressive. The directors are carried in, each on his or her own palanquin, to the central meeting table laden with gold plate and jeweled cups, where they are greeted by cheering members of the populace…..

OK, fine. It’s not like that at all. This is a corporate board meeting. The directors and officers wear suits or other formal business attire. The meetings are run according to the Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis. Meetings are held quarterly, and the Saturday session, which is a working meeting, is open to the public.

At the April meeting, the corporation was represented by the directors, the newest director-elect (who gets to watch, but not vote), several corporate officers, and about a dozen members of the populace. The guests get to speak and ask questions at the discretion of the Chair. Everyone is addressed by their modern names.

Dr. Scott Berk, the Chair, opened the meeting by asking all present to introduce themselves, and to tell everyone what their alternate persona would be if they could start over. There were lots of interesting choices, and the majority seemed to be driven by clothing. A new director-elect, Chele Martines (Sabine de Rouen) was announced, and she will be present at the next meeting. Directors serve for 3 ½ years, and typically one is replaced at every other meeting.

Standard business included recognizing new groups, approving group advances in status, approving bank accounts, and approving a new affiliate corporation in the Netherlands (the Shire of Polderslot). The member in charge of Board recruiting noted there were currently 40 nominees out of roughly 35,000 members. That is very nearly an all-time high. Five of these are from Æthelmearc. The Board likes diversity of geography and fields of interest when choosing among new candidates. It requires the approval of all seven members to elect a new member. The Saturday meeting also covers correspondence. There was NO written correspondence this quarter, which I found interesting. Everything (and there was a lot) came in electronically. Each director has to read a lot of correspondence before each meeting. Twenty years ago, this worked out to about a 4-5 inch binder. There is a deadline for consideration, which is generally the first day of the month in which the meeting is held. Anything later may likely not be considered until the next meeting, so plan accordingly.

There was no Old Business this time. There were three New Business items. One was Polderslot which got covered earlier. The second was a resignation from the Peerage (you have to write to the Board, or it doesn’t count). The last one was the proposal for the Omnibus Peerage.

The proposal was presented by Tessa Williams (Duchess Tessa the Huntress). This was the longest single item of the meeting, and discussion took almost two hours. When asked what she would like the Board to do, she asked them to approve the proposal. This was not possible, as it would require a change to Corpora, which must be put out to the membership for comment. Generally, the directors were in favor of the concept, but made it very clear that they were going to take the time to get it right, recognizing that whatever action is taken (or not), there will be some folks who won’t be happy.

Seven other guests spoke about the proposal, and the audience was included in the general discussion that followed. (Editorial note:  Folks who consider the Board to be a monolithic hive-mind really need to see one of these discussions. They will be…enlightened). There was discussion of timing and whether it is too much too fast for the Kingdoms to handle?  Build on the Order of Defense?  Include this in the Order of Defense?  Another consideration was that future martial activities be included in this new peerage so that the process would not need to start over yet again. Fairness, inclusion, and paths to mastery for everyone, and the ensuing benefits to the membership were also considered major factors. Opinions both pro and con were aired on the proposal. Eventually, the Board decided to take the following actions: First, a conference call will be held with the Board, certain officers, and the Crowns of each Kingdom, to get their thoughts. Second, a proposal with a variety of alternatives will be put out as a membership survey. Some of these are:  1) The Omnibus proposal as written 2) Similar, but for all martial activities not included in the Orders of Chivalry and Defense (the Omnibus proposal only covers martial activities, present and future, that fall under the purview of the Society Earl Marshal) 3) Inclusion in the Order of Defense 4) Do nothing at this time. There may be other alternatives depending on the feedback from the Crowns. The target for reconsideration of the proposal and its alternatives is the October meeting.

After a lunch break, the meeting reconvened. There was a very nice presentation from the 50-Year Celebration committee. They are expecting attendance in the 3-5000 range. It will be in the Midrealm, in June of 2016, near Indianapolis. There are 19 large buildings, mostly climate controlled, including horse barns, and large outside areas. They believe this will be the largest equestrian event in the history of the Society. There are about 75 merchants and over 200 classes arranged thus far, and these numbers will increase. There will be themed balls for the dancers every night. There will be a period encampment area. The local area is supportive. There will be 5000 gift packets from the local chamber of commerce. The Baroness of Sternfeld sent a letter making it very clear that the RFRA was modified to prevent discrimination by gender identity, and that attendees would find themselves very welcome by the folks in the area. Other accommodations:  handicapped and mobility services will be available, as well as docents for non-SCA folk who show up. There will be a display area with the history of each of the kingdoms, including a YouTube presentation for each on a big screen. It is expected that the one from Avacal will be fairly short.

Next were officer reports, and here are a few highlights. The Society Seneschal (Vice-president for Operations) noted that commentary on the Chirurgeonate is open until July 1. The Vice-President for Corporate Operations mentioned that a survey on electronic communications will be pushed to the e-newsletters. Sign in if you want to respond. Also, the SCA, Inc. passed a fairly rigorous audit by the State of California with flying colors. The Minister for A&S had 39 pages of ongoing activities and commended the A&S community for being awesome. The Chair of the Grand Council commended a number of people, including Æthelmearc’s Arianna of Wynthrope!

Officer changes:  A new director was elected (Chele Martines) as mentioned above. The new Society Marshall will be Alan Smith (Alan Gravesend). Interestingly, he will be one of the premier Masters of Defense from Atlantia. Applications for Society Chronicler will be accepted until May 15th.  There were various tributes to Lisa May, who is stepping down after this meeting, and she was given the traditional privilege of adjourning the meeting.

The October 2015 meeting will be held in Pittsburgh at the Embassy Suites by the airport. I encourage as many as possible to attend, and get a better idea of how the administration behind our hobby/lifestyle is run.


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Auckland Castle Trust buys Binchester Roman Town

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-04-21 16:23

Plans are afoot for the revamping of the Binchester Roman Town in County Durham, England, with the purchase of the archaeological site by the owners of nearby Auckland Castle. Among those announced are the construction of a glass walkway over the dig, and a visitors' center.

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Higgins Armor Collection sale catalog online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-04-21 10:17

On May 7, 2014, the armor collection of the Higgins Museum was sold by Thomas Del Mar Ltd at Southby's Auction House in London. The catalog from the sale is available online in PDF format.

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Crypto-What-Now? Decoding Medieval Manuscripts: A Research Guide

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-20 19:34

Good Evening, my happy family of medievalists! I recently went to look at a manuscript as a primary source. I know, it’s a never ending exercise in frustration. When you pull out a manuscript (or more likely, photos of the pages) it sometimes seems like you are staring at another language even when it is written in English. Guess what? Chances are good that it IS written in another language. Today’s Links list will educate you on the whys and hows of Medieval Cryptology, a past time that originated in the need to write quickly and condense a complicated language down to its essentials. This ancient basis for modern shorthand marks is the very reason your eyes get so tired attempting to decipher those medieval marks on the page. Read on (thankfully, in modern English), and learn how to cheat, and look like a pro at cryptology!

(All images come from the links preceding them in the text except where noted)

Cheers!

Aoife

Dame Aoife Finn (m/k/a author Lis Gelatt), writing from sunny Endless Hills in Æthelmearc.

Image source:Reading Medieval Script

English Language and Usage: How did 7 become the abbreviation for ‘and’ in Old English? Did you ever wonder how some abbreviations or shorthand characters came to be? The link above details how a common modern shorthand character found frequent usage.

The mark that resembles a modern number seven usually means “and,” is shorthand for the latin word “et.” It has survived into the modern Irish language, used in signs and other places where brevity is important.

Reading Medieval Script in Three Not-So-Easy Steps. Often, when we sit down to do research into a given subject we are confronted with several difficulties in period sources. This author addresses those difficulties so that you, the scholar, don’t end up looking like the fellow pictured after a day of primary source reading. Arundel 490, fol. 81

How to Read Medieval Handwriting. There are many difficulties to medieval handwriting, not the least of which are the many “fonts.”  Find out how to adjust yourself to these puzzling language characters at this link.

Medieval Abbreviations (I). Origin. Where did this peculiar need to abbreviate meaning in written word originate? At this link you will find out how and why medieval shorthand began. Yes, it is for the same reason we use shorthand today. You won’t believe how old shorthand really is, though.

Medieval Abbreviations (II). Medieval Period. Shorthand and abbreviations took a turn for the more complicated in the Medieval period. In a way, monks and scholars were hoarding information for themselves by creating and using this “secret language” known only to the initiated. Here’s how to crack that code for yourself.

Here we see a document in Latin from the Medieval Period rife with abbreviations known only to those who know the language and it’s clerical abbreviations.

The Ciphers of the Monks—A forgotten number notation of the middle ages. Yes, this is another secret language from the middle ages. And you thought the number system for referencing passages in the Bible was convoluted!

Manuscript abbreviations in Latin and English. Use this handy guide as you read your source documents. It will prove invaluable in deciphering those abbreviations.

A Dictionary of Abbreviations in Medieval Manuscripts Here is another dictionary of words found abbreviated in medieval manuscripts. You’re welcome. I’m glad to have this on tap, myself!

Medieval Manuscript Manual. Originating as a class reference, this site has become a European scholarly site for references on all sorts of manuscript ephemera, and features manuscripts in many languages. The site itself is available in several languages to boot.

Cracking Codes in Medieval Books. This, it turns out, is quite a hobby in itself. If you want to research certain manuscripts, however, this will be an invaluable tool. Some scriptorium preferred certain symbols and abbreviations over others.

Tironian Notes. Socrates had a scribe whose family name was Tiro. Tiro devised a system for rapid note-taking, and Tironian notes (the first known shorthand) was born. Still in use by the late middle ages, Tironian notes allowed scholars to rapidly write spoken word as well as to write all over source material in a secret language, summing up the contents for themselves. These margin notes are fascinating to modern scholars. On this site, we see some of the system, which became incredibly complex, in action as well as several translation tables and examples of the marks in situ.

Medieval Cryptology–Aethelmearc’s own Mistress Phiala has a site dedicated to Medieval Cryptology, noting many ways medieval scribes made knowledge harder for modern scholars to interpret. This site is the Pennsic University basis for her class on the subject.

Decrypting the Most Mysterious Book in the World. If you thought any of the above was difficult, you should see the Voynich manuscript, a 600 year old book that NO ONE but the author understood. Until now….

One of the most mysterious books in the world, The Voynich Manuscript has been complete gibberish from start to finish, until a professor cracked the code for some 10 words and 14 symbols in the text.


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Another Announcement on the ACCEPS Program

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-20 17:09

A further announcement from the Society Seneschal on the ACCEPS program.

The Seneschal of the Society sends greetings to my fellow SCA members and participants,

Based upon the fact that ACCEPS has now shut down, the need to remain silent to ensure the security of everyone’s credit card information on ACCEPS is no longer a concern and as such, I am able to divulge the following factual basis for the SCA’s ending of its relationship with ACCEPS in terms of all future events.

Please know that it was the Board of Directors and the Corporate Officers’ intention to allow ACCEPS to continue to serve the Kingdoms and the local groups in terms of those events that were currently being handled through ACCEPS and that the immediate shutting down of all ACCEPS activities was not anticipated by the Board of Directors or the Corporate Officers.  The immediate termination of ACCEPS was a decision made solely by the ACCEPS staff.

Furthermore, I did not anticipate that my official memorandum to the Kingdom Seneschals (the same email was sent by the Corporate Treasurer to the Kingdom Exchequers) would be disseminated in whole or in part on Social Media feeds and as such, I feel that the following points need to be made.

1. It was reported to the Board of Directors that ACCEPS’ security structure could be compromised and that ACCEPS’s security must be updated; when this was reported to ACCEPS, the creator of the ACCEPS program refused to bolster and update security and make the necessary modifications to ACCEPS to protect participants and the SCA.

2. In an attempt to protect the members and participants of the SCA using ACCEPS, the Board of Directors decided, in conjunction with the President, Society Seneschal (i.e. myself) and Corporate Treasurer, decided to remove the SCA’s authorization to use ACCEPS in terms of any future events.

3. All Kingdom and local group events currently being served through ACCEPS would be allowed to continue to participate as active ACCEPS participants; however, it was determined by the Board of Directors, in conjunction with Corporate Officers, that no new events will be allowed to register with ACCEPS due to the financial risk to the SCA and its participants.

4. The Board of Directors and Corporate Officers determined that it was most prudent to protect the individuals who are still being served by ACCEPS by not drawing attention to the security weakness inherent in ACCEPS; to do so would have been to place the participants and their credit card information at risk in terms of credit card fraud.

5. The Society Seneschal and Corporate Treasurer drafted an official letter to Kingdom Seneschals and Kingdom Exchequers to not use ACCEPS in the future, that to violate this rule would result in a suspended warrant (i.e. there was a real consequence to not following this directive) and that those events that were currently being served by ACCEPS may continue, but not be extended.  The potential sanction for any Seneschal and Exchequer not following this directive was commensurate with putting the SCA’s membership at risk.

6. A courtesy copy of these official letters (to Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers) were sent to ACCEPS. As such, ACCEPS was informed that the SCA was terminating its relationship ACCEPS in terms of any new events; however, it was clear from the letter that the SCA would continue to allow the Kingdoms and local group to maintain all current events handled by ACCEPS.

7. The treasurer of ACCEPS contacted the Corporate Treasurer on the evening of April 18, 2015 which was the genesis of a conference call between the treasurer for ACCEPS, the President of the SCA, the Corporate Treasurer and I (as Society Seneschal), immediately after receiving the courtesy copy of the official email sent to all Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers. The terms of the SCA’s response to ACCEPS were reviewed orally during this phone call, i.e. that the current events already being handled on ACCEPS would be allowed to proceed until fruition, but there would be no further events handled on ACCEPS.

8. Not only did ACCEPS refuse, previous to this past weekend’s Board of Director’s Meeting, to take steps to protect individuals which forced the hand of the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers, but later that evening, after the Board Meeting and after the conference call with Corporate Officers, ACCEPS chose to terminate their services to each Kingdom and local group in terms of all of the current events being handled by ACCEPS.

9. Later that evening, statements were made on Social Media quoting portions of the official communication to SCA Seneschals and Exchequers and this generated a great deal of negative comments in terms of the Board of Director’s and Corporate Officers; however, the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers were unable to comment on these until this opportunity.  To do otherwise would be to expose the weaknesses in security in terms of the ACCEPS system and put the credit card information of the members and participants at risk.   This posting is a response to all of those comments.  A number of comments received by the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers and I will be responding to each of these now that ACCEPS has been shut down.

10. PayPal is currently being utilized by several test Kingdoms and while the vast majority of the other Kingdoms are not currently ready to employ PayPal; however, the Board and Corporate Officers were compelled to act swiftly to minimize the opportunity for fraud in view of the refusal by ACCEPS’ owner/creator to make proper updates and enhancements to protect credit card information. I believe that we all understood that this would be inconvenient to Kingdoms and local groups, but in view of the world wide threat of credit card fraud and identity theft, the Board acted to protect individual participants who could be compromised by utilizing ACCEPS in the future.

If anyone has any questions regarding this matter, I can be reached at seneschal@sca.org.  I am unable to participate in Social Media due to the nature of my mundane employment; as such, if you are interested in actually discussing this matter, I invite you to send me an email.

Regards,
A.J. Pongratz, Esq.
Society Seneschal/Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc.


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ACCEPS Update from SCA Corporate

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-20 16:44

The following was posted today to the Society Seneschal’s webpage.  The original can be found here.

The Seneschal of the Society sends greetings to my fellow SCA members and participants,

Based upon the fact that ACCEPS has now shut down, the need to remain silent to ensure the security of everyone’s credit card information on ACCEPS is no longer a concern and as such, I am able to divulge the following factual basis for the SCA’s ending of its relationship with ACCEPS in terms of all future events.

Please know that it was the Board of Directors and the Corporate Officers’ intention to allow ACCEPS to continue to serve the Kingdoms and the local groups in terms of those events that were currently being handled through ACCEPS and that the immediate shutting down of all ACCEPS activities was not anticipated by the Board of Directors or the Corporate Officers.  The immediate termination of ACCEPS was a decision made solely by the ACCEPS staff.

Furthermore, I did not anticipate that my official memorandum to the Kingdom Seneschals (the same email was sent by the Corporate Treasurer to the Kingdom Exchequers) would be disseminated in whole or in part on Social Media feeds and as such, I feel that the following points need to be made.

1. It was reported to the Board of Directors that ACCEPS’ security structure could be compromised and that ACCEPS’s security must be updated; when this was reported to ACCEPS, the creator of the ACCEPS program refused to bolster and update security and make the necessary modifications to ACCEPS to protect participants and the SCA.

2. In an attempt to protect the members and participants of the SCA using ACCEPS, the Board of Directors decided, in conjunction with the President, Society Seneschal (i.e. myself) and Corporate Treasurer, decided to remove the SCA’s authorization to use ACCEPS in terms of any future events.

3. All Kingdom and local group events currently being served through ACCEPS would be allowed to continue to participate as active ACCEPS participants; however, it was determined by the Board of Directors, in conjunction with Corporate Officers, that no new events will be allowed to register with ACCEPS due to the financial risk to the SCA and its participants.

4. The Board of Directors and Corporate Officers determined that it was most prudent to protect the individuals who are still being served by ACCEPS by not drawing attention to the security weakness inherent in ACCEPS; to do so would have been to place the participants and their credit card information at risk in terms of credit card fraud.

5. The Society Seneschal and Corporate Treasurer drafted an official letter to Kingdom Seneschals and Kingdom Exchequers to not use ACCEPS in the future, that to violate this rule would result in a suspended warrant (i.e. there was a real consequence to not following this directive) and that those events that were currently being served by ACCEPS may continue, but not be extended.  The potential sanction for any Seneschal and Exchequer not following this directive was commensurate with putting the SCA’s membership at risk.

6. A courtesy copy of these official letters (to Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers) were sent to ACCEPS. As such, ACCEPS was informed that the SCA was terminating its relationship ACCEPS in terms of any new events; however, it was clear from the letter that the SCA would continue to allow the Kingdoms and local group to maintain all current events handled by ACCEPS.

7. The treasurer of ACCEPS contacted the Corporate Treasurer on the evening of April 18, 2015 which was the genesis of a conference call between the treasurer for ACCEPS, the President of the SCA, the Corporate Treasurer and I (as Society Seneschal), immediately after receiving the courtesy copy of the official email sent to all Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers. The terms of the SCA’s response to ACCEPS were reviewed orally during this phone call, i.e. that the current events already being handled on ACCEPS would be allowed to proceed until fruition, but there would be no further events handled on ACCEPS.

8. Not only did ACCEPS refuse, previous to this past weekend’s Board of Director’s Meeting, to take steps to protect individuals which forced the hand of the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers, but later that evening, after the Board Meeting and after the conference call with Corporate Officers, ACCEPS chose to terminate their services to each Kingdom and local group in terms of all of the current events being handled by ACCEPS.

9. Later that evening, statements were made on Social Media quoting portions of the official communication to SCA Seneschals and Exchequers and this generated a great deal of negative comments in terms of the Board of Director’s and Corporate Officers; however, the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers were unable to comment on these until this opportunity.  To do otherwise would be to expose the weaknesses in security in terms of the ACCEPS system and put the credit card information of the members and participants at risk.   This posting is a response to all of those comments.  A number of comments received by the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers and I will be responding to each of these now that ACCEPS has been shut down.

10. PayPal is currently being utilized by several test Kingdoms and while the vast majority of the other Kingdoms are not currently ready to employ PayPal; however, the Board and Corporate Officers were compelled to act swiftly to minimize the opportunity for fraud in view of the refusal by ACCEPS’ owner/creator to make proper updates and enhancements to protect credit card information. I believe that we all understood that this would be inconvenient to Kingdoms and local groups, but in view of the world wide threat of credit card fraud and identity theft, the Board acted to protect individual participants who could be compromised by utilizing ACCEPS in the future.

If anyone has any questions regarding this matter, I can be reached at seneschal@sca.org.  I am unable to participate in Social Media due to the nature of my mundane employment; as such, if you are interested in actually discussing this matter, I invite you to send me an email.

Regards,

A.J. Pongratz, Esq.

Society Seneschal/Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc.


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Crown List Announced!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-20 00:22

Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle are happy to announce the list of contenders for Their Crown Tournament, to be held May 2 in the Shire of Hartstone.

Sir Tiberius Pinarius Varro for Duchess Anna Blackleaf
Duke Sir Malcolm MacEoghainn for Viscountess Rosalind Ashworthe
Duke Marcus Eisenwald for Margerite Eisenwald
THL Beatrix Krieger for Count Sir Yngvar the Dismal
Baron Dominic Morland for Countess Isabeau de l’Isle
Count Sir Andreas Morgan for Countess Kallista Morgunova
Count Sir Magnus Tindal for Countess Etain ingen Dalaig
Viscount Ariel of Alon for Lady Amanda Elandris of Kirkby Lonsdale
Sir Magnus de Cnoc an Iora for THL Gwendolyn the Graceful
Mistress Cunen Beornhelm and Lady Ariadne Flaxenhair of Dragon’s End
Lady Ariadne Flaxenhair of Dragon’s End and Mistress Cunen Beornhelm
Sir Aengus MacBain for Maitresse Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon
Sir Murdoch Bayne for THL Rioghnach ni Rose
Sir Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono for Lady Katherine Sinclair
THL Bluestar for Mistress Euriol of Lothian
Sir Wulfstan Huscarl for THL Anna Dillion
Sir Gareth Kincaid for Mistress Juliana Delamere
Lord Rouland of Willowbrooke and Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower
Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower and Lord Rouland of Willowbrooke
Herr Fridrich Flusmullner for Meisterin Felicitas Flusmullnerin
Baron Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford and Baroness Sir Ariella of Thornbury
Baroness Sir Ariella of Thornbury and Baron Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford
Lord Gregory Hillson for Dame Kateryna ty Isaf
THL Kieran MacRae for Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe
Baron William Freskyn Murray for Baroness Katherine Kiersay
THL Ciaran Faxi Ullson for THL Renata la Rouge
Don William Paris for THL Fiora d’Artusio
THL Ian Kennoven for Lady Sarah Balangee
Lord Aidan Ransford for THL Svana in Kyrra
THL Thorsol Solinauga for Lady Una O’Hearain
Lord Edmund Griffith for Ayleth of Stormsport
Lord Marius Sittius for Lady Alita of Hartstone
Lord Lucius Avitus Gregorius for Lady Hilaria Vistalia
Lord Ulrich Von Schwartzburg for Emilia Giovane
Lord Hartman Foscari da Ferrara for Lady Ragna Hakonardottir of Skara
Lord Leo Ignatius for Lady Mairin O’Cadhla
Lady Tamarra of Dragon’s End for Lady Mabel Weaver
Lord Fearghus Mac Eoin for Laura Littlejohn
Baldo for Noelle the Goode Hearted
Torstein Vigdisson for Vigdis Thorsdottir


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Ansteorra Allies with Æthelmearc for Pennsic!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-19 20:41

Unto Æthelmearc do Timothy and Gabrielle send greetings:

My friends, I bring joyous news. I share with you the words of Her Royal Majesty of Ansteorra, Queen Antigone:

Greetings to Our cousins in the north, Their Majesties of Æthelmearc!

We have good tidings for You from Ansteorra. Having heard Your plea for assistance in the coming Pennsic War. We shall be in attendance and stand with Your Majesties defending Your lands!

Let all of Æthelmearc rejoice!


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Elfsea Springfaire Photos

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015-04-19 20:32

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Elfsea Springfaire which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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Event Report: Archery Muster, April 12, A.S. XLIX, Debatable Lands

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-19 18:04

This year’s regional archery muster, held at the castle of Sir Byron and Sir Ariella, drew a small but enthusiastic group of archers and throwers. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the activities there.

Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

The weather was lovely with warm temperatures, light breezes, and just enough overcast to keep the sun out of the archers’ eyes. The day began with bowmen testing themselves against the Gwyntarian Winter Challenge at the lower level of the castle, while weapons were being thrown on the driveway in front of the castle.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama.

After a pot luck lunch with drinks provided by our hosts, the main action moved up to the parapets, where archers shot at an array of inventive targets provided by THLord Deryk the Archer. This year’s novelty targets featured a pirate theme, with doubloons, ships, ghosts, kegs of ale, and shipboard rats. The ghost and a whale moved (thanks to assistants pulling them along on a rope) to provide extra challenges.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama.

In the Great Hall, a table of items donated by gentles of the Debatable Lands was offered in a silent auction to benefit the Barony-Marche. The auction, run by THLady Elss of Augsburg and Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth, netted $170.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama.

Their Excellencies, Byron and Ariella, were also pleased to welcome a visitor from the soon-to-be-Kingdom of Avacal, Lord Peregrine Falconer, who was in the Debatable Lands on business and attended the muster after reading about the castle in the Gazette.

The organizer of the muster, Master Urho Waltterinen, looks forward to running it again next year.


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