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Event: The Annual Brewing Festival of St. Ægir
Where: The Shire of Archer’s Ford – Pennside Presbyterian Church – 253 N. 25th St., Reading, PA 19606
When: Saturday, February 28th, 2015
The Brotherhood of Brewers and the East Kingdom Brewer’s Guild present the third annual Brewing Festival of Saint Ægir. Join us this year at our new location. There will of course be various brews for tasting. Bring your best for the EKBG paneling.
We have broadened our event this year. If you find it at a tavern, we might have classes for it. Not only will there be classes on various types of brew, but there’s more. Classes are being added, so check back. Some of the classes we have already, involve cooking and merriment. We will have a dayboard prepared by everyone’s favorite Swedish chef, Lord Uncle Chuck (yes, that guy). BORK BORK BORK.
What would a tavern be without the camaraderie of friends, a good story, and music. Come tell old man winter he can’t keep you down, and join us!
Reservations: $10 pre-registered members; $12 members at-the-door; +$5 non-member surcharge.
Pre-registrations must be postmarked by 2/14/2015; Checks Payable to “SCA – PA, Inc. – Shire of Hartshorn-dale”
Send reservations to Lord Damiano Vitallie de Fonda, 1400 Hay Road, Temple, PA 19560
Autocrat: Lord Matheus Carnifex (mbowers75@ comcast .net)
Merchants contact: Lord Alexander Makcristyne (cmakcristyne@ gmail .com)
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events
Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield has posed a challenge to SCA members in her kingdom and to the Known World: Do five things to better the SCA and your experience of it.
It's 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Riverside Park, Wichita, Kansas, but that doesn't deter Eric Simoncic and Andrew Walker, members of Stormwrath, the local chapter of the Midwest Dagorhir Union, who spent the hot day practicing with foam weapons. Kelsey Ryan of the Wichita Eagle has the story.
Master Luke Knowlton, King’s Champion and myself, Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco, Queen’s Champion are, on behalf of the Kingdom of the East, Their Royal Majesties, and the office of the Minster of Arts and Science, are pleased to announce the King’s and Queen’s Arts and Science Championship.
The Championship will be held on Saturday March 7th in the Barony of L’lle du Dragon Dormant (Montreal). See the Event Announcement temporarily listed on http://pleatworkembroidery.com/KQASAnnoucement.pdf
There is also a Facebook page set up for the event by the hosts at :
We will have registration information for the actual championship shortly. If
-Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco, Queen’s Champion of Arts & Sciences
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events
Project leader Tony Connolly of the Framland Local Archaeology Group has been hoping to find the "lost" 12th century manor house at Croxton Kerrial, near the Lincolnshire border in England. This summer's excavations have revealed several structures including a tithe barn.
King Edward commissioned his bard, Lord Martyn de Halliwell to pen a song that spoke of the virtues of his Queen, Thyra, great patroness of the noble flamingo and mighty hedgehog. Thus did Martyn pen these words, and set them to the 14th Century tune known as “Douce Dame Jolie” by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377). He entitled them “In Forty Years & Nine,” however, the song is now lovingly known as the “Flamingos and Hedgehogs Song.”
The song was performed by Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair, Maistre Lucien de Pontivy, Baroness Ysmay de Lynn, Lady Aildreda de Tamwörthe, Lady Isabeau d’Orleans, Lady Violet Coleson, and Lady Katrin Daans. Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant and Lady Margretha la Fauvelle accompanied the singers on recorder and citole, respectively.
There is a buzzing sound at about 0:18 in the video, the sound returns back to normal following. The lyrics are posted below.
In forty years and nine there was a virtuous Queen of Eastern lands and patroness of flamingos and mighty hedgehogs.
Her Prowess is unmatched with a bow, her arrows fly through the sun-filled sky she inspires all to fight for the East and noble creatures small and great.
Her Loyalty and Faith show that her will is strong as any Royal Peer’s She inspires us to day to sing and praise her forevermore.
Her Generosity and Mercy are well known throughout the Known World King Edward did repent and she forgave so we sing of her virtues for you today.
Thyra’s Courtesy abounds even now for all to see and hear She’s not kicked me right out or banished me for these words that I have penned.
Queen Thyra couteous Queen of the East we sing to day so all might know this Eastern Rose’s great display of noble virtues.
Filed under: Court Tagged: Bardic, bards, coronation, Music, song
In 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 that same right, second of that name, held at the Barony of Bergental upon 27 September in the forty-ninth year of the Society, on the which day were called all and sundry the lords and ladies of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:
Item. Having assumed the Tyger Throne in accordance with the signs and portents given and the most ancient traditions of the East Kingdom, Their Majesties summoned into their Court the good Caoilfhionn inghean Uí Fhaoláin, most recently Empress, and did take testimony as to her great nobility and manifold virtues; and hearing the said testimony, Their Majesties thereupon created the said Caoilfhionn as a Lady of a Rose with Arms by Letters Patent, the which deed was confirmed by a document created by Katherine Stanhope;
Item. Their Majesties created Brennan MacFergus and Caoilfhionn inghean Uí Fhaoláin Count and Countess for their great and worthy service as Emperor and Empress of the Realm, the which elevation was memorialized in documents authored by Lucius Aurelius Varus and calligraphed and illuminated by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig;
Whereupon Their Majesties’ Court was suspended until the evening, when the following business was proclaimed publicly:
Item: Her Majesty summoned those members of the Queen’s Guard in attendance and invested them with her livery and the symbols of their responsibility;
Item: There Majesties commanded the presence of Genevieve Grant before the Tyger Thrones, and the good lady so appearing, did endow her with the Order of the Tyger’s Cub;
Item: The Order of the Tyger’s Cub being not yet complete, Their Majesties thereupon summoned Francesca of the Barony Beyond the Mountain before them and inducted her into the Order aforesaid, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eloise of Coulter;
Item: Their Majesties caused the good man Akamatsu Katsumoto to bring before the thrones his lady wife, Akamatsu Tora, and, praising their deeds for the Kingdom, did Award Arms to them both, the which awards were memorialized in documents in their native tongue created by Isabel Fleuretan and Kameshima Zentarou Umakai;
Item: Her Majesty caused a Writ of Exile and Attainder to be issued against the dread and horrible piñas de Indes, known vulgarly as “pineapples,” that have lately infested the Kingdom;
Item: Their Majesties called before the Court the honorable Treya Min Teanga and presented her with a creation in leather by Camma an Daraich commemorating the said Treya’s induction into the Order of the Sagittarius, previously done;
Item: As memorial for the noble Lillith LeBlanc lately cruelly taken from us, Their Majesties led the Court in a moment of silence;
Item: Their Majesties brought the Lady Aine Neamheaglach before the Court to speak of efforts to raise funds for treatment of the injuries sustained by Sir Diablu;
Item: Their Majesties caused Aildreda de Tamworthe, called Dreda, to be brought before the Court and, praising her labors for the good of the realm, did create her a member of the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Jehan du Lac and calligraphed and illuminated by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook;
Item: Their Majesties summoned the Captain-General of Archers, Master Godric, to address the Court concerning great deeds upon the archery range; whereupon Otto Gottlieb was created a Master Bowman and Eleanora Stewart was created a Grand Master Bowman, the said Eleanora’s achievement being memorialized in an engraved arrow with a hand-forged head created by Kenric aet Essex;
Item: Their Majesties called into their presence the good lady Aryana van Wyck, called Arlyana, and, in recognition of her lengthy labors and good deeds, did create her a Baroness of the Court and Grant her Arms;
Item: Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Throne the noble and right honored Ygraine of Kellswood, the which lady being renowned for her labors on behalf of the archers of the realm and many and diverse other good deeds, and acknowledging her great virtue and noblesse, did create her a Tyger of the East, the which deed was memorialized and confirmed in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Eva Woderose.
I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, Their Majesties’ most obedient servant, wrote this to memorialize and make certain and perpetual all such things that were done and caused to be done upon 27 September in the First Court of Edward and Thyra.
(Photos by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse, Lord Sergei Rozvad syn, and Mistress Eva Woderose.)
Filed under: Court Tagged: baroness, coronation, Maunche, Silver Crescent, tyger of the east, tyger's cub
Lady Sophia the Orange of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that a challenge by Mistress Branwen Wallis to the Atlantian Order of the Laurel to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was carried out by Mistress Rosalind Delamere and Mistress Rosalind Jehanne at Atlantia University, September 20, 2014. A video of their misery is available online. (video)
Patrick Anderson reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. will meet October 25, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.
This week's news from the medievalverse has Anders Winroth talking about his new book The Age of the Vikings, funding for Newport's medieval ship, and Buzzfeed talking another look at medieval images.
[View the story "Vikings, Emojis and Michaelmas: Medieval News Round-up" on Storify]
Today (September 29th) is also Michaelmas, the Christian feast of St. Michael the Archangel. During the Middle Ages it was an important feastday.
Archaeological excavations at the Romano-British settlement at Bridge Farm, near Barcombe Mills, England have given experts much to ponder, including evidence of a large post-built building, coins and late Roman pottery with pierced bases.
Last Monday was the first time I announced the hashtag campaign for #MedievalMonday, and a number of people from across the Known World rose to the occasion. The campaign even got noticed by the Society Minister of Arts & Sciences, Master Raven Mayne, who encourages everyone to get on board.
Wanna help create interest in new potential members? Congratulations, there’s an easy way to do it without even leaving your house! An informal campaign has been started, using a hashtag, #MedievalMonday
How does one participate? It’s easy! Just take a photo of something Medieval (something you’ve made, of photo of yourself at an event, a super cool illumination, etc.), and post it publicly on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Instagram, and use the hashtag #MedievalMonday
The other, and very important key, is that this happen on Mondays. Why Mondays? Because alliteration makes things easier to remember, and because when multiple people post using the same hashtag, on the same day, it increases exposure.
What will this do?
Well, first and foremost, it’s a positive form of outreach to spread awareness about cool medieval stuff.
Second, as your images get posted, liked, commented on, re-posted, and re-shared, more and more people are exposed to them.
Through my minimal efforts on Instagram, I’ve already attracted in a few people into the SCA; albeit in other Kingdoms so far, but new members are a good thing no matter where they’re from.
The bonus? We all get to see cool pictures of medieval stuff our friends have posted on Mondays, an otherwise very mundane day of the week ;-)
If you’d like to find some of what’s already being posted, it’s easy to find. Just type #medievalmonday into the search bars at the top of your facebook page, Google+ page, twitter, or instagram feed and the posts will display.
Don’t forget to like and comment on your favorite posts. Even if you don’t have something to share this week, liking and commenting on other people’s posts increases its exposure to others, and supports the content creator/broadcaster.
Remember to have fun, and share something cool about this amazing time period!
-Lord Martyn de Halliwell
Photos by Martyn de Halliwell
Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: campaign, medievalmonday, social media
After much debate, court rulings, and fuss, the remains of King Richard III, England's latest medieval monarch, will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral on March 26, 2015.
In an accident in the Dominican Republic last week, Sir Diablu was badly injured, and his lady, Ashley, was killed.
Funds are being raised to help the families with the expenses of international travel, transport, and other necessities.
Please help if you are able.
For more information and several ways to contribute, please visit
Filed under: Tidings
Master Godric will be stepping-down as Captain General of Archers at next Birka, and wishes to share the following missive with the populace.
It has been some time since I have written as to the state of archery in the East Kingdom. As I look back on my last Pennsic War campaign as your Captain General, I would like to sit in remembrance of the last 4+ years.
It has been my privilege and my honor to serve as your Captain General. We have accomplished so much over the past 4 years, and I say we because I could not do this job alone. It is with the service and guidance of all of the dedicated archery marshals and their families that we have been so successful here in the east. I have so many people to thank, that if I listed them all it would take me many pages of this letter to include them all. Suffice to say there were a few the need to be recognized here.
First and foremost, I would like to thank the archers of the East. If it wasn’t for your enthusiasm, dedication, skill and willingness to shoot, there would be no reason for my position.
I would be remiss if I did not thank my lovely wife Baroness Margeret of Rochester. She has made many sacrifices so that I might perform the job of Captain General: she has been my sounding board, my editor, and my barometer over the past 4 years and without her I would not have been able to do this job.
I would greatly like to thank Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood. She has not only been the kingdom score keeper for many, many years but she has been a most trusted advisor, friend, and kept me informed when ranks were attained and handled the most arduous task of keeping the archery marshals list up to date.
I would like to thank Master Maxton Gunn, Lord Alexander St. Pierre, and the multitude of others who helped me revise and rewrite the Policies of the Captain General. I believe we have a document that is both thorough and understandable.
I also wish to thank all of my Advisory Council, Master Krakken Gnashbone, Master Mark Squirelsbane, and Mistress Tamar Walshman. Their many years of experience and their timely and helpful advice have made my job as Captain General much easier.
To all of my Regional Commanders and my Lieutenant Generals, thank you for your dedicated service. I know that I have not made things easy on you and that I required more of you than has been in the past, but your counsel and hard work is what makes East Kingdom archery what it is.
To all of my archery marshals and marshals in training, thank you for your service and please keep up the great work and dedicated service. Without such service archery could not happen.
To all of the Royalty that has reigned during my tenure as Captain General, thank you for your enthusiastic support of archery during your reigns. I am always excited to see royalty on the range and that you value the archery community’s contribution to the kingdom.
The final person I wish to thank is my Deputy Captain General, Mistress Jehannine de Flandres. Over the past 2+ years she has been at my side through thick and thin, learning the office and taking on many responsibilities and doing them well. Jehannine has been my confidant, my friend and partner in crime, and together we have added to the legacy that is East Kingdom Archery.
I have had a wonderful experience as Captain General and I have made many new friendships along the way, ones I hope to continue in the future. But alas all good things must come to an end. My tenure as Captain General will end at Market Day at Birka this coming January. I will be recommending to their majesties Mistress Jehannine de Flandres as my choice to succeed me as Captain General. Mistress Jehannine has work very hard for the past two year as my deputy to learn the job. If anyone wishes to be considered for the position of Captain General, please send a letter of intent to their majesties and the Kingdom Earl Marshal, with your desire and qualifications.
I know that I have missed many who have helped me along the way this past four years. Know that I thank you now and very much appreciate your service and hope that you will continue that service under your new Captain General.
I hope to see you on the range soon.
Master Godric of Hamtun
Filed under: Archery, Official Notices
On Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm, the British Museum and More2Screen will present an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend at select cinemas around the world. Tickets and locations are available online.
The sun shone brightly as the nobles and great officers of the Kingdom gathered yesterday for the Coronation of Their Majesties Edward and Thyra in the Barony of Bergental. The ceremony took place in the sanctuary of the First Congregation church, which had a lovely medieval ambiance, with a vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows.
The Last Court of Their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn opened with their Majesties recognizing those gentles who had staunchly supported them during their reign. A full court report will be published separately as soon as it becomes available.
The presentation of awards was interrupted by the approach of two Sibyls. They announced that the prophecy regarding their reign was incomplete, adding a touch of levity to the proceedings by explaining that “No, seriously, there was a piece of papyrus stuck to the back”.
Warned that dire things would befall the kingdom he loved, his Majesty agreed that they must heed the words of the Oracle and end their reign. Her Majesty dismissed her guard. Both shared moving words of their love for the people of the East, in response to which the assembled populace rose spontaneously to their feet in tribute.
Prince Edward and Princess Thyra were summoned, entering into Court in splendid gold and silver garments, escorted by their household. As they advanced down the mail aisle, twelve periaktoi (an ancient theatrical device by which a scene or change of scene was indicated) bearers carrying the zodiacal signs made their way down the side aisles.
Sumptuous blue robes were brought forward to clothe their Majesties, and the purple drapes behind the thrones were removed to reveal a huge zodiacal mural.
As the robing proceeded, the zodiacal prophecies were read, punctuated by the periaktoi bearers proceeding up the aisles in turn, and pausing at the front as the verse corresponding to their sign was read.
Upon conclusion of the readings, two astrologers entered, one bearing a large book. Again injecting a bit of levity, the two predicted that the reign of Their Majesties would endure for four thousand, and some … hours.
The astrologers having been dispatched, the bearers of the reliquary containing earth from the lists of the First Tournament and the ampulla containing water from the Bay of the Mistlands where the World was born, entered Court.
His Majesty swore upon the reliquary and Her Majesty swore upon the ampulla, to fulfill their duties as Monarchs of the East. The Kingdom Officers, royal champions, and landed barons and baronesses then offered fealty.
Their Majesties made the first award of their Reign, as they called Baroness Caoilfhionn and Sir Brennan into Court. Baroness Caoilfhinn was made a Lady of the Rose with full ceremony, including speakers from all four Peerages. She and Sir Brennan were then made Count and Countess. Duke Lucan did them the honor of presenting them with the County coronets which he and Duchess Jana had worn after his first reign.
The ceremony was composed by Maistre Lucien de Pontivy and Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe. Lovely period choral and organ music was integrated through the ceremony.
Photos are courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse, used by permission.
Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation, Edward and Thyra
Lord Lorenz Greylever, the East Kingdom web minister, has posted another update on the status of the East Kingdom servers. You can read about the situation in more detail here.
Two issues noted in the report may be of particular impact to site visitors:
Mistress A’isha bint Jamil, the East Kingdom Chronicler, has requested that we announce the following:
If you need to submit information for inclusion in the November Pikestaff, please feel free to email her directly at aisha.ekchron at gmail.com.
Updates to event announcements and completely new announcements for events with dates in November and the first half of December will be accepted via direct email. Submissions by this method will not update the web site – you will still need to do that when the web site resumes normal operations.
Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Pikestaff, server
The Coronation of Edward III and Thyra II was followed yesterday by a brief Curia. Their Majesties presented a single piece of business which they felt was too urgent to wait for their planned Curia at Market Day at Birka in January.
The full text of the law change will appear in the November issue of Pikestaff.
Their Majesties have become deeply concerned that because their Kingdom spans two countries in the mundane world, with different currencies, that their subjects are sometimes encountering unreasonable challenges when attending events across the border, which may prevent them from making reservations, or even from attending the event. Obtaining a check or money order in a foreign currency often involves significant fees for the sender, and sometimes also involves fees for the host group when they deposit it.
There Majesties have therefore crafted an addition to East Kingdom Law directing local groups to devise policies whereby they can accommodate the desire of foreign visitors to preregister, without suffering these financial burdens. The law is not specific in terms of the accommodations to be made. Local groups are expected to be free to devise their own policies, so long as they do not violate the Kingdom financial policies.
Representatives of several groups mentioned in the course of the discussion that they already have such policies in place.
Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia, The Coronation
Barrow Clump on the Salisbury Plain in England was a burial site from neolithic through Anglo-Saxon times, so archaeologists were not surprised to find additional burials there, but new discoveries produced a wealth of artifacts including shield bosses, glass beads and a Saxon sword. (photos)