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Viking history as told by the victims - Sat, 2014-11-15 15:08

Just how bad were the Vikings? Historians have debated the issue for decades. In a feature article for National Geographic by Christopher Shea, Yale history professor Anders Winroth, author of The Age of the Vikings, argues that contemporary accounts were exaggerated, and the writers often contradicted themselves.

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Summary of October BoD Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-11-15 11:46

The Board of Directors quarterly meeting was held in St. Louis, MO on October 25, 2014. The following are summaries of discussions that happened at the meeting. It is not a comprehensive account and does not cover all agenda items discussed.  The Gazette would like to thank Mistress Katrei Grunenberg and Baroness Slaine ni Chiarain for taking notes for the Gazette.

All board of director meetings will be held in Milpitas in 2016 as a cost cutting measure. The costs saved will be used to fund a special project.

Standard language has been created for all affiliate agreements.

The Board will try to get draft agendas up at in advance of board meetings as a result of a request from the East Kingdom Gazette.

A variance was granted for the unexpected delay of a coronation in Trimaris when the crown princess had to miss the original date due to a hospitalization.

A suggestion was made that those who have received background checks to work with youth have a card from the corporate office stating this. The idea will be investigated.

Tournaments Illumination will be doing special issues for the 50th anniversary that will cover the history of the SCA as well as service, chivalry, and A&S.  They will be looking for articles.

Trimaris will be conducting an experiment in using PayPal at events.

Online auctions are not allowed for official SCA fundraisers. They may be used for private fundraisers.

Official SCA funds or fundraiser proceeds cannot be directly distributed to retainers or household members of the Crown. Private fundraisers are not included in this restriction.

The possibility of dissolving the Chirugeonate has been discussed as result of comments made by lawyers and insurance agents who advise the SCA. The feedback from members is supportive of keeping the Chirurgeonate. A committee will be formed to work on how to keep the Chirurgeonate and also address the concerns. The Board is looking for people to serve on the committee who have experience as a medical professional or as a chirurgeon. Interested parties should contact Chairman Berk.

Feedback will be requested for the suggestions made by the Peerage Exploratory Committee.

Chairman Simon retired from the Board. The new Chairman is Scott Berk.

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UK£3,000 needed to secure Lindisfarne Hoard - Sat, 2014-11-15 10:42

In 2003, builder Richard Mason found an old, pottery jug on the island of Lindisfarne, in northern England. Later, he noticed that the jug contained 17 coins, dating from the reigns of Henry VI - Elizabeth I. The silver and gold hoard has been valued at UK£30,900, but the Great North Museum in Newcastle needs an additional UK£3,000 to purchase the coins for its collection. (photo)

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New SCA Membership Website Now Live

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-11-14 16:30

The new SCA membership page is now available.

To access your information initially, you will log in with your member number and default password (first initial and last name, for example Jennifer O’Hara would use johara as a default password). You will immediately be prompted to create your own login credentials, both user name and password.

On the membership page, all of a member’s information is available, including type of membership; membership expiration date; and address, e-mail address, and telephone number on file. You can also renew or upgrade your membership, request a new membership card, and reprint proof of membership.

Additionally, there is a marketplace page where various publications are available for purchase. These include issues of Compleat Anachronist and Tournaments Illuminated as well as various society handbooks.

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What's inside the Pot? Find out in this week's Medieval News Roundup - Fri, 2014-11-14 15:06
From a Medieval Fifty Shades of Grey to Black Death vs Zombie Apocalypse, here are some of the news medievalists want to know...

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SCA Feast Survey results are online - Fri, 2014-11-14 14:11

Wulfwen Atte Belle and Antonio Bellini have announced that the results for the SCA Feast Survey are now available to download from the Barony of Sternfeld website.

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Baron Tigernach mac Cathail placed on vigil in AEthelmearc - Fri, 2014-11-14 11:16

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that, at Their Court at Siege of Glengary, Their Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed Baron Tigernach mac Cathail on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

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New Peers in Lochac - Thu, 2014-11-13 23:15

Lord Gunther Boese, Canon Herald for the Kingdom of Lochac, reports that Their Majesties Niáll and Liadan have chosen to offer Peerages to four of Their subjects over the past two months.

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Call for Applicants – Southern Region Deputy Rapier Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-11-13 19:04

Don Frasier MacLeod has requested we share the following announcement with our readers.

As I have mentioned, I am in the process of replacing several of my Regional Rapier Deputies, and to that end I am officially requesting resumes for anyone interested in the Southern Regional Rapier Deputy position.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Don Griffith Davion for his outstanding service to the Southern Region and the East Kingdom as Southern Regional Rapier Deputy.  I will be accepting resumes until December 1st, after which time I will review those resumes I have received and make a decision as to Don Griffith’s successor.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

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Ansteorra Fall 2014 Coronation photos online - Thu, 2014-11-13 18:00

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created a large album of photos from Fall 2014 Coronation which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

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Unofficial Court report for Bjorn’s Ceildh and Concordia Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:57

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

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, held in the Barony of Concordia of the snows upon 8 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society; 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 summoned before the Tyger Throne Baron Pierre de Tours, and extended their thanks to the said Baron Pierre for his care of their lands of Concordia of the Snows during his tenue as Baron thereof; and as confirmation of their favor, they invested and endowed him with a Court Barony with a Grant of Arms, the which deed was confirmed by a document authored by Jean Paul Ducasse and calligraphed by Isabel Chamberlaine.

Whereupon, the said Pierre surrendered his authority and tenancy of the said Concordia of the Snows and departed the Court;

Item.  Their Majesties called into the Court Jean Paul Ducasse and Lylie of Penhyll and invested and extolled the same as Baron and Baroness of Concordia of the Snows, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich, calligraphed by Carolyne de Lapointe and illuminated by Ro Honig von Somerfeldt;

Whereupon, the said Baron Jean Paul and Baroness Lylie swore fealty to Their Majesties for the lands they hold of them;

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into their presence Master Angus Pembridge and, in praise of his storytelling ability, conferred unto the said Angus the Order of the Troubadour, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Wulfgar Silverhair and Theodora Bryennissa.

Item.  Their Majesties called Constantine of Aethelred before the Court and caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Lucius Aurelius Varus, calligraphed by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig and illuminated by Caleb Reynolds.

Item.  Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Aífe ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige before the Court and thanked the said Aífe for organizing the gifts of poetry made to the Consorts at Crown Tourney.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their presence Ceara of Anglespur and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item.  Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.

Item.  Their Majesties called before the Court Bianca of Ulster, whereupon they awarded Arms unto the said Bianca, the while deed was memorialized in a document authored by Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain, calligraphed by Kayleigh Mac Whyte and illuminated by Margaret Twygge.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into their presence Pakshalika Kananbala, and, praising her many labors for the good weal of the Barony, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document, written in the language of Hindi, calligraphed by Ignacia la Ciega and illuminated by Dierdre O’Rourke,

Item.  Their Majesties gave public thanks to the musicians who had performed for the Court and for the dancing.

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.

Master Grim the Skald
Don Donovan Shinnock

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Corporate Call for Comments on Proposed New Peerage

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-11-12 21:44

The SCA released the following announcement this evening. Deadline for comments about this proposal is January 15, 2015.

At the July 2013 Board Meeting, the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) proposed that the Board of Directors create a new Patent-bearing Peerage Order parallel to the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. This Rapier Peerage would be for the related martial arts of rapier and all forms of cut & thrust in the SCA. In August of 2013, the APEC’s proposal for name, heraldry and badge was sent out to the membership for commentary, and a second committee was formed of representatives appointed by the Kingdoms of the Known World to review the proposal and represent their interests. After reviewing all commentary received from the membership and the committees, the Board believes there is enough interest to request further commentary on the changes that would be required to Corpora if the Board decides to create such an Order. This will be the final opportunity for the membership to make its opinions and wishes known on this subject as the Board will vote at the January 2015 Board meeting on whether or not to create this Order.

In the event a rapier/cut & thrust peerage is created, the following would be the proposed changes to Corpora (additions in red; deletions in blue and struck out.)

Glossary, page 9.


[• Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.]


• Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of the Pelican, and the Order of Defense are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.


A. Patents of Arms

2. Order of Precedence Within the Peerage
[The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.]

The Crown may establish the order of precedence within the peerage according to the laws and customs of the kingdom. However, the orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel, and the Pelican, and Defense are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.

4. Patent Orders:


d. The Order of Defense:
(i) Members of the Order of Defense may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of rapier and/or cut-and-thrust combat. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.

(2) The duties of the members of the order are as follows:

(a) To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor.
(b) To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and Corpora.
(c) If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.
(d) To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.
(e) To enhance the renown and defend the honor of the peer’s Lady or Lord.
(f) To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Order of Defense

(The section on royal peerage becomes section e, etc.)

D. Titles
4. The titles listed here are considered standard, and may be used by those who have earned or been granted the appropriate rank or award within the Society. The College of Arms publishes a more extensive list of titles and alternative forms, which may also be used freely by qualified persons. In addition, the College of Arms has full approval authority over new alternative titles, which must be added to their list before being released for use in the Society.



Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, and Mastery of Arms.]



Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, Mastery of Arms, and Defense.

IX. Society Combat


[C. Rapier Fighting in the Society
The Board acknowledges rapier combat as an ancillary activity of the Society when properly supervised by the Marshals and when approved by individual kingdoms. Rapier combat may take place within a kingdom only by rules established by the Marshallate of that kingdom and after the approval of those rules by the Marshal of the Society. The Marshal of the Society will maintain guidelines for rapier combat within the Society. Rapier combat, not having been part of formal tournament combat in the Middle Ages, shall not be a part of formal tournament lists for royal ranks and armigerous titles. ]


C. Royal Lists
Only Chivalric (rattan) combat shall be used for formal tournament lists for royal ranks.

[This last might need some explanation. The current Section IX.C is a holdover from a Governing and Policy decision from October 1979, when the Board decided that rapier combat would be allowed in the SCA as an ancillary activity. Rapier combat is no longer considered an ancillary activity and has not been for many years. Also, the duties of the Society Earl Marshal are properly defined in section VI.D. So this section is reduced to a single clear, unambiguous rule.]

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

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Two offered elevation at AEthelmearc Coronation - Wed, 2014-11-12 10:25

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that, after Their Coronation, Their Majesties Titus Scipio Germanicus and Anna Leigh offered elevation to the Peerage to two of Their subjects.

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Message from the EK Polling Clerk

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-11-12 07:33

“I’ve had a lot of people contacting me to say they received some of their polls, but not all of them. I have no idea why that is, but if people haven’t received them they should contact me and I will send them the link. All polls have gone out. The only order not to be polled this round is the Sagittarius, and the members of that order should have received a note to that effect.

If someone isn’t sure they’re signed up for a poll, they should subscribe. The link is below:

It can also be found on the East Kingdom website – under “Getting Involved – Order Polling Lists”. You can subscribe to both polling and discussion lists here.

**NOTE** The polling lists and the discussion lists are separate and do not cross over. If you wish to receive both lists you must sign up for both lists. The difference between the two: You receive the poll from the polling list. You can discuss candidates on the discussion list.

However, BEFORE resubscribing, check your spam filter, just in case.

Katherine Stanhope
Polling Clerk”

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Announcing KWDS XI Activities - Balls, Revels and More! - Tue, 2014-11-11 12:25

The Drachenwald Known World Dance Symposium XI shall feature a wide range of afternoon and evening activities, from elegant balls to dissolute gambling! Refreshments will be served at all evening functions, and open dancing commences after the balls, continuing until the last reveler seeks their bed.

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Baroness Othindisa Bykona given writ for the Order of the Laurel - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:45

At Crown Tourney, held October 11th, TRM Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, presented Baroness Othindisa bykona with a writ for the Order of the Laurel.

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Bjorn’s Ceilidh – Concordia of the Snows Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-11-10 16:24

Baron Pierre de Tours steps down

Mistress Lylie of Penhille and Lord Jean Paul du Casse

Investiture of the new Baron and Baroness of Concordia, Jean Paul and Lylie, took place on Saturday among the festivities of Bjorn’s Ceilidh, our celebration of the Celtic New Year. Previous Barons Pierre, Angus, Balthazar and Emerson passed down the coronets to Their Majesties, while reciting the lineage of our Barony, so all would know our history.

After First Court everyone joined in the festivities. The King and Queen could not pass up a chance to dance with their subjects, and the Baron and Baroness showed off their newly learned skills.

Edward and Thyra lead the dancing at Bjorn’s Ceilidh

Many newcomers took part in our traditional games of sheep toss, haggis hurl and arm wrestling, and were skilled enough to take home prizes.

Among the pleasures of the second Court, Constantine became a member of the Order of the Tiger’s Cub, and Lady Pakshalika Kananbala was welcomed into the Order of the Silver Crescent.

The afternoon ended with a game of live chess. There was much worry when Queen Thyra was taken out of the game early, but her side played skillfully, and she was brought back in when a pawn reached the end of the board. The game was brought to a successful conclusion in time for everyone to enjoy a sumptuous feast. The evening ended with the traditional remembrances of those who have passed before us, and the lighting of the new flame for the new year.

Pakshalika Kananbala receives the Silver Crescent

The Order of the Tiger’s Cub

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Early Christian charm found in Manchester library - Mon, 2014-11-10 12:30

A 6th century papyrus, identified as an early Christian charm, has been discovered among the documents in the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library. The charm is considered "the earliest surviving document to use the Christian Eucharist liturgy - which outlines the Last Supper - as a protective charm."

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SCA BoD to decide on proposed Rapier Peerage Corpora change in 2015 - Mon, 2014-11-10 08:51

Don Miklos von Baeker, Baron of Oldenfeld, reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism plans to make a decision on the proposed Rapier Peerage Corpora change in 2015.

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2015 and 2016 SCA Board of Directors Meeting Schedule Confirmed

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2014-11-09 19:15

The following was published on Thursday, November 6th to the SCA Announcements email List (

By consensus at the Fourth Quarter 2014 Board of Directors Meeting, the following meeting schedule was confirmed for 2015 and 2016:

January 17, 2015
Kingdom of the West
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
1989 East Calaveras Blvd.
Milpitas, CA

April 18, 2015
Kingdom of the Middle
Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center
10 East Rivercenter Blvd
Covington, KY 41011

July 11, 2015
Kingdom of the West
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
1989 East Calaveras Blvd.
Milpitas, CA 95035

October 24, 2015
Kingdom of Æthelmearc
Embassy Suites – Pittsburgh – International Airport
550 Cherrington Parkway
Coraopolis PA 15108

2016 – Due to special projects, all 2016 meetings will be held in Milpitas, Ca.
Exact Dates and Locations to follow

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

You may also email

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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