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Event Report: The Ice Dragon is Slain!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-03-26 16:25

The A.S. XLIX Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon has come and gone. For those who missed it, your ever-vigilant Gazette reporters have the scoop on all that went on at the event, held on March 21 in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.

The day began with a morning court at which the most notable piece of business was the surprise Their Majesties had in store for Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen: a perfect Laurel ambush.

Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen, photo by Lord Simon Peregrine.

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin, who headed team G, reports: “When their Majesties let the Laurels know that they planned to give Gozen a writ during their reign, I asked if we could do a surprise vigil for her at Ice Dragon. They graciously gave permission and the Secret Laurel for G team sprang into action. Between a secret Facebook group, her household (who took her off the email list just long enough to notify people), and all the Æthelmearc equestrians, it is a testament to honor that no one spilled the beans.

“We set the stage by telling all the equestrians that we had been allotted a special space at Ice Dragon since I had “forgotten” to reserve our normal equestrian salon space, and everyone was encouraged to bring their equestrian works of art to display (thus neatly solving the problem of having her works there for the vigil). Her protégé and equerry made vigil favors of Master Huon’s cookys in linen bags with horse charms, a tooled leather vigil book with Japanese horse was ordered from abroad, and a Pelican/Laurel brooch was commissioned from Crafty Celts. The problem remained of how to get her into morning court without raising suspicion. Luckily, I had not been able to finish her Pelican hitatare (Japanese coat) for her last elevation, so that provided the perfect excuse – she was told that it was finally finished and their Majesties had agreed to present it in court. All was ready.

“Then came the heart-stopping moment when she emailed after having driven 20-odd hours back from Gulf Wars to let me know that she was tired and might not drive up until the morning of the event. “No problem,” I replied, thinking precisely the opposite, “Just make sure to be there for morning court, since their Majesties wanted to do the hitatare presentation then since it was not quite ‘important enough’ for the main court at night.” Thankfully, arrive she did.

“The “Equestrian Encampment” looked beautiful, and being riders with hearty appetites, it never occurred to her to question the plethora of food we had set out. She worked hard to set up the displays, still not suspecting.

Vigil display for Mistress Gozen, photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

“We sat together through court, me with the folded hitatare under my arm. We were called up together, and I asked leave to address the populace. I explained that her “backlog hitatare” was finally finished and held it out to their Majesties, with the embroidery toward them, asking them to do the honor of putting it on. His Majesty played his part to perfection, and circled slowly, revealing to the audience that the pelican was encircled with a laurel wreath. Oohs and cheers began to rise, the Laurels crept stealthily toward the front at a gesture from his Majesty, and Gozen began to look puzzled as this was all going on behind her back.

“Gozen,” said his Majesty, “perhaps you would like to see your hitatare.” She turned around then and the look on her face when she realized just what was happening was worth the entire two months of planning (as was the smack she gave me when I whispered, “You realize we just had you set up your own Laurel vigil”). Of course the hitatare was then whisked away since she could not wear it with the Laurel wreath until after the elevation at second court. The members of the Order of the Laurel then escorted Gozen to her vigil area.”

Embroidery on the back of the hitatare created by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin. Photo by Mistress Tiercelin.

After morning Court, gentles scattered to the many activities that Ice Dragon offers.

Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.

Heavy Fighting

Lord Tegrinus de Rhina vs. Master Tigernach mac Cathail. Photo by Lord Simon.

Ice Dragon’s usual rattan bear pit attracted an array of enthusiastic fighters from novices to knights. Lord Horatius as marshal-in-charge was assisted by numerous other marshals overseeing bouts and directing traffic into each of the four lists.

Duke Maynard von dem Steine was the victor, but it was noted that he was most gracious about the bouts he lost, making the day for many of the less experienced fighters.


The rapier list featured two tournaments, a single elimination and a reverse bear pit, where the loser stayed on the field after each bout. The rapier combat was marshaled by Lord Wolfgang Starcke (who also served as Deputy Autocrat for the overall event), with Lady Aemelia Soteria as MOL.

Don Fergus vs. Duchess Dorinda. Photo by Lord Simon.

His Excellency Don Benedict Fergus atte Mede defeated Lord Michael Gladwyne to win the single elimination, wounds-retained tournament with forty people participating, and Lord Jacob of Dunmore beat out second-place finisher Lady Fiora d’Artusio to win the reverse bear pit, which had fifty participants. There were about ten White Scarves fencing, including Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, who was the first recipient in Æthelmearc of a Writ for the Order of Defence. According to Don Will Parris, every battle was hard fought.

Youth Fighting

Nicholas fighting in the Youth Tourney. Photo by Duchess Runa Æikibrandskona.

THLady Zoe Akropolitina marshaled the youth list with assistance from the Kingdom Youth Marshal, Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter.

Seven youth fighters competed in the tournament, which was won by Olf from Stormsport.


THLady Govindi Dera Ghazi Khan organized the Salons, which were held in the upper level balcony areas. They ranged from baronial salons (Delftwood) to households (Yama Kaminari) to the Kingdom History display, to salons for particular activities and guilds (scribes, heralds, and brewers). Many of them offered food or arts displays.

Display of backlog scrolls. Photo by Arianna.

Barony of Delftwood salon. Photo by Arianna.

Clan Yama Kaminari’s salon. Photo by Lord Charles the Orange.

THLady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir, Kingdom Historian, with the Great Spoon of Æthelmearc. Photo by Arianna.

Master Daniel del Cavallo mans the brewing salon. Photo by Arianna.


The event featured numerous merchants with such wares as fiber, weapons, fabric, soap, jewelry, garb, and leatherworking supplies. Lady Miriel du Lac served as merchant liaison to keep all of the merchants organized.

Photo by Arianna.

Mistress Gabrielle d’Auvergne’s fiber merchant booth. Photo by Arianna.

The Tavern

The tavern was ably run by Lord Bovi Davidson, with entertainment organized by Master Dagonell Collingwood of Emerald Lake. Lord Bovi received the Order of the Keystone at morning court for his service to the Rhydderich Hael.

Photo by Mistress Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina.

The sideboard offered drumsticks marinated in Goya Mojo sauce, BBQ pork chunks, and roasted root vegetables, plus cheese, pickles, oranges, hard boiled eggs, and rolls. Lord Bovi said he chose simple modern fare since the kitchen would be expected to serve 600 gentles and he had found the period turnovers he did two years ago to be really good but too much work.  He focused this year on simple and portable: “Brown, hot, and plenty of it!” he joked with one of his “most amazing crew,” who he credited for the meal’s success.

Ice Dragon Pentathlon

Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

As always, the Arts and Sciences Pentathlon was a big draw with entries in categories like embroidery, brewing, scribal, woodwork, and costuming. Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh was the Pent Coordinator, with Baroness Alexanda dei Campagnella organizing the judges, of which there were many.

There were entries in individual categories, as well as some groups and individuals who entered the Pentathlon, which required them to compete in at least five different categories. Entries were judged on Documentation, Authenticity, Creativity, Workmanship, Complexity, and Aesthetics.

The Pent Room. Photo by Arianna.

Overall Pentathlon Winners

Group: The Shire of Silva Vulcani
Novice: Otto Boese
Novice runner up: Lady Rowena McCara
Single: THLord Madoc Arundel
Single runner up: THLord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

THLord Madoc Arundel, individual winner of the Ice Dragon Pentathlon. Photo by Arianna.

Category Winners

  • ACC1 Novice Accessories Textile
    Hilda Hugelmann for her Lady’s Early 15th Century Livery Collar
  • ACC1 Single Accessories Textile
    Gillian Llywelyn for her Embroidered Liturgical Sandal
  • ACC2 Novice Accessories Non-Textile
    Liam Macan tSaoir for his Soapstone Amulet/Pendant
  • ANI0 Novice Animal Arts
    Rowena McCara for her Japanese Bagu (Horse Equipment)
  • Brewing entries. Photo by Arianna.

    BEV1 Single Beer & Ale
    Madoc Arundel for his English Nut Brown Ale

  • BEV2 Novice Wine & Mead
    Susan Verberg for her “My making of Cyser, with medieval ingredients
  • BEV2 Single Wine & Mead
    Madoc Arundel for his Mosel-style Riesling Wine
  • BEV3 Single Cordials
    Caleb Reynolds for his Cinnamon water
  • Talismanic Shirt by Lady Sumayya al Ghaziya. Photo by Arianna.

    BEV4 Single Other, non-alcoholic
    Caleb Reynolds for his Lemonade

  • CLO1 Novice Pre-1400 Clothing
    Katelynne Rose for her Blue Silk Underdress (Serk), Beige Linen Apron Dress
  • CLO2 Novice Post-1400 Clothing
    Hara Kikumatsu for her Japanese Dobuku
  • Lady Teresa Alvarez’ German dress. Photo by Arianna.

    CLO2 Single Post-1400 Clothing
    Teresa Alvarez for her 15th C German dress with embroidery

  • CUR0 Novice Curiosa
    Sumayya al Ghaziyya for her Talismanic Shirt
  • FIB3 Novice Dyeing
    Sumayya al Ghaziyya for her Turkish Marbled Silk
  • FIB4 Novice Knitting Netting Nalbinding
    Rowena McCara for her 16th Century Knitted Monmouth Cap
  • FIB5 Single Other, felting, kumihimo
    Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie for his Kyo Kara Gumi Braid for a Laurel
  • HER0 Novice Heraldic Display
    Otto Boese for his Archer’s Bracer
  • HOU0 Novice Household Arts
    Minamoto Sakurako for her Iron gall ink
  • Sword and scabbard by Otto Boese. Photo by Arianna.

    LEA0 Novice Leather Working
    Otto Boese for his Naumurg Scabbard

  • LEA0 Single Leather Working
    Vickie Waite for her Leather pouch
  • Bascinet by Lord Enzo de Pazzi. Photo by Arianna.

    LIT1 Novice Research Paper
    Dearhbforgaill an Chomdaidh for her “Marriage in Tudor England”

  • LIT1 Single Research Paper
    Madoc Arundel for his “Post-Invasion English Land Law and Its Influence on
    the Construct of Magna Carta”
  • LIT3 Single Poetry & Prose
    Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie for his “Compositions for the Autumn 2014 Tanka
  • MET1 Single Armor
    Enzo de Pazzi for his Mid 14th Century English Bascinet
  • MET2 Novice Domestic
    Otto Boese for his Metal Belt
  • MET3 Novice Jewelry
    Leily Ashe for her Chain Mail Bracelets
  • Embroidery by Lady Rowena McCara. Photo by Arianna.

    NEE0 Novice Needlework
    Rowena McCara for her 16th Century Italian Embroidery

  • NEE0 Single Needlework
    Gillian Llywelyn for her Embroidered Liturgical Sandal
  • SCR1 Novice Calligraphy
    Sumayya al Ghaziyya for her Talismanic Shirt
  • SCR1 Single Calligraphy
    Kieran MacRae for his Calligraphy and Illumination inspired by folio 13v
    from the Statues of Archdeaconry of London
  • Illumination by Baroness Cecily of Whitehaven. Photo by Arianna.

    SCR2 Novice Illumination
    Cecily of Whitehaven for her Dragon illumination

  • Scroll by THLord Kieran MacRae. Photo by Arianna.

    SCR2 Single Illumination
    Kieran MacRae for his Calligraphy and Illumination inspired by folio 13v
    from the Statues of Archdeaconry of London

  • STU2 Novice Painting
    Cecily of Whitehaven for her Miniature Portrait
  • TOY0 Novice Toys
    Liam MacantSaoir for his Soapstone Chess Piece
  • WOD1 Novice Construction
    Otto Boese for his Late 10th C Viking Scabbard
  • WOD1 Single Construction
    Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie for his Sumitsubo Ink Line
  • WOD2 Novice Embellishment
    Corwin Alexander Templeton for his Coronet box with inlaid crest
  • YOU1 Youth Youth Ages 3-11
    Zeph Grover for the Woven strap

Royal Court

Prince Steinnar of Ealdormere. Photo by Arianna.

As the day wound down, Royal Court was held in a different room from usual at the front of the second floor.

At the start of Royal Court, Their Majesties welcomed Prince Steinnar of Ealdormere. His Highness was pleased to announce that the Lupine Kingdom will ally itself with Æthelmearc at the coming Pennsic War, to the great joy of Their Highnesses Timothy and Gabrielle as well as the populace.

Numerous gentles received recognition from the Crown. The highlights included five talented artisans who were inducted into the Fleur d‘Æthelmearc:

  • Lady Fiora d’Artusio for scribal arts
  • Don William Parris for research into period fencing manuals
  • Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi for cooking
  • Lady Minamoto Taikawa Saiako for Japanese studies
  • Duke Marcus Eisenwald for German costuming

THLady Zoe receiving her Pelican Writ. Photo by Arianna.

There were two Writs given for the Order of the Pelican, with elevations to be at a future date to be determined:

  • THLady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir, Kingdom Historian, whose scroll in Old Norse was crafted by THLady Ismay Ponde and read by Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn
  • THLady Zoe Akropolitina for her work as a youth marshal and combat archery marshal. Her scroll was calligraphed by Furen Zhang Ming Li

Their Majesties then inducted Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen into the Order of the Laurel for her skill in making equestrian accoutrements. Mistress Gozen’s many virtues were recounted by Master Tigernach mac Cathail for the Pelicans, THLord Rhiannon Elandris for the Order of the Golden Lance, Prince Timothy of Arindale for the Royal Peers, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin read a letter from Viscount Alexander Caithnes for the Laurels, and Sir Bear the Wallsbane for the Chivalry. Mistress Gozen, now a double peer, was presented with a brooch from the equestrian community, and finally… she was able to wear her hitatare. Her scroll, based on the Tale of Genji, was illuminated by Mistress Una de St. Luc and calligraphed by Mistress Daedez of the Moritu.

Mistress Gozen with her Laurel scroll. Photo by Mistress Tiercelin.

Royal Court culminated in the bestowing of this reign’s Jewel of Æthelmearc on Mistress Cori Ghora, Kingdom Seneschale, as the populace roared their approval of Their Majesties’ choice.

Mistress Cori Ghora, newest Jewel of Æthelmearc, with her copper-etched scroll crafted by Mistress Ekaterina Volkova. Photo by Mistress Hilda.

Rhydderich Hael’s Baronial Court followed with several local awards, and culminated in the announcements of the tournament and Pentathlon winners as noted above.

Baron Carolus and Baroness Isolda of the Rhydderich Hael. Photo by Arianna.

Congratulations to the event autocrat, Lord Magnus de Lyons, and his staff on another successful Passing of the Ice Dragon enjoyed by over 600 gentles. May the Ice Dragon die swiftly and spring arrive with haste!

This report was written with contributions from Don Will Parris, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin, THLady Zoe Akropolitina, Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina, Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh, and Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

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Unofficial Court Report for Gulf War

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:55


The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 19 March in the forty-ninth year of the Society upon the fields of Gulf War; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. Their Majesties thanked their Rapier General, Remy Delemontagne de Gascogne, and all of the combatants who took the rapier field to fight on behalf of the East Kingdom;

Item. His Majesty then endowed Remy Delemontagne de Gascogne with the King’s Award of Esteem.

Item. Their Majesties elevated and inducted the following persons into the Company of the Pennon of the East:
Aethelhawk Keyfinder
Siubhan Wallace
Matthias Grünewald
Jozef Ludwiczck
Christoff Gockerhan von Loch
Marieta Charay
Jocelyn della Spada
Sorcha Dhocair
Anastasa da Monte
Sergei Rozvad syn
AEsa feilinn Jossursdottir
Juliana von Altenfeld
Wulfgang Gruenwald
Tysha z Kieva
Elglin of House Eagle

Item. Their Majesties extended their gratitude to Samuel Peter Bump, Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige, and Donovan Shinnock for their aid and good service at Gulf War.

I, Donovan Shinnock, Golden Rapier Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Photos courtesy of Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood

Filed under: Court, Events Tagged: court report, Gulf War

Pennsic documentary producer to make video of USA Knights at IMCF world championships - Thu, 2015-03-26 11:18

Zorikh Lequidre, known in the SCA as Lord Ervald the Optimistic, is set to make a video documentary of USA Knights, America's original full-combat armored combat team, at the International Medieval Combat Federation world championships this Spring in Malbork Poland. The new video is to be titled “American Knights.”

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New Kingdom Website Set to Debut

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-03-26 09:42

Dear Populace of Æthelmearc,

Exciting things are about to happen in the office of the webminister. We are ready to launch the brand new Kingdom of Æthelmearc website that we have been working on for quite a while. This new site will fix the things that broke a while ago with an update at our hosting company. During this transition time we ask you all to be patient since with all new things we will experience some growing pains.

We welcome your suggestions on the site improvements and if you catch any bugs in the system please let us know by emailing Also if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me.

With this new site we hope to bring more of a face to our various officers as well as organize the content a little bit better. We will also feature new sections such as social media links both for official groups and various interest groups around the kingdom and the knowne world. We also will feature a section for graphics that can be used for your creations such as machine embroidery files for the escarbuncle and other emblems and badges in the kingdom. Another new feature will be a searchable archive of past documents and policies as well as current ones for those who need them.

Again thank you for you patience and suggestions.

Sincerely The Honorable Lady Phelippe “Pippi” Ulfsdotter
Kingdom of Æthelmearc Webminister

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Future in question for the Hagia Sophia - Thu, 2015-03-26 01:24

Over the centuries, Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia has been a Byzantine church, a mosque, a Catholic church and a museum, but changing politics may take a toll on the glorious 6th century edifice. Stuart Williams of Art Daily has the story. (photo)

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Drachenwald Crowns Permit Same Sex Pair Entry in Their Crown List - Wed, 2015-03-25 03:13

On Saturday March 22, 2015, in a surprisingly quick reversal, Their Majesties Macarius and Izabella of Drachenwald changed a decision barring their subjects Hi Lady Hilkka Susinen & Lady Leonet de Covenham from entering their Crown Lists.

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Embroidery Pattern For Her Highness Gabrielle

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-03-24 18:26

Gentles wishing to make favors or other items for Her Highness Gabrielle to give as gifts during Her reign are invited to use the information below, sent to the Gazette by Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuin.

Embroidery Pattern For Her Highness Gabrielle
Escarbuncle & Crown with Parfume Drop
Designed by THL Jaqueline de Molieres 2/2015

Use this embroidery design when making items for soon-to-be Queen Gabrielle to officially gift. Place this design on anything you wish: belt favors, pouches, needle cases, pin cushions, drink covers, etc. Use whatever materials you like (linen, silk, wool, cotton), red background with white & gold threads. Reduce or enlarge the design as needed. The pattern is designed to use a chain stitch for escarbuncle and crown, and stem stitch for parfume drop.


Before you start, I suggest washing the fabric – red has a tendency to bleed.

Then do some test stitching to determine stitch size, how many strands of floss, etc. I counted stitches, but the number of stitches may change if you reduce or enlarge the pattern.

Do the escarbuncle first; then finagle the placement of the crown and drop if need be.

The completed Escarbuncle & Crown with Parfume Drop can be stitched directly onto the fabric for your finished piece, or cut into a rondel & appliquéd onto anything you want.


If you want, you could add a bead or pearl in the center.


For the base of the crown, make 2 rows of chains, slightly curved per the pattern, just above the escarbuncle. At each end, there are 3 chains up with a horizontal chain toward the center from the second chain. In the very center there are 3 chains up with 2 horizontal chains from the second chain. Between the end & the center on each side, place just one chain at the halfway point.


Surround the Escarbuncle & Crown with a stem-stitched Parfume Drop.

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Icky, Sticky, Smelly, Noisy or Messy – Come and Teach!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-03-24 16:13

If you teach a class — or want to take a class — that is icky, sticky, smelly, noisy, and/or messy, do we have the Æcademy for you!

At this year’s Spring Æthelmearc Æcademy, we’re moving classes OUTSIDE! Classes will be held under covered picnic pavilions or in rented tents, so you can make it loud … make it dirty … make it FUN!

Teacher registration is now open;  please register your class here.

The event will be held on Saturday, JULY 4th, and will be hosted by the Shire of Stormsport in conjunction with their Annual Army Muster and TRM’s Equestrian Championship Tournament.  (Which means that in addition to classes a-plenty, there will also be as much heavy fighting, archery, fencing, thrown weapons, youth combat and equestrian activities as one might wish!)

Additional information can be found on the Kingdom website as well as on the Æcademy website here.

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Dressing like an Anglo Saxon - Tue, 2015-03-24 14:03

Toby Martin, of the University of Oxford, has published a series of abstrats on papers and presentations on his university blog pertaining to Anglo Saxon dress and jewelry. PDFs are available on request.

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Turin Shroud: Prop for medieval Easter ritual? - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:57

Historian Charles Freeman believes the Shroud of Turin was created in the 14th century for Easter rituals. Freeman presents his theory in the article The Origins of the Shroud of Turin in the November 2014 issue of History Today. Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian discusses the theory.

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A&S Classes at War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-03-23 21:41

War Practice will be here in less than two monthes, and one of our best activities is we have to offer to the people of Æthelmearc and our guests is an excellent roster ot classes.

There are many talented teachers and artisans in the kingdom who have a great deal to share.  If you’ve ever wanted to teach a class, or if you’d like to do a trial run before Pennsic or the next Æcademy, here’s your chance.

If you would like to teach a class, please send me the following information for the website and site booklet:

Name of Teacher
Title of Class
Description of Class (brief, please, 75 words or less)
Class Length
Maximum Number of Students
Age Limit of Students
Fee, if any


Students learning Book Binding from Master Michael Alewright
photo by Mistress Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh

Please include your legal name and e-mail address, and your preferred time for your class, as well as any special requirements you may have.  The schedule will be filled on a first-come, first- served basis, so the earlier you volunteer, the more likely it will be that I can accomodate you.

Space is available from 9am-8pm on Friday and 9am-6pm on Saturday in one of three large tents (with tables and chairs), the upper bathhouse (also with tables and chairs, plus electricity and access to water), and the Great Hall.

Please send your request to me by 30 April:

Phone: 724-203-4014
Mail: Helen Pinto
1936 Crestmont Dr
Aliquippa, PA  15001

Thanks in advance for you generous offers, and feel free to cross-post this announcement anywhere you think there may be interest.

-Aidan ni Leir

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Historical women's letters auctioned in Paris - Mon, 2015-03-23 16:33

The auction of around 1500 letters of famous women, including Catherine of Aragon's plea to Pope Clement VII to block her divorce from Henry VIII, took place in November 2014 in Paris. The auction, whose book was entitled Women: Letters and Signed Manuscripts, brought a total of EU 794,173. (photo)

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Doodling the Middle Ages - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:08

Modern people doodle when bored. So too, apparently did medieval scribes, according to Dr Erik Kwakkel, a book historian at Leiden University, Holland, who posts "medieval eye candy" that he comes across during the course of his research on his blog. (photos)

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To Serve the Crown: the Care and Feeding of Royalty

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-03-23 08:09

As a companion to our story on the Queen’s Guard, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope interviewed former royal retainers to learn what the job of serving the Crown entails.

Master Tigernach mac Cathail, photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

As our Kings and Queens travel among the populace, you may have noticed that they are almost never alone. Typically there is at least one gentle tagging along behind, often carrying a basket, goblet, cloak, or fan. During courts, they are standing behind the thrones, fanning the royals if it is warm or offering them libations to keep their throats cooled. These good folk are retainers, and while their job may look simple, doing it well it is not. Some experienced retainers explain why.

What do retainers do?

Master Tigernach mac Cathail, who has served as a retainer for multiple royalty including Timothy and Gabrielle, Malcolm and Tessa, and Andreas and Kallista, says, “A retainer is like a butler and personal secretary all rolled up into one. They take notes and gather contact information regarding gifts that are presented for personal thank you letters. They remind the Monarchs about Their schedule. A retainer may have to fetch items or locate individuals with whom the monarchs would like to speak.” Master Tigernach continued, “One of the general rules I also go by is to try to keep Their Majesties’ hands free. They shouldn’t be carrying things or doing things that the retainer could be doing.”

Baroness Nuzha bint Saleem, who was head retainer for Khalek and Branwen, commented, “Your utmost purpose is to keep the royalty comfortable and safe – not the way the Queen’s Guard keeps the royalty safe, [but in] the simple little things that you would do for your family. You wouldn’t let your mother or your sister eat something they’re allergic to. You wouldn’t let your brother remain stuck in an uncomfortable conversation. You’d always make sure they had space at the dinner table and a place to sit if they came to your home. It’s the same for royalty at events.”

Indeed, one of the problems that SCA Royalty often have is that since they were not born nobility in the real world, they are unused to having ‘servants’ and may be uncomfortable with others fetching and carrying for them. Master Tigernach observed, “Sometimes this involves educating new sets of royalty. Often they don’t like someone waiting on them and want to do things for themselves. However, [retainers are] part of making the Kingdom look good.” He joked, “I let King Andreas dig his own sump in Æthelmearc Royal, and told him to enjoy it, because it was one of the last things we would let him do [that Pennsic].”

Baroness Nuzha swearing fealty to King Khalek and Queen Branwen as head retainer, photo by Baron Friderich Schwartzwalder.

Many past retainers think of their role as stage managing the theater of the SCA. Baroness Boudicea Ravenhair, called ‘dicea, who has also served as a retainer for numerous Crowns, noted, “In my experience, retaining is the heart of the performance art in the SCA. Retainers are stage managers, set dressers, props, make up, dressers, handlers, house managers, special functionaries, concessions, catering, directors, prompters, and stage ninjas. They are the people who hold the space for the royalty to make magic with the populace. Roles are based on needs and filled with skills. SCA theater is a gift that everyone involved works to create together.”

Baroness Nuzha agreed, “Remember that this is not your show, it is theirs. You are a roadie, not the main act. You have done a good job if people see the beauty and the smoothness with which the show happens, but none of the effort.”

The best retainers anticipate the needs of their King and Queen without smothering them. Master Tigernach remarked, “There is a balance to taking care of the royalty and handling the little things, [without] going overboard. The final say is always up to Their Majesties, and you have to work out the line with them.”

Anyone can be a retainer

Mistress Euriol, photo by Master Alaxandair Ó Conchobhair.

Unlike the Queen’s Guard, who are generally appointed by the Queen in consultation with her Captain of the Guard, anyone can volunteer to serve as a royal retainer for an event. Mistress Euriol of Lothian, who has retained for Timothy and Gabrielle as well as Malcolm and Tessa, remarked, “I encourage new people to retain. It is important [to understand] that if there is a general call out to become a retainer, then it is intended for everyone. If you show up to an event, volunteer to retain. If you know you’re going to an event in advance, reach out to the Head Retainer or equivalent and make the offer.”

Mistress Euriol noted that retaining can be a broadening experience for those who sign on for an entire reign. “Those that are considered part of the regular staff may go to events they may not regularly go to. Carpooling is great way to get to know people better. Finding crash space is a good way to make new friends.”

If you would like to serve as a retainer, however, there are some important things to remember. Baroness Nuzha says, “Read their whims, check for their allergies, [and] don’t wear, feed them, or have them around any of the things they’re allergic to. Don’t dote. That gets tiresome. Just BE present. BE aware. Notice if they seem uncomfortable or tired or hungry or thirsty.” In addition, Her Excellency points out that discretion is vital for retainers. “You should stay the heck OUT of their conversations. You are there to make them comfortable and to help them do the things they need to get done. You are not there to butt in or acquire knowledge to use for gossiping. You are most likely NOT their confidante. Do not assume the role unless it is asked of you.”

I encourage new people to retain – Mistress Euriol of Lothian

Retainers’ roles differ depending on the circumstances. Master Tigernach noted, “Being a battlefield retainer is different than being a regular retainer. During breaks [in the fighting] you have to bring food and drinks onto the field. You may also have to help with the armor, although a squire usually takes care of that.” He continued, “For court, the retainers process in behind the guards and champions and may have to carry stuff. During court they will stand behind the Thrones on their shift and keep Their Majesties’ glasses full.”

At events with hot weather or a lot of physical activity, like Pennsic and War Practice, retainers need to ensure that their King and Queen remain hydrated and healthy. Master Tigernach said, “For some monarchs you have to almost push [fluids] on them. I know with King Malcolm, I didn’t bother to ask if he wanted something to drink most of the time. Instead I would just put [a cup] into his hands. It’s important that retainers take care of themselves, too. They need to make sure they stay hydrated and rest if needed.”

Serving Royalty with children

Mistress Katryne Bakestonden, photo by Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato.

Many of Æthelmearc’s Kings and Queens have reigned with small children in tow. These children have their own needs that retainers are often asked to assist with, and each set of royalty had their own way to accommodate their children. Mistress Katryne (Kate) of Bakestonden, who served Morguhn and Meirwen as well as Andrew and Alexandra, commented, “We had an approved list of retainers to watch the child. But if said child wanted mommy or daddy at any time, [we would] bring the child even if it was in the middle of court or a meeting.”

However, not everyone is suited for royal babysitting. Mistress Euriol noted, “Depending on the Royals, those who take care of any children may not be considered a retainer, but may considered separately from that function. There are also retainers who are not comfortable taking on a role with children.”

What does the Head Retainer do?

Mistress Euriol explained, “Head retainers organize the retainer schedule and recruit people to retain. They step in to fill a hole in the schedule. They may do some of the errands that may be more sensitive in nature. They also set the expectations of the retainers’ duties in general and what might be needed for a specific situation.”

Master Tigernach agreed that being head retainer requires organizational skills. “You [maintain] the spreadsheet with all the contact information for retainers. You also need to keep track of the schedule for the event and the schedule of retainer shifts. You have to share information with the Captain of the Guard. The Guard usually help at the beginning and end of events to unload and load gear. The head retainer or reign coordinator had the schedule and I would get that information to help figure out my shift.”

Mistress Kate recalls coordinating with autocrats and royalty liaisons before events. “There were lots and lots and lots of emails, phone calls, and spreadsheets with all of the contact information. [There was] a sheet for main contacts, then a sheet per event, and we did a lot of localized retainers per region so we had a contact sheet of available retainers per region per event.”

Baroness Nuzha noted, “If you are the head retainer, it is your job to make sure that your retainers are taken care of, as well as the royalty.” She recommends that all retainers have a backup and know their limits.

Baroness Bodicea Ravenhair, photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.

Baroness ‘dicea commented, “Retaining [for] royalty isn’t fun and games. It is pretty hard core larping. Royalty have ideal images of what is great about their kingdom that they want to reflect back to the populace. The retainers are supporting this theatrical presentation. Everyone has a role in every situation. It is not about rank or value, it is about the image of having people to pour drinks for guests, it is [about] the image of having a Herald. Royalty and their entourage are putting on a play within a play, setting aside other roles to make this part shine brightest.”

Mistress Kate concurred. “We retained by the saying: Service is love made visible.”

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Gulf Wars: The "Mayberry" war - Mon, 2015-03-23 04:15

"You come to Gulf Wars, and there may be 4,000 people on site, but it's still Mayberry. Everybody knows everybody and everybody is friendly. It's a group of people from all walks of life, all areas, that come together to live the dream. We're reliving a period of chivalry, of honor, of courtesy to all," says Rebecca Baker (Rebecca MacGillivray) about Gulf Wars.

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Stefan's Florilegium updates for March 2015 - Sun, 2015-03-22 22:56

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for March 2015.

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War Practice Meeting Scheduling

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-03-22 16:30

Photo by Darter the Chronicler.

Need to schedule a meeting at War Practice?

War Practice will be here in less than two months. If you are an officer who would like to hold a staff meeting, or you represent an order or a guild who would like to hold a meeting, you will need to send me the following information so I can book you a space:

Name of group/order/guild

SCA and legal name of the officer/representative

E-mail address of the officer/representative

Preferred day and time requested

Amount of time requested

Space is available from 9am to 8 pm on Friday and from 9 am to
6 pm on Saturday in one of three large tents (with tables and chairs)
or the upper bathhouse (also with tables and chairs, plus electricity).
Please be flexible; classes will have priority on the space.

Please send your request to me by 30 April:

E-mail:  Helen.pinto (at) Comcast (dot) net

Thanks for your co-operation and feel free to cross-post this
announcement anywhere you think there may be interest.

-Aidan ni Leir

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Curia Agenda for March 28, 2015/Ordre du jour de la Curie Royale du 28 mars 2015.

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-03-22 16:24

En français

The next East Kingdom Curia will be held at Mudthaw in the Barony of Settmour Swamp (Stanhope, NJ) starting at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 28.  Full event details can be found in the announcement on the East Kingdom web site: Mudthaw Event Announcement.  Long time attendees of the event will want to check the directions, as the site has moved this year.

The following is the detailed agenda for the Curia that will be held next Saturday at Mudthaw.  Any comments on the items should be sent to Their Majesties at and

East Kingdom Curia
Saturday, 28 March 2015, 10:00 a.m.
at Mudthaw in the Barony of Settmour Swamp (Stanhope, NJ)
prepared 19 March 2015, 2:30 p.m.

1. Curia Opening

2. Old Business (for all proposed changes, see Agenda Details below)

2.1 Thrown Weapons Champions

Additions to V.C. and VIII.A. to formalize the standing of the Thrown Weapons
Champion(s) and Tourney(s).

2.2 Residency

Revision to VII.A. to provide a process for branches that wish to allow non-residents to hold office in the branch; and related change to VIII.E.

3. New Business (for all proposed changes, see Agenda Details below)

3.1 Order of Defense

Additions to IV.A. and IX.E. to include the newly-established Order of Defense in the Polling Orders.

3.2 Equestrian Award (name tbd)

New section IX.C.13. to provide recognition for prowess and service to the Kingdom in equestrian lists and activities.

4. Officer Reports

5. Curia Closure

EK Law Section III.I. The Agenda for the Curia Regis

1. Any items that The Crown chooses to add to the agenda after the Curia has been called will be added to the agenda under “New Business”.

2. If a Curia notice has been sent according to East Kingdom Law, but another Curia needs to be held before the previously announced one, any items of business held over from the earliest Curia will be automatically added to the agenda of the subsequent Curia under “Old Business”.

Agenda Details

(Text proposed to be added is underlined; text proposed to be deleted is struck through. Only revised sections are listed; all other sections remain unchanged)

IV. Kingdom Officers

A. Composition

2. The Lesser Officers

m. The Administrators of the Polling Order E-Mail Lists

iv . Order of Defense Administrator

[remainder of section IV.A.2.m. renumbered; no change to content]

V. Court Appointments

C. The King’s and Queen’s Champions

1. Will consist of:

a. The King’s and Queen’s Champions of Arms, also simply referred to as the King’s and Queen’s Champions.

b. The King’s and Queen’s Archery Champions.

c. The King’s and Queen’s Fencing Champions.

d. The King’s and Queen’s Equestrian Champions.

e. The King’s and Queen’s Bards.

f. The King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champions.

g. The King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Champions.

[no change to V.C.2. through V.C.4.]

VII. Branches

A. Residency

If a branch wishes to allow members who reside outside the formally approved boundaries of that branch to hold office for that branch, the branch must establish and ratify procedures to elect and remove officers and to determine rules of eligibility to hold office, and file those with the Kingdom Seneschal. In the event that a non-resident officer is selected, or a branch officer becomes a non-resident during their term, the branch Seneschal, superior Kingdom-level officer,
and the Kingdom Seneschal must promptly be notified in writing.

No gentle residing outside the formally approved boundaries of a branch may hold Office for that branch.

VIII. Events

A. Kingdom Events

[no change to VIII.A.1 through VIII.A.10]

11 . King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Champions Tourney(s) will be held during the months of June or July, if possible. Written bids must be sent by February 1 s t. The Heirs must choose from eligible bids by March 15th .

[former section VIII.A.11. renumbered; no change to content]

VIII. Events

E. Event Supervision

The individual in charge of an event (often called “autocrat”):

1. Must be a paid member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

2. Must be eligible to be an Officer reside within the boundaries of the group sponsoring the event.

3. Is to be considered an officer of the sponsoring group, for the period of time between the group’s acceptance of the event proposal and the completion of the event.

IX. Awards

C. Orders of Honor

13 . [Equestrian Award Name]

a. The Order of [EA] may be awarded by The Crown for prowess in the equestrian lists and demonstrated service to the Kingdom in marshalling, teaching, and helping to promote and expand the knowledge of equestrian arts.

b. This award is bestowed upon a single individual once.

c. A scroll shall be given acknowledging this award.

IX. Awards

E. Polling Orders

The Peerage Orders (Chivalry, Laurel, and Pelican, and Defense), the Order of the Rose, and Orders of High Merit (Silver Crescent, Maunche, Tygers Combatant, Sagittarius, and Golden Rapier) are Polling Orders.

[no change to IX.E.1. through IX.E.7]

En français

Voici l’Ordre du jour de la Curie Royale qui se tiendra samedi prochain à l’événement de Mudthaw. Vos commentaires peuvent être envoyés à Nos Majestés aux adresses courriels suivantes: et

Curie du Royaume de l’Est

Le samedi 28 mars à 10 h

À l’événement de Mudthaw

Baronnie de Settmour Swamp

(Stanhope, New-Jersey)

 Ordre du jour

Rédigé le 19 mars 2015 à 14 h 30

  1. Ouverture de la Curie
  2. Points antérieurs

2.1       Champion d’Armes de Lancers

Ajouts à V.C et VIII.A pour uniformiser le(s) Champion(s) et le(s) tournoi(s).

2.2       Résidence

Révision de VII.A pour déterminer un processus permettant aux groupes qui le souhaite, qu’un non-résident puisse y occuper un poste d’officier et effectuer les changements nécessaires à VIII.E


  1. Nouveaux points

3.1       Ordre de Défense

Ajouts à IV.A et IX.E pour l’inclusion du nouvel Ordre de Défense aux Ordres votants.

3.2       Décoration Équestre (Nom à être déterminé)

Création de la section IX.C.13 pour reconnaître les prouesses et le service envers le Royaume dans la lice et le domaine équestre.

  1. Rapports des officiers
  2. Lever de la Curie


Lois du RE (EK) Section III.I. L’Ordre du jour de la Curie Royale

  1. Tout ajout à l’ordre du jour par la Couronne et après que la Curie Royale eût été convoquée sera ajouté au point ‘’Nouveaux points’’
  2. Si, après la convocation d’une Curie Royale, une autre Curie Royale devait se tenir avant celle dûement convoquée, tous les points laissés en suspens de la Curie la plus récente seront transférés à la seconde Curie sous le point ‘’Point(s) antérieur(s)’’



(Les textes ajoutés sont soulignés; les textes à abroger sont raturés. Seuls les points touchés par les modifications sont présentés)

  1. Officiers du Royaume
  2. Composition
  3. 2. Les Officiers secondaires (Lesser Officers)
  4. L’Administrateur des listes électroniques des Ordres Votants
  5. Administrateur de l’Ordre de Défense

[Note de la section IV.A.2.m. renuméroté, aucun changement au contenu]

  1. Assignation de la Cour
  2. Champions du Roi et de la Reine
  3. Sera composé de :
  4. Le Champion d’Armes du Roi et de la Reine, désigné par Le Champion du Roi / Le Champion de la Reine.
  5. Le Champion d’Archerie du Roi et de la Reine.
  6. Le Champion d’Escrime du Roi et de la Reine.
  7. Le Champion Équestre du Roi et de la Reine.
  8. Le Barde du Roi et de la Reine.
  9. Le Champion Ars et Science du Roi et de la Reine.
  10. Le Champion d’Armes de Lancers du Roi et de la Reine.

[Aucun changement de V.C.2 jusqu’à V.C.4]


VII. Groupes

  1. Résidence

Si un groupe souhaite permettre à des non-résidents d’occuper un poste d’officier, il doit adopter une procédure pour élire et démettre les officiers, il doit déterminer les règles d’éligibilité aux poste d’officiers, il doit soumettre le tout au Sénéchal du Royaume. Si un non-résident est retenu à un poste d’officier, ou si un officier devient un non-résident; les personnes suivantes doivent être prévenues immédiatement par écrit : le sénéchal du groupe, le supérieur Royal immédiat de l’officier concerné et le Sénéchal du Royaume.

Une personne non-résidente d’un groupe ne peut occuper un poste d’officiers

dans ce groupe.

VIII. Événements

  1. Événements du Royaume

 [Aucun changement de VIII.A jusqu’à VIII.A.10]

  1. Le(s) Championnat(s) d’Armes de Lancers du Roi et de la Reine se tiendra(dront), si possible, en juin ou juillet. Les soumissions devront être envoyées avant le 1 février. Les héritiers de la Couronne devront faire leur choix parmi les soumissions éligibles, au plus tard le 15 mars.

[La section VIII.A.11. devra être renumérotée pour refléter les changements]

Supervision d’événement

La personne en charge d’un événement (généralement appelé autocrate ou intendant)

  • Doit être un membre en règle de la Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc
  • Doit être éligible à un poste d’officier dans le résider dans les limites du groupe tenant l’événement.
  • Sera considérée comme un officier du groupe tenant l’événement, pour la période de temps entre l’autorisation de la tenue de l’événement et la fin de l’événement.
  1. Décorations
  2. Ordres d’Honneurs
  3. [Nom de l’Ordre Équestre, à déterminer]
  4. L’Ordre [OE] est attribué par la Couronne pour prouesse dans la lice équestre et pour avoir servi le Royaume en supervisant, enseignant, supportant et promouvant les arts équestres
  5. Cette décoration est remise à un individu, à une seule reprise.
  6. Un document doit accompagner cette décoration.
  1. Ordre Votants

Les Ordre des Pairs (Chevalerie, Laurier, et Pélican et Défense), L’Ordre de la Rose, les Ordre de Hauts Mérites (Croissant d’Argent, Manche, Tygre Combattant, Sagittarius, et Rapière D’Or) sont des Ordres Votants.

[Aucun changements de IX.E.1 jusqu’à IX.E.7]

Traduction Leurs Excellences Godfroy & Alisay de Falaise

Filed under: En français, Law and Policy Tagged: curia, East Kingdom Law, equestrian, thrown weapons

In Memoriam: The Calontir Falcons

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2015-03-22 16:22

Cinnamon, a Red Tailed Hawk, with Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair in the background.

The East Kingdom is saddened to hear of the loss of the Calontir Falcons on the way home from Gulf Wars.   Master Freiderich von Blumenkamp of Calontir, Lady Lora Ann Rós and their son Liam’s car caught on fire on the return trip. Although all the humans escaped safely, unfortunately, none of the birds escaped. Artemis, a 21 year old Harris Hawk, Cinnamon a 5 year old Red Tailed Hawk. Winter a 4 year old gyrfalcon, Lady a 16 year old Aplomado falcon and Ra’n, a 4 year old American Kestrel died in the fire.

R’an, an American Kestrel

While on site the Gazette interviewed Master Freiderich, the Gulf War Falconry Coordinator, and Lady Lora Ann. They taught us the difference between a falcon and a hawk, spoke about falconry as a blood sport in SCA period and also about the modern process of becoming a licensed falconer in the United States. From October to March they hunt with the birds about 3 times a week. In April the birds molting brings the hunting season to a close.

Lady, an Apolmado Falcon.

Most magically, Master Friederich, Lady Lora Ann and another falconer from Trimaris allowed visitors to the mews to hold the falcons on their wrists.  All who saw the raptors were charmed by their beauty and grace. Both Her Majesty Thyra and Her Highness Etheldreda visited the Falconry tent, and many members of the populace posted photos and stories of their experiences to Facebook, considering it one of the highlights of the event.

Winter, a 4-year old Gyrfalcon. Held by Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne.

A fund to help the family of falconers has been set up by Lord Andromir Vukovic of Calontir. From the announcement posted on Facebook: ” The account is titled Falcon Fund. The intent is to collect funds to be dispersed to Lora Ann, Fredrick, and Liam (The Brooks family) via their bank account or to a disposable gift card. This is a convenient way to those in and out of Kingdom to show their kindness…otherwise, collection points for those wishing to give “made/purchased” pieces will be announced at a later time or you may contact me via private message. To connect to the PayPal account, the name is Falcon Fund and the email associated is Should you still wish to donate, but not via PayPal…contact me privately…”. Lord Andromir Vukovic, Mundanely known as Andy Cardin.

Artemis, a Harris Hawk, taken at Lilies War, 2007. Photo by Muirgheal inghean Domhnaill

Article text and photos were provided by Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn.

Our thanks to Muirgheal inghean Domhnaill, for supplying this older photo of Artemis.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Tidings, Uncategorized Tagged: Falconry, Gulf Wars

Proposal to the Board of Directors to Create the Order of Valiance/Proposition à l’Assemblée des Directeurs pour créer L’Ordre de Vaillance

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-03-21 16:50

En français

A proposal to create an omnibus peerage for all of the martial activities that fall under the purview of the Society Earl Marshal, with the exception of rattan and rapier, has been sent to the Board of Directors. The name proposed in the Order of Valiance. The badge proposed is an Eagle with wings displayed upon a hunting horn inverted, although alternative name and badges were included in the proposal. Regalia suggested is an order medallion.

Proposed Changes to Corpora for Omnibus Peerage

[Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, 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.]
Peerage: Collectively, the members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, the Order of the Pelican, the Order of Defense, and the Order of Valiance are referred to as the Peerage. A member of any of these Orders is a Peer.
p. 33

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, the Pelican, Defense, and Valiance are of equal precedence and must be considered as one group.
p. 33

4. Patent Orders:
d. (this will be “e”. The order of defense will be “d”.) The Order of Valiance:
(i) Members of the Order of Valiance 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 in any of the martial activities that fall under the purview of the Society Earl Marshal. 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
p. 34

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.
[TITLE Master/Mistress
Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, Mastery of Arms, and Defense.]
TITLE Master/Mistress
Members of the Orders of the Laurel, the Pelican, Mastery of Arms, Defense, and Valiance.

Additional suggestion, in keeping with the Order of Defense:
Additionally, waive the requirements of corpora Section IV.G. that the Crown consult the members of a peerage order prior to inducting new members of that order, but only in the case of the first three (3) members of the Order of Valiance. Once there are three members of the Order of Valiance in a kingdom, the Crown must consult the Order per corpora prior to adding members.

En français

Une proposition pour créer un ordre des pairs regroupant toutes les activités de combat sous la juridiction du Connétable de la Société (Society Earl Marshal) ; à l’exception du combat en armure (rotin) et l’escrime, a été déposée à l’Assemblée des Directeurs.

L’Écusson proposé est un aigle aux ailes déployées au-dessus d’une corne (cor) de chasse. Cependant d’autres noms et écussons accompagnent la proposition. L’insigne distinctif est un médaillon.

Changements proposés à la Charte concernant l’Ordre soumis.
p. 33
[Collectivement, les membres de l’Ordre de Chevalerie, de l’Ordre du Laurier, de l’Ordre du Pélican, et de l’Ordre de Défense sont désignés comme Pairs. Un membre de n’importe lequel de ces Ordres est un Pair]
Collectivement, les membres de l’Ordre de Chevalerie, de l’Ordre du Laurier, de l’Ordre du Pélican, de l’Ordre de Défense et de l’Ordre de Vaillance sont désignés comme Pairs. Un membre de n’importe lequel de ces Ordres est un Pairs

p. 33
[La Couronne peut déterminer l’ordre de préséance au sein des Pairs, et ce, selon les lois et traditions du Royaume. Cependant, les Chevaliers, les Lauriers, les Pélicans et les membres de l’ordre de Défense, sont égaux entre eux et doivent être considérés comme un seul groupe]
La Couronne peut déterminer l’ordre de préséance au sein des Pairs, et ce, selon les lois et traditions du Royaume. Cependant, les Chevaliers, les Lauriers, les Pélicans, les membres de l’ordre de Défense et les membres de l’Ordre de Vaillance sont égaux entre eux et doivent être considérés comme un seul groupe

4. Ordres Patentes:
p. 34
d.(ce point sera le “e”. L’Ordre de Défense sera “d”.) L’Ordre de Vaillance :
(1) les Membres de l’Ordre de Vaillance peuvent choisir de prêter serment d’allégeance sans que cela ne soit obligatoire. Le candidat devra être considéré comme l’égal des autres Pairs issus des arts de combats soumis à l’autorité du Connétable de la Société (Society Earl Marshal). Le candidat doit avoir démontré l’utilisation de ses talents et/ou connaissances en enseignant au membres et en servant le Royaume.
(2) Les devoirs des membres de l’ordre sont :
(a) de démontrer une courtoisie et un esprit chevaleresque sur et hors du champ d’honneur.
(b) de respecter la Couronne du Royaume; de soutenir et de faire respecter les lois du Royaume et la Charte Corporative (Corpora)
(c) subséquemment à un serment d’allégeance; de soutenir et faire respecter la Couronne du Royaume. (d) de faire grandir le Royaume par le partage de ses connaissances et habiletés.
(e) de faire croître le renom et de défendre l’honneur des Pairs, qu’ils soient Seigneur ou Dame.
(f) d’informer la Couronne du progrès des candidats à l’Ordre de Vaillance.

D. Titres
4. Les titres présentés ici sont considérés comme standards et peuvent être portés par ceux ayant mérité ou ayant reçu le rang ou la décoration dans la Société. Le Collège des Héraults (College of Arms) a publié une liste complète des titres et de leurs équivalents culturels, qui pourront être utilisés par les personnes méritantes. De plus le Collège des Héraults (College of Arms) possède toute autorité pour définir de nouveaux titres alternatifs qui devront être ajoutés à la liste, déjà existante, avant d’être publiés pour utilisation.
[Titre : Maître /Maîtresse Membre de l’Ordre du Laurier, du Pélican, Maître d’Armes et l’Ordre de Défense]
Titre : Maître /Maîtresse Membre de l’Ordre du Laurier, du Pélican, Maître d’Armes, l’Ordre de Défense et de l’Ordre de Vaillance

Suggestion additionnelle
Abroger temporairement la Section IV.G de la Charte Corporative (Corpora) définissant la consultation des membres de l’Ordre précédemment à l’intronisation d’un nouveau membre et ce pour les 3 premiers membres introduit dans l’ordre. Lorsque l’Ordre de Vaillance sera composé de 3 membres dans un Royaume, la Couronne devra obligatoirement consulter pour la sélection d’un nouveau membre, le tout, tel que défini dans la Charte Corporative (Corpora).

TRADUCTION Son Ecellence Godfroy de Falaise et Son Excellence Alisae de Falaise

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