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The lion is the symbol of the King of England, and for the first time since the early 13th century, the city will be without the king of the beasts. The lack of lions will occur due to a new exhibit being built at the London Zoo, causing its three residents to be relocated until 2016. The BBC Magazine Monitor has a feature about the history of the London lions.
Please describe your job responsibilities.
What do you enjoy about this activity?
This is where the Anachronistic part of our game comes into play rather heavily. If the Internet was a technology in the feudal system of the times that we are recreating, would there be someone, per Kingdom, fief, enclave or monastery whose sole purpose would be to build, expand and defend their territory of the Æther Realms from any and all transgressors? I would believe so, and I am happy to hold that mantle at this time for the East Kingdom.
Do you have a goal for your term?
Are you currently looking for any deputies?
What was your first event?
And what made you stay?
Now my extended family through the Society spans multiple Kingdoms, continents and decades. I view a new member of the Society, or even those just curious in the SCA as friends I haven’t met yet.
Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
But I am certain that you are looking for names here, so I’ll try to keep it to one or two in a few broad categories that we encompass, which I fear will still be quite the list anyway. Otherwise I’d feel like I was in some way name dropping, which is definitely not my intention. In no particular order…
Alasdair Stuart Campbell of Argyll, the gentle giant of a man that showed me what it meant to be someone of respect and honor when I was but a small boy, and still does today. Edward Dragonslayer and Geoffrey Fitz Galen both easily are considered those that I looked up to over the years (and still do) for this as well.
Edward Zifran of Gendy, Randal of the Dark and Morgunn Sheridan as shining stars of how one can own being chivalrous without being puffy about it. Each in their own unique and different way. (There are so many more that embody what we espouse as Chivalric pillars this list would need its own printing, even for my own personal influences.)
Ian of Clan Mitchell and Anton Winteroak, how to be approachable and smile even when there is stress to be found. How to hold together with tenacity and perserverence amid adversity, coupled with a side of polite decorum and remaining calm.
Alastar O’Rogan, Isabella of York and the one they call “Gypsy”, also each in their own way, showing the rest of us how grace and beauty can be personified to stop the world without having to be demure or overbearing about it.
Alayne Alexandra Nyvern Nightwatcher and Lydushka as additional mother figures, always caring and nurturing no matter how far away they are, or how often they see you. Personal examples of the extended family that the Society in general brings together.
Lastly, but certainly not at all least, Rebecca Greylever, my actual mother yet my persona’s Aunt (you can ask for the story around a campfire sometime) for being the House matriarch and the main driving force behind who I am today.
Of course, I could go on and on. I still feel a bit like I was name-dropping, even after cutting out so many others to make it less so, but… you did ask. How about we just say, “Dear reader, if you know me more than just in passing, you have made an impression on me and your name would be somewhere in this listing as well. I’ll leave it for you to decide where.”
Now, to finally wrap up. The Office of the Webminister has an “Open Door” policy. That is to the entire Kingdom, not just the Webministers. Please feel free to contact me for anything that comes to mind which pertains to the on-line presence of the East Kingdom. Questions, Concerns, Requests, Kudos and Complaints are all welcome. Yes, even the complaints. Without knowing that there is something wrong, I can not fix it. And that is what I am here for. To make sure that the Æther Realms of the East Kingdom work, are secure and giving the populace what is needed.
Filed under: Interviews Tagged: webminister
Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte reports from Gulf Wars that Don Davius St. Jacques, former Eastern Queen’s Champion, was made a member of the Order of the White Scarf in Trimaris court this morning.
Filed under: Fencing
Unto the Populace of the East Kingdom does Lady Cellach Dhonn inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh send greetings.
Thank you to all who visited our Barony this past weekend to attend King and Queen’s A&S Championship and BIA. I hope you had a great event and lovely time.
It’s now time to offer thanks to those who made this event possible. My first thanks goes to Their Royal Majesties, King Edward and Queen Thyra for their trust in allowing us to host this event. Then a special thanks to Mistress Tadea di Bruno for her continual support and confidence in our team. Next to my co-autocrat, Boyarinia Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevtsova. She was the webmaster for the event. She also sat at the troll most of the day. To our seneschal Lady Aciladai for her help on setting up the site on Friday and for your helping throughout the event. To Flavius Felix for your help with troll.
To our kitchen staff lead by Lady Sile Dhubh inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh for an incredible dayboard and a succulent feast. Without you this event would not have been sucessful. To Lady Marguerite de Gui who help established the menu. To Ladies Bella, Jolene ,Nicole and Lord Graaw who help in the kitchen Friday and Saturday. To Maerwen who rolled the pie crust for the pear tart and camesome evenings to help. Your presence was appreciated. To Lady Caught Mhor inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh who helped in the kitchen cleaning, scrubbing from early in the morning on Saturday. It’s always a pleasure to work with you. To Lady Deidre Ruath inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh who let us use her freezer to store foods and also help in the kitchen.
To Lady Kirsa, Lady Mayuki Yuri, Lord Guyuk and Sean Mac Fergus for being there where ever I needed help. To Lady Mayuki Yuri, who found people for service and washing the dishes. A special thanks to Master Luke, Master Jehan du Lac, Mistress Cynthia Dudley and Mistress Briana Douglase. To Baroness Genovefa Clerica who found the coordinator for set-up and clean-up team. To Renaud, Léana, Camil, Hakan Al-Bashir , you were amazing, just amazing! To Lady Sile Dhubh who help created the event token, to Lady Gaeira Aggodottir, Lady Deidre Ruath inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh, Maerwen, Saoirse and Ragnar for doing them. To Osc the Weaver and Alexander for IDD chatelaine’s tokens. To Sir Pélandres who has volunteered on many occasion for this event. I told I was keeping you in back-up. My apologies to you as I was trying to keep the secret from you.
To Lady Sunnifa I Hvalseyju, Osc the Weaver and Flavius Felix for playing a lovely piece of music before feast. To Mistress Rainilt, Master Luke and to all the judging team for your comments and advices. To participants who shared their arts and knowledge. Thanks to all who attended and we look forward to seeing you again.
Gentes Dames et Nobles Seigneurs, à toute la Populace Du Royaume de l’Est, Dame Cellach Dhonn inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh vous envoie les salutations distinguées.
Je remercie tous ceux qui ont visités notre Baronnie la semaine dernière à l’occasion du Championnats d’A&S du Royaume de l’Est et de notre investiture Baronniale. J’espère que vous avez eu un bon évènement et que vous avez eu du plaisir.
Filed under: En français, Events
Let our foes beware! As the East Kingdom Gazette reports here, there is no hiding from our mighty king!
Do you have questions you have always wanted to ask a Peer? Here is your chance to ask away!
We are going to pick ten questions from the populace at large, and do a series of articles. We will solicit answers from all of the peerages for each question. We think it will be interesting to see how answers differ among the peerages (or if they are the same!).
Reply by comment here, or comment on our Facebook page. Ready, set, ask!
In 1975, archaeologists discovered a well-preserved, 12th century sword beneath a tree in Siberia. Experts believe that the sword, found near the site of the death in battle of 14th century Russian hero Ivan Koltso, may have once belonged to the armory of Koltso's benefactor Ivan the Terrible. (photos)
The Kingdom Authorizations Clerk, THLady Ursula of Rouen, sends this announcement.
Unto the fighters, fencers, and riders of these Sylvan lands does your Kingdom Authorizations Clerk send warm Spring greetings!
As Spring is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation, change is in the air! I have relocated from the Shire of Misty Highlands to the Shire of Sylvan Glen and with that relocation comes a new address!
All authorization forms should now be sent to:
Danielle M. Duvall
The online forms will be updated in the very near future. To ease the transition, I have left my old PO box open for the time being and will have forwarding service soon. Please use the above address whenever possible going forward.
Note: This is not my physical address and I encourage you to share this address far and wide to make sure that authorization forms get to me as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your continued patience through this very hectic transition.
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 14 March in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of the Bridge; 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. Her Majesty called forth Lorenz Greylever and endowed him with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy for his good works and noble bearing, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.
Item. Their Majesties summoned before the Court their good servant Malcolm Bowman and set the question before him whether he would join the Order of the Pelican, answer to be given later that afternoon.
Whereupon the Court was adjourned until later in the afternoon.
Item. Their Majesties recognized the children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.
Item. Their Majesties invested Kathleen of Anglespur with the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was memorialized with a document authored by Ulrich Reinhart and calligraphed and illuminated by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Ui Ruairc.
Item. Their Majesties made gifts of sweets to the children of the East.
Item. Their Majesties summoned Fiónán MacLeóid of Armagh before the Court and awarded Arms to the said Fiónán, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain and illuminated by Ruaidhri Mac Crimthainn.
Item. Their Majesties bade Katharine of Kyngesbridge to attend upon them and thereupon awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain.
Item. Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.
Item. Their Majesties inducted Harvey Wynegode into the Order of Terpsichore, the which deed was memorialized with a document calligraphed by Nest verch Tangwistel and written and illuminated by Lorita de Siena.
Item. Their Majesties bade Karrah the Mischievous to appear before the Court, and thereupon inducted her into the Order of Terpsichore, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Katherine Stanhope.
Item. Their Majesties summoned Faelan Mac Lochlainn before the Tyger Thrones and, praising his skill with a blade, inducted him into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aesa Sturludottir.
Item. Her Majesty endowed Matilda of Carolingia with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was memorialized in a document calligraphed by Nest verch Tangwistel and illuminated by Robert of Stonemarche.
Item. Her Majesty summoned Fortune Sancte Keyne before the Court and, acknowledging her many good works, endowed the said Fortune with the Queen’s Queen’s Award of Esteem.
Item. Their Majesties summoned Malcolm Bowman to answer the question put before him that morning; and further heard testimony from good and honored Peers of the Realm as to the said Malcolm’s virtues and good works; and so hearing and so finding, Their Majesties inducted the said Malcolm into the Order of the Pelican, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.
Item. Their Majesties thanked the musicians playing for the Court and the day’s festivities.
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.
Martyn de Haliwell
Yehuda ben Moshe
Filed under: Court, Events Tagged: court report
At Æthelmearc court today at Gulf Wars, Their Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh gave the second Æthelmearc writ for the Order of Defence to Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta. Their Majesties asked that all those from various Kingdoms who had been given a writ so far come to the front to witness the presentation, creating a stirring moment for the new Order of Defence peerage.
The ceremony can be viewed here.
The wording of the writ:
Baroness Mylisant Grey, Gazette editor, took photos of the Eastern royalty just before opening ceremonies at Gulf Wars. An Aethelmearc royal also made an appearance in one of the photos.
Baroness Mylisant Grey, éditeur de la Gazette, a pris des photos de notres royals juste avant l’ouverture des cérémonies aux guerres du Golfe. Un Aethelmearc royal est aussi dans une photo, vous pouvez lui trouver ?
Filed under: En français, Tidings Tagged: aethelmearc, Gulf Wars
Baron Edward Harbinger, Æthelmearc’s Archer General, recently announced a new website for the Kingdom’s archers. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope interviewed him about what the new site offers.
I have felt that the archers of Æthelmearc needed a place to call their own. I remember when THLord Cétach Fitzgibbon had it up and running years ago. It was a good place to go and find information about archery and further your knowledge in general. We haven’t had an archery page in about 7 years, and I feel participation may have gone down for it.
Q: What did you feel was missing from existing online archery venues?
Other venues weren’t going to help us find out who our more experienced archers are, like the Scarlet Guard. There wasn’t any other listing of who the members are until the new Order of Precedence was created, which wasn’t around when we started creating this page.
Q: How do you anticipate it helping the archery community in Æthelmearc?
I’m hoping that this page can become a repository of information to help the archery community. We have information on different kinds of shoots and targets. There will be a link to the most current rules once they have been passed. There is a listing of past Kingdom Champions as well as Scarlet Guard members. I’m hoping people will want to submit articles on bow and arrow building as well as quiver and arm guard patterns…..anything to help out the less experienced archers. There is also a map with events that have a strong archery influence to help plan out the eventing season. We are hoping to get more submissions of pictures to post. I feel that seeing pictures of people having fun shooting, and letting people know that it is handicap friendly and available to our youth will help stimulate growth in our community.
Q: Who else was involved in its development, and will anyone else be helping to maintain it?
I have had some help setting up this site from Master Alaxandair Ó Conchobhair and Mistress Maria Cristina de Cordoba. They have been instrumental to this happening and teaching me how to maintain the site.
Q: Will it be used to record Royal Rounds eventually, or will that site remain separate?
As this is a personal site, the Royal Rounds will remain on the Kingdom Scorekeeper’s site.
Q: What else do you plan to include on the site over time?
I would like to see all types of leatherwork shown (especially as I am a leatherworker). I would like to get more articles on designing shoots and targets. Photos are always appreciated. I will be writing some articles myself but will gladly take submissions from others. I’m hope that our more experienced archers will join me in helping to spread our knowledge to the populace at large.
I want to set up this site for the use of Archer Generals who come after me. I talked about this with the former Archer General [Master Urho Waltterinen] and he had told me to go ahead, but not to expect anyone to take the lead after me. That is why I have made this a personal site. I will maintain it, and will seek to get input from the Archer Generals who come after me, but it is truly for the archers of Æthelmearc; it is their page, a place they can show their pride in their martial art form.
The change of climate to colder temperatures in 11th century Iceland may have put an end to traditional Viking feasting of beef and beer, say authors Davide Zori and Jesse Byock in a new book Viking Archaeology in Iceland: Mosfell Archaelogical Project. (photo of glass beads)
Diamond Tourney at Gulf Wars, Countess Marguerite reporting
The Diamond Tourney is one of the most prestigious tournaments at Gulf Wars. Sponsored by the Diamonds and Roses of Gleann Abhann it features Rapier and Armored combatants. Each sitting Queen is allowed one combatant of each. We are pleased to report that the finals consisted of
Count Cellach MacChormach Midrealm and
King Titus Germanicus of Aethelmearc and
The victors were Count Cellach and Dona Anasasia for Queen Thyra. Vivat!
En francais par Maîtresse Bess avec Behi Kirsa Oyutai. Comtesse Marguerite est la journaliste
Le Tournoi du Diamant est l’un des plus prestigieux à Gulf War. Parrainé par les Diamants et les Roses de Gleann Abhann, on y présente autant des combattants en armure que des escrimeurs. Chaque Reine à droit à un combattant dans chaque discipline.
Comte Cellach MacChormach du Royaume du Milieu et Dona Anastasia se sont battus pour la reine Thyra de l’Est.
Le Roi Titus Germanicus d’Aethelmearc et Don Blayde, de l’Ouest, se sont battus pour la Reine Anna Leigh d’Aethelmearc.
Les vainqueurs ont été Comte Cellach et Dona Anasasia pour la Reine Thyra. Vivat!
Filed under: En français, Events, Fencing, Heavy List, Tidings
Countess Marguerite, reporting.
This reporter is standing at Gulf War Opening ceremonies where the Peace Negotiations between Trimaris and Ansteorra have broken down. In an egreegious display of temper the King of Ansteorra Lachlann kicked grass on the shoes of the King Kurn of Trimaris. It looks like there will be War. The East has allied with Trimaris.
There was much entertaining banter during the declaration. Calontir declared for Ansteorra after receiving from them amazing largess (Large S). Athelmaerc declared their sides after inspecting the jewels of both crowns and deciding it was better in Trimaris.
En francais par Behi Kirsa Oyutai
Nous sommes présentement à la cérémonie d’ouverture de Gulf War, où les négociations de paix entre le Royaume de Trimaris et Ansteorra sont au point mort. Dans un flagrant mouvement de colère, le Roi d’Ansteorra Lachlann a donné un coup de pied et couvert de poussière les chaussures du Roi Kurn de Trimaris. Il semblerait que ce sera la guerre. Le Royaume de l’Est s’est allié avec Trimaris.
La déclaration fût marquée par d’amusantes badineries. Le Royaume de Calontir s’est déclaré du côté d’Ansteorra après avoir reçu d’eux d’impressionnantes largesses (Large S). Tant qu’à lui, le Royaume d’Athelmaerc, pour déclarer son alliance, a inspecté les joyaux des deux couronnes opposées, avant de décider que ceux de Trimaris étaient mieux.
Filed under: En français, Events, Tidings
Being royalty in the SCA comes with a number of perks. In Æthelmearc, one of those is the Queen’s Guard. How does the Queen’s Guard work? Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope interviewed several past Queens and members of their guards to find out.
What is the Queen’s Guard?
The Queen’s Guard is typically composed of gentles from around the kingdom who engage in one of the many martial arts of the Society and serve the Queen. Heavy weapons, rapier, combat and target archery, thrown weapons, equestrian, siege, even youth combatants have been members of the Queen’s Guard.
How are the Queen’s Guards chosen?
Each Queen uses her own criteria to choose members of her guard, but there are some common rationales among our past Queens.
Duchess Morgen of Rye said, “I looked for people who were enthusiastic and talented in whatever martial art they were pursuing. I tried to include people who represented diversity in martial activities and to include some youth.”
Countess Elena d’Artois explained, “We knew we would be traveling a great deal so we started with a base of two rattan, one rapier, one thrown weapons and one archer in each region. We looked for people who were up and coming and just about ready for one award or another. It was fun to get to know them and then be the ones to bring them up in front of their friends and recognize their excellence. In addition to prowess we also focused on character. We looked for people who were good examples of those qualities we aspire to. Additionally, they had to be people who we trusted to be nearby when discussing things of a delicate nature and not share them outside of the room.”
Countess Elena’s rapier captain, Don Corwyn Montgomery, explained, “In the course of our recruitment, we went with the multiclass characters (to quote D&D) in which we had individuals who participated in armored combat, rapier combat, combat archery, target archery, and thrown weapons.”
Duchess Branwen ferch Gwythyr said, “I wanted to make sure I had people from all regions and from all areas of martial interest, but since I was also planning to fence and to fight, the proportions were going to be a bit different. I was going for something like 1/3 fencers, 1/3 heavies, and 1/3 archers/thrown weapons people/equestrians, and equal groups from all regions.”
Her Grace continued, “I got recommendations from people I knew for the various regions, because during our first reign, I pretty much knew almost no one outside of my own region. Once I had a starting list, I went around and asked them face-to-face as much as I could. I tried to get a good list going during our minority, partly to take pressure off the autocrats at events we attended, and partly so we could have a chance to practice fighting and fencing together before coronation. A few times, I scoped out the field at events we attended and then asked people to join on the spot.”
Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh commented, “Being that both of my reigns were Pennsic reigns, I did my best to create a large Guard as the burden of service is greater from a time perspective for those serving at Pennsic. I spent a significant amount of time seeking suggestions for possible candidates, as well as observing various martial activities and individual actions to find members for my Guard.”
Duchess Morgen agreed, “For Pennsic, realistically, you need a lot more people. Covering an event is very different than covering morning to night for 10+ days. Fortunately, lots of people are willing to step up to help. Unfortunately, Pennsic can be so crazy, there were many times I wished we could give folks more interesting duties than being on guard during order meetings or teas.”
Countess Kallista Morgunova remarked, “The captains were asked to look for candidates as guards that were new or maybe up and coming or that just wanted to be more involved. We wanted men and women from all areas of martial activities. We looked for people that took the role serious but that wanted to have fun but be part of the pageantry.”
Lord Silvester Burchardt, who will be Captain of the Guard for Princess Gabrielle once she is crowned as Queen, said “I worked with Their Highnesses, Master Tigernach, and Dame Bronwyn to formulate a list of people that each of us thought would be willing, able, and/or interested in being a guard. Some of the choices were to ensure that each of the various martial activities were represented, some were people that we knew enjoyed serving in this capacity, some were people that inspired us personally, and some were people we felt would be inspired themselves by the invitation. Her Highness sends out invitations to as many or as few as pleased Her from that list [and] informs me which have accepted. I’ll be coordinating them mostly through FaceBook and e-mails, but I was fortunate enough to have face-to-face conversations with a few at the regional muster yesterday and hope to have a dress rehearsal/meet and greet at Ice Dragon.”
What does the Queen’s Guard do?
Lord Silvester commented, “The duties of the guards are a combination of figurehead “protectors” and traffic cops. We’re playing a game where we live in an idealized medieval realm where no one would ever even consider doing harm to the Royals, so the concept of “lay down your life” is happily off the table. Setting reality to the side, I feel the guard is still expected to appear to be ready, willing, and able to defend the Queen’s person from harm, even to the point of their very lives. From the perspective of “traffic cop”, we need to control the flow of people coming up to Her Highness or even the Royal Couple so that they don’t get bogged down, while making sure that people who have legitimate business with The Crown get their chance to speak. This is where we will rely heavily on the reign coordinator and head retainer to keep us informed of scheduled audiences, populace free-access sessions, etc.”
Duchess Liadain noted, “They should first and foremost continue to participate in their martial endeavors. At no time did I want someone serving a Guard shift instead of participating in a tournament.”
Duchess Branwen echoed that sentiment: “If we were at a fighting event, and I decided not to be on the field for some reason, I tried to make sure that none of my guards during the battles were people who could be on the field, because I wanted them to be out there fighting if they were able. The same went for tournaments in which archers or thrown weapons people or equestrians might be competing.” She continued, “For court, depending on the court, the shifts were usually shorter, so people could rotate in and out regularly and allow them to sit down. They stood two in front of the dais and two at the back of the hall (if we had enough, if not, just in front of the dais). Part of their job was looking official, and the other part was walking people up, making sure no weapons were on anyone not in fealty to us, and helping people ascend the dais if there were stairs.”
Duchess Liadain added, “Off the field and while on duty it was my expectation that the Guard join me as I travelled throughout the day. They were not to act as ‘retainers,’ carrying items, but with weapon in hand ‘stand guard’ and contribute to setting the stage to create the royal presence. Guards were expected to comport themselves appropriately to their station while on duty, which was generally scheduled in advance by my Captain of the Guard. We also asked that they help assist with assembling/disassembling thrones as well as helping to unload the morning of the event and pack up at the end along with the rest of our retinue.”
Countess Kallista noted, “Before we stepped up, Andreas met with the Captains and discussed expectations. Some were in regards to how court would run others were in regards to my “safety” at events and on the battlefield. In medieval tradition, no live steel within 10 feet of the Queen. Guards were to be aware of the situations that I was in and what I was doing so that if a something strange arose they would be able to deal with it. Mostly the guards were there to make the Kingdom look good. They kept court running smoothly and followed me everywhere. They fought beside me and stepped in when conversations need to be carried out in private or ended.”
According to Duchess Morgen, in court, “Probably the most important things for “the look” is for guard not to fidget. Most important for the guards themselves is to not lock their knees and to get shifted to a new position in court about 10-15 minutes in and then rotate out after 20-30 minutes maximum.”
If the Queen is a heavy fighter or fencer, as so many of Æthelmearc’s Queens have been, members of the Queen’s Guard in those disciplines may also be expected to form a unit that defends and works with her during battles at events like Gulf Wars, War Practice, and Pennsic. This can be an interesting balancing act – if the Guards do their job too well, the Queen doesn’t have much fun.
Duchess Morgen said, “Given that I am a heavy fighter, it was important to have a good number of skilled heavy fighters for the field.”
According to Countess Elena, “My rattan captain, Lord Madison Morai, asked me if I wanted to be safe, or have fun. My answer was to have fun. He worked with the rattan fighters on unit tactics in preparation for Gulf Wars. For one rattan battle we had an all female unit and dove in with enthusiasm. Fortunately for us it was a resurrection battle. We died gloriously and gained some land for our side, but died nonetheless.”
Her Excellency, now a Companion of the White Scarf, also recalls participating in her first fencing battles as Queen: “On the rapier field I was so new that the group we fielded intentionally used me as bait. I was wearing my queens’ white scarf and had amazingly beautiful armor that Doña Sasha had made for me, so as I distracted and intimidated [our opponents], the experienced rapier fighters killed all that came after me.”
Duchess Liadain commented, “As a heavy fighter myself, I always gave my Guards who were heavy fighters leave to join the field with their regular units as I felt this was a greater benefit to both the individual as well as the army. Interestingly enough, most chose to fight with the Queen’s Guard upon the field.”
Duchess Branwen said, “On the field, we worked together, and their job was basically to keep me alive. As I’m sure many of them could tell you, that doesn’t always go as planned, and I never blamed them for that – if I was on the field, I wanted to be on the field.”
Don Corwyn commented, “The guard will be hard pressed to keep up with an energetic queen, whether she is fighting on the field or shopping at Pennsic.”
What does the Captain of the Queen’s Guard do?
Generally speaking, the Captains organize the guards into shifts, advise and train guard members in their duties, and monitor their activities, especially during courts.
Doña Gabrielle de Winter, Captain of Queen Anna Leigh’s Guard, explained, “I am careful to try and be clear in what is expected from the guards — tell them exactly what it is that they need to do, and roll with the punches, because we are all human and we make mistakes. As long as people LOOK like they know what they are doing, people in court are really not going to notice anything.”
Lord Silvester noted, “The Captain of the Queen’s Guard is mostly ceremonial and the rest is about personnel management – scheduling the invited and spontaneous volunteer guards to ensure that Her Majesty doesn’t take a single step without at least one guard within a few feet while also maintaining the security of the royalty room during events, coordinating with the reign coordinator and head retainer to regulate who has access to Her Majesty when and ensuring that all of the guards know the roles expected of them. This is my first time as the Captain of the Guard and I know many of the invitees have never served as guards, so it’ll be a bit of a learning experience for all of us.”
Countess Elena said, “We chose two captains – rattan and rapier. The rattan captain was someone who we wanted to showcase so that he would get better exposure for his leadership and organization. The rapier captain was someone who had “been there, done that” so we had someone who knew many people in the kingdom and had experience in many areas of leadership and excellent organizational skills.”
Don Corwyn said, “I was very fortunate to share the rank of captain with Lord Madison Morai and several guardsmen who rose to the role of lieutenant. Without them, I could not have met the challenge of the duties. With them, we did an amazing job together.” He continued, “The aspect of being captain most do not consider is organizing guard movements for Court and as escort. Anyone who has had experience with stage productions or marching band will relate to planning movements of individuals that seem natural and expound upon the magic of making a medieval moment happen, not only for the populace but also for all of the individuals of the Royal Court, to include the guardsmen themselves.”
Duchess Branwen commented, “Both reigns, I had someone in mind ahead of time for captain. I wanted a separate captain just for the fencing guard, so we had someone to be in charge for training. The captain had to be there 90-100% of the time, or find a capable stand-in if they couldn’t make it.”
Countess Kallista remarked, “The Queen’s Guards were something Andreas took very seriously. He felt that tradition and propriety should be upheld in regards to guarding His Queen and Kingdom. When choosing a captain we looked for people that were loyal to the Kingdom and the traditions of the SCA.”
Duchess Morgen noted, “The captain needs to be someone close enough to you to work well with [you], and who can be organized so that there’s no need to micromanage. It should be an opportunity for a non-peer to have a leadership role. We worked out a system to post four guards for court and one for walking around.”
How do members of the Queen’s Guard benefit from the experience?
Duchess Liadain observed, “I believe that serving on the Queen’s Guard helps individuals foster new relationships, create lasting bonds, [and] learn new skills. Some of my very best friends were guardsmen that I barely knew [at first], but after a year together for a royal reign, [they] became family.”
Countess Kallista commented, “We felt that it was important to give people opportunities to be part of the grand theatre of court and to be able to view things from behind the scenes. Guards also get to experience things that many people in the SCA don’t normally encounter or are even aware of.” She added, “They were loyal and funny, strong and brave, and made me smile when I just wanted to cry. The hardest part of stepping down was releasing them. To this day many will step back into their role and I will find myself shadowed by or standing shoulder to shoulder with a dear friend that once wore a guard’s baldric.”
According to Duchess Branwen, “[Guards] get to know other people in the guard, and get to see what being part of a reign is like. I think it builds Kingdom community. It’s very easy to only know people in your home group. Being part of a guard means that you’ll hopefully meet people from all over. It [also] potentially gets you exposure. I wouldn’t treat it as a way of getting awards; for one thing, when I’ve been on the throne, I’ve tried to avoid giving awards to people for whom that’s an obvious goal. I’d rather see people do things that they enjoy because they enjoy them, and recognize that. However, it’s definitely a way that you can get people seen who you feel deserve recognition.”
If you are asked to join the Queen’s Guard, Duchess Branwen said, “I very much recommend being honest about your ability to commit if asked, because it is a guaranteed 5-10 months of being very active. Some people feel that they cannot say no to the Queen, and [that’s not the case].”
Don Corwyn noted, “Consider how many individuals you have seen in the Royal Guard [who] truly threw themselves into the role and went on to do great things. The Royal Guard that is truly devoted to bringing joy to the Queen will find a rewarding relationship that will continue to give long after the reign has ended. Such influences are shared, as evidenced by the rapier enthusiasm that infected Queen Elena to the point that she is now Doña Elena. This was a gift of her Guard, but to her Guard, they consider it a gift to them.”
“Greetings to the Populace of the East,
We are currently in the process of scheduling events and meetings that will take place in the East Kingdom Royal Encampment during Pennsic. In order to ensure that your group gets the time and space that they need, please contact me with your scheduling needs.”
Si vous avez des affaires nécessitant le campement Royal de Royaume de East à Pennsic, veuillez communiquer avec Lady Wentlyanna Bengrek avec votre demande
(traduction par Maîtresse Bess)
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In an article on the Athenaeum Hectoris blog, Master Hector of the Black Height, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, discusses the basics of sonnets and sonnet writing, including rhythm, phrasing and form, in the article Missive to a Young Poet: Sonnets.
It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports that Master Kali Harlansson of Gotland passed away on March 12, 2015 after a long illness.