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Marilyn Monroe: Still having a good time at the faire - Thu, 2014-12-04 10:31

Marilyn Monroe, News Editor of the Southwest Daily News in Sulphur, Texas, is still having fun at the Texas Renaissance Festival years after her actor boyfriend dragged her there. She reports on the Ren Faire world in an article for the Leesville Daily Leader.

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Atsókn vetrar – Winter’s Attack

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2014-12-04 08:07

Atsókn vetrar – Winter’s Attack,
by Fridrikr Tomasson

This poem in Old Norse is in the form called dróttkvaett which has the following main characteristics:

  • Eight lines to a stanza
  • Six syllables to a line
  • Alliteration (repeating beginning sounds)
  • Internal rhyming (imperfect in the odd-numbered lines, perfect in the even-numbered lines)
  • Use of kennings (metaphorical figures)

This particular verse is intended to celebrate the coming of winter. Following the verse, there is a word-for-word translation, a prose version in proper English, and a list of kennings used in the poem.

Þagnaðu er þegnar
Þorra fuglar bruggað;
festar vetrar fastliga
fagra kæfaðu garða;
hremddu á hrímþursar
hringagrundar brúnhvítr;
jálkar frystat Jökulls
ýsna fyrir lýskála.

Prose order translation of the poem:

Grew silent when thegn of Thorri birds schemed; Chains of winter tightly fair choked fields; Clutched at rime-thurses rings of the ground white-browed; The mares froze of Jokull haddock’s over fish-hall.

Regular prose order translation:

Birds grew silent when Thorri’s thegn schemed. Chains of winter tightly choked fair fields. White-browed rime-thurses clutched at ground-rings. Jokull’s mares froze over the haddock’s fish-hall.

Kennings used in this poem:

þegna Þorra – Thora’s thegn – Thorri is the goddess of winter, her thegn is winter weather.

festar vetrar – chains of winter – snow drifts & ice.

hrímþursar – rime-thurses (ice-giants) – winter storms

hringagrundar – rings of the ground – fields

jálkar Jökulls – Jökul’s mare – ice floes. Jökull is the name given to the glaciers. His horse (mare) is the ice he rides into the valleys.

lýskála – fish-hall – a lake or pond.

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Two placed on vigil in AEthelmearc - Wed, 2014-12-03 19:19

Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, reports that at Their Court at Agincourt Their Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc placed two of Their subjects on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.

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Elfsea Library Demo photos online - Wed, 2014-12-03 13:35

Master Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from the Barony of Elfsea's Library Demo which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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Sylvan Bard Competition at Kingdom Twelfth Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2014-12-03 09:22

At Kingdom Twelfth Night, being held on January 10th in Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, the next Sylvan Bard of Æthelmearc will be decided. The following announcement concerning the competition is posted with the permission of Lady Alianora Bronhulle, the current Sylvan Bard. Greetings from the Sylvan Bard! Kingdom Twelfth Night (on January 10, 2015) is approaching, and the competition to choose the next Bardic Champion will be held at that time. Dust off your song books, tune up your instruments, and throw your name in the hat! The format will be as follows: For the competition, Their Royal Majesties stipulate that the participants rotate forms (like in the final round of crown), meaning that they cannot do two pieces of the same type in a row (i.e. two songs, stories, poems, etc.)

  • The first round for all interested participants will be a piece in the style of their choice with the theme of “courtly love”. This will occur before lunch.
  • Round two for all interested participants will be a piece composed on site based on a subject pulled from a hat. This round will be held mid-afternoon.
  • After Their Royal Majesties have heard the first two rounds and made their selections for the final round, round three will be for those chosen only and will be the bard’s choice of piece.

This round will be held before court. The Champion will be announced in court that evening. Please note that this is a 1-year term as Sylvan Bard, and you get some swanky regalia. Even if you don’t want to compete, there will be time and space available between rounds for performances…on a real stage! Come perform, or support those that are performing. It looks like it will be a very entertaining time. In service to bardic awesomeness, Lady Alianora Bronhulle

You can contact Lady Alianora at <e_whitcomb at yahoo dot com> with any questions about the competition The event announcement for Twelfth Night is here.

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Unofficial Court Report: Ruantallan Baronial Investiture and Tir Mara Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-12-02 17:22

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 28 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Ruantallan; 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. In the first sitting of Their Majesties’ Court, Their Majesties gave thanks to Donal O’Neill and Allessandra Francesca di Milano for their good, faithful and notable service holding the lands as Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan and, as tokens of their merit and great nobility, elevated the said Donal and the said Allessandra to the ranks of Baron and Baroness of the Court, and granted them Arms, the which deeds were confirmed in documents created by Nest verch Tangwistel, Alisay de Falaise and Margaret Twygge of Sky Hill.

Item. Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Thrones the East Kingdom Seneschal, Dueña Mercedes Vera de Califia, who announced that the Incipient Shire of Avonmore had fulfilled all of the requirements for becoming a full and official Shire.

Briana Douglase is sent to vigil to contemplate joining the Order of the Pelican. Photo by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood.

Item. Their Majesties called before them Briana Douglase and instructed her to go forth to the place prepared for her to sit vigil and prepare to answer the question whether she would join the Order of the Pelican.

Whereupon, Their Majesties adjourned their Court until the hour of tierce, at which time such further business was done and caused to be done:

Item: Their Majesties invested Guthfrith Yrlingsson as Baron of Ruantallan and Isobel Mowbray as Baroness of Ruantallen, and accepted the fealty of the same for the lands held of the Crown, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Mergriet van Wijenhorst.

Whereupon, with Their Majesties’ leave, Their Excellencies Baron Guthfrith and Baroness Isobel conducted such business as was necessary and fitting.

Whereupon, with the leave of Their Majesties, the Prince and Princess of Tir Mara, Darius and Etheldreda, did and caused the following to be done:

Item. The Prince and Princess of Tir Mara thanked their Rattan Champions, Robert Gower and Cornelia van der Brugge, for their worthy and excellent service, and dismissed them according to custom.

Item. The Prince of Tir Mara invested Spurius Genucius Rutilus as his Rattan Champion, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Juliote de Castlenou d’Arry and illuminated by Conn Rosendubh.

Barom Pellandres is invested as Princess’ Rattan Champion of Tir Mara. Photo courtesy of Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood.

Item. The Princess of Tir Mara invested Pellandres dit le frère as her Rattan Champion, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Juliote de Castlenou d’Arry and illuminated by Conn Rosendubh.

Item. The Prince and Princess of Tir Mara thanked their Arts and Sciences Champions, Mergriet van Wijenhorst and Katherine Murray, for their worthy and honorable service and, according to custom, dismissed them.

Item. The Princess of Tir Mara invested Inga Thorgansdottir as her Arts and Sciences Champion, the which deed was confirmed in document created by Mergriet van Wijenhorst.

Item. The Prince of Tir Mara invested Katherine Murray for a second time as his Arts and Sciences Champion, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Mergriet van Wijenhorst.

Whereupon, Their Majesties reconvened the Court previously adjourned and did and caused to be done the following:

Item. Their Majesties summoned the good lad Jack of Ynys Y Gwaed before the Court and inducted him into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in document authored by Alys Mackyntoich, calligraphed by Eva Woderose and illuminated by Gianna di Aurelio.

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

Guthfrith and Isobel, newly invested Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan swear fealty. Photo courtesy of Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Onora Glencairn before the Court and homolgated the deed of Their ancestors of blessed memory, Brennan and Caoilfhionn, by awarding the said Onora Arms, the which deed was confirmed with a gift of embroidery created by Gwenlliana Vachan.

Item. Their Majesties brought before the Court the fair Artemizia di Niccolo della Fabro, to whom they then awarded Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Shadiyah al-Zahra’.

Item. Their Majesties brought Lloyd Smith before the Tyger Thrones and awarded him Arms.

Item. Their Majesties summoned before them the worthy Rozalin Vella and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich, calligraphed by Eva Woderose and illuminated by Aesa feilinn Josursdottir.

Item. Her Majesty called the noble Sarra Graeham of Birnham from her labors in the kitchens and, thanking her for her many good works, bestowed upon her the Queen’s Honor of Distinction.

Item. Their Majesties called Sage O’Rose before the Court and awarded Arms to that worthy

Item. Their Majesties called before them one Jonathan Rankin O’Rose, known to be a captain of ships, and endowed the said Jonathan with a license to seek out new and undiscovered lands and to claim and rule the said lands in the name of the East, with certain rights and responsibilities attendant thereupon, the which license was confirmed in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed by Eleanor Catlyng.

Item. Their Majesties caused Isobel Bickerstaff to be brought before them, whereupon, praising her story-telling, they inducted her into the Order of the Troubadour, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Fiona O’Maille.

Item. Their Majesties called into the Court the good man Percival Gower and, praising his talents in shoe-making, invested the said Percival with the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Sarra Graeham of Birnham.

Item. Their Majesties summoned into the Court the good lady Danuta Czarowna, and, praising her work in illumination and the scribal arts, inducted the said Danuta into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed with the gift of a book created by Robin dit Dessaint, with text by Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys.

Hedda Bonesetter is Awarded the Queen’s Order of Courtesy. Photo courtesy of Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood.

Item. Her Majesty called into the Court the noble and gentle Hedda Bonesetter and endowed the said Hedda with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Ygraine of Kellswood and calligraphed and illuminated by Eva Woderose.

Item. Their Majesties called the fine and worthy Castellanna Nazario d’Azzana before the Tyger Thrones and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Marion of Ruantallan, calligraphed by Elena O Sirideain and illuminated by Isa of Ruantallan.

Item. Their Majesties invited into their presence the noble Theresa de Chats, whereupon they awarded Arms unto the said Theresa, the which deed was memorialized in a gift of a carved wooden plate created by Hawise ferch Meredith, with words by Eleanor Catlyng.

Item. Their Majesties brought into the Court the worthy lady Kat of Ruantallan and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest ferch Tangwystl.

Item. Their Majesties summoned into their presence the good man Rowan Fergus and, so doing, inducted him into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Constance de Saint Denis and illuminated by Marietta Charray.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Guthfrith Yrlingsson again into their presence and inducted the said Guthfrith into the Order of the Silver Rapier with the acclaim of the court.

Item. Their Majesties spoke of the good and notable deeds of Margaret Twygge of Sky Hill and granted Arms unto the said Margaret as a sign of her worth, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Item. The excellent demoiselle Emma, daughter of Wolfgang, aged four years, presented unto His Majesty Edward artwork she had created for him.

Item. Their Majesties summoned Briana Douglase into the Court to hear her answer to the question before her; the said Briana answering in the affirmative, Their Majesties heard testimony from notable Peers of the Realm concerning the merits of the said Briana; upon that testimony, Their Majesties did then invest and endow the said Briana with the Order of the Pelican and Arms by letters Patent, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Zaneta Gavlinne Angioliere and calligraphed and illuminated by Danuta Czarowna.

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.


Lord Martyn de Haliwell
Lord Díarmaid Ó Bríain
Seigneur Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle

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Southern Watch Fencing Muster

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2014-12-02 16:13

November 30, A.S. XLIX in St. Swithin’s Bog

The Southern Watch fencing unit could once have been called the Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais Fan Club.

Don Quinn, Doña Emily, and Don Bastiano

According to Don Bastiano di Jacopo, the unit began almost 20 years ago in St. Swithin’s Bog in honor of Dame Vivienne, who was the first peer made in the Bog and is a former Baroness. “We were a ragtag group of fencers, not winning tourneys, none of us White Scarves, but we decided to form a team in Vivienne’s honor,” said DonBastiano. Don Quinn Kerr continued, “After teaching ourselves to fight as a unit, we went on to beat larger teams with better fencers, because we were focused on teamwork. That’s how the Romans ruled the world – they were all about teamwork.” The Bog’s fencers gained a lot of attention with their victories, and the results were clear at Pennsic 32 when a Rapier Battle was included in the War Point count for the first time.

Later, Don Donnan the Solitary, then Æthelmearc Rapier Marshal, asked the fencers of the Bog to form the nucleus of what is now the Southern Watch, which includes fencers from throughout southern Æthelmearc. “As time went on,” Don Quinn commented, “Fencers from the Midrealm would come to the Southern Watch musters to learn unit tactics from us.” Don Iago Benitez, current Baron of the Bog, added that individual Southern Watch members have gone to events in other areas and trained their fencers in the group’s unit ideas and commands.

This year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 16 fencers from the Bog, Steltonwald, Debatable Lands, Silva Vulcani, and Sylvan Glen gathered in Don Bastiano’s Johnstown, PA loft for their annual muster. According to Doña Emily of Dunvegan, the fall muster has been held for well over a decade. It started as a way to celebrate the birthdays of Don Quinn and Don Bastiano with the traditional fencers’ “birthday smacks.” Originally fencers were expected to fence as many bouts as their age, but a while ago Don Iago upped the ante by requiring the birthday fencers to win as many bouts as their age. This year, that meant 53 bouts won for Don Quinn and 55 for Don Bastiano.

In addition to the birthday smacks, the muster focused on melee tactics. Initially working without masks or blades, the group practiced closed and open unit formations and movement under the tutelage of Don Bastiano and Don Quinn. Then the combatants armed themselves and the outgoing commander of the Southern Watch, Doña Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen, ran them through melees in 3-, 4- and 5-man units while other White Scarves trained the newer fencers.

Over a potluck lunch, Doña Fredeburg said, “It’s about teaching newer fencers the melee basics, so we have a common language of commands and movements.” Doña Emily added, “We all need to be comfortable fighting together.” The group took the opportunity during the break to elect Don Quinn Kerr as the new Southern Watch commander.

Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta, who currently serves as Æthelmearc Rapier Warlord as well as Kingdom Rapier Champion, says there will be other musters over the next few months to take advantage of the winter off-season. He explained that they’ll mostly be stand-alone practices with a training focus like this one, since he doesn’t want to “hijack” regular events. He plans to encourage the development of small units that are accustomed to fencing as a team, which he believes is the key to winning Pennsic Rapier Battles. As Don Orlando told the Southern Watch fencers, “It’s not grand sneaky tactics by the entire army that win wars, it’s cohesive units in the right place.”

Or as Don Quinn stated, “We don’t want to be individual fencers on the battlefield, we want to be Æthelmearc.”

Submitted by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope




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Early Stories of the East from Count Jehan de la Marche - Tue, 2014-12-02 14:58

The Gazette asked Count Jehan de la Marche, eighth King of the East, for memories of some of his early SCA experiences.

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Early Stories of the East from Count Jehan de la Marche

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-12-02 13:00

Count Jehan fighting in a Freon can helm, soft basketball elbow and knee pads, and hockey gloves. He is using a mace nicknamed “Feather” which was made by Duke Andrew of Seldom Rest from a hickory axe handle and a roll of toilet paper plus lots of tape. It weighed between 4.5 and 5 pounds.

The Gazette asked Count Jehan de la Marche, eighth King of the East, for memories of some of his early SCA experiences. He sent us this first installment with the note that it is written from memory and others may well remember events differently.

I joined the SCA on October 31, 1969 at the Second Tolkien Convention in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I was living in Bowling Green, Ohio, at the time, and what I joined was the Middle Kingdom, at that time a small group in Chicago led by King (and later Duke) Cariadoc of the Bow. I went home and started the first SCA group in Ohio in 1970, the March of the Marshes, which later joined with a group in Cleveland to form the Barony of the Middle Marches, which has now devolved into several baronies.

My first contact with the East Kingdom involved an event in Cleveland, Ohio in early May 1971. We had been negotiating by telephone for some time for a joint event, and a carload of Easterners came out for this one.  They were delayed, so we fought the first part of the tourney outside — it was very cold for May, and there were even a few flakes of snow in the air.  The winner of the Middle Kingdom portion of the tourney was Andrew of Seldom Rest (later Duke, now, alas, dead). When the Easterners did get there we moved inside; they fought a separate tourney among themselves, which was won by Rakkurai of Kamakura, and then he and Andrew met for the championship of the day, won by Andrew.

I witnessed the beginning of the Pennsic Wars (which has often been retold wrongly). Cariadoc had moved to the East and been named the Ambassador to the East by the reigning Middle King Iriel of Branoch. At MK Twelfth Night, Cariadoc came back and recited a long poem of his own composition inciting war with the East — I recall he mentioned that the border barons (meaning me) wanted war, and the poem ended with “My word is war.” and we all banged out tankards on the table and shouted “War, War, War!” and King Iriel gave the War Arrow to Duke Cariadoc to take to Rakkurai, who was Shogun of the East at that time.  I was not present for the reception of the arrow in the East, but I understand Rakkurai duly received and broke it to accept the challenge. Cariadoc stepped up and won the East Kingdom Spring Crown Tourney. (In those days there were no limitations on how long one had to have lived in a kingdom before competing for the Crown).

I did not come to the East until the summer of 1972, when I moved to New Haven, CT to enter Yale Graduate School (working for a Ph.D. in medieval studies, naturally).   My first official event was a tournament in the Barony Beyond the Mountain (which at the time was responsible for all of Connecticut), and led by Baron Balin the Fairhaired (later one of the first Eastern Pelicans). I recall that it looked like rain and Mistress Elfrida recited a Norse prayer for rain which she said worked in reverse for her, and apparently it did. The rain held off long enough to get in the tourney fighting. All I really remember of the fighting was that I lost a fight to Garanhir of Ness who was later knighted, and is now the second senior-most knight in AEthelmearc after me.

The next event I recall was the summer Crown Tourney (in those days there were supposed to be three Crown Tourneys a year, though the actual sequence was somewhat irregular). As I said, there were no residency limitations on fighting for the Crown and Cariadoc encouraged me to enter. It was a small field, essentially an 8-man single elimination tourney, I believe. My first round I defeated Garanhir (benefiting from having fought him before). My second round I met a very active young warrior from Duke Akbar’s household (I think the future Sir Ismael). He came out very fast and nearly got me, but I was able to take him after a very brisk fight. The third and final round, I met Shlomo ben Shlomo, whose persona was a Palestinian mercenary of Roman times — he fought Roman-style, with a shield and short-sword. In those days, I always fought mace and shield, so we had a very active fight at close quarters. At one point he narrowly grazed my groin cup, and Cariadoc, who was marshaling, ruled I was still alive though perhaps without the prospect of progeny. I think as the rules are interpreted nowadays, I would have been dead. Then I came charging in — Shlomo went for my leg and got a very hard stroke on my knee as I came in; knowing it was knee, I kept coming and got him a solid blow in the side with my mace. He agreed that my blow was a killing blow, but wondered whether he had gotten my leg first, so the current Seneschal of the East, El of the Two Knives (another of the first Pelicans later), took me into men’s room and examined my leg. I had a very obvious purple bruise on my knee (in those days the only leg armor I wore was a soft basketball knee pad) and he said to me in effect “You’re the Prince of the East, and you’d better get some ice on that leg.”

At the feast that night, I toasted Shlomo’s valor and we had a long celebration. I recall a lady singing “Follow the Bonnets of Bonny Dundee” — not quite period, but lively.  So we had the curious situation that both the King and the Prince of the East were from the Middle, but we were committed to war with the Middle.  By that time the King of the Middle was Andrew of Seldom Rest and the Prince was Sir Bearengaer hin Raudi (who went on to be a sovereign Prince of Drachenwald when it was a principality, and died some years ago as the senior knight of AEthelmearc).

Count Jehan doing boffer fighting at Pennsic with a member of House Sable Maul, which is led by his former Squire Sir Gareth Kincaid. Count Jehan retired from heavy combat in 2009.

The war itself took place that September, not at Cooper’s Lake but at another site in that general area. My Princess, Lauryon Helhath (who lived in the barony of North Woods in Michigan) had not been present when I won the Crown, so I formally recognized her as Princess and gave her a necklace I had commissioned for her, and I was knighted by King Cariadoc. (In those days winning the crown automatically carried the honor of knighthood, and he had asked me if I wished to be knighted as soon as I won, but I had asked for it to happen at a later time).

There was a live chess game in which the pieces fought to see who took who – as Prince, I was the chess Queen (leading to vulgar jests) and met Sir Bearengear, who killed me. As I recall, the only Eastern victory was won by (the late) Sir Patri du Chat Gris, who had arrived in a carload of Carolingians just in time — shouting what became, for a while, the Carolingian warcry “We’re late! We’re late!”

The “war” itself consisted of a woods battle. The East was badly outnumbered, despite the aid of the Dark Horde led by Yang the Nauseating/Robert Asprin. The battle was a timed event (I think one hour) and so the Eastern strategy was to go into the woods, find a hidden defensible position (largely protected by fallen trees) and hope to hold it till the end of the hour. It nearly worked, as it took most of the hour for the Middle to find us, but the Middle found us with about ten minutes to go. A partly fallen tree formed a sort of natural gateway to the Eastern position, which Asbjorn the Fairhaired held very gallantly for a long time (for which I later knighted him; he went on to become a Duke). Andrew of Seldom Rest speared King Cariadoc and called out “The King is dead!” and I shouted “The King is dead, long live the King” and three Middle knights came over me in a wave, so that was the end of my fight. The last Eastern fighter standing was Alain du Rocher of the barony of Myrkwood (Baltimore) — a large man who fought mace and buckler. He got up on a little mound and held the Middle off as long as he could, but finally fell, and the Middle had won the war. It had rained, so we then spent a long time digging the cars out of the mud.

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Æthelmearc Gazette Goes Live - Tue, 2014-12-02 10:18

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin is happy to announce the debut of the Æthelmearc Gazette, a new unofficial blog site for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

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Battle of Tewkesbury site for sale - Mon, 2014-12-01 18:07

The site of the 15th century Battle of Tewkesbury, where the Lancaster forces were defeated by those of the House of York in 1471, is for sale. The price tag is UK£120,000 to £150,000.

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James and Joan new Heirs in Gleann Abhann - Mon, 2014-12-01 15:55

Hannah Hennen reports that James the Holy was the winner of the November 8, 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

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Æthelmearc Abroad

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2014-12-01 15:31

How many Arts & Sciences competitions have you been to where there were 80+ entries, 70+ judges, no entrants with a Grant level A&S award or Laurel, no scoring, face-to-face judging, and lots and lots of great food?

I have to been to one, twice. The Queen’s Prize Tourney in Ealdormere, held on November 22, 2014, was the second annual edition of this event. The brainchild of Duchess Adrielle Kerrec, who cheerfully admits that she borrowed the idea from Calontir, QPT is designed to allow those artisans who have either achieved the Order of the Orion (the Kingdom’s AoA-level A&S award) or have no Kingdom A&S awards to display their works. Each entrant must have a Companion of the Crucible (the Kingdom’s Grant-level A&S award) or a Laurel sponsor his work. Sponsors must also provide one gift for each entrant they sponsor, although these gifts are given to entrants other than those sponsored. The judges are primarily members of the Crucible or the Laurel. I was asked to judge this year and had the experience of judging vocal presentation, poetry recital, and a 10th century Norse cloak.

Judging at QPT

The hall was lively all day long, as face-to-face judging is the order of the day. A team of 3 or 4 judges takes about 45 minutes to judge an entry, viewing the entry, reading documentation, and chatting with the entrant. It is a great opportunity for teaching and learning about the entry and for meeting the judges and entrants. The entire event, from the judging to the all-day side-board to the commons area, was filled with joy and friendship all day long, and this “out-of-context” visitor was warmly welcomed.

Medieval Lighting Examples (Theadora)

Many of the entries were on a level of excellence I have seldom seen. As was true last year, a number of young people entered the competition and did wonderful projects. Among the entrant were also at least three knights, a duke, a baron, and several other high nobles. As there is no scoring of entries here, only the opportunity to discuss arts and sciences, the giving of prizes is based on a vote of the judges and on the choice of Her Majesty of Ealdormere. Although not every entrant receives a prize, each entrant does receive a sponsor’s gift.

Embroidered Pouch

QPT is designed to be an alternative to the Kingdom A&S Championship which is held in the Spring. It is also an opportunity for the entrants to “try out” possible entries for next Spring’s A&S Championship. I hope that Æthelmearc will adopt the QPT format and try this event out in the near future.

Faithfully submitted by Fridrikr Tomasson, Cub Reporter

Photographs by Lord Alexander Gladstone, Ealdormere


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Yule Revel in Medieval Germany: Feast Sold Out

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-12-01 11:07

The Gazette received the following message from Mistress Philadelphia Brown.

The feast has sold out for the Yule Revel in Medieval Germany event to be held in the Barony of Bhakail on 12/13/14.

There is plenty of space available for offboard seating in the main feast hall, and in the basement Ratskeller. There are several restaurants within a few blocks of the site for anyone who chooses to eat dinner outboard, then return for the evening’s dancing and desserts. A list of local restaurants will be available at the Gate.

There is a significant discount in preregistering for the site fee (which includes dayboard and dessertboard), rather than paying at the door. Preregistrations can be still be accepted via mail as long as they are received by Friday, 12/12/14. (Preregistering via ACCEPS has ended.)

Full information can be found in the event announcement. Thank you.

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Florida SCA event fills campground - Mon, 2014-12-01 10:03

Residents of the Compass Lake residential area in the Hills area in Jackson County, Florida hope that the SCA Medieval Faire event will help the local economy. Deborah Buckhalter of the Jackson County Floridian has the story. (photos)

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Let Us Be Joyful!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2014-11-30 19:12

I would like to offer a hearty hello to my fellow Æthelmearc Gazette readers from Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon. As you may recall (if you’ve been around many years), I once wrote a weekly column for SCAdians and other history buffs. Different folks called it different things, including Aoife’s Links, Lis’s Links List, The Historic Links List, etc. and it was even curated by the SCA Librarians website. Together those places managed to generate well over a million reads (and probably many more that I was unable to track).

Those long-ago columns have been preserved in many places, but are sadly out of date. Now that our Sylvan Kingdom has its own unofficial online newspaper, I thought perhaps it would be a good time to resurrect that column. In the time since we last enjoyed each other’s company, the Internet has changed sufficiently that no one needs my personal email address in order to read my column, and that makes me happy. Why? Because I will no longer be on an automatic distribution list for all those exotic new worldwide computer viruses as my columns are shared (the reason I ceased writing the column). That makes for a happy computer and a happier Aoife/Lisbeth.

With no further ado, I present to you my first Gazette edition of the Links list, this one themed on gift giving for any holiday or occasion. I have reformatted the links so that they will be useful for those who wish to use them as sources for scholarly work. Scroll down to see what you might find especially enjoyable to create for your celebrations. Each link shows how to make something special, and none of the links are solely for the winter holidays. Keep it on hand for birthdays, gift swaps, tourney chest prizes, hostess gifts, and the like.

Please feel free to share this column wherever it will find an interest. May your days be merry and bright, but hold the snow for now, please!

Cheers ~ Aoife
Æthelmearc Gazette Esoterica & Links Editor
Dame Aoife Finn from The Barony of Endless Hills (m/k/a Lisbeth Gelatt)

Ties That Bind…A Book
Zerkall, Alex. Medieval Book Binding. Trainee Archive Conservator blog at Retrieved 11/15/2014 from:
This conservator’s website shows, in exquisite detail, one trainee conservator’s emulation of medieval bookbinding. Big, gorgeous pictures will take you through the steps. It is clear, precise, and informative, down to the leather-covered wooden plates. His other posts are also worthy of a long look. This is how the professionals do it.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Pseudo_pix, Medieval London Hood, blogpost on Crafster Forum, retrieved on 11/15/2014 from:
This image-heavy blog post features the steps to make a beautiful bicolor medieval hood with a button neck closure and a folded-rim cowl. The instructions and photos make it a simple afternoon project that will keep your intended recipient warm at events all winter. It’s got style and substance. Just a suggestion, but wouldn’t it look terrific with embroidery or trim on the folded cuff?

Strike A Cord
Crickmore, Ingrid. Loop Braider, a blog on WordPress. Retrieved 11/15/2014
This site, with generous videos, diagrams, and instruction, will have you making beautiful fingerloop braids of infinite varieties. What do you need to do it? Two things: string, and fingers. That’s it. Cords like these make beautiful package decorations, binding for small purses and large bags, hair ties, friendship bracelets, medallion ribbons, shoelaces, corset strings, soutache braid for garb decoration, you name it!

Be Ypocritical
Hyatt, Constance, and Butler, Sharon as quoted by Matterer, J.L.
Potus Ypocras as found on Gode Cookery. Retrieved 11/15/2014 from:
This mixture of warm wine, honey or sugar, and sweet spices will warm the cockles of your recipient’s heart (and other low points, as my Cockney ancestors would say). The already redacted recipe, the pre-mixed sweetener and spices, and a lovely gift bag is a no-fuss gift idea that will assemble quickly and be remembered for years. Medieval hostess gifts, solved!

Throw In The Dowel
Mackenzie, David. Kubb Movement Game, on the Get Woodworking blog. Retrieved on 11/16/2014 from:
The Norse game of Kubb or Kubbspell dates back a thousand years, and is reminiscent of skittles, using sticks and blocks on a set playing field. The object, of course, is to knock the other team’s pieces all to heck. Use this great posting to build your own game (minimal woodworking skills but some hand or power tools required). Painting and carrying case instructions are also provided. It even tells you how to play!

Bank On This
Ahlen, Cathrin. Norwegian Money Purse Tutorial found at the Katafalk blog, WordPress. Retrieved 11/16/2014 from:
The design for this simple improvement on a circular pouch made me think of pursed lips, pun intended. When you see the design you will understand how lips can be pursed like a purse. Based upon an extant example from the 13-14th century, this pouch is meticulously constructed in a series of well-ordered photographs that show how any mildly talented person could make something special by repurposing an old, soft leather jacket or any pliable leather (and perhaps some heavier fabrics). Regardless, it is a clever design that is simple to accomplish, and elegant in presentation. I especially like the fact that it has a flat bottom surface. Maybe you could use some of that finger loop cord you made (see link, above) as the wrap or for the purse strings.

Cap It Off
Heischberg, Melissa. The Flat Cap, from the blog Sempstress, Costume and Pattern Geekery.
Retrieved 11/22/2014 from:
This simple Tudor style flat cap, shown in construction with lots of great photos, is a fairly simple piece to construct. Suitable for both men and women (maybe with a snood or scarf), it is perfect as a period present for someone who likes to keep the details spiffy. The author, a professional costumer, has documented each step for you using a sewing machine, wool, and some binding tape.

Bake Someone Happy
These two links provide the recipes for some astoundingly delicious and historically accurate holiday cookies:
Day, Ivan. Wafer Making, Historic Food Blog. Retrieved 11/22/2014 from:
You might recognize these wafers from their modern counterparts, Pizelles or Piroulines. Whether flat and decorative or rolled and filled, this blog post will fill you with inspiration for making the crispy, flaky goodness that is wafers. By reading the entire article, which documents later wafers as well, you’ll learn how wafers became cannelloni, waffles (which take their name from wafers), and also edible cornucopia and ice cream cones.

A Basket of Biscuits
(No Last Name), Kyriel. A Basket of Biscuits, in a journal posting titled Laurel Prize Tourney on Retrieved 11/22/2014 from:
This excellent documentation for a competition entry in 2005 just so happens to detail the making of several types of historic cookies (referred to as biscuits at the time, and modernly in Europe). Learn how to make Fine Cakes, Gingerbread, Jumballs, Bizochos, and Finer Jumballs. Why not present them, as Kiriel did, in a basket with a decorative dishcloth?

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Dudley's tower opened to public at Kenilworth Castle - Sun, 2014-11-30 10:31

In the 1570s, Queen Elizabeth I's favorite, Robert Dudley, built a tower dedicated to her personal use onto Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. Now, for the first time, the tower rooms will be open to the public.

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Unofficial Court Report for Simply Allegorical

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2014-11-30 08:31

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen, held at the Simply Allegorical masque in the Shire of Quintavia on 15 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. Their Majesties called into the Court Dove Galea and caused her to be inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was commemorated in a document by Katherine Stanhope.

Item. Their Majesties called into the Court Markis Galea and caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was commemorated with a document by Aleksei Dmitriev.

Item. Their Majesties caused the judges of the day’s costume contest to announce the winners of said contest, and give prizes to the said winners.

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

Item. Their Majesties called into their presence Úna inghean Chonaín and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Constance de St. Denis.

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

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

Item. Their Majesties gave public thanks to the cooks who had diligently worked in the kitchens all day so that those dancing might be sustained throughout their efforts.

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.

Event photos courtesy of Erdene Qadajin, Jaquemine van Bel, and Bianca Angussola

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Volunteers help reconstruct history of 13th century Norfolk church - Sun, 2014-11-30 00:57

St. Margaret's Church in Hopton, Norfolk, England burned in 1865 and was abandoned by parishoners, but with the help of volunteers and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the church may be restored to the community "as a medieval monument and open green space for local people."

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News From AEthelmearc!

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-11-29 21:26

Interested in news from our neighbors in AEthelmearc?  You can now find it online at The AEthelmearc Gazette!  You can read it on their webpage, subscribe via email, or find them on Facebook.

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