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Quivers and Quarrels: Winter issue - Sun, 2015-01-18 15:24

Sir Jon reports that the Winter edition of the SCA wide archery E-newsletter is now available online.

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Photo Caption Contest #2

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-18 10:33

Greetings Most Awesome Kingdom in the Known World,

Before announcing this months contest.. It’s the winners from last month:

I am pleased to announce the winners from last months contest. Though we do not have awesome prizes you do have the right to put this on your SCA resumes and lord it over the heads of your friends who did not win.

Third Place:
Robert Peterson: ““My noble lords, I do not see any giants. All I see are windmills.””

Second Place
Arianna “Come on, let’s keep looking, there has to be a better candidate for the fourth horseman. This guy just doesn’t have the right vibe for Famine…”

And the Winner
Aoife: “Does this duck make my butt look big? Seriously, guys, are you even looking? Pay attention. Does this duck make my butt look big?”


This month features two of Æthelmearc’s best; Duke Maynard and Sir Stefan Ulfkelsson. Please use the reply function to add your caption. Last month we had over 17 entries and a whole lot of viewers. Lets go for even more this month! Please make sure you hit like next to the captions you like as they count as votes. You can vote for all of them.

That Guy Phil

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An Interview with the Ice Dragon Pentathlon Coordinator

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-17 20:16

The Ice Dragon A&S Pentathlon is the longest running A&S competition in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, started by the Rhydderich Hael while the Barony was part of the East Kingdom. The Pent has grown and changed each year, and the Gazette brings you an interview with this year’s Pent Coordinator, Padraig O’Branduibh.

Tell us a little about yourself and what your goals are for the Pent this year.
I’m currently the seneschal of the Rhydderich Hael. I offered to take on the Pent in order to work on solving a problem I saw with how scores are processed. Being a data person in my mundane life I decided to tackle said issue, and hopefully make things easier for whoever succeeds me at the job. I would like the Pent to be as big as ever, allow the A&S community of Æthelmearc (as well as our neighboring kingdoms) to showcase its many talents, and help my fellow artisans learn more about their craft through critique and feedback.

Why should an artisan enter the Pent?
There are two main reasons. First, it is a venerable and prestigious contest. Those who like to pitch their skills against all comers will greatly enjoy the level of competition. Winning the Pent or one of the categories really means something, and it is something that anyone can be proud of. Additionally, having one’s work judged helps an artisan know where to focus their time and attention in order to improve. It is easy to get caught in a rut from looking at your own work for too long, and having a fresh set of eyes take a critical look at it can be incredibly helpful.

The Pent has gotten a reputation for being hard to enter. Has anything been done to make the process easier this year?
I am working on streamlining the process of entering the Pent. I will have entry forms available online as we near the event, which will allow a contestant to enter with little time taken the day of the event itself. Keep an eye on the Ice Dragon Pent page for updates.

Will the judges know who has entered?
They will not. In order to keep the competition as fair as possible judges will not be given names for the entries. It is possible that a savvy judge may figure a few out, but I am counting on their discretion and honor not to let that interfere with their judging either way.

What advice would you give a first time Pent entrant?
First, check the rubrics page. Reference the one for your category, or if there is none then check the generic rubric. This is the tool the judges will use to score your work. Note especially the importance of documentation. A little more time spent on that, and knowing what is expected in the documentation can improve your score significantly. Also, don’t be intimidated by the competitive aspects or the quality of the other contestants. Simply by entering you are putting yourself a cut above the rest, and are providing yourself with a baseline score to work from in the future. Personal improvement is very important in what we do, and knowing where you stand helps with that process.

What are the levels for Pent entries, and can you describe them for us?
We have four divisions in the Pent. All entries done by an individual can be entered in the Individual division, which is the default. If more than one person has worked on the entries they can be added in to the Group division. Entrants doing individual entries who do not yet possess a grant or higher A&S award can enter the Novice division. Lastly, anyone under 16 years of age can enter into the Youth division.

Each division is evaluated separately and receives its own awards. Thus if you enter the Pent as a Novice you are eligible to win the Novice Pent award.

What is the deadline for literary entries, and where do I find more info about how to submit these, preferred formats, etc.?
Literary entries must be emailed or postmarked by February 28th. The instructions are on the Ice Dragon Pent page. Keep an eye on the page as we are making updates to keep things current and answer questions as they arise.

What is the schedule for the Pent for set-up, judging, etc.?
The tentative schedule is as follows:

10:30 Pent Judges check in
11:00 Deadline for On-site Pent Entries/ Judging Begins
12:30 Pent Performance Entries
3:30 Pent Entries Pick-up begins/ Q&A with judges
4:45 All Pent Entries must be picked up.

How does the Pent actually work – will my work automatically be entered in the Pent if I enter things in five main categories?
All entries in to the competition are judged within their own categories, and are eligible to win an award for said category. If you items in to five different categories you can participate in the full Pent. I would prefer if entrants declare they are entering the Pent, but I will verify this at check-in to make sure nobody gets missed in the full Pent scoring.

Can I enter just one thing in one category? What if I enter five things in one category?
If you enter just one thing in one category you will still be judged and are eligible for the category award, but not the Pent. You need entries in five main categories for that. Any one item, though, CAN be entered in to three different main categories. Thus if you’re clever and you have the supporting documentation you can enter the Pent by entering only twice. To be in the Pent these must all be different main categories. Thus, five things in the same category don’t count. In order to keep traffic down I discourage people from entering too many things in the same category, but if you really feel you have two that are worth putting in and are very different from each other I will let it slide.

I would like to be a judge. Who do I contact and what kind of qualifications do I need to have?
Baroness Alex is taking care of the judges for the Pent. Her contact information is on the Pent page.

Qualifications are largely up to the perspective judge. To maintain fairness in judging we traditionally have each item evaluated by three different judges. This allows us to use judges of different levels of experience, so even if you aren’t an expert in the field, but still feel you have some good knowledge about any of the categories you can work as a judge.

Of course we prefer at least one of the judges for each item to be a Laurel in order to provide the expert critique and feedback only they can provide. The Pent has always relied on the Laurel community to serve as its backbone, and wouldn’t be the high quality competition it has become without them.

Have the categories changed this year? Where can we find them?
The categories are the same as in past years. They’re located at the Ice Dragon Pent page. The categories are well known across the kingdom, so if you have any questions you can either check with me or anyone who is familiar with the A&S competitions in the kingdom.

Are you doing anything special for this year’s Pent?
I would love to see a large turnout at this year’s Pent. To encourage this I am working on securing some prizes for the winners of the four Pent divisions to be given out along with the traditional award scrolls. I am working on finding items that any SCAdian would be proud to own, with a special eye toward the members of the A&S community. More about those will be on the Pent page as I get them in.

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NBC News goes to Pennsic - Sat, 2015-01-17 13:12

Do you remember why you joined the SCA? If you don't, or need to remember why you are still a member, watch For Glory & Honor: Medieval Reenactors Go To Battle, an NBC News feature showcasing the SCA at the Pennsic War. (video)

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The Taking of an Equerry

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-16 19:36

By Mistress Shishido Tora (Gozen).

While not part of any Kingdom law, it is customary for Peers to assume a mentoring relationship with a student who aspires to follow the example of their Peer in achieving a level of excellence in their chosen discipline within the SCA. Knights take Squires; Laurels take Apprentices and Pelicans take Protégés. Each have their own belts which indicate their status, and when new people are brought into the SCA this is something that usually is explained to them to avoid the embarrassment of wearing a colored belt indicating a student relationship. The relationship between the Peer and their Squire/Apprentice/Protégé is personalized to the individual and usually includes expectations from both sides. Within the equestrian community of the Known World, there is a special type of student —known as an Equerry.

Historically, the term Equerry was used to denote a senior attendant with responsibilities for the horses of a person of rank. Within the SCA, the term is used to denote a “student” of an Equestrian Peer or Grant Level such as a Lancer (Companion of the Order of the Golden Lance). The intent is to denote that the “student “is learning and being mentored in the ways of the horse and equestrian arts.

In 2000, Sir Jerald of Galloway envisioned taking a squire based on the equestrian arts. Aside from being a Knight, Sir Jerald was also a Viscount and the premier knight of An Tir. He also designed the arms of An Tir during his tenure as Black Lion Herald.  Sir Jerald was an accomplished horseman and was very involved in the equestrian program of the SCA, competing throughout the Known World. He competed five times at Gulf Wars, where along with other members of the Lance of St. Anne, he held the field Tenant. He was an Equestrian Marshal in several Kingdoms and was Special Deputy to the Society Equestrian Officer.

Sir Jerald of Galloway

Sir Jerald determined to establish a Peer-student relationship for himself and his “squires” that was not focused solely on rattan style fighting but on the skills of horsemanship in the tradition of the medieval knight. Sir Jerald, as a former Herald Emeritus, did research on the term “equerry” which he used to identify this type of squire for himself. He also wrote his own ceremony for taking an equerry:

I, Viscount Sir Jerald of Galloway, mindful of your Prowess, Chivalry and Dedication to the equestrians of the Knowne Worlde do hereby recognize within you a person of worth and a seeker of knowledge. I have chosen you as my personal Equerry.

As an Equerry you will demonstrate to the Knowne Worlde the Chivalry, Equestrian Skills, and Pageantry of the Mounted Warrior of the High Middle Ages.

Do you understand the purpose of becoming an Equerry?

Do you agree to continue the example you have set forth which has caused the notice and appreciation of myself?

Then it is my pleasure to bring you under my shield, joining your voice with mine so that our combined example might cause others to strive for greater excellence.

Bear this belt with pride, but not in vanity, allowing it to remind both you and others of your continued commitment to myself and the Equestrians of the Knowne Worlde.

As noted on the website for the Lance of St Anne, Sir Jerald took the first two Equerries ever created in the SCA on March 17, 2000 at Gulf Wars IX. His Equerries were THL Brenna Caitlin MacGrioghair of Renwick and THL Myra Elvey MacGregor, both of Trimaris. He presented his Equerries with a belt, gules and or checque with Jerald’s personal device –a battle axe–on the tip of the belt.

Sir Jerald passed from this world on September 19, 2007 in his home kingdom of An Tir. Besides his excellent example as a Chivalrous man, Sir Jerald continues to serve as an example and inspiration to many equestrians throughout the Known World. It was his desire that others continue this tradition and that Peers or recipients of Grant Levels awards who had achieved a level of equestrian excellence pass their knowledge onto others and further develop their equestrian skills.

Mu’allemah Yaasamiin al-Raqqasa al’Alaa’iiyiyya created a third Equerry in in the SCA in the Kingdom of Artemisia. In 2002, she took THL Philip de Lisboa as an Equerry to further his knowledge of Equestrian Arts. According to her, Philip serves as her equestrian retainer, looking after her needs as well as those of her horses, and is learning horsemanship from her. He also studied the equestrian martial arts from Yaasamiin. During the Equerry ceremony Yaasamiin was flanked by her King, 4 Artemisian Knights, an An Tirian Knight, and several Laurels and Pelicans who comprised the approximately 25 spectators who stood as witness. As she notes, “He did not fit the Protege nor Apprentice category….. I used the red and gold checky that Jerald used and put a cinquefoil on the tip of the belt where he put his battle axe. ” (A cinquefoil is part of her arms.)

Yaasamiin and Her Equerry, His Lordship Philip

The tradition of the taking of an Equerry was continued in Æthelmearc, when Viscount Alexander Caithness took his own Equerry. In 2014, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin took Lord Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndrvdwy as an Equerry at Ice Dragon. Following the tradition of Sir Jerald, she presented Rhiannon with a belt—gules and or checque–made by another of her apprentices, Lord Magnus de Lyons.

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin

Lord Rhiannon Elandris










Last Year, the Society Equestrian Officer, Dame Arabella da Siena, took an Equerry. The tradition continues in our fair Kingdom; at this past Æthelmearc Kingdom 12th Night, Mistress Shishido Tora (Gozen) took an Equerry under the Order of the Golden Lance of Æthelmearc.  THL Morien MacBain became the third Equerry of Æthelmearc, and was presented with a set of checky colored garters. The oath given by Mistress Gozen to her student closely followed the original ceremony of Sir Jerald as a tribute to his example.

Equerry garters presented to THL Morien MacBain by Mistress Gozen.

We in the Æthelmearc equestrian community are proud to carry on this tradition, and to foster growth in a part of our SCA activities that takes so much from medieval knighthood.




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First Quarter 2015 Board Meeting - Fri, 2015-01-16 18:00

The Board of Directors would like to remind the membership that the First Quarter 2015 Board Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow Saturday, January 17, 2015.

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Doctoral thesis changes history of Swedish glass - Fri, 2015-01-16 16:40

Archaeologist Anna Ihr's doctoral dissertation, Becoming Vitrified, shows that the glass industry in Sweden is much older than previously believed, as early as the 13th century. The thesis describes how different vitrified, or glassy, materials can be interpreted and analysed.

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SCA Inc. discontinues Known World Mail - Fri, 2015-01-16 12:05

Effective February 1, 2015, the SCA is discontinuing its Known World Mail, a hosted mail service previously offered to SCA members.

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Draft Agenda for Tomorrow’s BoD Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-16 10:37

A draft agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Director’s meeting has been posted on the SCA’s website.  The meeting will be held in Milpitas, CA.  The agenda is available here.

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Known World Mail Service Being Decommissioned

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-15 20:42

Greetings from the office of the Vice President for Information Management
and Technology for SCA, Inc.

Good gentles,

The Known World Mail (KWM) service was established by SCA Corporate many
years ago, in a time when mail services were commodities, and not commonly
available without considerable expense. As expected, technologies and market
adoption have both matured over time. Today, free and inexpensive mails
service options from providers like Google, Yahoo, AOL and many others
abound. Of course, as an organization, we have no desire to compete with
such abundant offerings, nor to fail in protecting information members have entrusted to us.

Given its many years of service, we believe the Known World Mail
service has exceeded its intended lifespan, and are now preparing to
decommission it. This message is intended to serve as notice of this action.

Users with active KWM mailboxes were previously informed via direct e-mails earlier today.

With the exception of the mail domain supporting the SCA College of Heralds
[], the SCA, Inc. mail server will discontinue hosted mail
operations (e.g. KWM) effective February 1, 2015. Please note: The root mail
domain SCA.ORG was previously migrated to a commercial hosting service and
will not be impacted by this action.

Thank you for allowing us to have served you.

Thank you,

Michael Schneider
Vice-President, Information Management & Technology
Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

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

You may also email

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

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New Land Procedures for Pennsic

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-15 09:35

Photography by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Lady Magdalena Winter, Deputy Mayor Planning & Zoning of Pennsic War 4, has posted new procedures for land registration for the upcoming Pennsic War.  These procedures can be found here on the official Pennsic website.

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Arts & Sciences Glories at Kingdom Twelfth Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-15 02:30

Kingdom Twelfth Night featured an amazing array of Arts & Sciences activities. Here’s a report on the highlights, submitted by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

At Æthelmearc Kingdom Twelfth Night, in the morning court, the office of Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences passed from Mistress Alianor de Ravenglas to Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn, assisted by his lady, Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona. Master Fridrikr and Mistress Orianna, both from the Barony of Thescorre, have stated that their goals in the office are to promote the Arts & Sciences within Æthelmearc, expand the opportunities for artists, scientists, and artisans to practice and promote their crafts, and to support the on-going mission of the Æcademy to provide educational opportunities for all of Æthelmearc.

Master Fridrikr swearing fealty as Kingdom Minister of A&S. Photo by Master Alaxandair O’Conchobhair

Lady Teresa Alvarez with her Sycamore scroll. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

Their Majesties wore some beautiful new clothing to Their Twelfth Night celebration. His Majesty, King Titus, was arrayed in an intricate German Landsknecht outfit with slashed and interlaced breeches in red, black, and white, made by Lady Madeleine de l”Este.

Her Majesty, Queen Anna Leigh, drew all eyes in a beautiful green wool German gown crafted by Lady Teresa Alvarez, who put over 120 hours into embroidering the stunning bodice and sleeves with flowers in white silk. She based the gown on a portrait of Kunigunde Stammbaum der Babenberger from the Babenberg Family Tree triptych at Klosterneuburg Monastery (Hans Part, 1489-1492), shown below. The embroidery on Her Majesty’s gown, farther below, is Lady Teresa’s own design – she used a stylized edelweiss flower because the Babenberg family was from Austria. Lady Teresa was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore at court that evening for her skill in costuming and embroidery.

Portrait of Kunigunde Stammbaum der Babenberger courtesy of Lady Teresa Alvarez.

Queen Anna Leigh’s embroidered gown. Photo by Mistress Hilderun.

The Æthelmearc Sylvan Bard Competition

After the morning court, six performers vied for the honor of becoming Sylvan Bard. Pictured below are the competitors along with our Monarchs: Lady Bugga Bilibit, Master Ruaidhri an Cu, Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful, Her Majesty Queen Anna Leigh, Lady Cairdha Eilis O’Coileain, His Majesty King Titus, Master William de Montegilt, and Lady Aibinn Mhor Inghean Rioghbhardain.

Sylvan Bard competitors with Their Majesties. Photo by Mistress Hilderun

The competition, which was hosted by the outgoing Sylvan Bard, Lady Alianora Bronhulle, and past Sylvan Bard, Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta, featured three rounds. In the first round, entrants were asked to perform a piece on the theme of Courtly Love. All of the bards chose to sing; some did period pieces, others sang filks or original compositions. Then in the second round, the performers were given an hour or two to write a new piece on a theme chosen by the Crown. The competitors gathered in a circle around Their Majesties to learn in secret what that theme would be before going on their way to scribble madly.

Baroness Gwen reciting a sonnet for Don Orlando for his birthday. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope

Only when the second round performances began was it revealed that the bards were told to write their new pieces on the numerous knightly virtues of… Don Orlando! His birthday had been celebrated only a few days earlier, so Their Majesties bade Don Orlando sit on the steps of the stage so that each bard could perform directly to him.

The competitors were also required to choose a different performance medium from the one they had used in the first round, so for Round 2, most recited poems or told stories, many of them humorous in nature. There was a rhyme improvised on the spot by Lady Cairdha and a “doggerel” by Master William that was greeted with much laughter:

Don Orlando comes from far away
To celebrate with us his natal day,
‘Tis of his knightly virtues I would sing,
But I must choose just one! So says the King.
He sings of courtly love and such,
And eager ladies seek his touch.
Of chastity, Orlando is sans peer,
And so no ladies his amours must fear.
But truly chaste, he does rebuff
Their pleas and sighs and even tears,
Because he knows, though it be tough,
Once a king, always a king,
But once a (k)night is enough.

Master Ruaidhri. Photo by Arianna

Master Ruaidhri an Cu then followed. Although he lives in Atlantia, Master Ruaidhri had received permission from Their Sylvan Majesties to join the competition. As he began his second round entry, he said that since he did not have enough time to compose great verse (with an aside of “Damn you, William!”), he’d fallen back on the old Scottish plan of drinking heavily. He then told a story of Don Orlando having taken a vow of temperance, but being gifted with alcohol by an unnamed Baron who Master Ruaidhri admitted was, in fact, present in the room. Baron Gunnar of Endless Hills and Baron Ichijo of Blackstone Mountain, who were sitting together, looked at each other, laughed, and said “That leaves only the two of us…” In the story Master Ruaidhri recounted, the unnamed Baron repeatedly tempted Orlando by sending him gifts of various types of potables, at which the Baron’s wife complained to her husband that Orlando would do the Baron bodily harm for such insults. In the end, though, the unnamed Baron told his wife that it would be fine, as he had put Baron Ichijo’s name on the gifts.

Lady Bugga performed an interpretive dance in honor of Don Orlando’s humility while reciting verse interpersed with singing, for her Majesty Anna Leigh had informed the competitors that she would look with favor on such performances. Indeed, later during a brief intermission in the evening Court His Majesty commanded a round of interpretive dance in the middle of the hall, which was later dubbed a Mosh Pit.

Mosh Pit of interpretive dance during the intermission at evening Court. Photo by Master Alaxandair.

Lady Aibinn told a story of a young man who sought the definition of valor, which he learned was to slay a dragon. So he went to where a dragon was reputed to be, but found only a woman. She told him the dragon was away, but demanded various things of the man before consenting to be “saved. “ This took many years, as each time the man returned the following year with the items she requested, the lady insisted on more, culminating in a requirement for his allegiance. The man then requested her name, which she told him was Valor. As the man swore his fealty, night fell and the lady transformed, revealing herself to be the dragon. The man paused, said, “A knight is sworn to Valor” and completed his oath, at which point the dragon was vanquished, and the lady reverted to human form and departed the dragon’s lair with him forever.

Baroness Gwen then recited a sonnet on the theme of honor, extolling Don Orlando’s skill with both his rapier and his voice:

In January, winter’s frost doth bite;
The wind whips cloak and cuts through woolen hose.
Yet to the season one was born who fights
With blade as sharp as any wind that blows.
It flashes, ever dancing, but fear not,
For honor guides this fencer, and no foe
Could e’er complain of one excessive shot,
But merrily unto their deaths they go.
And afterward, he’ll sing us songs most sweet
Of knights and ladies, love and chivalry,
Or something of less lofty goals, of cheats
And vagabonds, and joyful ribaldry.
Therefore, Orlando, think this no mean trick:
We honor you, and not upon you pick.

At the completion of the second round of the competition, Their Majesties selected three finalists to continue to the third and final round: Baroness Gwendolyn, Master Ruaidhri, and Master William.

Don Braennan. Photo by Arianna.

Master William sang a humorous filk to the Song of Shield Wall in which a group of men struggled to erect their Pennsic camp’s sheetwall against various impediments, only to finish just as closing ceremonies began. Master Ruadhri performed an original piece called “The Wrath of the Bard” about the perils of offending bards, while Baroness Gwen sang more than twenty spellbinding verses of her own composition about the story of Tam Lin.

After the finals, Lady Alianora announced that Don Braennan MacEarnan, called the Misguided, had arrived at the event too late to compete, but still wished to sing, and Their Majesties granted his request. Don Braennen then performed “Tom O’Bedlam” about the residents of Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane in London. His singing ranged from lyrical to disturbing and creepy as he feigned a variety of mentally ill people, at one point even crawling on the floor. It was a memorable performance.

Their Majesties announced at Court that evening that They had chosen Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful as Their Bardic Champion. Baroness Gwen was invested with the baldric of her new office.

The new Sylvan Bard, Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful. Photo by Arianna

Their Majesties thanked Their outgoing Bardic Champion, Lady Alianora Bronhulle, for her service, then before she could escape, They seized her and inducted her into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her skill in the bardic arts.

Lady Alianora Bronhulle, newest member of the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Photo by Arianna

Yet More Arts and Sciences!

In addition to the Bardic competition, there was a performance by the Sylvan Singers of the Shire of Sylvan Glen, directed by Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta. They sang an array of choral pieces including We Be Three Poor Mariners and Since First I Saw Your Face, then were joined by members of the Debatable Choir in performing three Yuletide songs.

The Sylvan Singers. Photo by Arianna.

At the evening court, Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Sylvan Signet, announced the winner of the first round of the Scroll Blank Challenge, in which the scribes of Æthelmearc were asked to submit illuminated borders to be used for Kingdom award scrolls. THLord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie submitted the highest number of scrolls: 59 painted blanks, all on documented Japanese designs. The Scroll Blank Challenge will continue, with the next collection point happening at the Festival of the Ice Dragon in the Rhydderich Hael on March 21st.

THLord Ishiyama. Photo by Arianna.

Baron Rauthbjorn Lothbroke won both the Queen’s Choice and the Period Brewing competitions at Twelfth Night. He also contributed to the Taster’s Tavern organized by THLord Madoc Arundel and Lord Kyoshiro Kumagai, working with the Kingdom Brewers’ Guild. The Tavern offered gentles over the age of 21 with ID the opportunity to partake of potables donated by the brewers of the Kingdom. The Tavern was a big hit, and many gentles are looking forward to Debatable Lands Twelfth Night on the 17th when THLord Madoc will host a second such tavern.

Baron Rauthbjorn with his prize scrolls, both calligraphed by Lady Lara Sukhadrev. Photo by Mistress Hilderun.

Event goers then retired to an elaborate and tasty feast prepared under the direction of three different cooks:
— Master Gille MacDhomnuill was responsible for the First Course (lunchtime);
— THL Byrghida Zajacszowa was in charge of the Second Course (mid-afternoon); and
— Master Thorsten Christiansen Ronnow directed the preparation of the Third Course (evening).
The host of servers needed to serve all this food was ably managed by Baron Meszaros Janos. As the kitchen’s “point person,” Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuin was responsible for non-cooking duties: keeping track of guests’ food allergies, preparing the feast booklet and table menus, and ensuring the kitchen ran smoothly.
The Children’s Feast was prepared by Lady Maacah Sitt al Galb. For more information on how the feast was designed, see the article “Q&A: Savor the Feast at Twelfth Night, No Waiting!”

Another amazing item that debuted at the Twelfth Night feast was a baldequin designed and built by Baron Robert of Sugar Grove with furnishings by THLady Jacqueline de Molieres.

Baldequin by Baron Robert and THL Jacqueline. Photo by Mistress Hilderun

Congratulations to the Autocrat, Mistress Alicia Langland, and the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, for hosting a truly wondrous Twelfth Night!

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Curia Agenda Posted

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-14 22:33

The next East Kingdom Curia will be held on Sunday, January 25 at 10 am.  The site will be the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH where A Market Day at Birka is being held.  The agenda for Curia is available at the East Kingdom Seneschal’s website.


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Deadline Tomorrow: Commentary Sought for APEC Proposal

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-14 19:30

The deadline is tomorrow (January 15) for comments:

Currently open for commentary is a proposal by the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) for a new Rapier Peerage.  The language for this proposal can be found below.  Due to the long-reaching effects of this proposal, the Board of Directors would like to emphasize that commentary is being accepted until January 15, 2015, and would strongly recommend that all members forward their opinions for consideration.


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

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

Glossary, page 9.


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


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


  1. Patents of Arms
  2. Order of Precedence Within the Peerage


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


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

  1. Patent Orders:


  1. The Order of Defense:

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

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

(a)     To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor.

(b)     To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and Corpora.

(c)     If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.

(d)     To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.

(e)     To enhance the renown and defend the honor of the peer’s Lady or Lord.

(f)     To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Order of Defense

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

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




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




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

  1. Society Combat


[C. Rapier Fighting in the Society

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


  1. Royal Lists

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

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

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments at

The deadline for comments for the following is January 15, 2015.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

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

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Teachers Wanted for Pen v. Sword III

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-14 11:17

Are your dagger skills sharp? Can you flourish a cloak ? Does your illumination light up the Kingdom? Then we need you!

The Shire of Angels Keep is looking for teachers for our event, Pen vs Sword III: Cloak and Dagger, on 4/25/15!

If you are interested, please contact me on Facebook (Moniczka Poznanska), or at Thank you!

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EK Kings and Queens Arts and Sciences Championship Details Announced

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-13 18:08

Roman writing implements. Work by Master Luke Knowlton. Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

The 2015 Kings and Queens Arts and Science Championship will take place on Saturday March 7th in the Barony of L’lle du Dragon Dormant (Montreal). Please see the Kingdom Announcement for full event details.

The championship will be judged as a body of work. Entrants shall enter a minimum of two items and a maximum of five. No item should have won a previous King’s or Queen’s Championship. Each item should have been made within three years of the competition.

The items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines. The winner of the competition is the Queen’s Champion of Arts and Science. The King determines the Kings Champion of Arts and Science.

Please see the complete announcement here:  King and Queen A and S Championship Announcement

Competition Registration Information

Please email the Registration form or the information to Master Luke Knowlton at with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS REGISTRATION.

Entrants MUST register in by February 1st, 2015 in order to coordinate judges.

East Kingdom Arts and Science Competition Registration Research Papers and other Written Entries to be received no later than February 1st, 2015. Please email the entries with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS WRITTEN ENTRY to both:

Judging: Those interested in Judging please contact Master Luke Knowlton at the email above with the subject line A & S CHAMPIONSHIP JUDGING.

Cooking Access: For entrants requiring cooking / kitchen access: it will be limited, but available. Please contact Cellach Donn Mhican Mhadaigh

Phone: 450-667-1292 for further information and to have a spot reserved.

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Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium to be held June 26-28 in Toronto

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:08

Greetings from Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, co-steward for the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium 2015!

I am pleased to invite you to attend KWHSS in the canton of Eoforwic (Toronto, ON, Canada) in the Kingdom of Ealdormere June 26-28, 2015.

The website and registration is now live! Please click here to visit the KWHSS 2015 Website.

To make it easier for our non-Canadian friends to attend and pay for the event, we have been approved to use ACCEPS for our event registrations.

We would also like to extend an invitation to all heralds and scribes to teach at the symposium. The class proposal form is now live on the website as well.

You may also send an email to if you would like more info or to propose a class.

Over the years, there has been an excellent relationship between our two kingdoms, and we are very much hoping that many of our friends will make the trip to teach, share and learn. We are very much hoping to see many of you this coming June!

Want more information about past Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposiums? Here’s the webpage.

Filed under: Heraldry, Official Notices Tagged: Calligraphy and Illumination, classes, events, heraldry, heralds, Kingdom of Ealdormere, known world events, kwhss, scribes, symposium

Stonehenge in 8th century poem? - Tue, 2015-01-13 13:53

The 8th century, Old English poem called The Ruin may be the oldest surviving literature to mention Stonehenge, says medieval liguist Dr Graeme Davis. The poem refers to stones called "the old ones" or the "elders."

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Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium is in Close-By Ealdormere!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-01-13 11:37

Greetings from Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, co-steward for Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium 2015!

I am pleased to invite you to attend KWHSS in the canton of Eoforwic (Toronto, ON, Canada) this coming June 26 to 28.

The website and registration is now live!

To make it easier for our nonCanadian friends to attend and pay for the event, we have been approved to use ACCEPS for our registrations.

We would also like to extend an invitation to all heralds and scribes to teach at the symposium. The class proposal form is now live on the website as well. You may also send an email to if you would like more info or to propose a class.

Over the years, there has been an excellent relationship between the heralds and scribes of our two kingdoms, and we are very much hoping that many of our friends from across the border will make the trip to teach, share, and learn. We are very much hoping to see many of you this coming June!

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Former Æthelmearc Subjects Honored in An Tir

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-01-12 21:37

~ Submitted by Master Alaric MacConnal

At An Tir 12th Night, held on January 10th AS 49 in the Barony of Adiantum, two former Debatable Landers, Richenda du Jardin and Juliana de Luna, were inducted into the Order of the Pelican. Speakers from across the Known World, including Dame Elsbeth Anne Roth and Master Andrewe Bawldwyn, Laurel Sovereign of Arms, who sent words read by Dame Lillia de Vaux, Pelican Sovereign of Arms, praised their many years of service to the College of Heralds, not only in the Kingdom of An Tir but also to the Society. They both received the ancestral Pelican Heraldic medallion, also held in the past by Dame Elsbeth and Dame Margaret MacDubsidthe. In addition to Dame Elsbeth and Master Alaric MacConnal, former Debatable Lander Mistress Graidhne ni Ruadh also made the long trip to see her protégé, Richenda, elevated.  Vivant to these wonderful ladies!

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