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History on Display at the SCA 50 Year Celebration

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-20 16:50

The Æthelmearc Gazette has posted an article with many photos from the history deisplay at the SCA 50 Year Celebration.  The article can be found at their website here.


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Hutspot, Vla, and Nettle Soup: The Dutch Foods at Myrkfaelinn War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-20 14:00

by Lady Elska á Fjárfelli

Pate. Photo by Lady Elska.

As fairly new residents to our fair Dominion of Myrkfaelinn (though not so new to this side of the pond), for our War Practice dayboard I drew my inspiration from foods of my Dutch heritage… which does tend to mean lots of dairy and potatoes.

While serving the lunch, my husband Hrolfr and I were asked what these different foods were — were they Dutch, and were they period? And while most of what you tasted would be perfectly at home at a Dutch event in modern times (with exception to the processed snack cheese and fake french bread, obviously), a lot of what I choose to serve also has its place in our history.

Take for instance hutspot, our main dish of mashed potato, carrot, onion, and bacon. According to legend, the recipe came from the cooked bits of potato left behind by hastily departing Spanish soldiers in the night of the 2nd to 3rd of October, 1574 on the downtown Lammenschans during their Siege of Leiden as part of the Eighty Years’ War. When the liberators breached the dikes of the lower lying polders surrounding the city, they flooded all the fields around the city with about a foot of water. And as there were few, if any, high points, the Spanish soldiers camping in the fields were essentially flushed out.  Hutspot is normally cooked together with “klapstuk” in the same vessel. Klapstuk is a cut of beef from the rib section, is marbled with fat and responds well to slow cooking as part of the hutspot. If klapstuk is not available, then smoked bacon is commonly substituted. The carrots used are generally of the type known as winterpeen (winter carrots), which give the dish its distinctive flavor ordinary carrots cannot match but unfortunately are not available in the New World (as far as I know). The first European record of the potato is as early as 1537, but its consumption spread quite slowly throughout Europe from thereon. It was not until the 18th century that potatoes became a staple food in Europe. The original legend likely refers to what the Dutch call a ‘sweet potato’ or pastinaak, which is a parsnip; this vegetable played a similar role in Dutch cuisine prior to the use of the potato.

Goat cheese. Photo by Lady Elska.

Soups, of course, are ubiquitous throughout history, as are lentils. On the other hand, nettle soup has a distinct European flair as stinging nettle tends to grow everywhere in northern and eastern Europe. Nettle soup is a cream soup made with the leaves of stinging nettle, mostly the Large Nettle or Urtica dioica (I have starts, if interested). Especially in Sweden, Iran, and Ireland the soup is rather popular; in Sweden, it is often served with a cooked egg. Archaeologists found traces in Stone Age England of the consumption of nettle as early as 3000 years ago.

Goat cheese had its start several thousand of years before Christ, and the Greek and Romans especially were enthusiastic goat cheese connoisseurs. In modern times, the Dutch are known for their cheese-making abilities, especially hard cheeses, and bred for this specific purpose the Dutch White Goat (Nederlandse witte geit) by crossing the high-production Saanen (from Switzerland) with the local Dutch Landgoat (landgeit), a heritage breed that can be traced back to the 16th century. Our small Ithacan flock is also based on Saanen, with the occasional Boer or Nubian crossbred, which we keep using traditional homesteading techniques (which often are surprisingly medieval). For instance, the use of the deep litter system (by cleaning once or twice a year the raising floor self composts, generating heat and thus keeping the goats warm in winter) and by keeping the kids with the does during the day but not at night, to milk in the morning, and have healthy large kids for the family come fall. My cheese is made with raw milk, as it should be.

Lord Hrolfr and Lady Elska serving the sideboard. Photo by Hannah Amberge.

My personal favorite was the coarse farmers pate, a perfect blend of meat, bacon, and liver slow baked in the oven. Growing up in the Netherlands, pates in many shapes and tastes are a general part of life, and I missed the availability and choices when moving to this side of the pond. Luckily, I brought my trusty Dutch Grandmothers Cook Book (Grootmoeders kook boek) with me, a book which pretty much every kid receives a copy when leaving home (it explains in detail how to boil potatoes, for instance) and which has a wonderful coarse pate recipe. I had more trouble finding period examples of Dutch pate, or even French pate, as it appears like its name is a fairly recent adoption (from France), and the way of eating it (cold, in the shape of a loaf). I have several Dutch recipes that with a little creative interpretation could be considered a pate, but only one English recipe will also look like one: the 14th century collection Curye on Inglysch has one recipe for meat & liver mortrew that should be standing (“loke that it be stondyng”) when done. I figured that was the end of it, until I recently received my modern Nordic Cook Book by mail, and found Norse culture has many different pate recipes. Pate might be more of a Northern European food culture than I thought!

My families’ favorite, and the one most dayboard tasters remember, is the vla. This is another modern Dutch staple, with a surprising history – and is available in every Dutch grocery store in multiple flavors so it can be poured into your bowl straight out of a carton. I vaguely wondered while living in the Netherlands why vla (custard) and vlaai (pie) sound so similar; in tracking down the history of vla, I stumbled right into vlaai. It turns out that vla (as a thick custard) could historically have been the filling of the pie vlaai. The medieval Dutch cookbooks on http://www.Coquinaria.com list several types of vla, or vlade as it is called in middle Dutch. It is not clear to me, since these recipes do not list to use a crust, if these vlades are meant to be eaten as a pudding or should be part of a pie – or maybe both – but then, the apple pie recipes do not list using a crust either, as everyone had their favorite crust recipes, and using a crust would be seen as kinda obvious to the experienced medieval cook! I did find, in the same book as the pate, a 14th century English recipe for a milk, egg, and sugar pudding cooked with wheat that would be eaten as a pudding, so it is conceivable vlade would be as well. It is also possible that medieval vlade underwent a regional change, as in one part of the country, vlade became to mean vla, and in another, vlade became to mean vlaai… As a side note, English custard and Dutch vla, even though made similarly with similar ingredients, do not taste the same – as the lunchers at my dayboard can attest!

I was surprised to find that rhubarb compote also is not really well known here. But then again, I’d never heard of strawberry rhubarb pie!

I enjoy the historic aspect of SCA dayboard cooking and had a lot of fun sharing yummy food examples from our Dutch heritage! Thank you for coming to eat with me, and I hope we’ll see you at the next Myrkfaelinn event – with vla, and possibly pate!

General information on hutspot, see here and here.

General information on nettle soup, see here.
General information on goat cheese, see here and here.

General information on vla, see here (use the translate button for the Dutch language sites).


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New College of Heralds Website!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-20 09:22

Unto the Kingdom, greetings from Kameshima Silver Buccle!

The Silver Buccle and Golden Thorn (ÆCoH Webminister) offices, in conjunction with the Kingdom Webminister, are proud to announce that the Æthelmearc College of Heralds website, which has been undergoing a complete site redesign for approximately the last month and a half, is now live with our brand new, more interactive, site design.

The College of Heralds website address has not changed; you can find it here. And you’ll still find all of the references you’ve come to expect: the Order of Precedence, the Roll of Arms, the archive of Court Reports, and more. But the user experience has been brought more in line with modern web standards and mobile device compatibility, and (we hope!) the site has been better organized, with more new helpful features for both experienced heralds, and those taking their first peek into matters heraldic.

As always, if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, the Silver Buccle office stands ready to assist; please direct any emails off-list.
In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
高貴国境の王国の治部卿
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc


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History on Display at the SCA 50 Year Celebration

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-06-19 21:00

The SCA 50 Year Celebration has begun in the Barony of Sternfeld, Middle Kingdom!

Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann, Baroness of the Debatable Lands, is there and sends us photos of the SCA History display. Each kingdom has a display area with items from banners and crowns to clothing and armor. Let’s begin at the beginning…

The flyer for the first SCA event, organized by (now-Countess) Diana Listmaker.

A sample flyer for the first year’s events. This one dates from March, 1967

Gown worn by Diana Listmaker at the first tournament. She notes that it was made of flannel because she expected to need it for only one tournament, and then use it as a nightgown afterward.

Examples of very early SCA armor.

Early issues of Tournaments Illuminated

Early SCA helmets and a cap of maintenance.

The slideshow below has photos of the historic displays of each participating kingdom.

Click to view slideshow.

There is also a display of historical scrolls. Here are the ones sent by Æthelmearc.

Click to view slideshow.

Various artisans have made works in celebration of the SCA’s 50th anniversary. Perhaps the most impressive is an embroidered history of the entire Society in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry, created by Lady Jadwiga Wlodzislawska of the Middle Kingdom.  Years in the making,  the completed tapestry is on display at the SCA 50 Year event in the photo below, or you can get an up close look at the tapestry on Lady Jadwiga’s website.

Other artisans have also rendered SCA history in beautiful ways, as shown in the photos below.

Check back over the coming week for more news from the SCA 50 Year Celebration!


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Premiering the East Kingdom Video for SCA 50th Year Celebration

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-06-19 14:30

For the SCA’s 50th Year Celebration currently occurring in Indiana, the East Kingdom produced a video overview of its history, people and activities.  The East’s booth at 50th Year was a major undertaking overseen by Countess Marguerite and supported by the work of many Easterners.  The people who created this video are listed in the credits at the end.  Many familiar faces and a few familiar voices are featured.

 


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Artisan Profile: Cassandra Matis

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-06-18 20:21

The next in our series of Æthelmearc Artisan Profiles, from Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe: Cassandra Matis

When faced with a gift basket filled with a variety of bacon that was vacuum-packed, uncooked and still in perfect condition, Her Ladyship Cassandra Matis started on a path that has led to her being a recognized expert in meat curing. We were fortunate that she came to live here in Æthelmearc and has been as generous with her knowledge as she has been with her tasty bacon and cured ham.

Cas, as she prefers to be called, is originally from Massachusetts. Her first real cooking job was at Plimouth Plantation, a living history museum that focuses on the Plymouth Colony. While she has always had an interest in cooking it was that gift basket that really changed everything. Cas realized that she could learn how to make everything in that basket and with the encouragement of her late husband, she started learning how to cure meat.

Curing is a preservation method that can use salting, drying, or smoking. The most commonly known cured meats are salami, jerky, bacon, and prosciutto. Curing encompasses not only meat but vegetables, which Cas also makes. She describes curing as “a combination of chemistry, biology, art, and science”, particularly when dealing with medieval meat curing recipes, which can be maddeningly vague (“..until it takes the salt well.”) and then suddenly specific, usually with time and ingredients.

The immediate difference that Cas noticed with homemade cured meats was that the taste was significantly better than that of store bought cured meats. As she gained a certain degree of skill, she began sharing her cured meats through dayboards to make it more approachable for the average Scadian.

When asked about how she determined success, Cas told me that it was “getting to the end of the process as there is potential for failure at every step”. With that being said, she also admitted that through her years of experience she now has a nearly 100% success rate with what she makes. At the time that we spoke, she had about 75 pounds of meat in various stages of curing in her house.

Her love of all things cured has meant that when she bought her new home, one of the first things that she had done was having a meat-curing room installed in her basement so that she would no longer have to use dorm refrigerators and a variety of regular refrigerators to store her curing meat.

While meat curing is certainly what she is best known for, Cas is extremely proud of her cheese, beer, and bread-making. In fact, she loves making beer as much as she loves making cured meats. She makes her bread using a 21-year-old yeast starter she calls “Herm” and credits with being the longest relationship she’s had in her life.

Cas focuses on German culture during our period of study, Sabina Welserin, in particular. She has even found that there is an Italian primary source of the same vintage as Welserin that has much of the same information and has been doing research into that. She also uses Scappi a great deal in her cooking research. She loves using medieval curing methods, but will make concessions to ensure food safety such as using plastic tubs rather than wooden boxes to cure meats.

Her modern cooking heroes cut across all cuisines and, of course, includes Michael Ruhlman, the father of the modern artisan charcuterie movement and whom she refers to as the “Dale Chihuly of Charcuterie”[1]. Her other culinary heroes are Jacques Pepin, Alton Brown (“He made it cool to be geeky about food.”), Jasper Cook, Anthony Bourdain (“I admire his ability to travel and eat anything.”), Gordon Ramsey, and Peter Reinhart.

Her Scadian inspiration is Master Basilius Phocas, the Midrealm Laurel best known for his work with Byzantine food and culture.

When asked about her future plans, Cas said that she would very much like to be making her living making a variety of cured meats, have a smoke house/spring house on her property, and expand her knowledge and work as a sausage maker. I have no doubt that she will be achieving these goals as well as any others she sets her mind towards.

[1] For those unfamiliar with Chihuly’s work, his glass sculptures are considered fully unique to the blown glass field due to the composition and scale of his work. Particularly considering there are myriad technical difficulties when working with blown glass and large-scale works like Chihuly’s, moreso. For more information about Dale Chihuly, please visit his website: http://www.chihuly.com/.


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On Target: A Pig Hunt

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2016-06-17 23:56

This month’s On Target is a pig hunt. I found this target a lot of fun to shoot, but like other store-bought targets, he had a tendency to tumble. Also, he was a little expensive, so to buy several of them for a hunt would cost a lot of money. So I made my own.

Using him as a stencil, I cut out seven layers of cardboard and one layer of political sign. The top layer is white foam board, which you can leave white or color pink or blue.

Using the wires from the political sign, you can make the pigs stand up in a natural position. I recommend putting some kind of a mark over the shoulder to use as a vital hit area.

This target is fun for all ages; children will enjoy shooting it at 15 to 20 yards, while more advanced shooters can try it at 35 – 50 yards.

Now, just for fun, go to the dollar store, where you can buy a pair of fairy wings. Attach the wings to a heavy cardboard tube and zip tie it to the pig target. Run a clothesline between two trees, and all day long you can shoot when pigs fly.

This month’s safety tip, with Pennsic not far away, add to the crest on your arrows. I recommend putting on an extra ring and your initials. A lot of archers may have the exact same crest you have and if you accidentally shoot a light arrow out of a heavier bow, it could shatter and cause an injury.

‘Til next time,

Deryk Archer


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A Reminder About Pennsic Herald’s Point

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-06-17 17:37
Many people wait until Pennsic to visit Herald’s Point to try to register their name and armory.  Mistress Alys Mackyntioch reminds us that for Easterners, this is not the best strategy.  The East gets between 150 and 200 submissions from Pennsic, substantially more than any other Kingdom, and substantially more than is possible to review in a single month.  We can do a meaningful review of only about 50 submissions a month (again, substantially more than any other Kingdom), so submissions done near the end of Pennsic may not get to the first level of review until November. If you want to get a name or armory done, do it now before Pennsic. Requests for assistance can be sent by e-mail to pantheon@eastkingdom.org or blue.tyger@eastkingdom.org or diademe@eastkingdom.org.   Also, Herald’s Point is always looking for volunteers.  Even if you know little or nothing about heraldry, we need people to draw and color armory submissions, help greet people and manage the line, and do administrative work to free up heralds for consults.
Filed under: Announcements, Heraldry, Pennsic Tagged: heraldry, Pennsic

Pennsic Volunteers Needed

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-06-17 15:50

Lady Sabina Lutrell, the East Kingdom Minister of Lists is looking for your help. The Pennsic Inspection Point and Marshals Tent on the battlefield is probably the second busiest place at Pennsic besides the gate and they need our help. Inside the tent, we need lots of hands to check authorization cards, ID, and Pennsic medallions. Do you have an hour or two to spare so that everyone’s vacation is a little bit more enjoyable?

We could really use your help. A sign up sheet has been created. Please click on the link below to sign up. No experience is necessary. Share with your friends. Sign up for one shift, or multiple shifts.

I look forward to working with you!

https://www.volunteersignup.org/MHFF9

 


Filed under: Announcements, Pennsic Tagged: Pennsic, volunteers

Updated East Kingdom Awards Overview and Other Award Resources

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-15 21:25

The East Kingdom Awards Overview (created by Tola knitýr) has been updated to reflect the addition of the new AoA awards (Apollo’s Arrow, Silver Wheel, Silver Tyger, Silver Brooch) as well as the Golden Lance.

East Kingdom Awards

 

East Kingdom Awards (printable version)

Other Award Resources

How to Write an Awards Recommendation by Queen Avelina II
How Web Pollings and Recommendations Work by Lady Raffaella Mascolo
How the Awards Process Works by Queen Avelina II
On the Scheduling of Awards by Brennan II, Princeps

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Polling Order Recommendations Due July 9th / Recommandations des Ordres nécessitant devoir faire par le 9 juillet

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-15 07:01

En français
Recommendations for TRH Brion and Anna’s first order polling are due on July 9, 2016.

The orders that require polling are: 

Peerages (society level awards): Order of Chivalry (heavy weapons), Order of the Laurel (arts & sciences), Order of the Pelican (service), Order of Defense (rapier combat)

Orders of High Merit (East Kingdom): Order of the Silver Crescent (service), Order of the Maunche (arts & sciences), Order of the Tygers Combatant (heavy weapons), Order of the Sagittarius (archery), Order of the Golden Rapier (rapier combat), Order of the Golden Lance (equestrian).

Recommendations for awards that do not require polling (including Awards of Arms and the new Armigerous (“Silver”) Orders) may be submitted to the Crown at any time.

Full descriptions of all East Kingdom awards can be found in East Kingdom Law available on-line here (.pdf document), in Section IX Awards, starting on page 23. Additional information about the new Armigerous Orders can be found online here.

Anyone may recommend any person for any award. You do not need to be a member of an order to recommend someone for that order or award.

An excellent summary of how to write a good recommendation letter is available on the East Kingdom Wiki by clicking here.

Her Majesty Avelina also wrote this excellent article on how to recommend someone for an award.

You may submit recommendations for any award by using the EK Awards Web Form. Click here to access the form.

En français
Traduction par Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevtsova

Les recommandations pour les Ordres nécessitant un vote à leurs Altesses Royales Brion et Anna doivent être reçues au plus tard le 10 Juillet 2016.

Les Ordres nécessitant un vote sont :

Pairs (Ordres de la SCA) : Ordre de la Chevalerie/Chivalry (Combat en armure) Ordre du Laurier / Laurel (Arts et Sciences), Ordre du Pélican/ Pelican (Service) et l’Ordre de la Défense / Defense (Escrime).

Ordres de Haut Mérite (Ordres du Royaume de l’Est) : L’ordre du Croissant d’Argent / Silver Crescent (service), de la Rapière dorée / Golden Rapier (escrime), de la Manche / Maunche (Arts et Sciences), du Tigre Combattant / Tygers Combatant (combat en armure), du Sagittaire / Sagittarius (tir à l’arc) et de la Lance dorée / Golden Lance (équestre )

Les recommandations ne nécessitant pas de vote (ce qui inclut les décernement d’armes (Award of Arms) ainsi que les nouveaux Ordres non-votant) peuvent être envoyés à la Couronne en tout temps.

La description de toustes les reconnaissances du Royaume de l’Est se retrouve dans la Loi du Royaume de L’Est ici (en document .pdf) dans la section IX, Awards, débutant à la page 23. Les informations additionnelles pour les nouveaux ordres non-votant sont disponible ici.

Tous peuvent recommander une personne pour une reconnaissance. Il n’est pas nécessaire de faire partie d’un Ordre pour pouvoir recommander une personne pour cet Ordre ou cette reconnaissance.

Une très bonne description expliquant comment écrire une bonne recommandation est disponible sur le wiki du Royaume de l’Est en cliquant ici.

Sa Majesté Avelina écrit également cet excellent article sur la façon de recommander quelqu’un pour une reconnaissance.

Vous pouvez soumettre vos recommandations pour toutes les reconnaissances en utilisant le formulaire EK Awards Web Form en cliquant ici.


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Court Report: Palfreys and Polearms

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-06-14 21:18

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of His Majesty’s Royal Court at Palfreys and Polearms, 28 May, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, as recorded by Dagonell Whitehorn and Cigfran Heronter

His Majesty asked for a moment of silent remembrance in honor of Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam.

His Majesty commanded that Maple be brought into His presence and He declared her to be a Sylvan Steed of Æthelmearc.  Yes, Maple is a horse.

His Majesty called THL Maeve ni Siurtain into court and declared that, with the advisement of The Princess Royale Leah, she had been chosen as Queen’s Equestrian Champion.  Scroll by Rowena Moore, Baroness Alex, and Ana Ianka Lisitsina.

His Majesty called Lady Aaliz de Gant into court and proclaimed her the winner of the equestrian competition and King’s Equestrian Champion.  Scroll by Rowena Moore, Baroness Alex, and Ana Ianka Lisitsina.

When Lady Aaliz rose to leave, His Majesty bid her stay as he was not quite done with her yet.  Having heard of her great skill in the equestrian arts, he inducted her into The Order of the Golden Lance.  Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina.

Her Majesty gave leave to Their Excellencies Magnus and Miriel of the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael to hold court.  When the skies turned black, both courts were suspended and resumed 10 minutes thereafter in the great horse barn.

When royal court resumed, His Majesty commanded that due to the dirt and … other things… on the floor of the horse barn, his subjects were forbidden to kneel.

It should be noted that Rhys Benbras ap Dafydd had been called into baronial court and made Chancellor of the Exchequer for the barony. His Majesty declared that this was not proper and a commoner should not be allowed to handle money. Therefore His Majesty had no choice but to award him arms and declare him Lord Rhys for his hard work in setup, cleanup, and as troll and reservations clerk at previous events. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina.

His Majesty desired words with Tadgh Mag Uidhir. Having heard words of his great prowess with heavy weapons, skill with armor making, and the general enthusiasm he brought to every event, His Majesty awarded him Arms.  Scroll by Theodulf FitzRenault.

Lord Wolfgang Starke was summoned before His Majesty.  For his fine skill in fencing, he was made a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce.  Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

His Majesty requested that THL Govindi Dera Ghazi Khan come before him.  Having heard of her many works in organizing and running events, holding baronial offices, marshalling thrown weapons, and creating scrolls he was moved to induct her into the Order of the Millrind.  Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina.

His Majesty commanded the presence of Mistress Irene von Schmetterling.  For her many fine works in the fiber arts – sewing, wool spinning, and dyeing – she was presented with a writ for the Order of the Laurel.  Writ by Jacqueline de Molieres, Janos Meszaros, and Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen.

The Princess Royale Leah entered court and spoke of the gentle who had most inspired her that day.   Not only was today the first time that m’lady Isobel Johnson had entered an equestrian competition, it was also her very first SCA event.  She was given a token of remembrance by Her Highness.

His Majesty thanked the staff of the event for all their hard work and asked that all the scribes, illuminators, and calligraphers rise in their seats that they might be cheered by the populace.  Gentles who had received scrolls in either court were reminded to take a scroll carrier to protect their scroll and to have their scroll photographed before leaving.  There being no further business before the court, His Majesty’s Court was closed.


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Royal Processions Planned for this Summer

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-13 17:17

Their Majesties have asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace:

The Royal Family: Ian Ætheling, King Byron, Queen Ariella, Princess Leah, and Joshua Ætheling. Photo by Duchess Siobhán.

Unto the Good Gentles of Sylvan Æthelmearc do King Byron and Queen Ariella send Fond Greetings!

Summer has come to Our Sylvan lands, and with it a string of joyful events.  In the month of July, We shall be traveling to Pax Interruptus, St. Swithin’s Bog 3-Day Celebration, and, at the very end of the month, the Pennsic War will begin with Land Grab on the final weekend of July.

It is Our goal to set up Our Royal camp on the Sunday of Land Grab (July 31).  We will be working from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and We ask that all the people of AEthelmearc who are available that weekend spend an hour or two helping Us to make the Royal encampment an inviting and enjoyable place.  Many hands make light work!  Bring your friends!  Bring your campmates!

At the end of War, We will tear down the pavilions and tents, probably on Saturday morning.

The Wild Hunt for fencing has begun!  Seek out the strongest fencers in our Kingdom and challenge them to a pass or two.  Report your wins at TheWildHunt1@yahoo.com.  We remind you that We are each worth 5 points – come and get Us!

We extend a hearty Vivant to the new Kingdom champions who distinguished themselves in June:

  • Lord Jacob Martinson (Rapier)
  • Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka-dono (Archery)
  • Baroness Amelia Soteria (Thrown Weapons)
  • THL Aaliz de Gant (King’s Equestrian)
  • THL Maeve Ni Siurtain (Queen’s Equestrian)
  • El Tigre (Youth Combat)
  • Duke Timothy of Arindale (Shield of Chivalry)

Yours In Service to the Dream,

Byron and Ariella

King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc


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King’s and Queen’s Archery Championship

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-13 17:07

On a sunny field in Quintavia, 84 archers shot for the honor of serving Their Majesties as Royal Archery Champions. Queen Avelina proclaimed that Her Champion would be the winner of the tournament, and that only an archer who could out-shoot Her could hold that title. King Kenric declared that he would select His Champion based on who impressed Him during the competition. The Captain General of Archers and outgoing King’s Champion, Mistress Jehannine de Flandres, reminded all participants of the duties of the Champions and said that anyone who wished to withdraw from the final round could do so with honor.

The day’s tests of skill were designed with a Chinese theme. Outgoing Queen’s Champion, Master Li Kung Lo, explained that Emperor Chin has called forth all mercenaries to defeat his aunt, the evil Empress Wu.

She has used her magic to cause dragons and other creatures to do her bidding. As dragons are avatars of the gods, it would anger the gods if any dragons were shot, thus any hits on dragons throughout the day would score negative 1 point. All participants were able to shoot the full course of 8 targets, at the end of which the finalists would be selected.

The tournament began with a long-distance shoot at Empress Wu with an ensorceled dragon at her feet.

The second shoot was at increasing distances; archers could only proceed to the next distance if they did not miss. There followed a sumptuous lunch, after which competitors formed into small groups and proceeded to each of 6 stations. Three stations had timed shoots: Rats and Rat King, Egg-Stealing Monkeys, and Bats. The other three stations were 6 shots, untimed: Empress Wu being overpowered by a Dragon (a friend/foe shoot), an Assassin, and a Hunting Shoot (at 3D animals).

The following top scorers declined to participate in the finals:
Rupert the Unbalanced (71)
Colin Ursell (69)
Kusunoki Yoshimoto (67)
Phillip the Facetious (59)
Meruit Kieransdottir (57)
Maxton Gunn (55)

There was a 5-way tie of archers with a total score of 38. Two of these archers — Kira Asahi and Cosimo di Venezia — were no longer on-site. The other three — Nest verch Tangwistel, Alec Craig and Julienne Ridley — shot-off for the 16th spot, and Julienne prevailed.

The final round was a version of the now-traditional head-to-head pairing. In this story, Emperor Chin has reneged on his promise to pay his mercenaries. So, each archer had to knock down 5 “coins”, and the first to shoot Chin would win and advance to the next opponent.

Top 16 Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Finals 1. Godric of Hamtun (73) Godric Godric Peter (winner) 16. Julienne Ridley (38) Treya Devillin Godric (2nd) 2. Peter the Red (66) Peter Peter 15. Rolland Ian MacPherson (39) Stefan Squirrelsbane 3. Nathaniel Wyatt (65) Wyatt 14. Elizabeth Hawkwood (39) Squirrelsbane 4. Miles Boweman (63) Osmond 13. Osmond de Berwic (41) Devillin 5. Devillin MacPherson (55) 12. Hawkmoon (42) 6. Mark Squirrelsbane (55) 11. Otto Gottlieb (42) 7. Stefan O’Raghaillagh (54) 10. Ygraine of Kellswood (43) 8. Ryan MacWhyte (48) 9. Treya min Teanga (46)

YouTube: King’s and Queen’s Archery Championship Finals

Photos and text by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood, additional photos by Eleanora Stewart.  Video by Baroness Arlyana van Wyck.

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Event Report: Queen’s Rapier Championship

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-13 10:40

Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina (Chris Adler-France) reports on spring Queen’s Rapier Championship:

On a boiling-hot early summer day, Æthelmearc’s fencers arrived at the event site in Abhainn Ciach Ghlais to find… the wonderful surprise of an indoor, air-conditioned  list!

While His Majesty was on the northwestern side of the kingdom at the equestrian championship, Palfreys and Polearms, on May 28th, Her Majesty observed her rapier championship in comparative coolness and shade.

Everyone needs to watch out for these two. Neither are White Scarves but they’re definitely both fencing badasses! I’m really glad they got to shine and showcase themselves today.

After receiving encouragement and roses from Queen Ariella, 21 fencers of all skill levels entered the tournament, which began with three pools of round robins.  Double kills were counted as a loss for both combatants. The top two combatants from each pool were promoted to a double elimination round, along with two fencers selected by Her Majesty.

The brackets progressed swiftly to the top eight total from the three pools, who were culled by double-elimination rounds to the semi-finals of best two-out-of-three rounds: Don Po Silvertop, Lord Jacob Martinson, Master William Parris, and Lord Durante de Caravaggio de Florenza.

In a rather rare occurrence in this kingdom’s history, neither of the two finalists were members of the Order of the White Scarf (or equivalent or higher rank): Lords Jacob and Durante.

Lord Jacob steps up as Kingdom Rapier Champion. Photo by Lady Wilhelmina Marion Bodnar.

In a final best three-out-of-five rounds, Lord Jacob Martinson won case, single, and rigid parry rounds, while Lord Durante won a case round.

Outgoing kingdom champion Doña Fiora d’Artusio applauded the tournament for being “ridiculously smooth” and all the combatants for being “particularly courteous.” She was happy that the tournament format gave each entrant as many fights as possible before elimination.

“Everyone needs to watch out for these two,” she remarked of Lords Jacob and Durante. “Neither are White Scarves but they’re definitely both fencing badasses! I’m really glad they got to shine and showcase themselves today.”

“It’s great we had two finalists who weren’t White Scarves. This keeps the Scarves and MoDs accountable,” agreed Master Will, head of the Academy of Defense. He noted that the tournament had a wide variety of entrants from Award of Arms-level of recognition to Masters of Defense. He was especially happy to see “people adapting, learning, changing their game when they lost a bout, which meant that some of the finalists came out of the losers list.”

“Whoa, what a day!” Lord Jacob enthused after the tourney. “First and foremost, thank you to the Queen of Æthelmearc, Ariella of Thornbury, for granting me the opportunity to be her fencing champion. I will do my best to represent our kingdom to the best of my abilities, and will protect her at all costs with my steel.”

In addition to thanking the shire for hosting a great event, and Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur and Duke Titus Scipio Germanicus for training him, Jacob expressed deep gratitude to his inspirations: “My wonderful wife, and our children, who put up with me stabbing all the things and constantly running off to practices or events.”

Bearpit and Food

Her Majesty Ariella faces Lord Jacob in the list. Photo by Lady Wilhelmina Maron Bodnar

A relaxed bearpit tournament followed the championship, with marshals continuously crying “Table for one!” when a combatant needed a new “dancing partner” and “Table for two!” when both combatants died or a combatant successfully held the list five times in a row. Queen Ariella good-naturedly accepted challenges in a separate list, offering fencers who are participating in the Wild Hunt the opportunity to nab the highest score, a five-point kill (since royalty are worth even more than Masters of Defense).

“My Rapier Championship had many highly skilled and chivalrous fencers compete,” Her Majesty commented after the event. “They honored Æthelmearc and Me in entering the tournament and it was a pleasure to watch.  As My outgoing Champion, Doña Fiora, said, it was a very courteous tournament but with intensity as well.  Congratulations to My new Champion, Lord Jacob Martinson, and to the other finalist, Lord Durante!  Thank you to the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais for hosting such a well-run, enjoyable event!  It will be a meaningful, good Royal memory for Me.  As a bonus, I had the opportunity to fence almost everyone in the tournament and some who marshaled, which gave Me joy.”

Throughout most of the day, the St. Lawrence Guild of Cooks offered a copious repast of tasty finger foods, including sliced Pyes of Paris and spinach pies, several different kinds of marinated hard-cooked eggs, sliced cold cuts and cheeses, bread, dried fruit, fresh fruit, raw vegetables, and a variety of pickled  vegetables. (The delicious pickled onions and carrots were lacto-fermented in whey.)

Court and Wild Hunt

After opening Court with a moment in remembrance of Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam, and allowing a brief Endless Hills baronial court, Her Majesty awarded a Silver Buccle, Golden Alce, and Keystone. (See Court Report.)

Countess Elena and Master William presented prizes (including a copy of Talhoffer’s Medieval Combat) to the three top three bearpit entrants: Lord Durante, Lord Andreas von Halstern, and Don Po. Master Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla, one of the four coordinators of the Wild Hunt, reminded everyone that both the bearpit and championship that day counted toward the year-long competition.

“Don’t worry about the math about how much someone is worth, we’ll do that for you,” he said. “Just remember who you fought and email us that.”


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Herald’s Thanks for Palfreys and Polearms

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-06-12 08:27

Master Dagonell, Whitehorn Herald for Western New York region, asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace:

photo by THL Rhiannon

I had the honor last weekend to serve as Royal Herald at Palfreys and Polearms, which was both the Rhydderich Hael’s Champions event and the Royal Equestrian Championship.

Attending an SCA event is like watching a swan floating across a pond. On top, all is peaceful, calm, beautiful, and serene. Under the surface, things are churning like mad to make it that way. Royal Court ran like a well-oiled machine and I owe it all to the many volunteers who worked hard to make it that way.

First, my thanks to Baroness Ekaterina, the current Ice Dragon Herald. The changes to the court docket started a week before the event and ended as we were lining up for court. She took every curveball I tossed and rolled with it. Court went off as though everything had been set it stone from the start. As we processed in, her brag not only beat mine but out-did a number of former Silver Buccles I’ve heard. Whoever is running Heralds and Scribes this fall: make her teach a class on Heraldic Boasting.

A big thank-you also to Baroness Gwendolyn, Jewel Herald, who provided me the docket prior to the event, and helped to coordinate with Baroness Ekat so that everyone was on the same page.

The biggest headache for a herald is getting all the scrolls in one place. My thanks to Baroness Alex and Baroness Juliana, Sylvan and Ice Dragon Signet Clerks respectively, who took over the tasks and gathered all the scrolls and carriers for both courts. I didn’t need to touch a scroll until it came time for them to be signed.

To the artists, scribes, calligraphers, and illuminators who produced all the scrolls for this weekend, I am in awe. I saw so much gorgeous artwork at this event, I was starting to wonder if Their Excellencies were holding the entire Order of the Laurel hostage.

[An aside to Baron Caleb: I always find a private place before court and read the scroll aloud quietly to myself. This helps me catch any exotic names or unusual turns of phrase that might give me a problem. I caught the horrid pun you inserted in the middle of the scroll documentation hoping I’d read it aloud in court. I’m still trying to decide if I should warn the other heralds about you or stand by quietly and see who you catch the next time. ]

My thanks to THL Renata and to m’lady Mina, Baroness Miriel’s young daughter, who took very seriously her job of handing out scroll carriers to protect the lovely scrolls. As each recipient was being cheered, Mina took a carrier from Ren, walked up to stand behind them in court and, when they turned to leave, gave them the carrier and escorted them to Joe the Just (Maestro Giuseppe) to have their picture taken. Speaking of which, His Majesty requested that all scrolls be photographed. Maestro Giuseppe volunteered to photograph each scroll, and each recipient with their scroll, for both royal and baronial courts. Thank you so much.

My second for court was Lady Cigfran, Heronter Herald, my wife of a quarter century and my other right hand. If court functioned like a Swiss watch, it was due to her organization, not mine. She declined to stand in court, but it wouldn’t have happened nearly so smoothly if not for her.

And, while it is not the place of a herald to thank the Royalty he serves, let me just say that His Majesty, King Byron is a joy to work for.

Finally, my thanks to all the volunteers who made offers to help, either in general or with specific tasks, that I had to turn down because it was already taken care of. We heralds talk about this sort of thing on the Heraldry FB pages and people think we’re BSing them, because everyone “knows” that heralds have to beg for help and end up doing most of work themselves. I’m proud to live in Æthelmearc, a shining jewel in the SCA.


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Royal Thanks: QRC

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-06-11 20:47

Her Majesty has asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace:

Lord Jacob Martinson receives a rose from Her Majesty before winning her tournament. Photo by Lady Antoinette de Lorraine.

Unto the Good Gentles of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais and all who staffed the Queen’s Rapier Championship does Ariella, Regina, send fond Thanks!

The Queen’s Rapier event went wonderfully, with much delicious food and gracious event staff.  The air-conditioned site was so welcome and held the four large Kingdom lists perfectly.  Lady Antoinette de Lorraine, the autocrat, can be proud of her staff, including the Royalty Liaison, for taking care of all Royal needs.  The Rose Garden special reception and welcoming drinks for all further enhanced the hospitality of your Shire.

The Championship tournament and further bear pit tournaments were efficiently run thanks to the marshals and the MOL, Baroness Aemelia Soteria.  All the fencers showed chivalry.

Vivant to all who entered and vivat to My new Champion Lord Jacob Martinson!
Yours,
Ariella, Regina


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Pennsic Pre-Registration Deadline: June 18th

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-06-11 11:34

Paid registration for Pennsic ends on Saturday, June 18th at 11:59pm EDT.  The size of the land allotted to a group is determined by the number of people who preregister by this deadline. Unpaid online registration is available until July 8th.

Reminder: The last day of pre-registration almost always has technical difficulties, we suggest not waiting until then.

 Preregistration is available at this website.


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East Kingdom Results From The March 2016 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-06-10 11:36

The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the March 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings; these items were submitted to the East Kingdom at Pennsic 2015.

Acceptances

* Aharon ben Zach. Name.

* Amis Mwyn. Device. Or, a fret azure its mascle gules, a bordure sable.

* Brandr nefsbrjotr Aronsson. Name change from Cian Mac Fhearghuis.

The submitter wanted a constructed byname meaning “nosebreaker”. The form refsbrjotr uses the genitive singular form of “nose”, whereas all of the examples of “breaker of X” or “X breaker” in Old Norse that could be found use the genitive plural form of X. Examples include hornabrjótr (“breaker of horns”), øxnabrjótr (“oxen breaker”), and garðabrjótr (“breaker of fences”), and haugabrjótr(“breaker of cairns, grave-robber”), all found in Geirr Bassi. Therefore, the plural form of the byname would be nefjabrjotr (“breaker of noses”).

We note that at least one prior registration allowed the genitive singular form in a similar name:

Submitted as Ragnarr rifbrjótr, all the documented examples of X-brjótr that were supplied on the LoI and by the commenters have the X element in the genitive case. We have changed the name to Ragnarr rifsbbrjótr [sic] to match the documented examples and fix the grammar. [Ragnarr rifsbrjótr, August 2008, A-Atlantia]

Similarly, a more recent registration stated that the genitive singular form was registerable:

The byname is constructed, with the intended meaning of “stone breaker”. The byname needs to use the genitive form of “stone”, Steins- (“breaking one rock”) or Steina- (“breaking many rocks”). Kingdom confirmed that the submitter prefers the latter, so we have changed the byname to Steinabrjótr. [Óláfr Steinabrjótr, February 2015, A-Æthelmearc]

Therefore, we will allow the submitted form of the byname in this case, but future registrations of “X breaker” in Old Norse should either use the genitive plural form of X or include documentation to support the use of the genitive singular. If the submitter prefers the plural form nefjabrjotr, he can submit a request for reconsideration.

The Letter of Intent incorrectly stated that the submitter’s previous name, Cian Mac Fhearghuis, was to be released. However, in accordance with the submission form, it is retained as an alternate name.

* Charlotte Orr. Name and device. Quarterly argent and sable, a hedgehog statant gardant gules.

Nice late 16th century English name!

* Constancia de Vianne. Name and device. Purpure, a crossbow bendwise sinister and on a chief argent five musical notes inverted sable.

* Hasanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib and Ingvar Thorsteinsson. Joint household name Erlendsstaðir.

Although the form only included Hasanah’s name as the submitter, it was confirmed in email that this is a joint registration.

* Ignacia la Ciega. Badge. Gules, a chevron between a demi-sun and a shamshir inverted Or.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a shamshir.

* Ingvar Thorsteinsson. Device. Erminois, a boar’s head cabossed sable and a chief gules.

* Ingvar Thorsteinsson and Hasanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib. Joint badge for Erlendsstaðir. (Fieldless) A tree blasted and eradicated per fess gules and sable.

Although the form only included Ingvar’s name as the submitter, it was confirmed in email that this is a joint registration.

* Ingvar Thorsteinsson and Hasanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib. Joint badge. (Fieldless) A tree blasted and eradicated quarterly gules and sable.

Although the form only included Ingvar’s name as the submitter, it was confirmed in email that this is a joint registration.

* Johannes von Braunschweig. Name.

The byname is found in the title of Gründlicher Bericht, wie es mit Herzog Friderich von Braunschweig und der Stadt Braunschweig in der Belägerung ergangen (https://books.google.com/books?id=ArJKAAAAcAAJ), dated to 1615.

* Margaret of Rochester. Badge. Azure goutty, a chevron argent.

Nice badge!

* Matteo Genovese. Name and device. Vert, a spear and in chief two axes argent, a bordure argent semy of daggers inverted vert.

Nice 15th-16th century Italian name!

* Matthildr Skotsdottir. Name.

* Micchelle Vitalis. Name and device. Or, a bend vert between a bunch of grapes slipped and leaved proper and two arrows in saltire gules.

The submitter requested authenticity for “Italian any time in our time period”. This is an authentic 13th century Latinized Italian name.

* Michel Almond de Champagne. Name change from Michal Almond de Champagne and augmentation of arms. Per chevron lozengy argent and sable and purpure, in base a fleur-de-lys argent and for augmentation on a canton Or a tyger passant azure.

The bynames Almond and de Champagne are grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Michal Almond de Champagne, is released.

Please advise the submitter to draw the lozengy portion of the field with more and smaller lozenges.

The submitter has permission from the East Kingdom for her augmentation to conflict with the East Kingdom’s populace badge: (Fieldless) A tyger passant azure.

* Moire MacGraha. Badge. (Fieldless) A musical note argent entwined by an ivy vine vert.

* Mountain Freehold, Shire of. Badge. (Fieldless) A seahorse argent atop a trimount couped vert.

* Mountain Freehold, Shire of. Badge. (Fieldless) A seahorse Or atop a trimount couped vert.

* Nicolae Munteanu. Name and device. Or, a tree issuant from a mountain between in chief two falcons striking respectant vert.

Submitted as Nicolae Muntean, the correct patronymic is Munteanu. We have changed the byname to this form to register this name.

* Nicole la bouchiere. Name and device. Per pale argent and azure, a cleaver bendwise sinister counterchanged.

Nice late 13th century French name!

Nice choice of charge for this occupational byname!

* Oodachi Jirou Tsu’neyasu. Name.

* Osc of the Harbours. Device. Argent, five geese migrant in chevron sable and in base a torteau.

There is a step from period practice for the use of birds in the migrant posture.

* Piers Campbell. Acceptance of transfer of household name Clan Campbell of Applecross from Tomasz Tomashevskoi.

* Richard Holland. Name change from Ragnarr Sigurðarson.

The given name Richard is found in “English Given Names from 16th and Early 17th C Marriage Records” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/english/parishes/richard.html) in 1575, the same year as the byname.

Excellent 16th century English name!

The submitter’s previous name, Ragnarr Sigurðarson, is retained as an alternate name.

* Robyn Wolf Claw. Name and device. Per bend argent and vert, a phoenix gules rising from flames Or and a wolf’s head cabossed argent.

The submitter requested authenticity for “1580s Tudor England”. All elements in this name and the pattern of double bynames can be documented to late 16th century England.

* Rose Therion Storie. Name.

Therion and Storie are grandfathered to the submitter, as they are elements from the registered name of the submitter’s father, Therion Sean Storie.

After the Pelican decision meeting, the question was raised whether this submitter would also need a letter of permission to conflict from her father, as Therion Storie is a possible use name for her father. PN3D of SENA states:

To be clear of relationship conflict, the submitted name must not unmistakably imply close relationship with a protected person. This includes, but is not limited to, a claim to be the parent, child, or spouse of a protected person. An unmistakable implication generally requires the use of the entirety of a protected name.

In the present submission, Rose Therion Sean Storie would make such an unmistakable claim of relationship. However, the submitted name, which does not incorporate her father’s complete name, does not. Therefore, we are able to register this name within requiring an additional letter of permission to conflict.

* Rowen Cloteworthy. Heraldic title Red Lozenge Herald.

Lozenge is a lingua Anglica form of the period losenge.

* Stanislaw Polaski. Name and device. Azure, a chevron inverted Or between three dragons passant two and one argent.

Both elements are found in Zofia Abramowicz, Lila Citko, and Leonarda Dacewicz, S{l/}ownik Historycznych Nazw Osobowych Bia{l/}ostocczyzny (XV-XVII), vol. 2, s.nn. Po{l/}aski and Wojno, dated to 1580.

Nice late 16th century Polish name!

* Tigernan MacAlpin. Device change. Gules, an alphyn rampant argent and a bordure compony sable and Or.

The submitter’s old device, Sable, a bear rampant, on a chief Or three spruce trees eradicated sable, is retained as a badge.

* Tomasz Tomashevskoi. Transfer of household name Clan Campbell of Applecross to Piers Campbell.

* Tryggvi Stefnisson. Device. Vert, a seal erect and in chief seven gouttes argent.

* Ulrich van Kathen. Device. Per pall inverted vert, azure, and argent, three musimons rampant counterchanged argent and sable.

* Védís Iðunardóttir. Device. Gules, a seal erect and in chief seven gouttes Or.

* Violante Valeriano. Device. Argent, on an ounce rampant regardant azure a comet argent, a sinister tierce urdy azure.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a tierce with another charge.

* Zipora du Bois. Name and device. Purpure, a winged fleur-de-lys Or.

Zipora is a 14th century Jewish name found in Germany and France. The combination of a Jewish name from France and a French byname is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Returns 

* Rowen Cloteworthy. Augmentation of arms. Lozengy argent and sable, a chief gules and for an augmentation a canton purpure charged with four millrinds in cross Or.

This augmentation is returned for contrast issues. SENA A3a3 states “Because an augmentation adds complexity, augmented devices are often allowed to violate certain style rules, such as allowing charges on tertiary charges or a complexity count of greater than eight, as long as the identifiability of the design is maintained. However, they may not violate the rules on contrast.” While the canton is overall and has good technical constrast with the field, it also substantially overlies the gules chief and mostly touches black parts of the neutral field. Thus, the purpure canton largely lies against a color background and does not have good contrast. In consequence, this must be returned.


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Artisan’s Village Event Promotes the Arts and Sciences Community

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-06-10 09:39

The Shire of Hartshorn-dale held its second Artisans’ Village event over the weekend of June 3rd – 5th. Artisans Village is an event entirely focused around the Arts and Sciences community.

The event featured 8 “villages” where artisans, led by a village coordinator, displayed their art and conducted hands on demonstrations of their crafts. Period blacksmithing, cooking, brewing, and music demonstrations were featured at the event, along with lampworking, bookbinding, the fiber arts, and more.

The event also featured two full tracks of classes, including classes focused on supporting the Arts and Sciences community itself. A round-table discussion about creating positive and supportive A&S competitions was held by Mistress Amy Webbe, current kingdom MoAS; a class on beginning A&S projects was held by Master Magnus Hvalmagi, current King’s Arts and Sciences Champion, and a class on writing effective A&S documentation was led by Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel.

This year, a new feature was also added to the event, the “Artisans’ Progress.” Attendees at the day’s events were encouraged to collect a bead from each village they visited. Those who collected 7 beads could then enter a raffle for a chance to win a basket full of gifts kindly donated by the villages and other artisans. The winner of the “Artisans Progress” was Melanie, who joined the SCA all of two weeks ago.

Thank you to everyone who came out to spend the day at the event, and to the teachers and village coordinators!

For more pictures or information about the event, please visit our photo gallery of the event and the event website.

For those on facebook there is another album available here 


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